Affinity Health Plan

Hernandez

Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez

Acting Board Chair

Board member since 2000

Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez is the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Health Plan, a network of community health centers serving more than 60,000 people in the South Bronx and Queens. Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez is also one of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointments to the NYC Workforce Investment Board, which is responsible for effectively connecting New Yorkers seeking workforce services to jobs.

In addition to serving as Acting Board Chair of Affinity Health Plan, Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez is Vice Chairman of the Primary Care Development Corporation’s board. Her other board memberships include the National Hispanic Medical Association, the Community Health Care Association of New York State, and the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Charter School for Health and Sciences.

Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, a Master of Science degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, the Mailman School of Public Health. In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Social Science degree from Boston College.

Officers

Hernandez

Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez

Acting Board Chair

Board member since 2000

Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez is the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Health Plan, a network of community health centers serving more than 60,000 people in the South Bronx and Queens. Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez is also one of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointments to the NYC Workforce Investment Board, which is responsible for effectively connecting New Yorkers seeking workforce services to jobs.

In addition to serving as Acting Board Chair of Affinity Health Plan, Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez is Vice Chairman of the Primary Care Development Corporation’s board. Her other board memberships include the National Hispanic Medical Association, the Community Health Care Association of New York State, and the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Charter School for Health and Sciences.

Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, a Master of Science degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, the Mailman School of Public Health. In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Social Science degree from Boston College.

Sardelis

John Sardelis

Treasurer

Board member since 2009

Dr. John Sardelis is a Professor of Health Care Administration and Health Care Management at St. Joseph’s College, New York. He is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, and a Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine. His professional and scholarly interests include health care advocacy, health care literacy, data analytics and the use of information technology to lower costs.

Sardelis holds, a Master of Science in Statistics and Operations Research from New York University, Stern School of Business, and a Doctorate of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.

John serves on several health care boards including Affinity Health, IPRO and Partners Health Plan.

DesRosiers

Caleb DesRosiers

Acting Vice Chair and Board Secretary

Board member since 2011

Caleb DesRosiers has an extensive background in healthcare regulation, public policy and reimbursement. An attorney at law, Mr. DesRosiers is currently Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CareMed Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Prior to joining CareMed in 2015, Mr. DesRosiers worked as Counsel, Health Care Regulatory and Government Practice, for the law practice of Foley Hoag LLP. Mr. DesRosiers has also served as Special Assistant for Regulatory Affairs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since 2012, Mr. DesRosiers has held the post of Strategic Advisor and outside counsel as a healthcare venture partner with Mansa Capital.

In addition to serving as Acting Vice Chair and Secretary of Affinity Health Plan’s Board, Mr. DesRosiers is a member of the Board of Governors and Finance Committee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a member of the Business Advisory Board of PrimeVax Immunotherapy, as well as the Leadership Advisory Council of the Primary Care Development Corporation.

Mr. DesRosiers holds a Bachelor of Arts from Suffolk University, and a J.D., MPA, from Suffolk University Law School and Graduate School of Government Management in Boston. He was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 1999.

Directors

Falkenber

Nanette Falkenberg

Board member since 2005

Nanette Falkenberg has more than thirty years of experience in public policy, program and organizational development. Her foundation, corporate and non-profit organizational work includes the United Hospital Fund, the Pfizer Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Primary Care Development Corporation and the Colorado Health Foundation. Ms. Falkenberg served as the Executive Director for the National Abortion Rights Action League, where she developed and implemented political strategies. Previously, Ms. Falkenberg served the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as a Regional Field Coordinator (AFSCME), Assistant Area Director in Florida and as the Associate Legislative and Political Director. She also served as a campaign consultant in 1974 for the late Maya Miller of Nevada and the late Betty Roberts of Oregon.

In addition to her seat on the Affinity Board, Ms. Falkenberg is on the Board of the Susan B. Anthony Project and the Zoning Board in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Ms. Falkenberg holds a Bachelors of Arts from Bucknell University and a Masters of Public Health, specializing in public policy from Columbia University.

Greenland

Verona Greenland

Board member since 1986

Verona Greenland has been a healthcare specialist for almost 40 years. During that time, the Morris Heights Health Center Foundation and the Morris Heights Health Center, which she founded, has been a continuous source of health care service to low-income Bronx residents. Ms. Greenland retired in June 2015, after nearly 37 years as its President and Chief Executive Officer. She is the moving force behind Harrison Circle, bringing the $50 million mixed-use facility with 70 units of senior housing and expanded healthcare services to fruition.

In addition to serving on Affinity’s Board, she is on the Board of the Community Health Association of New York State, Bronx Regional Health Information Organization, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and The Perkins Advisory Council at Bronx Community College.

Ms. Greenland holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She is a graduate of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program.

Knapp

Amy Knapp

Board member since 2009

Amy Knapp is an independent health care consultant. Ms. Knapp previously worked at UnitedHealth Group, where she held the posts of Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Southeast in Miami, the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Northeast in New York, and the National President, Key Accounts, for UnitedHealth Group. Prior to UnitedHealth Group, Ms. Knapp was with the Prudential Insurance Company, where in 1977 she began a 20 year career, holding various positions, culminating with the post of Chief Executive Officer, New England region.

