Garnet Health Board of Directors
Meet the members of our Garnet Health Board of Directors:
Phillip L. Massengill, MD, FACS - Chair
Phillip Massengill, MD joined the Medical Staff at Garnet Health Medical Center's Horton Campus in 2006. He is a partner at ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP in Middletown, New York. Dr. Massengill attended Medical School at Boston University School of Medicine, performed his Surgical Internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and completed his Residency in a combined training program with Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He also served as Chief Resident at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. After completing his residency, Dr. Massengill was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and subsequently deployed as the Battalion Surgeon for the 3/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dr. Massengill is Board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He is a Board member of the New York State Society of Otolaryngologists and is a member of the Medical Society of Orange County, New York. Dr. Massengill has several published works, honors and military awards. He has served in several medical staff leadership positions which include Chair, EENT Department and Vice-President and President of the Medical Staff at Garnet Health Medical Center. He was the recipient of the 2016 Physician Recognition Leadership Award.
Susan Murray-Tetz – Vice Chair
Susan Murray-Tetz worked as the Orange-Ulster BOCES Activation Coordinator for the Orange-Ulster BOCES Countywide Mental Health Crisis Team. Previously, she was the Coordinator of Mental Health for Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen, New York, overseeing the departments of: Speech, Physical Therapy, Counseling and Occupational Therapy for students in Special Education and the delivery of related services. Prior to her career, Susan Murray-Tetz earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University. She also holds a Certificate in Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Susan Murray-Tetz currently holds professional affiliations as a Member of the Orange County Youth Board, as Chair of Allocations Committee since 1977, and as Chair of Luncheon/Dinner Awards Committee since 1982. In 2000, Susan received NYS Office of Children and Families’ Outstanding Community-Based Board Member recognition, as well as the New York State Senate: Woman of Distinction Award in 2004, among many other awards and recognitions throughout her career.
Jonathan Rouis – Treasurer
Jonathan Rouis is the Managing Partner at Rouis & Company CPAs, LLP in Wurtsboro, New York where he focuses on corporate accounts across the region and NY-metro area. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.
Mr. Rouis is the District Four Legislator in the Sullivan County Legislature, having served a total of 11 years, including four years as Vice-Chairman and four years as Chairman of the Legislature. He currently Chairs the Legislature’s Standing Finance and Gaming Committees. Mr. Rouis’ background in accounting and finance has provided him unique perspective in the current economic crisis, which he has used to lead the County in financial restructuring designed to provide greater transparency and accountability.
Mr. Rouis remains very active in the community as Past President of the Mamakating Rotary, a past member of the Hudson Valley Advisory Board of TD Bank North, a past member of the Advisory Board of The Community Bank of Sullivan County; a member of Sons of the American Legion; a member of the New York State Association of Certified Public Accountants and currently serves as the Chairman of the Garnet Health Foundation Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees member of Garnet Health.
Dory H. Alport – Secretary
Dory H. Alport is the President of A. Alport & Son, Inc in Fallsburg, NY. There she leads daily operations including business development, sales, marketing, inventory management, delivery schedules, and customer service, as well as managing her staff of 20 employees. She received her Masters of Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, and holds organizational affiliations as Secretary and Board of Director, Member of Executive Committee, Chair of the Trade Show Committee at the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley.
Alfred E. Pilong, Jr. - Ex-Officio
Mr. Pilong is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Garnet Health. Mr. Pilong started his healthcare career as a pharmacist. He has an extensive history of executive healthcare leadership positions in complex health systems and has an impressive array of experience. Mr. Pilong most recently served as CEO of Novant Health UVA Health System in Warrenton, VA., now known as UVA Community Health. Under his leadership, the multi-hospital health system achieved accolades that include a Leap Frog Hospital Safety Grade of “A” for all acute care facilities, as well as national recognition for clinical quality in stroke, hip and knee replacement, heart failure, bariatrics, obstetrics, and cancer services.
Prior to his most recent role at UVA Community Health, Mr. Pilong served for six years as President of Munson Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer of Munson Healthcare, a nine-hospital system in Michigan. While there, he led the system to recognition by U.S. News and World Report as a Best Regional Hospital, achieved a Three-Star ranking from the Society of Cardiac Surgery and received Magnet re-designation for nursing. Prior to Munson, he served as President for Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center in Virginia where he had administrative oversight of all operations and Centers of Excellence including heart and vascular services, orthopedics, and neurosciences. He has held senior leadership roles at Bayhealth in Delaware, and clinical positions at Kent General in Delaware.
Mr. Pilong received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy, his Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary and his MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. He is board certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Rafik Elsabrout, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, FRCPS(G)
Dr. Rafik Elsabrout is a general surgeon with Garnet Health Doctors. He is Chief of Surgery, Chief of the Surgical Services Committee, Vice President of Medical Staff and a member of the Medical Executive Committee at Garnet Health Medical Center-Catskills.
He earned his Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in surgery, from Cairo University in Egypt and his Masters of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management from Capella University. Dr. Elsabrout is also an educator, having taught as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at both New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and Cairo University.
Dr. Elsabrout is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, United Kingdom. He is also a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Elsabrout held the position of Director of Renal Transplantation Program at Westchester Medical Center and has published extensively in the field of transplantation and immunology.
Dr. Elsabrout’s memberships and committee appointments have included: the Physician Advisory Committee at Westchester Medical Center; the Kidney Pancreas subcommittee of the New York Organ Donor Network; American Society of Transplant Surgeons; International Pediatric Transplantation Association; Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons; The Surgical Society of The New York Medical College and American Society of Transplantation.
Heidi Hahn-Schroeder is the DNP, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of Clinical Placement at the Columbia University School of Nursing.
Richard (Rick) Lander
Rick Lander is the owner and operator of several Western Sullivan County businesses, including Ten Mile River Enterprises, Lander’s River Trips, Lander’s RiverMart and River Café.
Mr. Lander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairfield University. Lander is a Past Supervisor for the Town of Tusten and was a Member of the Narrowsburg Central School Board and the Sullivan West School Board.
Rick is an active Member of the Tusten Ambulance Corp, and is a Past Secretary and active Member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department. Mr. Lander is a Member of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau, the Narrowsburg, Callicoon and Sullivan County Chambers of Commerce, and is the Town of Tusten Republican Party Chairman. In 2005, Mr. Lander was awarded the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce “Business Man of the Year” award. Mr. Lander resides in Narrowsburg, New York.
Timothy McCausland is a Managing Director with Sterling National Bank in Middletown. Prior to joining Sterling, Mr. McCausland spent over a decade in various senior roles at Orange Bank & Trust Company, ending his tenure there as Managing Director of Private Banking. Prior to his time at Orange Bank & Trust, he was President & CEO of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development in Monticello, New York.
Mr. McCausland is an attorney. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations. Additionally, Mr. McCausland is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School.
Bonnie J. Orr, CPA
Bonnie J. Orr, CPA is a shareholder of Judelson, Giordano & Siegel CPA, P.C. and began her career in public accounting in 1981. Ms. Orr specializes in the area of estates and trusts and provides expert tax and accounting advice to a wide range of closely held businesses. Working closely with clients and their attorneys, she delivers estate and personal tax planning strategies which maximize the transfer of wealth to future generations and provides for a long and comfortable retirement without losing sight of a client’s current financial needs.
Ms. Orr has worked extensively in the complex areas of the generation skipping tax, living trusts, life insurance trusts, personal residence trusts, charitable remainder trusts, special needs trusts and family limited partnerships.
Currently serving as an officer and board member of several local charities, Ms. Orr is also a past president of the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council.
Ms. Orr has a Bachelor of Science degree from LeMoyne College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Andrew Pavloff is a Partner in the Accounting Firm of Knack, Pavloff & Company, LLP with offices in Monticello and Goshen, N.Y. Mr. Pavloff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Albany and became a New York Certified Public Accountant in 1982. Andrew has over 33 years of diversified experience in accounting, auditing, taxation and consulting.
He currently serves as Director and Secretary of the Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and is a member of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties Board of Directors. Previous posts include being a member of the United Way of Orange County Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Woodridge Fire District from 1998 to 2007, Advisory Board Member for Catskill Hudson Bank from 2001 to 2003, Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village or Woodridge, as well as posts in several other civic organizations. Mr. Pavloff resides in Newburgh, New York.
Mrs. Rizzo is the owner and president of Eclat, a management and human resources consulting firm. She is also Vice President of Rizzo, Inc.; a commercial moving company. She serves as a Director for Orange Bank and Trust Company. Mrs. Rizzo works on a volunteer basis with various Orange County non-profits, including Leadership Orange, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Women of Achievement, supporting the Girl Scouts of America and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).
She previously served as Chairwoman of the Board for Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health from 2008-2010 and was Chairwoman when Garnet Health Medical Center, formerly known as Orange Regional Medical Center, broke ground for the new hospital.
Mrs. Rizzo spent 24 years with International Paper’s Corporate Research Center in Tuxedo, NY, a Fortune 50 corporation and the world’s largest paper company. During those years, she advanced from a research and development scientist to a number of managerial positions in training, development and human resources and retired as Laboratory Director, overseeing the research center.
Bhargav A. Vyas, Ed.D.
Bhargav A. Vyas is an Assistant Superintendent for Compliance and Information Systems at Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. Mr. Vyas provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the school district. He has been a pioneer educational technology leader for over 20 years. His expertise in the field of network infrastructure, cyber security, district leadership and supporting students and staff has showcased through his progressive career.
Prior to joining Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, Mr. Vyas was a director of technology for Orange-Ulster BOCES supporting network infrastructure for 25 school districts. He recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership at Fordham University. He holds a Master of Science degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration, Education, Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Frederick A. Watson
Frederick A. Watson is the founder of Three Cities Management LLC and Watson Services, Inc. He has more than 35 years of highly diversified and successful food service management experience with a wide range of clients including the United States Military Academy, Cadet Mess at West Point, the Army National Guard Professional Education Center at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, North Little Rock, AR and the United States Coast Guard, Fort Macon/Atlantic Beach, NC.
Mr. Watson received his Master’s degree in Food Service Administration from New York University and his Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Institutional Management from Virginia State University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Minority Business Executive Program and the Minority Business Executive Program from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and served as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, where he taught Food Service Management II to Dietetic Students.
Mr. Watson currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Orange County Community College Board of Trustees; a Voting Member of New York Community College Trustees and as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, Inc.