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 (HLNY).

  4. Currently

    HLNY continues to be the premier network for Healthcare Professionals.


  • Sam Lin, PT, MHA, FACHE, PMP, CPHQ


    Sam Lin is Senior Health Network Strategy Executive at Cerner Corporation. He is responsible for cultivating, enriching and growing a holistic strategic and consultative relationship with client organizations. In his role, he provides advice and expertise to support clients in defining and creating value, solving complex business challenges, optimizing growth and improving business performance while simultaneously driving meaningful and sustainable change for their organization.

    Prior to Cerner, he was a practicing physical therapist and most recently, he served as Assistant Vice President for the Suffolk Care Collaborative, in the Office of Population Health at Stony Brook Medicine. He led enterprise-wide activities related to strategic planning and business development. Sam holds a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). He teaches population health management to graduate students at Hofstra University and is a member of the healthcare information technology advisory board for the Suffolk County Community College. He looks forward to collaborating with HLNY colleagues and discovering innovative solutions to the challenges in healthcare administration.

  • Andy Wuertele, FACHE


    Andy Wuertele is the Chief Executive Officer at East River Medical Imaging, PC, where he provides executive leadership across functions ranging from operations and compliance to marketing and finance. He joined East River Imaging in 2005 as COO. Previously, he worked for GE Healthcare in a progression of technology and marketing roles, building relationships with leaders at hospital systems and physician groups across NYC and Long Island. Andy earned undergraduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Health Management and Policy from The New School.
    Mr. Wuertele has served as Treasurer for several not-for-profit organizations and political campaigns. He was Board Chair and Treasurer for The Icla da Silva Foundation, the largest recruitment organization for bone marrow donors in the national Be the Match registry, with an annual budget exceeding $2 million.
    Andy’s priorities include ensuring HLNY’s financial resources are well allocated, financial activities are appropriately documented and transparent to members, and the leaders and volunteers have the support and information they need to take HLNY programming to even greater heights. As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he endeavors to lead with integrity and proficiency reflecting the ACHE Code of Ethics.

  • Nicholas Bilas, MBA

    Immediate Past President

    Nicholas Bilas is an accomplished healthcare professional with experience in setting effective strategy to build programs and services in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. He has built a reputation of fostering change and streamlining operations in response to healthcare quality and patient centered care.

    Currently, Mr. Bilas oversees International Strategy and Business for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world's premier cancer centers, where he plans and directs a wide range of operational, financial, and administrative functions and is responsible for it's global expansion and strategic connections.

    In 2018, he was awarded an ACHE Service award and in 2015 was a recipient of the ACHE Regents Award. Nicholas has held many positions within the organization, most notably, as Vice President, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, where he implemented much needed policy as well as industry-leading technology to improve the current accounting system to ensure the organization remains financially sound. Previous to this, he served as Marketing Chair for HLNY and among many notable contributions to the organization, revamped its digital brand identity which led to the redesign of the current HLNY website and marketing materials. He has also held various committee positions in support of HLNY programming events and activities and has been an active member since 2009.

  • Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA

    Vice President

    Ms. Ramjit currently serves as the Associate Director and Chief of Staff to the Chief Transformation Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. In her role, she supports the Health System’s Patient Experience, Learning and Process Improvement initiatives as well as supporting various hospital-based transformation initiatives. Ms. Ramjit’s career in healthcare spans over 10 years and her areas of expertise include population health management, hospital and long-term care operations, Medicare Advantage operations and pre-hospital care operations.

    Ms. Ramjit is a dual degree holder from New York Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/ Biology and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She also obtained her Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Health Professions and Human Services. In addition, she holds Certificates in Executive Healthcare Leadership and Healthcare Change Leadership from Cornell University. Ms. Ramjit is the Founder of the Hofstra University MHA Alumni Association and currently serves as Past President. She serves on faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Member of the Advisory Board for the SUNY Stony Brook Master of Health Administration Program. She currently holds the role of Secretary with the Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY), the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

    Ms. Ramjit was featured in Northwell Health’s February 2017 “Made for this” series and she is also the recipient of the ACHE 2018 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

  • Darren Deoraj


    Darren H.P. Deoraj was born and raised in Queens NY and continues to live and work in New York City. He has served in the healthcare industry for almost a decade starting his career at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai working in The Office of Academic Administration in the capacity of business operations for the Department of Medical Education. Mr. Deoraj joined NYC Health + Hospitals as the Assistant Director of Hospital Operations/Administrator on Duty (AOD) for NYC Health + Hospitals | Coney Island part-time towards the later of his time at Mount Sinai. As the AOD for Coney Island Hospital he was responsible for the afterhours operations of the 377 bed Hospital, all units, and staff, resolving all matters presented during the tour of duty. Mr. Deoraj later joined NYC Health + Hospitals full-time as the Assistant Director and Administrator for Ambulatory Care Services at NYC Health + Hospitals | Gotham Health, Gouverneur. During his tenure at Gotham Health Gouverneur, Mr. Deoraj has managed the operations of ambulatory care Adult Primary Care Medicine, Specialty Medicine, Surgical Services, Podiatric Services, and Neighborhood Health Centers. Currently, Mr. Deoraj returned to the Mount Sinai Health System as Director for The Department of Urology for Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square, and Mount Sinai Brooklyn. As the Director of Urology, Mr. Deoraj is responsible for the operations and finances for the service line at the Mount Sinai Downtown. Our services include outpatient, inpatient, ambulatory surgery procedures, general urology, pediatric urology, female urology, sexual function, male urology, infertility, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer/stone/disease, minimal invasive surgery, robotic surgery, telehealth, and home visits. In conjunction with his role in at Mount Sinai, Mr. Deoraj serves as the Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board Member for The Master of Health Administration Program at Stony Brook University. Mr. Deoraj has dual degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government from The University of Hartford along with a Master of Health Administration degree with honors from Hofstra University.

    At Hofstra University, Mr. Deoraj currently serves as the Immediate President for the MHA Alumni Association and Co-Chair of the Hofstra Alumni Affairs Career Development Committee. At The University of Hartford he services as the Chapter Advisor for the Connecticut Lambda Chapter of The Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Fraternity. Darren Deoraj is currently the Secretary of HLNY, a former member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Healthcare Leaders of New York, the former Chair of the Healthcare Leaders of New York Membership Committee and is a proud member of HLNY, HEC, and ACHE. Mr. Deoraj has been a member of HLNY/ACHE since 2013 when he joined the professional organization as a student member during his graduate MHA career at Hofstra University. As a student member, HLNY and ACHE as a whole has provided indispensable resources, networks, education, and opportunity that continued to enable professional progress forward. Since 2013 he has attended many of the major events hosted, served on and lead committees and continues to advocate for the value HLNY and ACHE have on healthcare leaders.

  • Chris Favaloro


    Chris Favaloro is currently a Senior Financial Analyst at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) for the Department of Clinical Research Administration and Technology Development overseeing the departmental budget and cost recovery initiatives. He began his career at MSK in 2014 in the department of Ambulatory Care where he managed the operating budget of four Ambulatory Care sites. All sites combined had budgets exceeding $160 million.
    Chris is currently pursuing his Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration at Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. He received his B.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton.

  • Maureen Doran, MBA, MS, FACHE

    ACHE Regent - New York

    Maureen Doran has senior level experience in health systems, developing and implementing strategic initiatives to promote integrated care and business objectives. Ms. Doran’s experiences in healthcare include Clinical Care, Hospital, Ambulatory Care Administration and Primary Care Practice Management. Initial work as a Registered Dietitian transitioned into opportunities in business development and operations. After working for two multi-hospital systems in New York City in Business Development, Managed Care and physician/hospital alignment work, she spent 15 years with VHA, Inc.
    (now Vizient), a national performance improvement company. She served as NYS Regional Vice President, Strategic Solutions supporting 44 hospitals in their managed care, physician/hospital and network development strategies. Ms. Doran progressed to serve as Vice President for a two-hospital system in the Hudson Valley providing strategic planning, physician strategy and business development leadership. Presently, Ms. Doran is the Vice President, Network Development for WMCHealth. In this position, she leads a team focused on network and business development objectives. In addition, she is responsible for network management for the New York State Medicaid Delivery System Redesign Program (DSRIP) Performing
    Provider System (PPS) for WMCHealth. Ms. Doran holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York, a Master of Business Administration from St. John’s University and a Master’s of Science degree from Northwestern University in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. She served as an adjunct lecturer for Queens College, CUNY and Lehman College, CUNY in healthcare management and finance and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at New York Medical College, School of Public Health. Among her professional associations, Ms. Doran is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), Past President of the Healthcare Leaders of New York, an ACHE regional chapter, and is currently serving as Regent for the New York, Metropolitan region. In addition to her leadership roles, Ms. Doran commits her volunteer time to supporting colleagues in their professional development through coaching and mentoring.

