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 49,000 healthcare executives. Within ACHE there are 8,600 Fellows with Board Certification in Healthcare Management.  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.


  • Carle Marie-Memnon, FACHE


    Carle-Marie Memnon is a board-certified Health Care Executive with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector. She has served in leadership roles at Hospital for Special Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and NYU Langone - Long Island (formally Winthrop-University Hospital). Her experiences have included directing the administration, accreditation and oversight of the operations and strategic vision for the Graduate Medical Education programs. Her background includes human resources, budgeting, operations, project and event planning.
    Dr. Memnon is a Past President for the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE), New York Regional Chapter. She is a Past Regent-At-Large for District 1 of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Inaugural Chair of the Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) Diversity Committee and has served on several ACHE committees.
    Carle-Marie is member of the Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Human Services Dean's Council and Past President of the Hofstra University Master of Health Administration (MHA) Alumni Association. Additionally, she is a long-time member on the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Volunteer Planning Committee and has served as a Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut volunteer.
    Dr. Memnon 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. She earned a Certificate in Human Resources Studies from Cornell University. She completed her doctorate degree in healthcare leadership and management at the Medical University of South Carolina.

  • 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 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. 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. Currently, Mr. Deoraj was promoted to become the System Director of Operations for The Department of Urology managing the operations of all urology services across the Mount Sinai Health System. In his new role, he is responsible in supporting the surgical/clinical service line growth, management, alignment, and staffing for programmatic success in all areas of urology. 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 Co-Chair of the Hofstra Alumni Affairs Career Development Committee. He is the former Immediate Past President, President, Inaugural Vice President of the Hofstra University Master of Health Administration Alumni Association. 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 the former Secretary for Healthcare Leaders of NY, 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.

  • Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA

    Immediate Past President

    Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA currently serves as the System Vice President for the Department of Medicine at One Brooklyn Health. In this role she is responsible for System fiscal, human resource, and strategic operations of 10 divisions across the 3 hospital System. Prior to this role she served as the Associate Director and Chief of Staff to the Chief Transformation Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and President of Mount Sinai Morningside where she supported key initiatives to transform organizational culture, including patient experience, system learning and process improvement as well overseeing initiatives within operations, hospital strategy joint ventures and business development. Other prior experiences include serving as the Administrative Manager for Northwell Health’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedicine Program where she oversaw programmatic design and care management of the Advanced Illness population by using pre-hospital care providers. Ms. Ramjit further gained experience as a Project Manager of Integrated Care with the Suffolk Care Collaborative, Stony Brook Medicine, overseeing the creation of an integrated delivery service using PCMH accreditation to create practice transformation, IT/provider integration, community engagement, network development and performance and quality improvement. In addition, Ms. Ramjit has experience in Medicare Part D operations, Hospital, Long-Term Care & Rehabilitation and Emergency Medical Services operations.

    Ms. Ramjit serves as Secretary of the Alumni Organization and an Executive in Residence at Hofstra University as well as having membership on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Health Sciences and the Women in Leadership Board at Hofstra University. For her service at Hofstra University, she was a recipient of the 2023 Alumni Achievement Award.
    In addition to her vast experience in healthcare, Ms. Ramjit continues to give back to students as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Master of Health Administration Program, Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University.

    Her additional volunteer activities include serving as Immediate Past President with Healthcare Leaders of New York, member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2018 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award and the 2020 ACHE Recognition Award for Chapter Service. Ms. Ramjit was named by Crain’s New York on their Most Notable in Healthcare 2021 list. Ms. Ramjit has also been featured as a guest on Becker’s Healthcare Podcast. In addition, Ms. Ramjit is an Alum of the 2022 Young Executive Leadership Program hosted by the International Hospital Federation.

    Ms. Ramjit is a two-time graduate of New York Institute of Technology holding a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Biology and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She also holds a Master of Health Administration with Distinction from Hofstra University as well as obtaining Certificates in Executive Healthcare Leadership and Healthcare Change Leadership from Cornell University.

