Membership Information

The SCIRB is comprised of thirteen (13) members. Seven (7) appointed by the Governor, two (2) appointed by the temporary speaker of the senate, two (2) appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one (1) appointed by the senate minority leader and one (1) appointed by the minority leader of the assembly.


13 Voting Members

Name Appointing Authority County
Adam Stein, M.D., Chairperson Senate Minority Leader Nassau
Lorne Mendel, Ph.D. Governor Suffolk
Fraser Sim, Ph.D. Governor Erie
Bernice Grafstein, Ph.D. Assembly Minority Leader New York
Keith Gurgui Temporary President of the Senate Ulster
Rachel Santiago, M.D. Governor Ulster
April B. Coughlin, Ph.D. Governor Albany
Lauren A. Varriale, M.S., O.T.R./L Governor Nassau
Jessica Daigle, M.A., O.T.R./L Governor Nassau
Vacant Governor N/A
Vacant Speaker of the Assembly N/A
Vacant Speaker of the Assembly N/A
Vacant Temporary President of the Senate N/A

The members serve without compensation but are allowed the necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Estimated expenses below are based on travel expenses between the member's home and the Empire State Plaza or Metropolitan Area Regional Office where board meetings are held. 

Costs FY 2020-21: $0
Costs FY 2021-22: $0
Costs FY 2022-23: $0
Est. Costs FY 2023-24: $1000

Process for Filling Vacancies

Vacancies resulting from a board member's resignation shall be filled with candidates who meet the requirements of the membership as provided for in Statutes-Public Health Law Article 2, Title IV, 250-251.
Candidates interested in the vacancy process can reach out to: