Board of Governors

Eric R. Allyn

Eric R. Allyn

Chair

Eric R. Allyn serves on the Board of Trustees of Auburn Community Hospital, where he was Board Chairman for five years. He worked at Welch Allyn, Inc. in a variety of roles beginning in 1982, before moving to the company’s board of directors in 2010, eventually becoming Chairman of the Board. After 100 years of family ownership, Welch Allyn was sold in 2015 to Hill-Rom. Today, Mr. Allyn serves on the boards of a ;variety of companies, including GOJO (makers of Purell), Pharma Tech Industries, The Allyn Foundation (chair of the investment committee), The Gifford Foundation (chair of the investment/finance committee), and is a limited partnership advisor at Armory Square Ventures. In addition, Mr. Allyn is founder and manager/partner of two investment funds and serves on the investment committee of 50 State LLC. He is a past board member of Eagle Dream Health, Family Firm Institute, Hand Held Product Inc., and Everest-VIT.

Mr. Allyn is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his Master of Business Administration degree at the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He lives in Skaneateles, New York, with his wife Meg O’Connell.

Robert A. Spolzino

Robert A. Spolzino

Vice Chair

Robert Spolzino is a member of the Board of Overseers of Northwell Health. He previously served on the Northern Westchester Hospital Board in Mount Kisco and served as its Chair from 2010 to 2014.

He is a partner in the law firm of Spolzino Smith, Buss & Jacobs, LLP in White Plains. Judge Spolzino was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 2001 and designated as a Justice of the Appellate Division in 2004. In 2017, he was nominated by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination for a position on the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.

Judge Spolzino is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law, where he has taught environmental impact review. He is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

Judge Spolzino is a graduate of Georgetown University and St. John’s University School of Law.

Susan Holliday

Susan Holliday

Secretary and Treasurer

Susan Holliday is a member of the board, and immediate past chair, of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Ms. Holliday serves as a Vice Chair of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency’s (FLHSA) Regional Consortium on Health Care Work Force. She previously served on FLHSA’s Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement and the 2020 Performance Commission. Ms. Holliday also serves as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Committee On Governance.

Ms. Holliday is the former President and Publisher of the Rochester Business Journal, a company that she owned for 28 years.

She is a member of the board and past Chair of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the boards of Financial Institutions Inc., and Complemar Partners, Inc., and is Vice Chair of the Board of Rochester Institute of Technology. She has served on the boards of a number of other community organizations and is a past Chair of the Board of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Ms. Holliday received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sharon Norton Remmer

Sharon Norton Remmer

Immediate Past Chair

Sharon Norton Remmer has been a member of the Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors since 1995, where she currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Governance and Education Committee and the Facilities Committee. Ms. Remmer served as Chairwoman of the Board from 2008 to 2011. Ms. Remmer served as the Chairwoman of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State Board (HTNYS) from 2016 to 2017.

Ms. Remmer is a Senior Associate at H2M architects + engineers in Melville, New York, where she oversees the development process of multidiscipline land use projects. Before joining H2M in 2011, she was Vice President of Norton Brothers Dunn Engineering and Land Surveying, the successor firm to Norton Brothers.

Ms. Remmer is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Victor A. Ayala, Ph.D.

Victor A. Ayala, Ph.D.

Victor Ayala serves as a trustee of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and the Rutland Nursing Home. He chairs the Kingsbrook Board of Directors’ Compensation Committee and Joint Conference Committee on Medical Matters, and is a member of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Ayala served on the HIV Planning Council of New York City from 2014 to 2017.

Dr. Ayala is a Professor in the Department of Health and Human Services at New York City College of Technology, part of City University of New York. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Dean of the School of Professional Studies of New York City College of Technology.

Dr. Ayala is co-founder and founding Chair of the Board of the Brooklyn AIDS Task Force and is the author of Falling Through the Cracks: AIDS and the Urban Poor. He served as Chair of the Urban Resource Institute from 1999 to 2002 and has served on the board for 15 years.

Dr. Ayala served for ten years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comunilife, formally the Health Industries Resources Enterprises, Inc., a community-based organization providing housing and mental health services. In January 2013, Dr. Ayala was appointed to the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board. He is also a Board Member of the NorthEast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp.

Dr. Ayala has received numerous awards for his dedicated service to the New York City College of Technology, Borough of Brooklyn, National Organization for Human Service Education, and Hospital Fund for Greater New York. He received the Lenore McNeer Award in 2005 and was honored by the United Hospital Fund in 2009.

Joseph F. Bruno

Joseph F. Bruno

Joseph Bruno has been a member of the Maimonides Board of Trustees since 2014 and participates on Maimonides’ Medical Matters and Physical Facilities Committees.

He has a unique background in both emergency management and law and has significant experience running complex government entities focused on emergency management. In his public service role, he served most recently as Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYCOEM), and is a former Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

Commissioner Bruno has also served as an elected Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York assigned to the Criminal Court and as an acting Justice and an elected Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, handling trials of both criminal felony matters and civil matters, including tort/negligence, medical malpractice and other issues.

Currently, Mr. Bruno is the CEO of Helen Keller Services, a 126 year old not-for-profit, which provides direct service to blind, visually impaired consumers in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and serves the deaf-blind population in the nation through regional offices located around the United States.

Dawn H. Burlew

Dawn H. Burlew

Dawn H. Burlew provides leadership as Treasurer for the Guthrie Corning Hospital Board of Directors.

Additionally Ms. Burlew is a member of the Board of Directors of Corning’s Gaffer District, Chemung County Industrial Development Agency, Bethany Village, Southern Tier Economic Growth, the Public Policy Institute of New York State, and several other organizations.

Currently as Director of Business Development for Corning Enterprises, Dawn is responsible for business recruitment, retention and economic development in Corning’s Gaffer District.

Dawn has an A.A.S. in Business Management from Cazenovia College and a B.S. in Business Management from Keuka College.

Jeannie H. Cross

Jeannie H. Cross

Jeannie H. Cross is Trustee Emeritus and immediate past Cair of the Board of Trustees of Adirondack Health. She has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare advocacy. She created and headed the state and federal government relations program for Metropolitan Jewish Health System from 2005 until her retirement in 2016. Previously, she served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing at HANYS, overseeing advocacy communications, member and media relations, and marketing functions. She also worked with the marketing and communications firm Zone 5 as Vice President, Healthcare Communications and Public Affairs.

Before her public affairs work, Ms. Cross was a print and wire service journalist, including heading the United Press International bureau in the New York State Capitol. She also reported on state government in Montana, winning numerous awards for her news coverage.

Ms. Cross has served on a number of voluntary boards, including as a member of the Board of Advisors of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she received her Master of Arts degree in Sino-Soviet-East European Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College and has served on its Board of Trustees and as President of its Alumni Association.

John Daly

John Daly

John Daly is past Chair of the Board of St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam. He worked closely with the New York State Department of Health on the transaction to acquire Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and assisted the hospital in securing grants necessary to merge the two institutions.

Mr. Daly was a member and past Chair of the Advisory Board of St. Mary’s Hospital, and President of the Board of Directors of Catholic Family Services of Montgomery County. Mr. Daly has also served as a member of the New York State Commission of the Capital Region. He has served as a member of the Riverfront Foundation, Chair of Industries for Amsterdam, board member of the Sara Sanford Adult Home, and served on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Foundation Board. Last year, Mr. Daly was honored by Catholic Charities of Albany with the Sr. Moreane Joyce Award for community service.

Mr. Daly graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School and served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Mr. Daly and Albert Heck established Alpin Haus, Inc., a recreation retailing business in Amsterdam, New York.

John P. Davanzo

John P. Davanzo

John P. Davanzo is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Health Ministries Services, which is the operating entity comprising the acute and long-term care facilities of Catholic Health in Buffalo. In addition, Mr. Davanzo is on the McAuley Seton Home Care Board and acts as its representative to Catholic Health’s Living Independently for the Elderly (LIFE) program.

Mr. Davanzo, a Lifetime Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, enjoyed a 35-year career in hospital administration. Before retiring in 2010, he worked in Manhattan, on Long Island, and in Western New York, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Women and Children’s Hospital, Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Our Lady of Victory, and Mercy Hospital, respectively.

He has been active on the boards of numerous non-profit and human service organizations throughout his career, including Hospice Buffalo, Trocaire College, and the Erie County Board of Health. He also chaired the Western New York Healthcare Association Board of Directors and served on the HANYS Board of Trustees.

Mr. Davanzo graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and earned a Master of Science degree in Hospital Administration from Columbia University School of Public Health in New York City.

Barbara DiCocco

Barbara DiCocco

Barbara DiCocco is a member of the Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors. Ms. DiCocco is also a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) Cobleskill College Council.

After 23 years as a trustee, with 15 of those years Chairwoman, Ms. DiCocco is now Trustee Emeritus of the Cobleskill Regional Hospital Board of Directors. She also recently retired from the Bassett Medical Center Board after 13 years as a trustee. Ms. DiCocco is a past member or officer of the following organizations: Bassett Regional Corporation, Hanford Mills Museum, Schoharie County Community Action Program, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, Schoharie County Office for the Aging, Leatherstocking Country, Schoharie Valley Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie County, Indian Hills Girl Scout Council, New York State Travel & Vacation Association, Tourism Industry Coalition, and New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Ms. DiCocco is a former Councilwoman for the Town of Jefferson, a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America, and a Member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Ms. DiCocco has received the HTNYS Leadership and Advocacy Award, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award, and New York State Women in Government Award. Ms. DiCocco worked as a Community Relations Manager at the New York Power Authority until her retirement in 2000.

David E. Godfrey

David E. Godfrey

David Godfrey is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at Eastern Niagara Hospital, where he has served as a board member for 19 years.  

Mr. Godfrey is Legislator for Niagara County Legislature District 10 where his committee work includes Chairman of Community Safety & Security, and member of the Administration and Community Services committees.  As County Legislator, Mr. Godfrey directed the project to upgrade the county-wide emergency communications system.

Mr. Godfrey has more than 40 years of experience in Information Technology including biometrics, and wireless infrastructures.  He serves on several community boards and committees including the local Emergency Planning Committee, Fire Advisory Board, and American Legion Post 836. 

Sharon L. Hanson

Sharon L. Hanson

Sharon L. Hanson is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors at ECMCC (Erie County Medical Center Corporation). Sharon has served in a variety of board leadership roles over the past 20 years. Currently, Sharon serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and she is also a member of the Executive, Compensation and Investment committees. Her leadership has had a profound impact at the regions only designated Level 1 Adult Trauma Center. Sharon has proudly advocated on behalf of the thousands of caregivers, residents and patients of Western New York's diverse community. Sharon has participated in developing the organizations strategic plan which successfully led to more efficient and effective day-to-day operations.

Ms. Hanson is also a member of the AHA Regional Planning Group 2.

Ms. Hanson is also the President and CEO of a successful Healthcare consulting business. She continues to serve the Buffalo not-for-profit community as a member of the United Way, the Women's Group, and as a Mentor.

Ms. Hanson helped established a partnership at Trocaire College with ECMCC to provide an employment path for matriculating nurses. She helped create the Health Sciences Charter School by providing a curriculum for City of Buffalo students to prepare and pursue future careers in Healthcare. Ms. Hanson also served as a Commissioner on the Reservation of the Seneca Nation of Indians. She helped design a program and develop a plan to improve policies and procedures to improve healthcare for individuals suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and drug abuse.

Ms. Hanson is a graduate of Canisius College and holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in English and Political Science.

Muhammed Javed, M.D.

Muhammed Javed, M.D.

Muhammed Javed, M.D., is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), the parent company of Olean General Hospital in Olean, New York, and Bradford Regional Medical Center, in Bradford Pennsylvania. He has been a board member since the inception of UAHS in 2009. Prior to that he was a member of the Olean General Hospital Board of Directors.

Dr. Javed established a Nephrology Practice in Olean, New York, more than 19 years ago and was instrumental in the establishment of the Marie Lorenz Dialysis Center at Olean General Hospital, where he currently serves as Medical Director. The Dialysis Center provides life-sustaining treatment to patients in the Twin Tiers who are suffering from end-stage renal disease. Dr. Javed is also Medical Director of Divita Bradford Dialysis.

He has held various leadership positions at both Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center. Dr. Javed serves as Assistant Medical Director and Physician Advisor at Olean General Hospital. He has been President of the Olean General Hospital Medical Staff, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and has served on numerous other hospital committees. To enhance his leadership capabilities, he completed the process for national certification as a certified medical staff leader. He has served as President of McKean County Medical Society. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine, teaching resident physicians at Olean General Hospital’s family medicine residency program, and is three-time winner of the program’s “best teacher award.”

