Who We Are

HLNY represents professionals who manage the business affairs of healthcare organizations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. No other professional association is more essential for meeting the career needs and interests of healthcare executives in New York State.

Our History

HLNY is the local, New York Metropolitan, chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives. We support high ethical standards and conduct, and promote the mission of ACHE. Through HLNY, ACHE members have access to local professional development and networking events, mentoring, and career services which include a jobs data bank and resume support.

Our mission is to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence through professional enrichment and continuing education of our members.

  1. 1969

    Metropolitan Healthcare Administrators Association (MHAA) established.

  2. 1992

    Women's Health Network (WHN) & Hudson Valley Healthcare Executives Association (HVHEA) established.

  3. 2002

    MHAA, WHN, and HVHEA merge to form Healthcare Leaders of New York.

  4. Currently

    HLNY continues to be the premier network with over 1800 members.


  • Paige Dworak, FACHE


    Paige has nearly 20 years of experience in hospital operations and financial management in a variety of settings to include for-profit, not for profit, and academic healthcare institutions. She currently serves as the Vice President, Financial Operations, for the East Region Hospitals (Waterbury Hospital, Eastern CT Health Network, and more) of Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit healthcare system headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Dworak has served on the board of HLNY for the past 4 years most recently as President-Elect. Prior to her role as President-Elect, Ms. Dworak was Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee with full financial fiduciary responsibility for the chapter. Previous to that she held the position of Chair of the Program Committee where she led and coordinated all networking and educational events held by the chapter in 2013 and 2014. Ms. Dworak is board certified in healthcare management, and holds the FACHE credential. “It is truly an honor to serve this board, and the nearly 2,000 members we serve.”

  • Tim Gorton, FACHE, CHC


    Tim Gorton is a Senior Compliance Officer with NYC Health + Hospitals. His responsibilities include insuring an effective compliance program at the nation's largest public health care system. He has been an active member of ACHE/HLNY since 2006, serving as Chair of HLNY's Marketing Committee from 2010-2011 and he has been HLNY's project leader for three ACHE Chapter Innovation Grants over the past few years, focusing on chapter membership growth; fellow advancement; and executive leadership diversity initiatives. Tim was one of the recipients of the 2014 ACHE Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's award.

  • Stephanie Meier, FACHE

    Immediate Past President

    Stephanie Meier is the Assistant Vice President for Women’s and Children’s Services at Winthrop-University Hospital. She provides leadership for the departments’ overall strategic direction and faculty practice development. In addition, Stephanie developed the operational strategy for the women’s health business development and ambulatory network plans. Stephanie has been an HLNY member since 2007 and an ACHE member since 2004. She is a FACHE and is board-certified in healthcare management. She previously served as HLNY’s President-Elect, and thoroughly enjoys meeting and networking with the membership and advancing the chapter.

  • Allison Roditi

    Vice President

    Allison is currently the Senior Director Sports Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery. Prior to this, she was a Service Line Administrator for South Nassau Hospital's Surgery & OB/GYN overseeing the strategy, finances and operations for two of the largest service lines at South Nassau, as well as the hospital’s ambulatory surgical practice in Valley Stream. Prior to her position at South Nassau, she held Director level positions in the specialties of Neurosciences, Surgery and Perioperative Services, all at the North Shore LIJ Health System. She was also an adjunct professor of statistics at New York University. She has expertise in strategic planning, operations, program growth and development, capital acquisition, personnel recruitment, finance and budgeting.

  • Waseem Akhtar, FACHE


    Waseem Akhtar is a Financial / Project Analyst supporting Pharmacy Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Professionally Mr. Akhtar has over 15 years of healthcare experience managing projects in Information Systems, Revenue Cycle, and Supply Chain. He completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and received his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. He has also earned both the Project Management Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.

    Mr. Akhtar has been a member of ACHE and HLNY since 2012 and previously served as Membership Committee Chair and Co-Chair of the Programs and Events Committee. He is looking forward to supporting HLNY in his new role as Secretary helping the entire HLNY team provide valuable networking and educational opportunities for the membership.

  • Nicholas Bilas, MBA


    Nicholas Bilas is a highly accomplished healthcare professional with demonstrated experience in operations and service delivery within health systems, associations, and retail settings. Currently, he oversees the Admissions Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he plans and directs a wide range of operational and financial activities as they relate to Center's inpatient operations. In 2015, Nicholas was the recipient of an ACHE Early Careerist Regent’s Award recognizing him for having significantly contributed toward advancement of healthcare management excellence and achievement. From 2014 to 2015, he served as Marketing Chair for HLNY and among many notable contributions to the organization, revamped its brand identity which also led the redesign of the current HLNY website and marketing materials. Previous to this role, he has held various committee positions in support of HLNY events and activities and has been an active member since 2009. Being a member has provided him with wonderful opportunities to network and connect with seasoned professionals, peers, and colleagues in the healthcare executive profession.

  • Solomon A. Torres, FACHE

    ACHE Regent - New York

    Solomon A. Torres, is a senior healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience and knowledge of management of health systems, hospitals, academic departments, physician practices and clinical business development.

    He currently serves as the Vice Chairman for Administration and Health System Director for Orthopedics of the Mount Sinai Health System,
    Mr. Torres has held management positions at academic medical centers including, Columbia University Medical Center; Beth Israel Medical Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New-York Presbyterian Hospital and most recently at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

    Mr. Torres is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Board Certified healthcare executive (FACHE). Mr. Torres is also a member of the adjunct faculty of Hofstra University where he teaches a course in healthcare leadership.

  • Brittany Drake-Koo

    Board Member-at-Large, Hudson Valley

    Brittany Drake-Koo is a Senior Operations Analyst at Westchester Medical Center. She has a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton. Brittany has been an active member of ACHE/HLNY since 2012, serving as HLNY’s Gala Chair from 2014-2015. She finds the networking opportunities and professional development of HLNY invaluable. Brittany is looking forward to being Board Member at Large for the Hudson Valley and fostering growth within the community.

  • Benoit E. Grandmougin, FACHE

    Board Member at Large, Long Island

    Benoit E. Grandmougin is currently the Provider Engagement Executive in the Medicare Operations division at Humana. He’s responsible for value-based arrangements with integrated delivery systems and multispecialty groups in the Northeast Region. He is accountable for the financial performance of risk bearing providers, including provider engagement, operations, quality initiatives, and data integration and analytics. Prior to joining Humana, he negotiated managed care contracts for several health systems including Northwell Health, Mount Sinai Health System, and Emory Healthcare.

    Mr. Grandmougin is a Ph.D. student in the Health Sciences program at Seton Hall University. His research and scholarship activities examine the effects of Boundary Spanning Leadership in individuals and groups on organizational performance in an era of alternative payment models. Additionally, his research explores the causes and consequences of rising health care spending, geographic variation in spending, and spending growth and quality.

    Mr. Grandmougin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from St. John’s University, a Master in Public Health from the University of Tennessee, and a Master in Healthcare Administration from Hofstra University. Mr. Grandmougin was the 2016 HLNY-Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recipient.

  • Arthur Gianelli

    Board Member-at-Large, NYC

    Arthur Gianelli is President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, one of seven hospitals that comprise the Mount Sinai Health System, which is located in New York City, New York. Mr. Gianelli is also President of the Mount Sinai Performing Provider System, and he serves as a Special Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System for Medicaid Strategy. Mr. Gianelli has been with the Mount Sinai Health System since February of 2014.
    Mr. Gianelli earned a bachelor’s degree in History from St. John's University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Brown University, a Master in Business Administration from Dowling College, and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University. Mr. Gianelli teaches hospital management and hospital operations to graduate students at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has taught classes previously at St. John’s University, Dowling College, St. Joseph’s College, and Hofstra University.

  • Judith Lilavois

    Board Member-at-Large, All Territories

    Judith is currently the Manager of Supply Chain Operations Support at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lower Manhattan where she is responsible for logistics and supply chain operations. She is also an Administrator on call for the hospital at the Weill Cornell site. Judith holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master's of Business Administration degree from St. John's University in Queens, New York. She has been an active member of ACHE/HLNY since 2007 having previously been a MHAA Student Associate starting in 1986. Judith chaired the HLNY Membership Committee in 2012 and 2013 and also served as Board Member at Large for all territories (2015). Judith also co-chairs the Diversity Committee for HLNY. Being a member provides her the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts in the industry and give back to the students and future leaders in healthcare.

