Board of Directors
Anita I. Wilenkin, MA, MPH
Chief Operating Officer
Open Door Family Medical Center
Nancy B. Lager, MPH, MSUP
Director, Capital Investment
Primary Care Development Corporation
David J.Conley, MBA
Director, Practice Management
Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Anita Wilenkin joined Open Door in July of 2008. As the Chief Operating Officer, she brings over 25 years of progressively responsible experience in health care management with the last decade having been in the complex and challenging free standing community health center environment. In this position she manages the day to day operations of Open Door’s five health centers whose mission is to bring medical, dental, behavioral health and supportive services to the Westchester and Putman County communities in need of affordable, accessible, quality health care for the poor and uninsured. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University, a Master of Arts in Speech/Language Pathology from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York – Albany. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives. She currently serves as a President of the NYAAC-New York Association for Ambulatory Care. In addition, she is a Board member of the Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center (AHEC) which focuses on encouraging young people at the high school and college level in our diverse communities to consider joining the health workforce. She is also an adjunct faculty member of New York Medical College working with the new NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program.
Nancy Lager has more than 25 years of experience in program and business planning, project development, regulatory compliance, and financing for hospitals, long-term care and ambulatory care providers. Since 1999, Nancy has provided health center facilities financing and development advisory services with the Primary Care Development Corporation. PCDC provides financing, performance improvement services and policy/advocacy to expand and transform primary care in underserved communities nationwide to improve health outcomes, lower health costs and reduce disparities. While at PCDC, Nancy has serves as an advisor to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on its Health Center Loan Guarantee Program, and she has consulted to organizations in California, Washington, D.C. and New York on capital grant programs and served on a number of grant-selection committees. Nancy has been a member of the Center for Health Design’s Promising Practices Advisory Committee, supporting the development of evidenced-based health center design practices and resources. She holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban Planning from Columbia University. Nancy has been a member of the NYAAC Board for more than 10 years; she currently serves as Treasurer and previously Co-Chaired the Program Committee.
David J.Conley, MBA
Full bio coming soon.
Urban Health Plan
Jane S. FIneberg, MBA
Lester Govia, MS
Director, Ambulatory Care Network Columbia Campus
New York – Presbyterian Hospital
Irene Kaufmann, MA, MPH
Executive Director Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities
SBH Healthy System
Lori Ferguson, Senior Administrator
Lori Ferguson is a senior administrator of Urban Health Plan, Inc.(UHP) a network of federally qualified health centers serving residents serving the Bronx and Queens. She directs the Plaza del Castillo site, which provides primary and specialty care services, and the school based health program comprised of nine clinics in public schools throughout the Bronx. Prior to joining UHP, she worked at Harlem United as the Associate Vice President for healthcare providing strategic direction for its new start federally qualified health center. For eight years, Lori worked at the Primary Care Development Corporation as Project Director for performance improvement where she directed and taught process improvement programs to healthcare organizations throughout New York City and California. Lori has managed primary care centers for St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, Jamaica Hospital and Greenburgh Health Center. Lori is on the board of directors of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Health/Health Administration from Long Island University.
Jane Fineberg has over 20 years experience in healthcare management, focusing on ambulatory care operations for under served and elderly communities, quality assurance and cost containment. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester, an MA in Health Care Administration from the George Washington University, and an MBA from Baruch College. Her career began at Westchester Community Health Plan in White Plains, NY, serving as Director of Utilization, coordinating and monitoring out-of-plan care for an 18,000 member HMO. She then worked for the New York State Department of Health Office of Health Systems Management, as Medical Care Coordinator of the PSRO Monitoring Program. Ms Fineberg worked for 18 years at Coney Island Hospital, starting as Coordinating Manager for the Emergency Services Division, and held positions in Community Medicine, coordinating quality assurance, and overseeing a Primary Office Practice with 180,000 annual visits. She then served as Associate Director, Psychiatry Services, managing 40,000 visits/year, leading initiatives to computerize appointment and billing systems. As Associate Director, Emergency Services, she was responsible for 55,000 annual visits. She then moved to Lutheran Family Health Centers, serving as Community Coordinator, Medical Partnerships, as well as Community Coordinator for Brooklyn Alliance to Strengthen the Safety Net Community Access Program, overseeing a 100-member coalition providing program planning for prenatal and pediatric asthma initiatives. Ms Fineberg is currently a consultant for ambulatory initiatives.
Lester Govia, MS
Full bio coming soon.
Irene Kaufman, MPH
Irene Kaufmann is the Executive Director of the Bronx Partnership for Healthy Communities, (BPHC), an emerging Performing Provider System comprised of more than 100 community based organizations and two anchor hospitals, St. Barnabas Health System and Montefiore Medical Center. Created to implement and manage the NYS DSRIP Program, BPHC is responsible for coordinating care among its member providers, improving health outcomes of Medicaid beneficiaries under their care, reducing unnecessary hospital utilization and determining and distributing incentive payments to providers who achieve targeted outcomes. Previously, Ms. Kaufmann was a senior executive at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation where, as Sr. Assistant Vice President of the Office of Ambulatory Care Transformation, she led projects at the system level to redesign ambulatory care, implement medical homes, establish system wide referral and care coordination systems and develop innovative learning venues for front line staff and clinicians. At the regional level, Ms. Kaufmann headed the Office of Strategic Priorities and Partnerships for the Queens Health Network, where she was responsible for integrating hospital and community based services into a fully integrated care continuum for patients in the borough of Queens. Ms. Kaufmann earned a Master’s in Anthropology and in Public Administration from NYU. She has taught courses in strategic planning and multiculturalism at Mercy College Graduate Program in Health Services Administration.
