At Garnet Health, formerly known as Greater Hudson Valley Health System, we recognize the impact that the talented professionals on our team have on the lives of our patients. Come meet and learn more about the exceptional individuals of the Garnet Health's Executive Leadership - listed below - that have such an impact on our organization and system.
Scott Batulis - President & CEO, Garnet Health
Scott Batulis is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Garnet Health. Mr. Batulis has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration including strategic planning, financial management, business development, mergers and acquisitions, hospital construction, operations management, physician relations, human resource development and fundraising. Throughout his leadership career, his broad-based healthcare system responsibilities have included hospital care, primary and specialty care, chronic care, senior care and home healthcare.
Mr. Batulis’ exceptional healthcare administrative background played a critical role in the revitalization of Garnet Health and the development of programs and services to member hospitals. In 2011, his leadership and skills proved vital in the financing, construction, relocation and opening of Garnet Health Medical Center’s new hospital in Middletown, New York. The 383-bed state-of-the-art facility is the first new hospital built in New York State in more than 20 years. His leadership and experience played a critical role in transforming Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills into a stable and evolving community hospital, the only hospital in Sullivan County, New York.
Throughout his tenure and within the System, Mr. Batulis has achieved significant quality and financial benchmarks and is credited with leading the development of many new services as well as the acquisition of leading-edge technology. The development of clinical programs throughout the System include: emergency and elective angioplasty, Stroke Center designation, Bariatric Center of Excellence, robotic surgery, a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in development and the newly constructed expansion of Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills' emergency department. The purchase and implementation in 2011 of a multi-million dollar electronic health record system at Garnet Health Medical Center has placed the medical center among the top five percent of 5,200 hospitals that achieved Stage 6 designation on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model. The electronic health record system was installed at Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills in 2012.
Prior to joining Garnet Health, Mr. Batulis spent nearly 20 years with HealthEast Care System, a network of integrated care services including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation and specialty care facilities, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Within this network, he held the positions of Vice President of HealthEast Care System, Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital. As a Vice President within the HealthEast Care System, Mr. Batulis’ responsibilities crossed a number of modalities including heart care and neurosciences in three of the network’s hospitals. Additionally, he provided leadership over the HealthEast Ambulance service, Hospice care and outreach laboratory businesses as well as having served on the Board of Directors for HealthEast Home Care.
As Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s, his leadership marked a turning point for this hospital slated to close. He is credited with successfully leading teams through a $20 million capital campaign and an $81 million campus expansion/renovation plan. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Mr. Batulis served as Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital. While in this capacity, he also managed HealthEast’s six nursing homes, five assisted living facilities, ambulance company, medical equipment company, home health care agency and three retail pharmacies.
He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Batulis is member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Board of Directors; a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board; a member of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association Board of Directors, and a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives.
Brian Tew - CEO, Garnet Health Medical Center
In his previous role, Brian Tew was responsible for the oversight of information technology, communications, professional services, and ancillary systems for Garnet Health and for the continued advancement of technology for both Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills, Garnet Health Medical Center and the Garnet Health Doctors. Under his leadership, Garnet Health Medical Center became the first hospital in New York to achieve both HIMSS Stage 7 and HealthCare’s Most Wired status.
Prior to joining GHVHS, Mr. Tew served as VP of Operations, Chief Information Officer at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he managed all information systems, communications, attendant services, medical records, clinical engineering, security, facilities and environmental services departments.
Mr. Tew earned his Master of Arts degree in Computer Resources and Information Systems Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Richmond. He also earned his certification as a Healthcare CIO and Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. Mr. Tew is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Health Information Management Systems Society; where he serves as a member of their Executive Institute and sits on the local chapter’s Privacy, Security & Compliance Committee. Mr. Tew also serves as a member of the advisory panel to HealthSystemCIO.com.
