Office of National and Community Service Staff Biographies
Linda J. Cohen
Linda J. Cohen serves as the executive director for the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.
Prior to joining the commission, Linda served for 12 years as executive director of the New York State Corps
Collaboration, where she was responsible for one of the nation's largest AmeriCorps programs. She has also served
as executive director of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, as a contributing writer for Inside
Sports Magazine and in various legal positions within all three branches of New York state government.
Cohen is a graduate of Union College, Albany Law School, and the National Law Center at George Washington
University. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Capital Leadership program of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of
Commerce. A lifelong resident of Albany, she has actively volunteered in her synagogue, at various social
service and community agencies, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and with the Law, Youth and Citizenship
program of the New York State Bar Association. She and her husband met as volunteers while working on that
organization’s high school mock trial competition.
Linda is grateful for the opportunity to lead the effort to involve all New Yorkers in service to their
Beth Tailleur has proudly been part of the New York State Office of National and Community Service staff since its
formation in 1994. She serves as an AmeriCorps and Volunteer Generation Fund Program Administrator, helping programs to
develop and maintain quality programs, while meeting state and federal requirements. Beth previously worked in the NYS
Legislature and with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities as a legislative staff member. Beth is very
active in her community, serving as a volunteer with the Greene County Branch of the CDYMCA. She spends as much time as
possible enjoying her family, her gardens and the beautiful Hudson Valley.
Contact Beth at: Beth.Tailleur@newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov
Stefanie Perez joined the New York State Office of National and Community Service in 1995. She initially helped
craft processes for monitoring AmeriCorps grantees for compliance and evaluating program performance. She oversees
a portfolio of AmeriCorps programs, served as the Disabilities Inclusion Coordinator for New York State AmeriCorps
programs, and collaborates in developing the NYS AmeriCorps Request for Proposal. Stefanie previously worked for
the New York State Division of the Budget (DOB) as a Senior Budget Examiner with responsibilities for the central
oversight and control of the fiscal operations of state departments, and public authorities. She has worked as the
Director of both a NYS Department of Labor funded mentoring program, and a YW-YMCA Day Care, Inc. bilingual day
care center and has a long history of volunteering and serving on boards with community and faith based groups
focusing on youth and women’s issues.
Contact Stefanie at: Stefanie.Perez@newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov
Michael O. Stevens
Michael O. Stevens joined the New York State Office of National and Community Service as a Program Administrator in 2016.
Michael was born and raised in Albany, New York. He earned a Master’s of Education in 2005 from Springfield College in
Springfield, Massachusetts, and he was a substitute teacher in the Troy, New York, school district before moving to South
Florida in 2007. There, he got involved in the South Florida film industry and volunteered at a non-profit film studio in
Miami, eventually becoming Script Development Director at the facility. Michael returned to Albany in 2012. Prior to
joining the Office of National and Community Service, he worked at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
In 2015, Michael earned certifications in copy editing and basic reporting and writing from the Poynter Institute, and
he published two editorials in the Albany Times Union. Michael appreciates the important and influential work AmeriCorps
programs do, and he is eager to assist programs to ensure that they successfully accomplish their respective missions.
Contact Michael at: Michael.Stevens@newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov
Kuoli Chung joined the New York State Office of National and Community Service in 2016 as an AmeriCorps Program
Administrator. He came to Albany in 2003 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from SUNY Albany. Prior to working
with the Office, Kuoli worked for New York State Department of Labor – Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions -
as a Labor Services Representative where he assisted workers that were substantially impaired from their local labor
market obtain training necessary to re-enter the labor market. Kuoli appreciates the impacts brought to communities by
AmeriCorps programs and is dedicated to support each and every one of them.
Contact Kuoli at: Kuoli.Chung@newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov
Adrienne Ostrove is an Excelsior Fellow with the Commission on National and Community Service. She recently graduated with
her MPA degree from Rockefeller College in Albany, NY. Prior to joining the Commission, Adrienne served in the Peace Corps
in Costa Rica, where she managed two grants headed by female entrepreneurs and provided vocational English training to
community members, students and teachers. In addition to her Peace Corps experience, Adrienne has worked extensively in
the nonprofit social service sector, with a particular focus on children and at-risk youth. Throughout her two-year
Fellowship, Adrienne will be working closely with AmeriCorps programs and members to enhance the AmeriCorps member
experience in New York State, and to ensure that the Commission and its work has a prominent profile in both traditional
and social media.
Contact Adrienne at: Adrienne.Ostrove@newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov
Rebecca will serve as a new Associate Accountant for the Commission. She brings with her over 13 years of experience
in accounting and auditing, in both the private and public sector. Rebecca has worked for the NYS Office of the Medicaid
Inspector General, and the NYS Office for Victim Services, before joining ONCS. She recently received her Doctoral Degree
in Business Administration. In her spare time, she loves to travel, especially on cruises to much warmer climates. She
looks forward to working with each of you.
Contact Rebecca at: Rebecca.Jones@ocfs.ny.gov