Disability:IN Connecticut Board
Our Executive Director
Sharon Denson, JD, Executive Director
Our Executive Board
Joe Wendover, President
Dr. Ed Goldberg, Manager (Retired), Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Threat Assessment, Eversource
Ed served as Senior IT Manager for Northeast Utilities’ (now Eversource) and subsequently Dominion’s Millstone Nuclear Power Station for 10 years. He then served 17 years leading the company’s business continuity, disaster recovery and threat assessment program until his recent retirement. He served for many years as the chair of the Northeast Utilities Diversity Council, during which time he became involved supporting CTBLN, now Disability:IN.
Ed taught graduate and undergraduate business and IT courses for Albertus Magnus College for 11 years, and served as both adjunct and core/full time faculty for Capella University’s School of Business and Technology PhD program. He chaired dozens of doctoral research/dissertation committees, created course content and facilitated doctoral residencies, etc.
Ed chaired the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Business Continuity Committee. He currently serves on the national board for ACP, the Association of Contingency Planners, and serves as its Treasurer. He is also on the board of the Connecticut chapter where he served 4 terms as its President. Ed also currently serves on the boards of the FBI New Haven Citizens Academy Alumni Association and on the board of the FBI’s Connecticut Infragard organization.
Ed has a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA concentrated in Computer Information Systems, an advanced Graduate Certificate in Computer Communication Networks and a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership. He was first licensed as a Professional Engineer in 1986, and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with more than 30 years of IT and technical management experience. Ed is an expert on safety-conscious work environments and the creation and maintenance of such culture in nuclear and other industrial settings. He has a varied background in industrial computer control design. He has designed military computer systems, fire alarm and security control panels, web offset printing press accessories, and electrofinishing/plating control equipment. He has a patent for a sub-ambient fluid circulation system used in the printing industry.
Ed lives in Waterford, CT with his wife, Judi. He has 3 adult children, enjoys traveling, ham radio and bicycling.
Sandie Lavoy – Senior VP of Community Rehabilitation Services, CW Resources, Inc.
Sandie has worked in the disability employment field for over 35 years. She began her career with Goodwill Industries of the Springfield/Hartford Area in CT and MA and began working with CW Resources, a national not for profit headquartered in CT in 1997. She is currently Sr. VP of Community Rehabilitation Services and has a M.S. in Organizational Psychology. Sandie oversees the rehabilitation division and has direct oversight of five facilities in Connecticut that provide day and employment opportunities for several hundred individuals daily. These programs and services help people with disabilities to learn about themselves, to explore the world of work and learn transferable skills which empower them to make good life decisions. Sandie believes in employment first for all people and supports the right to choose where one works and spends their time.
In addition to serving on the board for Disability:IN CT, she is the Vice Chair of ACCSES, a national organization supporting the agencies that that provide services to people with disabilities across the United States. ACCSES and the work of the network empowers and supports individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential through self-determination and advocacy efforts on The Hill.
Mark Soycher – Counsel, Human Resources Services, CBIA
Mark Soycher has over 30 years experience guiding Connecticut employers and employees through the maze of laws and regulations affecting their workplace, providing legal assistance with all workplace problems from hiring to firing, and on how best to plan and apply workplace strategies that anticipate and avoid legal disputes.
As HR Counsel at CBIA, the state’s largest business organization, Soycher responds to thousands of personnel-related inquires annually from member companies, and has conducted training sessions for thousands of Connecticut workers on a wide range of topics, including Sexual Harassment Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Employment Law for Managers, Workplace Discrimination, ADA and Ethics Compliance. Previously, Soycher was in private law practice for a dozen years, representing and counseling both employers and individuals in employment matters. Before that, he was general counsel and lobbyist for the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, a construction industry trade association.
Soycher has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in special education from William Paterson College, and a law degree from New York Law School. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, and serves on the executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s labor and employment law section. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), currently serving as Director of Legislative Affairs on the SHRM-CT HR Council, and is a board member of Disability:IN Connecticut, a coalition of CT employers working to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Shannon Zenkert – Firestone