Scott M. Schmidt, CFSP
Training Officer-HHS/NDMS/DMORT II
Scott was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to
the canal town of Middleport shortly after the Blizzard of ’77. A
graduate of Royalton –Hartland Central School he went on to attend
and graduate from the State University of New York Canton College of
Technology where he received his A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science.
He received the designation of Certified Funeral Service
Practitioner in 2006 from The Academy of Professional Funeral
Service Practice. Spending his entire Funeral Service Career in
Albion, NY he was elected Orleans County Coroner in 1990. The
Orleans County Legislature appointed him Chief Coroner in March
2007. Through his affiliation with the New York State Association of
County Coroners and Medical Examiners, (an organization which he is
now President of,) Scott became familiar with DMORT, joining the
organization in 1996. He has been deployed as a Mortuary Officer to
the Egypt Air 990 Crash in Rhode Island, the WTC attack on 9/11/01,
to Gulfport, MS and St. Gabriel, LA following Hurricane Katrina and
most recently to Buffalo, NY following the crash of Continental
Flight 3407 in February 2009. He was appointed Training Officer of
DMORT Region 2 in 2003 and is responsible for assuring preparedness
of the team via annual team didactic training and requisite on-line
training. Both training styles are designed to keep the members of
the team in a constant state of readiness for future deployment.
Scott has presented numerous programs about DMORT operations around
the State of New York as well as Southern Ontario and has been an
active participant in the Mass Fatality Workshops along with the New
York State Emergency Management Office, New York State Police, New
York State Department of Health, and the New York State Association
of County Coroners and Medical Examiners. He is also an Accredited
Medico-Legal Death Investigator. Mr. Schmidt is a full-time Funeral
Director as well as a Church Organist. He is a member of numerous
community and civic organizations and lives in Albion, New York with
his wife Aleka and daughters Hayley and Danielle.
Blanche A. Borzell, MD - 2nd Vice Presiden
Blanche is a family physician who has practiced in Watkins Glen, New York for more than 32 years. She graduated from Cornell University, Upstate Medical Center and completed
a residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Clinical
Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Dr. Borzell has been a coroner for Schuyler County for more than 30 years
and has served as Chief Coroner for more than 20 years. She is interested in promoting quality forensic investigation throughout the state of New York.
Robert E. Cole, MD
I am a general surgeon and work for Arnot Medical Services. I am medical director of Arnot's Bariatric Surgery Program and do RNY gastric bypasses at the Arnot. Our program is a Center of Excellence (COE). I also provide surgical services at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, New York.
I have been a Steuben Co. Coroner for 8 plus years. I am one year into my third term.
My wife is Jo Ann and between us we have six children and eight grand children. We live on Keuka Lake in the Town of Wayne, NY, but our mailing address is Hammondsport.
is a life long resident of Canandaigua, NY, a graduate of
Canandaigua Academy, Finger Lakes Community College with an A.A.S.
Degree in Criminal Justice, and Simmons School of Mortuary Science
A.A.S. Degree in Mortuary Science. Kevin has been a licensed Funeral
Director since August of 2002. In 2008 Kevin retired from the
Ontario County Sheriff’s Office after 24 years as a road patrol
deputy. In 2010 he sought the position of Ontario County Coroner and
has been serving since January 1, 2011.
Kevin is a self-employed funeral director working in numerous
funeral homes in the area. He is very active in the community and
serves on numerous boards and councils including the Ontario County
Traffic Safety Council, Ontario County Safety Council, Ontario
County Child Fatality Review Team, Board of Directors Canandaigua
Emergency Squad and President of the Ontario-Wayne-Yates Funeral
Kevin is also a member of Disaster Mortuary Operational Response
Team Region 2 as a mortuary officer, as well as a member of Ontario
County Mass Fatality committee helping develop and implement a
response if a mass fatality should occur.
Kevin is married to his wife Cindy and has two children.
