Board of Governors

Sharon Norton Remmer

Sharon Norton Remmer

Chairwoman, Board of Governors, Healthcare Trustees of New York State
Trustee, Board of Directors, Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center

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 is a Senior Associate at H2M architects + engineers in Melville, New York, where she oversees the development and entitlement 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.

Eric R. Allyn

Eric R. Allyn

Vice Chair

Eric R. Allyn serves on the Board of Trustees of Auburn Community Hospital, where he was Chairman for five and one-half years. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors at Welch Allyn, Inc. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of GOJO (makers of Purell), Eagle Dream Health, Pharma Tech Industries, The Allyn Foundation (Chair of the Investment Committee), The Gifford Foundation (Chair of the Investment/Finance Committee), Family Firm Institute, and is an advisor at Armory Square Ventures.

Mr. Allyn began his career with Welch Allyn in 1982, working in a variety of roles including sales management, business development, product management, and marketing communications, before joining the Board of Directors in 2010. Mr. Allyn has extensive industry knowledge in medical devices, healthcare delivery, and international business. In addition, he works with a number of financial institutions managing the portfolios of endowments, foundations, trusts, and investment funds.

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.

Robert A. Spolzino

Robert A. Spolzino

Secretary and Treasurer

Robert Spolzino joined the Board of Overseers of Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco in 2006 and served as its Chair from 2010 to 2014. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northwell Health.

He serves as the Senior Appellate Counsel and chair of the Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker law firm’s municipal and public entity law practice. Before rejoining Wilson Elser in 2009, Judge Spolzino served as a Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

Judge Spolzino is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law, where he teaches environmental impact review. He is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, where he serves by appointment of the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

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

Afua Atta-Mensah, Esq.

Afua Atta-Mensah, Esq.

Afua Atta-Mensah is the Executive Director, Community Voices Heard. Ms. Atta-Mensah has spent her career as a public interest attorney working with and on behalf of historically disadvantaged communities. Before her tenure at the Urban Justice Center, Ms. Atta-Mensah received a Fulbright Scholarship in support of her work at the International Federation of Women Attorneys in Accra, Ghana.

She serves on the Boards of St. Barnabas Hospital, Community Voices Heard, and African Communities Together. She is a graduate of Trinity College and Fordham Law School.

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’s Compensation Committee and Joint Conference Committee on Medical Matters, and is a member of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently appointed Dr. Ayala to serve a three-year term on the HIV Planning Council of New York City.

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, Esq.

Joseph F. Bruno, Esq.

Joseph Bruno has been a member of the Maimonides Board of Trustees since 2014 and participates on the 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. Most recently he served as Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, and is a former Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department.

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 of the Supreme Court, Kings County, handling trials of both criminal felony matters and civil tort/negligence issues and as an elected Justice of the Supreme Court.

Jeannie H. Cross

Jeannie H. Cross

Jeannie H. Cross is Chair 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 the Healthcare Association of New York State, overseeing HANYS’ 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.

Prior to 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, President of the Board of Directors of Catholic Family Services of Montgomery County, and a member and Chair of the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Hospital and Foundation Board of Hospice of Amsterdam. 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. Mr. Daly also served on the Montgomery County Catholic Charities Board for 12 years, three of those years as Board Chair. Last year Mr. Daly was honored by Catholic Charities of Albany with the Sr. Moreane Joyce Award for community service.

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

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 Board 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. 

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.  Currently, he holds a part-time faculty appointment in the Niagara University Graduate School of Business as an adjunct professor and professional in residence in the Healthcare Master of Business Administration program.

George S. Deptula, Esq.

George S. Deptula, Esq.

George S. Deptula has been a Trustee of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Syracuse, New York, since 2001, and has served as board chair from 2009 through 2016.  He is also a director/trustee of several of the hospital’s affiliated entities, including the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. He has served on the boards of a number of community not-for-profit organizations and was a founding trustee of the Healthcare Foundation of Western and Central New York.

Mr. Deptula retired in 2014 after practicing law for more than 46 years with the law firm of Barclay Damon, LLP in Syracuse. His work focused on business law, commercial banking, and bankruptcy. He represented a variety of clients in the health service and health insurance sectors. He is a past chair of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a past President of the Onondaga County Bar Association.

Mr. Deptula is a magna cum laude graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Barbara DiCocco

Barbara DiCocco

Barbara DiCocco is the Chairwoman of the Cobleskill Regional Hospital Board of Directors. She is also a trustee on the Bassett Medical Center Board, Thurston Corporation (Bassett Healthcare Network), a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) Cobleskill College Council, and a Director of The Scriven Foundation.