  • Christina Bogie-Claxton

    Vice President

    Christina Bogie-Claxton is the Associate Director of Ambulatory at Mount Sinai Morningside Campus. She is responsible for providing overall daily operational leadership for Ambulatory Departments and Clinics as well as monitoring Financial Performance and Quality initiatives.
    She pursued her professional career in finance by working in prestigious healthcare organizations across New York City such as Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia Medical College, and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), over the past 15 years.
    In 2022, Christina graduated from Hospital for Special Surgery Leadership Program. She was awarded the 2022 Women – N Motion Award honoring “Outstanding Women” who are Leaders, Motivators, Business Professionals, Innovators and Entrepreneurs. Christina has recently been elected to serve as Secretary and Executive Board member for the Young, Gifted, & Black™ (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards, Inc. which honors “Unsung Heroes & Heroines” who impact and influence their industry, and society and continues to embrace an entrepreneurial spirit. She was presented with a Certification of recognition and a Proclamation from New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams and New York Senator Kevin S Parker. Christina does not shy away from volunteering and devoting her time. Before serving as the HLNY Secretary, Christina was a key member of the HLNY membership committee. She currently serves as a member of Mount Sinai’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, BLACC Employee Resource Group.

  • Rachel Rudich


    Rachel Rudich is currently an Associate Director of Business and Strategic Planning for Mount Sinai Health System. In this role she oversee the strategic planning and initiatives for the system around process improvement, program development and management as well as revenue cycle management. Rachel has held previous roles within Sinai including leading the strategy at Mount Sinai Morningside, where she was responsible for program development and project management of strategic hospital initiatives with the goal of expanding key services lines, increasing volume and reducing leakage. Prior to that she worked within Mount Sinai Health Partners working on initiatives focused on population health and reducing re-admission rates among the Medicaid population. One initiative was focused on partnering with payers to create and track goals for the population attributed to Mount Sinai. She also worked on the DSRIP initiative where she would work closely with high volume Medicaid ambulatory practices to help strategize ways for primary care providers to keep their patient populations from having re-admission to the ED. She also briefly worked in healthcare consulting on projects impacting a large national payer including implementation a new EHR platform, as well as a workload assessment for a large health system. She has also worked at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY where she would connect the Medicaid population with breast and colorectal cancer screenings and follow-up care as needed, to help drive and educate this population about preventative care. Rachel also has a passion for health policy and has previously drafted and lobbied for tobacco related policies on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Rachel received her MPH in Healthcare Administration and Health Policy from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

  • Carla Sison


    Carla Sison currently serves as the Director of Operations, Office of Patient Centered Care, Nursing Administration at New York City Health + Hospitals. In her role, she supports the system’s Chief Nursing Executive in special projects and various system nursing initiatives. She actively participates in various nurse leader workgroups advocating for mentoring, professional development, continuing education, and retention programs. In addition, she works hand in hand with the Equity and Access council chair to set up the various workplace inclusion groups connecting employees around shared interest, race, ethnic, or identity.
    Prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Sison worked directly with the Chief Nursing Officer at Mount Sinai Morningside. As Project Manager, she was responsible for implementing various nursing led initiatives and rolling out special projects that impacts patient experience, patient safety and quality, and operational efficiencies. She was Co-chair of the Rewards, Recognition, and Retention Committee, and Co-Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group at Mount Sinai Morningside.
    Ms. Sison has been in leadership roles for over 20 years and has transitioned to healthcare from the financial industry with expertise in streamlining operations through strategic initiatives, project management, research, and timely execution. She was previously Vice President at Coleman Research Group, a leading expert network and brokerage of knowledge, facilitating short-term consulting engagements between management consultancies, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity firms, and experts across all industries.
    Ms. Sison holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University and certificates in Healthcare Executive Leadership and Strategic Planning and Initiatives at Cornell University.

