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About Hofstra

School of Health Professions and Human Services
Dean's Advisory Board

The School of Health Professions and Human Services Dean's Council consists of alumni and friends who are deeply committed to enhancing the academic quality of our school and academic strength of our students. Passionate about improving the health and quality of life for all, the HPHS Dean's Council is responsible for advising administrators and providing input concerning educational programs, events, student opportunities, and facilities and operations. The Dean's Council is essentially responsible for ensuring that the school continues to flourish in the rapidly changing global healthcare spectrum. The Council is also a resource for networking and mentorship for students seeking real-world connections, experiences and opportunities. We are grateful to each member of our Dean's Council for helping us further become a nationally recognized interdisciplinary center of excellence.

Holly J. SeirupHolly J. Seirup '95
Dean, School of Health Professions and Human Services
Bio

Stuart B. AlmerStuart B. Almer
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Gurwin Healthcare System
Bio

Michael BliskoMichael Blisko '00
Chief Executive Officer,
Infinity Health Care Management
Bio

Darren BrownleeDarren Brownlee '09,'12
Operations Administrator, Mayo Clinic Florida
Bio

Marques ColstonMarques Colston '06
Entrepreneur and former NFL Wide-Receiver for the New Orleans Saints (2006-2015)

David FinkelsteinDavid Finkelstein '85
Chief Information Officer, RiverSpring Health
Bio

Marianne GradyMarianne Grady '09
Director of Government Business Division, 
Managed Long Term Care Plan,
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Charles R. HaleCharles R. Hale '71
Founder, Artists Without Walls
Bio

Aaliyah HaqqAaliyah Haqq '13
Vice President, Dominus Commercia
Bio

Joseph LamantiaJoseph Lamantia '93
Executive Director, Northwell Health Solutions
Vice President, Population Health Management
Bio

Tammy R. LawlorTammy R. Lawlor '96
Partner, Miller & Milone, P.C
Bio

Carle-Marie MemnonCarle-Marie Memnon '98, '13'
Assistant Vice President, Hospital for Special Surgery
Bio

Allison NealeAllison Neale
Director of Public Policy 
Henry Schein, Inc

Dawn PlumitalloDawn Plumitallo ‘93, PhD
Founder and Executive Director
Kids First Evaluation & Advocacy Center
Bio

Alyeah RamjitAlyeah Ramjit ‘15, MS, MHA
Associate Director and Chief of Staff to the Chief Transformation Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and President of Mount Sinai Morningside
Bio

Tara Buonocore-RutTara Buonocore-Rut '04
Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy,
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation
Bio

Fred S. SgangaFred S. Sganga
Executive Director, The Long Island State Veterans Home
at Stony Brook University

 
 
 

Holly J. Seirup
Dean, School of Health Professions and Human Services

Dean Seirup has over 35 years of teaching, administrative and leadership experience in both academic and student affairs at Hofstra University. As Dean of the School of Health Professions and Human Services at Hofstra University, Dean Seirup oversees the school’s mission to prepare graduates to be able to 1) adapt to the changing health care, community, and educational environments and, 2) be dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of populations across the lifespan, locally, nationally and globally. The School of Health Professions and Human Services serves as a community resource by offering continuing education opportunities, promoting collaborative clinical and research initiatives, advocating for underserved populations, and providing services that model best practices. Dean Seirup supervises the third-largest degree granting school at Hofstra with 40 full-time and over 150 part-time faculty. Dean Seirup has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences and has authored/coauthored articles on topics ranging from the impact of hope on academic success, the transition from high school to college, mental health issues on the college campus, college persistence, and online pedagogy. In addition, she has authored a book on academic success published by Kendall-Hunt.

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Stuart B. Almer
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Gurwin Healthcare System

Stuart B. Almer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gurwin Healthcare System, Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences, Gurwin Home Care Agency, Gurwin Healthcare Foundation and Fountaingate Gardens.  Prior to joining Gurwin in 2015, Mr. Almer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, and prior to that as Vice President, Operations at Peninsula Hospital Center.  Mr. Almer has also held senior management positions at Syosset Community Hospital, Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center and Huntington Hospital.

Mr. Almer is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters in Health Administration Program at Hofstra University, and previously served in a similar capacity in Hofstra’s Gerontology Program.  He often lectures to community and civic organizations on quality, leadership, the status of long-term care, and the overall state of the healthcare system.

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Michael Blisko
Chief Executive Officer,
Infinity Health Care Management

As the Chief Executive Officer for Infinity Healthcare Management, Michael Blisko is a veteran of leading healthcare consultancy portfolios, as well as the architect in creating cutting edge leadership teams. Infinity Healthcare management is comprised of consultancy agreements in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas, with the facilities housing approximately 5,000 licensed skilled nursing home beds. Additionally, Mr. Blisko is a principle and on the Board of Directors for Strawberry Fields, a REIT with over 7,000 skilled nursing beds throughout the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

To further diversify his portfolio, Mr. Blisko is a principle for a myriad of ancillary companies including United Rx, a long term pharmacy, Heritage Home Health and Hospice, Xcel Med, Bella Monte Recovery, and Core Centers Recovery. Additionally, Michael is also an owner/operator for 42 facilities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas.

