Board Officers

Daniel T. McGowan, MS | Chairman
Chairman, Hygea Health Holdings, LLC

Mr. McGowan is the Chairman of Hygea Health Holdings and former President and Chief Operating Officer of HIP Health Plans (now EmblemHealth). Previously, Mr. McGowan was Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. In prior positions he served as Vice President for Planning and Program Development at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Executive Director of the Nassau-Suffolk Health Systems Agency on Long Island and Executive Director of the Health Systems Agency of New York City. Mr. McGowan graduated with a BA in Psychology from Marquette University and received an MS from Northern Illinois University in Administration of Health and Mental Health Services.

Maura Clark | Vice Chair
Corporate Director

Ms. Clark is a Corporate Director, serving on the Boards of Agrium Inc., Fortis Inc. and Elizabeth Arden Inc. Ms. Clark retired from Direct Energy, a subsidiary of Centrica plc where she directed all aspects of the North American commercial and industrial energy business for Direct Energy Business. Before joining Direct Energy, Ms. Clark was an independent strategy and M&A Consultant providing advisory services to a variety of energy companies. Ms. Clark was also previously a managing director of Investment Banking Services at Goldman Sachs, where she built a portfolio of clients involved in merchant power, gas and electric utilities, and other natural resource and industrial companies. Prior to that, Ms. Clark was EVP, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer for Premcor, Inc., an independent oil refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Ms. Clark is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Ruth Salzman, MBA | Treasurer
CEO & Executive Director, Russell Berrie Foundation

Ruth Salzman is the CEO of The Russell Berrie Foundation, a mid-sized private foundation based in Northern New Jersey, a position she was named to in May of 2008. The Foundation provides philanthropic support in the United States and in Israel. Previously she held the position of Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending & Investing within the Community Development Group of JPMorgan Chase lending to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community development financial intermediaries in Chase’s national footprint. Ms. Salzman also initiated and managed the socially responsible investing program at JPMC. In aggregate these activities resulted in over $1 Billion being provided, through loans and investments, to customers that the bank’s mainstream business units did not reach. Ms. Salzman earned an MBA at The Wharton School, and holds a BA from Brooklyn College.

Donald L. Ashkenase, MHA | Secretary
Special Advisor to the President, Montefiore Medical Center

Mr. Ashkenase has spent more than 20 years at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, beginning his career as Chief Financial Officer, and has since seen the organization grow from $500 million in revenue to $2.2 billion. Montefiore provides nearly 70,000 discharges and 2 million ambulatory care visits every year to one of New York City’s most medically underserved communities. Mr. Ashkenase has taught at Columbia University since 1978 and currently teaches in its Executive Masters in Public Health program at the Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to Montefiore, Ashkenase served as Chief Financial Officer of both the Long Island Jewish Medical Center (now North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Centers) and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and also served as the Associate Administrator of Ambulatory Care at Cumberland Hospital. Mr. Ashkenase is a graduate of Brooklyn College and received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Wagner College.

Board Members

Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH
Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dr. Sonia Angell is deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), overseeing the Division of Prevention and Primary Care. This Division works to advance population health by improving access to high-quality health care and introducing innovative population-level system changes, with a focus on disease prevention and control, and the elimination of related health disparities. Prior to this, Sonia was a Senior Advisor for Global Noncommunicable Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), establishing and leading the CDC’s Global Noncommunicable Disease Unit.  In this capacity, she worked with key stakeholders such as World Health Organization and Ministries of Health in low and middle income countries to support the creation of global metrics and related strategic activities. From 2004-2011, she directed the NYC DOHMH Cardiovascular Disease Program. Key program accomplishments included restricting trans fat use in NYC restaurants, launching the National Salt Reduction Initiative, and establishing food procurement nutrition standards for NYC government agencies. Sonia is board certified in internal medicine. She is on faculty at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and is an Assistant Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  She received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and completed Internal Medicine residency at Brigham Women’s Hospital. She has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Sonia is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Program.

Dudley Benoit
Director, Community Development Investments, Santander Bank

Dudley Benoit is the Director of Community Development Investments at Santander Bank, N.A. Mr. Benoit is responsible for managing the Bank’s community development investment program. Prior to joining Santander, Mr. Benoit served as a Senior Vice President leading JPMorgan Chase’s commercial real estate multifamily lending business in the Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. markets and oversaw a $1B+ real estate portfolio. Prior to this role, he managed the Intermediaries Lending group in JPMorgan Chase’s Community Development Banking unit which was responsible for credit and banking relationships for affordable housing, community facility, commercial real estate, and small business investments across the U.S. Mr. Benoit also managed the New Markets Tax Credit and community development private equity programs at JPMorgan Chase. A graduate of Rutgers University, Dudley also holds a Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy and a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University.