  • Lewis Marshall Jr., MD, JD, FACP, FACHE, CPHQ

    ACHE Regent-at-Large

    Dr. Marshall is a physician-attorney and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at NYC H&H/Lincoln. Dr. Marshall has worked in emergency medicine for over 30 years. Dr. Marshall is Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine. He lectures locally and nationally on issues of patient safety, pre-hospital care and public policy.
    Dr. Marshall has worked in emergency medicine and the EMS system at the local, state and national levels. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NYC Emergency Medical Services Council. He serves on the NY State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee and is the Chairman of the Medical Standards Subcommittee. The Medical Standards Committee is responsible for evaluation and development of statewide standards, and review and approval of regional protocols. He serves on the NYCDOHMH Physician Advisory Committee for the Primary Care Information Project.

  • Inderjeet Sandhu-Gay

    Board Member-at-Large, Hudson Valley

    Inderjeet is currently the Vice President of Network Strategy for WMCHealth Network. In this role she
    leads and facilitates the development of strategic and business operational plans to support the growth,
    operational, financial and quality goals of WMCHealth. Prior to this, Inderjeet was the Vice President of
    the Oncology Service Line at WMCHealth where she facilitated the development and supported the
    implementation of oncology service line strategic initiatives across the network’s inpatient and
    ambulatory care sites. Prior to joining WMCHealth, she was the Service Line Administrator of Oncology
    Services at South Nassau Communities Hospital, and the Administrative Director of the Monter Cancer
    Center at North Shore-LIJ Health System. In these roles she oversaw the daily operations, finance, and
    strategic program development for multi-site and multispecialty services. Inderjeet has extensive
    experience in many areas of healthcare leadership including, strategy development and execution,
    program building, process improvement, operations and financial management. Inderjeet earned a
    bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a Master of Health Services Administration from The George
    Washington University and has been a member of ACHE since 2007.

  • Shakira Daley DNP(c), MSN, RN, NE - BC, CPPS

    Board Member-at-Large, Long Island

    Shakira Daley is a healthcare leader with extensive experience leading cross-functional teams within highly matrixed organizations. Shakira is recognized as an expert in nursing quality and clinical outcomes. Mrs. Daley is skilled in educating staff, and is passionate about nursing professional development, coaching and mentoring. A hands-on leader, Shakira works with nursing leadership and staff to create an environment of cohesion, with high levels of engagement, retention, and commitment to improving patient quality and safety. A registered nurse by profession, Shakira has obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus, a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration and is completing her doctoral studies in Healthcare Systems Leadership. Mrs. Daley is certified in patient safety, executive nursing leadership, project management and has also obtained her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

  • Leonard Achan RN, MA, ANP

    Board Member-at-Large, NYC

    Leonard Achan is an healthcare executive, entrepreneur, investor and contemporary artist. In his professional life, he has most recently been appointed President of the Innovation Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in NYC, where he served in a prior role as Chief Innovation Officer since 2016.

    Mr. Achan has over 20 years of executive and academic healthcare leadership experience in a variety of leadership roles spanning clinical, operational, digital, international business, strategy, marketing and communications, branding, venture investing, commercialization and innovation and business development. Prior to joining HSS, he served in several executive c-suite roles including Chief Communications Officer and Chief of Access Services of the Mount Sinai Health System while concurrently serving as the Senior Associate Dean for Global Communications, Branding and Reputation at the Icahn School of Medicine.

