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Board of Directors

Anne Emmerson, EdD, Chairperson

Anne Emmerson serves as Chairperson of the Charles Evans Center (CEC) and is an ex officio member of the Finance, Human Resources, and Quality Assurance committees. Anne represents CEC on the Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD) Incident Review Committee. She also serves on the ACLD BOT and is currently a member of the ACLD Quality Services Committee. Anne is retired from her position as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nassau Community College.

Peter A. Egan, Esq, Vice Chairperson

Peter A. Egan serves on the CEC Human Resources Committee. He is a Partner at Nixon Peabody, LLP. An experienced business attorney specializing in healthcare law and advising healthcare clients, Peter’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions and other complex business transactions, as well as regulatory and tax analysis, with a focus on the healthcare industry. Prior experience includes the position of Partner at Garfunkel Wild, P.C. and Senior Tax Consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP. He also serves as a member of the Development Board for the Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children.

Diane Carlson, Secretary

Diane Carlson serves on the CEC Quality Assurance Committee and the Human Resources Committee. As part of her advocacy work for people with developmental disabilities, Diane is a member of NYS Partners in Policymaking and Parent to Parent of New York State, and works with school districts to help parents of children with special needs prepare to navigate service systems and make informed decisions. Diane is the parent of a daughter who resides in an ACLD community residence and uses the services of CEC. Diane is also a volunteer at ACLD’s Development & Community Relations Department, assisting with fundraising activities.

Ronald M. Tauss, Treasurer

Ronald M. Tauss serves as Chairperson of the CEC Finance Committee. Since 2004, Ronald is the driver coordinator for Wantagh FISH, a volunteer medical transportation service for senior citizens. He was a member of the Island Trees UFSD Board of Education from 1981-2004 where he served as a parent advocate and liaison to the Office of Special Education. During his tenure on the Island Trees board, he served various terms as president and vice president. Ronald is retired from Equitable Life where he managed health care applications systems development and project implementation. He is the parent of a son who uses the services of CEC.

Richard Dibble, PhD

Richard Dibble serves as Chairperson of the CEC Human Resources Committee. Richard is a member of the ACLD BOT and served as president from 1998-2000. He is Chairperson of the ACLD Human Resources Committee and also serves on the ACLD Trustee and Leadership Committee. Richard is retired from his position as Director of The Center for Labor and Industrial Relations at New York Institute of Technology.

Robert C. Goldsmith

Robert C. Goldsmith serves on the Finance Committee. Bob is the Executive Director of ACLD. Through Bob’s vision and tireless effort, CEC opened its doors as a federally qualified health center on May 19, 2015. He is a passionate advocate and educator for people with developmental disabilities and special needs with more than 30 years of experience serving in the non-profit and business sectors. Prior to joining ACLD in June 2014, Bob was Associate Executive Director of AHRC Nassau. Before joining AHRC Nassau, he was Chief Operating Officer and Associate Executive Officer of AHRC New York City. Bob served as a member of the Board of Directors for AHRC NYC Chapter for 19 years and was one of the founding members of the AHRC New York City Foundation.

Nancy Lorson

Nancy loves her coffee, dining out, Scratch-Off Games and going to Dollar Tree. She has a pet cat named Levi. Nancy volunteers at the Animal Lovers League animal shelter in Glen Cove. She loves watching sports in her spare time. Her favorite teams are the Mets and the Jets. Nancy also enjoys spending time with her family. She has lived in her Hicksville apartment since 1987.

Iris Rosenthal

Iris Rosenthal joined the CEC Board of Directors in 2017. Iris works part time at ACLD and provides office housekeeping services. She lives in East Meadow and enjoys interacting with her friends. Some of her favorite pastimes include visiting her brother and his family, shopping, spending time at the library, and taking continuing education courses at the local community college. Iris uses the services of CEC.

Scott Ross

Ellen Spiegel

Ellen Spiegel serves as Chairperson of the CEC Quality Assurance Committee. She serves on the ACLD BOT and was President from 1991-1997. Ellen currently serves on the ACLD Trustee and Leadership Development Committee and the ACLD Human Resources Committee. Ellen is retired from her position as a math teacher in the Wantagh School District. Ellen has a son who resides in an ACLD community residence and uses the services of CEC.

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