MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017

A Meeting of the Medical Examining Board was held on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Office of the State Comptroller, 55 Elm Street, Room 208, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106.

PRESENT:
Debra Pollack, M.D, CHAIRPERSON
Amarjeet Dargan, M.D.
Nikolai Lieders, M.D.

ABSENT:
Lynn Rudich, M.D.
Kamel Ghandour, M.D.
Richard Blum, 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 9:09 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. Dargan at 9:10 am. Members of the Retirement Services Division and the General Counsel to the Commission were invited to stay during Executive Session.

  1. Sandra Conyers appeared, and made a statement before the Board at 11:07 a.m. She was excused by the Board at 11:13 a.m.
  2. Catherine Crandle, Jim Crandle and Attorney Russell Zimberlin appeared before the Board at 11:14 a.m. Attorney Zimberlin made a statement and, then he and the Crandles were excused
    by the Board at 11:16 a.m.
  3. Jessica Marquez and her dad Ernest Marquez appeared before the Board at 11:21 a.m. She made a statement and then they were excused by the Board at 11:25 a.m.
  4. Eva Nieves appeared and made a statement before the Board at 11:26 am. She was excused by the Board at 11:36 am.
  5. Jesus Rodriquez and Attorney Russell Zimberlin appeared, and made statements before the Board at 11:40 a.m. They were excused by the Board at 11:45 a.m.
  6. Michelle Suggs and Attorney Russell Zimberlin appeared before the Board at 11:46 a.m. Attorney Russell Zimberlin made a statement, and then he and Michelle Suggs were excused at 11:50 a.m.
  7. Charles White appeared before the Board and made a statement at 11:51 a.m. He was excused at 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Pollack motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Lieders at 12:03 pm.

JOHN BOOTH     D- 11977     CHANGE TO NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Pollack moved, seconded by Dr. Leiders, to approve John Booth’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

ELAINE CARLSON     D- 12317     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Dargan moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Elaine Carlson’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

SANDRA CONYERS     D- 12330     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Pollack moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to approve Sandra Conyers’ entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

CATHERINE CRANDLE     D- 12144     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Pollack moved, seconded by Dr. Leiders, to approve Catherine Crandle’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Dargan dissents.

RICHARD MACSUGA D- 12361 NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Pollack moved, seconded by Dr. Leiders, to approve Richard Macsuga’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

LOUIS MAFFESSOLI     D- 12243     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Dargan moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to deny Louis Maffessoli’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

JESSICA MARQUEZ     D- 12123     SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Pollack moved, seconded by Dr. Leiders, to approve Jessica Marquez’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

NANCY MARTIN     D- 12132     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Dargan moved, seconded by Dr. Leiders, to approve Nancy Martin’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

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

EVA NIEVES     D- 12122     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to deny Eva Nieves’ entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

JESUS RODRIQUEZ     D- 10520     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Dargan moved, seconded by Dr. Pollack, to approve Jesus Rodriguez’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

MICHELLE SUGGS     D- 11988     SERVICE CONNECTED (RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to approve Michelle Suggs for a Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Pollack abstains.

RONNIE UNDERHILL     D- 12204     NON-SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to approve Ronnie Underhill’s entitlement to Non-Service Connected Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.

CHARLES WHITE     D- 12170     SERVICE CONNECTED
Dr. Pollack moved, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to deny Charles White’s entitlement to Service-Connected Retirement. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Pollack abstains.

SEAN ANDERSON     D-10811     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Sean Anderson. Motion approved unanimously.

JANINE ARAGI     D-11562     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Janine Aragi. Motion approved unanimously.

MANUEL ARANGO, III     D-11584     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Manuel Arango, III. Motion approved unanimously.

TAMMY BAUM     D-11316     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Tammy Baum. Motion approved unanimously.

DEBRA BELANGER     D-11713     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Debra Belanger. Motion approved unanimously.

HEIDI BOEHM     D-11062     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Heidi Boehm. Motion approved unanimously.

WANDA BOUCHARD     D-11697     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Wanda Bouchard. Motion approved unanimously.

KIM BOURGEOIS     D-11614     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Kim Bourgeois. Motion approved unanimously.

ROBIN CASELLA     D-11629     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Robin Casella. Motion approved unanimously.

MICHELLE CIRRELLO     D-11493     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Michelle Cirrello. Motion approved unanimously.

GARY COSTANZO     D-11074     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Gary Costanzo. Motion approved unanimously.

EDWARD CREATURO     D-11086     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Edward Creaturo. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Dargan dissents.

