Board of Directors
Eileen Scanlan - President
Ms.Scanlan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University at Albany, SUNY in 1990 and her Master of Science degree in Taxation in 1991, also from UAlbany. As a student, she interned in the Accounting Office at the University and was offered a full-time position as an Assistant for University Financial Analysis, upon graduation. In April of 1999, Eileen was promoted to her current position, Assistant Director of State Accounting. Amongst her many responsibilities, Eileen serves as the Program Administrator of the University’s Citibank Visa Procurement and Travel Card Programs where she manages almost 1,600 cardholders spending $20 million annually. Under Eileen’s leadership, these card programs are viewed as a “best practice” in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Eileen was recently appointed to The Professional Development Group’s National Advisory Committee for Procurement Cards in Higher Education. Eileen maintains the campus chart of accounts and monitors campus spending. Eileen also serves as the Campus Security Administrator for the SUNY accounting system, the SUNY financial database (SMRT), the SUNY Employee Portal, and the State-wide Financial System (SFS).
In addition to these and other duties, Eileen has served the University in a variety of capacities as the Secretary of the State University Business Officers Association (SUBOA) Accounting Officers Committee, Treasurer of the Employee Social Committee, and was appointed by the University President to represent Management Confidential employees on the Employees Assistance Program (EAP) Committee. Eileen is also a board member of Consumer Directed Choices (CDC), a not-for Profit Corporation, dedicated to advocacy and self-direction in home based care for people with disabilities.
Joe Amoroso - Vice President
Mr. Amoroso is currently the Director of the New Jersey Division of Disability Services. In that capacity, he is responsible for the day to day operation of the programs, staff and resources of the Division.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Amoroso served as the inaugural Administrator of Information and Assistance Services at the Division This office was created in October 1997 to serve as a single point of entry for information and Referral services for individuals with disabilities.
From October of 1994 through June 1997, Mr. Amoroso was the inaugural Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities at Montclair State University, overseeing the provision of academic accommodations to students with disabilities.
From 1996 through 1999, Mr. Amoroso served as President of the Board of Directors of DIAL, Inc., a non-profit Center for Independent Living serving people with disabilities in Passaic and Essex Counties. (NJ). Mr. Amoroso has been an associate of The Cerebral Palsy Group since 2007 and President of the Group 2011 and 2012.
Mr. Amoroso holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling, Human Services and Guidance and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Economics, both from Montclair State University. His is also a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS).
Christine Crosby - Treasurer
Ms. Crosby lives in Omaha, Nebraska. She has an Associate’s in Human Services. Christine has worked at the “Y” for 13 years. She has worked on several grants promoting inclusion and heathy lifestyles for people with disabilities. Christine has been an active member of Nebraska’s Developmental Disabilities Council for over 10 years. She is also co-chairmen of NebrasCAN (Community Advocate Network.) She has been a CP Group member for 7 years. Christine would like to welcome new and returning members to the group.
James Michels - Secretary
Mr. Michels was born on March 24, 1971 ,11 weeks premature. He has tri paretic cerebral palsy with a mosaic tone, some athetoid movements and some spastic movements. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1993, and attended but did not graduate from UCLA law School between 1993 and 1995. He received a masters in Public Service with a concentration in Health Services Administration from NYU's Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 1999. In place of a thesis, he received a certificate in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities of children (LEND) from the Westchester Institute of Human Development at Westchester Medical Center, administered by New York Medical College.
From 1997-2007 Mr. Michels was on the Scarsdale Village Council on People with Disabilities, the last 8 of those years as its chairperson. He has been employed at Jacobi Medical Center from 1999 to the present day, the last 11 of those years as a Systems Project Leader in the Information Technology Department. For the past year he has been the Secretary to the Board of the CP Group and a dues paying member continuously since 2007.
Robert Watson - CEO and Co-Founder
Mr. Watson holds a bachelors degree in Social work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland and a masters degree in Non Profit Administration from University of Maryland in Baltimore. He is the Executive Director of DateAble Inc., a non-profit dating service for people with and without disabilities. He has been with DateAble for 20 years. He is also President of Independence Now an Independent Living Center in Maryland and advises many other disability advocacy organizations.
Robert is married to his wife of 20 years, Lynn, whom he met through DateAble before he became the Executive Director. He is also an avid Washington Redskins fan and enjoys spending time with his family in the southern Maryland area where he was born, raised, and still resides.
He is the Vice Chair Person for New Life Wesleyan Church in Laplata, Maryland. Through, his exposure with DateAble and as the Co-Founder of The Cerebral Palsy Group, Robert has delivered many presentations all over the United States, Canada, Cuba, Australia and the Philippines on a variety of topics including disability awareness, advocacy, sexual intimacy issues, and dating with a personal care attendant present.
Peter Riddleburger - Board Member
Mr. Riddleburger was born in Washington D.C. January 1939 with hemiplegia; right side. He was treated for 20 years by Winthrop Phelps in Baltimore, MD. As son of a career U.S. diplomat, he travelled extensively in Europe and went to public schools in Germany, France, and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Riddleburger has a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, 1961. He tutored football players and blind students. He completed his Graduate work at American University and was a Congressional staff aide from 1964-1970. He worked at the World Bank from 1971-1997.
Since retiring Mr. Riddleburger Board member of Cerebral Palsy Kinectic Connections at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Also member on Advisory Board of a private clinic in St. Petersburg, Russia where children with cerebral palsy are treated. This has involved annual visits to Russia since 1997. Father of two children, and grandfather of four.
Gregg Donaldson - Board Member
Mr. Donaldson is a freelance writer/editor based in Washington, D.C., who has written for several disability publications and e-zines and has written several articles and blogs on entertainment as well. He is always in search of the “next great story.” He is also a published poet.
He is most proud of his diversity and analytical skills in his 25+ career as a Writer/Editor. His other accomplishments include doing Public Relations for The CP Group, Inc., which he is currently an Associate and Board Member at Large. He is also an accomplished researcher, in helping people find what they want and need for both individuals and organizations.
He was an actor, for the Paradigm Players in the late 1990’s, in a production of the play, Our Town where he played Howie Newsome, the Milkman. In Gregg’s spare time, he is a self-proclaimed movie critic and fantasy football owner. He was honored to be a Judge for the Ms. Maryland Wheelchair Pageant for the third time in November 2014. He received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphasis in English and Journalism in 1987 from the University of South Carolina, Proud Home of the Fighting Gamecocks!