Leadership

Valerie Grey

Executive Director

As Executive Director 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 holds a Master’s degree in Economics from SUNY Albany. 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.

To reach Valerie Grey, please contact Hope Redden, Executive Coordinator, at hredden@nyehealth.org or via phone at (518) 299.2096.


Thomas Licciardello

Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Thomas Licciardello leads all aspects of the technology department for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). He is responsible for the infrastructure, operations, and development and provides the technical vision and strategy to continuously drive and enhance technology products and services. He also serves on the senior leadership team of the organization, collaborating cross-functionally to ensure innovation, security, compliance, policy, and financial stability to drive and support the mission of the organization. Thomas Licciardello brings 20+ years of solid and progressive enterprise-level experience building world-class technology products and services. He has been recognized for partnering with business teams and executives and building high-performing teams to align on organizational priorities and transform technology to move organizations forward. He has experience as Lead Systems Engineer for AIG,  Director of Information Technology at XpresSpa, Vice President, Infrastructure and Operations at Teach For America, and Vice President, Information Technology, Infrastructure, and Security at WebMD. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Pace University. He also holds a Master of Science in Executive Technology Management from Columbia University. He has multiple technical certifications from Microsoft, ITIL, CompTIA, the Gartner Leadership Academy, and more.

Bruno Pettoni

Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Bruno Pettoni brings over 30 years of financial management experience to New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) with 10 of those years in the healthcare environment. Prior to joining NYeC, Bruno held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/Vice President (VP) for Youth Consultation Service, Inc., the largest non-profit healthcare agency serving youth in the state of New Jersey. In this role, Bruno directed all financial aspects of the business including accounting practices, budgeting, cash flow management, financial planning, interface with the Board of Directors and the financial banking community, and monitoring of financial performance. He has also served as CFO/Director of Operations for a technology distributor and service organization servicing Fortune 500 companies in East Rutherford, New Jersey and as Controller for a venture capital company in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Earlier in his career, he held various positions with public accounting firms. Bruno is a hands-on financial manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Montclair State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

Nathan Donnelly

Senior Vice President, Policy and Analysis

Nathan Donnelly is the Senior Vice President, Policy and Analysis, at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). In this role, he is responsible for the analytical leadership in developing NYeC and Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) strategy, policy, data analytics, and stakeholder engagement. He also leads strategic initiatives as part of the SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap, including quality measurement for value-based payment and advisory groups for healthcare providers, health plans, and consumers.

He brings deep knowledge across a broad range of critical healthcare issues, value-based care, delivery system reform, strategic planning, reimbursement methodologies, patient engagement, and health disparities.

Prior to joining NYeC, his work included leading and supporting multidisciplinary teams with analyses at Manatt Health and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). His statistical methodology and model development involved large healthcare data sets, including claims and social determinants of health, to advise on research design, strategy, policy, finance, and business restructuring.

Elizabeth Amato

Vice President, SHIN-NY Programs

Elizabeth Amato is Vice President, SHIN-NY Programs at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). She is responsible for overseeing and fulfilling many critical tasks through NYeC’s role as the State Designated Entity (SDE) in New York including the organization’s responsibilities and obligations as the prime contractor to NYS Department of Health and the SHIN-NY performance-based contracts with the Qualified Entities (QEs). Additionally, Elizabeth leads many aspects of the governance, coordination, and administration of the SHIN-NY enterprise as well as the formation, operations, and management of SHIN-NY Programs; many SHIN-NY programs provide funding assistance to providers and other healthcare entities to enable and support health information exchange.

Prior to joining NYeC, she was Director of Health IT with a consulting firm where she helped physician practices, FQHCs, Health Homes, and other stakeholders implement EHRs and leverage HIE to reach Meaningful Use and improve their ability to coordinate care and improve health outcomes. Prior to consulting, Elizabeth was part of an administrative team in a large private practice where she gained first-hand experience in the importance of health information technology, physician access to clinical information and data, vendor relationships, and the quadruple aim.

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Education and a Master of Science in Health Administration.

Gamble Heffernan, Vice President, Innovation

Gamble Heffernan

Vice President, Innovation

Gamble Heffernan is the Vice President, Innovation at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). In this role, she is responsible for the development of statewide innovation strategy to leverage emerging technology and improve and increase interoperability across the broader healthcare ecosystem. Gamble serves on NYeC’s senior leadership team as a healthcare innovation thought leader and facilitates the organization’s Innovation Advisory Group and Digital Health Innovation Lab initiatives. She provides subject matter expertise to the SHIN-NY and its key stakeholders.

Gamble’s career in healthcare technology spans across clinical, diagnostics, medication management, and patient engagement solutions – from device to EHRs and interoperability. Her roles were focused on the leadership of product management and strategy in organizations such as GE Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Alaris/Cardinal, Misys/Allscripts, and Healthgrades. Prior to NYeC, she was the Chief Transformation Officer for Dude Solution’s, a leading SaaS solution for asset and facility management in the education, healthcare, and government markets.