MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
FRIDAY, August 25, 2017

A Meeting of the Medical Examining Board was held on Friday, August 25, 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.
J. Robert Galvin 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
Cindy Cieslak, 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. Leiders motioned to amend the agenda, seconded by Dr. Pollack at 9:02 am.
Amended to the agenda:

Walter Bertotti   Rafael Otero    Susan Wrubel


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 9:03 am. Members of the Retirement Services Division and the General Counsel to the Commission were invited to stay during Executive Session. There was a brief break from 10:51 am to 10:59 am.

  1. Johanna Chernesky appeared, and made a statement before the Board at 11:05 a.m. She was excused by the Board at 11:12 a.m.
  2. Paul McMahon, his wife Maureen McMahon, his supervisor Virginia Ailing and Atty. Russell Zimberlin appeared before the Board at 11:14 a.m. Attorney Zimberlin and Ms. Ailing made statements and, then they were excused by the Board at 11:22 a.m.
  3. Steven Messer appeared before the Board at 11:24 a.m. He made a statement and then was excused by the Board at 11:25 a.m.
  4. Ronald Robinson and Attorney Russell Zimberlin appeared, before the Board at 11:26 a.m. Atty. Zimberlin made a statement and then they were excused by the Board at 11:30 a.m.
  5. Attorney Brian Fiengo appeared on behalf of Robin Miller (POSTH.) and made a statement before the Board at 11:31 am. He was excused by the Board at 11:37 am.
  6. Vincent Sica, brother, and Bonnie Sica, sister-in-law, on behalf of Esther Sica (POSTH.) appeared before the Board at 11:38 am. Bonnie Sica made a statement and they were excused by the Board at 11:41 am.
  7. Nora Suminski and Attorney Russell Zimberlin appeared before the Board at 11:42 am. Atty. Zimberlin made a statement and then they were excused by the Board at 11:47 am.

Dr. Pollack motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Lieders at 11:55 am.

MADELAINE BALCASTRO     D- 10807     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to deny Madelaine Balcastro’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

DENNIS BRADSHAW     MD- 1499     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Dennis Bradshaw’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

JOHANNA CHERNESKY     D- 12153     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Johanna Chernesky’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

ANGELINE DOYLE     D- 12196     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Angeline Doyle’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

JEFFREY GADBOIS     D- 12244     CHANGE TO NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Jeffrey Gadbois’ entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

SUSAN HULME     D- 11956     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Susan Hulme’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

HEATHER LEBONNE     D- 11908     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Heather Lebonne’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

MARK MASSE     D- 12326     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Mark Masse’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

THOMAS MCALLISTER     D- 11831     CHANGE TO NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Thomas McAllister’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

PAUL MCMAHON     D- 12297     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED (RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Paul McMahon’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

ANGEL MENDEZ     D- 12084     CHANGE TO NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Angel Mendez’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

STEVEN MESSER     D- 12378     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Steven Messer’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

ROBIN MILLER     D- 11781     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED (RECONSIDERATION)(POSTH)
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Robin Miller’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

RAFAEL OTERO     D- 12474     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Rafael Otero’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

RONALD ROBINSON     D- 12113     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Ronald Robinson’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

LOVIE ROSCOE     D- 12151     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Lovie Roscoe’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Pollack dissents.

PAUL ROSENBERG     D- 12193     SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Paul Rosenberg’s entitlement to Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

JEROME RUSH     D- 11098     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to deny Jerome Rushs entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

ESTHER SICA     D- 12403     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED(POSTH)
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Esther Sica’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

NORA SUMINSKI     D- 12324     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Nora Suminski’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

VICTOR VEGA JR.     D- 12208     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Victor Vega Jr.’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

SUSAN WRUBEL     D- 12480     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Susan Wrubel’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack to adjourn the meeting at 12:06 p.m.

 

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