Board of Governors

Robert A. Spolzino

Robert A. Spolzino

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

Vice-Chair

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 L. Hanson

Sharon L. Hanson

Secretary and Treasurer

Sharon Hanson is the immediate past chair of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors. She has served in a variety of board leadership roles over the past 20 years. Currently, she serves as the chair of the governance committee and is a member of the executive, compensation and investment committees. Her leadership has had a profound impact at the region’s only designated Level 1 Adult Trauma Center. Hanson participated in developing the organization’s strategic plan, which successfully led to more efficient and effective day-to-day operations. She has proudly advocated on behalf of the thousands of caregivers, residents and patients of Western New York’s diverse community.

Hanson is also the president and chief executive officer 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 to new and upcoming entrepreneurs.

Hanson served as chair of the board of trustees at Trocaire College, where she helped establish a partnership between Trocaire and 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. Hanson also served as a commissioner on the reservation of the Seneca Nation of Indians, where she helped design a program to improve policies and procedures to improve healthcare for individuals suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and drug abuse.

Hanson is a graduate of Canisius College and holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in English and political science. She joined the HTNYS Board of Governors in 2017 and currently serves as secretary/treasurer.

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.

Mr. Bruno also served as 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 the current 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 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.

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. 

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.

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 North Star Health System's Board of Directors.

Ms. Missert is a member of the Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club, a women’s service organization. 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; and the boards of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center Foundation and the Northern New York Community Foundation.

Mrs. Quencer’s previous board experience includes being a member of the Samaritan Keep Home Board of Trustees, 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.

Todd Reinglass

Todd Reinglass

Trustee, SBH Health System

Todd Reinglass has 25 years of experience in healthcare technology, having worked with hospitals and pharmaceutical, medical device and health IT companies. He currently serves as senior vice president, business development, at BioDigital, the leading developer of state-of-the-art, interactive 3D medical visualization technology. Previously, he spent five years building a successful healthcare business for Bloomberg LP.

He serves as a trustee for SBH Health System and is a member of the board of directors of the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership, an organization dedicated to providing free legal services to the most vulnerable patients. He also serves on the board of the Central Park Medical Unit, an all-volunteer ambulance service providing more than $1 million in free care for the citizens of New York City, where he has served in multiple leadership positions as a New York state certified emergency medical technician.

Reinglass received a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. He lives in Westchester County with his wife, three children and Labrador retrievers.

Sharon Norton Remmer

Sharon Norton Remmer

Sharon Norton Remmer has been a member of the Long Island Community Hospital since 1995 and 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. She also serves on the American Hospital Committee on Governance.

Ms. Remmer is an Assistant Vice President of H2M architects + engineers in Melville, New York, where she oversees the development of multidiscipline land use projects. A senior H2M leader, Ms. Remmer is a member of the executive mentoring team and a founding member of the pilot H2M women’s leadership development initiative.

Before joining H2M in 2011, Ms. Remmer 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.

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 as chair of the finance and audit committees. He has been board chairman since 2015, providing leadership during a time of significant growth and transformation. He is also a member of the Montefiore Health System Board of Trustees and serves on its medical committee.

Smith is chairman, chief investment officer and founding partner of Third Wave Global Investors. Previously, he served as global chief investment officer and U.S. chief executive officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management. Before that, he held a variety of senior positions at JP Morgan Investment Management over his 18-year career there.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Florida. Smith serves on an advisory council for the business school at the University of Florida and is a trustee of the Gator Student Investment Fund. He also serves on the boards of Mirae US Mutual Funds and Amplified Technology Holdings, and on the advisory council of Pacific Bridge Capital.

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 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Board of Trustees, having chaired the board and the executive, governance, finance and joint conference committees during his 20 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.

He is currently a member of the board and chair of the finance and investment committee of United Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York, Inc., and is a member of the board of Jawonio Inc., both serving people with cerebral palsy, developmental and behavioral health issues in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Rockland County. He is also on the board, executive committee and chair of the finance committee of VIP Community Services in the Bronx, an Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services-funded agency providing substance abuse treatment, supportive and low-income housing and behavioral health services, as well as being a Federally Qualified Health Care facility. He has served as treasurer of the board since June 2015. Trust also served, on a pro bono basis, as the interim chief executive officer from September 2015 to June 2016.

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 Financial Executives International, and a northeast area director and FEI representative on the American Institute of Public Accountants Private Company Task Force on Enhanced Business Reporting.

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 chief financial officer positions in privately held companies and operated a corporate incubator. He has served as executive director of an international architectural firm and executive vice president of an international transportation holding company. He also has experience as the controller of a New York Stock Exchange 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.

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.