Check back here often for updates on our confirmed speakers, the topics they will be covering and the day and time you can hear them. You will also be able to get a copy of their presentation here when it becomes available.

Honorable Theodore M. Kastner, MD, Commissioner, NYS OPWDD

Lunch Keynote – OPWDD Commissioner’s Update

Monday, October 28

Bio/Contact Information

Melissa Zambri, Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP

Top 20 Compliance Issues

Tuesday, October 29

Bio/Contact Information

Richard Landau, Esq., Shareholder, Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Christopher J. Stephens, Esq., Associate, Jackson Lewis, P.C.

1) Disability Leave Management – The ABCs of the ADA, FMLA and NYPFL, too!

2) Is the Witness Lying?  – Determining Credibility During Internal Investigation

Tuesday, October 29

Jody W. Baldwin, Branch Manager, Envise

Technology For a Less Complex World

Monday, Oct. 28

David Lombardo, The Times Union
Evan Sullivan, Ostroff Associates, Inc.

Media & Advocacy – Getting Media & Policymakers Attention

Tuesday, October 29

Susan Bardack, CEO, Buzz Media Solutions

Crisis Communication: Always Be Prepared

Tuesday, October 29

Tom Bull, Tom J. Bull Consultation
Keynote Speaker

The Power Mindset: Transforming Life Challenges into Empowering Strategies for Living Our Best Life

Tuesday, October 29 

Linda M. Cole, Speech Language Pathologist, Cerebral Palsy of Long Island

Alternative Access Methods

Tuesday, October 29 

Lana Earle, Director, Division of Long Term Care, NYS DOH
Timothy Byers, Project Director, NYS OPWDD

Electronic Visit Verification

Tuesday, October 29

Leslie Fuld, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Quality Improvements, NYS OPWDD

OPWDD Survey Trends

Tuesday, October 29 

Margaret Gould, Director, The Training Collaborative, ADAPT Community Network
Ed Matthews, CEO,
ADAPT Community Network
Dahlian Porter, Senior Vice President, Program Services, ADAPT Community Network

Building Your Bench: The Role of Executives in Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

Margaret Gould, President & CEO, The VISIONS Center of Creative Management

$5 and a Good Idea 

Matthew Kaufman, MD, CEO & Meghan Calichman, COO, StationMD
Bonnie Sloma, Senior Vice President, People Inc.
Annette Phillips, Associate Vice President, Clinical Practice, People Inc.

An Update on the Telemedicine Projects

Tuesday, October 29

Brenda Maxey, President/CEO, TECH Inc.

KanCare – An Update on Managed Care in Kansas

Monday, October 28

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Beth Myers, Ed.D., Executive Director, The Taishoff Center, Syracuse University
Rob Myers,
Executive Director, The Kelberman Center

Inclusive U: College Opportunities for Students with I/DD

Tuesday, October 29

Sharon O’Brien, , MS, OTR/L, PTA, ATP, Cerebral Palsy of Long Island

1) Biomechanics of Seating & Mobility
2)Selecting an Appropriate Seating System

Tuesday, October 29

Kathy O’Connell, Director, Radiant Abilities

Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

Tuesday, October 29

Meghan Prokorym, Health Program Administrator II, NYS DOH,
Johnathan Lang, Project Coordinator, Office of Health Insurance Program, NYS DOH,
Virgina Scott-Adams, Psy. D. Deputy Director, Division of Service Delivery, NYS OPWDD (invited)
Margaret Vijayan, Senior Attorney, NYS
OPWDD (invited)

An Update on Telemedcine in NYS

Tuesday, October 29

Johanna Lantz, Ph.D., Chief of Psychology, The Center for Discovery
Keith Rico, Assistant Chief of Program Development,
The Center for Discovery
Rebecca Erson, Music Therapist,
The Center for Discovery 

Psychophysiology Lab and Stress

Tuesday, October 29

Erica Salamida, Director of Education and Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY

Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Individuals with I/DD

Tuesday, October 29

Brian Zawistowski, Assistant Director, OMS Rate Setting Unit, NYS Education Department
Jennifer Finucan, Assistant Accountant,
OMS Rate Setting Unit, NYS Education Department

Common Errors on SED CFR Submissions

Tuesday, October 29

David Selover, TRAID Director, AccessCNY

Tools of the TRAID

Tuesday, October 29

Daniel B. Sheppard, Deputy Commissioner, Officer of Primary Care and Health Systems Management, NYS DOH

The Evolving World of Health Services and the Disability Community

Monday, October 28

David Silva, Program Director, ICAN, Community Service Society

Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Consumer Advocacy – How ICAN Can Assist You!

Tuesday, October 29

Moira Tashjian, Associate Commissioner, Adult Community Care, NYS Office of Mental Health
Jill Pettinger, Assistant Commissioner, NYS OPWDD

Integration of OMH and OPWDD Services for People That are Dually Diagnosed

Tuesday, October 29

Lucille Messina, Author
Robert McGuire, Executive Director, Cerebral Palsy of Long Island
Karen Geller-Hitteman, Assistant Executive Director, Cerebral Palsy of Long Island

Waiting to hear ‘Momma’ – A Mother’s Memoir

Monday, October 8

Traci Coleman, Director of Rate Setting and STAC, NYS Education Department
Brian Zawistowski, Assistant Director, OMS Rate Setting Unit, NYS Education Department

The Future of Rate Setting and Initiatives

Tuesday, October 29