MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
FRIDAY, October 19, 2012

A Meeting of the Medical Examining Board was held on Friday, October 19, 2012, in Building No. 4, at the University of Connecticut's Health Center, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite No. 262, Farmington, Connecticut, 06032.

PRESENT:
Oluremi Aliyu, M.D., CHAIRPERSON
Catherine Lewis, M.D.
Douglas D'Andrea, M.D.

ABSENT:
Wilner Samson, M.D., CO-CHAIRPERSON
Ariane Sirop, M.D.
Jayesh Kamath., M.D.

OTHERS PRESENT:
Joseph Lanteri, Disability Retirement Unit
Annette Sadlowski, Supervisor, Disability Retirement Unit
Virginia Brown, Retirement Services Division Counsel
Amy Schwarzkopf, Investigations and Recovery Unit

Please note that a portion of the meeting, which included several investigatory fact-finding conferences, was conducted in executive session as the focus of the meeting was the medical condition of each Disability Retirement applicant.

CALL TO ORDER

The Chairperson called meeting to order at 9:38 am.

DAVID LEFF D-9285 CONT'D ENTITLEMENT(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Aliyu motioned to go into Executive Session at 9:40 am, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to discuss the medical condition(s) related to David Leff's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Mr. Leff was accompanied by Attorney Andrew Houlding, and the following individuals who provided statements: Judge Grant Miller, Dr. Peter B. Wade, and Fire Chief Richard Hutchins. Members of the Retirement Services Division were asked to be allowed to remain.
Dr. Aliyu motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Lewis at 11:45 am.
Dr. Aliyu moved, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to stand by the decision made previously by the Board that Mr. Leff was not entitled to disability benefits. Motion approved by majority decision.
RAYMOND BERRY D- 10528 DISABILITY(CONT'D)
Dr. Aliyu motioned to go into Executive Session at 12:17 pm, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to discuss the medical condition(s) related to Raymond Berry's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Members of the Retirement Services Division were asked to be allowed to remain.
Dr. Aliyu motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Lewis at 12:40 pm
Dr. Aliyu moved, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to approve Raymond Berry's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
MARC MORGAN D- 11018 SERVICE-CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Aliyu moved to go into Executive Session at 12:45 pm, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to discuss the medical condition(s) related to Marc Morgan's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Mr. Morgan was accompanied by Ken Jones, Union Representative. Members of the Retirement Services Division were asked to be allowed to remain.
Dr. Aliyu motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Lewis at 1:18 pm.
Dr. Aliyu moved, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to approve Marc Morgan's entitlement to Service-Connected Disability Retirement with a review for continued entitlement in 12 months. Motion approved unanimously.
CHRISTINE JASSE D- 10888 DISABILITY(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Aliyu motioned to go into Executive Session at 1:25 pm, seconded by Dr. Lewis to discuss the medical condition(s) related to Christine Jasse's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Ms. Jasse was accompanied by her husband, Robert Jasse. Members of the Retirement Services Division were asked to be allowed to remain.
Dr. Aliyu motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Lewis, at 1:50 pm.
Dr. Aliyu moved, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to approve Christine Jasse's entitlement to Disability Retirement with a review for continued entitlement in 12 months. Motion approved by majority decision
Dr. Aliyu motioned to go into Executive Session to discuss medical condition(s) related to the remaining applications for Disability Retirement, seconded by Dr. Lewis at 2:00 pm. Members of the Retirement Services Division were asked to be allowed to remain.
Dr. Aliyu motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Lewis at 2:45 pm.
MARIA BRANCIFORTE D- 11143 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Maria Branciforte's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
THOMAS BURNS D- 11178 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve Thomas Burns' entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
ALLEN CAMBY D- 10931 CHANGE TO -N/C
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve Allen Camby's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
PHYLLIS CHASE D- 11157 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Phyllis Chase's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
MICHAEL CRONK D- 11276 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve Michael Cronk's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
NANCY DECAMPOS D- 7721 SERVICE-CONNECTED(POSTHUMOUS)
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Nancy DeCampos's entitlement to Service-Connected Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
KIMBERLY DIVERGILIO D- 11126 SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Kimberly DiVergilio entitlement entitlement to Service-Connected Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
