Our Staff

Office of the President:
Anthony Shih, MD, MPH
President
Anthony Shih, MD, MPH
President

Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, is president of United Hospital Fund. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in health policy, health system performance improvement, quality improvement, and population health, and for his commitment to improving quality and reducing inequities in care for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Shih served, from 2014 through July 2017, as executive vice president of the New York Academy of Medicine, which works to improve health and well-being in cities worldwide, using a population health approach. Previously, he was executive vice president for programs at The Commonwealth Fund, overseeing all program and research activities, including initiatives related to coverage and access, delivery system transformation, payment reform, and health system performance scorecards.

Earlier, Dr. Shih was chief quality officer and vice president for strategy at IPRO, where he developed and managed large-scale quality assessment and improvement projects related to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and led IPRO’s Health Care Transparency Group. He began his medical career at a community-based mental health clinic in Oakland, CA, serving immigrant and refugee families.

A New York City native, Dr. Shih graduated from Amherst College with a degree in economics. He earned his MD at the NYU School of Medicine and his master’s at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and is Board-certified in preventive medicine and public health. He lives in Forest Hills with his wife, Yvonne Tsang, and twins Nathan and Allison.

Amanda Williams
Assistant to the President
Amanda Williams
Assistant to the President

Iris M. Alvarado
Executive Assistant
Iris M. Alvarado
Executive Assistant

Business Management:
Sheila Abrams
Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Sheila Abrams
Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

Sheila Abrams is senior vice president for administration and finance and treasurer at the United Hospital Fund. She has served as the Fund's vice president for administration and finance since April 2000, responsible for financial management and investment activities, information systems, human resources, and other administrative functions within the organization, as well as contractual and legal matters that affect the Fund.  She also provides staff support to Board committees, including the Finance Committee and the Budget, Audit, and Operations Committee. 

Ms. Abrams came to the Fund after six years with the Central Park Conservancy, where she was vice president of finance, having been promoted from controller. She is a certified public accountant with over ten years of public accounting experience.She earned a master's degree in public health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a bachelor of science degree in accounting from C.W. Post Long Island University.

Mala Mohan
Staff Accountant
Mala Mohan
Staff Accountant

Dwayne Robinson
Junior Accountant
Dwayne Robinson
Junior Accountant

Communications:
Sally Rogers
Senior Vice President for Communications and Development
Sally Rogers
Senior Vice President for Communications and Development

Sally Rogers is senior vice president for communications and development, responsible for the Fund's publications and public information program, as well as its fundraising activities.  Ms. Rogers joined the Fund in 1978, and from March to September 1993 served as the Fund's acting president.  A graduate of Manhattanville College, she has an MAT in English from Brown University.

Ms. Rogers is a member of the board of LiveOnNY, serving on the audit committee and previously on the executive, performance improvement, and the public and professional education committees. She is also a member of the Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development of the American Hospital Association and the Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society of New York.  From 2001 until 2014, she was a trustee of Manhattanville College, serving on the executive committee and nominating and governance committees and co-chairing the Presidential Search Committee in 2008.  For many years, she served on the board of the Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society of Greater New York.  In 1985 she was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers.

Adam Fifield
Director of Communications
Adam Fifield
Director of Communications

Catherine Arnst
Director, Public Information
Catherine Arnst
Director, Public Information

Catherine Arnst is director of public information, responsible for UHF’s public and internal communications. An award-winning health journalist, she came to UHF from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she was the communications officer for media relations; earlier she was vice president and director of content development for the health practice at Edelman Public Relations. Ms. Arnst was previously a senior writer covering medicine and health care for BusinessWeek; European science correspondent for Reuters News Service, based in London; and  Reuters Boston correspondent, specializing in medical and technology coverage. She has also freelanced for numerous outlets including the Boston GlobeUS News & World ReportKaiser Health News, and The Daily Beast. Ms. Arnst holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Miles P. Finley
Managing Editor
Miles P. Finley
Managing Editor

Miles P. Finley is the managing editor at UHF, where he guides reports and presentations toward print and digital publication. Before joining UHF, he worked at Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, a public health research group in Michigan. He has had extensive experience writing and editing research for a range of publications, including newspapers, medical journals, and financial reports.