THOMAS DEDRICK     D-11618     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Thomas Dedrick. Motion approved unanimously.

GINO DIMAURO, JR.     D-10792     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Gino DiMauro, Jr. Motion approved unanimously.

DENISE DOWNES     D-10637     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Denise Downes. Motion approved unanimously.

FRANCENA DWYER     D-11557     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Francena Dwyer. Motion approved unanimously.

MARIO EFICI     D-10859     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Mario Efici. Motion approved unanimously.

PETER GILMORE     D-11491     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Peter Gilmore. Motion approved unanimously.

JAMES GLASPER     D-11133     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of James Glasper. Motion approved unanimously.

BRENDA GOODALL     D-11597     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Brenda Goodall. Motion approved unanimously.

KENNETH GOWASH     D-10819     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Kenneth Gowash. Motion approved unanimously.

GEOFFREY GREENWOOD     D-10737     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Geoffrey Greenwood. Motion approved unanimously.

JACK GUERRARA     D-10876     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Jack Guerrara. Motion approved unanimously.

GERALDINE HAMEL     D-11511     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Geraldine Hamel. Motion approved unanimously.

SUSAN HAZEN     D-11366     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Susan Hazen. Motion approved unanimously.

JAMES HYLAND     D-10916     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of James Hyland. Motion approved unanimously.

DEBORAH KILLOY     D-10712     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Deborah Killoy. Motion approved unanimously.

LAURIE KRUH     D-10729     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Laurie Kruh. Motion approved unanimously.

MICHAEL MAILHOT     D-10733     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Michael Mailhot. Motion approved unanimously.

VENESSA MARQUIS     D-11706     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Venessa Marquis. Motion approved unanimously.

BRUCE MAYNARD     D-11407     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Bruce Maynard. Motion approved unanimously.

MITCHELL MUZIO     D-11306     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Mitchell Muzio. Motion approved unanimously.

GREGORY NAILS     D-11102     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Gregory Nails. Motion approved unanimously.

DAVID OLIVER     D-11607     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of David Oliver. Motion approved unanimously.

DWIGHT ORNSBEE     D-10583     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Dwight Ornsbee. Motion approved unanimously.

ESTHER OWUSU MANU     D-11377     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Esther Owusu Manu. Motion approved unanimously.

LISA PARRELLA     D-11277     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Lisa Parrella. Motion approved unanimously.

DIANE REYNOLDS     D-11405     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Diane Reynolds. Motion approved unanimously.

RICARDO RIVAS     D-11484     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Ricardo Rivas. Motion approved unanimously.

MELINDA RIVERA-HERNANDEZ     D-11006     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Melinda Rivera-Hernandez. Motion approved unanimously.

EMILIA ROSARIO     D-11293     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Emilia Rosario. Motion approved unanimously.

JOHN SCHILLING     D-11302     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of John Schilling. Motion approved unanimously.

BARBARA SCHLEY     D-11592     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Barbara Schley. Motion approved unanimously.

PEGGY SEBASTIANELLI     D-11289     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Peggy Sebastianelli. Motion approved unanimously.

ROBERT SEDLAK, JR.     D-11473     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Robert Sedlak, Jr. Motion approved unanimously.

AMY SHOPEY .     D-11602     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Amy Shopey. Motion approved unanimously.

DOROTHY SHREDERS     D-11029     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Dorothy Shreders. Motion approved unanimously.

DIANE SIKORA .     D-10990     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Diane Sikora. Motion approved unanimously.

LORI SMALLEY     D-10627     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Lori Smalley. Motion approved unanimously.

RICHARD STEBBINS     D-11671     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Richard Stebbins. Motion approved unanimously.

MARK STEPHENS     D-10778     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Mark Stephens. Motion approved unanimously.

IRIS STREATER     D-11259     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Iris Streater. Motion approved unanimously.

ROBBIN THIMBLE     D-11604     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Robbin Thimble. Motion approved unanimously.

DANIEL TRYON     D-11528     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Daniel Tryon. Motion approved unanimously.

OLGA VAZQUEZ     D-11209     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Olga Vazquez. Motion approved unanimously

SCOTT VITANZA     D-10750     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of Scott Vitanza. Motion approved unanimously

GEORGE WALL, JR.     D-10701     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of George Wall Jr. Motion approved unanimously

WILLIAM WRIGHT     D-10650     CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Leiders moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan, to continue the disability retirement of William Wright. Motion approved unanimously

ADJOURNMENT:

Dr. Pollack moved, seconded by Dr. Dargan to adjourn the meeting at 12:07 p.m.

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