An avid jazz fan and promoter of culture, Ms. Knapp previously served as the Chairperson of the National Committee of Jazz at Lincoln Center. She also is a participant in Google Foods Innovation Lab, which brings interested people together to discuss and work on all aspects concerning the future of food. In addition to the Affinity Board, Ms. Knapp sits on the Board of Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

Ms. Knapp holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Pomona College, Claremont, CA, and a Master of Business Administration in applied macroeconomics from University of Southern California.

Muller

Linda S. Muller

Board member since 2016

Linda S. Muller is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, formerly known as the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center. The health center, a non-profit, is dedicated to providing comprehensive, primary and preventive health care services to more than 24,000 adults and children in the Hudson Valley region.

With 25 years of executive leadership experience, Ms. Muller has been recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for her commitment and distinguished service in improving the health status of the medically underserved. In 2011, she was honored by the Orange County Human Rights Commission for her efforts in advancing the human rights of the people of Orange County. She was also noted as one of the region’s top 40 most influential women by the Times Herald-Record and, most recently, she has been recognized by the Hudson Valley Association of Women & Friends as a person in the community who makes a difference.

In addition to serving on Affinity’s Board, Ms. Muller is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), Orange County Chamber of Commerce and Elant. She also chairs the Health Care for the Homeless Committee for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).

Ms. Muller holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Buffalo, and a Masters of Science in Health Policy & Administration from The New School University in NYC.

Schiller

Robert Schiller

MD

Board member since 2011

Robert M. (Red) Schiller, MD, is Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs, Chair of Graduate Medical Education and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Family Health. Dr. Schiller is also Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Health System in New York. Dr. Schiller, who joined the Institute in 1987, specializes in family medicine. In addition to being a practicing physician, Dr. Schiller oversees clinical affairs and the graduate medical education program across the Institute’s network of 26 practices in the Bronx, Manhattan and Mid-Hudson Valley. In 2011, Dr. Schiller was named among Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area.”

Dr. Schiller has been an active member of the Ethics Committee at Mount Sinai Beth Israel since 1995. He has helped lead the Ethics Committee program and developed electives in Biomedical Ethics for Resident’s and Medical Students.

First Board certified in 1985 by the American Board of Family Practice, he completed residency training in family medicine that same year at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He went on to complete a one year fellowship in faculty development at Montefiore. Dr. Schiller’s clinical interests include homeopathy, acupuncture, integrative medicine and pediatrics.

Dr. Schiller received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and philosophy of science and technology from Dartmouth College. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine Degree from New York University School of Medicine.

Sherman

Lynn D. Sherman

Board member since 2000

Lynn D. Sherman is the Chief Financial Officer of the Charles B. Wang Health Center in New York. Ms. Sherman began her career as a manager at Amherst Associates, Inc. In 1995, she spent five years as the Budget Director for Continuum Health Partners, which forged a partnership with Mount Sinai Medical Center to become the Mount Sinai Health System. She also worked as Administrator of Budget & Reimbursement at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center. From 1985 to 1990, she worked as a Consulting Manager at Ernst & Young, where she primarily focused on healthcare business feasibility and reimbursement.

In addition to her post on the Affinity Board, she is on the Board of the Mental Health Association of New York City. Ms. Sherman is an active participant in CHCANYS, NACHC and AAPCHO. She teaches and mentors new CFOs nationally.

Ms. Sherman earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and gerontology from the State University of New York at Binghamton University. She holds a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Health Care Administration and Management, from Cornell University.

Walker

Yvette Walker

MD, MPH

Board member since 2003

Yvette Walker, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer for Zenith Technology Solutions, which provides health care information and financial and technological solutions to health care providers. Ms. Walker is also board certified Internist. Prior to joining Zenith in 2014, she held the post of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Morris Heights Health Center in the Bronx. She also served as the Senior Vice President for the Health Center, which has more than 500 employees, 125 physicians, physicians’ assistants and nurses, and serves more than 220,000 patients annually.

Dr. Walker previously served as the Director of the Montefiore Medical Center at Rikers Island. Earlier, she practiced medicine at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and served as Medical Director of HIV at Catholic Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Dr. Walker earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Utica College. She received a Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York Downstate, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University Executive Program.

Committees

  • Executive
    Jim Hooley (Chairman), Paloma Hernandez, John Sardelis, Caleb DesRosiers, Verona Greenland
  • Finance
    John Sardelis (Chairman), Nanette Falkenberg, Lynn Sherman, Caleb DesRosiers, Amy Knapp, Jim Hooley
  • Audit
    Amy Knapp (Chairman), John Sardellis, Nanette Falkenberg, Caleb DesRosiers, Jim Hooley
  • Compliance
    Lynn Sherman (Chairman), Caleb DesRosiers, Yvette Walker, Jim Hooley
  • Business Development Work Group
    Caleb DesRosiers (Chairman), Verona Greenland, Nanette Falkenberg, Amy Knapp, Paloma Hernandez, John Sardelis
  • Quality and Medical Management
    Paloma Hernandez (Chairman), Yvette Walker, Red Schiller, Amy Knapp
  • Primary Care Work Group
    Amy Knapp (Co-Chairman), Jim Hooley (Co-Chairman), Paloma Hernandez, Red Schiller, Yvette Walker, Verona Greenland
  • Nominating and Board Development
    Nanette Falkenberg (Chairman), Yvette Walker, John Sardelis, Paloma Hernandez
  • Compensation
    Yvette Walker (Chairman), Paloma Hernandez, Lynn Sherman, John Sardelis