IRI Executive Director

Gilbert Louis, Ed.D.

Gilbert Louis attended Brooklyn College where he earned a Bachelor in Business, Management and Finance and a graduate degree in Psychology. He received his doctorate in education from St John Fisher College (SJFC). His interest in human services started while in college when he worked on the overnight shift at PSCH. Since then, he has held a number of clinical and administrative positions in the field.Gilbert worked at The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc. (IAHD) for 28 years and spent the last 15 as its Associate Executive Director. Gilberthas been teaching psychology at St Joseph’s College for the past 20 years and doctoral level research methods and statistics classes at SJFC for the past few years. He is a sought-after speaker and has been a regular presenter at NYSACRA, YAI, and MSC statewide conferences as well as those sponsored by The Bronx and Manhattan DD Councils. For the past 15 years,Gilbert has served on the board of directors at Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC). He participated in the OPWDD’s workgroup charged with developing value-based payment model as the field moves from a fee for service system to Medicaid managed care and was the senior researcher for the training guide for care managers to be published this spring by OPWDD. Gilbert loves reading, enjoys boating and is very fond of traveling. Finally, his favorite quote by Warren Bennis sums up his leadership philosophy: “managers do things right but leaders do the right thing”.

Executive Leadership Team

  • Gilbert Louis, Ed.D, Executive Director
  • Elizabeth Corrigan, Ph.D.,, Chief Operating Officer
  • Todd Pinkus, MPA, MA, Chief Financial Officer
  • Lina Saray, MBA, Director, Human Resources
  • Ana Koesslar, Director, Social Services and Community Engagement
  • Susan McGrath, Director, Quality Assurance
  • Noelia Mango, MBA, Director, Clinical Services

2016 IRI Board of Directors

  • Gael Monteil, President
  • Paul Bufano, 1st Vice President
  • Sharon Simmonds, 2nd Vice President
  • Marie Graham, ActingTreasurer
  • Joan Frietsch, Secretary
  • Laura Bufano
  • Ruth Migliorelli
  • Elaine Radisch
  • Barbara Rizzo
  • Robert Parris
  • Scott Springer

Past Presidents

  • Carol Grimalidi
  • Ruth Migliorelli
  • Judita M. Prelog
  • Elaine Radisch

On The Leading Edge of Technology

Proloquo 2

What is it? A fully customizable communication application that interfaces with smart phones and tablets. The app is programmed with picture/icon representations of words and common phrases that the user can string together to communicate a thought.

How does it help? This is an indispensable communication aid for non-verbal individuals

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Telehealth Services

How does it work? Individuals can have their vital signs taken right in their homes. The information is digitally recorded providing personalized biometrics that help detect medical conditions earlier based on trended data. This service also provides virtual intervention between nurses and individuals using a smart tablet.

How does it help? Medical staff is more knowledgeable about patients’ care in between visits. These services also greatly reduce hospitalizations therefore also reducing the number of disruptions for individuals in their homes.

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Pulseox Monitor

How does it work? Remotely monitors oxygen levels of individuals with respiratory issues. Allows nurse to monitor the oxygen level remotely.

How does it help? Helps to remotely monitor blood oxygen levels and send an alert to the nurse if levels are imbalanced.

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GPS Watch

How does it work? Individuals can travel safely and unsupervised. Individuals simply wear the watch that communicates to an app used by IRI staff.

How does it help? This technology prevents individuals from getting lost. Staff can also see where individuals are without having to be there in person.

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Home Sensor Technology

How does it work? A suite of interactive sensors is outfitted on kitchen appliances and above doors. If an individual, living in their own apartment, turns the stove on, then exits the kitchen, IRI will get an alert. If the individual leaves the house at an unusual time, we will also be alerted.

How does it help? This provides un-invasive oversight. Individuals can live independently with confidence. It also reduces the need for in-person staffing.

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Medication Wheel

How does it work? This simple device alerts individuals when a medication dose is due, then opens to dispense medication. If the medication is not taken or the wheel is not closed properly, IRI will be alerted.

How does it help? For those individuals living in apartments or homes, they can now take medication without staff intervention.

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Samsung Galaxy Tablets

How does it work? There are many existing applications, and new ones being developed every day that are targeted to assist disabled individuals in enhancing their abilities

How does it help? Allows us to use a variety of online applications that support the abilities of the users

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Amazon Echo

How does it work? Wirelessly controls lighting and other devices through voice commands.

How does it help? Helps individuals who are otherwise unable to manually operate devices to do so independently.

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Pressure Pads in Beds

How does it work? Allows the staff to monitor bed time routines when people are in and out of bed with a remote monitor; a notification goes to remote staff person when a person has gone to bed and if they get up during the night for an extended period of time.

How does it help? Helps ensure safety by sending staff an alert when an individual is out of bed during the night.