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The New York Makes Work Pay Initiative (NY-MWP) builds on New York State's rich history of engaging in employment systems change efforts to affect positive work outcomes for New Yorkers with disabilities. The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) through the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH), with their management partners Cornell University and Syracuse University, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) join the state agencies and organizations comprising the membership of the Governor's Most Integrated Settings Coordinating Council's (MISCC) Employment Committee in designing and implementing a series of statewide strategic interventions to close the employment gap for individuals with disabilities.

New York State Office of Mental Health Burton Blatt Institute K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Employment and Disability Institute

Staff Directory

Name Organization Email
  Bill Erickson
Research Specialist
Employment and Disability Institute
303 Dolgen Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
wae1@cornell.edu
  Thomas Golden
Associate Director
Yang-Tan Institute

Extension Faculty
EDI
Employment and Disability Institute
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
tpg3@cornell.edu
  Camille Lee
Web and Digital Media Lead
EDI
Cornell University
408 Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
cgl8@cornell.edu
  Ray Cebula
Extension Faculty
Employment and Disability Institute
201 Dolgen Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
rac79@cornell.edu
  Arun Karpur
Extension Faculty
EDI
303 Dolgen Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, AL 14853
ak564@cornell.edu
  Brett Blanchard
Web Developer
EDI
415 Dolgen
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
brb76@cornell.edu
  Lars Vilhuber
Economist
Employment and Disability Institute
201 Dolgen Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
lars.vilhuber@cornell.edu
  Michael Morris
Co-Principal Investigator
Burton Blatt Institute
1667 K Street, N.W., Suite 640
Washington, DC 20006
mmorris@ndi-inc.org
  James Schmeling
Chief Operating Officer
Burton Blatt Institute
900 So. Crouse Avenue, Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13244
jschmeli@law.syr.edu
  Gary Shaheen
Co-Principal Investigator
Burton Blatt Institute
900 So. Crouse Avenue, Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13244
geshahee@law.syr.edu
  Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling
Dir. of Special Events & Public Relations
Burton Blatt Institute
900 So. Crouse Avenue, Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13244
mrolling@law.syr.edu
  Meera Adya
Director of Research
Burton Blatt Institute
900 So. Crouse Avenue, Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13244
madya@law.syr.edu
  Deborah Greene
Senior Program Development Associate
Burton Blatt Institute
2681 State Rte. 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
dlgreene@law.syr.edu
  Nicole LaCorte-Klein
Senior Program Development Associate
Burton Blatt Institute
900 So. Crouse Avenue, Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13244
nllacort@law.syr.edu
  Mary Killeen
Research Project Coordinator
Burton Blatt Institute
3226 Woodland Lane
Alexandria, VA 22309
mbkillee@law.syr.edu
  Steve Haimowitz
Research Associate
Burton Blatt Institute
5555 Gardner Road
Altamont, NY 12009
sjhaimow@law.syr.edu
  Miranda Kennedy
Research Project Coordinator
Burton Blatt Institute
805 Argos Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026
Washington, DC 20006
mtkenned@law.syr.edu
  Elizabeth Jennings
Research Project Coordinator
Burton Blatt Institute
1667 K Street, N.W., Suite 640
Washington, DC 20006
evjennin@law.syr.edu
  John Allen
Special Assistant to Commissioner
NYS Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
corajba@omh.state.ny.us
  Katie Steigerwalt
Project Assistant
Employment and Disability Institute
201 Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
kms342@cornell.edu
  Sarah Von Schrader
Assistant Director of Research
Employment and Disability Institute
201 Dolgen Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
sv282@cornell.edu
  Francine Tishman
Program Associate
Employment and Disability Institute
201 Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
ft56@cornell.edu
  Mary Ridgely
Adjunct Faculty
Cornell University
4126 Old Stage Road
Brooklyn, WI 53521
mpr25@cornell.edu
  Ed Lopez-Soto
Training and TA Specialist
Employment and Disability Institute
249 Highland Ave
Rochester, NY 14620
ejl44@cornell.edu
  Tom Sperduto
Administrative Assistant
NYS Office of Mental Health, Recipient Affairs
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
istctxs@omh.state.ny.us
  Michael Seereiter
MIG Director
NYS Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
Coramjs@omh.state.ny.us
  Celestia Ohrazda
Instructional Design/Web Developer
Burton Blatt Institute
900 So. Crouse Avenue
Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13244
cohrazda@syr.edu
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