Johnson, MD, MS
Deborah is a board-certified forensic pathologist and Medical
Examiner at the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office in
Syracuse, New York, serving Cayuga, Madison, Oswego, and Oneida
Counties in addition to Onondaga. She is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Forensic Scientists and the National Association of
Medical Examiners. Deborah is a native of Ohio but grew up in
Lubbock, Texas, where her first job was as a church organist, and is
a Viet Nam-era veteran achieving the rank of Captain in the USAF
prior to leaving the military and settling in Colorado to raise a
family. A 1990 graduate of the University of Colorado Medical
School, she completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency
at University Hospital in Denver, with a one-year fellowship in
pediatric pathology at The Children’s Hospital. After a fellowship
in forensic pathology at the Office of the Medical Investigator in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Deborah has worked for over 17 years as a
forensic pathologist in Kansas, Colorado, Texas, and most recently
New Zealand, prior to moving to New York in June, 2011. A lover of
the outdoors who has climbed 44 of the 54 Colorado 14’ers, Deborah
was a member of Park County Search and Rescue while in Colorado and
certified in open water SCUBA diving in Australia at the Great
Barrier Reef. She is enjoying exploring the Adirondacks and the many
historic sites of New York on foot and mountain bike. Deborah is the
proud mother of two children and two grandchildren.
Kenneth V. Lederhouse NYSCCME President 1999-2007 NYSCCME Vice President 1993-1999 Niagara County Coroner since 1986 A.O.S. degree, SUNY at Alfred 1973 Lifelong resident of Lockport Married to Laurie Dieter Lederhouse for 33 years
Margaret E. Luck, D-ABMDI/Coroner
● Lifeline Coordinator Nathan Littauer Hospital 1980-present Autopsy ● Assistant 2000-present Resides in Gloversville NY, Fulton County
● Elected, Fulton County Coroner 1981-present Education: Graduated Johnstown High School 1978 Graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from Fulton Montgomery Community College
● Emergency Medical Technician Since 1978-present
● Diplomat American Board of
Medicolegal Death Investigations – (St.Lewis University School of
Medicine. 2005-present. ● Boards and Committee: Board Member of NYSACCME since 2005 - present
● NYSACCME member since 1982-present ● Fulton County Traffic Safety Board –1995-present
● Fulton County Emergency Medical Service Board 1999-present ● Fulton County Sexual Abuse Investigation Team 1999-present
● Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery County
Critical Incident Debriefing
1999-present ● Community Service: Active member of the Business of
for Fulton County ● Active member of the St. Monica Chapter of the Eastern Star
● Active member and 1st vice of the Republican Women of Fulton County
● Member of the Loyal of the Moose ● Taught Advance First Aide & Water Safety Instruction for 10 years.
● YMCA Teen Center director from 1990-2002
Gregory S. Oakes, Esq.
Oakes is First Assistant District Attorney and a Deputy Coroner for Oswego
County, and started his service as NYSACCME legal counsel this year. He has
been a full-time Assistant District Attorney since 2001. He has been
responsible for numerous homicide prosecutions and has successfully tried two
murder cases before juries. He is a graduate of Boston College Law School
John C. Prindle, MD, At-Large
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, Graduated 1966
Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY, Rotating Intern 1967
U.S. Army Medical Corp., Vietnam 8th Field Hospital, ER Physician in Charge 4th Artillery Group, Group Surgeon Fort Bragg, NC, General Medical Officer, Captain 1967-1969
Lisle Medical Office, Lisle, NY, Family Practice 1969-1972
Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY, Emergency Medicine 1972-1978
Chenango Bridge Medical Group, Binghamton, NY, Family Practice 1978-1997 Chair of Medical Group, 1995-1997
Guthrie Clinic Inc., Binghamton, NY, Family Practice & Regional Medical
United Medical Assoc., Johnson City, NY, Family Practice 2000-Present
Broome County, Binghamton, NY, Coroner 1985-Present
N.Y.S. Medical Society, Broome County Medical Society, Member 1966-Present
MedNet Ltd, Binghamton, NY, Member & CEO 1992-1999
DMORT (Disaster Response Team under NDMS), Physician/Member 1995-Present
Warren H. Riles, CFSP
- 1st Vice President
Warren was born in Canonsburg, PA and moved
Palmyra, New York in 1956. He is a graduate of Palmyra-Macedon
Central School and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. In
1970 he purchased a funeral home in Forestville, New York
re-naming it Riles Funeral Home. It operated under that name until
October 2002 at which time Riles & Woolley, Inc. was formed.
