ABOUT NYS CASE

NYS CASE

New York State Consortium for Advancement of Supported Employment

The NYS Consortium for Advancement of Supported Employment (CASE) provides training and technical assistance to supported employment service providers under contract with the New York State Education Department's Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation.

The NYS CASE is a collaborative involving Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute, the Center for Human Services Education (CHSE) (a division of Heritage Christian Services), the NYS Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), and the NYS Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA). The multi-disciplinary NYS CASE team have backgrounds in vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, special education, industrial and organizational psychology, labor economics, law, health education, sociology, and applied statistics.

The NYS CASE is a multi-faceted strategy that includes a statewide performance baseline, policy and practice goals, training curriculum and organizational development resources, regional and distance training opportunities, organizational development support, and evaluation of training and resources. The training establishes a critical link for supported employment professionals between the learning environment and on-going work with clients.





CASE INSTRUCTORS

NYS CASE instructors are experienced trainers with years of experience in the field of supported employment.

Thomas Golden


Biography

Thomas P. Golden is the Executive Director of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the ILR School at Cornell University. He has been a faculty member at Cornell University since 1991, during which time he has been a contributor to the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities and the Disability STATS RRTC at Cornell sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). In addition, he has directed the Center for Educational Achievement and Training and the Work Incentives Support Center. He has also recently focused his efforts on improving vocational rehabilitation outcomes of American Indians in collaboration with the Council of Administrators of Native American Rehabilitation and Section 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.

Thomas P. Golden is the Executive Director of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the ILR School at Cornell University. He has been a faculty member at Cornell University since 1991, during which time he has been a contributor to the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities and the Disability STATS RRTC at Cornell sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). In addition, he has directed the Center for Educational Achievement and Training and the Work Incentives Support Center. He has also recently focused his efforts on improving vocational rehabilitation outcomes of American Indians in collaboration with the Council of Administrators of Native American Rehabilitation and Section 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.

Thomas is currently the President of the National Association of Benefits and Work Incentives Specialists, a Trustee at Eastern Nazarene College serving as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and was recently accepted into membership of the National Academy on Social Insurance. He continues to work with the Social Security Administration (SSA) on transition planning issues for youth with disabilities. In addition, he provides extensive training for SSA central and regional office personnel on the Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) work incentive, and he contributed to the design of intensive residential continuing education programs for SSA PASS Specialists and Employment Support Representatives across the United States.

Thomas was a joint investigator on a comparative analysis of return to work policy and practice in the United Kingdom and United States. Under sponsorship from the International Labor Organization (ILO), Thomas recently completed an international educational curriculum that is being used in 13 third-world countries to support the development of anti-discrimination legislation and policy impacting individuals with disabilities. Thomas also recently completed an international comparative study for the Government of Ireland’s Health Services Executive focused on person-centered planning innovations leading toward most integrated day services for individuals with disabilities.

Thomas has completed three terms on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel under appointment from both President William Jefferson Clinton and Senator Bill Frist. He was also a member of an Advisory Group established by the SSA to address incentive issues under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. Thomas has served on the Board of the U.S. International Disability Council, Board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and served as Past-President for the Association of Educators of Community Rehabilitation Personnel.

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Education

  • Ed.D. 2016 -The George Washington University, Human and Organizational Learning
  • M.S. 1992 - Syracuse University, Rehabilitation Counseling
  • B.A. 1986 - Eastern Nazarene College, Clinical Psychology
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor -- #27926

Wendy Quarles


Biography

Wendy Quarles is an Extension Support Specialist at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. She is the director of the NYS CASE project and provides program management for the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (VR YTAC) housed at The Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. Wendy has spent over 30 years working with providers, state systems, families, and job seekers to advance the principles and practices of Employment First and person-centered vocational services. Wendy’s commitment to staff development and training has been demonstrated in her past and current leadership roles at Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Center (RRCEP II) at the University of Buffalo, The Center for Human Services Education at Heritage Christian Services, the Association for Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE), and The Association for Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE).