He is a current member of The Physician Leadership Board of Optimum Physician Alliance, an independent practice association of more than 500 Western New York primary care physicians and specialists and serves as the chair of its quality committee. Dr. Javed has long been active in the local community. He is currently a board member of the Olean/Bradford YMCA.

Dr. Javed completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in nephrology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

F.J. McCarthy

F.J. McCarthy

F.J. McCarthy, CCIM, is President of the Site Selection Advisory Group, Inc., a Long Island based real estate development and investment company and a Principal of Genesis Real Estate Advisors, a real estate brokerage and management company. Mr. McCarthy has been engaged in the real estate business on Long Island for the past 30 years.

F.J. holds his degree in finance from Fordham University Gabelli Business School and is a member of the CCIM Institute where he has served on the National Designation Committee and is a former treasurer and vice president of the New York State Chapter. He is a licensed real estate broker in New York, is a designated realtor and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

F.J is also a Trustee of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Rockville Centre where he has served on the Executive Committee, Governance and Leadership Committee, and was Chairman of the Development Committee. He is a Trustee of the Northwell Health System where he serves on the Quality Committee and is Co-Chair of the Committee on Community and Public Health. Mr. McCarthy is also Chairman of Southside Hospital’s Community Board an owned hospital of the Northwell Health System. In addition to his local hospital involvement, he is also a member of the Healthcare Trustees of New York Board (HTNY) and is Co-Chair of the Public Advocacy/Communications Committee as well as a former member of the AHA Regional Policy Board.

He is a board member of the Tomorrows Hope Foundation where he serves on the Executive Committee. He is Co-President of Pilgrimages for the Order of Malta and is President of the Lourdes Pilgrimage Foundation. In addition, he has been a member of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters St. Patrick s Day Parade Committee since its formation in 2001.

F.J resides in Bay Shore with his wife Kelly and two children, Meaghan and Connor. He is active at his home parish of St. Patrick where he is a Eucharistic Minister and he serves on the Finance and Pastoral Councils. In addition, he is a Knight of Obedience in the Order of Malta as well as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

He is an avid boater, fisherman, skier and enjoys golf and cooking but most of all spending time with his family.

Ronald Milch

Ronald Milch

Ronald Milch serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Jewish Health System. He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Milch has served on various professional, community, and publicly-traded company boards, including service as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey, and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Jersey City Medical Center.

Mr. Milch has more than 45 years of healthcare leadership experience. His most recent position was that of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Combined Coordinating Council (CCC) in New York, the risk management advisor to seven participating New York City hospitals.

Before joining CCC, Mr. Milch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey. He also held senior administrative positions at Montefiore Hospital Medical Center in the Bronx, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Maureen Missert

Maureen Missert

Maureen Missert is a Trustee and Past Chair of the Board of Directors at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. She also serves on the Medical Center’s Foundation Board of Directors, of which she also served as Past Chair. She is one of her hospital’s representatives on the Northern Lights Healthcare Alliance Board of Directors.

Ms. Missert is a member of the Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club, a women’s service organization, and also serves on its Board of Directors. She is a member of Senator Patty Ritchie’s Upstate Women’s Leadership Council. She serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector for St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish.

Ms. Missert is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in French and Sociology.

Catherine Burns Quencer

Catherine Burns Quencer

Catherine Burns Quencer is a principal in the law firm of Schwerzmann & Wise, P.C. in Watertown, New York. She concentrates her law practice in trusts and estates, real estate, and elder law.

Mrs. Quencer serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Samaritan Medical Center (Chair 2005-2007) and sits on the Corporate Compliance, Audit, and Governance committees; the Board of Directors of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization; the Board of Trustees of Samaritan Medical Center Foundation; the boards of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center Foundation and the Northern New York Community Foundation Cultural and Historical Committee. Mrs. Quencer also serves on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance.

Mrs. Quencer’s previous board experience includes being a member of the Northern New York Community Foundation Board of Directors, member of the Jefferson Community College Foundation Board of Directors, President of Planned Parenthood of Northern New York, Director and Trustee of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Watertown, member of Jefferson County Community Services Board, President of the Jefferson County Bar Association, member of Salvation Army Advisory Council, Trustee of the Dexter Historical Society, and past leader of a United Way of Northern New York conference team.

