Statewide Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC)

The Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC) is a 27-member advisory council established in Section 2553 of the Public Health Law. The EICC assists the New York State Department of Health with the administration of the Early Intervention Program and makes recommendations to the Department regarding appropriate services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Upcoming Meeting Dates and Locations

EICC Full Council Meetings for 2015

  • March 12, 2015
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1-5
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York
  • June 11, 2015
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1-5
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York
  • September 17, 2015
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1-5
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York
  • December 3, 2015
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1-5
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York

EICC Executive Committee Meetings for 2015

  • January 27, 2015
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • April 28, 2015
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • August 4, 2015
    1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • October 27, 2015
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Approximately two weeks before each EICC Full Council meeting, an announcement confirming the assigned meeting room in the NYS Convention Center is emailed to interested parties. If you would like to be added to the interested party email list, or would like more information about attending Executive Committee meetings, please contact the Bureau of Early Intervention 518-473-7016 or BEI@health.ny.gov.

EICC Membership

  • Jessica Benton
    New York State Department of
    Financial Services
    One Commerce Plaza
    Albany, New York 12257
    Main: 518-473-7102
    Jessica.benton@dfs.ny.gov
  • Marcelle Bichotte
    (Parent Member)
    mbbchtt@yahoo.com
  • Marie Casalino, MD
    Assistant Commissioner
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Bureau of Early Intervention
    Gotham Center, CN #12
    42-09 28th Street, 18th Floor
    Queens, New York 11101-4132
    Main: 347-396-6974
    mcasali1@health.nyc.gov
  • Lisa M. Chester, B.A., M.P.A
    Early Intervention Official
    Director - Children with Special Needs
    Niagara County Department of Health
    Trott Access Center
    1001 11th Street
    Niagara Falls, New York 14301
    Main: 716-278-1991
    Lisa.Chester@niagaracounty.com
  • Judi Gerson
    Vice President, Policy & Program Services
    Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, Inc.
    3 Cedar Street Ext., Suite 2
    Cohoes, New York 12047
    Main: 518-436-0178
    jgerson@cpofnys.org
  • Steve Held – Council Vice Chair
    Executive Director
    Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center
    PO Box 12, Longwood Road
    Middle Island, New York 11953
    Main: 631-924-0008
    jkschool@aol.com
  • Nancy Hollander, Psy.D.
    New York, NY 10075
    Main: 917-710-0923
    nlhol@aol.com
  • Brad Hutton, MPH
    (Designee of the Department of Health)
    Director, Center for Community Health
    NYS Department of Health
    Tower Building, Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York 12237
    Main: 518-473-7016
  • Talina Jones - Council Chair
    (Parent Member)
    tajeemom@aol.com
  • Paola Jordan
    (Parent Member)
    Paolai75@hotmail.com
  • Leah Esther Lax, PhD
    (Parent Member)
    Main: 212-420-1999
    acclax@aol.com
  • James McGuirk, PhD
    Executive Director and CEO
    Astor Services for Children and Families
    6339 Mill Street
    Rhinebeck, New York 12572
    Main: 845-871-1000
    jmcguirk@astorservices.org
  • Mary McHugh, LCSW-R
    (Designee of the Office of Mental Health)
    Director Bureau of
    Strategic Direction and Training
    Division of Children & Family Services
    NYS Office of Mental Health
    44 Holland Avenue
    Albany, New York 12229
    Main: 518-474-1706
    mary.mchugh@omh.ny.gov
  • Diane Miller
    (Designee of the Office of Children and Family Services)
    Division of Child Care Services
    NYS Office of Children and Family Services
    309 South Building
    52 Washington Street
    Rensselaer, New York 12144
    Main: 518-474-9614
    dianeDCCS.miller@ocfs.ny.gov
  • Peter Pierri
    Executive Director
    InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation and
    Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc.
    150 West 30th Street, 15th Floor
    New York, New York 10001
    Main: 212-645-6360
    peter@iacny.org
  • Linda Rennie
    Director, Office of Children with Special Needs
    Nassau County Health Department
    60 Charles Lindberg Boulevard, Suite 100
    Uniondale, New York 11553
    Main: 516-227-8648
    Linda.rennie@hhsnassaucountyny.us
  • Margaret Sampson
    Family Initiative Coordinator
    Just Kids Foundation
    PO Box 12, Longwood Road
    Middle Island, NY 11953
    Main: 631-924-0008
    margsampson@optonline.net
  • Cheryl Schaefer-Coppola
    (Parent Member)
    ccoppola2@rochester.rr.com
  • Marjane Selleck, PT, PTD
    Undergraduate, Physical Therapy Department
    DPT Coordinator, School of Health Sciences
    Sage Colleges
    65 First Street
    Troy, New York 12180
    Main: 518-339-6880
    sellem@sage.edu
  • Mischa Sogut
    Legislative and Communications Aide
    Office of Assemblyman Richard Gottfried
    822 Legislative Office Building
    Albany, New York 12248
    Main: 518-455-4941
    sogutm@assembly.state.ny.us
  • Nicole Suto
    (Designee of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities)
    Children's Services Coordinator
    NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
    44 Holland Avenue
    Albany, New York 12229
    Main: 518-486-7426
    sutonl@opwdd.ny.gov
  • Elina Tsenter
    (Designee of the State Education Department)
    Associate in Special Education
    P-12: Office of Special Education
    New York State Education Department
    Education Building, Room 309
    Albany, New York 12234
    Main: 518-473-6108
    elina.tsenter@nysed.gov