MSW, CSW, Executive Director
Melvyn R. Tanzman has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and has been working professionally with seniors and people with disabilities for over 35 years. He is a life-long New Yorker having grown up in Queens, spending many of his young adult years in Brooklyn, before moving to Westchester in 1991.
From 1986-1999, Mel was the Director of Social Services and the Director of Health Policy for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. His responsibilities combined direct services to severely disabled members with the goal of community integration and social service policy development and advocacy. He served on numerous task forces with all stakeholders regarding the future of long term care in New York State. In recognition for his work in the area of Medicaid home care, Mel received an award from New York City’s Independent Living Centers in June 1992 and was named a Brookdale Center for Aging Fellow in 1993. Mel became the Executive Director of WDOMI in May 1999. Recent affiliations include Board of Directors Freedom Gardens; Executive Committee, New York Association on Independent Living; Steering Committee Westchester Disability Advocacy Partnership; Co- Chair Westchester Long Term Care Council.
Mel is passionately committed to the tenets of Independent Living both professionally and personally. He believes the critical issues facing people with disabilities include: economic and employment equality; affordable and accessible housing, and affordable health care. Mel has also been involved with disability culture and was a member of the Disabled In Action Singers from 1988 through 2013.