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.


  • Tim Gorton, FACHE


    Tim is a Consulting Manager with the EisnerAmper Healthcare Services Group. In this role, he is part of a team that leads engagements and collaborates with a wide portfolio of healthcare clients focusing on, among other areas, Revenue Cycle, Operations Improvement, Mergers and Acquisitions and Growth Strategies. 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.

  • 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 and as Vice President 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.

  • Paige Dworak, MBA, FACHE

    Immediate Past President

    Paige Dworak is the Chief Executive Officer of East Orange General Hospital, one of 20 hospitals that are a part of the for-profit system, Prospect Medical, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As Chief Executive Officer, she has ultimate responsibility for running the hospital, setting strategic direction, and executing on the corporate vision. In previous roles with Prospect, she has worked at Waterbury Hospital, Eastern Connecticut Health Network, and CharterCare Health Partners.

    Ms. Dworak has nearly 20 years of experience in hospital operations and financial management. Prior to joining Prospect, she has worked in leadership roles at the Cleveland Clinic, Trinity Health, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, and has held consulting roles focused on financial and operational improvement.

    Ms. Dworak has served on the board of HLNY for the past 5 years. Ms. Dworak has served on the board of HLNY for the past 4 years most recently as President-Elect. Prior to her role as President-Elect, Ms. Dworak was Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee with full financial fiduciary responsibility for the chapter. Previous to that she held the position of Chair of the Program Committee where she led and coordinated all networking and educational events held by the chapter in 2013 and 2014. Ms. Dworak is board certified in healthcare management, and holds the FACHE credential. “It is truly an honor to serve this board, and the nearly 2,000 members we serve.” Sg She is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE.) She serves on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for Lott Assisted Living Residence, and Lott Community Home Health Care. In 2017, Ms. Dworak was honored as one of 5 healthcare recipients of the 2017 NJ 40 Under 40 award. She earned her Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Montclair State University, her Bachelors from William Paterson University, and is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

  • Nicholas Bilas, MBA

    Vice President

    Nicholas Bilas is the Manager for the Admissions Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he plans and directs a wide range of operational and financial activities as they relate to Center's inpatient operations. In 2015, Nicholas was the recipient of an ACHE Early Careerist Regent’s Award recognizing him for having significantly contributed toward advancement of healthcare management excellence and achievement.
    Mr. Bilas served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee in 2016 and 2017, where he was charged with overseeing the financial operations
    of HLNY. There he implemented new policies as well as industry-leading technology to improve the current accounting system and chapter documentation needed 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 brand identity which also led the redesign of the current HLNY website and marketing materials. He has also held various committee positions in support of HLNY events and activities and has been an active member since 2009.
    "Being a member has provided me with the most wonderful opportunities to network and connect with seasoned professionals, peers, and colleagues in the healthcare executive profession."

  • Joseph Pinto, R.Ph, M.S., MHA


    Joseph Pinto, R.Ph, M.S., MHA, is the Director of Pharmacy at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.
    In his current position, Mr. Pinto directs all aspects of the pharmacy department for this 856-bed teaching hospital. His medication management responsibilities also include the Union Square Ambulatory Care Center and Chelsea Cancer Center.
    Mr. Pinto is the Immediate Past President of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists (NYSCHP) where he also previously served as the Director of Education and Workforce Development. He is currently a delegate representing NYSCHP at the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists’ House of Delegates. Mr. Pinto is also a Past President of the New York City Society of Health-system Pharmacists (NYCSHP).
    Mr. Akhtar has been a member of ACHE and HLNY since 2012 and previously served as Membership Committee Chair and Co-Chair of the Programs and Events Committee. He is looking forward to supporting HLNY as Secretary helping the HLNY team provide valuable networking and educational opportunities for the membership.

  • 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.

  • Solomon A. Torres, FACHE

    ACHE Regent - New York

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Benoit E. Grandmougin, FACHE

    Board Member at Large, Long Island

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

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

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

  • Arthur 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

    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.

  • Punam Gangar

    Program Committee

    Punam Gangar is currently a Project Coordinator for the Pediatric Service Line at Northwell Health - Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Her role involves overseeing 17 different community based practices throughout the Long Island and Queens area. Her focus is working with leaders to increase efficiently in operations, finance, as well as delivering excellent patient experience. Punam has been a part of ACHE/HLNY since 2009, starting from a student member as a MHA candidate from Hofstra University, to now a committee board member.

  • Ikra Kafayat


    Ikra Kafayat is currently working as a Workers Compensation Paralegal at the Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano P.C. She assists clients, who are injured at the job, with resolving their cases. Ikra 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.

  • Alyeah Ramjit


    Ms. Ramjit currently serves as the Administrative Manager for Northwell Health’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedic Program where she manages program framework, clinical populations & explores organizational opportunities for the expansion of the Community Paramedic program. She has previous experience in Medicare Part D Operations and managing the day-to-day operations of DSRIP initiatives as they pertain to creating an integrated delivery system, transitional care management and emergency department initiatives.
    Alyeah obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master Health Administration from Hofstra University. In addition, Alyeah also serves as the President of the Hofstra MHA Alumni Association.

  • Sahar Malek


    Sahar Malek is a 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 2018 Gala.

  • Walter Dusseldorp


    Walter Dusseldorp is a highly accomplished Senior Executive and Thought Leader with more than 15 years of success in healthcare, emergency services management, and hospital-related industries. Combining his extensive executive management experience and Six Sigma expertise, Walter is a top-valued asset for any companies seeking a true process improvement expert to lead Lean Six Sigma efforts, build winning teams, and implement efficient operational management programs. His areas of expertise include crisis management, facilities management, cross-functional team building and leadership, operations management, executive coaching, and strategic planning.

    Walter currently serves on Senior Leadership Team as Director Patient Services East Region Quest Diagnostics which includes over 1K locations with budget responsibilities in excess of $250M. Walter is also the CEO of Dusseldorp & Associates, Inc., where he leverages his expertise to build strong operational structures based on empowered dyad local leadership teams. Additionally, Walter is a Paramedic at Rockland Paramedic Services, where he is a Primary Responder to all 911 calls in Clarkstown.

    Walter holds a B.S. in Business Management and Economics from SUNY Empire State College, an MBA from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, and Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the Juran Institute. As a Thought Leader, Walter has authored numerous leadership and management opinion pieces, as well as several other handbooks and publications. For his excellence, he has been distinguished with the Rockland Business Association’s 40 Under 40 Award, a Paramedic Service Medal of Honor, and numerous additional awards and distinctions. More recently, he won the 2017 Leader to Leader Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives and the 2017 Senior Executive Healthcare Regents Award due to his work at NYC Health + Hospital/Jacobi.

    Walter is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the President of the Hudson Valley Paramedic Advisory Board, and past Den leader at his local Boy Scouts club.

  • Sam Lin

    Diversity Committee

    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.

  • 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.

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.