Joe Anesi - VP, General Counsel Garnet Health
Joe Anesi oversees the office of General Counsel for Garnet Health: a central resource for all legal services and exclusive contact for outside counsel retention and management. He is responsible for all physician, managed care and business contracting; defense of all litigation; providing legal support to all members of the System and advising System Chief Executive Officers and Board of Directors on strategy and governance. Mr. Anesi also oversees the Associate General Counsel and Risk Management division.
Prior to assuming his role within Garnet Health, Mr. Anesi spent more than 23 years practicing law with law firms as well as public, private and not-for-profit corporations. His background includes corporate, regulatory, litigation and healthcare practices.
Mr. Anesi earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Rochester and graduated from the Duke University School of Law. He also has a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Rosemary Baczewski - Chief Clinical Officer, Garnet Health
Rosemary Baczewski is responsible for the overall direction of quality management, performance improvement and patient advocacy for Garnet Health. She is also responsible for ensuring compliance with DNV GL standards, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and National Quality Forum (NQF) initiatives. With an extensive background in Process Improvement, Ms. Baczewski has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the System in 2011, Ms. Baczewski served as the Senior Director of the RN Labor Management Initiative with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes/1199 SEIU Training and Education Fund. She also served as Director of Process Management for Horizon BlueCross/BlueShield of New Jersey, Executive/Managing Consultant for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems and as a Consulting Director for McFaul & Lyons.
Ms. Baczewski has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Columbia University and a Master's certificate in Strategic Growth and Change from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is a Lean Expert.
Gene Bernieri - Vice President of Ancillary Systems, Garnet Health
Mr. Bernieri oversees the Garnet Health Medical Center, PT OT Speech, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Food Service and system-wide for Garnet Health Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Respiratory Care, Wound Care, Diabetes, Sleep, EVS, and Security departments.
Mr. Bernieri was previously Greater Hudson Valley Health System Diagnostic Imaging Administrator. In this role he developed operational strategy to create system wide efficiencies and a merge plan to gain improved clinical outcomes and economical operating costs.
He joined the organization in 2002 as Administrator of Diagnostic Imaging at Orange Regional Medical Center. Mr. Bernieri graduated from St. Clares Hospital and Health Center School of Radiology Technology and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Business Administration and Management from Empire State College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is licensed in Radiography in New York and California, and is a Registered American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in X-Ray and MRI.
A member of the Association of Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) for many years, Mr. Bernieri obtained Fellow status with the AHRA as well as his Radiology Administrator Certification (CRA). In 2014, the AHRA awarded Mr. Bernieri with the prestigious award for Medical Imaging Excellence at the National Conference in Washington DC. He is a recognized national speaker for the AHRA presenting on numerous occasions at national and local conferences throughout the country. Major National Presentation Topics include “Effective Dashboards”, “MRI Safety Lessons Learned”, “Effective Performance Appraisals” and “TJC Sentinel Alert Radiation Exposure”.
Before joining the organization, Mr. Bernieri was Administrative Director of Diagnostic Imaging/Transportation Services at St. Luke’s /Cornwall Hospital.
Jerry Dunlavey - Executive Director, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health
Mr. Dunlavey is the Executive Director of Garnet Health Doctors, previously known as Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership across the business and clinical operations of the medical group, including Information Technology, Finance/Revenue Cycle Management, Human Resources, Business Intelligence, Business and Clinical Integration, Facilities and contracts. Garnet Health Doctors currently serves patients throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties at four different locations. In addition to the physician practice, Mr. Dunlavey is responsible for the health system’s Intensivist, Hospitalist, Trauma and Acute Surgery Programs. He is also the executive responsible for oversight of Health System Strategic Planning and Business Development.
Prior to his role as Executive Director, Mr. Dunlavey was Vice President of Clinical Program Development and Operations. In this capacity, he was responsible for the growth, development and operations of several clinical product lines including cardiology, orthopedics, neuroscience and rehabilitation medicine. He led numerous business development initiatives including the growth of the orthopedic department’s Total Joint Program, the development of a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, implementation of elective angioplasty and the development of a pediatric emergency department.
Mr. Dunlavey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree from Iona College. He also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.
Craig Filippini - Chief Information Officer, Garnet Health
Craig Filippini is responsible for the oversight of Information Technology, Communications, Health Information Management and Biomedical Engineering for Garnet Health and for the continued advancement of technology for Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills, Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Doctors.
Mr. Filippini was previously Associate Chief Information Officer at Garnet Health. He was responsible for the Communications and combined Information Technology (infrastructure, financial, and clinical) teams and served as a member of the IT Innovation and Technology committees.
Mr. Filippini joined the organization in 2016 as Administrator of Information Technology. He was responsible for the Information Technology Technical teams and the Communications department. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Mount Saint Mary College. Mr. Filippini holds numerous certifications including IT Enterprise Administrator from Microsoft, and IT Service Management. Before joining Garnet Health, he was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at SRSsoft, a national Electronic Health Record company.
Gerard J. Galarneau, MD, MMM - President, Garnet Health Doctors
Dr. Gerard Galarneau joined Garnet Health in 2013 as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills and was appointed to President of Garnet Health Doctors in 2017.
Under his leadership, successes at Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills have included the transformation of 50 percent triple bedded rooms to private and semi-private; increases in employee engagement and patient satisfaction; Stroke Center designation, 5 Star Healthgrades Award for Stroke and treatment of Myocardial Infarction, Bariatric Surgery and Oncology Accreditation.
Dr. Galarneau, Board-certified in Urology, practices with Garnet Health Doctors in Harris, NY. He has been an active Garnet Health Medical Center medical staff member since March of 2000. Dr. Galarneau has served in leadership positions at Garnet Health Medical Center since 2002. He was the Vice-Chair of the Department of Urology from 2002- 2004 and Chairman from 2005-2006. He was the Chairman of Staff from 2007-2008 and has held the position of Chief of Staff since January of 2009.
Dr. Galarneau graduated with a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, received his medical degree from New York Medical College and held residencies in General Surgery and Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Medical Management.
Dr. Galarneau is an active member of the American Urological Association, the Medical Society of Orange and Sullivan County and serves on the board of directors for the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. He was the recipient of the 2015 Walter A. Rhulen Award; 2015 Triple Crown Garnet Health Quality and Patient Safety Award; featured in The Sullivan County Democrat’s Men At Work special section and the recipient of the 2016 Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Achievement Award. During his career, Dr. Galarneau has been listed by Becker’s Hospital Review as a top 110 Physician Leader of Hospitals and Health Systems.
James P. Grigg - Chief Financial Officer, Garnet Health
James P. Grigg is Garnet Health’s new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Grigg has been Garnet Health’s Interim Chief Financial Officer since June 2017 and has led financial reporting, budgeting, accounting, decision support and supply chain functions for the System. In his new role, he is also responsible for the revenue cycle process.
Mr. Grigg holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 30 years of experience in healthcare finance, accounting and reporting.
Joanne Huber-Sturans - Chief Human Resources Officer, Garnet Health
Joanne Huber-Sturans is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Human Resources strategy and management for Garnet Health. Ms. Huber-Sturans has over 22 years’ experience in Human Resources and leadership with the majority of that time being spent in healthcare and hospital systems. In addition to Human Resources oversight, Ms. Huber-Sturans also oversees the Organizational Learning and Development Department, the Volunteer Department and Occupational Health and Wellness for the health system.
Prior to joining the system in 2013, Ms. Huber-Sturans was Vice President of Human Resources at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York which was part of the Stellaris Health System. Prior to working at Phelps, Ms. Huber-Sturans was the Director of Human Resources at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, New York and also worked in Human Resources at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and prior to that worked in the private sector in various leadership roles.
Joanne received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marist College and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Mercy College. She also holds a national certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified HR Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the National Society for Human Resources. Ms. Huber-Sturans is a national and local member of the Society for Human Resources; serves as a member of the Statewide Human Resources Advisory Council through the Healthcare Association of New York and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Suzanne Lange Ahmed, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, CCM - Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills
Ms. Lange Ahmed has been with the organization for 28 years and previously served as Administrator, Nursing Operations and Care Management Services where she had direct oversight of Critical Care, Medical/Surgical units, Surgical Services, Sterile Processing, Nursing Administration, Contracted Dialysis Services, Case Management and Rape Intervention and Education departments.
In her role as Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services, Ms. Lange-Ahmed maintains clinical and patient-care standards. This includes ensuring that the patients are safe in the hospital and have access to the right medical care. She is also responsible for formulating and implementing new nursing strategies.
Ms. Lange-Ahmed began her career as a staff nurse and received Associates degrees in Applied Science in Nursing and in Para legalism from Sullivan County Community College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Delhi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norwich University with a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration.
Izabela Nowosielski, MD, FHM, MBA - Chief Medical Officer, Garnet Health Doctors
Izabela Nowosielski, MD, FHM, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer for Garnet Health Doctors. In this role, Dr. Nowosielski oversees the clinical affairs of Garnet Health Doctors and all Garnet Health Doctors clinical leadership positions report to her. She facilitates the development of strategies related to vision, culture, performance expectations as well as professional development and talent acquisition for the practice. In addition, Dr. Nowosielski is responsible for oversight of NCQA standards at Garnet Health ambulatory practice sites and leads efforts to develop and expand meaningful change around patient safety and quality. As a visionary leader in healthcare, Dr. Nowosielski has achieved success through promoting patient-centered care, strategic collaboration and advancing physician leadership within the organization.
Dr. Nowosielski previously served as Medical Director for Garnet Health Doctors Hospitalist Program as well as Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness.
She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received her Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Nowosielski completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, CT. She holds Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to joining the Garnet Health, Dr. Nowosielski was Chief of Hospital Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, a 320-bed acute care teaching hospital located in Englewood, NJ, associated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Jim Oxley, DO - Chief Medical Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center
Dr. Jim Oxley is responsible for leading the overall integration and coordination of medical care with physicians, providing medical expertise, advocating for medical staff and partnering on quality initiatives for Garnet Health and Garnet Health Medical Center.
Dr. Oxley has been with Garnet Health Medical Center since 1981, starting his tenure as a staff physician in the Emergency Department at Arden Hill Hospital. He maintains privileges to practice emergency and internal medicine at Garnet Health Medical Center. In 2010, Dr. Oxley was appointed an executive leadership role with Garnet Health to which he provides medical staff leadership and oversight for all member hospitals. Dr. Oxley is also the Director of Medical Education for Garnet Health Medical Center’s Medical and Graduate Residents under NYCOMEC.
From 1981 to 1985, he was Chief of the Internal Medicine Clinic at Keller Army Hospital in West Point. In 1985, he became the Chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Arden Hill Hospital, which later merged with Horton Hospital to form Garnet Health Medical Center, and held the position until 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Oxley was Chairman of Staff and, in 2006, he became Chief of Staff. In 2008, he became the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Garnet Health Medical Center. In this position, he provides leadership to the medical staff and an overall medical perspective and expertise to the administration. He is also responsible for integration and coordination of medical care in collaboration with leaders in various departments and physicians privileged to practice at Garnet Health Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Oxley volunteered his time as a member of Garnet Health Medical Center’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008 and has been a member of the Garnet Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2004. He is also a member physician on the Orange County Board of Health Advisory Board.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army as a Special Services Officer. He also served in the medical corps as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Oxley is a graduate of The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Christopher Roman, DO - Chief Medical Officer of Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills
Dr. Roman, who is Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, has been a member of the Medical Staff for five years, serving as an attending physician in both the Harris and Callicoon Emergency Departments. He the Medical Director of the Grover M. Hermann Division Emergency Department.
Dr. Roman is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member physician of the Sullivan County Board of Health Advisory Board.
Prior to joining the Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills Medical Staff, Dr. Roman served in the United States Army for 14 years in Active Duty as a Staff Physician, Team Physician, Flight Surgeon, Brigade Surgeon and Senior Flight Surgeon. During this service, he received 16 medals and awards, including two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Medic Badge.
