Governance & Board
NYeC is governed by its Board of Directors, made of up of individuals across different sectors of the healthcare industry, representing the interests of both upstate and downstate New York.
Board of Directors
John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP was named president and CEO of CDPHP in July of 2008 after serving more than 10 years as chair, vice chair, and board member of the Capital Region’s leading not-for-profit health plan. During this time, CDPHP has been recognized as one of the top-rated plans in the nation, has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York for 11 consecutive years, and has ranked “Highest in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in New York” in the J.D. Power Member Health Plan Study for the third consecutive year.
Prior to joining CDPHP, Bennett served as founding member and CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PLLC. During his tenure, he co-led a team of 25 cardiologists and helped grow the practice to a 100-physician multi-specialty group.
Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology. He earned his medical degree at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bennett completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.
Bennett is currently board chair for the Center for Economic Growth and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and co-chair of the Palace Theatre board. He also serves on the boards of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and The Sage Colleges. Bennett is a member of the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council, a position he was appointed to by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Well-known locally and nationally for advancing health care innovation, Bennett was recently named to the Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame. Before that, he was awarded the 2016 Marketer/Communicator of the Year award by the Capital Region chapters of the American Marketing Association and Public Relations Society of America. That same year, Bennett was also awarded the 2016 Promoting the Advancement of Technology in Healthcare (PATH) Award from the New York e-Health Collaborative (NYeC).
Dr. Herbert Pardes is Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. A noted psychiatrist, Dr. Pardes served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and U.S. Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan administrations. He was also president of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pardes has been appointed to serve on commissions related to health policy by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. Dr. Pardes also chaired the Intramural Research Program Planning Committee of the NIH from 1996 to 1997. He is the Former Chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the New York Association of Medical Schools. He is Chairman Emeritus of the eHealth Initiative and serves on the board of the Markle Foundation—organizations dedicated to improving quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare with information technologies.
Michael Stocker, MD, MPH served as Chairman of the Board, for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. HHC is the largest municipal hospital and healthcare system in the country, serving 1.3 million New Yorkers annually.
Dr. Stocker has an impressive, wide-ranging career spanning the field of healthcare. Most recently, he served as Corporate Executive Vice President of WellPoint Inc. Before WellPoint absorbed Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, he was Empire's Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Empire, Dr. Stocker held the positions of President of Cigna Health Plans and General Manager of the New York Area of US Healthcare. Before moving to New York, Dr. Stocker was a practicing physician in Chicago, serving as Associate Chairman of the Department of Family Practice at Cook County Hospital in Chicago (the area's public hospital) from 1975 to 1980. He also served as Medical Director of Anchor Organization for Health Maintenance at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago from 1980 to 1985.
Dr. Stocker's voluntary activities complement his professional career. He is a board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and is currently serving on the Board of Montefiore Medical Center. His expertise in healthcare administration has made him a valued member of oversight and good government organizations such as the Citizens Budget Commission of New York and The Partnership for New York City, Inc. He served as a member of the New Jersey Governor's Health Care Cost Reduction Advisory Committee and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Dr. Stocker was educated at the University of Notre Dame and received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1968. He received his post-graduate training at the Mayo Clinic and the University of California and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Family Practice. Dr. Stocker also holds a Master's degree in Public Health received from the University of Michigan in 1987.
From 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Golden served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The New York Times’ Regional Media Group. Mr. Golden served as Publisher of the International Herald Tribune from 2003 to 2008. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Golden served as Chief Administrative Officer for the company.
Previously, Mr. Golden served as the company’s Vice President for Operations Development from 1996 to 1997. He was Executive Vice President and Publisher at the company’s Tennis magazine, from 1994 to 1996. Before that, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Women’s Publishing Division, from 1991 to 1994. The Times Company sold its Women’s Publishing Division in 1994.
Mr. Golden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1971 and a Master’s degree in Education in 1974 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1977; and an MBA in 1984 from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he achieved membership to the national honorary business fraternity.