    Mr. Achan is also co-founder and Chairman of Quality Reviews, Inc. http://q-reviews.com/ and serves on boards of private and nonprofit organizations, including appointments to the Board of Trustees of Adelphi University, Federation of Organizations, The Hagedorn Little Village School and is Chairman of InalienableRights.org

    Leonard Achan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Adelphi University, received his Master’s Degree and his Nurse Practitioner from New York University, Post Master’s in Administration from Villanova University, and he is also an alumni and Fellow of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Achan shares his wealth of knowledge locally and abroad as a lecturer and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Adelphi University School of Business, Columbia Business School as well as internationally as adjunct faculty at the City University of Hong Kong, the University of Macau, University of San Carlos and is an Honorary Senior Naval Professor in the Philippines.

    He has won awards for clinical excellence and leadership as well as Civil Service including the William Barfoot Award, the Highest Honor given by the NY State troopers and has just been awarded the 2020 Award of Distinction, the Highest Honor awarded by the Healthcare Leaders of NY of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

    In his private life, he is a contemporary and street artist, is married with two children and now resides in Nassau County, NY.

  • Ann Marie McDonald, Ed.D RN FACHE

    Board Member-at-Large, All Territories

    Ann Marie McDonald is currently the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for Mount Sinai Health System, an integrated healthcare system comprising of eight hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, as well as a large, regional ambulatory footprint. In this role, she facilitates the development of a system-wide regulatory program to support the strategic goals of MSHS. She has held this position since June 2018. Formerly, she served as Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Officer at SBH Health System, Bronx, NY with responsibility for all aspects of performance improvement, patient safety, risk management and regulatory compliance for the healthcare system. Dr. McDonald earned a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University where she holds an adjunct faculty position in the Nurse Executive Program. She has been a member of American College of Healthcare Executives since 2012, and holds certification as a Fellow.

  • Patrick Mahoney

    Program Committee

    Patrick Mahoney is a Global Initiatives Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In his current role, he works across the organization to support partnerships, strategic operations and customer experience as it relates to global growth and optimizing patient access. His professional experience includes medical interpretation, international trade project management, and healthcare facility development and management abroad. He leverages his international experience to eliminate barriers to care, enhance the patient experience, and to build relationships with industry partners from around the world to further MSK’s patient care, research, and education initiatives. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and East Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is accredited in Chinese Language from Nankai and National Chengchi Universities.

  • Saumya Mamgain

    Program Committee

    Saumya Mamgain is the Senior Specialist and Manger Strategic Analysis in the Department of Quality Management and Performance Improvement at Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health. She plays a key role in the identification of opportunities for improvement of patient care and implementation of strategies to promote patient safety. She is a skilled process improvement specialist in a hospital based setting, who is also a part of the regulatory workgroup at Lenox hill. In this role she assumes the responsibility to help the hospital with maintaining and increasing CMS STAR rating as well as with advanced certifications for the hospital. She has a background in dental surgery and completed her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Hofstra University in 2018.

    She has been a part of HLNY since 2017 and was a member of the Marketing Committee prior to her current roles as the Programs Committee Co-Chair.

    The information contained in this electronic e-mail transmission and any attachments are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom or to which it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this communication is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this communication to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, copying or disclosure of this communication and any attachment is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone and electronic mail, and delete the original communication and any attachment from any computer, server or other electronic recording or storage device or medium. Receipt by anyone other than the intended recipient is not a waiver of any attorney-client, physician-patient or other privilege.

  • Brittany Foster, MHA


    Brittany Foster is the Administrator for the Department of Orthopedics at TJH Medical Services and NYU Langone Medical Center. TJH Medical Services is a physician group network that is affiliated with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. She is in charge of overseeing 10 clinical and administrative personnel staff. Brittany is responsible for resolving any billing related issues for office visits and surgeries. She facilitates the progress of assigned Orthopedic Surgery projects and daily operations.

    Brittany earned her undergraduate degree at Dowling College with a degree in Psychology. In 2017, she graduated from Hofstra University with a Master’s in Health Administration. Brittany has been an active HLNY member since 2015. She served as the Co-Chair for the Programs Committee from 2018-2020, and is currently the Chair for the Marketing Committee.

