2014 Educational Forum Speaker Biographies

  1. Speaker Biographies

    Courtney Burke, Deputy Secretary for Health

    Courtney Burke most recently served as commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Prior to that, she served as director of the New York State Health Policy Research Center at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. She previously worked as the senior research scientist in the Rockefeller Institute's Health and Medicaid studies program. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Burke worked at the New York State Department of Health and as the senior policy analyst at the former New York State Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities.

    Donna M. Corrado, NYC DFTA Commissioner

    Donna M. Corrado began her social work career at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn in 1992. In her 22+ years with the agency, she held roles as Program Manager, Associate Director of Aging Services, Director of the Office of Government Relations and Public Policy, and Chief Operating Officer. She provided leadership oversight to CCNS' 180 programs throughout Brooklyn & Queens, serving vulnerable populations including persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, youth, children, persons with mental illness, the homeless, persons with HIV/AlDs, and older adults. On February 18, 2014, she was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as Commissioner for DFTA.

    Kathryn Haslanger, Chief Executive Officer of JASA

    Kathryn Haslanger came to JASA from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. At VNS, she devised the organization's community benefit strategy and developed new community initiatives, including a state-designated health home to serve high need Medicaid beneficiaries. Kathryn previously worked at Maimonides’ Medical Center, where she was responsible for identifying and developing program and research opportunities to improve the quality and safety of care for patients with multiple chronic illnesses. Before Maimonides, she directed the United Hospital Fund of New York's analytic work in Medicaid, health insurance coverage, and primary care, and coordinated the voluntary community's efforts to enroll New Yorkers in Disaster Relief Medicaid in the wake of 9/11. Ms. Haslanger began her career in the City's Human Resources Administration where she was responsible for Medicaid home care and community-based services for seniors and the disabled.

    Nisha Rughwani, MD, Gerontologist, Mt. Sinai Hospital

    Dr. Nisha Rughwani was trained in the United Kingdom where she went to medical school and also pursued a residency in Family Practice. She moved here to the United States and came to Mount Sinai Hospital about four years ago, where she pursued a fellowship in geriatrics. Since April 2007, she has been an Assistant Professor in Geriatric Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Rughwani attends to patients at the Martha Stewart Center for Living of different abilities, socioeconomic classes, and medical conditions. In addition to consulting geriatric patients, Dr. Rughwani has also become their primary care physician. She teaches both medical students and fellows in geriatric training.

    Dan Shur, Senior Director, Government Programs, EmblemHealth

    Dan Shur leads the development of community-centric EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care and the EmblemHealth Special Populations line of business. He is responsible for building and launching Emblem's MLTC and FIDA products serving the needs of the frail, elderly and disabled. Mr. Shur has worked for more than 20 years in key areas of health care gaining multiple perspectives on its challenges. Mr. Shur joined EmblemHealth in 2009, after serving in a succession of demanding roles at Cayuga Medical Center, Prudential, Goldman Sachs, and Cigna. 

    Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services 

    Liilliam Barrios-Paoli oversees City agencies that Mayor de Blasio has charged with moving New Yorkers from homelessness to stable housing, expanding community health clinics and cutting red tape in social services. She is an experienced leader known for innovating big ideas. She has managed five City agencies under three mayors, where she spearheaded major reforms like the opening of 10 innovative senior centers-including those servicing the visually impaired and LGBT populations - while Commissioner for DFTA between 2008 and 2013. Ms. Barrios Paoli has also been a leader in the nonprofit sector. Prior to DFTA, she served as President and CEO of Safe Space NYC, Inc., Senior Vice President and Chief Executive for Community Investment of the United Way of New York City, Executive Director of Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Vice President for Education with the New York City Partnership, and Executive Director of the Literacy Volunteers of NYC.

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