Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

March 2021

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- Architecture - Chiropractic - Nursing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Ira J. Benlevi; Bayside, NY
Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 014183; Cal. No. 24784
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021 (See also January 2007)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty professional misconduct for having practiced the profession of architecture while his license was suspended and for filing nine Post Approval Amendments with his seal and license number while his license was suspended.   

Richard H. Lewis; New York, NY
Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 014987; Cal. No. 32237
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of filing 27 Technical Report Statement of Responsibility forms, with the New York City Department of Buildings, identifying responsibility for special inspections, when he was not a registered Special Inspection Agency or a Director of a Special Inspection Agency.

 

Chiropractic

Robert Scott Small; Humble, TX
Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 011146; Cal. No. 32333
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021 (See also March 2019)
Action: Application to surrender license granted, and to supersede Order No. 30865
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession in the State of Colorado while the ability to practice is impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical disability, or mental disability.

 

Nursing

Donna Wallace Adair; Lakeland, FL
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 421898; Cal. No. 32370
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021 (See also October 2012)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of using a physician’s credentials for unauthorized prescriptions of medications in the State of Florida.

Vincentia Amankwah; Cliffwood, NJ
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 681103; Cal. No. 32293
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of submitting false education credentials to the New York State Education Department, in order to obtain a registered professional nurse license.

Diane Robin Barbarito; Fresh Meadows, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 689149; Cal. No. 32121
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
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 inconsistent patient record.

Suzanne Patricia Bauer a/k/a Suzanne Patricia Steinbroner; Matthews, NC
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 578169; Cal. No. 32174
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, upon return to practice in New York State, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of professional misconduct in the State of North Carolina, for diverting the controlled substance Dilaudid for her own use.

James Christopher Benware; Malone, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 284948; Cal. No. 32317
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to maintain professional boundaries.

Linda L. Bertucci; Ravenel, SC
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 423212; Cal. No. 32024
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, upon return to practice in New York State, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession in the State of South Carolina while the ability to practice was impaired by drugs.

Valerie Lyn Bourgeois-Demers; Cropseyville, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 316189; Cal. No. 32147
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to properly assess a patient for pain and medication administration errors.

Jennifer L. Brandstetter; Auburn, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 585860; Cal. No. 31894
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors.

Brian C. Chiasson; Albany, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 619779; Cal. No. 32056
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Jacqueline Ann Clark; Whitinsville, MA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 560093; Cal. No. 32278
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain a record for each patient which accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment of the patient, for failing to properly document the administration, waste, and handling of the controlled substance fentanyl, in Massachusetts.

Lloyd William Collins; New Port Richey, FL
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 317779; Cal. No. 32152
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of adding the anticonvulsant drug Tegretol to a patient’s physician order sheet, without a physician’s order, in the State of Florida.

Gregory G. Dorge; New Hampton, NH
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 212887, 434433; Cal. Nos. 32342, 32343
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of stealing controlled substances in the State of New Hampshire.

Sonya T. Garner; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 305863; Cal. No. 32069
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Carol Gaunay; Sand Lake, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 483109; Cal. No. 32017
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of swearing at an intoxicated patient.

Toni Graziano; Yaphank, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 323758; Cal. No. 32268
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of pre-charting the administration of medications.

Bridget Antoinette Hay a/k/a Bridget A. Hay; Flushing, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 260259, 547557; Cal. Nos. 32082, 32084
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021 (See also March 2017)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violating a term of probation imposed by the Board of Regents and of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class D felony; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, a class E felony; and Circumvention of Interlock Device, a class A misdemeanor.

Amber Lynn Hosford; Richfield Springs, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 313501; Cal. No. 32214
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors.

Elena Karnegie; Centerport, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 637424; Cal. No. 31926
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to document patient pain assessments.

Maureen LaFlamme a/k/a Maureen R. Eberle; Johnstown, NY, Gloversville, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 236223; Cal. No. 30403
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct for having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony; Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor; and Issuing a Bad Check, a class B misdemeanor.

Kimberly E. Lappe; Southold, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic No. 636524; Cal. No. 32316
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of two counts of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent Person in the 1st Degree, a class E felony; and two counts of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Herman Mack; Glenville, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 271893; Cal. No. 32031
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors.

Sosamma K. Mani; New Hyde Park, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 264842, 650879; Cal. Nos. 31963, 31964
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021 (See also September 2018)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of nursing as a licensed practical nurse and as a registered professional nurse while her licenses were suspended.

Erik Carlton McKenney; Little Falls, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 728328; Cal. No. 32418
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of nursing beyond its authorized scope in the State of Vermont.

Tierra Shylese McMillian; Kingston, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 644296; Cal. No. 31994
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
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 having been convicted of Criminal Mischief.

Amber Lynn Miller; Cortland, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 686490; Cal. No. 32141
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
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 having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree.

John Albert Rajczyk; Janesville, WI
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 651405; Cal. No. 32363
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of nursing in the State of Arizona while the ability to practice was impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical disability, or mental disability.

Dalton Joseph Rarick; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 734999; Cal. No. 32130
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of removing and possessing medications without permission.

Steven Fredrick Rathbun; Anderson, SC
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 286103; Cal. No. 30815
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of medication administration errors and submitting registration renewal applications on February 11, 2015 and February 15, 2018, with false responses to questions.

Grace Elizabeth Schneeman a/k/a Grace E. Schneeman; Chester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 153659, 563829; Cal. Nos. 32008, 32009
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Jennifer Leigh Smyth a/k/a Jennifer Leigh Pimienta a/k/a Jennifer L. Smyth a/k/a Jennifer Smyth; Kiamesha Lake, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 229461, 456098; Cal. Nos. 29083, 29084
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Troy Soares a/k/a Troy L. Soares; Poughkeepsie, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 306115; Cal. No. 29085
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
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; Driving While Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Angela Loraine Stone a/k/a Angela Loraine La Buz; Whitesboro, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 207368, 434097; Cal. Nos. 31790, 31791
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

 

Pharmacy

EHT Pharmacy, LLC Curexa; Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 030596; Cal. No. 31984
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of failure to comply with federal regulations in the State of Alabama.

Rita Patel a/k/a Ritaben Harshadbhai Patel; Matawan, NJ
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042451; Cal. No. 30095
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct for having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance, a class D felony.  

Kin Kei Wong; Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 048478; Cal. No. 31972
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of holding for sale outdated drugs and drugs stored in refrigerators that were above the recommended temperature.

 

Public Accountancy

William J. O'Hagan; Chappaqua, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 096789; Cal. No. 32077
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Tax Fraud in the 5th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Terance Marcel Ruso; Edinburg, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 068464; Cal. No. 31885
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years actual suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to perform a complete and accurate audit.

 

Social Work

Kristen Noel Conjerti; Walworth, NY
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 077649, 078682; Cal. Nos. 32149, 32109
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to adequately follow-up with a patient and failing to refer a patient to other services upon discharge; and failing to maintain accurate records.

 

Veterinary Medicine

Samuel Paul Yancey; Croghan, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004642; Cal. No. 31913
Regents Action Date: March 15, 2021 (See also May 2009)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct for having been convicted of Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor.

 

 

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Last Updated: April 28, 2021