Wendy Quarles is an Extension Support Specialist at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. She is the director of the NYS CASE project and provides program management for the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (VR YTAC) housed at The Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. Wendy has spent over 30 years working with providers, state systems, families, and job seekers to advance the principles and practices of Employment First and person-centered vocational services. Wendy’s commitment to staff development and training has been demonstrated in her past and current leadership roles at Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Center (RRCEP II) at the University of Buffalo, The Center for Human Services Education at Heritage Christian Services, the Association for Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE), and The Association for Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE).

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Education

  • BS 1986 Frostburg State University, Recreation Leadership

Amy Scott


Biography

Amy Scott, MA, CESP, is currently a Training and Organizational Development Specialist for The Center for Human Services Education, a Department of Heritage Christian Services. Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Amy has over 23 years of experience managing and directing programs that provide vocational coordination, social work, Supported Employment, residential and day habilitation services to individuals with a wide range of support needs. Additionally, she has worked with families and detention facilities providing vocational instruction to at-risk students in preparation for school to work. As a Certified Benefits Advisor, Amy worked for 5 years as an Employment Specialist for New York Works a Social Security pilot project. Throughout her career and during employment with the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center at the University of Buffalo, Amy has developed and delivered numerous Supported Employment curricula, professional presentations and has ongoing involvement in national rehabilitation communities of practice surrounding program evaluation/quality assurance and supported employment.

Amy Scott, MA, CESP, is currently a Training and Organizational Development Specialist for The Center for Human Services Education, a Department of Heritage Christian Services. Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Amy has over 23 years of experience managing and directing programs that provide vocational coordination, social work, Supported Employment, residential and day habilitation services to individuals with a wide range of support needs. Additionally, she has worked with families and detention facilities providing vocational instruction to at-risk students in preparation for school to work. As a Certified Benefits Advisor, Amy worked for 5 years as an Employment Specialist for New York Works a Social Security pilot project. Throughout her career and during employment with the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center at the University of Buffalo, Amy has developed and delivered numerous Supported Employment curricula, professional presentations and has ongoing involvement in national rehabilitation communities of practice surrounding program evaluation/quality assurance and supported employment.

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Education

  • M.A. 2007 Medaille College, Mental Health Counseling
  • B.A. 1986 State University of New York at Fredonia, Psychology

Jeffrey Tamburo


Biography

Jeffrey Tamburo, LMSW, CESP, has been a Training and Content Development Associate for the Yang-Tan Institute (YTI) since 2015. Previously, he worked for the Center for Human Services Education, a division of Heritage Christian Services, as a Training and Organizational Development Specialist. Since 2013, Jeffrey has served as a trainer for NYS CASE. His employment also includes work as a training specialist for the Northeast ADA Center, where he provides training on the Americans with Disabilities Act to individuals and organizations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jeffrey also works on Diversity Partners, a national initiative focused upon strengthening relationships between job placement professionals and employers through the development of web-based tools designed to improve placement provider skills and behaviors that lead to enhanced employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Since 2006, he has been actively involved in providing training in the field of supported employment and disability services. His training experience includes work as a training consultant for University of Buffalo’s Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program, where he provided job coach training throughout New York State. Subsequently, Jeffrey served as Project Administrator for the New York State Institute for Health Transition Training, where he played a key role in the dissemination of the Healthy Transitions initiative across New York State. During his time with the Institute, Jeffrey conducted training forums for hundreds of parents, youth, educators, service providers and health care practitioners both statewide and nationally.

