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Oct 10 2014

TEDx Explores Harmonic Tectonics

Oct 03 2014

NYIT Students Surpass the $1 Million Mark in Combined Earnings from Internships

Sep 24 2014

TEDxNYIT: Creating Harmony in a World Experiencing Tectonic Shifts

Sep 19 2014

Dynamic, Radical Solutions Needed: 2014 Cybersecurity Conference Highlights

Sep 19 2014

NYIT Engineering Professor Wins NIH Grant for Robotics Research

Oct 23 2014

“The Year of Turkey 2014” - The Heritage of Turkish Art: Exhibition

Oct 23 2014

Relay for Life Interest Meeting

Oct 23 2014

Jar of Life - Manage Your Time Wisely

Oct 23 2014

Interdisciplinary Studies Career Panel

Oct 23 2014

Prep session for upcoming Hackaton by Juniper Networks/Comcast SDN Software Workshop and Competition

Faculty and Staff Directory

Contact Us

Questions about Vocational Independence or any of our programs? Please contact Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., Associate Dean/Executive Director, at 631.348.3117 or evanberg@nyit.edu. You may also use our contact form.

 

 

Meet Our Director

Ernst O. VanBergeijk Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D.
Associate Dean/Executive Director 
631.348.3117 
evanberg@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Columbia University, School of Social Work, New York
    Concentration: Advanced Practice
    Dissertation: Designed Reporters of Abuse and Neglect in New York City Public Schools
  • Masters of Social Work, The University of Michigan School of Social Work
    Major: Interpersonal Practive
    Minor: Administration
    Field of Practice: Schools
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Major: Psychology

Scholarly Interests: 
Autism spectrum disorders, transition planning, employment, travel training, and fitness.

Affiliations:
 Yale Child Study Center, Research Associate. Peer Reviewer: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Field Editor: Encyclopedia of Autism

Faculty and Staff

Christine Telesca-Alter Christine Telesca-Alter, LCSW
Instructor/Counselor
631.348.3161
calter@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Sociology, Union College, Schenectady, NY
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Master of Science in Social Work, Columbia University, NY, NY
    School of Social Work

Certifications:

  • New York State Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • New York State Certified School Social Worker
  • Adelphi University SIFI Trained Social Work Field Instructor

Scholarly Interests:
Clinical Social Work, Strength Based Approach, Applied Social Psychology

Affiliations:

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work Lecturer & Field Instructor
  • Adelphi University Graduate School of Social Work Field Instructor
Rose Ezeani - Antwi Rose Ezeani - Antwi, MS, ANP-C
Medical Director
631.348.3153
rantwi@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Master in Science, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • Bachelor in Art and Science, St. Jospeh College, NY
    With Honors

Scholarly interests:
Autism spectrum, geriatric medicine

Affiliations:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioner
  Jason Baron, M.S. Ed.
Instructor/Counselor
631.348.3175
jabaron@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

 

Certification:

  • New York State Initial Certification Special and Elementary Education

Affiliation:

  • Council For Exceptional Children
MaryJane Burner MaryJane Burner, M.A.
Credit Course Coordinator
631.348.3151
mburner@nyit.edu
Adjunct Professor of English at Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
    Major: English
  • Master of Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
    Major: English Literature and Compostion Theory

 

Certifications:

  • NYS Permanent Certification in English, 7-12

 

Scholarly Interests:
Autism spectrum disorders, transition planning to credit-bearing classes,  Shakespeare's tragedies, 19th century American literature, 19th century poetry.

Affiliations:

  • NCTE

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Pat Cappellino, M.S.
Director of Independent Living
631.348.3138
pcappell@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Master of Science, Special Education, Adelphi University, NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, State University of New York
    Major: English

Scholarly Interests:
Learning disabilities, independent living, transition planning.

 

Affiliations:

  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
  • Council on Exceptional Children

 

Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director of Academics and Evaluation
631.348.3169
pcavanag@nyit.edu

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy: concentration in Social Policy, Columbia University in affiliation with the School of Social Work, NY                       Dissertation Topic: Labor Force Participation of Mothers of Children with a Developmental Disability: Secondary Data Analysis of the 1996 Survey of Income and Program Participation
  • Master of Philosophy, Stony Brook university School of Social Welfare
  • Master of Social Work: Concentration in Planning, Administration and Research
  • Bachelor of Arts, St. John's University, St. John's College                                                                                                                                          Major: Psychology; Minor: Social Work

Scholarly Interests:

Identification and measurement of Executive Functioning Skills; transition planning; identification and measurement of performance indicators in human services management

Affiliations:

National Association of Social Works, the Network for Social Work Management, Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Associations, Council on Exceptional Children

 
Steve Delaney Steve Delaney, B.A.
Instructor/Vocational Teacher/Job Coach
631.348.3070
sgdelane@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Queens College, Flushing, NY
  • Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, California State University at Long Beach
  • Diploma, Training and Mangement Development, New York University
  Maryanne Dumas, MS, GCDF
Instructor/Counselor
631.348.3129

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, St. Joseph's College, NY
  • Master of Science in Counseling, Long Island University, NY

Certification:

  • NY State Permanent Certification in School Counseling
  • Global Career Development Facilitator, Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.
Madeline Dwyer Madeline Dwyer
Administrative Assistant
631.348.3113
madwyer@nyit.edu
Gina Frisina Gina Frisina, M.S. Ed.
IEP Coordinator
631.348.3149
gfrisina@nyit.edu

Education:

  • Master of Science in Special Education, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
  • Associate of Science in Early Childhood, SUNY Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY

Certifications:

  • New York State Provisional Certification, Elementary Education, N-6
  • New York State Permanent Certification, Special Education
Christine Hawkins Christine Hawkins, LMSW
Instructor/Counselor 
631.348.3160 
chawkins@nyit.edu

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Binghamton University, NY
  • Master of Science in Social Work,  Marywood University, Scranton, PA
  • Provisional Certification as a School Social Worker, New York State
  • Level 1 Certification in EAGALA, Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Adelphi University Graduate School of Social Work, SIFI trained Field Education

Scholarly Interests:
Life Skills training for those on the Spectrum, Self-Advocacy and Disabilities, Addiction and Treatment and Animal-Assisted Therapy as a tool to support people as they strive to achieve their life goals.

Affiliations:

  • Adelphi University Graduate School of Social Work, Field Education

 

Kelly Imperial, M.S.
Associate Director of Admissions & Development
631.348.3139
kimperia@nyit.edu

 

  • Education:
  • Master of Science in Social Work/Social Enterprise Administration, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY

 

   
Carol Jockle Carol Jockle
Instructor/Counselor
631.348.3135
cjockle@nyit.edu

 

Education

  • Master of Science in Counseling,  Long Island University, Brookville, NY
  • Received the Distinguished Performance Award in College Student Development
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanistic Studies and Social Science,  Adelphi University, NY
    Summa Cum Laude
    Honor Society
    Dean’s List

 

Affiliations:

  • American Counseling Association

Professional Development:

  • Developed a comprehensive 3-tier travel curriculum for students with special needs
  • Educational and Cultural Travel with Special Needs Students
  • Completed 6 international trips, numerous trips within the USA
  • Local instructional travel
David Krainski David Krainski, MS,GCDF
Instructor/Counselor
631.348.3123 dkrainsk@nyit.edu

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University at Albany, NY
  • Master of Science in Counseling, NYIT, Old Westbury, NY
    With Distinction
  • Certification: Global Career Development Facilitator, Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.
Walter Mayer Walter Mayer, LMSW
Coordinator of Residential Life
631.348.3141
wmayer@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, Boston University, MA
  • Master of Social Work,  Adelphi University, NY
Cathie O'Mack Cathie O'Mack
Financial Coordinator
631.348.3126
comack@nyit.edu

 

Jennifer Parkinson Jennifer Parkinson, M.S.Ed.
Instructor/Job Coach
631.348.3122
jparkins@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Secondary Education, Social Studies, Queens College, Flushing, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, SUNY, Oswego, NY

Certifications:

  • New York State Special Education 9 - 12
  • Social Studies
  • American Red Cross Instructor Trainer

Scholarly Interests:
Transition planning, entreprenurial opportunites, employment, and fitness

Michelle Ranaldo

Michelle Ranaldo

Director of Technology
631.348.3137
mranaldo@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elemntary Education, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology, NYIT, Old Westbury, NY
    Wtih Distinction

Affiliations:

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education
  • Western Suffolk BOCES
  • EDWEB Community

 

Scholarly Interests:
Assistive and Adaptive Technology, Media Applications

   
Helene Schorr Helene Schorr
Instructorr/Counselor
631.348.3146
hschorr@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts  in Psychology, SUNY, Binghamton, NY
  • Master of Science in School Counseling, Long Island University, Brookville, NY
   
Erin Vlasak Erin Vlasak
Director of Student Services
631.348.3142
evlasak@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, St. Jospehs College, NY
    Graduated Cum Laude with Departmental Honors
  • SJC Cerrtificate in Counseling & Guidance
  • SJC Certificate Mental Health Worker
  • Master of Science in College Student Development, Long Island University, NY

Member of American Counseling Association (ACA)

Terri White Terri White
Director of Vocational Services
631.348.3128
twhite01@nyit.edu

 

Education:

  • University of Tampa, FL, Bachelor of Science, Physical Education, K-12
  • New York Institute of Technology, NY, Master of Professional Studies, Human Relations/couseling With Distinction

Professional Focus:
Giving adult students with learning differences the experiences and support needed to achieve an independent life by being successful in a competitive employment market.

Affiliations:

  • Psy Chi Honor Society (Int'l. Honor Society for Psychology)
  • Internet support group for families of USAF graduates.