James F. Crystal
Executive Vice President, Frank Crystal & Company

Jamie Crystal, Executive Vice President, is a third-generation principal of Crystal & Company, a leading strategic risk and insurance advisor with 10 offices throughout the United States and clients operating around the world. Founded in 1933, the firm ranks among the world’s largest family-owned insurance brokerage firms. At Crystal & Company, Jamie is a member of the Board and serves on the Executive Committee with responsibilities for the firm’s commercial insurance services. In addition to working extensively with larger clients in the manufacturing, retail, real estate, healthcare, and nonprofit industries, Jamie manages the firm’s International operations. He also serves as Vice Chairman of Brokerslink, a global insurance alliance of more than 7,000 insurance professionals in over 85 countries. Jamie’s extensive knowledge in supply chain risk management and parametric insurance solutions has led to several speaking engagements across the country, including panel discussions and media interviews. An industry veteran of over 25 years, Jamie worked as a senior property and casualty underwriter and assistant manager with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Jamie is also responsible for Crystal & Company’s insurance carrier relationships. Jamie received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University. He is a past-Governor and member of the John Street Insurance Association for leadership in the Insurance Industry. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Education Alliance and Primary Care Development Corporation.

Daniel Dey
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc.

Daniel T. Dey, FACHE has been the President/Chief Executive Officer of Northern Oswego County Health Services Inc. since 2007. Mr. Dey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Healthcare Systems Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Upon obtaining his graduate degree, Mr. Dey was commissioned as a Lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navy, serving as a Medical Administrative Officer at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia and onboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Forrestal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon discharge from active duty, Mr. Dey served ten years in the United States Navy Reserve reaching his final rank as Lieutenant Commander. He served as the President of the New York State Ambulatory Health Care Association, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a Board member of the Primary Care Development Corporation based in New York City. He served as Chairman of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County. Mr. Dey serves as a consultant for the Health Resources and Services Administration through its contract with Management Strategists Consulting Group. He conducts operational site visits and provides technical assistance in the areas of governance, administration and management, financial operations and strategic planning.

Warria Esmond, MD
Medical Director, Settlement Health

Dr. Esmond joined Settlement Health (a federally qualified health center in East Harlem) in 2004, where she serves as the organization’s Chief Medical Officer. In this role, she supervises the health center’s clinical staff, is responsible for recruiting and retaining medical staff and chairs it quality assurance/performance improvement program. She leads key health center growth and improvement initiatives including JCAHO accreditation, Emergency Preparedness (including Meaningful Use), and Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition, and she is central to current DSRIP activities. Prior to her current position, Dr. Esmond served for 13 years as the Director of Woman Care (Ambulatory Women’s Health Center), Attending Physician in the Department of OB/GYN at North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove and OB/GYN Preceptor in the Family Practice Residency Program. In addition to her participation on PCDC’s Board of Directors, she serves as a board member on an NIH-funded Translational Research Community Board at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, chairs the Clinical Committee for the Community Health Center Association for New York State (CHCANYS), and serves on the CHCANYS Board of Directors. Dr. Esmond received both her BA and MD from Cornell University/Weill Medical College of Cornell University and completed her OB/GYN residency training at The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center.

David A. Gould, PhD
Former Senior Vice President for Program, United Hospital Fund

As the Senior Vice President for Program at the United Hospital Fund, Mr. Gould was the principal staff person responsible for UHF’s program development and grantmaking activities.  With a PhD in history, he joined the Fund in 1985 after having worked at the Department of City Planning of the City of New York.  Prior to that, he worked for the Vera Institute of Justice as a project director and planner. Mr. Gould currently serves on the boards of the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) and Public Health Solutions (PHS), and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Previously he chaired the Grantmaking Committee of the New York City AIDS Fund, served on the board of Grantmakers in Health, and was a member of several committees advising the government and private agencies on issues relating to health care policy. He currently provides strategic consulting services to several health care providers and foundations.

L. Nathan “Nate” Hare
Executive Director, Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc.

L. Nathan Hare is a lifelong resident of the City of Buffalo who has been involved in some aspect of youth employment, youth training and education, foster care, or juvenile justice for more than 35 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Medaille College in Business Management, and a Masters in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. L. Nathan Hare has served the residents of Buffalo and Erie County in executive administration positions ranging from Buffalo’s Model Cities Program in the 1970’s to his service as the Deputy Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services and as the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Youth Services. Prior to coming to the Community Action Organization Nathan served for two years as the Regional Director of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, responsible for the provision of Therapeutic and Treatment Foster Care, Preventive Intervention and Respite Services, Group Home and Detention Services for children across the 16 western-most counties of New York State, with District Offices in Buffalo and Rochester. Nathan is now the CEO of the Community Action Organization of Erie County, where he has led Erie County’s War on Poverty agency into a highly visible role in advocacy and program services. Nathan is a noted scholar and teacher of both Christian education and classical African history and culture.

