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J. Carolina Chavez
Judge Chavez was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in 2015 by Secretary Cesar Perales. Before joining the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Chavez served as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. As an ADA, she investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases, including narcotics trafficking, cybercrime, fraud, domestic violence, assault, and murder. An experienced trial attorney, Judge Chavez was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Cary, North Carolina. Having spent part of her childhood in South America, Judge Chavez is a native Spanish speaker. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. She is a member of a number of bar associations, including the Latino Judges Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association.

Teneka Frost-Amusa
Judge Frost-Amusa has been with the Department of State since 2008 and has served as an Administrative Law Judge since 2015. Prior to serving as an ALJ, Ms. Frost-Amusa served as counsel to the following programs within the Department: Affirmative Action, Fiscal Management, Ethics, Human Resources, and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program. Prior to that, she served as Director of Affirmative Action Programs at NYS Departments of State and Civil Service . Judge Frost-Amusa previously held attorney positions at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, and the law firm of Lemery Greisler, LLC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Syracuse University, a Master in Public Administration at SUNY Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and a Juris Doctor at Albany Law School.

Ziedah Giovanni
Judge Giovanni has served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of State since 2008.  Previously, she served as the Manhattan Regional Representative for the Governor of New York State.  In this role she worked as a liaison between community representatives and the Governor’s office, working to ensure that the public’s needs were represented in policy initiatives and budget priorities.  Judge Giovanni also served as a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Minority Leader for the New York State Senate.  Prior to joining the Senate, Judge Giovanni served as Board President of New Yorkers for Fair Representation.  As Board President, she co-founded NYFair in order to safeguard and promote the voting rights of New York voters and increase public awareness about the importance of removing barriers to voter representation.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center.  Judge Giovanni is a member of the National Association of Women Judges.

Scott Nejame
Scott NeJame has served as a Supervising Administrative Law Judge with the Department of State since December 2005. From February 1993 to December 2005, he was a Senior Attorney for the Department of State in which he presented numerous and diverse hearings for the Department of State’s Litigation Unit.  Five years before that, Judge NeJame was in private practice working for a medium-sized defense litigation firm, Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, in Schenectady, New York. He is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Union College and a Cum Laude graduate of the New England School of Law.

Roger Schneier
Judge Schneier has served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of State since 1975.  In addition, he was the Chairman of the State Cemetery Board and Counsel to the Secretary of State for the State Board of Public Disclosure and the Real Estate Advisory Board.  Judge Schneier has also served as a Senior Attorney with the New York State Department of Law in the Real Estate Financing Bureau.  Judge Schneier earned a Bachelor of Arts at New York University and a Juris Doctor at Fordham University School of Law.