WELC Board of Directors and Advisory Board

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Christina Staudt, PhD ~ President
Co-Founder, WELC
Chair, Columbia University Seminar on Death
Board Member, Cancer Support Team
Member of Fund Board and Patient Care Volunteer, Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care

Julie Buyon, MA ~ Vice President
Palliative Care Health Advocate

Marsha Hurst, PhD ~ Secretary
Co-Founder, WELC
Faculty, MS in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University
Founding Co-Chair, University Seminar on Narrative Health and Social Justice, Columbia University
Health Advocacy Consultant

Douglas S. Ruttenberg, CPA ~ Treasurer
Partner, O’Connor Davies, LLP, Harrison


Raj Buddhavarapu, MD
Director, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, White Plains Hospital

Chris Curtin, BA
Services Director & Former Board President, MAC Angels Foundation
Parish Council Member, St. Augustine’s Church, Larchmont

Karol DiBello, DNP, FNP-BC, ACHPN
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group, Westchester
Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of Nursing

Lea Emery, MBA, MA
Business Development Director, Glenmede Trust Company, N.A.

Nathan Ionascu, MD
Co-Founding Board Member, WELC
Bioethics Consultant
Associate, Columbia University Seminar on Death
Member, Westchester Collaborative for Palliative Care
Member, VA-Hospice Partnership
Member, ChiPPS Palliative Care electronic newsletter editorial group (NHPCO)

Jane Nusbaum, MA
Co-Founding Board Member, WELC
Board and Founding member, The Center for Aging in Place
Caring Commission, Health Healing and Hospice Task Force, UJA Federation of NY
Board Member, Westchester Jewish Community Services
Board Member, Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service

Sherry Saturno, LCSW, DCSW
Director of Social Services/Assistant Administrator, Sprain Brook Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
District Leader, Tarrytown, NY-D
Founding Member, Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Member, National Association of Social Workers

Anthony Sorrell, MBA
Board Member, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County

Patricia Stanley, MBA, MA
Narrative Medicine Facilitator
Trustee, Blythedale Children’s Hospital
President, Mt. Pleasant Blythedale UFSD
Member, Hebrew Union College (HUC-JIR) CPE Advisory Board

Lois Steinberg, PhD, MA
President Emerita and Co-Founder, The Center for Aging in Place
Co-Chair, Outreach Committee, Village-to-Village Network
Member, Public Private Partnership, Westchester County

John Stoffel, MSc
President, Stoffel Polygon Systems, Tuckahoe, NY

Heidi Weiss, LMSW, MHA
Social Worker, Jewish Programs, Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS)
Adjunct Faculty, Health Advocacy Program, Sarah Lawrence College 

Alan Benedict, BA
Owner, Westchester Funeral Home
Past President, Eastchester Rotary Club and Eastchester Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce

Jonathan E. Blake, BA
Senior Rabbi, Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale

Vicki Breitbart, EdD, LCSW
Director, Health Advocacy Program, Sarah Lawrence College

Kevin Cook, MS
Principal Gifts Officer, Westchester Medical Center

Maura Del Bene, NP, MS
Associate Director, Palliative Medicine, WESTMED Medical Group

Olivia (Vicki) Ford, MA
Trustee, Sarah Lawrence College
Former Councilperson, Eastchester

Karen Gallinari, JD
Health Law, Compliance and Bioethics Specialist

Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW
NYU Silver School of Social Work:
Clinical Associate Professor
Coordinator, Westchester Branch Campus at Sarah Lawrence College
Director, Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End of Life Care

Warren Ilchman, PhD
Director Emeritus, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships

Martha R. Jacobs, Rev Dr, BCC
Sabbatical Pastor, Briarcliff Congregational Church, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Coordinator/Adjunct Professor, Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care, NY Theological Seminary

Bruce Jennings, MA
Director of Bioethics, Center for Humans and Nature
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center
Lecturer, Yale School of Public Health

Linda Graef Jones, MBA
Private Client Sales Executive, Personal Risk Management Solutions

Elizabeth (Betsy) Henry Klampert, JD, MA, MLS
Law Offices of Elizabeth H. Klampert
Co-chair, Elder Law Committee, Westchester County Bar Association
Co-chair, Collaborative for Age-Friendly Communities,
Westchester County Dept. of Senior Programs and Services

Melissa Lang, DrPH, MPH
CEO, Gilda’s Club Westchester

David C. Leven, JD
Executive Director, End of Life Choices New York

Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD
Faculty Director, Healthcare Management Programs
Public Health, Palliative Care and Long-Term Care
Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration
Fellow, Fordham University Global Healthcare Management Center
President, Collaborative for Palliative Care
President, State Society on Aging of New York
President, Westchester Public Private Partnership

Karen Porter, MS, JD
Faculty member, Health Advocacy Program, Sarah Lawrence College
Brooklyn Law School:
Executive Director, Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy
Associate Professor of Clinical Law

Joseph Sacco, MD, ABFM, ABHPM
Director, Palliative Medicine Consultation Service, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Hospice Inpatient Unit
Director, Division of Palliative Medicine, Park Avenue Medical Associates
Assistant Professor, Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine