PHP is led by experienced and trusted individuals in the community.
PHP is led by invested stakeholders, family members, and advocates with decades of experience in health care, health insurance, and in managing services and supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD). These industry leaders have collaborated in a pioneering effort to implement a high-quality managed care program for persons with IDD and those who support them.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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).
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.
Bernard Rosof M.D., M.A.C.P.
Dr. Bernard Rosof is a national leader in the areas of health care quality and performance improvement. He is the chair of Huntington Hospital’s Board of Directors, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee, and sits on the Board of the Pearl and Jack Ain Advantage Care Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Brookville, Long Island. Nationally, he is chair of the physician advisory committee for United Health Group and chair of the American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, which continues to lead efforts in developing, testing, and implementing evidence-based performance measures for use at the point of care. Dr. Rosof is also CEO of the Huntington-based Quality in Healthcare (QHC) Advisory Group LLC, which provides strategic advisory services to the community of providers interested in improving the quality and safety of health care delivery in our nation. In addition, Dr. Rosof is a Master of the American College of Physicians, Chair Emeritus of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, and the recipient of the Laureate Award from the New York State Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He is also a recipient of the 2011 Founders Award, presented by the American College of Medical Quality in recognition of his longstanding national leadership and exceptional ability to foster and support health care quality improvement.
John Sardelis Ph.D. is the Associate Chairperson and Professor of Health Administration at Saint Joseph’s College of New York. John earned a 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.
Dr. Timothy Sullivan is the Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Postgraduate Education and Program Director of the Psychiatric Residency Training Program, at Staten Island University Hospital, which is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. He was previously Service Chief, Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill, at Saint Vincent’s Westchester, in Harrison, NY. He was also Clinical Director of the Assertive Community Treatment program, Clinical Director of the Continuing Day Treatment Program, and Clinical Director and Consulting Psychiatrist to the WestCARES program at Saint Vincent’s Westchester. He trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, and received training in Psychiatry at the New York Hospital Westchester Division, Cornell University Medical Center, in White Plains, NY, where he also served as Chief Resident and then as a member of the faculty for several years.
Dr. Sullivan holds an academic appointment at New York Medical College, where he is Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He was also named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2007.
Judy Trent has more than 30 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities, primarily in regulatory oversight, quality improvement and corporate compliance. Ms. Trent was responsible for the management of survey and certification of programs and services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for the Downstate Area of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (formerly OMRDD). As Assistant Executive Director of AHRC Nassau, she served as the Compliance Officer and managed quality assurance and quality improvement programs for the Agency. Additionally, she served as a consultant member of a U.S. Department of Justice team evaluating protections, services and quality improvement activities for several centers and hospitals supporting people with developmental disabilities across the nation. Ms. Trent received her Master of City and Regional Planning ( MCRP) from Rutgers University and her BA from the University of Montana.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Kerry Delaney currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Partners Health Plan (PHP). Prior to joining PHP, she served for over four years as the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), a service provider, employer of over 18,000 staff, and oversight agency for over 700 providers. 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.
Dr. Stephan Deutsch
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Deutsch is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon trained at Columbia and Harvard where he served as Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard University. He was a member of Brown University Faculty of Medicine where he taught and practiced for 20 years. Areas of focus included spine and scoliosis, cerebral palsy, myelodysplasia and pediatric orthopedics. He authored more than 40 scientific papers and exhibits.
He also founded Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Inc., which went public on NASQ and started and developed two other companies including Touchstone Health, a Medicare Advantage HMO in NYC. He served as Chief Medical Officer for a telehealth technology company, a company that managed high-risk health plan members and for the largest PACE program in the country where he built and integrated programs for medical and care management, palliative care, transitional care, behavioral health and clinical pharmacy management.
He has given talks in numerous venues including the Harvard Business School and The National Data Forum on multiple topics including quantitative bone scanning, disease management, the use of data to clinically profile physicians and obtain buy-in, the application of small area variations analysis to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of utilization and provider network management, pay for performance and the effect of patient-centric measurement on big data (utilization and cost).
