About Our Team


It takes a village to make sure that BVMI’s patients have access to quality, compassionate healthcare.

People make the difference, and the people at BVMI – from the front desk staff to the board chair – create a warm and welcoming medical home for our patients.


It takes a village to make sure that BVMI’s patients have access to quality, compassionate healthcare.

People make the difference, and the people at BVMI – from the front desk staff to the board chair – create a warm and welcoming medical home for our patients.


It takes a village to make sure that BVMI’s patients have access to quality, compassionate healthcare.

People make the difference, and the people at BVMI – from the front desk staff to the board chair – create a warm and welcoming medical home for our patients.

Board of Trustees

Passion for BVMI’s mission starts at the top.  Our trustees bring wide-ranging viewpoints and experiences to the board table, and provide strategic oversight and direction to BVMI.

Michael G. Faust, MD, FACOG, Board Chair
Valley Medical Group

Amit Limaye, PhD, 1st Vice Chair
Director, Sustainable Medical Technology Institute (SMTI), Enterprise R&D
Becton Dickinson & Company

Jill Altana, 2nd Vice Chair 
Automatic Data Processing – Retired

Valerie Mauriello, Treasurer
Prudential Financial – Retired

Kristen Silberstein, Secretary
Executive Director & CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners

Lauren Menkes-Savage, LMSW, MPH, Asst. Secretary
Director of Social Work
Englewood Health

Stefan Canizares, JD
Civil Rights Attorney
US Dept of Education

Jordan Goldsmith, Esq.
Of Counsel Cohn Lifland

Edward J. Gollhofer
Vice President, Finance, NBC News Group

Medha Havnurkar
Program Management Officer
NJ Department of Health

Terry Hensle, MD FACS, FAAP
Given Foundation Professor of Urology Emeritus
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Cynthia Johnson-Barbato
Healthcare Sales Executive

Karina Malysheva
NFP Relationship Manager
M&T Bank

Keith Murillo-Stasiak, CPA, CITP, CISA
Risk Assurance & IT Auditor

Antonia Oladipo, MD
Hackensack University Medical Center/ Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Divya Paliwal, MD
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Horizon BCBS of New Jersey

Cesar Romero, MBA
Enterprise Solution Developer
Latticeworks Advisory, Founder & Principal

Mark Sparta, FACHE
President and Chief Hospital Executive, Hackensack University Medical Center, Executive Vice President, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health

Gian Varbaro, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

Advisory Board

Volunteers, donors and former trustees act as a sounding board to the CEO and provide leadership and support to BVMI. 

Michael W. Azzara, MBA, Chair
Senior Consultant, Foley, Proctor, Yoskowitz, Executive Search and Consulting firm; retired President and CEO, Valley Health System

Neil Abitabilo, RPh, MS
Former CEO of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association; former COO of St. Lukes Hospital in Newburgh, NY

Kathleen M. Burke, PhD, RN
Professor of Nursing, Assistant Dean in Charge of Nursing Programs, Ramapo College of New Jersey. Currently Nurse Research Consultant at the Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ; Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ; and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Paterson, NJ

Janet Finke
Principal, real estate management firm; former President, Jewish Family Services of North Jersey; former Board member, Barnert Hospital

Barry Freeman, EdD, MBA
Professor (retired) of Personal Finance and Marketing, Bergen Community College. Former marketing executive at Best Foods, Thomas J. Lipton, and Unilever. Personal Investment Counselor

Kenneth Herman, EdD, ABPP
Author, “Secrets from the Sofa;” Retired psychologist; Diplomate in Clinical Psychology; Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychology

Gladys Laden
National Council of Jewish Women, Bergen County Section Board Member; former Director of Financial Aid, Weil Cornell Medical College of NY

Marilyn Schotz
Community Volunteer

Clifford Surloff, CPA
Former CFO, Jewish Federation

Lindy Washburn
Senior Healthcare Reporter (retired)

Bernard Weinstein, MPH
Former Executive Director, Bellevue Hospital, NYC; former Commissioner of Hospitals, Westchester County, NY; Professor Pace University Graduate Center; board member, Bon Secours Charity Health System

Joanne Westphal
TD Bank – Retired

Associate Board

Members of BVMI’s Associate Board are early-career professionals who want to make a difference and bring their passion, talents and drive to help support BVMI’s mission. 