RAFAEL FELICIANO D- 11121 SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve Rafael Feliciano's entitlement to Service-Connected Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
RONALD FICETO D- 10559 CHANGE TO -N/C
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve Ronald Ficeto's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
THOMAS FORD D- 9899 DISABILITY(POSTHUMOUS)
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Thomas Ford's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
JAMES LIPKE D- 11182 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny James Lipke's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
DIANE MCALEES D- 10942 DISABILITY(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to stand by the decision made previously by the Board that Ms. McAlees' was not entitled to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
PETER MEDINA D- 11064 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Peter Medina's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
FREIDA PARKER MD- 1407 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve Freida Parker's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
MICHAEL PERREAULT D- 11134 DISABILITY(POSTHUMOUS)
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Michael Perreault's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
JOAN PRAIGOWSKY D- 10521 SERVICE-CONNECTED(POSTHUMOUS)
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Joan of Praigowsky's entitlement to Service-Connected Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
DORIS ROBERTSON D- 11190 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea to table Doris Robertson's entitlement to Disability Retirement pending receipt of additional medical information and an appearance before the Medical Examining Board. Motion approved unanimously.
TAMRA SCATA D- 11204 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve Tamra Scata's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
ANNA STIGGLE D- 11066 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Anna Stiggle's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
LINDA TANGARI D- 10400 SERVICE-CONNECTED(RECONSIDERATION)
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to stand by the decision made previously by the Board that Ms. Tangari was not entitled to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
MILFORD THOMPSON MD- 1344 SERVICE-CONNECTED
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to deny Milford Thompson's entitlement to Service-Connected Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
MAREK WDOWIAK D- 11195 DISABILITY
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to table Marek Wdowiak's entitlement to Disability Retirement pending receipt of additional medical reports. Motion approved unanimously.
KRISTINE WITKOSKI D- 9715 CHANGE TO -NON-S/C
Dr. Aliyu moved, seconded by Dr. Lewis, to approve Kristine Witkoski's entitlement to Disability Retirement. Motion approved unanimously.
CARMEN ARROYO D- 10416 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Carmen Arroyo. Motion approved unanimously.
RUBY BATTLE D-10582 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Ruby Batlle. Motion approved unanimously.
ANGELIQUE CARLSON D-10565 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to table the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Angelique Carlson pending receipt of additional medical information and an appearance before the Medical Examining Board. Motion approved unanimously.
CHARLES CHRISTODLOUS D-10738 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Charles Christodlous. Motion approved unanimously.
LINDA CIVITILLO D-10567 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Linda Civitillo. Motion approved unanimously.
TAMI MARONEY D-10501 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Tami Maroney. Motion approved unanimously.
TARA MARRS D-10504 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to table the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Tara Marrs pending receipt of additional medical information and an appearance before the Medical Examining Board. Motion approved unanimously.
ELIZABETH MURPHY D-10722 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Elizabeth Murphy. Motion approved unanimously.
DONNA PARADIS D-10451 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to the Disability Retirement of Donna Paradis. Motion approved unanimously.
WAYNE PLAVNICKY D-10463 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Wayne Plavnicky. Motion approved unanimously.
HERVEY RUSSO D-10052 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Hervey Russo. Motion approved unanimously.
DEBORAH SHAFFER D-10581 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Deborah Shaffer. Motion approved unanimously.
JAMES SHUMWAY D-10691 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of James Shumway. Motion approved unanimously.
CHRISTINE SMITH-GATISON D-10554 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Christine Smith-Gatison. Motion approved unanimously.
FRANCES WARD D-10570 CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT REVIEW
Dr. Lewis moved, seconded by Dr. D'Andrea, to approve the continuation of entitlement to Disability Retirement of Frances Ward. Motion approved unanimously.
ADJOURNMENT:
Dr. Aliyu moved, seconded by Dr. Lewis to adjourn the meeting at 3:15 pm.

(Whereupon, the meeting was adjourned)

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