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Aug 19 2014

NYIT Cybersecurity Conference 2014

Aug 18 2014

NYIT and Turkish Partner YTU Offer Dual Master’s Degrees

Aug 08 2014

Student-Doctors Begin NYIT Osteopathic Medical Education

Aug 05 2014

Paul Dangerfield to Lead NYIT-Vancouver

Aug 04 2014

NSF Awards NYIT Grant for Sputtering System to Support Nano/Micro-Fabrication Research

Aug 25 2014

Information Session About New ‘Minor in Energy Science, Technology and Policy’

Aug 26 2014

Graduate Enrollment Day

Aug 27 2014

Graduate Enrollment Day

Aug 29 2014

New Student Orientation - Old Westbury

Sep 02 2014

New MFA Graduate Student Orientation

Faculty and Staff Directory

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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 You may also use our contact form.



Meet Our Director

Ernst O. VanBergeijk Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D.
Associate Dean/Executive Director 



  • 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.

 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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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


  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioner
  Jason Baron, M.S. Ed.



  • 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



  • New York State Initial Certification Special and Elementary Education


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



  • 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



  • 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.


  • NCTE

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Pat Cappellino, M.S.
Director of Independent Living



  • 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.



  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
  • Council on Exceptional Children


Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director of Academics and Evaluation


  • 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


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



  • 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



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


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


  • 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


  • New York State Provisional Certification, Elementary Education, N-6
  • New York State Permanent Certification, Special Education
Christine Hawkins Christine Hawkins, LMSW


  • 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.


  • Adelphi University Graduate School of Social Work, Field Education


Kelly Imperial, M.S.
Associate Director of Admissions & Development


  • 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



  • 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



  • 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


  • 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



  • 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


Jennifer Parkinson Jennifer Parkinson, M.S.Ed.
Instructor/Job Coach



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


  • 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



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


  • 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



  • 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



  • 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



  • 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.


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