Brandon Baek
Patient Care Specialist @ AM/PM Urgent Care

Danielle Bargo
Director, Global Real World Evidence @ Eisai

Aiden Choi
Student @ Rutgers University, Intern @ MSKCC

Daein Choi
Resident Physician @ Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Zui Dighe
Engagement Analyst @ Acorn AI

David Heller
Co-founder of C16 Biosciences

Phoenix Millacy Jay
Data Analyst @ Soona

Scott H. Lee
Senior Associate @ Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

James Lubowsky
Software Engineer @ Beeswax

Margaret Murphy
Registered Nurse @ New York Presbyterian Columbia Univ. Doctoral Candidate

Moses Salami
Director, Business Development and Marketing @ Saint Michaels Medical Center

Mark Surgent
Marketing Manager (Acute and Preventative Drugs) @ Becton Dickinson

Parth Vaidya
Post Doctoral Fellow, Infectious Disease/Vaccines @ Merck

Nikhil Varma
Strategic Initiatives Manager @ BioReference Laboratories

Jisoo Yoon
Vice President, Securitized Products Group @ JPMorgan


BVMI volunteers are amazing! They are the heart and soul of the healthcare center and donate thousands of hours of their time to make sure that BVMI’s patients have access to quality, compassionate healthcare.
*As of 11/1/2022

Victor Abraham
Alexandre Ackad, MD
Sonal Argarwal, RDN
Heidi Ahlborn, MD
Stella Ahn
George M. Ajjan, DO
Cheryl Amsterdam
Fatimah Aslam
Muhanad Aziz Oughali
Melissa Arroyo-Hernandez, RN, MSN, APN, CEN
Rich Balter
Rebecca Baxt, MD
Alyssa Becker, MD
Tapas Bhowmik
Linda Bleiweiss
Patty Bombolevicz, RN
Marianne Brodeck
Eva Brodkin, RN
Gisselle Burgos
Mayra Carilli
Barbara Cavallaro, MD
Huijae Choi
Elizabeth Cole
Allison Contreras-Ortiz
Dale Cook
Janet Cook, RN
Timothy Corey, MD
Stephanie Cornejo

Jennifer D’Elia
Christian Domingo, BSN
Mary Ann Donohue-Ryan, MA, PhD
Jane Dunleavy, RN, APN
Victoria Eftychiou, MSN, APN
Eva Erb
Kathleen Fagan, PhD, RN, APN
Vicky Farhi
Beth Figman
Clarissa Fay, RN, MSN, APN
Vicky Fliman, RN
Leonard Frank, MD
Noel Friedland, MD
Dorothy Gagliardi, RN
Susan Geltman, LCSW
William Getreuer
Sofia Giron
Bella Goldberg
Alvaro Goncalves
Erika Gonzalez
Landy Gonzalez
Janice Goodman BSN, RN
Deborah Greenfield
Lisa Grohsman, MSN, APN
Lina Guarin
Patty Halsall
Maryann Hew, RN, BSN
David Isralowitz MD

Bryan Izzo
Kristi Izzo
Rebekah Jarvis, RDN
Patricia Joseph, MD
Andrew Kagan, MD
Satish Kashyap, MD
Christina Kim
Hyun Kim
Katie Kim
Ruth Kirschenbaum
Patricia Klein
Susan Kollar, BSN
Rima Kopelman, MD
Iris Kopeloff, MD
Lizabeth Kopp-Faust, MD
Peter Krautle
Mary Krugman
HyeSook Kwon, RN
Karen Latimer, MD
Siew (Birdie) Lau
Hannah Lee
Katherine Leopold
Joanne Levine
Howard L. Lipton, DO
Dianelis Lopez
Kristan Louis, APN
Anabel Lucanie, MD
Mary Lyons-Kim
Josef Machac, MD