Warren serves as the president of the corporation which operates
Riles & Woolley Funeral Home and Riles & Woolley Monuments.
Warren was first appointed a Chautauqua County Coroner in 1975
and today serves as Chief Coroner. He is a member and current
President of the Chautauqua County Funeral Director’s Association
and serves on the Disaster Preparedness Commission for Chautauqua
County, a member and director of the New York State Funeral
Director’s Association where he serves on the Family Assistance
Commission, the Budget and Finance Committee and also as
Secretary/Treasurer for the Director’s Choice Credit Union. In
addition Warren is a member of the National Funeral Directors
Association. He belongs to many fraternal organizations and has
served on many local committees. An accomplished church organist,
Warren has severed many local churches.
Gordon R. Terry, CFSP, At-Large
Gordon was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in New Hyde Park on Long
Island. He is a graduate of the State University College at Buffalo
with a B.S., Ed degree and in addition obtained an A.A.S. degree in
Mortuary Science from the State University College of Agriculture
and Technology at Farmingdale. He served in the New York Army
National Guard from 1970 - 1976. Prior to becoming a licensed
funeral director he was a high school instructor on Long Island and
after licensure continued in the high school position and also
served as an Assistant Professor of Mortuary Science at SUNY,
Farmingdale. In July of 1990 he, and his wife, Joan, also a licensed
funeral director, purchased their funeral home in Edmeston, NY.
Gordon was appointed Otsego County Coroner in 1997 to fill a vacancy
and was elected in the general election of 1997 and reelected in
2001, 2005 and 2009 to the position. He is a member of the National
Funeral Directors Association, New York State Funeral Directors
Association, Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association and
NYSACCME. Gordon was the President of the New York State Funeral
Directors Association in 2008-2009. He obtained his NYSACCME
certification in 2009 and recertified in 2012. In his community,
Gordon serves as a firefighter, Explorer Post advisor and Secretary
of the Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department, Adjutant of the Wharton
Valley American Legion Post #1311, brother of Farmer's Lodge #553,
F&AM, Trustee of the School Funds for the Town of Edmeston and
treasurer of the Cooperstown Lions Club.
Dianne R. Vertes, PhD, MD
- Executive Secretary
Dr. Vertes, a board-certified forensic pathologist, is the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office (ECMEO) in Buffalo, New York. The ECMEO offers its services to coroners in adjacent Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Dr. Vertes is a relative newcomer to New York state, moving to Buffalo in 2003 from the Bay area in California where she practiced in both coroner's and medical examiner's offices. Here in New York, Dr. Vertes quickly became involved with NYSACCME and is happy to serve as the Executive Secretary; she has also hosted a meeting and spoken at several conferences. Dr. Vertes is an active participant of numerous committees and organizations at the county and regional level involved with mass fatality preparedness, forensics and ethics and child death review. She collaborates with Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania in forensic anthropology projects. Dr. Vertes is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New York at Buffalo and enjoys teaching in the classroom and around the autopsy 'table'.
Robert F. Waltman
Robert is a life long resident of Dansville, NY, a graduate of Dansville Central School, Herkimer County Community College with an A.A.S. Degree, and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY. Rob has been a licensed Funeral Director since October 1983. In 1993 he sought the position of Livingston County Coroner and has been serving since January 1, 1994.
Rob is a self-employed funeral director working in numerous funeral homes in the area. He is very active in the community. He has been an active member of the Union Hose Co No.1 of the Dansville Fire Department for 28 years, having served in numerous positions including Department Fire Chief, in 2003-2005, and as a former Emergency Medical Technician. He is a member and has served as Deacon for the Dansville Presbyterian Church. Robert just completed 3 years of serving as the Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron # 87of the Daniel Goho American Legion Post #87 in Dansville.