  • Marissa Matarazzo


    Marissa Matarazzo has worked in various aspects of healthcare over the last decade. Her work ranges from academic medicine in inpatient and outpatient services, practice management, operation improvement, faculty development, credentialing, and mentorship. Currently she is the Administrative Manager of the Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Department of Anesthesiology. Here she oversees the daily operations of the C-suite, faculty development, and administrative operations for the department as a whole. In addition to the executive support of the Chair’s Office, Marissa also oversees the offices of two deans, the Senior Associate Dean for Research and the Assistant Dean for Mentoring. In these offices, she helps conduct the recruitment and management of highly regarded and funded scientists, work directly with the Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees, and promotes faculty development among all faculty institutionally through coordinated mentorship initiatives.

    Marissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Scranton. She also sits on the Alumni Council and participates as a preceptor for their MHA program’s administrative residency program.

  • Sahar Malek


    Sahar Malek is a Senior Director of Professional & Support Services 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 2019 Gala.

  • Jennifer DiPaula


    Jennifer is a skilled healthcare manager and specializes in building effective partnerships, leading patient-centered care initiatives and enhancing collaboration with clinical leaders. After graduating from the University of Scranton in 2012, Jennifer started her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and gained her first healthcare experience serving as a liaison in the outpatient clinics. It’s here where her ambition and passion for providing an exemplary patient and provider experience began. Jennifer spent some time in Human Resources at MSKCC, and later transitioned to Hospital for Special Surgery where she served as Manager of Ambassador Services. In this role she managed daily operations and a team of liaisons who provided personalized high-touch patient services as an extension of the President and CEO’s office. Most recently, Jennifer transitioned back to MSKCC as Manager of the International Center. Over the past year, Jennifer has led a reorganization of the department to improve access quality, implement a concierge model and streamline operations. Jennifer also has experience with vetting and implementing new technology and conducting surveys initiatives.

    On her downtime, Jennifer volunteers as Team Leader for the Ronald McDonald House of New York City and also serves as a cabin counselor for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House sleepaway camp each summer. She is also completing her Masters of Public Administration in Healthcare Management and Policy at New York University. Jennifer is the Sponsorship Committee Chair of Healthcare Leaders of New York where she enjoys collaborating with colleagues in health administration and engaging in professional enrichment activities.

  • Maija Williams

    Diversity Committee

    Maija N. Williams, BA, MPH is the Administrative Director at The Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (RUCCTS) and The Rockefeller University Hospital. She has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare management as a professional non-profit healthcare administrator. At Rockefeller Ms. Williams in conjunction with the center and hospital leadership is responsible for planning and executing the preparation of competing and non-competing grant applications, and compiling operational, financial, and clinical research data for the Center’s annual report to the institution and funding agencies. Ms. Williams reviews budgetary requirements to appropriately reflect program needs and provides oversight monitoring and analysis of University budget funding and National Institute of Health (NIH) grant funding. Ms. Williams is a member of the American Public Health Association , American College of Health Care Executives, Health Care Leaders of New York, and the National Association of Health Services Executives. Currently Ms. Williams serves as a member of the Dartmouth University SYNGERY Clinical and Translational Science Institute external advisory board, Chair Healthcare Leaders of New York Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Parliamentarian and chair of the by-laws committee of the New York Regional National Association of Health Services Executives. Ms. Williams is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Health Administration Award from The American Public Health Association Health Administration section and she currently serves as Governing Councilor of the Health Administration section. In 2013 she was the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. Ms. Williams holds a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a Master’s degree in Public Health from New York University, and certification in Health Care Executive Management from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Ines Ruiz


    Ines Ruiz is an Administrative Director on the Advanced Clinical Provider team. She is responsible for leading initiatives that help empower and elevate the role of NPs and PAs at Northwell Health and overseeing the departmental budget of nearly $2 million in revenue to support the ACP strategy. She was previously on the medical group administration team and supported the physician leadership governance structure. Throughout her career at Northwell, she has had a focus on self-development which led her to obtain an MBA as well as Master’s degree in Public Policy and launched a Women’s Mentoring Program in 2017 for early careerist women at Northwell. She was selected as a 2018 Manager of the Year by the National Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives and graduated from Northwell’s High Potential Development Program in December 2018. Most recently she helped to develop and implement a new Diversity Leadership Mentoring Program at Northwell Health. When she is not dedicating time to her passions at Northwell Health, she spends time with her two small children and husband. In addition, she is a trustee board member for Bellmore United Methodist Church.

