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.