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April 9 – 13
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Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Celebrates 65 Years!
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Wellness Committee Hosts Wellness Fair for Employees
The Wellness Committee hosted a Wellness Fair for employees on Tuesday, September 29th.
A big thank you to the businesses that participated:
Anahata Yoga and More
Blue Stone Roasting Company
ESI Employee Assistance Group
Marci Proper – Advocare
New York State Insurance Fund
Olivia Grimsland Yoga
Partridge Sugar House
Rose and Kiernan
A big thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations:
Adams Fairacre Farms, Boices, Jenkinstown Day Spa, Sav-On Party Center
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.
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Announces Staff Promotions
Sarah Dallas has been promoted to Director of Residential Services effective Monday 3/2/15. Sarah previously served as the Assistant Residential Director since July of 2013. Prior to joining Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Sarah served as the Residence Director at Devereux where she worked for eight years.
Since joining the Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Sarah has worked diligently with the residential staff to improve the quality of services to the people who participate in our programs. Over Sarah’s tenure at Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County our audits have demonstratively improved, training for our front line staff has increased and the quality of our active treatment has increased as evidenced by comments from our OPWDD auditors.
Michael Nardelli has been named Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County’s first school Principal effective Monday 3/2/15. Mike holds a MA in Special Education from New York University and also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building and School District Administration from SUNY New Paltz. Mike returned to the school program one year ago, having served as the Education Supervisor from 6/2007 to 6/2010. Between his years working for Cerebral Palsy of Ulster he was the Instructional Specialist for the Virginia Beach School District and an Assistant Principal at the Anderson Center for Autism.
Over the last year Mike has been a major contributor to the expansion of the school program, introduction of PBIS, creation of our mascot and school colors and development of the school curriculum that satisfies the Common Core standards for New York State.
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 Names Staff of the Year
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County presented Jennifer Ratner with their annual Employee of the Year Award at our annual holiday breakfast on December 16, 2014. Each year staffs nominate an employee they feel has displayed outstanding attributes, actions and/or achievements in the previous year.
Jennifer started with Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County in November 2013 as the RN for our Hillcrest Residence, located in Ellenville, New York. Jennifer is a graduate of Sullivan County Community College with an Associates in Applied Science in Nursing Degree (ASN – RN) in May of 2012 and plans to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Jen has attained a broad range of clinical experience from rotations in various hospital based and adult care settings.
“Jen is a self-motivated conscientious employee who will and has always demonstrated compassion and excellence during her employ here at Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County.” stated Sandi Jacobsen, Nursing Supervisor for Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County.