Gary Jacobs, MPA
Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, CareCentrix

Gary is responsible for accelerating CareCentrix’s transition to value-based care through external partnership development. Gary brings more than 25 years of public policy experience to CareCentrix, focused on creating more efficient collaborations between health providers and payers to benefit recipients of Medicare and Medicaid.
Prior to joining CareCentrix, Gary was a Managing Director in the Heath Industries Advisory Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), leading the National Government Programs practice. Throughout his career, Gary has been responsible for implementing enterprise-wide planning initiatives, strategic alliances, government affairs, and identification of acquisitions and new business opportunities for clients. He currently serves on the boards of the Visiting Nurse Association of America, Primary Care Development Corporation, the National Hispanic Council on Aging Business Advisory Board, and the Dean’s Council American University School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Mark Jeziorski, ME, MBA
President, Sophical Solutions, LLC

Mr. Jeziorski is founding President of Sophical Solutions and has more than twenty-five years of healthcare consulting experience. Mr. Jeziorski assists hospitals and healthcare systems around the country develop defensible prices that improve the bottom line. Mr. Jeziorski was the chairman of a hospital’s finance committee and served on various local HFMA chapter committees. Mr. Jeziorski has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, an ME in Petroleum Engineering from Tulane University and an MBA in finance, economics and marketing from the University of Chicago. Mr. Jeziorski is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma society at the University of Chicago.

Hon. Corey Johnson
NYC Council Health Committee

Council Member Corey Johnson represents the Third District in the New York City Council and serves as Chair of the Committee on Health. Since being elected to office in 2013, Corey has been one of the most prolific legislators in the Council, with 17 pieces of legislation passed that address healthcare, education, safety and gender equality, among other critical issues. His bills have made it easier for transgender New Yorkers to correct their birth certificates, required data collection on air quality, increased healthcare transparency at Rikers Island and more. As Chair of the Committee on Health, Corey has held hearings to address the 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and the proliferation of synthetic marijuana across the City. Corey has been a fierce advocate for the Ending the Epidemic (ETE) initiative to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020. In that effort, he has introduced legislation to expand lifesaving benefits to all low-income HIV positive New Yorkers and fought for ETE funding in the City budget.

Christopher Koller
President, Millbank Memorial Fund

Christopher F. Koller is President of the Milbank Memorial Fund and Publisher of the Milbank Quarterly. Before joining the Fund, he served the state of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner, an appointment he held from March of 2005 through June of 2013. Prior to that, he was CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. He is a member of the IOM Health Care Services Board and serves in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is also adjunct professor of community health in the School of Public Health at Brown University.

David Manko
Partner, Rivkin Radler, Attorneys at Law

A partner in Rivkin Radler’s Health Services Practice Group, David has more than two decades of experience representing various stakeholders engaged in the health care industry with a particular focus on providers. David regularly represents clients in connection with buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, governance matters, general business transactions and healthcare regulatory matters including issues relating to the Corporate Practice of Medicine, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. David has structured numerous arrangements between healthcare providers and management companies that address corporate practice of medicine issues. David also represents providers in negotiating managed care contracts containing value based, pay-for-performance, quality, and utilization components. David represents physician groups, health systems, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Performing Provider Systems (PPSs) under the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) and clinically integrated networks engaged in payment and delivery system reform activities. In addition, David represents private equity firms and strategic investors across the country in healthcare related transactions. David is a member of the New York State Value Based Payment Workgroup which provides guidance and feedback to New York State as it implements comprehensive payment and delivery system reform under DSRIP as set forth in the Medicaid 1115 Waiver. He is a frequent lecturer and author on health law topics, including the new delivery models arising from payment reform and the implications of these delivery models for hospital-physician relationships. In 2007, he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, a not-for-profit agency that provides support and health care services to physically and mentally challenged children and adults.

