2019 Annual Frank Camerano Memorial Dinner and Lecture

  • October 03, 2019
  • 6:00-9:00pm
  • St John's University Queens Campus | 8000 Utopia Parkway | 416 A- D’Angelo Center Ballroom | Queens, NY 11439


Please join us at our 2019 Annual Frank Camerano Memorial Dinner and Lecture honoring the legacy of Frank Camerano. His contributions to the healthcare industry, our community, and his commitment to students and emerging professionals are immeasurable.

1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Credits will be offered!

Topic: Career Positioning: Strategically Mapping Your Early Career Development 

6:00pm-7:00pm : Registration/Networking
7:00pm-7:30pm: Introduction/Opening Remarks
7:30pm-9:00pm: Panel Discussion


Fred S. Sganga, FACHE
Executive Director 
Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University

Fred S. Sganga is Executive Director of the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University, a 350-bed Skilled Nursing Facility serving honorably discharged veterans and their families. Board certified in Health Care Management and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Mr. Sganga has worked in a variety of senior level healthcare positions in academic medical centers, community hospitals, long-term care facilities and physician practice management. Mr. Sganga earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from Hunter College and his Masters of Public Health from Columbia University.

Mr. Sganga serves as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Healthcare Administration Programs at Stony Brook University and Hofstra University. He lectures extensively on the topics of Healthcare Leadership, Long-Term Care Management and Ambulatory Care Services. He recently completed a three-year term as ACHE Regent representing the Greater New York area and is also on the faculty of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition, Mr. Sganga serves as the First Vice President for the National Association of State Veterans Homes and is a Board Member of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

Mr. Sganga has received numerous awards during his career including the 2000 Award of Distinction from the Metropolitan Health Administration Association, the 2004 Community Recognition Award from the Veterans Administration for his commitment and dedication to our nation’s veterans, the 2005 “Man of the Year in Healthcare” from Stony Brook’s  Three Village Times Herald newspaper and 2008 MHA Program Professor of the Year from Hofstra University.

Panelist 1:

Zach Almer, MPA
Education Program Manager
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Zachary Almer is the Education Program Manager of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He directs and oversees the academic activities of nearly 500 fellows, residents and medical students training at MSKCC. His office is primarily responsible for accrediting, recruiting, credentialing, on-boarding, and advocating on behalf of surgical oncology fellows. In 2019, Mr. Almer saved the Department of Surgery over $25,000 in event planning costs and established a mentorship program for administrative staff across the institution. He began his career at MSKCC as a Physician Office Assistant and then worked as a Project Coordinator in the Department of Surgery. He transitioned to his current role in 2018.

Mr. Almer earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Delaware. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a certificate in Healthcare Management from Cornell University.

Mr. Almer currently serves on the Membership Committee at Healthcare Leaders of New York and is in the process of publishing a practitioner application review for the Fall 2019 edition of the Journal of Healthcare Management. He enjoys yoga and traveling around the U.S.

Panelist 2:

Sherly Demosthenes-Atkinson, MHA
Chief Executive Officer
CABS Home Attendants Service, Inc.

Sherly Demosthenes-Atkinson was appointed CEO of CABS Home Attendants Service, Inc., in 2017. Sherly exemplifies CABS’ mission of social equity for all, including quality healthcare services. Prior to her appointment as CEO in 2017, she was the Executive Director from 2013 to 2017. Sherly also served as Associate Director of Case Management from 2006 to 2013, which gave her a great opportunity to absorb and develop much appreciation for not only from the client’s served perspective to the organizational behavior toward service delivery, but also the vision for streamlining and positioning the CABS organization and the CABS Team. As a result, Sherly played a pivotal role in establishing a transformational culture that has led to high performance in the homecare quality service delivery for approximately 1200 clients under multiple contracts.

Most notably, and for the first time, under Sherly’s leadership CABS was exposed to diverse market segmentations with various partnerships such as the NYC Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC), Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) to help stratify the agency’s revenue streams. In 2019, CABS acquired a two-year contract with the largest public housing authority in North America, NYC Department of Housing Authority (NYCHA,) as an external community partner to provide home care services to their residents. Sherly is also a recipient of the 2019 Caribbean American Healthcare Award from Caribbean Life News for her devotion to healthcare. She continues to build and lead the CABS organization to new heights for success throughout New York City and Nassau County.
Sherly lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and their two children. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Hofstra University.

Panelist 3:

Alex Hellinger, DPT, MBA
Executive Director, Lenox Health Greenwich Village
Northwell Health

Alexander Hellinger, DPT, MBA, oversees the operations and development of Lenox Health Greenwich Village. He previously served as associate executive director overseeing and coordinating the development of the first full service emergency department in Manhattan as well as the various facilities and programs to be developed within Lenox Health Greenwich Village including a full-service imaging suite, ambulatory surgery center and physician offices, among others.

Prior to this, Dr. Hellinger was associate executive director of clinical services at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, overseeing various departments including pharmacy, radiology, laboratory, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, respiratory therapy, wound care, hyperbarics, orthopaedics and the Joint Replacement Center, Spine Center and Eye Bank. In addition, he had administrative oversight of the surgical and critical care patient care units. Dr. Hellinger joined LIJ Valley Stream as administrative director of the orthopaedic service line and director of rehabilitation services.

Dr. Hellinger began his career in health care as a staff physical therapist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Hellinger received a Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University and an MBA from Hofstra University.

Panelist 4:

Maggie Sidarous, MHA, LNHA
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children

Maggie Sidarous is currently the Administrator for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, located in Bayside, NY.  In her role as Administrator, she is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of a pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility. She has extensive experience in both Hospital and Long Term Care Administration. Prior to St. Mary’s, Maggie was the Director for Administrative Services/Lakeville Ambulette at the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation. There she ran the operations for an ambulette service and worked on various projects throughout the Skilled Nursing Facility.

Maggie comes with administrative and operational experience from NYU Langone Medical Center, New York Presbyterian, and Northwell Health. She is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Maggie graduated with distinction from Hofstra University with a Masters in Health Care Administration. She is also an alumnus of Stony Brook University’s Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences program. Maggie holds a license in Nursing Home Administrator in the State of New York.


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This and all our programs and events are made possible by the generosity of our 2019-2020 HLNY Corporate Sponsors who are ardent supporters of the healthcare executive profession.