Board Officers

Daniel T. McGowan, MS | Chairman
Chairman, Board of Directors & Former President and Chief Operating Officer, HIP Health Plans

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.

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

As the Senior Vice President for Program at the United Hospital Fund, David A. 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.

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 of Board
Chair, Development Committee | Chair, Governance Committee

Executive Vice President & COO, Nassau University Medical Center

Mr. Ashkenase has dedicated his career to championing health care services. Most recently he served as a Strategic Advisor of Finance at NYC Health + Hospitals retiring an the end of 2017. Previously, Mr. Ashkenase spent 29 years at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He arrived in 1987 as CFO and with in 8 months he became Executive Vice President, Corporate. During his tenure at Montefiore he helped grow the organization from $500 million in revenue to over $3 billion. Prior to Montefiore, Ashkenase worked as Chief Financial Officer of both the Long Island Jewish Medical Center from 1977 to 1987 and the NYC Health + Hospitals from 1969-1977. Mr. Ashkenase has taught at Columbia University since 1978 and is currently an adjunct professor in its Executive Masters in Public Health program at the Mailman School of Public Health. He sits on numerous boards of directors and also served four years in the United States Air Force as a hospital administrator. Mr. Ashkenase is a graduate of Brooklyn College and received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Wagner College in 1974.

Board Members

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

Dr. Sonia Y. 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.

Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, FACP
Chief Population Health Officer, OneCity Health

Dave A. Chokshi is Chief Population Health Officer of OneCity Health and Senior Assistant Vice President at NYC Health + Hospitals — the largest public health care system in the country. He practices primary care (internal medicine) at Bellevue Hospital and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Population Health and Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Chokshi was Assistant Vice President of Ambulatory Care Transformation at NYC Health + Hospitals and Director of Population Health Improvement at NYU School of Medicine. He also served as a White House Fellow (2012-13) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was the principal health advisor in the Office of the Secretary.

His prior work experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including positions with the New York City and State Departments of Health, the Louisiana Department of Health, a startup clinical software company, and the nonprofit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, where he was a founding member of the board of directors.

Dr. Chokshi has written on medicine and public health in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMAThe Lancet, Health Affairs, and Science, as well as contributed to The Atlantic and Scientific American.He was elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2015, and of the American College of Physicians in 2016. He also serves on the board of advisors for the Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Dr. Chokshi trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, where he practiced primary care at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. During his training, he did clinical work in Guatemala, Peru, Botswana, Ghana, and India. He received his MD with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc in global public health as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke 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.

Warria Esmond, MD
Medical Director, Settlement Health

Dr. Warria 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.

Emily Flynn, MD, MS
Family Physician, Swedish Cherry Hill

Dr. Emily Flynn is a Seattle-based family physician at Swedish Cherry Hill and the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, where “commitment to social justice through medicine runs deep,” she says. Her special medical interests include women’s health, obstetrics, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, preventive medicine, and public health.

As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Dr. Flynn studied for a semester in Mexico, where she says she first realized that “health and well-being are inseparable from social and cultural context.” She remained at Stanford to complete a master’s degree in comparative education, for which she studied community empowerment in Oaxacan indigenous communities in California’s agricultural belt.

Following research work on a legal case about human rights abuses, Dr. Flynn began working on public health programs and policies in the Commissioner’s Office of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There, she “realized that clinical medicine would allow her to combine her experience in public health and interest in working more closely and directly with people and families,” she says.

She returned to California for a combined medical school and public health program at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. While in medical school, she took public health courses and worked on research projects related to maternal depression, child development, nutrition, and poverty, primarily in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

She says she was drawn to family medicine because it “allows her to take care of patients from birth through old age and pushes [her] to think about a broad range of medical problems,” and because of the “undeniable connections between primary care and the broader social and cultural contexts in which people live.”

Suzette Gordon, JD
Compliance Officer, Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities/SBH Health Systems/DSRIP

Suzette Gordon is Compliance Officer at Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities/SBH Health System/DSRIP. A health care attorney, she focuses on regulatory compliance, privacy, security, behavioral health, access to care for vulnerable populations, compliance programs, public policy, quality assurance and improvement, and risk management. Her specialty is in “building consensus while attending to diverse, complex, and challenging legal, public policy, and compliance issues,” she says.

In her current position, Ms. Gordon planned, developed, implemented, and now oversees an effective compliance program for a Performing Provider System (PPS), created in accordance with the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. DSRIP, a five-year demonstration project led by the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, focuses on transforming New York’s health care delivery system to an integrated and value-based payment system. A critical DSRIP goal is to reduce avoidable hospitalizations by 25 percent over five years.

Previously, Ms. Gordon served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, first as Counsel for the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement (2009-2012), and later as Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (2012-2015). In the latter role, she was responsible for implementing and overseeing the agency’s compliance with all confidentiality laws, such as HIPAA and the HITECH Act. She also created confidentiality policies, trained staff, and investigated potential breaches.

Earlier, Ms. Gordon was a senior associate in the White Collar Department at Wiggin and Dana LLP (2007-2009), a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice (2003-2006), and an associate in the Litigation department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (2001-2003). She serves as Vice Chair of Research and Website for the American Health Lawyers Association, among other volunteer roles.

A graduate of New York University School of Law, she received a bachelor’s degree in political science from New York University.

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
Managing Partner, Circumference Consulting

Gary Jacobs is a seasoned health care executive with a breadth of experience in the health care insurance and health care products market. His expertise encompasses Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Medicare Supplement, post-acute care, long-term care, exchanges, and payer-provider collaborations. He has a diverse history of identifying new business opportunities, developing long term growth strategies and strategic alliances, and implementing enterprise-wide initiatives for health plans and post-acute and long-term care providers. Most recently, Gary served as Executive Vice President for strategic relationships for CareCentrix, where he was responsible for accelerating CareCentrix’s transition to value-based care through external partnership development. Prior to joining CareCentrix, Gary was a Managing Director in the Heath Industries Advisory Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he led the National Government Programs practice.

Christopher F. Koller
President, Milbank 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, Proskauer, LLP

A partner at Proskauer, David Manko 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. Mr. Manko has structured numerous arrangements between healthcare providers and management companies that address corporate practice of medicine issues. He also represents providers in negotiating managed care contracts containing value based, pay-for-performance, quality, and utilization components. Mr. Manko 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, he represents private equity firms and strategic investors across the country in healthcare related transactions. He 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 also 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 J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor Emerita and Co-Director, Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, CUNY; Senior Policy Service Professor, George Washington University School of Nursing; Co-Producer and Moderator, HealthCetera Radio

Diana J. Mason is the Senior Policy Service Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing; and Professor Emerita, Co-founder and Co-director of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. 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.

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

Carolyn 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

Yvette 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.