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.


  • Allison Roditi, MPH, MPhil, FACHE


    Allison is currently the Senior Director for 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. Allison has served as Board Member at Large, Long Island, Vice President and President Elect for HLNY and has been a member of HLNY and ACHE since 2006. She is a FACHE and is board certified in healthcare management. She has expertise in strategic planning, operations, program growth and development, capital acquisition, personnel recruitment, finance and budgeting.

  • Nicholas Bilas, MBA


    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.

  • Tim Gorton, FACHE

    Immediate Past President

    Tim has been an active member of ACHE/HLNY since 2006, and first got involved by serving as a Marketing Committee member then as Chair of the Marketing Committee in 2010-2011. After studying for and attaining his FACHE, Tim got back involved with HLNY and was elected to the Board Member at Large – New York City territory position in 2015-2016. In addition, 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 organizational diversity initiatives. Tim was one of the recipients of the 2014 ACHE Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's award.

  • Sam Lin

    Vice President

    Sam Lin is Director of Strategic Operations in the 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. He is charged with the development of program and business strategy, the continuous monitoring and evaluation of network development opportunities and applying the use of analytics to inform program decision-making across a portfolio of projects. Sam has previously served as a board member for various non-profit organizations, advocating for the Asian American community in the NY metro area. He also currently teaches Population Health Management to graduate students at Hofstra University.
    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 looks forward to collaborating with HLNY colleagues and discovering innovative solutions to the challenges in healthcare administration.

  • Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA


    Ms. Ramjit currently serves as the Administrative Manager of Northwell Health’s Community Paramedicine Program, a program in which innovation occurs on a daily basis through the use of pre-hospital care providers providing in-home treatment for the advanced illness management population. Her healthcare experience spans over 10 years with expertise in population health management, hospital and long-term care operations, Medicare Advantage operations and as a pre-hospital care provider.

    Ms. Ramjit obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University. Ms. Ramjit is the Founder of the Hofstra Master of Health Administration Alumni Association and currently serves as Past-President. She also 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 previously held the role of Chair, Membership Committee with HLNY where she successfully supported the growth initiatives of the chapter, FACHE advancement initiatives and HEN school engagement initiatives.

    Ms. Ramjit is a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2018 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

  • Andy Wuertele, FACHE


    Andy Wuertele is the Chief Administrative 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.

  • Maureen Doran, MBA, MS

    ACHE Regent - New York

    Maureen works with key stakeholders across the WMCHealth Network to develop relationships with partner organizations that support network growth. As Vice President of Network Development for the WMCHealth Performing Provider System (PPS) Medicaid re-design project, Maureen oversees the implementation of DSRIP objectives and innovation work with network partners that are essential to the development of a regional integrated care network in the Hudson Valley. This network will collaborate to achieve DSRIP goals, while facilitating value-based contracting and population health strategies for the WMCHealth Network.
    Maureen brings over 25 years of experience and multifaceted knowledge in strategic business planning, network development, physician-hospital integration, and the management of medical groups. Her background also includes experience in consulting, ambulatory care and managed care in NYC hospital systems and academic medical centers throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • Patrick J. Schmincke, FACHE

    Board Member-at-Large, Hudson Valley

    Patrick J. Schmincke is a health care management executive with over 22 years of experience in strategic planning and business operations development. He currently serves at Chief Operating Officer for the Bon Secours Charity Health System of the WMCHealth Network. His responsibilities include Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y. and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y.
    Patrick holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy from Community College of Philadelphia, a Bachelor Degree in Management from Rosemont College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University Of Connecticut.


    Board Member at Large, Long Island

    Carol is a member of the senior executive team, serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Quality Officer at Stony Brook University Hospital. Formerly, she was the Associate Director for Quality Management with administrative oversight for the departments of Continuous Quality Improvement, Decision Support Services, Clinical Pathways and Management Engineering. She was also the Associate Director for Neurosciences.

    She earned two Master’s degrees from Stony Brook University in Management and Policy from the Harriman School for Management and Policy and Healthcare Management and Administration from the School of Allied Health Professions. She has served on the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Program’s Board of Examiners since 1999, most recently as a Senior Examiner and Alumni Examiner. She teaches for the School of Health Technology and Management. She holds certifications as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Certified Practitioner of Healthcare from the National Association for Healthcare Quality and numerous certifications in laboratory sciences and management from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

    She is the recipient of numerous leadership awards including the Long Island Business News Healthcare Heroes Award in Achievements in Healthcare, the Master Award and the Excellence in Management Award from the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and The Distinguished Alumna Award from Stony Brook University. She has served on the Stony Brook University Alumni Association Board, holding all of the executive level positions, including President. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Vizient Senior Operations Officer Network Steering Committee and serves as a board members on numerous boards associated with healthcare activities.

    She actively volunteers to serve as a mentor for students pursuing healthcare administration and participates regularly as a panelist for the Future Healthcare Leaders “See You at the “C” Suite” seminars. Carol regularly participates at Alumni and Student Career Networking events to assist young careerists with job opportunities and career guidance. She and her husband Lyle have donated $30,000 to create a scholarship for Stony Brook University students pursuing a healthcare career. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years.