Chief Financial Officer
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. Mr. Masi possesses a diverse background in both private industry and public accounting where he started his career with KPMG. Over the last several years, Mr. Masi has held senior management positions in the health insurance industry with experience in both government programs and commercial business. From 2013 to 2018 he was the 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 that grew to $240 million in premiums. There he provided executive oversight of finance, accounting and reporting, underwriting, and business operations/technology. From 2011 to 2012, he worked for the Marwood Group, a healthcare-focused financial services firm. His responsibilities included leading the financial operations of their wholly-owned subsidiary U.S. Imaging Network. U.S. Imaging Network is a third-party administrator of advanced imaging services that generates cost savings for large employers and provides concierge services to members. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Masi was the Vice President of Finance of OrthoNet, LLC, an orthopedic specialty-benefit management company. At OrthoNet, he was responsible for all elements of the finance function. From 2004 to 2009, he served as the V.P. Finance for Touchstone Health, a Medicare-focused New York licensed HMO. There, he oversaw the financial and related regulatory operations of the business. 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.
Chief Compliance Officer
Alicia joined PHP in January 2018 as the company’s Chief Compliance Officer. She has over 20 years of experience in health care, managed care, and regulatory compliance; having worked on both the provider and payor sides. Prior to joining PHP, she was Director of Compliance at GuildNet where she was responsible for directing the Plan’s Compliance Program across all lines of business, such as MLTC, FIDA, and MAP. In this role, she was instrumental in revamping the Vendor Oversight and Compliance Committees; as well as ensuring all regulatory reports were timely and accurate for submissions and successful data validations. She has also had the responsibility of leading the Plan through successful surveys and audits. Alicia brings with her a wealth of knowledge in Customer Service, Grievance and Appeals, Claims and Provider Billing. Alicia received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration, concentration in Not-for-Profit Management, from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).
Chief of Care Coordination
Diane is a non-profit executive with a 25-year career in the developmental disabilities field. Prior to joining PHP in October of 2014, she served as Assistant Director for Intermediate Care Facilities at AHRC Suffolk. In this role, she managed staff and oversaw operations necessary to fully support individuals with both developmental disabilities and complex health needs. Throughout her career, Diane has worked with systems serving individuals with I/DD from birth through adulthood. She has vast experience in promoting the use of a multi-disciplinary team, person-centered approach to ensure the provision of high-quality services to individuals with I/DD and their families. Diane recently transitioned to the Chief of Care Coordination position, after having served as Director of Care Coordination for PHP’s Suffolk Region, and subsequently as Senior Director of Care Coordination. Diane obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker.
Chief of Community Relations and Outreach
Karleen is a non-profit executive with 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Prior to joining PHP in December 2014, she was Director of Vocational and Employment services at AHRC Nassau, supporting over 500 adults through programs such as day habilitation, supported employment, and pre-vocational. She was instrumental in developing and growing affirmative business models that support work for adults with disabilities. Karleen has served on Education and Workforce Development Committees for NYSACRA and the Long Island Alliance, was a certified OPWDD SCIP-R instructor, Diversity in the Workplace facilitator, and an adjunct faculty at Nassau Community College – teaching an I/DD studies course. Ms. Haines recently transitioned into the role of Community Relations Chief after serving as PHP’s Chief of Care Coordination. She is a licensed Health Agent in the state of NY; holds a BA in Psychology and an MPS in Management from Stonybrook University.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Lila Benayoun is a health care executive with 20 years of managed care experience in strategy, operations and regulatory affairs in both Government and Commercial sectors. Prior to joining PHP, Lila held various leadership positions at EmblemHealth. Notably, she was Director, Health Care Reform and Program Director of New York’s pre-existing condition program implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. She also held operational leadership roles including performance improvement focusing on increasing administrative cost savings. Prior to EmblemHealth, Lila spent 9 years at Royal Health Care, overseeing the operations of seven Medicaid clients as well as implementing Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug programs. Lila holds a B.S. in Health Information Management from Temple University and has completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University focusing on Strategic Growth.
Vice President, Quality Management
Premila Mary Kumar is the Vice President of Quality Programs and 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. Prior to her position at GuildNet, Premila was the Assistant Vice President for Medical Management at CenterLight Healthcare, New York. 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 is also known for developing disease management programs at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ and CIGNA Healthcare Tristate region.
Premila 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 has been a guest faculty speaker at Rutgers School of Pharmacy, served on the editorial board for Population Health Insider magazine and was appointed as a resource member for the legislated New Jersey Obesity Prevention Task Force. She most recently participated and was a member of the Value-Based Payment NYS MLTC Clinical Advisory Group. She earned her medical degree from Stanley Medical College, Madras University, India as well as a professional designation from Academy of Healthcare Management.