Senate Approves 18 Members To NYSERDA, Medical And Mental Health Visitor Boards, Camp Safety Council, And Others

 

The New York State Senate confirmed 18 appointees to key boards today, including members to the:

  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct
  • Correction Medical Review Board
  • New York State Urban Development Corporation
  • New York State Urban Development Corporation
  • Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • Minority Health Council
  • Board of Visitors of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center
  • Board of Visitors of the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office
  • Board of Visitors of the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Services Office
  • Board of Visitors for the New York State Home for Veterans and Their Dependents at Montrose
  • Board of Visitors of the Rochester Psychiatric Center
  • Board of Visitors of St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center

 
Mark A. Willis (New York)
Member, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Mr. Willis is currently serving as a Visiting Scholar for the Ford Foundation, but has over 30 years of experience as a senior level executive with several organizations. Most recently he was with JP Morgan Chase, where he spent 20 years in different areas of the company, including Executive Vice President and head of Community Development and President, Chase Community Development Corporation. He has also worked for the City of New York, serving as Deputy Commissioner for Development for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Mr. Willis received his B.A. and Ph. D. from Yale University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.
 
John A. D’Anna, M.D., M.P.H. (Staten Island)
Member, Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct

Dr. D’Anna has worked in the medical field for more than three decades, most recently spending several years as Chief Medical Officer for Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. Before joining the staff at Saint Peter’s, he served as a Senior Vice President at Staten Island University Hospital and with the private practice of Staten Island Surgical Associates. Dr. D’Anna received his B.S. and M.D. from Georgetown University and M.P.H. from Columbia University.
 
Robert S. Kurtz, M.D. (Brooklyn)
Member, Correction Medical Review Board

For over a decade, Dr. Kurtz has served as Visiting Associate Professor of Surgery at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has a wide range of experience in medicine, working with the Kings County Hospital Center, Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York Medical College and Mt. Sinai Hospital, among others. Dr. Kurtz has already served a term as Member, Correction Medical Review Board; this term will expire at the end of the year, 2014. Dr. Kurtz received his B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
 
Paul F. Ciminelli (Amherst)
Director, New York State Urban Development Corporation

Paul F. Ciminelli is President and CEO of Ciminelli Development Company, Inc., headquartered in Williamsville, New York. He has played a key role in his company securing major projects for organizations like Tops Markets Inc. Corporate Headquarters, the New York State United Teachers Association, First Niagara Bank Corporate Headquarters and the Buffalo Medical Group. In addition to his business activities, Mr. Ciminelli is involved in many professional and not-for-profit organizations related to business development, tourism and education. Mr. Ciminelli is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo.
 
Joyce L. Miller (New York)
Director, New York State Urban Development Corporation

For nearly two decades, Ms. Miller has worked in various fields of business and finance, including the Office of the New York State Comptroller. While with the Comptroller’s office, she worked as a Real Estate Investment Officer, Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Comptroller, Director, Real Estate Investment and worked in the Bureau of Asset Management. Currently, she serves as the CEO of Tier One Public Strategies, a company she founded in 2007. Ms. Miller received her B.A. City College of New York, M.B.A. from New York University and M.Phil. from Columbia University.
 
Monroe Wesley Parrott (Albany)
Member, Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Mr. Parrott has over twenty year’s criminal justice, substance abuse and mental health experience. Currently, he is responsible for providing clinical supervision, administration and treatment services for New York State Department of Correctional Services at the Mount McGregor Correctional Facility, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program. He is also the co-founder of Wounded Healers, Inc., which specializes in support groups for professionals in addiction treatment. Mr. Parrott received his B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and is in the process of completing a Masters of Social Work at the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs.
 
Milo I. Tomanovich, Esquire (Rochester)
Member, Advisory Council to the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

A practicing attorney for more than three decades, Mr. Tomanovich has worked in both private practice and government practice. Currently retired, he spent more than a decade as a self-employed attorney before joining the Monroe County Department of Social Services. Over the final 20 years of his career, he served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Monroe County Department of Social Services and then Second Deputy County Attorney for the Monroe County Law Department. Although retired, Mr. Tomanovich remains involved in community service, as he is currently President of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Rochester and Advisory Council member, New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally disabled, among others. Mr. Tomanovich received his B.S. from LeMoyne College and L.L.B. from Syracuse University College of Law.
 
Carla Boutin-Foster, M.D. (Brooklyn)
Member, Minority Health Council and Public Health Council

Dr. Boutin-Foster is a community activist and extremely well published expert in the field of medicine. Her research activities focus on identifying the psychological and social determinants of health outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease and on the social epidemiology of health disparities in cardiovascular disease. She has received several honors and awards, including the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Public Health and Community Health, among others. Dr. Boutin-Foster received her B.A. from New York University, M.D. from Health Science Center at Brooklyn and M.S. from Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University.
 