Mr. Golden is Chairman of the Board of Directors for International Center for Journalists, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that raises journalism standards through hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships, and international exchanges. Mr. Golden serves on the Boards of The Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Graham Windham. Additionally, Mr. Golden is the President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, a non-profit organization committed to fostering press freedom and development.
Jeffrey Kraut has spent his 40 year career exclusively in the field of health policy and strategy. For the past 25 years Jeff has coordinated the strategic, program and facility planning activities of Northwell, the development of its network of providers through merger, acquisition or affiliated relationships, and organizing the next generation of business and clinical analytics throughout the Health System. He also serves as associate dean for strategy for the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
He has participated in developing and shaping statewide health policy in his role as Chair of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) which oversees public health, health planning, regulatory and Certificate of Need activities in New York State. He has served on the PHHPC, and its predecessor council, under the past four governors. Jeff has also led complex planning efforts involving multiple stakeholder groups to improve the organization and delivery of care for communities served by safety net providers. He is a board member of the New York eHealth Collaborative, the entity responsible to coordinate the development of the NYS Health Information Network and he has been a vocal and active advocate to empower patients by promoting the interoperability and sharing of health data and incubating innovation opportunities through strategic partnerships.
Jeff is nationally recognized for his health planning, and policy development skills. He served on the board of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development where he was the 2017 recipient of its Leadership Excellence Award, the highest award bestowed nationally for health care strategy professionals. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, serves on the Standards Council of the Commission on Accreditation on Healthcare Management Education and is a board member of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.
He is also involved in regional economic development and community building activities as a board member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council and The Brookville Center for Children Services where he serves as its President. Jeff also serves as a health policy advisor to ERASE Racism and is a member of the Energeia Partnership which is dedicated to achieving social equity through regional private/public partnerships.
Prior to joining Northwell, Jeff served as the Vice President for Policy and Planning at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Jeff began his career participating in the conduct of clinical research and then joined RMR Health Consultants which was merged into the health care consulting group of KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Kraut received an MBA in Healthcare Management from Baruch College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and is a graduate of Stony Brook University.
As Chief Executive Officer for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), Valerie Grey interacts with a diverse group of stakeholders working together to advance care, improve patient outcomes, and lower costs in New York State through health information technology.
In partnership with the New York State Department of Health, NYeC leads the state’s public health information exchange, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). The SHIN-NY is comprised of regional health information organizations (QEs) and a statewide connector — it is one of the largest state health information networks in the country. Under Val’s leadership, in 2017 NYeC developed a strategic plan in conjunction with QE partners and stakeholders from across the state called the SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap. The strategies outlined in the roadmap will further strengthen the network’s ability to support high-quality, value-based care and, ultimately, dramatically transform the healthcare system into one where HIE is universally used as a tool to make lives better.
Val serves on a number of committees aimed at improving healthcare including the ONC’s Federal Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) and numerous related task forces, NYS HIMSS Privacy, Security, and Compliance Committee, FAIR Health New York Healthcare Online Shopping Tool (NY HOST) Project Advisory Committee, Academy Health’s Paradigm Project, among others.
Prior to joining NYeC, Val was the Executive Vice President for Policy for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Over the course of an accomplished public service career, Val served in the New York State Governor’s Office as Director of State Operations, First Deputy Secretary to the Governor, and Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, as well as Assistant Commissioner of Governmental Affairs for the New York State Department of Health. In addition to her executive branch experience, Val held key executive leadership posts at the New York State Education Department, the New York State Comptroller’s Office, and the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Val also led New York government affairs and compliance for AmeriChoice (part of UnitedHealth Group), a health insurance company that specialized in government programs. Val holds a Master’s degree in Economics from SUNY Albany.
Jordanna Davis is the President of Rockingstone Group, a healthcare consulting firm in New York. Rockingstone’s clients include leading academic medical centers, hospitals, advocacy and member organizations, and technology companies. Ms. Davis launched Rockingstone after seven years at the Sachs Policy Group. At Sachs, Ms. Davis managed the firm’s operations and consulted to New York’s largest health systems, as well as dozens of hospitals, long-term care facilities, human services agencies, unions, health plans, and technology companies, helping them adapt to the rapidly changing regulatory and market dynamics in the healthcare system.
