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 Center for Women’s Health

Amit Limaye, PhD, 1st Vice Chair
Associate Director, Program Management, Office for the Centers of Excellence

Shannon K. Lazare, MBA, 2nd Vice Chair
Vice President / Senior Regional Manager
M&T Bank

Valerie Mauriello, Treasurer
Prudential Financial – Retired

Kristen Silberstein, Secretary
Vice President, Payor Strategy & Contracting
Hospital for Special Surgery

Jill Altana
Automatic Data Processing – Retired

Stefan Canizares, JD
Civil Rights Attorney
US Dept of Education

Jordan Goldsmith, Esq.
Of Counsel Cohn Lifland

Medha Havnurkar
Chief Learning Officer
P4R4 Consultants

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

Eric Kim
Vice President
Grant Avenue Capital

Karina Malysheva
NFP Relationship Manager
M&T Bank

Jonathan K. Mays, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG
Director, Obstetrics Maternal/Fetal Medicine
PAGNY; Physicians Affiliate Group of New York, Metropolitan Hospital Center

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

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

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

Cesar Romero, MBA
Director, Senior Lead Data Scientist, S&P Global

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

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.

Victor Abraham
Alexandre Ackad, MD
Sonal Argarwal, RDN
Heidi Ahlborn, MD
Stella Ahn
Rahmat Ajagbe, RN
George M. Ajjan, DO
Melissa Arroyo-Hernandez, RN, MSN, APN, CEN
Rich Balter
Rebecca Baxt, MD
Alyssa Becker, MD
Mary Beece
Tapas Bhowmik
Patty Bombolevicz, RN
Alicia Brockaway-Raven
Eva Brodkin, RN
Irma Burgos
Michael Butler
Sarah Chung, RN
Elizabeth Cole
Dale Cook
Janet Cook, RN
Timothy Corey, MD
Stephanie Cornejo
Jennifer D’Elia

Mary Ann Donohue-Ryan, MA, PhD
David Duarte
Rosemary Dujnic, RN, BSN
Victoria Eftychiou, MSN, APN
Eva Erb
Kathleen Fagan, PhD, RN, APN
Clarissa Fay, RN, MSN, APN
Diego Feijoo
Vicky Fliman, RN
Noel Friedland, MD
Dorothy Gagliardi, RN
Susan Geltman, LCSW
William Getreuer
Sofia Giron
Dorothy Glantz, LPN
Bella Goldberg
Landy Gonzalez
Janice Goodman BSN, RN
Lisa Grohsman, MSN, APN
Lina Guarin
Patty Halsall
Judith Haystrand, RN, MSN, APN
Maryann Hew, RN, BSN
Sunwoo Hong
David Isralowitz MD

Bryan Izzo
Kristi Izzo
Kristen Jan
Patricia Joseph, MD
Andrew Kagan, MD
Satish Kashyap, MD
Ben Kim
Ruth Kirschenbaum
Jayant S. Kirtane, MD
Rekha Kirtane, MD
Patricia Klein
Peter Krautle
Karen Latimer, MD
Henry Lau, MD
Siew (Birdie) Lau
Katherine Leopold
Joanne Levine
Howard L. Lipton, DO
Dianelis Lopez
Kristan Louis, APN
Josef Machac, MD
Albania Martinez
Silvia Mayer
Dianne McDermott, BSN
Catherine McPolin, RN, MSN
Debbie Melamed

Ellen Menschel, RN, BSN
Kelly Annie Mercado
Marie de Pilar Reilly
David Reiner, MD
Dena Rice
Ingrid Mezza
Lisa Ann Miller, MD
Miriam Moctezuma
Teriann Mohideen
MaryAnn Monaco
Katherine Montgomery
Jane I. Morais
Esther Nelson, RN
Elizabeth Noe
Donna O’Hern BSN, MSN
Laura Oliva-Beltran
Deborah Oppenheimer, RN
Karla Ortiz, RD
Dave Owens
Sue Panek, RN, BSN
Grishma Parikh, MD
Aesha Patel
Angeli Patel
Edward Perez
Michelle Pham
Barbara Porsche, RN

Meli Quevedo
Elizabeth Ramirez
Sharon Ramsaier, RN
L. Pat Robinson, MD
Tameh Rohani
Jacqueline Ross, PT, DPT
Lisa Shea, RD
Marla Sherman
Charlotte Sokol, MD
Eileen Steinvurzel, LCSW
Paula Tedesco, RN, MSN, APN
May Terry, RN
Sharon Tobias, PhD
Toni Tortorella Genova, DNP, APN-BC, RN, FNP-BC, NP-C
Ana Vasquez
David Vesole, MD
Joselin Vargas
Kristie Woods
Gail Williams, MD
Alice Wright, RN, MSN
Jesson Yeh, MD
Riso Zegarra Solano
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

Angela Bueno
Front Desk Manager

Maytte Cadena
Front Desk Assistant/Phlebotomist

Dale DeAngelis Mottola
Administrative Director

Mary DiGiulio, DNP, APN
Staff Nurse Practitioner

Sue Dyrness
Director of Donor Relations

Rosa-Flores-Campos, MSW
Case Manager

Nancy Fremed, MSN, WHNP-BC
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner​

Karla Goffe, RN
Staff Nurse

Joanne Hansen
Front Desk/Medical Assistant

Judith Haystrand, RN, MSN, APN
Staff Nurse Practitioner

Holly Homa, BSN, RN, CDCES
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Michelle Kaye, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager

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

Howard L. Lipton, DO
Associate Medical Director

Karla Lozano
Prevent Diabetes Program Manager​

Joanne Murad
Manager Grants & External Affairs​

Diana Nunez
HR Specialist

Jocilyn Pak
Korean Program Navigator

Sue Polito, MSN, RN, NP-C
Staff Nurse Practitioner​

Elaine Posner
Volunteer Manager

Rita Prospero
Telehealth Manager

Rebeca Ramirez
Front Desk Associate 

Lisa Shea, RD

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​​

Yula Victorio
Patient Care Coordinator

Blanca Vidal
Lab Technician

Erica Joy West
Charitable Investment Counselor