  • Paul Vitale, MPA, FACHE

    ACHE Regent - New York

    Paul D. Vitale is a visionary executive in healthcare with an impressive track record in strategic growth and alliances. He has had extensive experience across the continuum of care in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He is currently the President and CEO of PDV Health, a multifaceted consulting firm providing next level of service through experience and innovation.PDV Health delivers expertise in healthcare policy and operations including ambulatory care / hospital & FQHC, homecare and managed care, hospital operations, business development, population health strategy, coaching and training, and mergers and acquisitions.
    In his prior role at Brightpoint Health, a multifaceted outpatient primary care network and care management organization serving 60,000 vulnerable New Yorkers, Vitale led the organization to unprecedented growth–increasing revenues from $20 million to over $100 million in 10 years. He propelled the transition of the clinics to FQHC status, secured patient-centered medical home Level 3 designations, and obtained Article 31 and 822 licenses. Additionally, Vitale has overseen several highly successful mergers and affiliations and has rescued numerous failing organizations. To accelerate the growth of start-up Health Centers, he integrated over 10 large private physician practices, adding 30,000 patients and $7 million in revenue in less than 2 years. He is also Chairman of the board of a managed care organization of over 600K members and is extremely involved in operational planning. His total portfolio is comprised of over $1 billion, including the recent merger.
    Paul spearheaded a successful effort to align with a well-capitalized healthcare organization to ensure continued growth and to achieve the scale needed in value-based payment. In December 2018 he became the President of a merged entity with a combined $350 million in revenues and serving 200,000 patients throughout New York City, Long Island, and upstate New York.

  • Maija Williams

    Board Member-at-Large, Hudson Valley

    Maija N. Williams, BA, MPH is the Chief Operating Officer at The Rockefeller University Hospital and Administrative Director for The Rockefeller Center for Clinical and Translational Science (RUCCTS). She has more than 22 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 UMASS Center for Clinical and Translational Science external advisory board, Chair Healthcare Leaders of New York Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and member of the American Public Health Association nominations committee. Ms. Williams is the recipient of the 2021 ACHE regent award for Volunteer Executive, 2020 Excellence in Health Administration Award recipient from The American Public Health Association Health Administration section, and she currently serves as Governing Councilor of the Health Administration section. 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.

  • Brittany Foster, MHA

    Board Member-at-Large, Long Island

    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 20 clinical and administrative personnel staff.

    Brittany oversees all the key revenue cycle functions, including patient registration, surgical procedures and billing, and charge capture. She facilitates the progress of assigned Orthopedic Surgery projects and daily operations for all 3 Queens offices.

    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 served as Chair for the Marketing Committee from 2020-2022.

