Thomas P. Golden, Ed.D., CRC, is the Executive Director of the Yang-Tan Institute and the Co-Project Investigator of the NYS PROMISE project. As lead for the Cornell team Thomas oversees all Cornell personnel, subcontractors, and leads statewide capacity building efforts, which includes coordination of project training and technical assistance. In addition he is a member of the core management team, and works closely with the RFMH and Statewide Steering Committee to monitor project implementation and progress. Thomas' practice, teaching, research, and scholar has focused across three primary issues: social insurance policy (including work incentive provisions, vocational rehabilitation, and employment supports) and its relation to return to work and greater economic independence for individuals with disabilities; transition planning for secondary education students with disabilities; and organizational development and systems change with an emphasis on facilitating inclusive communities.
Andrew Karhan is the Director of Employment Policy for the New York Employment Services System (NYESS), and is the Project Director for the NYS PROMISE initiative. Andrew serves the primary conduit between the PROMISE federal partners, and the NYS PROMISE partners, and is responsible for monitoring and managing the overall implementation of the initiative. Andrew oversees the overall efforts of the Core Management team, the Steering Committee, as well as the Stakeholder group. Andrew's career has been centered on the development of and advocacy for competitive employment opportunities for individuals with disAbilities. To this end, Andrew has focused his energy's on assisting organizations in developing their internal culture, and shaping the external environment to ensure that individuals with disAbilities are afforded meaningful, and culturally valued opportunities.
Hassan Enayati, PhD is a Research Associate at Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute and is both the Co-Project Investigator and Research Director of the NYS PROMISE project. In his role as the Research Director for NYS PROMISE, Hassan is leading the efforts on research, analysis, and evaluation. Hassan is a labor economist with a research focus in the areas of the labor market of individuals with disabilities, transition, compensation, and the economics of education. Hassan's research relies on the methodological approaches developed in labor economics and, more broadly, applied microeconomics often using large administrative data with a goal of informing practitioners and policymakers.