  • Arthur A. 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 located in New York City, New York.   Mr. Gianelli is also President of the Mount Sinai Performing Provider System.  And, Mr. Gianelli is 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.

    From 2006 through 2014, Mr. Gianelli served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NuHealth, a public benefit corporation based in Nassau County, New York, that runs the Nassau University Medical Center, a nursing home, and co-operates the Long Island FQHC, Inc.  Under Mr. Gianelli's leadership, NuHealth earned accolades for stabilizing its finances, improving quality of care and patient outcomes, and modernizing and expanding its services and facilities.

    Prior to joining NuHealth, Mr. Gianelli held senior executive positions over a 10-year period for two local governments on Long Island. He was Deputy County Executive for Budget and Finance for Nassau County, and Director of Operations for the Town of North Hempstead.  He was responsible for shepherding major fiscal turnarounds in both municipalities.

    Mr. Gianelli currently serves on the Board of Directors of Island Harvest, the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, Health Leads, HealthIx, the Healthcare Leaders of New York, the Mount Sinai Health Partners IPA, and the Greater New York Hospital Association.  He has previously served on the Executive Committees of Healthfirst and America’s Essential Hospitals, and he was a member or Regional Policy Board 2 of the American Hospital Association.  He has earned numerous professional, civic, and teaching awards.

    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.

  • Ann Marie McDonald, Ed.D RN FACHE

    Board Member-at-Large, All Territories

    Ann Marie McDonald is the Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Officer at SBH Health System, Bronx. As Chief Quality Officer, she provides leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of performance improvement, patient safety, risk management and regulatory compliance for the healthcare system. Ann Marie has led a variety of quality initiatives through change management, engaging frontline staff and utilizing robust performance improvement strategies to foster a culture of patent safety and continuous improvement. She has been an ACHE member since 2012 and holds the FACHE credential. Ann Marie earned her Master of Arts degree and Doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University where she holds an adjunct faculty position teaching masters and doctoral students in the Nurse Executive Program. Ann Marie is looking forward to supporting HLNY in her new role as Board Member at Large, All Territories.

  • Kevin Choi, MHA

    Program Committee

    Kevin Choi is the Administrative Support Associate for North Shore University Hospital’s Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma-Critical Care. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing numerous interdisciplinary projects, assisting with the development of strategic plans, and data collection to improve the daily operations of an American College of Surgeons Verified Level 1 Trauma Center that sees more than 2300 trauma admissions per year. Kevin has been an active member of HLNY since 2016 and joined the Programs & Events Committee in 2017. He holds a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University and looks forward to a year filled with great events and networking opportunities.

  • Brittany Foster, MHA

    Program Committee

    Brittany Foster is the Business Manager 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 6 staff members, which includes surgical coordinators, medical assistants, and front desk receptionists. 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, and in 2018 became a part of the Programs Committee.

  • Ikra Kafayat, MHA


    Ikra Kafayat is currently a JD candidate at Touro Law Center. She holds a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University and has been part of HLNY since 2016. She is also a member of the programs committee and looks forward to another year filled with great events.

  • Darren Deoraj, MHA


    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 6 years 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. In conjunction with his role in NYC Health + Hospitals, Mr. Deoraj serves as the Clinical Assistant 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 President for the MHA Alumni Association and at The University of Hartford services as the Chapter Advisor for the Connecticut Lambda Chapter of The Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Fraternity. Darren Deoraj serves as the 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 the membership committee, and recently appointed committee lead.

  • 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.

  • Tara Bree


    Tara Bree is a Senior Financial Analyst for the Josie Robertson Surgery Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the centers budget, assisting in the development of operational plans, and managing process improvement initiatives.

    Tara holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College and has completed certificates in Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University.

  • Ralph Thomas, MHA

    Diversity Committee

    Ralph Thomas, Project Manager for Clinical Transformation at Northwell Health. During this role, he is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives focused on process improvement and performance across the organization. Ralph holds project management experience from Stony Brook Medicine: Office of Population Health, where he developed, managed and supported projects on Care Transitions and Quality Performance. He started his healthcare experience at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY as a Community Health Organizer focused on community health and strategic innovation. Currently, Ralph is a board member of Healthcare Leaders of New York. Ralph graduated college from Stony Brook University and Master in Health Administration from Hofstra University. Ralph enjoys cooking and eating pizza around NYC.

  • 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.

  • Kristina Krail, RN FACHE PMP

    Analytics Committee

    Kristina Krail has been serving the healthcare industry through a variety of high-level administrative positions including as Chief Nursing Officer, hospital association executive, and healthcare consultant. Now as an independent advisor to NBBJ and other healthcare architecture firms, she uses her problem-solving skills and deep knowledge of the healthcare industry to assist clients in their design requirements. She understands first-hand challenges hospital leadership faces and has demonstrated the ability to inspire and help them create plans and take action – always with the goal to improve patient care through innovative environmental and system solutions. She holds a BS in Nursing and a MPH from Columbia University.

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

Past Presidents 2002 to present

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

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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.