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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 legisla tive 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.

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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.

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