Inside Out: Community Resources appoints two women to board
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Community Resources, a non-profit organization that offers a wide range of programs and services to people of all ages and abilities, elected Christine D. Cea and Amy Bergen to its board of directors.
Louis DeLuca, Chairman of the Board’s Nominating Committee, said of their election: “We are proud and fortunate to have these two accomplished and dedicated individuals, both of whom have a deep, personal and professional knowledge of our domain and the people we serve. , join our board of directors.
Cea is a long-time researcher, educator and advocate for people with disabilities.
She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship as Associate Director of the Developmental Disorders Project at the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education.
She is a visiting scientist at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) and has taught psychology and sociology as an adjunct associate professor at CUNY, The College of Staten Island.
Its community engagement includes advocating for improved educational opportunities, better supports and services, and a better quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
She has also been a member of the Borough President’s Advisory Council on Disability, the CR Informed Consent Committee, and the OPWDD Human Rights Committee on Informed Consent which reviews psychiatric treatment recommendations and behavioral for people who are not represented.
Cea received the President’s Medal from CUNY / CSI and recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” (in human rights) by Soroptomist International, as a “Wise Woman” by the National Organization of Italian-American Women.
She has been recognized and honored with numerous distinguished awards and citations.
Cea and her husband, Peter, make Emerson Hill their home and have a married son, Peter Jr. and a daughter, Stephanie, who has special needs.
Bergen is a New York State Certified Teacher of Speech and Hearing Disabilities and School Construction Project Leader.
Licensed in Speech-Language Pathology from New York State, she holds a NYS Certificate of Clinical Skills Specialist in Assistive Technology. She is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist / Speech Improvement Teacher at P37R, the David Marquis School of the Arts, where she works with students aged 5-8.
Her past experience in the field includes seven years at the OTC Richard Hungerford where she also served on the Principal’s Advisory and Graduation Committees, was a teacher for the college’s extracurricular initiative and leader of the Girl Scout Troop. Hungerford 5339.
A graduate of Hofstra University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts as a Speech and Hearing Handicapped Teacher, Bergen obtained her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. She also received an Mention in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City.
Beginning her career at Brooklyn’s PS 321, her 40-year career in the field has included a wide range of experiences as a teacher and speech-language pathologist both affiliated with a school (Eden II School for Autistic Children, Brooklyn College , First Foot Forward Pre-school) and as an independent contractor (TIPSE and VTA). She was also an assistant professor at Touro College and a Sunday School teacher for the Ohel Abraham congregation on Staten Island.
She was honored as the recipient of the NYS Speech-Language Hearing Association Distinguished Service Award and the New York UJA Federation Community Recognition Award.
Besides Cea and Bergen, the board members include Thomas Dugan, president, Carmen Cognetta, vice president, Marlene Markoe-Boyd, treasurer, Louis DeLuca, secretary and Antoinette Balzano, Jane Milza, Anthony Santo, Elaine Selznick, Michael Coppotelli, Joseph Sollazzo, Phil Maguire, Anthony Minardo, Cav. Edward Jackson and Joseph Conti.
CELEBRATIONS – SEPT. 13
Today is the birthday of Joseph Ferreri, Carole “Carrie” Milza, Beth Fennell, Kiawana Rich, Veronica Russ, Harvey Nodelman, Louis Motola Jr., Jimmy Howarth and John Vento.
Happy wedding anniversary today to Norma and John Mondelli, Linda Cohen and Roy Fischman, Joyce and Tom Cunningham and James and Mary Ciccolella who are turning 40.
Monday is the birthday time for Borough Vice President Edward Burke, Anthony (Tony) DeMaio, Iris Cubert, Olivia Blasi, Debra Alleva, Eileen Carroll and her brother, Tom Beyar, Lindsay Dorothy O’Keefe , Bernice Farrell, Edward Franzreb V, Steven Lapcevic, Helen Adams, Phyllis Bosco and Jane Logan.
Happy wedding anniversary Monday to Maria and Joe Premus and to Nancy and Vincent Russo.
Happy Birthday Tuesday to Brian J. Laline, the Editor-in-Chief of Advance / SILive.com who shares a birthday with Rose Miranda, Anna Pallotta and Danny Lemmen.
Happy wedding anniversary Tuesday to Narcy and Jess Santos.
Happy Birthday Wednesday to Mary Ann Bougadis and Vincent James Dugan.
Wednesday is Lori and Paul Agnello’s wedding anniversary.
Birthday greetings Thursday to New Dorp gastroenterologist Dr. Daniel Megna, Jennifer Eisler-Grynsztajn, Logan Carmine Noss, twins Mary Kate and Matthew Cassidy, Kathleen Gloskey and Joseph F. Marrone,
Thursday is Sharee and Phil Balletto and Ann and Ken McBride’s wedding anniversary.
Staten Islanders natives Ruth and Charlie Skelton celebrate their wedding anniversary Thursday and their daughter Wendy and Jack Flannagan celebrate on the same day.
And happy wedding anniversary Thursday to Oscar and Melody Betancourt.
Happy Birthday Friday to Ann Steele, Adrian Buckley, Michael Coppotelli, Leslie Palma Simoncek, Joe Frascati, Elise McIntosh, Georgina Russo, Joanne Chee, Raymond Mankowski, Patrick Meade and Jemy Bonilla.
Happy wedding anniversary Friday to Vito and Karen Peragine.
Mario DiCrocco shares this birthday Saturday with Lorraine Witzak, Colleen Marie Oldmixon, Andrew Lenza, Maritza Lobo, Arielle Budd and twins Victoria and Alyssa Micalizzi.