Last year, ICRT worked with IREX Fellow Mr. James Bisheko of Uganda on the Village Integration Platform for Development (VIP for development), to help aid communication between the people of rural Ugandan villages and social service agencies, as currently, they do not receive services based on actual need, as it is not assessed. According to James,
VIP is on. The Local government in the district that I work with has accepted to use it in monitoring their programs and have said that they will encourage all partners to use the Notice boards. I was recently given a team to work with on how to implement the project…
– James Bisheko, Social Scientist, Uganda
You may view James’ blog by clicking here.
Undergraduate Awardee: Simone Westerman, Psychology, B.A., 2012
Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student researcher as demonstrated by the independent or collaborative design and implementation of one or more research projects that resulted in a presentation at a state, regional, national, or international conference and/or the publication of a journal article, monograph, or report.
Graduate Awardee: Samantha Rosetti, School Counseling, M.S. Ed., 2012
Awarded to an outstanding graduate student researcher as demonstrated by the independent or collaborative design and implementation of one or more research projects that resulted in a presentation at a state, regional, national, or international conference and/or the publication of a journal article, monograph, or report.
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Donna Lamkin was appointed the Chief Program Officer of the Center for Disability Services in July of 2001. As Chief Program Officer, she is responsible for administrative oversight and program development of the Residential Services, Adult Day Services, and Children’s Services Divisions as well as the Service Coordination and Quality Assurance Departments. In addition, Ms. Lamkin provides administrative support to the Family Group, Inc.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Lamkin was the Deputy Executive Director of Community Services at the Center. At the time of the merger of the Center for Disability Services with Residential Opportunities, Inc. (ROI) in 1999, she was the Associate Executive Director of ROI, where she had also served as Director of Clinical Services since 1984. In the first 20 years of her professional career, Ms. Lamkin had been an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Welfare at SUNY-Albany, Program Director at St. Anne’s Institute, and a Youth Parole Worker for the NYS Division for Youth.
Ms. Lamkin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Douglass College at Rutgers University, and her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA.
Ms. Lamkin has served on various community Boards, including the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, Early Childhood Education Center, and the Guilderland Performing Arts Center.
Ms. Lamkin has a son and daughter, both of whom live in the capital district. Her daughter receives multiple services from the Center including residential, day, service coordination and health care.