Universal Abilities Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Morfopoulos PhD.

Dr. Morfopoulos is an educator with over 20 years of experience and is the CEO and visionary of Universal Abilities. Dr. Morfopoulos earned a PhD. in Organizational Studies and he possesses over two decades of experience in post secondary education. He has published numerous articles and chapters related to social entrepreneurship. Dr. Morfopoulos currently serves as the Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJSEI). Dr. Morfopoulos has worked as an Account Executive for two of the largest search firms in the world, Management Recruiters International and Dunhill International and he has served as the Chairman of the Business Department and as a Board of Trustee Member at a Long Island-based college. Dr. Morfopoulos is a co-author of a practitioner’s text to social entrepreneurship.

Dr. Dorothy Germano PhD.

Dr. Germano is the Chief Academic Officer of Hawthorn University. Learn more about Hawthorn at http://www.hawthornuniversity.org. She received a master’s degree in psychology from Adelphi University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Touro University International. In addition to her professional degrees, she is a member of Phi Theta and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies and has won numerous awards for excellence in education and community service. Dr. Germano has worked for more than 20 years in higher educational institutions and has held both faculty and administrative positions in SUNY Farmingdale, Briarcliffe College, and Hofstra University. She held a dean’s position for over nine years and was head of a college campus for over six years. Her experience in all areas of higher education, along with her interpersonal skills and dedication to institutional growth and student success, personifies her passion for education. She won "Woman of the Year" in Nassau County for Woman’s History Month in 1995, Golden Apple award from the March of Dimes for contributions in education, and Mother of the Year in 1978.

Joseph M. Delgado

Executive Director of Suffolk Independent Living Center (SILO).
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James Sangiorgio Esq.

James Sangiorgio, JD, is a retired attorney now teaching Business Law and Paralegal subjects at a local college for the last ten years. He is the SME for online business law courses and has been asked to make various revisions to syllabi and student learning objectives for other college level courses. "Student Learning Assessment for Realists" is his book publication that brings reality to the assessment "table." It is based on real cognitive science on how people learn and eliminates much of the "jargon" and other confusion that makes assessment more difficult than it really should be.

David Grik

David Grik was an IT professor for over 13 years at a local Long Island college. He received a bachelors degree in computer science from SUNY Stony Brook and a masters degree in computer science from NYIT. He has over 25 years of system design and computer programming experience. He is the engineer of the Universal Abilities websites and many other websites.

David Naylor

David Naylor created Get Ready Productions to train and prepare individuals for the real world. Mr. Naylor is the author of the book Systems for Success, which instructs the reader how to work smart, manage time, improve organization skills, and compete in today’s job market.

Mr. Naylor served as an Assistant Professor, at a college on Long Island and is currently an Adjunct Instructor for a community college. He teaches technology and communication courses. David specializes in faculty development, career counseling, and presentation skills. He has earned a Master of Arts, in Communication Arts degree.

Some of his achievements include passing tests to become a Microsoft Certified Professional, Novell Certified Administrator, and A+ certified. In addition, David is a webmaster who created his first website in 1997.
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Russell Von Frank

30 years as a CEO, and CEO Coach. Russell knows what the pressure feels like and the weight of responsibility when dealing with complex business issues. My insurance clients trust me to provide solid Risk Management practices for protecting their business or personal assets against loss. The Risk Management process identifies and removes or reduces potential losses first, then the insurance policies provide coverage for the remaining risks.

As a Coach, CEO's expect me to help them grow their business by using my business experience, leadership training and coaching skills. COMPEL CEO groups are a safe space where CEO's can leverage their collective knowledge to produce exponential results.

Sales300 is specialized peer to peer group focusing on sales and designed to help each member achieve their sales goals. The program is both experiential and practical for unlocking sales growth.
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Irene Rodgers

Irene Rodgers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who oversees three programs at EPIC Long Island: Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC), Community Habilitation, and Community Education.

Irene began her career at EPIC Long Island in 2000 as a therapist in the Article 16 Clinic. She worked with individuals, families, and groups faced with challenges related to developmental disabilities and epilepsy.

Prior to joining the EPIC Long Island team, Irene had worked with people with developmental disabilities in the group home and day program settings. In addition, Irene was a Medical Social Worker in a general hospital as well as physical rehabilitation centers.

Irene graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany, School of Social Welfare.
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Lisa Koop-Yilmaz

NYU Masters Program
Disability Advocate

Brandon Washington

Laurie Delgado

Special Education Teacher