MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

A Meeting of the Medical Examining Board was held on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Office of the State Comptroller, 55 Elm Street, Room 208, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106.

PRESENT:
Nikolai Lieders, M.D., CHAIRPERSON
Debra Pollack, M.D.
Richard Blum, M.D.

ABSENT:
Amarjeet Dargan, M.D.
Lynn Rudich, M.D.
Kamel Ghandour, M.D.
Manny Katsetos, M.D.


OTHERS PRESENT:
Annette Sadlowski, Supervisor Disability Retirement
Tanya Jasper, Disability Retirement Unit
Melinda Powell, General Counsel to the Commission Ford Harrison

Please note that a portion of the meeting was conducted in executive session as the focus of the meeting was the medical condition(s) of each Disability Retirement applicant.

CALL TO ORDER

The Chairperson called meeting to order at 9:01 am.

Dr. Lieders motioned to go into the Executive Session to discuss medical condition(s) related to the applications for Disability Retirement, seconded by Dr. Pollack at 9:02 am. Members of the Retirement Services Division and the General Counsel to the Commission were invited to stay during Executive Session.

1. George Avery, III and Tammi Avery appeared, and made a statement before the Board at 10:45 a.m. They were excused by the Board at 10:48 a.m.
2. Melissa and Bryan Bahre appeared before the Board at 10:49 a.m. They made a statement and, then he and Melissa were excused by the Board at 10:57 a.m.
3. Sheila Colson and Attorney John Coughlin appeared before the Board at 11:02 a.m. Attorney Coughlin made a statement, and then they were excused by the Board at 11:07 a.m.
4. Rosemary O’Lone and Attorney Marc Mercier appeared before the Board at 11:11 a.m. Attorney Mercier made a statement and they were excused by the Board at 11:14 a.m.
5. Beryl Tomlinson and Attorney Melissa Harris appeared before the Board at 11:15 a.m. Attorney Harris made a statement and then they were excused by the Board at 11:24 a.m.
6. Stephanie Bernard appeared before the Board and made a statement at 11:25 a.m. She was excused by the Board at 11:35 a.m.

Dr. Lieders motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Pollack at 11:39 am.

GEORGE AVERY, III     D- 12240     SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve George Avery, III’s entitlement to Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

PATRICIA BABELLA     D- 12213     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Patricia Babella’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

MELISSA BAHRE     D- 12032     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Melissa Bahre’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

STEPHANIE BERNARD     D- 11878     SERVICE CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Stephanie Bernard’s entitlement to Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

HOWARD BURRITT     D- 12296     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Howard Burritt’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

SHEILA COLSON     D- 10874     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Sheila Colson’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

THOMAS HOWARD     D- 12163     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Thomas Howard’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

RUDOLPH KOWALCZYK     D- 12292     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Rudolph Kowalczyk’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

DIANNE NUNEZ     D- 12297     SERVICE CONNECTED (POSTH.)
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to deny Dianne Nunez’s entitlement to Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

ROSEMARY O’LONE     D- 12127     SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to deny Rosemary O’Lone’s entitlement to Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

PATRICIA PHELAN     D- 12162     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Patricia Phelan’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

PHILIP REEVES     MD- 1522     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED(POSTH.)
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Philip Reeves’ entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

NATALIE SAPP     D- 12262     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Natalie Sapp’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

BERYL TOMLINSON     D- 12170     SERVICE CONNECTED (RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Beryl Tomlinson’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved uanimously.

ROBERT ANDERSEN     D-11892     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Robert Andersen. Motion approved unanimously.

PEARL ASTWOOD     D-11766     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Pearl Astwood. Motion approved unanimously.

ROBERT BARBUTO     D-11888     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Robert Barbuto. Motion approved unanimously.

LAUREN BONEFANT     D-11716     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Lauren Bonefant. Motion approved unanimously.

DARA-MARIE BROGNIS D-11537 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Dara-Marie Brognis. Motion approved unanimously.

DAVID BROWN     D-11599     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of David Brown. Motion approved unanimously.

DIANE CHERHONIAK     D-10849     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Diane Cherhoniak. Motion approved unanimously.

ANDREA COPELAND     D-11897     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Andrea Copeland. Motion approved unanimously.

ELISE CUCCARO     D-10847     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Elise Cuccaro. Motion approved unanimously.

CORALE CYR     D-11846     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Corale Cyr. Motion approved unanimously.

CHERL DECKER     D-11844     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Cheryl Decker. Motion approved unanimously.

MARTHA DESAULNIERS     D-10625     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Martha Desaulniers. Motion approved unanimously.

BRIAN DONAHUE     D-11837     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Brian Donahue. Motion approved unanimously.

PAMELA FARMER     D-11865     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Pamela Farmer. Motion approved unanimously.

BRIAN HART     D-10956     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Brian Hart. Motion approved unanimously.

BILLY HYMAN     D-11896     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Billy Hyman. Motion approved unanimously.

ROMONITA IRIZARRY     D-11882     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Romonita Irizarry. Motion approved unanimously.

JAMES JACKSON     D-11753     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of James Jackson. Motion approved unanimously.

RONALD JACOBOWITZ     D-10644     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Ronald Jacobowitz. Motion approved unanimously.

KARI LAINE     D-10665     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Kari Laine. Motion approved unanimously.

ALEXIS LOPEZ     D-10805     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Alexis Lopez. Motion approved unanimously.

DIANE MASSEY     D-10651     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Diane Massey. Motion approved unanimously.

DANNY MEBANE     D-10673     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Danny Mebane. Motion approved unanimously.

JANETTE MINGRONE     D-11015     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Janette Mingrone. Motion approved unanimously.

BARRY PETERSON     D-11728     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Barry Peterson. Motion approved unanimously.

MAUREEN POULIN     D-11440     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Maureen Poulin. Motion approved unanimously.

PATRICIA REYNOLDS     D-10643     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Patricia Reynolds. Motion approved unanimously.

DANIELLE SAMOKER     D-11830     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Danielle Samoker. Motion approved unanimously.

LILLIAN SANTIAGO     D-10636     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Lillian Santiago. Motion approved unanimously.

MARGARET SEWALL     D-10083     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Margaret Sewall. Motion approved unanimously.

DIANE SMITH     D-11812     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Diane Smith. Motion approved unanimously.

NATALIE STIMPSON-BYERS     D-11864     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Natalie Stimpson-Byers. Motion approved unanimously.

ANDREA TAYLOR-LEE     D-11835     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Andrea Taylor-Lee. Motion approved unanimously.

JOHN WALLACE     D-11806     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of John Wallace. Motion approved unanimously.

LYNN WEYMER     D-11791     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to continue the disability retirement of Lynn Weymer. Motion approved unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack to adjourn the meeting at 11:48 a.m.

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