MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
FRIDAY, June 16, 2017

A Meeting of the Medical Examining Board was held on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Office of the State Comptroller, 55 Elm Street, Room 208, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106.

PRESENT:
Nikolai Lieders, M.D., CHAIRPERSON
Manny Katsetos, M.D. CO-CHAIRPERSON
Richard Blum, M.D.

ABSENT:
Lynn Rudich, M.D.
Kamel Ghandour, M.D.
Amarjeet Dargan, M.D.
Debra Pollack, M.D

OTHERS PRESENT:
Colin Newman, Assistant Division Director
Tanya Jasper, Disability Retirement Unit
Jeffrey Bieber, Supervisor Investigations & Recovery Unit
Faith Murray, Investigations & Recovery 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 9:00 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. Katsetos 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. Dr. Katsetos excused himself at 9:20 a.m.
  2. Jennifer Paventi and Atty. Barbara Collins appeared, and they made a statement before the Board at 9:43 a.m. Ms. Paventi and Atty. Collins were excused by the Board at 9:53 a.m.
  3. Dr. Katsetos returned to the Board at 10:00 a.m.
  4. David Opuszynski appeared and made a statement before the Board at 10:16 a.m. He was excused by the Board at 10:29 a.m.
  5. Robert Ziegler appeared and made a statement before the Board at 10:46 a.m. He was excused by the Board at 11:03 a.m.

Dr. Lieders motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Katsetos at 11:24 a.m.

DAVID OPUSZYNSKI           D-9306          CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Katsetos, to discontinue the disability retirement of David Opuszynski. Motion approved unanimously.

JENNIFER PAVENTI         D-10373         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to discontinue the disability retirement of Jennifer Paventi. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Katsetos abstains.

ROBERT ZIEGLER         D-5935         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Katsetos, to discontinue the disability retirement of Robert Ziegler. Motion approved unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Katsetos to adjourn the meeting at 11:26 a.m.

 

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