Lori V. Quigley, Ph.D. (Salamanca)
Member, Minority Health Council

Ms. Quigley currently serves as Associate Dean, School of Education at Buffalo State College. A lifelong educator, she has also served in such capacities as Associate Professor, Interim Education Director, Assistant Professor and English Department Chairperson at Aquinas High School. She has also worked very closely with the Seneca Nation of Indians, providing educational leadership in the development of a Seneca language/culture curriculum for preschoolers, teachers and their families. Ms.  Quigley received her B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, M.A. and D.Phil.
 
Gordon W. Felt (Remsen)
Member, State Camp Safety Advisory Council

For nearly three decades Mr. Felt has worked with Camp Northwood Inc., which serves populations of socially immature and learning challenged children and young adults from across the United States. Since 1989, he has acted as Executive Director. Throughout his time there, he has also worked briefly with the New York Institute of Technology and The Dalton School. Mr. Felt received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and M.S. from Bank Street College of Education.
 
Carolyn A. Siegel, Esquire (West Falls)
Member, Board of Visitors of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center

Ms. Siegel has acted as a State Education Approved Instructor—Mandated Course on Child Abuse Identification and Reporting since 2005. Prior to her current role, she served as Town Justice for the Town of Colden and has been Coordinator of Policy Services for Erie 1 BOCES for nearly a decade. Along with her membership to the Board of Visitors of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, she also serves on the New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled—Surrogate Decision-Making Committee. An accomplished intellectual, Ms. Siegel received her B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, M.S. and M.S.W. from SUNY Buffalo and J.D. from Buffalo Law School.
 
Lisa Michaelsen (Lockport)
Member, Board of Visitors of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center

Ms. Michaelsen is a registered nurse and dedicated civic volunteer. For 10 years she worked as Charge Nurse and then Emergency Room Staff Nurse, first at Newfane Intercommunity Memorial Hospital and then Kaleida gates Circle Hospital. She has been a member of the Institutional Review Board—Buffalo Psychiatric Center for nearly a decade, and has long-term memberships with the Niagara County Community Services Board and Grace Episcopal Church Vestry. She also recently became a Member of the Commissioner’s Committee on Families. Ms. Michaelsen received her A.A.S. in Nursing from Niagara County Community College, School fo Nursing.
 
Anne Marie Ormiston (Fairport)
Member, Board of Visitors of the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office

Ms. Ormiston is a parent and advocate as she has a 25 year old son with disabilities who she has dedicated her work to. She walks a fine line between the two roles, and with help she strives toward his goal of living a life with meaning and purpose. She certainly has the requisite experience to be on the board as she has met with doctors, advocacy centers, administrators, IRA staff and case managers. Ms. Ormiston attended Monroe Community College and received a degree in Humanities.
 
Marisol Getchius (Deer Park)
Member, Board of Visitors of the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Services Office

Since 1997, Ms. Gretchius has worked for UCP of Greater Suffolk as Advocacy Assistant, representing the agency at community meetings and on community committees. Prior to joining UCP, she was the Regional Coordinator for the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. She has also worked with the Office of mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, serving as Quality Assurance Surveyor. Ms. Gretchius’ career is full of accomplishments and appointments, including Suffolk County Leadership Award and board member of Community Mental health, Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities & Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Planning and Advisory Board.
 
Elva L. Girton (Wappingers Falls)
Member, Board of Visitors for the New York State Home for Veterans and Their Dependents at Montrose

An active member of the New York State Guard since 2001, Ms. Girton also served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. She is a retired member of the civil service in Dutchess County, where she worked in the departments of Mental Hygiene, Medicaid reporting, Social Services, and the county veteran’s agency. Ms. Girton was also the Board Chairperson of the Occupational and Environmental Health Center of Eastern New York. She is a mother of three and grandmother of two, and a member of the New Hackensack Reformed Church in Wappingers Falls.
 
Judith D. Watt (Sodus Point)
Member, Board of Visitors of the Rochester Psychiatric Center

Currently serving as the Disaster Mental Health Coordinator for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health, Ms. Watt previously served with the Park Ridge Health System, Rochester Mental Health Center, Rochester General Hospital, and more recently as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Rochester, SON and St. John Fisher College. Mr. Watt received her RN from St. Joseph’s Hospital, M.S. in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from the University of Rochester She was also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor from 1989-2006.
 
Dorothy Wentland (LeRoy)
Member, Board of Visitors of the Rochester Psychiatric Center

A current member of the Board of Visitors, Ms. Wentland was the Executive Director of the Genesee County Mental Health Association from 1993 to 2001. She is a recipient of the Constance E. Miller Award of Excellence for her delivery of mental health services in Genesee County, and the Mental Health Association in New York State Esther Mallach Staff Leadership Award for her leadership and mentorship to fellow mental health professionals.
 
Barbara Briggs Ward (Ogdensburg)
Member, Board of Visitors of St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center

The Advertising Director for the St. Lawrence County Newspapers in Ogdensburg, Ms. Ward is the proud mother of son Brian who, at the age of 17, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She received her A.A.S. in English from Mater Dei College in 1966, and A.A.S. in Advertising and Design from Mohawk Valley Community College in 1968.