She is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, and Real Estates Section.

Mrs. Quencer received her undergraduate and law degrees from Syracuse University.

Donald G. Quick, Jr.

Donald G. Quick, Jr.

Donald Quick has a history of more than 35 years of board service in the Elmira area, having first joined the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Hospital. He previously provided board leadership for Arnot Ogden Medical Center and is now Chairman of Arnot Health Board of Directors. Mr. Quick also provides leadership for the following community boards: Southern Tier Economic Growth, Chemung County Historical Society, Historic Elmira Inc., and Five Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Quick also serves on the Elmira Savings Bank Board of Directors where he is the Chair of the Audit Committee.

As a Certified Public Accountant with more than 40 years in the accounting profession, Mr. Quick is a consultant in the Elmira office of Mengel, Metzger, Barr and Co., LLP. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Laurence R. Smith

Laurence R. Smith

Laurence Smith has served on the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors since 2004 on various committees and in several leadership roles including Chair of the Finance Committee, and currently as Board Chairman, providing leadership during a time of significant growth and transformation.  Mr. Smith is also a member of the Montefiore Health System Board of Directors.  

Mr. Smith is Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, and Founding Partner of Third Wave Global Investors. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Global Chief Investment Officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Florida.

Mr. Smith serves on an advisory committee and council for the University of Florida and is on the Board of the Stern Foundation.

Jeffrey Sperry

Jeffrey Sperry

Jeffrey Sperry is the Vice Chairman for Hospital Affairs on the Albany Medical Center’s Board of Directors. He is also an Associate Broker and founding partner of CBREAlbany, a CBRE affiliate office. He practices a multi-disciplined real estate strategy, providing brokerage and consulting services for corporate and public clients in the Capital Region. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Sperry has assisted many clients in occupancy planning, acquisition and disposition, build-to-suit, and leasing assignments.

Before joining CBREAlbany, Mr. Sperry was president of a trucking and public warehouse company in the Capital Region. He was also involved in the development of multifamily and industrial properties. In 1978, the company was sold, and he became involved in the real estate brokerage industry.

William M. Trust, Jr.

William M. Trust, Jr.

William Trust is chair emeritus of the board of trustees of Montefiore Nyack Hospital, having chaired the board and the executive, governance, finance and joint conference committees during his 18 years of service to the hospital. He is a member of the Highland Medical, P.C. Oversight Committee and the Community Representative on the Professional Advisory Committee of Montefiore Nyack Hospital Homecare.

Mr. Trust is a member of the board of directors of The Jawonio Inc., which cares for people developmentally disabled and those with special needs. He is also on the board, executive committee and chair of the Finance Committee of VIP Community Services, an Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services-funded agency providing substance abuse treatment, housing and behavioral health services as well as being a Federally Qualified Health Care facility. He has held the office of treasurer of the board since June of 2015. Mr. Trust also served, on a pro bono basis, as the interim CEO from September 2015 to June of 2016. He is currently a member of the board and chair of the Audit Compliance and Risk Committee of United Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York, Inc., serving people with cerebral palsy, developmental and behavioral health issues in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Mr. Trust is a former director of NewYork - Presbyterian Health Care Systems, Inc. He was also previously a member of the Finance Committee of the Community of The Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, president of the New City Jaycees, president of the New York City Chapter of the Financial Executives International, a Northeast area director and the FEI representative on the American Institute of Public Accountants Private Company Task Force on Enhanced Business Reporting.

Mr. Trust is retired, having been a principal of Innovation Management Consulting, which provides consulting services for not-for-profit entities principally focused on drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation as well as homeless, transitional and low-income housing. He has held president, CEO and CFO positions in privately held companies and operated a corporate incubator. Mr. Trust has extensive international experience as executive director of an international architectural firm and executive VP of an international transportation holding company. He also has experience as the controller of a NYSE listed company and the chief accounting officer of an investment banking firm. He has been a director of Presidential Life Insurance Company, a NASDAQ traded company, and has served as chair of the Finance and Compensation Committees and as non-executive chairman of the board.

Mr. Trust holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the City of New York and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baruch College. He is a Certified Public Accountant