Mr. Finley holds a BA in English from Yale University.

Mary Johnson
Special Projects Advisor
Mary Johnson
Special Projects Advisor

Mary Johnson is a UHF special projects advisor, working on a variety of writing and strategic communications initiatives. She was vice president of communications at UHF from 2005 until 2006. Prior to joining UHF, Ms. Johnson was senior vice president of public affairs and communications at the Greater New York Hospital Association, where she worked for 10 years. She has also worked as a program associate at the Commonwealth Fund; a public relations writer for CARE, the international relief and development organization; and a publicist at Bantam Books. Ms. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Rachelle Kredentser
Administrative and Communications Assistant
Rachelle Kredentser
Administrative and Communications Assistant

Development:
Michelle Levy Branower
Director of Annual Giving and Special Events
Michelle Levy Branower
Director of Annual Giving and Special Events

Emily Regas
Director of Major Gifts
Emily Regas
Director of Major Gifts

Rosalie Chandler
Senior Development Associate
Rosalie Chandler
Senior Development Associate

Maryam Diaab
Campaign Coordinator
Maryam Diaab
Campaign Coordinator

Human Resources:
Vaughn Murria
Director, Human Resources
Vaughn Murria
Director, Human Resources

Jennifer Monroy
Human Resources Business Partner
Jennifer Monroy
Human Resources Business Partner

Jatna Rojas
Human Resources Associate
Jatna Rojas
Human Resources Associate

Information Systems:
Debra Romeo Lally
Director
Debra Romeo Lally
Director

Francesca Demane
Database Associate
Francesca Demane
Database Associate

Joey Rodriguez
Network Administrator
Joey Rodriguez
Network Administrator

Sharen Whitley Privetté
Software Support Specialist
Sharen Whitley Privetté
Software Support Specialist

Library:
Wil Yates
Librarian
Wil Yates
Librarian

Program and Policy:
Deborah Halper, MS, MPH
Vice President, Education and Program Initiatives
Deborah Halper, MS, MPH
Vice President, Education and Program Initiatives

Deborah Halper is vice president and the director of the Fund's Division of Education and Program Initiatives.  She is responsible for the management, development, and implementation of the Fund's grantmaking activities and three program areas: Families and Health Care Project, Aging in Place Initiative, and Quality Improvement.  She leads special grantmaking initiatives, including improving Palliative Care, Day of Transitions, and reducing hospital readmissions.  She is also responsible for a range of convening activities, including the design of conferences, Health Policy Forum, and other educational programs. 

Prior to coming to the Fund, Ms. Halper worked as an administrator for clinical resources at Mount Sinai Hospital. 

She holds a master's degree in public health and an MS in urban planning from Columbia University.

Chad Shearer
Vice President for Policy; Director, Medicaid Institute
Chad Shearer
Vice President for Policy; Director, Medicaid Institute

Chad Shearer is the Vice President for Policy at United Hospital Fund, supervising work in the Medicaid Institute and in UHF’s Innovations, Health Insurance, and Children’s Health programs. Previously, Mr. Shearer was at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, where he served as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health Reform Assistance Network, a project coordinating technical assistance to 11 states on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion provisions. He was also a lecturer in public affairs at the university, teaching a capstone policy workshop.

Mr. Shearer also was senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies, where he helped shape its Medicaid Leadership Institute, an intensive training program for selected state Medicaid directors. Before that, he served as legislative director for Congressman Pete Stark, who was Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, in the United States House of Representatives.

Mr. Shearer holds both a law degree and a master’s of health administration from the University of Iowa.

Gregory C. Burke
Director, Innovation Strategies
Gregory C. Burke
Director, Innovation Strategies

Gregory Burke is director of Innovation Strategies at United Hospital Fund. He has written a number of publications on a range of health care policy and financing issues, including several on the evolution and spread of the medical home model and the movement toward accountable care in New York State.

