Faculty & Staff

Questions about Vocational Independence or any of our programs? Please contact Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., Executive Director at 631.348.3169 or or pcavanag@nyit.edu. You may also check our contact page.


Executive Director

Paul Cavanagh

Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., M.S.W.
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.


Faculty and Staff

Jason Baron

Jason Baron, M.S. Ed.
Credit Course Coordinator
631.348.3175
jbaron@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


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 Management Development, New York University

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


Gina Frisina

Gina Frisina, M.S. Ed.
Director of Independent Living
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 and 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

Kelly Imperial, M.S.
Director of Employment Training Services
631.348.3121
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, and 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; and Local instructional travel.


Michelle Ranaldo

Michelle Ranaldo, M.S.
Director of Instructional Technology and Registration
631.348.3137
mranaldo@nyit.edu

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Bradley University, IL
  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology, NYIT, NY

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

Scholarly Interests:
Assistive and Adaptive Technology, Media Applications


Helene Schorr

Helene Schorr
Instructor/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
     

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, and 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 and Adelphi University Graduate School of Social Work Field Instructor.


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 Certificate in Counseling & Guidance
  • SJC Certificate Mental Health Worker
  • Master of Science in College Student Development, Long Island University, NY

Affiliations:
Member of American Counseling Association (ACA)