In this capacity, she constituted a stakeholder Transformation Panel and oversaw implementation of its 40-plus recommendations to improve the system of services for people with developmental disabilities; developed and oversaw implementation of Care Coordination Organizations, a new, comprehensive care coordination model developed by OPWDD providers; put the State on a path toward provider-led managed care for developmental disability services; and oversaw a redesign of the State’s rate structure and quality measurement for OPWDD not-for-profit providers.
Prior to serving as Acting Commissioner, she served as Executive Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at OPWDD and was an Assistant Counsel to the Governor. Ms. Delaney holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.
Prior to joining CDNY and PHP, Marlia oversaw the formation of multiple DEI committees where she provided guidance toward the execution of strategic action plans for DEI programs and community outreach. She served as the internal subject matter expert and represented those organizations in all matters related to diversity and inclusion. Marlia also has extensive experience launching and measuring key initiatives, such as unconscious bias training, small discussion forums, and workplace culture evaluation surveys. She has both a B.A. in Sociology / Law Enforcement and a M.A. in English—Literature from The University of Akron and is pursuing a Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning, specializing in Organizational Psychology from Aspen University.
Karleen is a non-profit executive with 24 years of experience in the field of human services. Prior to joining PHP in December 2014, she was Director of Vocational and Employment services at a large non-profit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, supporting over 500 adults through programs such as day habilitation, supported employment, and pre-vocational.
Ms. Haines recently transitioned into her role overseeing member satisfaction and advocacy for those served by Partners Health Plan and Care Design NY, after serving in various positions within PHP, including Chief of Care Coordination and Chief of Community Relations & Outreach. Karleen serves on the state’s Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council, sub-committee on housing. She is a licensed Health Agent in the state of NY; holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in management from the State University of NY at Stonybrook.
Formerly the Medicare Compliance Officer and Leader of the Compliance Department at MVP Healthcare for the last five years, Lisa is well-versed in healthcare and managed care compliance, oversight, risks, and auditing for Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial lines of business. Prior to MVP, Lisa worked for five years at a vision insurance company as the Manager of Compliance.
Lisa has her B.S. in Management from Binghamton University and her M.B.A in Health Systems Administration from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
Premila Kumar is the Chief of Quality Initiatives at Partners Health Plan. Premila has over 20 years of experience working within the Managed Care environment for such companies as CIGNA Healthcare, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, and CenterLight Healthcare. Prior to coming to PHP, Premila’s most recent employment experience was as Vice President of Population Health Management and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement at GuildNet.
Premila is known for implementing innovative initiatives to improve quality measures, HEDIS rates, reduce ER visits, hospital admissions and overall cost for consumer and employer. She has been a speaker at several national professional conferences and has contributed her expertise to develop award-winning health education products for Managed Care plans. She earned her medical degree from Stanley Medical College, Madras University, India as well as a professional designation from Academy of Healthcare Management.
Diane joined PHP in 2014 as a director of Care Coordination. She moved on to serve as Senior Director in the department before transitioning into her current role as Chief of Care Management. Prior to joining the PHP team, Diane held varied positions within the non-profit sector serving individuals with I/DD from birth through adulthood.
Her most recent role before PHP was as Assistant Director for Intermediate Care Facilities at AHRC Suffolk. In this position, she managed staff and oversaw operations necessary to fully support individuals with both developmental disabilities and complex health needs.
Diane has vast experience in promoting the use of a multi-disciplinary, person-centered approach to ensure the provision of high-quality services to individuals with I/DD and their families. Diane obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker. She also holds an Executive Education Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Fordham University.
Christopher Masi joined Partners Health Plan as the Chief Financial Officer in January 2018. In this capacity, he provides executive oversight of the enterprise’s financial operations. Christopher possesses a diverse background in both private industry and public accounting where he started his career with KPMG. Over the last several years, he has held senior management positions in the health insurance industry with experience in both government programs and commercial business.
