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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 communities.

Beth Tailleur

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

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

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 Health.

Contact Carolyn at: Carolyn.Cazer@NewYorkersVolunteer.ny.gov

Dorothy Sherman

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

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

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