Before joining the Fund, Mr. Burke served as vice president for planning at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he was responsible for supporting strategic program planning and facilities planning and development, as well as the medical center's programs of community service. While at Montefiore, he participated in the expansion of its ambulatory care network, the creation and implementation of its managed care strategy, and the development of the Bronx RHIO.

He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MPA from NYU's Wagner School.

Anne-Marie J. Audet, MD, MSc, SM
Senior Medical Officer, Quality Institute
Anne-Marie J. Audet, MD, MSc, SM
Senior Medical Officer, Quality Institute

Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D., M.Sc., is senior medical officer of the Quality Institute.

Previously, she served as vice president for Delivery System Reform and Breakthrough Opportunities programs at The Commonwealth Fund, where she oversaw a public reporting website, WhyNotTheBest.org.  She was responsible for a portfolio of grants on a range of delivery system reform topics, including the evolution of accountable care organizations; the role of coordinated care systems that integrate clinical and behavioral care and social services for high-cost, complex populations; patient safety; and physicians’ roles in quality.  

Earlier, Dr. Audet worked in policy analysis at the American College of Physicians, where she staffed the Clinical Efficacy Assessment Committee, one of the first nationally recognized pioneering programs for developing evidence-based guidelines. She has also held positions with the Medicare Health Care Quality Improvement Program in Massachusetts, where she led the implementation of a new quality improvement program for Medicare; and with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. 

Dr. Audet is currently on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality, the Journal of Health Care Quality, and the Journal of Implementation Sciences.  

She is an assistant professor of medicine and public health at Cornell University and is a founding board member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation Board, now serving as a special advisor. Dr. Audet holds an M.D. and M.Sc. in epidemiology from McGill University and an S.M. in health policy and management from Harvard University.

Suzanne C. Brundage
Director, Children’s Health Initiative
Suzanne C. Brundage
Director, Children’s Health Initiative

Suzanne Brundage is director of the Children’s Health Initiative at United Hospital Fund, an independent nonprofit focused on improving health care for New Yorkers. The Children’s Health Initiative focuses on informing public policy and advancing new delivery system models that strengthen pediatric primary care, including how health care partners with other sectors to improve child health and well-being. She was named the first Patricia S. Levinson Fellow in 2017 and 2018 at UHF for her work to improve health care for vulnerable populations.  

Prior to working at United Hospital Fund, Suzanne was the assistant director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. She has also worked with Catholic AIDS Action in Namibia, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center. Suzanne is a member of the Bennington College Board of Trustees and the national Children’s Health Leadership Network. In 2018 she was named to City & State New York's "40 Under 40" list and Crain's New York's list of 100 notable women in health care. 

She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MS degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Joan Guzik, MBA
Director, Quality Improvement, Quality Institute
Joan Guzik, MBA
Director, Quality Improvement, Quality Institute

Joan Guzik is the director of quality improvement for the Quality Institute. She has extensive experience in quality and patient safety initiatives, most recently as the director of quality improvement and then regulatory coordinator at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in New Jersey. Joan has also worked as the director of standards at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (N.J.), and spent almost twenty years at NYU Medical Center as director, accreditation and standards compliance, administrator of special projects, and director, program development and planning.

Joan holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in occupational therapy from Tufts University. She also earned the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential from the NAHQ.

Carol Levine
Director, Families and Health Care Project
Carol Levine
Director, Families and Health Care Project

Carol Levine directs the United Hospital Fund's Families and Health Care Project, which focuses on developing partnerships between health care professionals and family caregivers, especially during transitions in health care settings (www.nextstepincare.org).  Before joining the Fund in 1996, she directed the Citizens Commission on AIDS in New York City from 1987 to 1991, and The Orphan Project, which she founded, from1991 to 1996.  As a senior staff associate of The Hastings Center, she edited the Hastings Center Report.

