About Us

Mission

To create opportunities for people with barriers to economic well-being.

 

What We Do

Fedcap Rehabilitation Services provides an array of services to youth and adults helping thousands each year graduate from high school, obtain vocational certification or a college degree, become work ready, obtain meaningful employment and achieve long term economic well-being.

History

In the spring of 1935, a chance meeting of three men with physical disabilities in New York City’s Times Square led them to change a world.

Michael Bertero, Ralph Rice and Robert Boster had struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression. Shut out of the workforce by a society that did not believe people facing barriers could work, they set out to change misperceptions and attitudes by proving that people with barriers could be productive workers. They founded the Federation of the Crippled and Disabled, based in the principles of work, dignity and achieving economic independence. It was the first organization in the country run by, and providing services to, people with disabilities.

Today, more than 80 years later, Fedcap honors this distinguished history. With courage, resolve, innovation and creativity, we have made a deep and lasting impact on the field of vocational rehabilitation, and in the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and their families. Through our own businesses and our graduates who work elsewhere, Fedcap is known widely for top-quality employees, products and services.

Fedcap, its staff, its communities and its many partners remain committed to its mission and continued growth. Our future looks very bright indeed.

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Board of Directors

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Larry Ach

Co-Chair

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Peter Panken

Co-Chair

Leadership

Steve Coons

President

Robin Fisk

Sr. Vice President Occupational Health

Donald Harreld

Sr. Vice President, Education

Aisha Lucas

Vice President Home Care

Laurence Ach

Laurence Ach is a Senior Vice President with Klingenstein, Fields & Co., with more than 30 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Klingenstein, he was at First Republic Investment Management from 1999 to 2008 as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, including serving as Chief Investment Officer from 2001 to 2005. He was with Lynch & Mayer from 1994 to 1999, where he headed the firm’s Private Asset Management division. Mr. Ach was a Senior Vice President/Portfolio Manager at Lazard Freres Asset Management from 1986 to 1994. Previously, he had portfolio management and analytical responsibilities at NSR Asset Management, General Reinsurance and Bankers Trust.

Mr. Ach has an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in history from Trinity College, and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Ach has served on various committees of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and is Secretary and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Temple Israel. He joined the Fedcap Board in 2002 and became Vice Chair in 2014.

Peter Panken

Peter Panken is a long term member and honored member of the Fedcap family. Peter recently retired from an illustrious career at the law firm Epstein, Becker and Green, representing management in a wide range of industries on all aspects of employment and union-related matters. Mr. Panken has published and spoken extensively on a wide variety of labor and employment topics, including State Employment laws and regulations, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, alternative dispute resolution, other federal and state anti-discrimination and employment regulation laws, drafting employee manuals, drafting work rules, drafting executive employment contracts, creating employment applications, and avoiding liabilities in employee terminations and reductions in forces.

Mr. Panken served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Resource Materials on Employment and Labor Law and A Fifty State Survey of the Law of Religion in the Workplace, and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act chapter of the Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources Professionals, and myriad other articles. He regularly chairs ALI-ABA and Bar Association programs on labor and employment law.

Mr. Panken earned a JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and a BA from Haverford College, cum laude. He joined the Fedcap Board in 1975 and served as Chair from 1979-1993.

Nancy Settergren

Nancy recently retired after 27 years at Aon Risk Solutions, where she was a Senior Managing Director and leader of Aon Global Professions, a global practice group serving large law, accounting, consulting and design firms. At Aon, she advised a group of large New York City law firms (and other organizations) on risk and insurance issues and was a member of the Executive Committee of Aon Global Professions. Nancy was also a Founding Member and Leader of Aon’s Women’s Networking Group in the Greater New York area. Currently, Nancy is President Elect of the New York Board of Peer Health Exchange, a national organization that trains college volunteers to teach and empower high school students with critical skills and knowledge to make healthy decisions for their lives. She is also an enthusiastic volunteer with New York Cares, working with high school students preparing for college. Nancy earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Peter Aschkenasy

Peter Aschkenasy has been active in the municipal and cultural life of New York City for over 40 years. He joined the administration of Mayor John Lindsay as an assistant to Parks Commissioner Thomas Hoving, and then was Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs under August Heckscher. He also served as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Youth and Physical Fitness.

Mr. Aschkenasy has been a partner and part-owner of The Oyster Bar, the Rainbow Room, and Gallagher’s Steak House. In 1975, he bought Charley O’s in Rockefeller Center and opened the US Steakhouse in the Time & Life Building. Subsequently, he has owned Luchow’s, the American Charcuterie, and five other New York City restaurants.

Mr. Aschkenasy has served on Manhattan Community Board #5, and the executive committees of the New York City Restaurant League and the New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was a founding member of the Association for a Better New York. He was co-chair of Mayor Ed Koch’s transition Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, and was Treasurer of “Koch-82,” the Mayor’s re-election committee. He is member of Community Boards 2 and 6 in Brooklyn, and the boards of the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Mayor’s Midtown Committee, Brooklyn Information and Culture, The Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. He was co-chair of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Transition Committee on Cultural Institutions and his committee on Public Access Television.

A graduate of Lehigh University, Mr. Aschkenasy joined the Fedcap Board in 2009.

Janice Oursler

Janice Oursler is Program Director, Rehabilitation Counseling in the Department of Psychiatric and Counseling Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also teaches and provides clinical supervision to master’s level rehabilitation counseling students and is a consultant on psychiatric rehabilitation implementation to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Prior to joining UMDNJ, Dr. Oursler was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Healthcare Education at MCP Hahnemann University (now Drexel University College of Medicine). She also developed and taught psychiatric rehabilitation curriculum based on the Boston University model to prepare staff in Iowa to provide services in new Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs in a public managed-care environment. She has worked as a quality assurance consultant, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Director and acting Director for Treatment Services.

Dr. Oursler is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (New York), and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and has been published in several academic journals.

Dr. Oursler holds an AB in Psychology from Brown University, an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University, an MBA in Health Care Administration from the New York Institute of Technology, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from St. John’s University. She joined the Fedcap Board in 1998.

Malvina Kay

Malvina Rollins Kay is currently the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Independent Sector, a national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. Previously, Malvina joined the United Negro College Fund in January of 2013 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer of the Corporation. As CFO, Malvina was responsible for the oversight and management of the organization’s $58 million endowment fund, $179 million annual operating budget, and $900 million long term investment portfolio. She managed all of the financial functions of the organization.

Malvina has always placed a high priority on public service. This is why she has dedicated over 25 years in finance to the nonprofit sector. She previously served as the Vice President, Finance and Administration/CFO at Independent Sector where she was the lead in the negotiations, purchase (non-profit bond financing) and relocation to their new multi-million headquarters facility.

Earlier in her career Malvina had the opportunity to serve as CFO and Director of Administration for the National Council of Negro Women under the leadership of the icon Dr. Dorothy I. Height; Director of Finance and Administration at The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

She provided consulting services to the Administrative Office of the Courts for the State of California, the AARP, Design Build Institute of America, Bazilio Cobb & Associates and KPMG.

Malvina is a graduate of Virginia State University where she attained a B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting; and she has also been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia since 1991. As a dedicated servant of the children and families in her community and state, Malvina has been elected to the Fredericksburg City School Board since 1991. During her tenure she has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman numerous times. She has even had the honor of serving as Chairman of the Virginia School Board Association, Northeast Region from 1999-2001. In 2011, she was also appointed by City Council to serve as a Commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Fredericksburg, VA.

Malvina is a C-Suite Committee member for Independent Sector. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Harambee 360, and Partnership for Academic Excellence. A recipient of numerous awards, in 2014 she was awarded the “Woman to Watch Award” in the category of Community Leader by the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s.

