Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

December 2017

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Social Work -


Dentistry

Genrietta Arakelova; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 050970; Cal. No. 28056

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to document in the patient record that the patient was referred for an endodontic consultation.

 

Engineering and Land Surveying

Robert W. Schneck; Blue Point, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 052788; Cal. No. 29799

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year actual suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to complete mandatory continuing education requirements.

 

Mental Health Practitioner

Mark E. Hillman; Clifton Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 001946; Cal. No. 28342

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of violating Education Law Sec. 6509(2) for practicing his profession with negligence on more than one occasion and guilty of violating 8 N.Y.C.R.R. Sec. 29.2(a)(3) regarding record keeping.

 

Nursing

Clifford Merrel Allen; Wynantskill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245595; Cal. No. 29910

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to maintain accurate patient records.

 

Ann Marie Harvey Anglin; Machiasport, ME

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 304631; Cal. No. 29783

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

 

Reginald Aumoithe; Brentwood, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 306834; Cal. No. 29853

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of making entries in a patient record that he had administered medication when he had not.

 

Carrie A. Barrett; Brockport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 283048; Cal. No. 29717

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having made documentation errors.

 

Tasheena Butler; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 313401; Cal. No. 29723

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of grabbing a patient by the collar and threatening to knock the patient out.

 

Wayne Michael Carter; Longview, TX

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 480537; Cal. No. 30047

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, a class B misdemeanor, in the State of Ohio, which if committed in New York State would constitute Driving While Intoxicated, class A misdemeanor.

 

Renee N. Caruso; Mechanicville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 293111; Cal. No. 30081

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Petit Larceny and filing false report and failing to disclose a criminal conviction.

 

Marlene Cesar; North Miami, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Family Health), Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatry); Lic. No. 685799, Cert. Nos. 339066, 401789; Cal. Nos. 29901, 29902, 29903

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge having been convicted of knowingly converting to the use of another a thing of value of the United States.

 

Heather Andrea Chandonnait; Uniondale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 238066, 559716; Cal. Nos. 29715, 29716

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend the charge of, on several occasions in completing time sheets reporting her work hours as a nurse, she incorrectly entered the shift and/or date, thereby making duplicate claims for time claimed on another time sheet.

 

Arionn J. Copeland a/k/a Arionn J. James; Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 284082; Cal. No. 29781

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of sleeping without waking through the entirety of an overnight home care nursing shift and then filing a false report and progress notes fabricating her observations of the patient’s status and activities during the shift.

 

Allison Defibaugh; Malta, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 588650; Cal. No. 28713

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of medication administration errors.

 

Karen Marie Donegan a/k/a Karen M. Donegan; Elmira, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 169792, 379338; Cal. Nos. 29669, 29670

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to properly verify the blood type of a patient receiving a blood transfusion.

 

Carol Anne Linzee Drastal; El Cajon, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 307877; Cal. No. 29932

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of ordering medical device for a patient without the knowledge or authority from the treating physician and determining that a patient was ineligible for a cardiac study without having the authority to do so.

 

Joan Antonoitte Duyan; Woodhaven, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 235759, 545166; Cal. Nos. 29739, 29740

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspensions, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of using a restraint on a patient that was not the type of restraint listed in the physician’s order.

 

Thaddeus S. Engle; Westernville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 619794; Cal. No. 29838

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to follow order for use of restraints.

 

Maria Joseph Etim; Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 263555, 534509; Cal. Nos. 29921, 29922

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 9 month actual suspension, 15 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted Failure to Pay Wages, a misdemeanor, under the New York State Labor Law.

 

Jodi L. Fisher a/k/a Jodi Lynn Lindberg a/k/a Jodi L. Downey; Orlando, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 545408; Cal. No. 29782

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to follow physician orders, failure to maintain accurate records and medication administration errors.

 

Alice D. Frost; Lehigh Acres, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 098532; Cal. No. 29911

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of Florida discipline.

 

Amber Marie Fuller; Lockport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 309717; Cal. No. 29713

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to waste controlled substances with a witness.

 

Christine Marie Garza; Dallas, TX

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 512184; Cal. No. 30024

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Texas crime.

 

Kathleen A. Gay; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 307513; Cal. No. 29438

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 9 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of abandoning a patient.

 

Nicole Renee Guzman-Webler; Fort Drum, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 671460; Cal. No. 29745

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient record.

 

Lisa Ann Hammonds a/k/a Lisa A. Jenner; Ogdensburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 228515, 541795; Cal. Nos. 29726, 29712

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to maintain accurate records.

 

Alicia Monique Jackson; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 583781; Cal. No. 28159

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to appropriately respond to patient safety issues; failed to provide immediate care to a patient; and failed to document care provided in a timely manner.

