August 20, 2013
The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower people with disabilities, announced the election of three new Board Chairs. The Viscardi Center is comprised of Abilities, Inc., the Henry Viscardi School and the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC). Each of the new Chairs has served as members of their respective Boards for many years prior to being elected Chair.
Mr. Gerard E. O’Connor, from Garden City, NY, was elected Chair of The Viscardi Center Board and has been on The Viscardi Center board for three years. He is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he works in the Private Wealth Management Group.
Russ Cusick is the new Chairman of the Board for Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center Mr. Cusick lives in New York City and has served on the Board of Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center for four years. He is Chief People Officer for Swiss Post Solutions and has served as Co-Chair of the Mentor Committee for the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center prepares adolescents and adults with all types of disabilities for entry or re-entry into the workforce.
Ms. Beth Daly has been elected to serve as Chair of the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center. Ms. Daly has served for five years on the Henry Viscardi School Board. The Henry Viscardi School is a New York State supported school that offers parents of children with severe physical disabilities and who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day, a traditional, fully accessible educational setting. Ms. Daly, who resides in Breezy Point, NY and Boston, MA, is a Trustee of the McKeen Fund and is responsible for the strategic planning of the foundation’s grant making in support of programs for youth and the elderly. She has devoted much of her personal and professional efforts to establishing, operating, and improving social enterprises targeting vulnerable youth.
The Viscardi Center provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300 professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology.