Our History

HLNY is the local, New York Metropolitan, chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives. We support high ethical standards and conduct, and promote the mission of ACHE. Through HLNY, ACHE members have access to local professional development and networking events, mentoring, and career services which include a jobs data bank and resume support.

Our mission is to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence through professional enrichment and continuing education of our members.

  1. 1969

    Metropolitan Healthcare Administrators Association (MHAA) established.

  2. 1992

    Women's Health Network (WHN) & Hudson Valley Healthcare Executives Association (HVHEA) established.

  3. 2002

    MHAA, WHN, and HVHEA merge to form Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY).

  4. Currently

    HLNY continues to be the premier network for Healthcare Professionals.


  • Andy Wuertele, FACHE


    Andy Wuertele is the Chief Executive Officer at East River Medical Imaging, PC, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He joined East River Imaging as COO in 2005 and led expansion into new locations, services, and partnerships. Andy began his career at GE Healthcare in a progression of roles, including forming technology and capital collaborations with 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 Masters in Health Management and Policy from The New School.
    Mr. Wuertele has served as a Director and Officer for several not-for-profit organizations. He was Board Chair and is Treasurer for The Icla da Silva Foundation, supporting patients and families seeking treatment for leukemia and other blood diseases, with an emphasis on breaking down ethnic, racial and economic barriers to care. He is a director of the Midtown Arts Common and treasurer for NYC municipal campaigns. After growing up in the midwest, Andy is thrilled about (and often humbled by) raising two sons in New York alongside his wife Jessica.
    Andy has been an active HLNY volunteer since 2014 and is a former Treasurer, Vice President and President-Elect. He is fortunate to work with and support the talented HLNY board and committee volunteers who deliver value to ACHE members in the New York City, Long Island and Westchester communities.

  • Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA


    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 and human resource operations of 3 hospitals and 27 ambulatory sites as well as System Service Line strategy responsibilities. Prior to this role she serves 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.

    In addition to her vast experience in healthcare, Ms. Ramjit serves as an Advisory Board Member and Clinical Assistant Professor with the Master of Health Administration Program, Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University. Ms. Ramjit serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Health Professions and Human Services and the Women in Leadership Board both at Hofstra University. She is also Co-Chair of Hofstra University’s Alumni Organization Scholarship and Fundraising Committee. In addition, she is the Founding President of the Master of Health Administration Alumni Association at Hofstra University. Her additional volunteer activities include serving as President-Elect 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. Ms. Ramjit is also currently a participant in the 2022 International Hospital Federation Young Executive Leaders program.

    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.

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

    Immediate Past President

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

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

  • Carle Marie-Memnon

    Vice President

    Carle-Marie Memnon is the Assistant Vice President in the Academic Training Department for the HSS Education Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery. She is responsible for the administration, accreditation and oversight of the operations and strategic vision for the Graduate Medical Education programs. She is a board-certified Health Care Executive with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Her background includes human resources, graduate medical education, budgeting, operations, project, and event planning.

    Dr. Memnon is Immediate 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), Past 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 2020-2022 President of the Hofstra University Master of Health Administration (MHA) Alumni Association. She previously served as Vice President, MHA AA, 2018-2020. 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.

  • Patrick Mahoney


    Patrick Mahoney is the Project Manager, Global Programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In his current role, he works across the organization to support international partnerships, strategic international operations, and international patient access/experience initiatives. His professional experience includes international healthcare operation planning and management, international partner identification and venture establishment, and international patient access optimization (including medical interpretation). He leverages his international experience to eliminate barriers to care, enhance the patient experience, and to build relationships with partners from around the world to further MSK’s patient care, research, and education initiatives. Patrick is pursuing a Master’s in Health Administration from Columbia University in New York (Mailman School of Public Health; expected graduation spring ‘23) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and East Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is accredited in Chinese Language from Nankai and National Chengchi Universities.

    Before serving as the HLNY Secretary, Patrick led the HLNY marketing committee in 2020 and co-led the HLNY programs committee in 2021 with Saumya Mamgain. He supremely enjoys working with the HLNY leadership, committee leaders, committee members, volunteers, and the healthcare professionals who tune into and join our events. He sees HLNY as an excellent network for healthcare professionals in the tri-state area to leverage regardless of career stage. In this vein, he will continue to help HLNY provide opportunities for students, early/mid careerists, clinical leaders, and healthcare executives to both learn and grow their network.

  • Ines Ruiz vanBoom


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

  • 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.

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

    ACHE Regent-at-Large

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

  • Sahar Malek

    Board Member-at-Large, Hudson Valley

    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.

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

    Board Member-at-Large, Long Island

    Shakira Daley DNP, RN, NE-BC, CPPS is a healthcare leader specialized in leading cross-functional teams within highly matrixed organizations. Dr. Daley is recognized as an expert in nursing quality and clinical outcomes and staff education. A passionate leader, Shakira is an advocate for nursing professional development, coaching, and mentoring programs. Dr. Daley works with nursing leadership and staff to create an environment of cohesion, with high levels of engagement, retention, and commitment to improving patient quality and safety.
    A registered nurse by profession, Shakira has obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus, a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Healthcare Systems Leadership from Chamberlain University. Dr. Daley is certified in patient safety, executive nursing leadership, project management and has also obtained her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Currently, Shakira serves as the Director of the Magnet Program for Plainview and Syosset Hospitals within the Northwell Health System, focusing on nursing excellence and elevating nursing practice.

  • Leonard Achan RN, MA, ANP

    Board Member-at-Large, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Calandra Branch

    Board Member-at-Large, All Territories

    Calandra Y. Branch is a Senior Director of Network Operations at the Mount Sinai Health System, with responsibility for the operational, financial, facility and human resource functions of the Mount Sinai Doctors’ practices in Nassau County. She joined the System in 2018 as Deputy Director of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. In addition to her official role, she is a faculty member of MS Downtown’s Leading From Within program, and member of the CPE Advisory Committee. An advocate for mentoring, she is part of several mentoring programs within the Mount Sinai System. She is also a proud member of Mount Sinai’s Black Women Leader’s Connect Employee Resource Group, helping to mentor and empower Black female colleagues and affect the advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

    Calandra has 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare, including responsibility for creating and executing short and long-term strategic, financial and technological objectives. She served in clinical operations, finance and project management roles for the first 26 years of her career at NewYork-Presbyterian. Serving as Director of Operations, she provided operational and fiscal oversight of the 270-bed behavioral health campus of NYP.

    Calandra holds a Master of Business Administration from Adelphi University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hofstra University, where she currently serves as President of the Black/Hispanic Alumni Association, member of the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing Advisory Board, and member of the Alumni Organization Executive Committee. She is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. A career mentor and public speaker on leadership and patient-centered care, Calandra is a Certified John C. Maxwell leadership coach, trainer and speaker, and hosts the Lessons in Leadership podcast, which explores various topics around leadership development, mentoring and coaching. As a public speaker, Calandra has presented twice at the Planetree International Conference on Person Centered Care, and was a guest lecturer for the Sloan Program for Health Administration at Cornell University and the School of Management at Pace University. She is also an Adjunct Instructor and leads the new mentoring program for the Master of Health Administration program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She currently serves as Member-At-Large, all Territories for HLNY.

  • Raishme Singh

    Program Committee

    Raishme recently started a new role as a Provider Engagement Manager with Catholic Health. She is excited to work with a team that is dedicated to health equity, closing gaps in care, and positive patient outcomes. Prior to this new role, Raishme held various roles at the NYS DOH, Long Island Select Healthcare FQHC, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and the Long Island State Veterans Home.

    Raishme is very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the 2022 Co-Chair of the Programs Committee. She is committed to fostering professional development opportunities, avenues for lifelong learning, and a strong, supportive community within our industry.

    Raishme is a proud graduate of the Hofstra University Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University. In her free time she loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family and friends.

  • 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.

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  • Brittany Foster, MHA


    Brittany Foster is the Administrator for the Department of Orthopedics at TJH Medical Services and NYU Langone Medical Center. TJH Medical Services is a physician group network that is affiliated with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. She is in charge of overseeing 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 is currently the Chair for the Marketing Committee.

  • Kevin Choi, MHA


    Kevin Choi is the Assistant Director of Physician Practice Management Operations at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing daily operations, project management, and data analytics for over 200 orthopedic physician practices that contribute to more than 445,000 outpatient visits and 36,000 surgeries annually. He also collaborates with regional, departmental, and service line leadership to spearhead innovative strategic growth + access initiatives.

    After graduating from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Kevin started his career in healthcare as an Emergency Department Representative at North Shore University Hospital. He moved into the role of Administrative Assistant with North Shore University Hospital’s Division of Trauma where he provided project management and administrative support to help the hospital successfully re-verify as an American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) Level 1 Trauma Center. He then joined the Surgery Service Line and Trauma Institute at Northwell Health where he oversaw system level projects, data analytics and completed 4 additional ACS-COT verification visits. Prior to joining HSS, Kevin served as the Project Manager for Ambulatory Services at Mount Sinai Morningside where he was responsible for improving fiscal and operational performance of 15 Faculty Practices and 26 Article 28 Clinics.

