Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
June 2004

Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work

Dentistry

Robert Fiorello, Center Harbor, NH

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032374; Cal. No. 21460
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty by the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners of failure to maintain proper sanitation and sterilization procedures.

Danette Holmes, Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043916; Cal. No. 20766
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Zachary Leiner, Vienna, VA

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029634; Cal. No. 21591
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the Virginia Board of Dentistry of professional misconduct.

Robert Siegel, Woodbridge, VA

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024657; Cal. No. 21579
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the Virginia Board of Dentistry of professional misconduct.


Engineering and Land Surveying

S. Bernard Dickson, Harwich, MA

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 061583; Cal. No. 21502
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the Massachusetts Board of Professional Engineers and Board of Professional Land Surveyors of signing and sealing plans prepared by another without preparing his own evaluations and written report.


Massage Therapy

Henry O. Houck, Clinton, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 005140; Cal. No. 21567
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of moral unfitness in the practice of massage therapy.


Nursing

George Evans Balenton, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265890; Cal. No. 20532
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to administer medications in accordance with prescriptions.

Luis Miguel Batson a/k/a Luis M. Batson, Middletown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265698; Cal. No. 21240
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension for at least 12 months and until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report; upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Beth S. Becker, Gansevoort, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 129503, 443904; Cal. Nos. 21371, 21372
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly document controlled substance records.

Cynthia L. Burgess, Fort Plain, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 455324; Cal. No. 21345
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of documenting vital signs that were not taken.

Mary Lou Collett a/k/a Mary Lou Bromley, Ogdensburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 077133; Cal. No. 21449
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to register.

Arleen Marie Ford, Gansevoort, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 264727; Cal. No. 21413
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to administer medications and administering a medication in the wrong dosage.

Addie M. Hairston a/k/a Addie M. Hardy, Nedrow, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 093777; Cal. No. 21322
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering a medication to a patient for whom the medication was not ordered.

Rosaline Earline Husbands, South River, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 194213, 417660; Cal. Nos. 21087, 21088
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence if and when return to practice, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering insulin to a patient without a physician's order.

Jennifer Jayne Jordan, Ilion , NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 507848; Cal. No. 21323
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of nursing while impaired by alcohol.

Gail M. Jubak, Catkill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 268101; Cal. No. 21223
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004 (see also July 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of making medication administration errors.

Antoine Lambert, Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258113; Cal. No. 19807
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of fraudulently applying for licensure as a licensed practical nurse, concealing a prior conviction of the crime Petit Larceny from the Education Department's Division of Professional Licensing Services by falsely stating on his application for said license that he had never been charged with, or convicted of, a crime.

Florence Luetters a/k/a Florence Catherine Luetters a/k/a Florence Catherine Caliguiri, Hicksville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 226341; Cal. No. 21213
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Duane C. McGraw, Round Lake, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 232735; Cal. No. 21039
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of making medication errors and giving ice chips to a "Nothing-by-Mouth" patient; failing to disclose prior criminal convictions on his application for licensure as a licensed practical nurse; and having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree.

Cynthia M. Morrison, Ithaca, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 112501, 310034; Cal. Nos. 21364, 21365
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004 (see also March 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 3 years and until terminated as set forth in consent order application; upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of diverting the non-controlled drug Nubain from a facility's supply for her own use; and of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Trena D. Powell a/k/a Trena Hankerson, Newark, NJ, West New York, NJ,

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 242458; Cal. No. 19475
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of knowingly and falsely representing, both verbally and on her resume submitted to an employer, that she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing, when she knew she had earned no degree and had never attended the university she claimed to have attended.

Sally Richardson a/k/a Sally Jo Trombley, Gouverneur, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 139112, 366767; Cal. Nos. 21225, 21226
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of last 8 months of suspension stayed, partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of committing medication errors and inaccurate record keeping.

Iris Rivera, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 159893; Cal. No. 21304
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain a record for each patient which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the patient.

Israel G. Simonetti, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 093906; Cal. No. 21301
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004 (see also March 1995)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 1 month and until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under The Influence of Alcohol, a felony.

Evelyn Raquel Suarez, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 271071; Cal. No. 21286
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month suspension, execution of last 11 months of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of falsifying a patient record.

Joann M. Taylor, Brooklyn, NY, West Babylon, NY, West Hempstead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 230092; Cal. No. 21210
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, a class C felony; Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony; and five counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the lst degree, a class E felony.

Patty Ann Wallis, Verona, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248413; Cal. No. 21092
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004 (see also March 2003 and December 2004)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


Pharmacy

Gregory C. Chase, Ashburn, VA

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036012; Cal. No. 21496
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy of professional misconduct.


Psychology

Joseph Yankura, Freeport, NY

Profession: Psychology; Lic. No. 009275; Cal. No. 21570
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Rape in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.


Public Accountancy

Jeffrey M. Bacsik, Wyckoff, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 035591; Cal. No. 21381
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application; following termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing, in each of four separate audits of the financial statements of an entity, to obtain sufficient competent evidential matter to afford a reasonable basis for an opinion regarding said financial statements.

Jeb Louis Bertolasi, Levittown, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 082934; Cal. No. 21560
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class E felony.

Fred Michael Roth, Syosset, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 046455; Cal. No. 21305
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Failure to File a Tax Return.


Social Work

Vincent Joseph Palumbo, Jr., Medford, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 033570; Cal. No. 21382
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.


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