Before her consulting work, Ms. Davis spent five years working in Washington, D.C., including four years on Capitol Hill. She first served as a Health Care Fellow in the office of Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), and worked to draft his State-Based Health Care Reform Act. She subsequently worked as the Health Care Legislative Assistant to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), serving as the Senator’s senior healthcare advisor. In this role, Ms. Davis staffed the Senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act. She also drafted legislation on health information technology, healthcare quality improvement, reimbursement reform, and graduate medical education.
Ms. Davis has held several other positions in the health policy field, including a research position at the Georgetown Health Policy Institute, where she focused on long-term care, and a position in the Government and Community Affairs Department of the Greater New York Hospital Association.
Ms. Davis also currently serves on the Boards of the City of New Rochelle’s Industrial Development Agency, the City of New Rochelle's Corporation for Local Development, and Larchmont Temple.
Ms. Davis received her BA, cum laude, from Yale University, and her MPP from Georgetown University. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
Mr. Glynn serves on the Board of Directors for the Rochester RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization).
John is an experienced and accomplished healthcare information technology executive with over 30 years of progressive experience in information technology and business leadership. He has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & healthcare industry, developing, implementing and providing leadership over innovative healthcare solutions. John is a leader in transforming healthcare, who is passionate about leveraging technology to enhance the patient and provider experience, designing and developing healthcare information technology systems, and seeing healthcare transform “to enable every member of the communities we serve to enjoy a better, healthier life.”
This past year, the foremost organization in the health technology industry, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), recognized Rochester Regional Health hospitals with the industry’s highest standard for electronic medical record adoption and implementation. This designation has been achieved by only six percent of hospitals nationwide and places Rochester Regional Health’s hospitals as the first in Upstate New York.
Dr. Indu Gupta is Commissioner of Health at the Onondaga County Health Department. She completed her medical degree in India, her Master of Arts in Public Administration and Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Service Management and Policy from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. Gupta is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of American College of Physician. Prior to her current role, she was an assistant clinical professor at University of California at Los Angeles.
As the Commissioner of Health, she dedicates all her efforts to identify the health priorities in the community by the process of rigorous community health assessment and works towards improvement plans with strong community engagement. She believes that bridging public health and the healthcare sector is the key to improve health outcomes in Onondaga County. As co-chair of the Onondaga County Drug Task Force, she is working with all the stakeholders to address the current opioid crisis in the community. Dr. Gupta is also involved in the local anti-poverty initiative, HOPE Greater Syracuse. She serves on its Executive Committee and the task force to represent the impact of poverty on health alongside local community leaders involved in education, housing, transportation, and economic development. The overarching goal of her work with HOPE is to raise awareness that economic policies influence health outcomes. She believes that economic growth policies should integrate principles of health equity and “Health in All Policies”.
She is also a board member of New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), HealtheConnections, and serves on advisory committees of various health initiatives. She has a voluntary faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Upstate Medical University and courtesy appointment as Professor of Practice in the Department of Public Health at Falk College of Syracuse University.
David H. Klein, MBA is Special Advisor to the CEO of the University of Rochester (U of R) Medical Center, a Professor of Public Health Sciences in the U of R School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an Executive Professor of Health Care Management in the U of R William E. Simon Graduate School of Business (Simon School).
Mr. Klein is the immediate past chair of the New York eHealth Collaborative.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of The Lifetime Healthcare Companies (TLHC) headquartered in Rochester, NY which included Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS), Univera Healthcare, Lifetime Health Medical Group, Lifetime Care (home care agency), EBS-RMSCO Benefit Solutions (benefits consulting firm and third-party administration), and MedAmerica (long-term care insurance company). Mr. Klein had been a senior executive with TLHC and its predecessor companies since 1986 and served as CEO from 2003 through 2012. He was a Director of the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and America’s Health Insurance Plans.