  • Pam O'Brien

    Programs & Events

    Pam is the Sr. Area General Manager with Sodexo since 1991, currently working with New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, overseeing Linen Distribution to 16 facilities located throughout New York City. Just prior to her current role, Pam served as a District Manager for Sodexo Senior Living Food & Nutrition Operations, responsible for the Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) portfolio of business. Based in Skokie, IL, Covenant spans the four corners of the United States; this has afforded her the opportunity to see how other states operate within the healthcare area as well as post-acute care.

    Pam is looking forward to serving on the Program & Events Committee, bringing like-minded professionals together to enrich our work lives and the care we bring to the people we serve.

  • Lauren Mead


    Lauren Mead, a Dallas native, is the Director of Business Development at Environments for Health (E4H), an architecture firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Prior to this role, Lauren was based in Chicago. New to New York, she is no stranger to ACHE. She has been involved with the Dallas ACHE chapter and served as the Communications Chair the Chicago chapter. In that role, Lauren and her team were able to decrease bounce rates and increase event attendance. Lauren brings 10 years of marketing and business development experience including e-mail marketing, content marketing, social media strategy and implementation, print marketing, and strategic planning. She looks forward to leading the Marketing Committee to promote and further the HLNY initiatives.

  • Sam Lin


    Sam Lin is the Project Manager for Network Strategy in the Project Management Office, Office of Population Health (OPH) at Stony Brook Medicine. The OPH is currently operating the Suffolk Care Collaborative, the Suffolk County lead Performing Provider System of NYS’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, a CMS administered waiver to operationalize health-care delivery system transformation for the NYS Medicaid Program. He is charged with program development strategy, continuous monitoring and evaluation of network development opportunities and driving use of analytics to inform program decision-making across a portfolio of projects.

    Sam holds a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University and is a certified Project Management Professional. He looks forward to collaborating with HLNY colleagues and discovering innovative solutions to the challenges in healthcare administration.

  • Sahar Malek


    Sahar Malek is a Senior Operations Analyst at WMCHealth. She has a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton. Sahar has been an active member of ACHE since 2010. Being a member of HLNY has afforded her with numerous opportunities for professional development. She finds the educational and networking opportunities to be beyond measure and is looking forward to a great 2017 Gala.

  • Joseph Pinto, R.Ph, M.S., MHA


    Joseph Pinto, R.Ph, M.S., MHA, is the Director of Pharmacy of Mount Sinai Beth Israel,

    In his current position, Mr. Pinto directs all aspects of the pharmacy department for this 856-bed teaching hospital. His medication management responsibilities also include the Union Square Ambulatory Care Center and Chelsea Cancer Center.
    Mr. Pinto is the President of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists. He has also served as the Director of Education and Workforce Development for the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists. He is a past President of New York City Society of Health-system Pharmacists (NYCSHP). He is currently a delegate representing NYSCHP at the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists House of Delegates.

  • Carle-Marie Memnon, FACHE


    Carle-Marie Memnon is the Senior Director for the Education and Academic Affairs Division at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Ms. Memnon has served on the HLNY board for the past 3 years most recently as ACHE Regent-at-Large and Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) - board-certified Health Care Executive with more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare field. Her background includes operations, human resources, graduate medical education, budgeting, project and event planning. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Fordham University. She holds a Master of Arts in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University. Ms. Memnon earned a Certificate in Human Resources Studies from Cornell University.

We would like to acknowledge our past presidents for their service to the HLNY organization.