Diana Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN
Rudin Professor of Nursing

Diana J. Mason is the Rudin Professor of Nursing and co-founder and co-director of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College; and Professor, City University of New York. She is the immediate past President of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Mason is also a journalist who has produced and moderated a weekly New York City radio program on health and health policy for over 30 years. Since its inception, she has served on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News. She served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing for over a decade. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Lillian Wald Service Award from the American Public Health Association and George Doval Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from New York University; and the Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Daniel A. Nissenbaum
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Mr. Nissenbaum is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, in the Urban Investment Group (UIG) overseeing Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance functions and special initiatives, including the capital component of the 10,000 Small Businesses program. UIG, a division of Goldman Sachs Bank USA, provides financing for community development projects and manages the Bank’s CRA program. Dan joined Goldman Sachs in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Dan was a senior vice president overseeing an affordable housing finance team in HSBC Bank’s real estate division. His career has focused on real estate and community development finance, and spanned positions at Chemical Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch. In these roles, Dan has led debt and equity transaction teams, directed bank CRA regulatory and compliance groups, and overseen philanthropy and community outreach programs. Mr. Nissenbaum is a past Board Chair and current Board member of the National Housing Conference, a national coalition for affordable housing. In addition, he is a board member of the Low Income Investment Fund, one of the nation’s leading CDFI’s, as well as ReClaim, a national nonprofit developing solutions to address the home foreclosure crisis. Dan earned a BA in Urban Studies from Grinnell College, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jorge R. Petit, MD
Regional Senior Vice President, Beacon Health Options

Dr. Jorge R. Petit is a community psychiatrist and the Regional Senior Vice President for New York State for Beacon Health Options, one of the country’s most prominent behavioral health companies providing best-in-class behavioral health solutions for regional and specialty health plans; employers and labor organizations; and federal, state and local governments. Dr. Petit is the Coordinator for the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Program: at Touro College School of Health Sciences/Physicians Assistant Program conducting basic training as well as an advanced Behavioral Health Seminar and preceptoring the PA students BH Clinical Rotations. Dr. Petit is an expert advisor to the North East Business Group on Health (NEBGH), Mental Health Task Force – Depression Screening and Management in Primary Care/One Voice Initiative and the MH Workplace Summit, sponsored by NYC NAMI, NEBGH and the Kennedy Forum. He is the Chairman of the Board for Mental Health News Education, Inc. and serves on the board of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership; the Committee on Psychiatric Administration & Leadership in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP); of the Mental Health Association of New York City’s (MHA-NYC) Professional Advisory Committee (PAC); a member of American Association of Community Psychiatrist (AACP); American Association of Emergency Psychiatrists (AAEP) and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Carol Raphael, MPA
Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Solutions

Carol Raphael, MPA, joined Manatt in 2013 as a senior advisor with Manatt Health Solutions, the firm’s interdisciplinary policy and business advisory division. Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. Raphael served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) from 1989 to 2011. Ms. Raphael has also served as Director of Operations Management at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration in charge of the Medicaid and Public Assistance programs in New York City. In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Raphael as a member of the recently created Commission on Long-Term Care. In 2011, Ms. Raphael was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team and served as co-chair of the Managed Long-Term Care Implementation and Waiver Redesign Work Group. She chairs the New York eHealth Collaborative, is a member the National Quality Forum Coordinating Committee, and incoming Chair of the Long-Term Quality Alliance. Ms. Raphael serves on the Boards of Directors of AARP, Pace University and the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition. She is also a member of the advisory boards for several organizations, including the Harvard School of Public Health’s Health Policy Management Executive Council and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in the United Kingdom.

John Rugge, MD
CEO, Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Dr. John Rugge is a practicing family physician and the founding CEO of Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center that is the only local medical provider for much of the Adirondacks and the primary care safety-net for the Glens Falls “micropolitan” area. Over the years, Dr. Rugge has served on numerous health policy councils in Albany and Washington. He is currently Chair of the Planning Committee for the NYS Public Health and Health Planning Council and is serving on the workgroups for the NYS Department of Health that are defining advanced models of primary care and value-based payment models for the reimbursement of health care services generally. As organizer of the Adirondack Health Institute and the Adirondacks ACO, Hudson Headwaters is working to deploy these new models across the North Country of New York.

Carolyn Tain
Former Senior Director, Public Finance and Healthcare, Fitch Ratings

Ms. Tain is a seasoned credit analyst with more than 25 years of experience at two major rating agencies–Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poors. Ms. Tain is known for her strong credit skills, transaction experience, and ability to identify, evaluate and discuss credit risk in new, unusual and complex proposal structures. She specialized in strategic partnerships with corporate/investment bankers to effectively manage client expectations and facilitate the delivery of debt product offerings. She has a strong working knowledge of the capital markets. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Fordham University.

Yvette Teofan, JD
Former Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Ms. Teofan was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton from 1997 through 2009. Ms. Teofan’s practice encompassed corporate and financial transactions, with a focus on private equity, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. She joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1988 and was a resident in the Paris office from 1991-1995. Ms. Teofan is a member of the Board of Directors and the Governance and Nominating Committees of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. She also served for several years on the Legal Board of Legal Momentum. Ms. Teofan received a JD from Yale Law School in 1988 and a BA from Stanford University in 1985. She is a member of the Bars in New York and Paris.