  • Leonard Achan RN, MA, ANP

    Board Member-at-Large, NYC

    Leonard Achan is a Healthcare Executive from New York with over 20 years of experience within a
    variety of leadership roles spanning clinical, operational, communications, crisis management, digital
    transformation, merger and acquisitions, branding, innovation, new ventures and commercialization and
    turn-arounds. He is currently the President and CEO of LiveOnNY.
    Achans diverse leadership experience has no boundaries, and he has served in several executive C-suite
    roles. Prior to his recruitment to LiveOnNY, Achan served as President of the Innovation Institute at
    Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). He has also served as a Chief Innovation Officer, Chief
    Communications Officer, Chief Access Officer, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at HSS and
    Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) respectively and as the Senior Associate Dean for Global
    Communications, Branding and Reputation at the Icahn School of Medicine. Achan is a Registered Nurse
    and Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and began his career as a Medical ICU Nurse at Mount Sinai
    before moving into leadership roles.
    He is also co-founder and chairman of Quality Reviews Inc., a digital health company serving tens of
    millions of patients a year in the United States. Achan advises public and private companies and serves
    as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including appointments to the Board of Trustees of
    Help USA, Adelphi University, Federation of Organizations, The Hagedorn Little Village School and
    Healthcare Leaders of NY (HLNY). He has also been appointed to the American Hospital Association
    (AHA) Center for Health Innovation Leadership Council. 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 is an alumni and Fellow of The
    Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Achan has won awards for clinical excellence and executive leadership as well as community service,
    including the William H Barfoot Award, the highest honor given by the New York State Troopers. He is the
    recipient of the 2020 “Award of Distinction”, the highest honor given by the Healthcare Leaders of New
    York of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He has also been included in Crain’s
    New York Business “Notable in Healthcare 2020” for work during the Covid Crisis in NYC and was
    recognized as a civic hero in Crain's New York Business inaugural "Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021"
    In 2022, he was recognized by the Citadel Church of NY with the “Man of Distinction Award” for lifelong
    community service, by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a 2022 “Empire Whole Health Hero” for innovative
    leadership, and was also awarded the “2022 Corporate Healthcare Leadership Award” by Federation of
    Organizations for service within the behavioral health sector. He was most recently recognized with the
    “Award of Distinction” by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), NYC Chapter for his
    community work and advancement to nursing as a profession.
    He shares his wealth of knowledge locally and abroad. He has taught and lectured at the University of
    Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Adelphi University School of Business and Columbia
    Business School. He has taught internationally as adjunct faculty at the City University of Hong Kong, the
    University of Macau and the University of San Carlos. He is also an honorary senior naval professor in
    the Philippines. Achan is a contributor to Forbes and Huffington Post. His unorthodox career trajectory
    has been the subject of several books as well as publications including articles in Harvard Business
    Review, Forbes, Inc. and Newsday. He has also been featured as a guest on Good Day New York, NY1,
    ABC, NBC, CBS, Pix11, and written op-eds and quoted in hundreds of articles for advocacy work
    including CNN, USA Today, NY Times, Daily News, US New and World Report and Newsweek to name a
    In his private life, he is a contemporary and street artist. He is married with two children and resides in
    Nassau County, NY.

  • Natasha Elie-Louissant

    Board Member-at-Large, All Territories

    Natasha Elie Louissaint is a Queens, New Yorker native. She pursued a Bachelor in Health Administration from SUNY at Stony Brook, a Master in Health Administration from Hofstra University, and a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Rhode Island. She continued her attainments by earning the credential LNHA – Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Registered Nurse. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral in Health Care Leadership with a focus on advance care planning.
    In her past roles, she played an integral role in the management of $50-75m business portfolios. She has been successful in implementing programs and transitions that assisted in patient care as well as satisfaction. She has had great success in revenue enhancement, leading capital projects, and submission of certificate of need applications for engineering, facilities as well as patient care services. She has managed the construction of ambulatory/wound care clinics, outpatient rehabilitation, transitional care departments, and Senior Housing Apartments.
    She has earned many accolades in her career for reducing costs, while increasing revenue as well as satisfaction scores by targeting direct opportunities. As a nurse, she has been able to empathize the needs of the clinical team while meeting the necessities of the operational team. She wrote and submitted a New York State transformation grant that was awarded for clinical non-invasive monitoring. The clinical non-invasive monitoring assisted the clinicians with the early detection of changes in the condition of a patient, which has directly impacted the reduction in readmissions to the hospital.
    Natasha is a Fellow of the American College Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Additionally, she continues to be active in the New York Community by assisting with local health fairs, health care awareness, mentoring young health care leaders and she is an active Girl Scouts Leader for young girls in her community. Natasha is married to Kervens and they are raising three children to be future leaders.

  • Raishme Singh

    Program Committee

    Raishme currently works as a Provider Engagement Manager with the Catholic Health Physician Partners IPA and ACO, the Population Health entity of Catholic Health. In this role, she has been able to bolster her passion for Health Equity and Population Health by working with interdisciplinary teams to identify Gaps in Care, Risk Adjustment Opportunities, and manage contracts for a cohort of practices, to meet overall Value Based Performance goals.