Those previous roles included Chief Financial Officer of HealthyCT, a start-up commercial health plan formed under the provisions of the ACA as a Consumer Operated and Orientated Plan; financial operations leader for the Marwood Group, a healthcare-focused financial services firm; Vice President of Finance of OrthoNet, LLC, an orthopedic specialty-benefit management company; and Vice President of Finance for Touchstone Health, a Medicare-focused New York licensed HMO.
Mr. Masi acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Franklin and Marshall College and a master’s in business administration with a finance concentration from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Masi also earned New York state C.P.A. license.
Dr. Merahn joins the executive leadership team as Medical Director for Partners Health Plan. He is a pediatrician with a deep understanding and experience in the care of children with autism and special needs. He has also served in a variety of physician-executive leadership roles, including Chief Medical Officer at Centria Autism Services and at US Medical Management.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx with training in pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center and the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Dr. Mehran’s expertise and thought leadership have led him to national speaking engagements covering topics such as healthcare transformation and health equity. He is the author of Care Evolution: Essays on Health Care as a Social Imperative, which advocates for health as a social imperative. He serves as the only physician on the Autism Commission on Quality (ACQ) and is a member of the Primary Care Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SODBP).
Lisa Reese currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer. She grew the human resources department and developed the recruiting, employee benefits, employee relations, and general human resources policies and procedures for the organization. Today, she leads a talented team of nearly 20 individuals. She contributes an important voice to the application of HR and understands the importance of balancing employee needs with the financial limitations inherent in non-profit environments.
Prior to joining, she served as Human Resources Director for Catholic Charities Disabilities Services (CCDS) for eight years. Lisa’s experience spans 35 years of experience in Human Resources in fields such as intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), health care, and hospitality. Lisa has a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Siena College. She also holds the designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from HRCI and a certification from SHRM as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP).
Joseph Shen comes to us with more than 20 years of experience leading technology innovation and digital transformation, business operations, and consulting services in the healthcare and life science industries. Prior to joining CDNY and PHP, Joe served as the Chief Digital Officer for HealthBanks, where he was responsible for information technology, digital marketing, sales, and operations.
Earlier, he was the Vice President at EmblemHealth, where he held senior leadership positions in leading information technology and sales and multicultural marketing for the Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) business line. Before that, Joe spent more than 10 years at IBM global business consulting services as a Consulting Partner, developing many technology and business transformation solutions for major healthcare clients.
Joe received his MBA degree from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, and his Bachelor of Engineering degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Courtney Skivington-Wolf serves as Chief Operating Officer for Partners Health Plan (PHP). Prior to joining, Courtney served as Vice President for Program Administration at a New York State DSRIP PPS, overseeing provider quality performance initiatives. Courtney also directed the Project Management Office (PMO) for the Department of Health’s eMedNY claims system.
Courtney is a registered nurse and holds certifications in LEAN, Microsoft Training, and cardiac nursing. She received a BA in English and a BA in Communications from St. John Fisher College, and degree in Nursing from Hudson Valley Community College.
Michael Mascari is the former Executive Director of AHRC Nassau and is entering his 31st year of service to individuals with I/DD. Throughout his nearly 45-year career, Mr. Mascari has advocated to ensure that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are integrated into their communities, regardless of economic level. He began his career in public service with the City of New York as Assistant Commissioner for M.R. Services and was soon appointed to the groundbreaking joint positions of Assistant Commissioner for New York City and Associate Commissioner for New York State, serving the Upstate region. Mr. Mascari obtained his MSW from Case Western Reserve University and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is a recipient of the Lester B. Granger Lifetime Service Award and a Dartmouth College Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award.
Mr. Boorstein was founder of Walden Partners, a banking and strategic consulting firm, which was founded in 1992 and its sister venture fund Walden Capital Partners and served as a Managing Partner from 1992 and 2011. In 1988, Mr. Boorstein and a group of other investors purchased IM Management Corp., where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1988 to 1991. Mr. Boorstein also served as a Director of nine venture-backed companies, four of which were in the security industry. Earlier in his career he was an innovator in the fixed income and arbitrage in related futures and options markets. He was a founding director of two New York based futures exchanges. He is Financial Secretary of AHRC Nassau’s Board of Directors, and Chairman of both its Finance and Investment committees. He a board member of Nassau County AHRC Foundation, Inc., and serves as a Trustee for Nassau County AHRC Foundation, Inc.’s Community Trust I & II. He is a board member of both PHP and its parent PHSI. Mr. Boorstein has a daughter who resides in an AHRC Nassau community residence and attends an AHRC Nassau day program. He earned his B.S. at Tulane University.
