Office of National and Community Service Staff Biographies
Linda J. Cohen
Linda J. Cohen serves as the executive director for the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.
Prior to joining the commission, Linda served for 12 years as executive director of the New York State Corps
Collaboration, where she was responsible for one of the nation's largest AmeriCorps programs. She has also served
as executive director of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, as a contributing writer for Inside
Sports Magazine and in various legal positions within all three branches of New York state government.
Cohen is a graduate of Union College, Albany Law School, and the National Law Center at George Washington
University. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Capital Leadership program of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of
Commerce. A lifelong resident of Albany, she has actively volunteered in her synagogue, at various social
service and community agencies, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and with the Law, Youth and Citizenship
program of the New York State Bar Association. She and her husband met as volunteers while working on that
organization’s high school mock trial competition.
Linda is grateful for the opportunity to lead the effort to involve all New Yorkers in service to their
Beth Tailleur has been part of the New York State Office of National and Community Service staff since its
formation in 1994. Beth has served as an AmeriCorps Program Administrator and Training Co-coordinator and
currently administers the state’s Regional Volunteer Centers. Prior to working with the Office, Beth worked with
the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities as a legislative staff member. Beth is very active in her
community, serving as a volunteer with her local school district and the Greene County Branch of the CDYMCA.
Contact Beth at: Beth.Tailleur@newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov
Stefanie Perez joined the New York State Office of National and Community Service in 1995. She initially helped
craft processes for monitoring AmeriCorps grantees for compliance and evaluating program performance. She oversees
a portfolio of AmeriCorps programs, served as the Disabilities Inclusion Coordinator for New York State AmeriCorps
programs, and collaborates in developing the NYS AmeriCorps Request for Proposal. Stefanie previously worked for
the New York State Division of the Budget (DOB) as a Senior Budget Examiner with responsibilities for the central
oversight and control of the fiscal operations of state departments, and public authorities. She has worked as the
Director of both a NYS Department of Labor funded mentoring program, and a YW-YMCA Day Care, Inc. bilingual day
care center and has a long history of volunteering and serving on boards with community and faith based groups
focusing on youth and women’s issues.
Contact Stefanie at: Stefanie.Perez@newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov
Carolyn Cazer joined the New York State Office of National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer in 2010 as
an AmeriCorps Program Administrator. Carolyn works with a portfolio of AmeriCorps programs to provide guidance and
support to the successful implementation of their national service grant. Prior to joining the State Commission
Office, Carolyn worked for the private sector as an Auditor for KPMG. Carolyn started her public sector work with
the New York State Division of Budget as a Budget Examiner and most recently she worked as a Contract Manager for
seven years for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Department of
Contact Carolyn at: Carolyn.Cazer@NewYorkersVolunteer.ny.gov
Dorothy “Dodie” Sherman joined the State Office of National and Community Service in April 2010. In her position,
Dodie provides administrative support to the State Commission on National & Community Service including the
AmeriCorps Program and all statewide volunteer initiatives. Prior to joining the State Commission Office, Dodie
worked with SUNY New Paltz College, State Office of Mental Health, and State Office of Mental Retardation and
Developmental Disabilities. Dodie is an active volunteer in her community and supports organizations including the
Dutchess County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Columbia-Greene Domestic Violence Program, and is also a
member of the Columbia County Community Choir.
Contact Dodie at: Dorothy.Sherman@NewYorkersVolunteer.ny.gov
Veronica Webster joined the New York State Office of National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer in
March 2013. Veronica manages a variety of AmeriCorps programs throughout the State and assists with the Volunteer
Generation Fund grant. As a trained school psychologist, she began her State service at the New York State Division
of Budget. Prior to joining the New Yorkers Volunteer, Veronica was a Senior Budget Examiner responsible for
budgeting Federal Grants and overseeing approximately 500 for-profit and non-for-profit preschool special education
providers. Veronica uses her diverse background to promote effective and efficient use of national service grants
while providing support to grant recipients.
Contact Veronica at: Veronica.Webster@NewYorkersVolunteer.ny.gov