MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
FRIDAY, June 30, 2017

A Meeting of the Medical Examining Board was held on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Office of the State Comptroller, 55 Elm Street, Room 208, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106.

PRESENT:
Kamel Ghandour, M.D., CHAIRPERSON
Lynn Rudich, M.D.
Richard Blum, M.D.

ABSENT:
Nikolai Lieders, M.D.
Amarjeet Dargan, M.D.
Debra Pollack, M.D.
Manny Katsetos, M.D.

OTHERS PRESENT:
Colin Newman, Asst. Division Director Retirement
Annette Sadlowski, Supervisor Disability Retirement
Frances Matkowski, 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 9:02 am.

Dr. Ghandour motioned to go into the Executive Session to discuss medical condition(s) related to the applications for Disability Retirement, seconded by Dr. Blum at 9:04 am. Members of the Retirement Services Division and the General Counsel to the Commission were invited to stay during Executive Session. Attorney Cindy Cieslak left the room at 10:31 a.m. and returned at 10:31 am. A brief break was taken from 11:13 a.m. until 11:26 a.m.


1. Kassondra Calloway and Attorney Ralph Wilson appeared before the Board at 11:27 a.m. Attorney Ralph Wilson made a statement and, they were excused by the Board at 11:32 a.m.
2. Jeffrey Diaz and his mother, Janet Bassett appeared before the Board at 11:34 a.m. Ms. Bassett made a statement and, they were excused by the Board at 11:35 a.m.
3. Cara Janiak, Victor DeNardis and Attorney Russell Zimberlin appeared before the Board at 11:36 a.m. They each made statements, and were excused by the Board at 11:50 a.m.
Frances Matkowski exited the meeting at 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Ghandour motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Blum 12:05 p.m.

GAIL BROWN     D- 12024     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Gail Brown’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

KASONDRA CALLOWAY     D- 12181     SERVICE-CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve of Kasondra Calloway’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

SYBIL CARDOZA     D- 11838     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Sybil Cardoza’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

DONNA DACEY     D- 10952     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Donna Dacey’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

SANDRA MERCIER DAVIS     D- 11011     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Sandra Davis Mercer’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

JEFFREY DIAZ     D- 12342     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Jeffrey Diaz’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

STACEY EVANS     D- 11317     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Stacey Evans’ entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

HEATHER FITZGERALD     D- 11560     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Heather Fitzgerald’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

JEFFREY GADBOIS     D- 12244     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Jeffrey Gadbois’ entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

KEITH HALL     D- 12430     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Keith Hall’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

CARA JANIAK     D- 12200     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Cara Janiak’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

VICKI KOWALESKI     D- 12289     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Vicki Kowaleski’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

CAROLYN LOLLAR-BALDWIN     D- 8533     SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Carolyn Lollar-Baldwin’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

LOUIS MAFFESSOLI     D- 12243     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED (RECONSIDERATION))
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Louis Maffessoli’s for a Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

CHARLES MCKELVEY     D- 12137     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Charles McKelvey’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

MAXIMO REYNOSO     D- 11996     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to deny Maximo Reynoso’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

VIRGINIA VENANCIO     D- 10740     SERVICE-CONNECTED (RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Blum, to approve Virginia Venancio’s for a Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Rudich dissents.

ADJOURNMENT:

Dr. Ghandour moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich to adjourn the meeting at 12:18 p.m.

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