Past Presidents 2002 to present

Jason Tenzer, MPH, FACHE, 2015                                       Alison B. Flynn, CMRP, FACHE, 2014
John Prins, RN, FACHE, 2013
Maureen Doran, FACHE, 2012
Chantal C. Volel-Torres, 2010-2011
Paul Maguire, FACHE, 2009-2010
Deborah Groner D’Agostino, FACHE, 2008-2009
MaryAnn Brown, FACHE, 2007-2008
James Y. Lee, FACHE 2004-2006
Adam K. Weinstein, FACHE 2002-2004

Past Presidents 1969-2006

Marie J. Gregoire, FACHE, 2005-2006
Erica J. Gilbert, 2004-2005
John Mamangakis, FACHE,2003-2004
James Y. Lee, FACHE, 2002-2003
Adam K. Weinstein, FACHE, 2001-2002
Susan Browning, FACHE, 2000-2001
Solomon A. Torres, FACHE,1999-2000
Jeffrey A. Tiesi, FACHE, 1998-1999
Susan Fox, 1997-1998
Todd S. Greenberg, FACHE, 1996-1997
John P. Sganga, FACHE, 1995-1996
Albert J. Esposito, FACHE, 1994-1995
Fred S. Sganga, FACHE, 1993-1994
Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, 1992-1993
Barbara M. Shupak, 1991-1992
Joseph Marotta, FACHE, 1990-1991
Lee H. Perlman, FACHE, 1989-1990
Gail Donovan, 1988-1989
Robert V. Levine, FACHE, 1987-1988
David Jaffe, 1986-1987
Patricia Loubeau, 1985-1986
Joseph S. Orlando, FACHE, 1984-1985
Susan A. Zuckerman-Yubas, 1983-1984
John Cecconi, FACHE, 1982-1983
Howard H. Levine, FACHE, 1980-1982
Gary S. Horan, FACHE, 1979-1980
Douglas Landy, FACHE, 1978-1979
John P. Ferguson, FACHE, 1977-1978
John P. Davanzo, FACHE,  1976-1977
John Fales, 1975-1976
Gary H. Ross, FACHE, 1974-1975
Terrance M. O’Brien, 1973-1974
Mark J. Mundy, FACHE, 1972-1973
Cary Leptuck, FACHE, 1970-1972
John F. Reilly, FACHE, 1969-1970

Past Presidents 1992-2007

Steven Schoener, 2005-2007
Coy Smith, 2003-2005
Douglas Landy, FACHE, 2001-2003
Deborah Groner D’Agostino, FACHE, 1999-2001
Bruno U. Nardone, CHE, 1997-1999
John Cecconi, FACHE, 1995-1997
Remo Obertello, 1992-1995

Past Presidents 1992-2007

Maureen Doran, FACHE, 2006-2007
Mary Ann Brown, FACHE, 2003-2006
LeeAnn Marcus, 2001-2003
Carol Wilkinson, MD, 1999-2001
Cheryl Gainer,1996-1999
Tibisay Guzman, 1994-1996
Heidi Weintraub and Kristen Johnson, 1993-1994
Ernestine Pantel, Dr. PH, 1992-1993

Diversity & Inclusion

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The Healthcare Leaders of New York embraces diversity within the healthcare management field and recognizes that priority as both an ethical and business imperative.

The Healthcare Leaders of New York values diversity and initiatives that promote diversity because they can improve the quality of the organization’s workforce. The Healthcare Leaders of New York also values and actively promotes diversity in its leaders and members because diverse participation can serve as a catalyst for improved decision making, increased productivity, and a competitive advantage.

Further, the Healthcare Leaders of New York works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability because an inclusive environment can enhance the quality of healthcare, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society. This priority is reflected in the chapter’s various activities and initiatives.

The Healthcare Leaders of New York is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion through the following activities:


Within the Chapter organization:

  • The Chapter Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is charged with conducting an annual self-assessment of the chapter’s diversity and inclusion practices and proposing new practices and programs.
  • The Chapter Nominating Committee is charged with assuring that the chapter board of directors is broadly representative of the chapter membership and with maintaining a diverse and inclusive chapter leadership.
  • The Chapter updated its by-laws to include Diversity and has formed a Diversity Committee.
  • The Chapter added Diversity as an agenda item to every board meeting.

Within the healthcare management field:

  • Conduct at least one chapter educational event offering face-to-face ACHE continuing education credits on the topic of diversity and inclusion.
  • Publish at least one chapter newsletter article on diversity and inclusion each year.
  • Develop and maintain a caucus organization within the chapter in collaboration with the Asian Healthcare Leaders Association and/or the National Forum of Latino Healthcare Executives.
  • Develop and maintain a formal, written collaboration with the National Association of Health Service Executives.