Local experts discussed what companies should be doing now to position themselves to thrive as our region and the country begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic later this year.
• Stephen H. Cohen, M.D., CPE, senior vice president and corporate medical director, Excellus Health Plan
• Greg Connors, Connors & Ferris, llp
• Ebony Miller-Wesley, director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, Rochester Institute of Technology.
• Todd Oldham, vice president for economic development, workforce and career technical education, Monroe Community College
10 a.m. March 11
Stephen H. Cohen, M.D., CPE
Stephen H. Cohen, M.D, is the Senior Vice President and Corporate Medical Director for Excellus Health Plan. Dr. Cohen is a primary care physician and lifelong resident of Rochester, NY, board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He is also a member of the Monroe County Medical Society and the American Association for Physician Leadership (ACPE).
Dr. Cohen has served as a medical director at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, as well as the president of Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice and Lifetime Health Medical Group. He served as corporate vice president for medical affairs at MVP Health Care from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Cohen has also served as the lab and medical director for Ignitehealth Wellness Management Services and medical director for Relph Benefit Advisors.
After graduating from Albany Medical College, Dr. Cohen completed his residency in primary care internal medicine at the University of Rochester Me dical Center and held a leadership role at the University of Rochester Center for Primary Care. A lifelong Rochester resident, he has held leadership positions at the UR Center for Primary Care and Health Plans in Upstate New York. Dr. Cohen and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of three children and four grandchildren. Dr. Cohen enjoys travel, photography, the Finger Lakes, and reading.
Greg Connors has dedicated his entire legal career to protecting New York’s injured workers. Having appeared at thousands of Workers’ Compensation hearings, he knows how frustrating and confusing Workers’ Compensation can be. This is why injured workers need experienced and dedicated Workers’ Compensation attorneys like the skilled practitioners at Connors & Ferris.
To properly handle a Workers’ Compensation case and/or a Social Security claim, preparation and attention to detail are essential. That is why Greg and the entire team of attorneys at Connors & Ferris meet with each client at the onset of their representation. Each injured worker is provided all of the necessary and pertinent information to maximize their Workers’ Compensation and Social Security benefits. This meeting also provides an opportunity to learn and understand the particulars of the claim. Greg’s reputation of being well prepared and proactive in the pursuit of his clients’ rights allows him to achieve the results you desire and deserve.
Outside the practice of law, Greg is active as a member of the Hunter’s Hope Board of Directors that was created by Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife Jill. Greg was also recognized as a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal “Forty Under 40 Award.”
Greg is a graduate with honors from Alfred University, and Ohio Northern Law School. Greg is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association, the Monroe County Bar Association, as well as the New York State Injured Workers Bar Association. Greg has lectured for the Monroe County Bar Association and has represented clients before the Workers’ Compensation Board, Workers’ Compensation Board Office of Appeals, the Appellate Courts of New York State as well as the Social Security Administration.
Ebony Miller-Wesley is the director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE), which provides business and consulting services to urban entrepreneurs or anyone who has an existing business or is hoping to launch a new business within the urban area. She leads the center’s efforts to raise funds to provide critical assistance to underserved businesses in high growth sectors, and foster outreach and collaboration with the Rochester City School District and entrepreneurship education for dislocated workers. She also maintains partnerships with entrepreneurship and training efforts currently found within RIT’s Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Venture Creations business incubator, as well as other community, government and economic development organizations.
Ebony earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a Masters of Arts in Informatics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A 2016 Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree, she has numerous community connections, including serving as a member of the Salvation Army Board of Advisors, member of the Rochester Prep Board of Trustees, member of the PathStone Enterprise Center Loan Committee, member of the Class of 2015 Leadership Rochester, and a member of the 2013 class of the African American Leadership Development Program.
Todd Oldham serves as the Vice President for Economic Development, Workforce and Career Technical Education at Monroe Community College (MCC). As Vice President, he is responsible for leading MCC’s initiatives to support regional workforce and economic strategy with data driven academic and non-credit workforce and career technical education. His roles within workforce and economic development have spanned over 19 years within the university and community college at both public and privately funded institutions in California, Washington State and New York State. Todd earned a doctorate of education in higher education administration from Northeastern University, an M.B.A. from Chapman University and a B.A., summa cum laude, from UCLA. Todd is also a community college graduate, having earned an A.A. from Orange Coast College.