State Rehabilitation Council Members

Current Members, effective January 1, 2021

Ellice Switzer Chair representing Business, Industry, and Labor

Joseph M. Delgado Co-Vice Chair representing Disability Advocacy Group

Susan Scheer Co-Vice Chair representing Community Rehabilitation Program Service Providers

Joseph Amodeo representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Naomi Brickel representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Megan Brown representing the State Education Agency responsible for the Public Education of Students with Disabilities who are eligible to receive services

Sebastian Chittilappilly representing Disability Advocacy Group

Alan Gallagher representing the New York State Department Labor (DOL) Workforce Investment Board

Valarie Gambino-Carelli representing Business, Industry, and Labor

Kathleen Grosvenor representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Nancy Grant representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Miranda Harms representing Business, Industry, and Labor

Jenny Hutkowski representing Parent Training and Information Centers

Gregory Lau representing Transition Education Services

Jennifer M. Machucki representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Chana Meir representing Current or Former Applicant for, or Recipient of, Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Anthony Morano representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Hillary Nichols representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Evelyn Pugh representing Parent Training and Information Centers

Brenda Shannon representing Client Assistance Program (CAP)

Robert Statham representing Disability Advocacy Groups - A Cross Section of Individuals

Toni Sullivan representing Community Rehabilitation Service Providers

Lafayette Williams representing New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC)

Non-Voting Members, Ex-Officio Members, and State Partners

Melinda Dolezal New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

Peter Herrig New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB)

Ceylane Meyers-Ruff representing State Education Department (SED) - Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services

Andrew Sink representing New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

Lynne Thibdeau representing New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

ACCES-VR staff serving as Committee Liaisons

Lori Boyd liaison to the Workforce Development Committee

Laura Hartmann liaison to the Transition Committee

David Morgan liaison to the Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee

Jennifer Semonite liaison to the Executive and the Policy, Procedure and State Plan Committee

2021 Members

Past Members

2018 Members
2016 Members
2015 Members
2014 Members
2013 Members
2012 Members
2011 Members

State Rehabilitation Council

The Council provides advice and support to The State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) on behalf of people with disabilities and their families regarding the delivery of effective rehabilitation services that leads to employment for New Yorker's with disabilities.

State Council

Meeting Dates

The following meetings will be held virtually by zoom:
(Join the meeting via Zoom)

March 02-03, 2021
June 08-09, 2021

The following meetings will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center, 62 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY  12208:

September 28-29, 2021
December 14-15, 2021

For confirmation of meeting dates or any additional information, contact (518) 486-7490.

Please note:  Interpreters are provided only upon request.  To request an interpreter or other accommodations, contact ACCES-VR as soon as possible at accessrc@nysed.gov  but no latter than 10 days prior to the meeting date.

Agenda for upcoming meeting

June 8-9, 2021