 

William Jarosz; Lockport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 221627, 445151; Cal. Nos. 29854, 29805

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspensions, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of no documentation of administration and/or wasting of medications, medication administration errors and improper documentation.

 

Roseann Marie Kessler; East Northport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 245450, 485648; Cal. Nos. 29751, 29752

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspensions, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of being dependent on the narcotic hydromorphone.

 

Elizabeth Brooke Killenbeck a/k/a Elizabeth B. Killenbeck; Frankfort, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 602563; Cal. No. 28242

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Trespass, 2nd Degree.

 

Jessica Grace Knight a/k/a Jessica Ringle; Bakersfield, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 592818; Cal. No. 30122

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of, in the State of Louisiana, demonstrating impaired behavior while on duty and subsequently testing positive for alcohol.

 

April Lynn Lamberton; Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 537510; Cal. No. 29871

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

 

Donna G. Lints; Ilion, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 205127; Cal. No. 29749

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate records.

 

Beth Ann Medina a/k/a Beth Ann Barber; Chadron, NE

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 514935; Cal. No. 30054

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of finding of professional misconduct by the Colorado State Board of Nursing for being dependent on habit-forming drugs or is a habitual user of a controlled substance or other drugs having similar effects, which if committed in New York State, would constitute professional misconduct for being dependent on, or a habitual user or narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, or other drugs in violation of section 6509(4) of the New York Education Law.

 

Nicole L. Myers a/k/a Nicole Evans; Augusta, GA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296702; Cal. No. 29918

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $250 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

 

Donald B. Paradise; Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 548396; Cal. No. 29808

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diversion of controlled substances.

 

Vincent Poromon; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 305000; Cal. No. 29790

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors.

 

Kelly Marie Radford; Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 281343; Cal. No. 29639

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class B felony.

 

Sarah Kathryn Rankin a/k/a Sarah Turnbull Rankin; Des Allemands, LA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 278570; Cal. No. 30005

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of falsifying a renewal application to the State of Louisiana for licensure as a licensed practical nurse by failing to report arrests in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as required.

 

Donna Elaine Robinson a/k/a Donna E. Locsin a/k/a Donna Jacobs; Sarasota, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 084551; Cal. No. 30055

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of finding of professional misconduct by the Maine State Board of Nursing for performing acts beyond the authorized scope of the level of nursing for which being licensed, which if committed in New York State, would constitute professional misconduct for practicing the profession of nursing beyond its authorized scope in violation of section 6509(2) of the New York Education Law.

 

Sandra Marie Russ; Oneida, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 362127; Cal. No. 29847

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

 

Valerie J. Shaw; Rome, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 563512; Cal. No. 29884

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of stealing Oxycodone and having been convicted of Petit Larceny and Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

 

Alicia M. Stanton; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266074; Cal. No. 27898

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, indefinite suspension until alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated on two occasions. 

 

Christine Pearl Virga; Chelsea, VT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 466545; Cal. No. 30121

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to disclose on her New York registration renewal application her discipline in the State of Vermont.

 

Michelle Elise Walker; Germantown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 313235; Cal. No. 29872

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

 

Mary P. Werner; Mooresville, NC

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 370704; Cal. No. 29879

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of nursing in the State of North Carolina when her license to practice nursing had expired.

 

Occupational Therapy

Cheri Dawn Haven a/k/a Cheri D. Haven; Constantia, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 008832; Cal. No. 29520

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Vehicular Assault in the 1st Degree and filing a false report.

 

Pharmacy

Divy Dixit; Edison, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 049976; Cal. No. 29405

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, class C felony.

 

Michael Robert Lindgren; Merrick, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 058003; Cal. No. 29954

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of conduct in the profession which evidences moral unfitness.

 

Public Accountancy

Mun Leung Chung; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 076306; Cal. No. 29582

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of voluntarily consenting to the entry of an order of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) which resulted in a revocation of his further association with any public accountancy firm registered with the PCAOB where the underlying conduct resulting in the revocation would have, if committed in New York, constitute professional misconduct in New York, a violation of the independence requirement under Section 29.10(a)(5) of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

 

Social Work

Mark Patrick Bernardini a/k/a Mark P. Bernardini a/k/a Mark Bernardini; Dannemora, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 060046, 069413; Cal. Nos. 28908, 28909

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was convicted of Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st Degree, a felony, and Forcible Touching, a misdemeanor. 

 

Kacie Leigh Walton; Millerton, PA

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 090341; Cal. No. 29480

Regents Action Date: December 12, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness.

 

For further information: dplsdsu@nysed.gov

Last Updated: April 11, 2018