Currently, Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Healthcare Association (IHCA) and is on the committee for Post-Acute Care for the American Healthcare Association (AHCA). Previously, Michael was the Chairman of the Regulatory Committee with the Illinois Council for Long Term Care 2014- 2014, and was also on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Council of Long Term Care. Michael’s success began in the healthcare industry growing up in Brooklyn, NY where he spent his primary years working in a nursing home alongside his father. He continued on to become a licensed Nursing Home Administrator with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Hofstra University and a BA in Talmudic Law from Bais Yisroel, Jerusalem The reverberation of Michael’s success is centered around his unique brand and leadership style. With that, Michael lent his voice as the author of his book, “The Root Cause Analysis of a Balanced leader”.

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Darren Brownlee
Operations Administrator, Mayo Clinic Florida

Darren has learned to adapt and succeed within each of his environments. After earning himself a full scholarship to play football, his educational desire for healthcare began to outweigh his love of the sport.

Darren began his healthcare career in Baltimore, Maryland with the Johns Hopkins Hospital. There he was continuously promoted in many capacities to leadership as an Assistant Administrator. Recently recruited for a position in Jacksonville, Florida, Darren is now in senior leadership for the Mayo Clinic.

In addition to his profession, Darren serves on various healthcare boards for national associations, serves on the board of a young professional group under the United Way, is a proud life-member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and is 1 of 120 leaders in the entire nation to advance health equity through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is expected to receive his Doctorate of Public Health in Health Policy and Management Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2021.

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David Finkelstein
Chief Information Officer, RiverSpring Healt

David Finkelstein is the CIO for RiverSpring Health a not for profit post acute care provider based on Riverdale NY. He is responsible for all technology news for this $1B organization. David graduated Hofstra in 1985 with a BBA in Business Computer Information Systems.

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Charles R. Hale
Founder, Artists Without Walls

Charles R. Hale, a chronicler of New York life and culture, blends the city’s rich history with music, imagery and performance art and captures the vibrant and unique experience that is New York Cityin his historically-themed shows. Charles’ ancestral history essays have been published in literary magazines and in the 2019 anthology, “The Writing Irish of New York.” He is the co-founder of Artists Without Walls, an organization dedicated to cultural collaboration and artistic achievement. In 2013 the City University of New York honored Charles for ”Outstanding Service to New York and Irish America.”

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Aaliyah Haqq
Vice President, Dominus Commercia

Aaliyah Haqq’s career has taken her from Health & Human Services to Executive Leadership Development to Commercial Real Estate. Her diverse experience supports her ability to connect with people on multiple levels, communicate effectively, diplomatically, and openly. Currently, Aaliyah Haqq is Vice President at Dominus Commercial where she partners with C-level executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to explore the relationship between office space, strategy, purpose, culture, and staff retention.

Aaliyah is best known for using her strengths to create the conditions for organizations, leaders, teams, and families to be at their best. Her innate curiosity, strong business acumen, and fiercely strategic thinking have shaped her ability to translate data into business strategy to grow business and create win-win solutions for all stakeholders.

A strong advocate for serving the community, Aaliyah is a past Board Chair for National Family Preservation Network and Promise House. She currently serves on the Dallas CASA Community Outreach Committee and is a member of the Promise House Executive Support and Assessment Team. To support the demands of being a corporate athlete, she plays soccer, practices yoga, and is a marathoner.

Aaliyah holds a BS from Hofstra University in Community Health.

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Joseph Lamantia
Executive Director, Northwell Health Solutions
Vice President, Population Health Management

Mr. Lamantia has joined Northwell Health as the Vice President of Population Health Management and the Executive Director of Health Solutions, the care management organization of Northwell Health. In his role, he will oversee strategy and operations of the care management organization and partner with Northwell Health clinical and operational leadership to support Northwell Health’s performance in value-based care and alternative payment models. Mr. Lamantia previously served as Chief of Operations for Population Health at Stony Brook University Hospital and as Executive Director of the Suffolk Care Collaborative, a New York State Performing Provider System (PPS) in the Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP).

Prior to his role at Stony Brook, Mr. Lamantia served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of South Nassau Communities Hospital, a 435-bed hospital for approximately seven years. In addition, Mr. Lamantia worked for Northwell Health (formerly the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System) for approximately 16 years in multiple capacities, including serving as Executive Director of Franklin Hospital and Associate Executive Director of Finance for Plainview Hospital. Additionally, he spent two years as a manager for Ernst & Young’s national healthcare consulting practice.