He serves as director of CTG, a NASDAQ traded information technology staffing and solutions company. He is director of Landmark Health which creates and manages in 23 markets home visiting multi-disciplinary medical groups to care for complex, chronically ill patients which is owned by General Atlantic and Francisco Partners; director of Avalon Healthcare Solutions, a laboratory benefits management company which is owned by Francisco Partners; lead director of Cogito, a call center management software company which is owned by Goldman Sachs, Hearst Ventures, Open View Partners and Romulus Capital; lead director of NextHealth Technologies, a healthcare cost containment optimization company which is owned by Norwest Venture Partners, Triple Tree Capital Partners and Kaiser Permanente Ventures; and director of Transparent Health Marketplace, a provider network management company using an online auction to secure spot pricing and patient navigation to create value
Mr. Klein also serves as a director of the not for profit Massachusetts based Commonwealth Care Alliance health plan which finances and delivers care to high need high cost patients covered dually with Medicare and Medicaid and as a community member of the Lee Health (Florida public district hospital system) finance and investment committee.
He is further a member of the Distinguished Executives Council of the Cressey & Company private equity fund; an advisor to Health Catalyst Capital Management venture fund and an advisor to Triple Tree Capital Partners venture fund.
He has been Vice-Chair of the Business Council of New York State, Chair of United Way of Greater Rochester. He is a Director of the George Eastman Museum. He has been President of the local Boy Scout Council and Director of the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Eagle Scout and the recipient of the organization’s Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards.
Mr. Klein received his Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He was raised in Albany, NY and now resides in Bonita Springs, FL and Victor, NY. He is married to the former Dawn Palazzo. He has two sons, Randy and Alexander, a step-daughter, Courtney Palazzo, and three grandchildren.
Mr. Liss is President and CEO of JD Liss Associates, an advocacy and communications firm focusing on healthcare and technology. He is currently senior policy advisor at BioReference Laboratories, an OPKO Health company, where he previously served as Vice President for External Relations. Before that, he was Vice President of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was responsible for the grants office and government affairs. Prior to New York-Presbyterian, he was the director of the Columbia University Center for Advanced Technology, a state-funded program in technology transfer-based the University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.
Recognizing the potential for HIT to transform healthcare, Mr. Liss has worked for policies that support HIT and HIE, including the bill that created the precursor for the Office of the National Coordinator, the Commission on Systemic Interoperability (CSI). He has served on the boards of or as an advisor to major policy organizations working on HIT, including the CSI, the Bipartisan Policy Center, Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health, the eHealth Initiative, and the National Alliance for Health IT. He has also served on the Executive Committee of Healthix, the nation’s largest Regional Health Information Organization that serves downstate New York.
Mr. Liss has a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College.
Ann F. Monroe served from 2003 – 2016 as the first President of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, an independent private foundation committed to sparking lasting improvement for vulnerable older people and young children and increasing community health capacity. She continues to invest her time in important community health initiatives across New York.
Ann has more than 40 years of experience leading public and private sector programs in mental health, community health, managed care, and philanthropy. She was previously the Director of the Quality Initiative at the California HealthCare Foundation and a Senior Vice President of Blue Cross of California.
Ann is a member of the NY Public Health and Health Planning Council and three of its committees: Establishment and Project Review, Public Health and Health Planning. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Project Approval and Oversight Panel for NY State’s $6 billion DSRIP Program and was a member of the Medicaid Redesign Team for MRT 1.
She is currently a board member, Compensation Committee Chair and Executive Committee member of the New York eHealth Collaborative; a board member of the Center for Elder Law and Justice; and a member of the Executive Council of NY’s AARP. She is the former Board Chair of Grantmakers in Aging and also served as Vice Chair of Grantmakers in Health.
Ann has a BA from University of Illinois-Chicago in Political Science and an MA from University of Illinois-Springfield in Human Development.
She is the mother of two, grandmother of two, and servant of two dogs.
