Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx Community Health Network
Montefiore Medical Center
Morris Heights Health Center
Office of the Bronx Borough President
St. Barnabas Hospital
Urban Health Plan
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Elected Bronx Borough President in a special election on April 21, 2009, Ruben Diaz Jr. previously served in the New York State Assembly since 1997, representing the 85th Assembly District. Throughout his seven terms in the State Legislature he demonstrated a passion for constituent service, social advocacy and community empowerment balanced with support for sensible, green economic development and job creation programs. In the Assembly, Borough President Diaz sponsored and secured passage of important and innovative laws to address the consequences of the intolerable levels of asthma in the South Bronx, healthcare insurance fraud, and quality of life concerns. A staunch defender of the environment, Borough President Diaz is a leading voice against environmental racism and injustice and helped lead the fight to restore the Bronx River. Due to his relentless advocacy in the case of his constituent, Amadou Diallo, he became internationally known for his advocacy for civil and human rights.
Lynn Richmond was appointed as Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness at Montefiore Medical Center on September 1, 2011. She has been responsible for maintaining a system-wide perspective and advancing opportunities for greater alignment and synergy internally and externally. For 15 years she served as the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the President at Montefiore. Ms. Richmond held increasingly senior leadership roles over the years, including directly overseeing the Montefiore School Health Program and the Development Office. Ms. Richmond is a Nurse Practitioner and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Science from Columbia University, a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a Master's Degree from Hunter College. She is faculty in the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics and teaches at Einstein College of Medicine.
Robert Sancho was born and raised in the South Bronx. He is a product of the New York City Public School system and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico specializing in Education and Political Science. As an undergraduate Mr. Sancho was awarded a Minority Urban Education Scholarship and completed a Teaching Fellowship in both Urban and Rural School Districts in Puerto Rico. He received a scholarship to the Graduate School of Urban Affairs at Hunter College where he completed his Masters of Science Degree. In 1981 Mr. Sancho was appointed Vice President of Development and External Affairs at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, the second largest medical facility in the Bronx. During his tenure, Mr. Sancho was an important catalyst in securing over 240 million dollars in New York State guaranteed Bonds. These bond issues financed the construction of three new buildings and provided for the rehabilitation of the existing hospital buildings.
Hal Strelnick, M.D. (Chair)
Alvin (Hal) H. Strelnick, M.D., Professor of Clinical Family and Social Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is Director and founder of the Institute for Community and Collaborative Health and Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE), and Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Bronx Center to Reduce and Eliminate Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities (Bronx CREED) and South Bronx Environmental Justice Partnership. He serves as Community Engagement Core Director for the Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and Director of the Bronx-Einstein Alliance for Tobacco-Free Health (Bronx BREATHES), a NYSDOH-funded tobacco cessation training center. In addition, he holds adjunct appointments at the Columbia University Schools of Public Health and City University of New York Medical School. Since 1978, Dr. Strelnick has practiced clinical and social medicine in the Bronx and Yonkers, and has dedicated his career to community and minority health and health disparities.
Eleanor Larrier (Treasurer)
Eleanor Larrier has served as executive director of Bronx Community Health Network for the past 10 years. Ms. Larrier is a skilled planner, administrator and team builder, with 32 years of health care experience ranging from organizational development of community based organizations, program
development and facilities planning and administration of hospital acute and ambulatory care services. She served as Associate Executive Director, successively for the Departments of Planning, Clinical Inpatient Care Services and Ambulatory Care at Harlem Hospital Center, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She holds an M.P.A. Degree in Health Policy, Planning and Administration from New York University, Wagner School of Public Administration. Ms. Larrier is a member of the Advisory Committee for Lehman College's Graduate Program in Public Health. Active in her church, she is the founder/director of Cultural Expressions through Dance Music Art (CEDMA), a dynamic program for children that teaches respect and understanding for all peoples through these media.
Alida Quinones-Reyes (Secretary)
Alida Quinones-Reyes has been working at Morris Heights Health Center for close to 30 years. She has held various positions in Social Services, Operations, Customer Service, HIV Counseling, Health Education, and Marketing. This comprehensive background has prepared and propelled Ms. Quinones-Reyes to the level of senior management as the Vice President for Community Based Services, a division created in 2001 to consolidate the myriad outreach and homebound programs. Through her leadership, this division offers several award-winning programs, including Facilitated Enrollment, School Health, Healthy Families, Community Health Worker Program and a WIC Program. Ms. Quinones-Reyes has been credited with the development of the Walton Avenue Health Center and the Health Connections sites. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and has a Master's in Public Health.