    She has been an active member of the Healthcare Leaders of New York since she began her graduate studies in 2018; joining as a Student Associate and volunteer, becoming a Membership Committee Member post-grad, to now serving as the Co-Chair of the Programs Committee on the board. She is committed to fostering professional development opportunities, avenues for lifelong learning, and a strong, supportive community within our profession.

    Raishme is a proud graduate of the Hofstra University Master of Health Administration Program Class of 2020. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University. Between her day job, and her work with HLNY, Raishme hopes to innovatively address the disparities that contribute to inequalities in healthcare; and one day live in a society where social and demographic factors do not limit the opportunity for health equity.

  • 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.

  • Halim Kaygisiz, MHA

    Marketing & Communications, Co-Chair

    Serving his second term as Marketing and Communications Chair, Halim Kaygisiz is the Business Manager for Stony Brook Medicine’s Heart Institute. Working with clinical and non-clinical leaders on the cardiology service line, Halim supports operations on various levels from budget management to workflow improvements. Starting as an outreach worker under federal grants with the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Halim moved into a Program Director position with a not-for-profit organization leading a large DSRIP initiative focused on improving access to healthcare and promoting wellness care visits among uninsured and under-insured residents of Suffolk County. Through these roles Halim gained experience in developing and managing population health programs.

    Halim earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services and a minor in Criminal Justice from Walden University and his Master’s in Health Administration from Stony Brook University. Halim is a current member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), participating with the local chapter, Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) and has also served on the Board of Directors for iHealth NYS. Halim is a founding member of the SBU MHA Programs’ Student Advisory Council and also continues to serve as an alumni mentor with the MHA Program at Stony Brook University. Halim has been awarded multiple scholarships including the renowned Leonard Achan Sr. Health Equity Scholarship through HLNY.

  • Mmutaka Ajulu-Okeke, MPH, MBA

    Marketing & Communications, Co-Chair

    Recently graduating with a dual master's degree in Business Administration and Public Health, with a concentration in health policy and management from Stony Brook University, Mmutaka brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to her work in Healthcare Administration. Mmutaka also holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Health from the State University of New York Albany, laying a strong foundation for her endeavors.

    Mmutaka's dedication to academic excellence and commitment to public health has been recognized through several scholarships, including the Stony Brook Program in Public Health's Ann Tempone Award, the New York Regional Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives 2023 Scholarship Award, and the HLNY 2023 Achievement Award of Distinction Scholarship.

    Since 2021, Mmutaka has been an active member of HLNY, initially joining as a student member and then volunteering within the DEI committee before now serving as the Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee.

    Post-graduation, Mmutaka will join Northwell Health as an Administrative Fellow. This role will provide her with a unique opportunity for executive development, encompassing departmental rotations, problem-solving projects, and participation in managerial functions across various organizational settings within Northwell Health.

    Beyond her professional pursuits, Mmutaka finds balance in her life through activities such as going to the gym, exploring all things beauty related, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Jeena Velzen


    Jeena Velzen is an Associate Director for the Transformation Management Office at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) specializing in Enterprise Continuous Improvement. In this role, she oversees a professional team of process improvement engineers, project managers, and data analysts in service of strategic initiatives. Jeena’s passion is to unite clinicians, administrators, and frontline staff from across departments to collaboratively solve the most complex problems impacting system performance and the well-being of patients and staff. Jeena joined MSKCC in 2017, as a process improvement engineer and has led numerous projects focusing on early discharge, surgical pathway management, pre-surgical testing, clinical communications, charge capture, simulation modeling, installment of MSK’s Patient Flow Command Center, and supporting implementation of a new EHR. Jeena holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Calvin College, and received her M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Management from the University of Nottingham in 2012. She remained in the United Kingdom until 2017, after graduating with a Doctorate in Human Factors and Ergonomics. She conducted research within the National Health Service, challenging pervasive organizational and cultural factors impacting British anesthesia practice. Jeena has been a member of HLNY since 2019 and served on the Analytics Committee since 2020 -as Committee Chair for the last two years. This year, she will provide her lens of data insights to better understand HLNY’s membership to create strategies for further growth and retention.