Lonny is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HealthReveal. HealthReveal leverages advanced clinical analytics and biomonitoring to detect and mitigate complications in patients who suffer from chronic disease. Previously, Lonny served as Aetna's Chief Medical Officer for six years. During his tenure at Aetna, he was responsible for the company's clinical strategy to improve the health of Aetna's members and helped build a better healthcare system supported by evidence-based accountability by every participant. He led healthcare system change through Aetna's clinical thought leadership, Innovation Labs, clinical policy, and integrated system design.
Lonny is a recognized leader in health information technology, patient safety, and evidence-based medicine and has published numerous clinical, peer-reviewed articles. He has spent his career confronting the challenges in healthcare and emphasizes that issues related to cost and quality must be addressed by supporting greater adherence to evidence-based standards of care. By replacing traditional information silos, Lonny has focused on new ways for information to be easily used and easily shared throughout the healthcare system. Drawing on expertise from across the healthcare and technology industries, Lonny helped align Aetna's capabilities in clinical research, payment reform, health information technology, health information exchange, and patient and provider collaboration to drive innovations that lead to better health outcomes and lower costs.
Prior to his CMO position, Lonny was Chief Executive Officer of ActiveHealth Management. He co-founded ActiveHealth Management, now an Aetna subsidiary, following nearly 20 years of experience as a physician and consultant to large employers concerned about healthcare quality and costs. Lonny led the development of the ActiveHealth CareEngine® System, a clinical decision support technology platform that received a U.S. Patent in 2004.
Lonny is a member of the Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Committee, the New York eHealth Collaborative Board of Directors, the RCHN Community Health Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, the East Coast CMO Executive Summit Committee, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation OneCity Health Executive Committee, and the American College of Cardiology Science and Quality Committee. From 1991 to 1998, Lonny was a principal in the Managed Care Group of William M. Mercer where he led numerous consulting engagements with Fortune 500 corporations, healthcare providers, suppliers, and payers that focused on managing the demand for healthcare resources.
Lonny was an attending physician at New York Hospital and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center between 1987 and 1999, and was a cardiology fellow at the University of Chicago from 1985 to 1987. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his medical degree from Tel Aviv University.
Dennis P. Whalen has a wealth of experience in the public and private sector. He is currently the Vice President of State Government Affairs at Northwell Health. Prior to that, he served at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) as Executive Vice President and then Chief Executive Officer in 2009 – 2016.
New York State Governor David A. Paterson appointed him as Director of State Operations in 2008, where he was responsible for overseeing the operation of all 78 executive branch agencies, directing the Governor’s policymaking staff of Deputy Secretaries, and advising the Governor on all state operational matters.
Prior to this appointment, he served both New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer and Governor David Paterson as Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services. In this position, he served as their chief advisor on healthcare and human services policy. He oversaw the operation of 12 state agencies including Health and Mental Health.
From 1996–2006, he served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and had Chief Operating Officer responsibilities for the nation’s largest state health agency. He previously served as DOH’s Director of the Office of Health Systems Management and the Director of the New York State AIDS Institute.
Prior to the DOH, he served in policymaking positions at the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, including as Deputy Commissioner for Program Services. He began his career in state government in 1974 as a public health educator at the Department of Health.
He is a graduate of Marist College and the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at the Kennedy School of Government.
Carol Raphael is a Senior Advisor at Manatt Health Solutions. She served as Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) for 22 years. VNSNY is the largest non-profit home health organization in the United States and has been a leader in HIT clinical applications and information exchange projects. She was Board Chair of AARP until June 2016, when her term concluded. She is Chair of the Board of the Long-Term Quality Alliance and Vice-Chair of the Commonwealth Care Alliance. She was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University in 2012 and is a member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Policy and Management Executive Council. She is a member of the Boards of the Primary Care Development Corporation, The Scan Foundation, the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the Medicare Rights Center, and Henry Schein, Inc. She has been appointed to many commissions including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Federal Bipartisan Commission on Long-Term Care, the NYC Age-Friendly Commission, and has chaired the National Quality Forum Post-Acute, Long-Term Care, and Hospice Workgroup, and co-chaired its Attribution Workgroup.