  • Sherry Huang, MPA

    Analytics Committee

    Sherry (Qinxin) Huang, MPA is the program director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Montefiore-Einstein. In her current capacity, she provides advanced analytical, strategic and project management support across all business functions. She spearheads due diligence process and business plan formation for emerging opportunities such as practice acquisition and expansion. Prior to her current role, Ms. Huang served as a Graduate Medical Education manager, overseeing more than 40 residents and fellows. Ms. Huang is certified in GME training by the National Board for Certification. She also presented her work: A toolkit for your self-study: the GME Model Canvas and Strategic Alternative Matrix at the national meeting of ACGME in 2017.

    Ms. Huang obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she specialized in finance. Ms. Huang has been a member of the HLNY analytics committee since its inception. Along with her teammate, she has led the efforts in building a dynamic member dashboard, which has been a solid foundation for HLNY.

  • Zachary Almer

    Higher Education Network

    Zachary Almer is the Resource Alignment & Integration Manager at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In this role, he collaborates with hospital administrators and clinical leaders to lead strategic objectives primarily related to workplace transformation, capital and resource planning. Mr. Almer began his career at MSKCC as a Physician Office Assistant, then as a Project Coordinator before spending over 3 years as Manager of the Surgical Education & Training Office, where he oversaw 5 staff members who coordinated all academic activities for over 450 fellows, residents and medical students. He transitioned to his current role in 2021.

    Mr. Almer holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Delaware and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has served as a panelist for HLNY and the Greater New York Hospital Association. Mr. Almer published a practitioner application review in the Fall 2019 edition of the ACHE Journal of Healthcare Management analyzing the benefits of role expansion for clinical and frontline staff at healthcare organizations. He has served HLNY in multiple leadership roles over the last couple of years and looks forward to contributing to the organization in 2021.

  • Zachary Turnbull, MD, MBA, MS MBA, MS

    Clinical Inclusion Advisor

    Zachary Turnbull, MD, MBA, MS, born and raised in Chicago, IL, moved to the East Coast in 2003 to pursue a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. It was at Yale where his passion for mentoring and leading emerged – a composition of character that has been evolving ever since. His interest in preparing the next generation of academics was strengthened through his immersion into the mission of the Urban Improvement Corps, serving New Haven’s school children of all ages. At Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Turnbull’s appetite for mentoring led him to the underserved, inner city schools of NYC where he revamped and spearheaded an aggressive curriculum at the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) that would inspire and encourage high school students to earn their undergraduate degrees. As part of the medical education committee, he also played a pivotal role in the evolution of the Weill Cornell Medical College curriculum.

    Dr. Turnbull is currently the Vice Chair, Operations and Informatics Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell, Medical Director of Perioperative Services at NYP-Cornell Campus. Dr. Turnbull knew that Weill Cornell’s anesthesiology program, spanning three of New York’s finest medical institutions, would maximize his clinical exposure, critical thinking, and provide top-notch training for becoming an anesthesiologist of the highest caliber. Dr. Turnbull is dedicated to patient safety; his current research interest includes patient outcomes, and is utilizing Weill Cornell’s Center for Perioperative Outcomes. His research has been accepted to numerous conferences including the Post Graduate Assembly, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and the Association of University Anesthesiologists. Within the department, Dr. Turnbull has been committed to being an integral part of the department and has been vital in establishing the Residency Support Council, working to advance the resident experience, education, and wellbeing, as well as, enhancing technology in residency education and being integral in optimizing perioperative efficiency and compliance.

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

Past Presidents 2002 to present

Nicholas Bilas, 2020
Allison Roditi, FACHE, 2019
Timothy Gorton, FACHE, 2018
Paige Dworak, FACHE, 2017
Stephanie Meier, FACHE, 2016
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

Back to top

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.