  • Ramya Geddam

    Gala Co-Chair

    Ramya Geddam is the Hospital Services Manager for LiveOnNY, a nonprofit organization committed to helping New York live on through organ and tissue donation. In this role, she utilizes data analytics to prepare and present at multidisciplinary meetings with executive leadership teams of hospitals throughout the greater NYC area and its neighboring counties. She also coordinates the strategic development and implementation of programs to achieve the metrics set forth. She is a clinically strong, foreign-trained physician motivated to integrate clinical knowledge into the administrative side. Ramya also has experience being a health ambassador and a content manager to promote safe community events and deliver National Public Health Week events to the students at Hofstra University.
    Ramya holds her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science from NRI Medical College. Ramya also graduated as part of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society while completing her Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University. During her time at Hofstra, she was proud to serve as the President of Future Healthcare Leaders, bringing the student body together by hosting educational workshops that also presented as networking opportunities. Ramya has been part of HLNY, attending events and volunteering, since 2021, and is grateful to now serve on the HLNY Board as the Co-Chair of the Gala Committee.

  • Trisha M. Tagle

    Gala Co-Chair

    Trisha Tagle is the Senior Project Manager for Strategic System Initiatives in the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) specializing in operational improvement and process implementation. In this role she partners with department leadership to translate strategies into initiative proposals and action plans. She also oversees a project management team working closely with them to ensure they have the necessary support to drive projects to delivery. Her participation in supporting large scale system level strategic change and continuous improvement is a major contributor driving her passion of improving patient care delivery through operational improvement. Most of her recent projects are driven by both department and system leadership, making them interdepartmental efforts. This includes the roll out of the FDA approved Alzheimer’s medication, Lecanemab. It is one of the first medications targeted to treat Alzheimer’s itself. Her connection to Mount Sinai goes back 11 years, with the last 7 of those being in healthcare administration and project management. She uses her past experiences to find opportunities for continuous improvement within the department and facilitates the maturing of ideas into initiative proposals.

    Ms. Tagle graduated from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with a Master of Health Administration (MHA) in 2022. She was presented with the MHA Outstanding Capstone Award and inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Healthcare Administration Honors Society. She continues her relationship with the graduate school by participating as a mentor in the MHA Mentorship Program, offering guidance to MHA students based on her own development in healthcare leadership.

    She has been an active member of Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) since 2017 and held prior roles as member of the Marketing Committee and Gala Committee. This year she will continue to utilize her skills though now as Co-Chair of the Gala Committee.

  • Divya Kurup


    Divya Kurup is the Administrative Manager of System Operations within the Department of Urology at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Leveraging her expertise in healthcare administration, she plays a role in ensuring the seamless operation of administrative functions within the department.

    Originally hailing from Houston, Texas, Divya completed her undergraduate studies in Public Health at the University of Houston. Building on her passion for improving healthcare delivery, she pursued a Master's degree in Health Administration from Rutgers University, where she honed her leadership and management skills.

    Within her career Divya has established herself as a growing leader in healthcare administration. She has spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at optimizing processes and enhancing patient care, earning recognition for her dedication to excellence.

    Beyond her professional endeavors, Divya is an active member of the New York City community, volunteering her time and expertise to various charitable organizations. She finds fulfillment in giving back and making a positive impact on the lives of others.

    Driven by her commitment to advancing healthcare and improving patient outcomes, Divya Kurup continues to lead with integrity and innovation at the forefront of the Mount Sinai Health System.