Lynette Alvarado is the Director for Language Culture and Intergovernmental Affairs at St. Barnabas Hospital. She implements and monitors the Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health for community and intergovernmental affairs and in collaboration with hospital staff and a diverse group of community stakeholders. Lynette coordinates culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and services delivered by the Office of Community & Intergovernmental Affairs. She also develops language access program milestones and targets for completion, monitoring and trending as well as the annual evaluation. Lynette obtained her National Certification as a Healthcare English Spanish Interpreter, CHI. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lynette graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez where she received a BA in Sociology with a minor in French. Before moving to New York, she was Director of Community and Public Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of Social Services in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a resident of the Bronx, Lynette has spent her professional life serving the Bronx community, starting as Director of Public Relations and Community Affairs at the Hunts Point Multi-Service Center in the "heart of the South Bronx." She was promoted to Director of their Ponce de Leon Health Center.An active healthcare spokesperson and champion for access to quality care, Lynette has appeared on Bronx Talk AM, Cable TV's "Abriendo Brechas" and Radio WADO's "Adonde Vamos." In recognition of her community service, Lynette received El Diario la Prensa's Outstanding Latina Award in 1996 and the Hunt's Point Multi-Service Center, Inc. / President's Award in l997. She continues to speak out on health matters and has partnered with community, business, educational and governmental organizations to bring healthcare workshops to thousands of Bronx residents.
Melissa Cebollero is the Director of Health and Human Services for the Office of the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr. She is a member of the management staff advising on office initiatives, policy, legislation and day-to-day operations relating to health and other social factors. Ms. Cebollero represents the Borough President on numerous health and human services-related boards, councils, committees, and advisory groups. Ms Cebollero is also directly responsible for the Borough President's Domestic Violence Initiatives. She also served the administration of Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. Ms. Cebollero is a graduate of Fordham University and lives in the Bronx with her partner, Ruben, and their two daughters.
Ivy Fairchild is the chief development officer at Urban Health Plan, Inc., where she is responsible for fundraising, communications, marketing and external relations. Prior to joining UHP, Ms. Fairchild was the director of external affairs and development at the Primary Care Development Corporation and associate vice president of government and community affairs at Columbia University Medical Center. Ms. Fairchild has a Bachelor's degree from Queens College and graduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers College and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is the proud mom of four children, James, Tyler, Brandon and Bianca.
Nancy Genova is currently a Program Director for the Department of OB/GYN, Women's HIV Services at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and provides oversight to The Bronx Community Action for Prenatal Care Initiative (CAPC).Ms. Genova establishes, negotiates and monitors contracts with collaborating agencies for the Department of OB/GYN. She is responsible for the continued funding of the CAPC program. She has help develop curriculum for numerous training specific to interventions among high-risk women. In addition she does staff development, develops social marketing materials, writes proposals and fund raises for the department of OB/GYN. Ms. Genova was appointed to the Human Rights Commission of Rockland County in April 2008 by the county Executive Scott Vanderhoof.She has been in the field of HIV/AIDS since 1993. Considered a social activist by her peers, she was selected by the White House Project to be one of seventy-five women in United States to participate in the MAC AIDS Fund sponsored co-hort to work on policy issues impacting women with HIV/AIDS locally and on a national scale. Ms. Genova holds a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Long Island University and a B.A. in Social Work and Fine Arts from Lehman College.
Nicole Hollingsworth, MA, CHES, EdD (c.), is a Certified Health Education Specialist based in the New York metropolitan area. As the Director of Patient Health Education & Community Health and the Associate Director of the Office of Community Health at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, she oversees the creation and implementation of patient education systems, senior citizen community-based interventions, inpatient network television services, and community health services. For over 20 years, she has specialized in the development of community health programs designed to create behavior change and increase knowledge in hard-to-reach populations. Ms. Hollingsworth received her undergraduate preparation at Cornell University in Health Education and her Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is currently receiving Doctoral preparation at Teachers College, Columbia University in Health Education and Behavior Studies.