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SSA Committees & Task Forces

Members of SSA are encouraged to participate and share their expertise with other professionals through SSA’s committees. Committees of the Board are composed of SSA directors. Committees of the Corporation are composed of SSA directors and non-directors. Students are especially encouraged to join a committee as an opportunity to work and interact with professionals in gerontology. Below are a list of committees with a brief description and a contact person for more information.

Committees of the Board. The Finance Committee, Executive Committee and Governance Committee are Committees of the Board.

Executive Committee

Executive Committee Membership: Tobi Abramson, President and Chair of Executive Committee, Mary Ann Erickson, President-elect, Harriet Blank, Treasurer, Jurgis Karuza and Top Caprio, Governance Chairs, and Mary Beth Morrissey, Past President.

For more information contact:
Tobi Abramson, President
Email: tabramso@nyit.edu

Finance

Duties of this committee include: a) auditing and reviewing the Treasurer’s Report; and b) planning and implementing strategies for fundraising.

For more information contact:
Harriet Blank, LCSW, Chair
Email: harriet_blank@ohelfamily.org

Governance

The duties of the Governance Committee are: 1) to review the business and proceedings of the Society to ensure compliance with its Bylaws; 2) to provide guidance on the conduct of the Society’s business when requested by the Board of Directors, Elected Officers or Society members, and 3) to suggest changes to Society Bylaws to reflect the dynamic nature of the organization to reflect the current business and challenges of the Society.

For more information contact:
Thomas Caprio, Co-Chair
Email: Thomas_Caprio@urmc.rochester.edu

Jurgis Karuza, Co-Chair Email: Jurgis_Karuza@urmc.rochester.edu




Committees of the Corporation. The following are committees of the Corporation: (A) Awards; (B) Electronic Communications and Publications; (C) Program and Education; (D) Membership; (E) Nominations; (F) Planning and Development; (G) Social Policy; (H) Student; and (I) Diversity.

Awards

Duties of this committee are to review candidates for a number of SSA awards, including the Walter M. Beattie, Jr. Award for making significant contributions to the field of aging in New York State, and the SSA Student Awards for students who have written high-quality research papers on a gerontological issue.

For more information contact:
JMark Brennan-Ing, Ph.D., Chair
Email: mbrennan@acria.org

Diversity

Duties of this committee include and ensure the inclusiveness of different peoples and ideas both within and without the Society to promote a variety of services and programs that meet the needs of all segments of the elderly population in New York State.
James O'Neal, Chair
Email: joneal1306@aol.com

Electronic Communications and Publications

This committee is charged with implementing and maintaining electronic communications to Society members and the public through diverse media. The publications committee develops and publishes the biannual newsletter, membership directories, and other printed Society materials.

For more information contact:
Jennie Smith-Peers, Chair
Email: jsmith@estanyc.org

Membership

The membership committee works to recruit and attract new members to SSA as well as maintain contact with current and previous members.

For more information contact:
Liz Seidel
Email: lseidel@acria.org

Nominations

The nominations committee works to identify and nominate members to various board positions available in SSA.

For more information contact:
Mary Beth Morrissey, Chair
Email: mamorrissey@fordham.edu

Planning and Development

The Planning and Development Committee identifies opportunities to disseminate information about projects and research to enhance the quality of life for older adults of New York State; to increase branding of the State Society on Aging of New York; and to strengthen support of the organization through increased membership and financial support.

For more information contact:
James O'Neal, Co-Chair
Email: joneal1306@aol.com

Janna Heyman, Co-Chair
Email: heyman@fordham.edu

Judith L. Howe, PhD.
Email: judy.howe@mssm.edu

Program and Education

This committee supports the continued education and professional development needs of Society members from all professions, as well as students and community leaders/advocates. It provides recommendations, knowledge and expertise to the Society Board of Directors and collaborates with the Student Committee to support students’ knowledge of gerontology and careers in aging. It is responsible for organizing the annual conference in October under direction of President.

For more information contact:
Mary Ann Erickson, Chair
Email: merickson@ithaca.edu

Social Policy

The purpose of the Social Policy Committee is to facilitate the development of policy statements that address the needs of older people in New York State and are keeping with the mission of the society.

For more information contact:
Tina Maschi, Chair
Email: tmaschi@fordham.edu

Student Committee

The student committee informs and encourages student participation in the State Society on Aging of New York and also strives to find out what students' needs are and ensure that SSA tries to meet these needs. It welcomes participation from both professional and student members. It aims to provide student information sharing and networking and support to students throughout New York State.

For more information contact:
Christian Gonzalez-Rivera, Co-Chair
Email: cgonzalezrivera@nycfuture.org

Eunice Flemister, Co-Chair
Email: eflemister@hostos@cuny.edu