She 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.

Sharon L. Hanson

Sharon L. Hanson

Sharon Hanson is the Board Chair for Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC), where she has served in a variety of Board leadership roles over 20 years.  Her leadership and advocacy on behalf of ECMCC’s thousands of caregivers and diverse community of patients has had a profound impact on the organization’s day-to-day operations, its partnerships, and on the community it serves.

Ms. Hanson is also the Executive Director at Deaf Access Services of Western New York, where she is forging partnerships to ensure better understanding of the healthcare needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

While on the board of Trocaire College, Ms. Hanson helped establish a partnership with ECMCC to provide an employment path for matriculating nurses. She helped create the Health Sciences Charter School by providing a curriculum for city students to prepare for future careers in healthcare.   Ms. Hanson also served on the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Healthcare Commission to design and improve healthcare policies and procedures focusing on diabetes, drug abuse, and obesity.

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

Susan Holliday

Susan Holliday

Susan Holliday is the Chairwoman of the Board 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 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., 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.

Howard T. Howlett, Jr.

Howard T. Howlett, Jr.

Howard Howlett is Chair of the Board of Southern Tier Health Care System. Mr. Howlett serves as Chair of Starflight MedVac Helicopter Corp. He also serves on the Board of Corporators of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Hamot Hospital of Erie, Pennsylvania. Mr. Howlett served as a trustee for 36 years at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, New York. He held several officer positions while on the WCA Board. Mr. Howlett is a board member and past officer of Chautauqua County Health Care Network, WCA Group, Inc., and WCA Foundation. He has served on HANYS’ Board of Trustees, the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance, and chaired the Advocacy Committee, and is a past HTNYS Chair/Founder. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Howlett received the Buffalo Business First “Healthcare Hero” Award, New York State Association for Rural Health’s Rural Health Volunteer of the Year Award, and HTNYS’ Trustee Advocacy Award. Mr. Howlett served on the Berger Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. Mr. Howlett served as a State Commissioner for the Berger Commission.

Mr. Howlett attended Denison University and Ferris State University and graduated with a degree in Advertising and Printing Management. He was an executive of General Motors Chevrolet Motor Division and had dealerships in Ohio and New York. Currently, he is President of Three Circles, a consulting firm in Lakewood, New York.

Brenda J. Ireland

Brenda J. Ireland

Brenda Ireland is a Board member of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital Board. She is a past member of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance. She has served and continues to serve on various community boards including Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Ireland is the owner of J. Edwards Insurance Agency, Inc., and served as Town Clerk for Town of Harmony for 11 years.

She is a graduate of Alfred University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

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 is a trustee of the Northwell Health System, and a member of the Quality Committee, Governance Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Community Health. He also serves as Chair of Southside Hospital’s Board. Mr. McCarthy is a trustee of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, where he serves on the Development Committee. He is a member of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation Board and Executive Committee.

Mr. McCarthy is founder and President of the Site Selection Advisory Group, Inc., a Long Island real estate development and investment firm.

Mr. McCarthy has an undergraduate degree in finance from Fordham University and holds a designation as a Certified Commercial Member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute in Chicago.

Ronald Milch

Ronald Milch

Ronald Milch serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Jewish Health System. He is a 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 CEO of Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and CEO 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 and Past Director of the Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club, a women’s service organization. She is Vice-Chair of the Beta House Corporation Board of Directors of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. 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.

Ms. Burns 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; Dexter Historical Society Board; and the Northern New York Community Foundation Cultural and Historical Committee. She is a member of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Burns Quencer also serves on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance.

Ms. Burns 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, New York, member of Jefferson County Community Services Board, President of the Jefferson County Bar Association, member of Salvation Army Advisory Council, 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.

Ms. Burns Quencer received her undergraduate and law degrees from Syracuse University.

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 for his clients, providing brokerage and consulting services for corporate and public clients in the Capital Region. Over the past 39 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. Also, he was 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 Trust, Jr.

William Trust, Jr.

William Trust is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Nyack Hospital, having chaired the Board and the Executive, Finance, Governance, and Joint Conference committees during his 15 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 Nyack Hospital Homecare.

Mr. Trust is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jawonio Foundation, which supports the operations of a center for the physically handicapped. 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.

Mr. Trust is a former Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. He was also previously a member of the Finance Committee of the Community of The Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell; President, New City Jaycees; President of the New York City Chapter of the Financial Executives International (FEI); a Northeast Area Director, and FEI representative on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Private Company Task Force on Enhanced Business Reporting.

Mr. Trust is 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.

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.