  • Danielle Edwards

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

    Danielle Edwards PT, DPT is a Director in the Rehabilitation and Performance Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). She acts as a liaison between Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Administration, Medical Staff, Nursing Staff, and the community. Her role allows her to oversee clinical and administrative staff and create an environment that ensures professional growth for personnel and quality care for patients.
    Danielle has worked as a member of the HSS’s Rehabilitation and Performance acute care team for more than a decade and has held leadership roles in informatics and quality. She is passionate about research and using technology to improve communication throughout perioperative care.
    Her research interests include optimizing technology for efficiency across the surgical episode of care, the effect of pre-operative physical therapy education and patient reported outcome measures. Her research is published in the peer reviewed HSS journal. She is also a presenter at international and national conferences, including the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty Annual Congress, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual meeting, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Global Health Conference, Epic Expert Group Meeting, Epic User Group Meeting and American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections.
    Dr. Edwards earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. She was a Coordinator at HSS for the Northeastern’s Cooperative Education Program for more than a decade.

  • Nancy K. Gonzalez, MHA

    Finance Committee

    Nancy Gonzalez joins us as Diversity, Health Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Program Manager for the Mount
    Sinai Health System (MSHS) Department of Medicine. Ms. Gonzalez works with the Vice Chair for DEI
    and other administrative leaders in the Department to plan, implement and evaluate programming
    initiatives that promote equity inclusive excellence for faculty, trainees, staff and patients. Ms. Gonzalez
    has held several previous positions with the Department of Medicine including Residency Program
    Coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Education Program
    Manager for the Nephrology Fellowship and the Mount Sinai Morningside/West Internal Medicine
    Residency and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion coordinator.
    Ms. Gonzalez is a graduate of Berkeley College where she completed a Bachelor of Business
    Administration in Management and postgraduate of Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
    at New York University Master of Health Administration program.

  • Alex Puma

    Analytics Committee

    Alex Puma is a healthcare manager at Huron Consulting Group, where he works alongside clients to implement operating model transformation (acute care at home) and performance improvement (LOS reduction, surgical efficiency) at hospitals and multi-facility health systems. Outside of consulting, he has functional experience in hospital operations leadership, high reliability organizing, medical education and research, project management, and process implementation and improvement.
    Prior to HLNY, Alex served as board president of the American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey (ACHE-NJ). During his tenure, ACHE-NJ won the ACHE’s awards of chapter merit and distinction, providing more hours of event programming per member than any other chapter in the country and establishing itself as a national leader in both education and advancement. Alex’s work documenting these efforts has been presented at the ACHE’s Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago, Illinois and featured in Healthcare Executive, the ACHE’s #1 Healthcare Magazine.
    Alex is credentialed as a Project Management Professional, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Disciplined Agile Coach, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified ScrumMaster, and Certified Scrum Product Owner. He earned his BA from Villanova University and is today pursuing an MBA with specializations in finance, management, and strategy from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

  • Zachary Almer, MPA, PMP

    Higher Education Network

    Zachary Almer currently serves as the Director of Strategic Project Management at LiveOnNY, a nonprofit organization committed to facilitating lifesaving organ and tissue donation for New Yorkers. In this role, he works closely with the executive leadership team to drive strategic planning, compliance, quality, and process improvement initiatives across the entire company.
    Prior to joining LiveOnNY in 2023, Mr. Almer spent over 7 years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He most recently served as the Manager of Resource Alignment & Integration, where he partnered with senior leadership, administrators, and clinicians to plan and implement critical resource initiatives for the hospital. Earlier in his career at MSKCC, he served as the Manager of the Surgical Education & Training Office, where he oversaw a team that coordinated academic activities for over 450 fellows, residents, and medical students.
    Mr. Almer holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Delaware. He also holds a Project Management Professional credential from the Project Management Institute. Mr. Almer has presented as a panelist at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in addition to programs sponsored by Healthcare Leaders of New York and the Greater New York Hospital Association. He has served on the HLNY Board of Directors since 2020.

