Over the past 12 months LIFEPlan CCO NY has provided care coordination services to nearly 18,000 members. In that short time, our team of care managers helped members pursue opportunities to live meaningful lives of choice. Southern Tier member Logan Blakeslee is doing just that.
Logan’s Care Manager is Valerie Cunningham. She says, “It has been an honor to work with Logan since July 2005. Logan has overcome great adversity, especially during his senior year of high school, when he was discriminated against and handled it better than most adults I know.” Logan is a strong, confident leader and role model for others, especially those with disabilities. He will continue to advocate and work towards making changes for people and students with disabilities. Here is Logan’s story in his own words.
My name is Logan Blakeslee, and I started my current path in late middle school, all thanks to the BOCES-Oak Tree Leadership Club. It was in 8th grade I initially served as vice president and the moved on to become the club’s president for the next four years. During this time, I was also participating in the New York State Mock Trial Tournaments, which afforded me the opportunity to serve as Chenango Fork’s Mock Trial Club president throughout my senior year.
Due to my experience and passion for the law, in 2018 the League of Women Voters selected me to represent Broome County in the Students Inside Albany Conference. The purpose of this conference is to educate participants on state politics by witnessing them firsthand. My senior year of high school was ultimately capped off by becoming Senior Class President and becoming the graduating salutatorian of Broome-Tioga BOCES. Because of this, I was able to attend three separate graduation ceremonies. After graduation, I became a member of the Youth Advisory Panel on behalf of the New York State Education Department.
After high school I enrolled in college at SUNY Broome. I wasted no time during my freshman year of college and was elected to the Student Senate and became the Vice President of Student Activities. Now preparing to enter my sophomore year at SUNY Broome, I eagerly await the next opportunities that will come my way.