As a member of the school board, she has had a direct impact on improving the academic achievements of all children. Exercising her background in Finance, she has maintained a pivotal role in representing the Board on financial matters. Whether giving input to enhance the design process for new school facilities, or advocating for teachers compensation, Malvina Kay has made it her goal to promote stewardship amongst all educators. Her contributions and dedication to education have gone unparalleled.

Paul Davis

Paul Davis is Principal of the Marble Harbor Investment Counsel. Paul founded Marble Harbor Investment Counsel in 2005 and serves as chief investment counselor. He has managed portfolios for families and institutions for more than 20 years. Most recently, Paul was Senior Vice President of Welch & Forbes. Prior to joining Welch & Forbes, he was the Chief Investment Officer and group leader for David L. Babson & Company’s Private Client Group. He also directed the firm’s Large Company Growth investing team and was the lead portfolio manager for The David L. Babson Growth Fund. Paul started out managing investments at Yeager, Wood & Marshall in New York where he was a partner and board member. Paul focuses his research efforts on the Financial and Technology sectors.

Before embarking on a career in investment management, Paul was a strategy consultant with Monitor Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There he worked with Fortune 50-sized companies in industries as diverse as heavy equipment and packaging to financial services and retailing. His projects involved creating new businesses, restructurings and growth strategies. He also helped the firm to develop a method of rapidly evaluating merger candidates for clients to assist the due diligence processes.

Paul graduated from Dartmouth with an A.B. in Government modified (third honors) and from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard with an M.B.A. (first year honors). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Chartered Investment Counselor and a member of the Boston Economic Club. Paul also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Community Work Services, is on the investment committee of the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society, and is a member of both the Boston Estate Planning Council and the Essex County Estate Planning Council.

Paul enjoys competitive sailing, travel with his wife and children, reading and skiing.

Steve Coons

President, Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

Steve Coons supervises more than 600 employees with employment barriers at more than 60 locations throughout New York and New Jersey, and in Washington, D.C. He joined Fedcap in 1988 following a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy as an expert in aviation maintenance and an in-flight safety engineer, and was honorably retired in 2003 after 25 years of service to the nation. Mr. Coons received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Science from the State University of New York in 1993.

Robin Fisk

Senior Vice President, Occupational Health

Robin Fisk is the Senior Vice President for the Occupational Health Practice Area.

Robin joined Fedcap after a long career as a health lawyer. Pursuing her longstanding interest in improving the way services are delivered, she recently completed her Masters of Health Care Delivery Science, a program jointly sponsored by the Tuck School and the Dartmouth Institute. Robin is interested in ways to improve the patient’s health by comprehensively addressing the medical and social issues they face. In her past life as a lawyer, she advised providers, practitioners and managed care organizations. She is looking forward to using this knowledge to lead Fedcap’s Occupational Health practice and to integrate Fedcap’s services with traditional medical care to move patients through illness and into the work force.

In addition to serving as Fedcap’s Senior Vice President of Occupational Health, Robin is on the Board of Speare Memorial Hospital, a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and former Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Health Law Section. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and Boston University School of Law a very long time ago.

Donald Harreld

Donald Harreld is the Senior Vice President for the Education Practice Area and Executive Director of Easterseals.

Don has over 20 years of experience in higher education. This includes 10 years of educational administrative experience, most recently as an administrator at Brigham Young University. He also has many years of experience in non-profit and corporate management, and as a consultant on disability advocacy, training, and leadership for government agencies.

Don holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and an executive management certificate from the University of Southern California.

Aisha Lucas

Vice President, Home Care

Aisha Lucas manages Fedcap’s home health training and employment business, which trains 165 aides each year and currently employs close to 400. Ms. Lucas previously worked for 12 years at Partners in Care and joined Fedcap in 2005 as a manager. She studied computer science at Hunter College, The City University of New York.