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Tammy R. Lawlor
Partner, Miller & Milone, P.C

Tammy R. Lawlor, Esq. is a Partner at the Law Firm of Miller & Milone, P.C. located in Garden City, New York. Miller & Milone, P.C. is a full service law firm, practicing in Elder Law, Health Law, Estates and Trusts. Ms. Lawlor is a graduate of the Hofstra University School of Law and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration, specializing in Finance. She is on the Executive Committee for the New York State Bar Association, is Vice-Chair of the Legislation Committee and the Health Law Section Liaison for the Elder Law Section. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Vice President of the NY NAELA.

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Carle-Marie Memnon
Assistant Vice President, Hospital for Special Surgery

Carle-Marie Memnon is the Assistant Vice President for HSS Education Institute at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Ms. Memnon is a board-certified Health Care Executive with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Her background includes human resources, graduate medical education, budgeting, operations, project and event planning.

Ms. Memnon has worked in such prestigious settings as Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC; Winthrop-University Hospital and North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, NY.

Ms. Memnon is a Fellow and Past Regent-At-Large for District 1 of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Immediate Past Chair of the Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) Diversity Committee. Ms. Memnon is a member of the ACHE Nominating Committee, Voluntary Giving Committee and Counselors Committee. She is also currently the President Elect and Program Committee Chair for the New York Regional Chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives.

Ms. Memnon received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Fordham University. She holds a Master of Arts in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University. She earned a Certificate in Human Resources Studies from Cornell University. Ms. Memnon is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her interests include: Strategic planning, operations management, leadership development, diversity management, physician relations and interdisciplinary team collaboration. Carle-Marie currently served as the Vice President for the Hofstra Master of Health Administration Alumni Association.

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Tara Buonocore-Rut
Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy,
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

Tara Buonocore-Rut is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Operations at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, a nationally recognized non-profit center for health care and rehabilitation including a comprehensive network of community health care programs of adults.

Tara is also one of the founding senior executives of AgeWell New York, LLC, a Managed Care Plan launched in 2012 serving the Medicare and Medicaid populations in the New York Metropolitan area. AgeWell New York delivers value in health care coverage and care management through its Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans and Managed Long Term Care Plans. Its focus is on the health care needs of seniors from the youngest of the old to the oldest of the old.

Tara holds a Master of Health Administration degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University, and has held various executive management positions in the long term care industry. She is a licensed nursing home administrator in the State of New York. Her professional experience has included administrative responsibility for facility operations, strategic planning and development of new long term care services and businesses, and leadership of several health care companies prior to joining at AgeWell. She was recognized by the Queens Courier in New York as one of the Top Women in Business in New York. She received a Young Leadership Award by the Association for Jewish Aging Services.

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Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA

Ms. Ramjit currently serves as the Associate Director and Chief of Staff to the Chief Transformation Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and President of Mount Sinai Morningside. In her role, she supports the Health System’s Patient Experience, Learning and Process Improvement initiatives as well as supporting various hospital-based transformation initiatives. Ms. Ramjit’s career in healthcare spans over 10 years and her areas of expertise include population health management, hospital and long-term care operations, Medicare Advantage operations and pre-hospital care operations.

Ms. Ramjit is a dual degree holder from New York Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/ Biology and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She also obtained her Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University. In addition, she holds Certificates in Executive Healthcare Leadership and Healthcare Change Leadership from Cornell University. Ms. Ramjit is the Founder of the Hofstra University MHA Alumni Association and currently serves as Past President. She serves on faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Member of the Advisory Board for the SUNY Stony Brook Master of Health Administration Program. She currently holds the role of Secretary with the Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY), the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Ms. Ramjit was featured in Northwell Health’s February 2017 “Made for this” series and she is also the recipient of the ACHE 2018 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

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Dawn Plumitallo, PhD

Dawn Plumitallo is a psychologist and is the founder and Executive Director of Kids First Evaluation & Advocacy Center. Kids First is an agency that provides educational support to children ages birth to twenty-one. Kids First recently celebrated its 20th year and was named a Newsday Top Long Island Work Place for 2018.

Her clients include:

  • Nassau & Suffolk County Department of Health Services – Early Intervention Programs. Children birth to 2.11 months
  • New York State Education Department - contracts to provide special education support services to children ages 3-5 years.
  • School Districts across Long Island to support school age children. 5 to 21 years of age.
  • SEPTA & PTA’s as guest speaker
  • Local universities for internship opportunities for OT, Psychology, counseling and speech graduate students
  • School Districts as guest speaker for staff professional development.

Before devoting her work fulltime to Kids First, Dr. Plumitallo served as an AVP in the TQM program and Systems Training departments at a major financial institution. And as a Systems Analyst at a pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Plumitallo has also taught psychology courses at Farmingdale State University and Nassau Community College.

Dr. Plumitallo is a proud Hofstra alum and is active in her Civic Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association. She is an avid kickboxer, swimmer and travel enthusiast. She resides with her husband and has two grown children.

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