Howard Jurist is President of AHRC Nassau’s Board of Directors and is serving his third term leading the organization. Mr. Jurist has practiced law for 36 years and served as a matrimonial lawyer in private practice for the past 28 years. He is a Member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and a Barrister in the Nassau County Family Law American Inns of Court. In addition to his work at AHRC, he sits on the NYSARC Board of Governors and serves as a Board Member of the Gristmill Foundation. He also has a son who resides in an AHRC Nassau community residence and attends an AHRC Nassau day program. Mr. Jurist graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Steve Logan is President and CEO of Aetna’s New York market. He is responsible for all Aetna business operations across New York State, where Aetna serves nearly 1.3 million members with a comprehensive range of health, wellness, dental, group and specialty products and services – from individuals to Fortune 50 companies.
Prior to being named New York Market President in February 2010, Mr. Logan was responsible for Aetna’s entire northeastern portfolio of Middle Market business, inclusive of New York, New Jersey and New England. Mr. Logan joined Aetna in 2002 from Cigna HealthCare where he led sales and distribution for Cigna’s mid-Atlantic region. Before joining Cigna, he was market vice president for Oxford Health Plans of New York.
Mr. Logan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University. He proudly serves on the board of the Arthritis Foundation of New York, as well as the Health Plan Association of New York, and Partners Health Plan.
Al Kaplan worked for AHRC New York City for more than 12 years, serving as Senior Policy Advisor as well as acting CFO in 2010 and Interim Executive Director in 2012. Al was involved with AHRC’s public information, budget, fiscal and policy matters, as well as issues involving all levels of legislative and other advocacy, including AHRC’s involvement in the Managed Care Environment. Al is currently serving as Senior Policy Consultant to AHRC. Prior to his employment with AHRC, Al worked for New York State for 35 years. He retired as the Deputy Director of the Division of the Budget (DOB) in 2006 after four years with the Division. The areas he oversaw included Health, Medicaid and Mental Hygiene; Education, the Arts and Higher Education; Welfare and Labor; Strategic Planning; and Administration and Information Technology. Before DOB, Mr. Kaplan worked for OPWDD (formerly OMRDD) for 15 years, beginning as Director of Budget and Fiscal Services and serving as Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Revenue Support for 12 years. Al began his career with the New York State Senate Finance Committee and worked in the Senate for 16 years.
During his last 6 years in the Senate he served as Secretary to the Minority of the Senate Finance Committee, functioning as the Democratic Senate’s Chief Fiscal Advisor. Al has a degree in Economics from Union College and graduate degrees in Public Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and in Applied Economic Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).
Arthur Webb has close to 50 years of experience in the field of health care and human services starting with working with drug addicts on the Lower Eastside of New York in 1971. He had almost 18 years as a public official in New York state government as a senior executive or commissioner of several government agencies including Acting Commissioner of the Department of Social Services; Commissioner of the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (now OPWDD); Executive Director of the Office of Substance Abuse Services (now part of OASES); Executive Director of the Health Planning Commission; the State Division of Budget where he was responsible for the Medicaid budget; and Deputy Commissioner for Program Services for the State Department of Corrections. Mr. Webb sits on various nonprofit boards including AmidaCare, Inc., the Milbank Memorial Fund and Care Design of New York.
Mr. Webb completed Ph.D. comprehensive written and oral exams in three fields of study: Health Policy, American Government and Comparative Political Systems. Department of Politics, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University, New York, 1971-1974.