Dr. Roman is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and he completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas.
Jonathan Schiller - Chief Executive Officer, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills
Mr. Schiller joined Garnet Health Medical Center in 2004 as Administrator of Revenue Cycle Management and was later promoted to Vice President and Site Administrator of the Arden Hill Campus. In 2009 he was promoted to Vice President of Hospital Operations in which he oversaw operations on the Arden Hill Campus in addition to providing organizational leadership to Food Services; Facilities; Psychiatry; Perioperative Services; Environmental Services; BioMedical Services; Security; Laboratory and Pharmacy. In 2011 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in which he oversees daily operation of Garnet Health Medical Center.
Prior to joining Garnet Health Medical Center, Mr. Schiller was the Director of Patient Accounting at New York University Medical Center, and a member of Cap Gemini, Ernst and Young's national healthcare consulting practice, with specific areas of focus in hospital revenue cycle management and financial turn-around projects. He volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Hudson Valley Chapter as well as the Board of Directors for the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, Leadership Orange and Christ Health Care Ministry.
Mr. Schiller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Services from LeMoyne College and has Master of Health Systems Administration degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association. He volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Hudson Valley Chapter as well as the Board of Directors for Leadership Orange and Christ Health Care Ministry.
David Smith - Vice President Marketing and Strategic Planning, Garnet Health
Mr. Smith leads the development and updating of the System’s Strategic Plan, annual Implementation Plan and community health plans as well as outreach, marketing and public relations strategies, business development, product/service line growth and development, and government/regulatory affairs. He will also work closely with the Garnet Health Doctors leadership to enhance growth strategies.
Mr. Smith has over 35 years of healthcare experience in hospitals and healthcare systems. Prior to joining Garnet Health, Mr. Smith was Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Network Development Officer at Stamford Health in Stamford, CT. At Stamford Health he led the development of the System’s Strategic Plan, annual Strategic Action Plan, Facility Master Plan, Medical Staff Development Plan, and implementation of a multi-site ambulatory network, joint ventures, heart, cancer and orthopedic affiliations, new replacement hospital campus, medical office building, and employed medical group.
Mr. Smith previously served as Senior Vice President, System Development and Executive Vice President, Suburban Health Enterprises at Suburban Hospital Health Care System in Bethesda, Maryland, Senior Vice President Planning and Marketing at Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore Maryland, and Director of Regulatory Affairs at Alta Bates Health System, Berkeley, California.
Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Public Health Degree from the University of Missouri. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and has held numerous Board leadership positions in local community agencies.
Debora Snyder, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN - Interim Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President Patient Care Services, Garnet Health Medical Center
Ms. Snyder was previously Vice President of Nursing where she was responsible for Emergency Services, Observation Care (CDA/2West), Behavioral Health Unit, and Neuroscience.
Ms. Snyder holds several certifications by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certified (NEA-BC) and by the Emergency Nurse Association (ENA) Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN). She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing, majoring in Nurse Executive from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurse Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and New York Organization of Nurse Executive Leaders.
William Dauster - President, Garnet Health Foundation
William Dauster is responsible for major donor cultivation and solicitation for the Garnet Health Foundation.
Mr. Dauster has a broad array of experience in philanthropy, specializing in fundraising development. Prior to joining Garnet Health Medical Center, he was Vice President of Marketing and Development for Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was responsible for foundation operations, capital campaign and revenue growth. Additionally, Mr. Dauster was responsible for marketing, public, community, government and physician relations. He completed a $16 million campaign at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and a $20 million campaign for a replacement facility for Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey.
Mr. Dauster received his Master of Science degree in Specialized Journalism - Industrial Advertising & Public Relations from NYU Polytechnic University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from William Paterson University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and founding President of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Westchester Chapter. He has also been elected to the Orange County Citizens Foundation Board of Trustees, which he will begin a two-year term January 1, 2020.