    Kevin joined HLNY as a student member in 2016 and graduated from Hofstra University’s Master of Health Administration program in 2017. He previously served as the Programs Committee Chair from 2017 through 2019 and looks forward to serving as the Chair of the Membership Committee for 2022.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer DiPaula


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

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

  • Maija Williams

    Diversity Committee

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

  • Rachel Rudich


    Rachel Rudich is currently an associate director of Strategy Management at Mount Sinai Morningside. In this role she is responsible for program development and project management of strategic hospital initiatives with the goal of expanding key services lines, increasing volume and reducing leakage. She briefly worked in healthcare consulting on projects impacting a large national payer including implementation a new EHR platform. 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 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.

  • Jeena Velzen

    Analytics Committee

    Jeena Velzen is a Associate Director in the Operational Excellence division at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). In this role, she provides management oversight for a portfolio of projects within Inpatient Care and Perioperative Services, and leads a professional team of process improvement engineers, project managers, and data analysts. She also serves as a master instructor within Operational Excellence’s training programs, teaching lean concepts and tools to build organizational capability for continuous improvement. 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, mobile clinical communications, charge capture, simulation modeling, and installment of MSK’s Patient Flow Command Center. 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. She is grateful to have the opportunity to serve the HLNY Board as Analytics Committee Chair for 2022 and work with her team to provide strategy driving insights through data analysis.

  • Zachary Almer

    Higher Education Network

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

    Mr. Almer holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Delaware. He has served as a panelist for Healthcare Leaders of New York and for the Greater New York Hospital Association. In 2019, Mr. Almer published a practitioner application review essay in the Fall edition of the ACHE Journal of Healthcare Management. He has served HLNY in multiple leadership roles over the last couple of years and looks forward to contributing to the organization in 2022.

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

    Clinical Inclusion Advisor

    Zachary A. Turnbull, MD, MBA, MS, born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park community, attended Yale University where he received a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 2007. It was at Yale where his passion for mentorship evolved values that he holds dear in his profession as an executive anesthesiologist. At Yale, his interests in preparing the next generation of academics grew exponentially through his immersion into the mission of the Urban Improvement Corps, serving New Haven’s school children of all ages. At Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Turnbull’s appetite for mentoring and coaching others led him to the underserved, inner city schools of NYC where he revamped and spearheaded an aggressive curriculum at the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) to persuade high school students to seek undergraduate degrees. And as part of the medical education committee, he also played a pivotal role in the evolution of the Weill Cornell Medical College curriculum.

    After extensive research, Dr. Turnbull realized that Weill Cornell’s anesthesiology program, spanning three of New York’s finest medical institutions, would maximize his clinical exposure, challenge critical thinking, and guarantee a world class education in the field of anesthesiology. This decision has served him well. Dr. Turnbull holds numerous leadership positions and is the current Vice Chair for Operations and Informatics at Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and the Medical Director of Perioperative Services and Operations at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Campus.

    Dr. Turnbull is devoted to clinical excellence, compliance, education and leveraging technology that systematically improves departmental billing, compliance and the workplace environment. Uncompromising patient safety and outcomes reflect in his ongoing research that have been accepted to multiple conferences including the Post Graduate Assembly, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and the Association of University Anesthesiologists. His peer-reviewed publications shed present-day detail and wisdom into system issues ranging from disparities in healthcare, operational, educational, and clinical workflows.

    In 2019, Dr. Turnbull undertook the urgent assembly and adaptation of NYPH’s perioperative services and COVID response team in confronting the overwhelming demands of our COVID population, both during the acute and recovery phases of the pandemic. Evidence of excellence developed an enterprise-wide response for all perioperative services.

    Dr. Turnbull also worked tirelessly to establish the Residency Support Council, designed to advance resident morale, education and engagement. The initiative for ensuring a trusted and mutually respected environment translated into the reimagining of the Faculty Council where he was the junior Chair until his 2021 promotion to the Executive Committee. In 2019, humbled by his residents, he received the Marjorie Topkins Award for NYPH Teacher of the Year. During his brief time on faculty, Dr. Turnbull has been recognized for excellence in professionalism, in-and-out of operating room teaching, mentorship and modeling true physicianship. In 2020, Weill Cornell Medicine Healthcare and Policy Research, SC Johnson School of Business honored Dr. Turnbull with the Healthcare Hero award for his powerful prevailing spirit, rapid strategic actions, and exemplary leadership during the pandemic.

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

Past Presidents 2002 to present

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