Michael Lambert, MBA
Bed-Stuy Gateway BID
Elissa J. Macklin, MBA
Karen Pleines, MS
Marjorie Stuckle, PhD
Michael Lambertserves as the Executive Director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (BID) one of Central Brooklyn’s busiest commercial thoroughfares with almost 400 businesses in a district that stretches 1.5 miles at its widest point. As the Executive Director of the four year old BID that was created from the Fulton Nostrand United Merchants Association, Michael is responsible for all of the BID’s day to day operations including financial management, strategic program development and execution, and building relationships with members of the BID’s board of directors, business owners, property owners, and government and community officials. Prior to his role as Executive Director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District, Michael served as the Deputy Director of the Mosholu Preservation Corporation (MPC), an affiliate of Montefiore Medical Center that provides community support and economic development to the Northwest Bronx for more than 30 years. MPC’s economic development work includes the oversight of the Jerome Gun Hill Business Improvement District (JGH-BID), where Michael served as Executive Director. Prior to his role at MPC, Michael served in numerous capacities related to community focused ambulatory health care delivery at Montefiore Medical Center. Michael holds an M.B.A. from the Baruch/Mt. Sinai Graduate Program in Health Care Administration at the Zicklin Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University of New York University. Michael is also a graduate of the Department of Small Business Services CORO Neighborhood Leadership Program, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the NYC BID Association’s Board of Directors, the Age Friendly Neighborhood Committee for the 36th Council District in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Northern Crown Heights. Michael lives in Queens with his wife of 22 years and their two sons Anthony and Evan.
Mrs. Macklin capped off her career in healthcare as Director of Operations of the Ambulatory Care Departments of Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, and then at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. She retired from the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) in 2011. Since retirement, she has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee of the Board of Gotham Health FQHC, Inc. and is a grant reviewer for Susan G. Komen NYC and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Before joining HHC, Ms. Macklin worked at the Primary Care Development Corporation, as an administrator at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens Hospital Center, and Long Island College Hospital Center, and as Chief Operating Officer for the Morris Heights Health Center. She is a past president of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care. Mrs. Macklin has a Master in Business Administration degree from Adelphi University.
Karen Pleines, MS
With a B.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.S. in Health Services Administration from The Ohio State University, Karen M. Pleines has over 35 years of experience in ambulatory care management in teaching hospitals. She spent seven years as an executive at the OSU academic medical center, during which she was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate health care organization and management courses. She also developed expertise in institutional strategic planning, finance and space planning. Subsequently she served in various administrative roles at public and private teaching hospitals in New York City. Her areas of responsibility included outpatient, emergency, home care, rehabilitation, behavioral and clinical services departments, and her accomplishments included establishment and expansion of hospital-based outpatient programs and off-site clinics. She also managed the planning and design process for several significant renovation and construction projects. In addition, at one facility she was primary faculty for the didactic component of Family Medicine residents’ health systems and practice management education. Now semi-retired, Karen engages in consultation for selected clients relative to private practice establishment and management.
Marjorie Stuckle, LCSW, PhD , has been in the forefront of the administration of integrated care in the not-for-profit sector. Dr. Stuckle also has extensive teaching and clinical experience and has been awarded numerous government and foundation grants. As Associate Vice President, she holds a senior management position at FEGS, one of the largest health and human service organizations in the country. She is responsible for program planning, administration, and budget operations of the FEGS Bronx clinical behavioral health programs, with more than 125 staff in seven locations. She was formerly Director of Mental Health at Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York, and administered four mental health clinics and 13 counseling sites. Prior to that, she was Director of Education at the Soundview-Throgs Necks Community Mental Health Center and administered and taught in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine third year medical student clerkship rotation. She was also responsible for the internships of 120 social work and psychology graduate students annually. Dr. Stuckle has had teaching appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbia University School of Social Work, Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, The New School for Social Research, and Adelphi University School of Social Work. At Adelphi she assisted in developing the curriculum for its Institute for Child Mental Health Post Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Practice.
Dinah Surh, MPH
Vice President for Ambulatory Health
Maimonides Medical Center
Phil Vasquez, MPH
Columbia School of Dental Medicine
Carlton E. Wynter, Jr., Ph.D.
Healthcare Systems Research, Inc.
Dinah Surh, MPH is a native New Yorker who loves the opportunities and challenges of providing healthcare for our ethnically diverse communities. Dinah has over thirty years of senior ambulatory care and hospital management experience in large public and voluntary hospital-based and community-based networks throughout NYC. She is currently Senior Executive Administrator at the Generations+ Northern Manhattan Healthcare Network where she runs three Diagnostic and Treatment Centers and the Community Physician Referral Offices at Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, School of Public Health at Berkeley. Dinah is passionate about developing innovative strategies to ensure the total health and well-being of the patients we serve. Dinah has held the offices of Treasurer, Vice President, and President for NYAAC and is currently a Board member.
Phil Vasquez is a health care administrator with many years of hospital and hospital based clinic ambulatory care managerial experience. Phil is a graduate of the Columbia University Mailman Executive Program in Health Services Management. Presently, Phil is a manager at the Columbia School of Dental Medicine. Phil has managed both the Lincoln Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital outpatient departments. He has also managed the Montefiore Comprehensive Care Center, the Harlem Hospital Model Tuberculosis Center, and most recently, the Brookdale Family Care Center (BFCC). At Brookdale, Phil has participated in the growth of the BFCC from its early years to today where its network services over 150,00 patients annually. Among Phil’s other interest are competitive running, cooking, and jazz.
Carlton E. Wynter, Jr.
Full bio coming soon.
Debra Goldman, MBA
Executive Director 150 Veterans Memorial Highway, #406
Commack, NY 11725
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