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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2021
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Regents Actions in 49 Professional Discipline Cases

The Board of Regents announced disciplinary actions resulting in the revocation of 4 licenses, surrender of 12 licenses, and 33 other disciplinary actions. The penalty indicated for each case relates solely to the misconduct set forth in that particular case.

I. REVOCATIONS AND SURRENDERS

Architecture

Ira J. Benlevi; Architect; Bayside, NY 11361; Lic. No. 014183; Cal. No. 24784; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Chiropractic

Robert Scott Small; Chiropractor; Humble, TX 77396; Lic. No. 011146; Cal. No. 32333; 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

Maureen LaFlamme a/k/a Maureen R. Eberle; Licensed Practical Nurse; Johnstown, NY 12095-3130, Gloversville, NY 12078; Lic. No. 236223; Cal. No. 30403; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Steven Fredrick Rathbun; Licensed Practical Nurse; Anderson, SC 29624; Lic. No. 286103; Cal. No. 30815; 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.

Lloyd William Collins; Licensed Practical Nurse; New Port Richey, FL 34652; Lic. No. 317779; Cal. No. 32152; 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.

Amber Lynn Hosford; Licensed Practical Nurse; Richfield Springs, NY 13439-4400; Lic. No. 313501; Cal. No. 32214; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors.

Jacqueline Ann Clark; Registered Professional Nurse; Whitinsville, MA 01588; Lic. No. 560093; Cal. No. 32278; 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.

Vincentia Amankwah; Registered Professional Nurse; Cliffwood, NJ 07721-1316; Lic. No. 681103; Cal. No. 32293; 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.

Kimberly E. Lappe; Registered Professional Nurse; Southold, NY 11971-3332; Lic No. 636524; Cal. No. 32316; 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.

James Christopher Benware; Licensed Practical Nurse; Malone, NY 12953; Lic. No. 284948; Cal. No. 32317; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to maintain professional boundaries.

Gregory G. Dorge; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; New Hampton, NH 03256; Lic. Nos. 212887, 434433; Cal. Nos. 32342, 32343; Application to surrender licenses granted. Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of stealing controlled substances in the State of New Hampshire.

John Albert Rajczyk; Registered Professional Nurse; Janesville, WI 53545-4326; Lic. No. 651405; Cal. No. 32363; 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.

Donna Wallace Adair; Registered Professional Nurse; Lakeland, FL 33813; Lic. No. 421898; Cal. No. 32370; 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.

Pharmacy

Rita Patel a/k/a Ritaben Harshadbhai Patel; Pharmacist; Matawan, NJ 07747-6657; Lic. No. 042451; Cal. No. 30095; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Veterinary Medicine

Samuel Paul Yancey; Veterinarian; Croghan, NY 13327-2203; Lic. No. 004642; Cal. No. 31913; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

II. OTHER REGENTS DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Architecture

Richard H. Lewis; Architect; New York, NY 10025-4378; Lic. No. 014987; Cal. No. 32237; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Nursing

Jennifer Leigh Smyth a/k/a Jennifer Leigh Pimienta a/k/a Jennifer L. Smyth a/k/a Jennifer Smyth; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Kiamesha Lake, NY 12751; Lic. Nos. 229461, 456098; Cal. Nos. 29083, 29084; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Troy Soares a/k/a Troy L. Soares; Licensed Practical Nurse; Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3637 Lic. No. 306115; Cal. No. 29085; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Angela Loraine Stone a/k/a Angela Loraine La Buz; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Whitesboro, NY 13492; Lic. Nos. 207368, 434097; Cal. Nos. 31790, 31791; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.

Jennifer L. Brandstetter; Registered Professional Nurse; Auburn, NY 13021; Lic. No. 585860; Cal. No. 31894; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Elena Karnegie; Registered Professional Nurse; Centerport, NY 11721; Lic. No. 637424; Cal. No. 31926; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Sosamma K. Mani; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; New Hyde Park, NY 11040; Lic. Nos. 264842, 650879; Cal. Nos. 31963, 31964; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,000 fine.

Tierra Shylese McMillian; Registered Professional Nurse; Kingston, NY 12401-1240; Lic. No. 644296; Cal. No. 31994; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Grace Elizabeth Schneeman a/k/a Grace E. Schneeman; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Chester, NY 10918; Lic. Nos. 153659, 563829; Cal. Nos. 32008, 32009; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.

Carol Gaunay; Registered Professional Nurse; Sand Lake, NY 12153; Lic. No. 483109; Cal. No. 32017; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $250 fine.

Linda L. Bertucci; Registered Professional Nurse; Ravenel, SC 2940-5219; Lic. No. 423212; Cal. No. 32024; 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.

Herman Mack; Licensed Practical Nurse; Glenville, NY 12302-4474; Lic. No. 271893; Cal. No. 32031; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Brian C. Chiasson; Registered Professional Nurse; Albany, NY 12209; Lic. No. 619779; Cal. No. 32056; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Sonya T. Garner; Licensed Practical Nurse; Buffalo, NY 14215; Lic. No. 305863; Cal. No. 32069; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Bridget Antoinette Hay a/k/a Bridget A. Hay; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Flushing, NY 11354; Lic. Nos. 260259, 547557; Cal. Nos. 32082, 32084; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Diane Robin Barbarito; Registered Professional Nurse; Fresh Meadows, NY 11365-1625; Lic. No. 689149; Cal. No. 32121; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Dalton Joseph Rarick; Registered Professional Nurse; Buffalo, NY 14220; Lic. No. 734999; Cal. No. 32130; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Amber Lynn Miller; Registered Professional Nurse; Cortland, NY 13045-2004; Lic. No. 686490; Cal. No. 32141; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Valerie Lyn Bourgeois-Demers; Licensed Practical Nurse; Cropseyville, NY 12052; Lic. No. 316189; Cal. No. 32147; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Suzanne Patricia Bauer a/k/a Suzanne Patricia Steinbroner; Registered Professional Nurse; Matthews, NC 28104-4120; Lic. No. 578169; Cal. No. 32174; 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.

Toni Graziano; Licensed Practical Nurse; Yaphank, NY 11980; Lic. No. 323758; Cal. No. 32268; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Erik Carlton McKenney; Registered Professional Nurse; Little Falls, NY 13365; Lic. No. 728328; Cal. No. 32418; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Pharmacy

Kin Kei Wong; Pharmacist; Brooklyn, NY 11220; Lic. No. 048478; Cal. No. 31972; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $5,000 fine.

EHT Pharmacy, LLC Curexa; Pharmacy; Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234; Reg. No. 030596; Cal. No. 31984; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $10,000 fine.

Public Accountancy

Terance Marcel Ruso; Certified Public Accountant; Edinburg, NY 12134; Lic. No. 068464; Cal. No. 31885; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years actual suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.

William J. O'Hagan; Certified Public Accountant; Chappaqua, NY 10514-3906; Lic. No. 096789; Cal. No. 32077; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Social Work

Kristen Noel Conjerti; Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Walworth, NY 14568; Lic. Nos. 077649, 078682; Cal. Nos. 32149, 32109; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

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