About NYS CASE

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

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 NY Alliance for Innovation and Inclusion (NY Alliance). 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 providers between the learning environment and on-going work with individuals with disabilities they serve.

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CASE Instructors

NYS CASE instructors are experienced trainers with years of experience in providing services to people with disabilities.

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Thomas P. Golden

Executive Director of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the ILR School at Cornell University

Thomas P. Golden is a teaching faculty in the Disability Studies Program in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Since joining faculty in 1991 his continued learning, research, publication, and teaching has focused on domestic and global disability policy; social insurance and return to work; adult transition planning for youth with disabilities; and organizational change as it relates to full community inclusion and membership.

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Wendy Quarles

Extension Support Specialist at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University

Wendy Quarles is the director of the NYS CASE project and provides program management for the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (VR Y-TAC) 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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Emily B. Ellis

Motivational Speaker & Trainer

Emily B. Ellis is a highly skilled and experienced administrator, with a history of developing, managing and administering community-integrated supported employment and programs for youth e.g. summer program and afterschool programs through collaborative partnerships. She has worked with many community agencies in program development and training of diverse groups in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania. Emily was one of the first employees at Job Path in New York City and spent over 27 years there in key leadership roles.

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Amy Scott

Training and Organizational Development Specialist for The Center for Human Services Education, a Department of Heritage Christian Services

Amy Scott, MA, CESP, 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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Jeffrey Tamburo

Training and Content Development Associate for the Yang-Tan Institute (YTI) at Cornell University

Jeffrey Tamburo, LMSW, CESP, previously 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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Ellice Switzer

Content Development Specialist at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University

She has nearly 20 years of university and nonprofit experience in the field of disability. Ellice develops content across multiple modalities, and provides national level technical assistance and training on topics related to disability and employment, and US disability policy under grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. Ellice is also a Project Associate with the New York State Transition Services Professional Development Support Center, and provides consultation and content development expertise on topics related to the intersection of special education transition services and disability policy, to support regional transition specialists throughout the state.

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Ray Cebula

Extension Support Specialist at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University

Ray Cebula spent a total of 23 years working with legal services and protection and advocacy programs, before joining the faculty at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, providing direct representation to individuals with disabilities 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 also serves and the primary instructor and developer of ytiONLINE; the Yang-Tan Institute's distance learning program for Work Incentive Practitioners and others interested in learning about the Social Security disability and work incentive programming.

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Jeffrey Dulko

Manager of Behavior Health at Trillium Health in Rochester, NY

Jeffrey Dulko is a Licensed Psychologist who manages, coordinates and provides clinical therapy services primarily for individuals who have HIV+ status or who are from the LGBTQ community. He also serves on the Monroe County Reentry Task Force. With over 27 years of experience, he has been the Manager of Employment Services (PROS, Welfare-to-Work; Prison Reentry) at Rochester Rehabilitation and the former Associate Director of the CRP-RCEP II at SUNY at Buffalo. He has been an Adjunct Instructor at RIT and for the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate programs at the University at Buffalo and West Virginia University. Additionally, he has made national presentations on such topics as individual and group counseling and psychotherapy, emotional intelligence, program coordination, vocational evaluation, supervision, supported employment, multicultural issues, ethics and professional development.

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CASE Staff

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Jennifer Mimno

Project Coordinator

607-255-4921

jam886@cornell.edu

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Laurie Rocker

Project Assistant

607-255-4349

lar284@cornell.edu

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Brett Blanchard

Web Developer

brb76@cornell.edu