  • Benoit Grandmougin, FACHE

    Advancement Committee

    Benoit Grandmougin is a board-certified Healthcare Executive with over 25 years of provider and payor experience. Mr. Grandmougin is an Executive Director at Equidis Health, a value-based solutions organization based in New York City. Prior to Equidis Health, Mr. Grandmougin was the Executive Director at UnitedHealth Group (UHG) for Medicare Operations in Downstate New York. He was responsible for defining and executing the overall market strategy for plan performance including, quality, coding, clinical affordability and member experience. In addition, he executed Medicare & Retirement national functions in the local market specific to network and product development, sales, marketing, and finance. Prior to UHG, Mr. Grandmougin was a Provider Engagement Executive at Humana, responsible for value-based contract performance in New York City and Long Island. Additional experience includes managed care leadership roles at Northwell Health and Mt. Sinai Health System and Emory Healthcare, where he oversaw contracting and business development strategies, payer relations and contract negotiations, health care economics and analytics, and value-based contracting.

    Mr. Grandmougin previously served a two-year term as HLNY Board Member-at-Large for the Long Island territory. Additionally, he volunteers with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps.

    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. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University.

  • Ann Marie McDonald, RN, FACHE

    Clinical Inclusion Advisor

    Ann Marie McDonald EdD, RN, FACHE, CPHQ is an accomplished and dynamic healthcare executive with extensive leadership experience in quality management, performance improvement and regulatory compliance. Ms. McDonald currently serves as Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement at Hospital for Special Surgery. Prior to this role, Ms. McDonald held the position as the Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs for Mount Sinai Health System, providing leadership and oversight for the development and administration of system-wide regulatory compliance activities as well as oversight of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Department.
    Ms. McDonald has held progressive leadership positions in Nursing and Quality Management. Prior to joining Mount Sinai Health System in 2018, she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer for SBH Health System, Bronx, NY. In this role, she was responsible for the overall strategy and performance targets for all aspects of quality management, regulatory compliance, patient safety and patient satisfaction.
    Ms. McDonald is a Registered Nurse. She received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University where she holds an adjunct faculty position in the Nurse Executive Program. She was inducted as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2015. Ms. McDonald is member of American College of Healthcare Executives and holds certification as a Fellow.

  • Michael Gatto

    Senior Advisor to the Board, Senior Executive Engagement

    Michael J. Gatto is an accomplished health care industry leader with more than 30 years of experience achieving successful results through effective leadership, strategic alignment, and program integration. He is a progressive health services leader whose vision of healthcare transformation is strongly leveraged through System’s Transformation supporting the Integrated Delivery System. This vision largely defines his career in both the safety-net and not for profit health systems environments within the New York region.
    Providing vision and strategic alignment to health leadership and key stakeholders, his success is defined in terms of the interdisciplinary management team’s approach. Currently, he is the President and Managing Director of Health Matrix Strategies, a health services transformation, transitions of care and population health management group.
    Senior leadership appointments Michael has held include Vice President and Chief DSRIP Officer at Nassau University Medical Center, Associate Executive Director for Ambulatory Care and Community-based Medicine at Harlem Hospital Center, Vice President of the Ambulatory Care Network at Bronx Lebanon and Senior Administrator for Primary Care and the Ambulatory Care Network at Montefiore Medical Center. Michael holds a certification as a NYS Critical Care Technician from the Division of Emergency Medical Services.
    Michael is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and participates in the early careerist mentorship program for the ACHE. He is the recipient of the ACHE’s Leadership and Education Award and is on faculty at Long Island University’s School of Health Management and Human Service and faculty advisor to the Future Health Leaders program.
    Michael holds a Master of Public Administration in Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Economics from Long Island University, a Certificate in Business Development and Philanthropy from Long Island University and an Executive Certificate in Ambulatory Care Strategic and Financial Planning from Columbia University.

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

Past Presidents 2002 to present

Alyeah E. Ramjit, 2023
Andy Wuertele, FACHE, 2022
Sam Lin, FACHE, 2021
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

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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 Association of Latino Healthcare Executives.
  • Develop and maintain a formal, written collaboration with the National Association of Health Service Executives.