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Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Announces New Board President
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County, a nonprofit organization providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities for over 60 years, announces a new Board President, 1st Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary for the 2015-2016 term of office.
Julie H. Krieger was appointed as President of the Board of Directors. Ms. Krieger is currently the Administrative Vice President & Group Manager of the Middle Market Commercial Banking Division for M&T Bank in the Hudson Valley, and is a graduate of Marist College.
Joe Beichert, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Timely Signs, Inc., was elected 1st Vice President of the Board, and will also serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Donna Rocap, Associate Dean of Administration at Dutchess Community College, was elected Treasurer of the Board, and will also serve as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Howard Whitaker, a retired employee of IBM, was elected Secretary of the Board.
Donald Holzhammer, Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual Life, retired as President of the Board after holding that position for 15 years. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.
Education Program hosted a Science Invention Fair
Our Education Program hosted a Science Invention Fair on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The students of CRC celebrated National Inventor’s Day by creating exhibits that honored existing inventions and creating brand new inventions that would improve our world.
In accordance with New York State’s Common Core learning standards, the classes planned, devised and created a number of inventions including a cup that would not tip over, robots that could read stories, write in journals, play baseball and play games. Alyse Nappo’s class invented their own toothbrush which would include a toothpaste cartridge. “We invented a new toothbrush because many of our students are working on improving their self help skills and oral hygiene. February is also National Dental Health Month, so this made our invention meaningful and relevant to our students” stated Mrs. Nappo.
Another class grew seeds into plants using a variety of growing methods. The class discovered using the polymer stuffing from a baby diaper, combined with dirt created the best growing environment. They also shared information on horticultural inventors in history. “The science invention fair was a great opportunity for students to collaborate with one another and show others that despite various disabilities, the students are capable of accessing and succeeding with common core learning standards” stated teachers Amber Dominowski and Erica Gratzel. The classes also looked at inventions we use and enjoy everyday including pizza, which they discovered was first created in 1830 in Naples, Italy. To incorporate Black History Month, there was also a special display dedicated to African American Inventors.
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Receives Accreditation
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County has received Counsel of Quality Leadership (CQL) Accreditation. CQL is OPWDD’s most desired national accreditation. Agencies who become accredited are vetted to ensure that the organization is dedicated to the definition, measurement and improvement of personal quality of life for people receiving human services and supports. Our staff spent hundreds of hours preparing for the audit. The audit itself lasted four eight hour days and half of today. It involved interviews with people that we serve, reviews of records and policies, development of outcomes that will drive person centered planning and meetings with leadership to review our commitment to the process.
There are approximately 400 agencies state-wide that provide residential services. Of this group only 29 agencies (8%) have achieved accreditation. At the end of the process we earned a four year accreditation and high praise for the quality of our services, governance and training.
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Staff Honored
Four staff members were honored for their dedication and service at the Annual Cerebral Palsy of New York State Conference. Photographed with Executive Director, Gerry Dohrenwend are honorees Joyce Traver, LPN at our Lasher Residence, Eugenie Nickel, Direct Service Professional at our Lasher Residence, Debbie Ricketson, Direct Service Professional in our Day Treatment Program and Courtney Frantz, MSC.
We’re Growing, CRC Opens 2 New School Age Classrooms
CRC opened two additional school age classrooms this October to serve school age students aged 5-21. Our expansion was due to numerous referrals from neighboring school districts that have recognized the quality services and high level of care that we provide. The expansion also meant relocating our preschool program to our location at 25 Webster Street.
We welcome all of our new “Eagles” and are excited to watch them SOAR into success!