WELC Board of Directors & Advisory Board

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

Sherry Saturno, LCSW, DCSW ~ Vice President
Director, Social Services/Ass’t Administrator, Sprain Brook Manor Nursing & Rehab Center
District Leader, Tarrytown, NY-D
Founding Member, Women’s Leadership Council, United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Member, National Association of Social Workers

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

Lea Emery, MBA, MFA ~ Treasurer
Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Concordia College


Raj Buddhavarapu, MD
Geriatrics and Palliative Care Specialist

Julie Buyon, MA
Palliative Care Health Advocacy Consultant

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

Mary J. Giuffra, PhD, LMFT, FAAN
Psychotherapy (Couples, Family, Trauma)
NYU Steinhardt Dean’s Council (since 2004)
VP, Bronxville Board of Education (2016-17)
Former Board Chair, HNAW (Lawrence Home Care, Jansen Hospice, Bereavement Center)
Former Boards: WCMC, OLMMC, and Lawrence Hospital Center

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

Jane Nusbaum, MA
Founding Board Member, WELC
Board and Founding Member, Center for Aging in Place
Caring Commission, Health Healing and Hospice Task Force, UJA Federation of NY
Board Member:
* Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS)
* Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service

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

John Stoffel, MSc
President, Stoffel Polygon Systems, Tuckahoe

Mary Ellen Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Columbia University Medical College, School of Nursing


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

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

Vicki Breitbart, EdD, LCSW
Health Advocacy Consultant

Kevin Cook, MS
Principal Gifts Officer, Westchester Medical Center

Maura Del Bene, NP, MS
Director, Palliative Medicine, White Plains Hospital
Instructor, Clinical Nursing, Columbia School of Nursing

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
* Elder Law Committee, Westchester County Bar Association
* Collaborative, Age-Friendly Communities (Westchester County Senior Programs & Services)

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

David C. Leven, JD
Executive Director Emeritus & Senior Consultant, End of Life Choices New York
Independent Consultant

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
* Collaborative for Palliative Care
* State Society on Aging of New York
* 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

Douglas Ruttenberg, CPA
Partner, O’Connor Davies, LLP

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

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