Jeffrey Tamburo, LMSW, CESP, has been a Training and Content Development Associate for the Yang-Tan Institute (YTI) since 2015. Previously, he worked for the Center for Human Services Education, a division of Heritage Christian Services, as a Training and Organizational Development Specialist. Since 2013, Jeffrey has served as a trainer for NYS CASE. His employment also includes work as a training specialist for the Northeast ADA Center, where he provides training on the Americans with Disabilities Act to individuals and organizations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jeffrey also works on Diversity Partners, a national initiative focused upon strengthening relationships between job placement professionals and employers through the development of web-based tools designed to improve placement provider skills and behaviors that lead to enhanced employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Since 2006, he has been actively involved in providing training in the field of supported employment and disability services. His training experience includes work as a training consultant for University of Buffalo’s Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program, where he provided job coach training throughout New York State. Subsequently, Jeffrey served as Project Administrator for the New York State Institute for Health Transition Training, where he played a key role in the dissemination of the Healthy Transitions initiative across New York State. During his time with the Institute, Jeffrey conducted training forums for hundreds of parents, youth, educators, service providers and health care practitioners both statewide and nationally.

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Education

  • MSW 1997 Syracuse University
  • BA 1989 Villanova University

Ray Cebula


Biography

Ray Cebula spent a total of 23 years working with legal services and protection and advocacy programs, before joining the faculty of the Employment and Disability Institute, providing direct representation to disabled individuals having legal issues with the Social Security Administration. He began working with the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow. After returning to his home state of Massachusetts he worked with the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Services Corporation, serving as the Supervising Attorney of the Disability Benefits and Medicare units, until joining the staff of the Disability Law Center in 1987. While at the Law Center his duties included providing technical assistance and training to Massachusetts advocates and attorneys as well as engaging in impact litigation against the Social Security Administration.

Ray Cebula spent a total of 23 years working with legal services and protection and advocacy programs, before joining the faculty of the Employment and Disability Institute, providing direct representation to disabled individuals having legal issues with the Social Security Administration. He began working with the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow. After returning to his home state of Massachusetts he worked with the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Services Corporation, serving as the Supervising Attorney of the Disability Benefits and Medicare units, until joining the staff of the Disability Law Center in 1987. While at the Law Center his duties included providing technical assistance and training to Massachusetts advocates and attorneys as well as engaging in impact litigation against the Social Security Administration.

Over time he became a specialist in post-entitlement and return to work issues. He has written extensively on both topics and has provided training to local and national organizations. It was this aspect of his work that developed into a contractual relationship with the Work Incentive Support Center at Cornell University's ILR School. He became part of the Work Incentive Support team in 2000, and began providing technical assistance, training and advice to attorneys and legal advocates in the 16 states and territories associated with the WISC. In January of 2005, Ray was brought on staff at Cornell and continues to provide training and technical assistance concerning work incentive programming. Ray also serves and the primary instructor and developer of ediONLINE; the institute's distance learning program for benefits planners and others interested in learning about the Social Security disability and work incentive programming.

Education
J.D. 1982 - Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
B.A. 1978 - Merrimack College, N.Andover, Massachusetts

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Education

  • J.D. 1982 - Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
  • B.A. 1978 - Merrimack College, N.Andover, Massachusetts

Jeffrey Dulko


Biography

Jeffrey P. Dulko, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC is currently the Vocational Program Manager and a Therapist for the Ventures PROS Program at Rochester Rehabilitation in Rochester, NY Project Support. Dr. Dulko is primarily focused on helping individuals with mental illness engage in a process of meaningful recovery that often includes returning to employment or entering the work world for the first time.

Jeffrey P. Dulko, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC is currently the Vocational Program Manager and a Therapist for the Ventures PROS Program at Rochester Rehabilitation in Rochester, NY Project Support. Dr. Dulko is primarily focused on helping individuals with mental illness engage in a process of meaningful recovery that often includes returning to employment or entering the work world for the first time.

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Education

  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology 2007, West Virginia University
  • M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling 1990, New York University
  • B.A. Psychology 1988, St. Bonaventure University

CASE STAFF

Brett Blanchard

Web Developer


Jennifer Mimno

Project Coordinator


Laurie Rocker

Project Assistant


CONTACT US
NYS CASE
Yang-Tan Institute
ILR School
Cornell University

Phone: 607-255-4349
Email: nyscase@cornell.edu
The NYS CASE is sponsored by the New York State Education Department, Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

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