Ms. Levine is the editor of Always on Call: When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers (2nd ed., Vanderbilt University Press, 2004); co-editor,  with Thomas H. Murray, of The Cultures of Caregiving: Conflict and Common Ground Among Families, Health Professionals and Policy Makers (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004); and editor of Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry about Family Caregiving (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014).

In 1993, Ms. Levine was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in AIDS policy and ethics.  She was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2007.

In 2009, Ms.Levine was named a Purpose Prize fellow, an honor for social entrepreneurs over 60 who are using their experience and passion to take on society’s biggest challenges.

In 2016, Ms. Levine was named one of the Top 50 "2016 Influencers in Aging" by Next Avenue, a digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older.

Peter Newell
Director, Health Insurance Project
Peter Newell
Director, Health Insurance Project

Health Insurance Project Director Peter Newell joined the Fund in 2007 after a long tenure as executive director of the New York State Assembly Committee on Insurance and staff director for Assemblymember Pete Grannis. During that time, he represented the Assembly Majority in negotiations on a series of major health care reforms, including the Community Rating/Open Enrollment law (1992), the Point of Service law (1995), the Managed Care Consumer Protection Act (1996), the Prompt Payment law (1998), and HCRA 2000, which created the Family Health Plus and Healthy NY programs. Earlier in his Assembly career, Mr. Newell directed the Assembly’s Committee on Housing and worked to implement affordable housing programs.

Mr. Newell’s work at the Fund focuses on public and private insurance markets. He is the co-author of the Fund's Big Picture reports analyzing health plan enrollment and financial results, and in 2013 he completed a series of six issue briefs exploring key issues in New York's implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the establishment of the new health benefit exchange for individuals and small groups. A former reporter and editor for weekly newspapers in Manhattan, he holds a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Lynn Rogut, MCRP
Director, Quality Measurement and Care Transformation, Quality Institute
Lynn Rogut, MCRP
Director, Quality Measurement and Care Transformation, Quality Institute

Lynn Rogut is the director of quality measurement and care transformation for UHF’s Quality Institute. She is a member of the Quality Institute’s leadership team and is involved in several key projects central to UHF’s work on improving health care quality in New York. She has long-standing interests in patient-centered care, including improving health care quality from the patient’s perspective, strengthening the evidence base in medical care, and supporting the dissemination of innovative health policy research. She also has extensive experience in managing grant solicitations, reviews, and awards.  

Prior to joining UHF, Ms. Rogut was a consultant to non-profit institutions and foundations and served for 11 years as the deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program. Earlier in her career, her positions spanned a range of health care services from high tech to high touch: Through her role as executive director of the New York Center for Liver Transplantation, she was involved in the launch of liver transplant services in New York State, and in an earlier assignment at UHF as project director of the Patient-Centered Care Consortium, she helped introduce the concept and practices of patient-centered care to staff at 15 New York City hospitals. Before that, she served as director of planning at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  

She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University.

Nathan Myers
Assistant Director, Medicaid Institute
Nathan Myers
Assistant Director, Medicaid Institute

Hillary Browne
Administrative Assistant
Hillary Browne
Administrative Assistant

Matlin Gilman
Health Policy Analyst
Matlin Gilman
Health Policy Analyst

Gabriela Groenke
Executive and Program Assistant
Gabriela Groenke
Executive and Program Assistant

Hollis Holmes
Grants Manager
Hollis Holmes
Grants Manager

Pooja Kothari, RN, MPH
Program Manager
Pooja Kothari, RN, MPH
Program Manager

Kevin Mallon
Administrative Assistant
Kevin Mallon
Administrative Assistant

Lee Partridge
Volunteer
Lee Partridge
Volunteer

Peter Schafer
Visiting Fellow
Peter Schafer
Visiting Fellow

Kristina Ramos-Callan
Program Manager
Kristina Ramos-Callan
Program Manager

Misha Sharp, MPH
Research Analyst
Misha Sharp, MPH
Research Analyst

Support Services:
Samuel Rios
Manager
Samuel Rios
Manager

Frank Dunn
Support Services Assistant
Frank Dunn
Support Services Assistant