Albania Martinez
Emma Matthews
Maura Mattson
John McConnell MD
Catherine McPolin, RN, MSN
Debbie Melamed
Kelly Annie Mercado
Lisa Ann Miller, MD
Anastasia Milliman
Miriam Moctezuma
Teriann Mohideen
MaryAnn Monaco, RN
Jane I. Morais
Esther Nelson, RN
Elizabeth Noe
Suzanne O’Connell
Donna O’Hern BSN, MSN
Chloe O’Neill
Laura Oliva-Beltran
Deborah Oppenheimer, RN
Karla Ortiz, RD
Dave Owens
Sue Panek, RN, BSN
Grishma Parikh, MD
Aesha Patel
Jay Patel
Rich Patel
Marie de Pilar Reilly
Adina Radu

Cheryl Reiner
David Reiner, MD
Erika Reyes
Helen Richards MD
Ronald Rodriguez
Veronica Marie Rojas, MD
Elizabeth Ramirez
Sharon Ramsaier, RN
Jacqueline Ross, PT, DPT
Patricia Ryan, BSN
Marla Sherman
Charlotte Sokol, MD
Katherine Southall MD
Paula Tedesco, RN, MSN, APN
May Terry, RN
Sharon Tobias, PhD
Toni Tortorella Genova, DNP, APN-BC, RN, FNP-BC, NP-C
Joselin Vargas
Dalia Vargas Machuca
Valeria Villa
Ana Villagran
David Vesole, MD
Kristie Woods
Gail Williams, MD
Pam Zeldin
Riso Zegarra Solano
Cindy Zirkin, RDN
Robert Zurier, MD


From our newest hires to staff members who helped open our doors in 2009, our staff is singularly focused on providing excellent care to BVMI patients.  No matter their area of responsibility, every employee is dedicated to making sure that BVMI is a warm and nurturing medical home. Working alongside our passionate volunteers, our staff ensures continuity of care, compliance with medical standards and regulatory agencies, organizational sustainability, and so much more. 

Dr. Arthur De Simone

Medical Director

Amanda Missey


Andrea Alcala

Certified Medical Assistant​

Sandra Alvarado, RN, APN
Mental Health Counselor

Angela Bueno

Front Desk Manager

Dale DeAngelis Mottola

Administrative Director

Mary DiGiulio, DNP, APN
Staff Nurse Practitioner

Sue Dyrness

Director of Donor Relations

Kathleen Ensuncho

Prevent Diabetes Program Manager

Rosa Flores-Campos, MSW

Case Manager

Nancy Fremed, MSN, WHNP-BC

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner​

Karla Goffe, RN

Staff Nurse

So Young Han
Korean Healthcare Program Patient Navigator

Judith Haystrand, RN, MSN, APN
Staff Nurse Practitioner

Holly Homa, BSN, RN, CDCES

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Jasneet Kaur, MD

Associate Medical Director​

Michelle Kaye, MSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Clinical Services​

Jihyeon Lim, MSN, FPN-BC
Korean Healthcare Program Nurse Practitioner

Howard L. Lipton, DO

Associate Medical Director

Niega Mann
Administrative Assistant​

Joanne Murad

Manager Grants & External Affairs​

Diana Nunez

HR Manager

Jocilyn Pak

Korean Program Navigator

Zane Pavon
Certified Medical Assistant

Sue Polito, MSN, RN, NP-C

Staff Nurse Practitioner​

Elaine Posner

Volunteer Manager

Rita Prospero

Operations Manager​

Charina Pujols
Certified Medical Assistant

Rebeca Ramirez

Front Desk Associate 

Lisa Shea, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Lina Silva
Certified Medical Assistant

Erika Silvestre

Eligibility Specialist

Joanne Simonetti, MS, RNC-OB, APN

Assistant Nurse Manager​​

Maria Surovetz

Special Events Manager

Sunny Swadhin, RN

Staff Nurse

Carla Van Duzer, RN
Data Entry Nurse​​

Blanca Vidal

Senior Certified Medical Assistant

Erica Joy West

Charitable Investment Counselor

Mother’s Day Gift Donation

This Mother’s Day you can celebrate your mom, grandma, aunt, or other special person in your life while making a difference in the lives of BVMI patients!

When you make a one-time donation of $10 or more, BVMI will send a Mother’s Day card and gift notification on your behalf. Click on the link below to make your donation. Please provide the name and mailing address of the honoree, as well as the name of the individual(s) making the gift, and we’ll take care of the rest. 

Mother’s Day is May 14th – please make your donation no later than May 5th to ensure their card arrives in time.