Kevin Conroy is Chief Financial Officer at Mount Kisco Medical Group. Prior to his current role, he served as the President of WellCare Health Plan of New York and had held several leadership roles over the previous five years including the Plan’s Vice President of Finance. While at WellCare Health Plan of New York, Mr. Conroy directed Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Managed Care Long-Term programs. Mr. Conroy was instrumental in developing an integrated Long-Term Care program for WellCare and was responsible for network management and development, sales and marketing, finance and quality improvement.
Prior to WellCare, Mr. Conroy also held the CFO title at two provider-sponsored Health Plans, and held the VP and Treasurer position at IntegraMed America, a specialty healthcare services company that provides management services to medical providers and specialty products to consumers.
Howard Gold has more than 20 years of experience in senior executive management positions in multi-billion dollar organizations, including serving as Senior Vice President, Managed Care and Business Development for North Shore-LIJ Health System. For more than a decade, Mr. Gold has successfully developed and negotiated managed care contracts for one of the nation’s leading integrated health systems. Prior to joining North Shore-LIJ in 1995, he served as Vice President-Vice Provost for Strategic Planning at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Mr. Gold also served as Executive Director of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Health Care Advisory Board. Prior to that, he held several positions with the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities (now OPWDD), including Deputy Commissioner, Office of Policy and Planning.
Dr Timothy Sullivan is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Program Director of the Psychiatric Residency Training Program, at Northwell Health/Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH); and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Donald and Barbara Zucker SOM at Hofstra/Northwell. After graduating from Dartmouth Medical College, he trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology-Oncology; and subsequently pursued further training in Psychiatry at the New York Hospital Westchester Division, Cornell University Medical Center, where he then served as a member of the faculty for several years.
While serving as a Division Director at Saint Vincents Hospital Westchester, in Harrison, NY, Dr Sullivan helped initiate a novel intensive outpatient treatment program for persons dually diagnosed with a mental health problem and IDD. As a result, he developed a relationship with the Westchester ARC, which led to his taking on a series of positions within that organization, NYSARC and now PHP: First Vice President, Executive Board Member, Westchester ARC, June 2000 – 2009; Executive Committee member, June 2001 – 2009; Member, Board of Governors, NYSARC, June 2004 – 2008; Board Member June 2000-2009, 2010 – 2011. Member, Board of Partners Health Plan, 2014 – present.
John Sardelis Ph.D. is the Associate Chairperson and Professor of Health Administration at Saint Joseph’s College of New York. John earned doctorate degree in public health from Columbia University and is a member of the Academy of Actuaries and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Sardelis has moderated and participated in various panels through the metropolitan area and serves on several health-related boards. His research interests are in the health care advocacy, health care literacy and enhancing consumer decision-making in health care.
Bob Norris has over four decades of experience in human services in government, not for profit and the private sector. At the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), he held a series of positions including First Deputy Commissioner. In the early 1980s as the Deputy Commissioner with responsibility for federal programs, he was directly responsible for the growth in Medicaid revenue in OMRDD during this period from $125 million annually to $450 million annually. During this time period, Bob Norris created the first community-based Medicaid funded Day Treatment (now Day Habilitation) program for the developmentally disabled in the country. He was the principal author of the “New York State Five Year Plan” enabling New York State to close the Willowbrook Developmental Center (and other State institutions) and comply with a federal court order while forestalling the loss of Medicaid certification for the State’s institutions. The federal government adopted the fundamentals of this innovative Plan and 36 other states submitted similar plans.
After leaving State service he created the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE), a not for profit organization that provides adult training and education, daycare and job placement services to over 100,000 New York City residents annually. He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Medicare and Medicaid Programs for the Sanus Health Plan and Senior Vice President for the Merit Behavioral Corporation. He has broad experience providing consulting services to numerous State and Not for Profit agencies concerning Medicaid, Medicare, and employment services. Most recently, first as a consultant and then as the first CEO, he created the nation’s first health plan specifically dedicated to persons with developmental disabilities and their families –Partners Health Plan. Bob has been associated with Camphill organizations for nearly 20 years as a former board member of Camphill Copake Foundation, Camphill Ghent, past President of Camphill Village USA, and currently serving as President of Camphill Hudson. He also serves on the Board of Cerebral Palsy Of New York State.