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 communities.

Beth Tailleur

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.

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Stefanie Perez

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.

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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.

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Kuoli Chung

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.

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Adrienne Ostrove

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.

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Rebecca Jones

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.

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