Board of Directors
Advance of Greater NY
Steven Vernikoff, President
Scott L. Barkin, Ph.D.
Alliance Care Network
Jill Gentile, Vice President
Long Island Alliance
Walter W. Stockton, Secretary/Treasurer
Robert C. Goldsmith
A Very Special Place, Inc.
Meet the Executive Team of Advance Care Alliance
Mathew Smith, MBA, LMSW
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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Responsibilities: Matt oversees day-to-day business operations and the work of the ACANY executive leadership team. Since joining ACANY in April 2018, he has worked closely with Jay to hire the executive team and design an operations plan for the ACANY CCO. Matt had the lead oversight role in implementing the operations plan in time to start providing services by July 1, 2018.
Professional Background:Most recently, Matt was Vice President of Operations for Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC) Health Home/IPA where he led CBC’s business and infrastructure development, oversaw the human resource and finance functions, negotiated contracts and provided leadership in the expansion of health information technology. Prior to joining the CBC leadership team, Matt was the Senior Vice President for Integrated Health Services at HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, overseeing community mental health clinics, substance use disorder clinics, and health care services for the organization’s foster care population. In that role and previous positions at the agency, he systematically redesigned service models and strengthened the fiscal management of behavioral health and community programs.
Education: Hunter College, MSW; Columbia University MBA; Clark University (BA, Psychology).
Interests:Matt lives in Manhattan with his wife and a pair of mischievous Lhasa Apsos.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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Responsibilities: Gerard leads and directs all ACANY financial activities and capital projects jointly with the CEO and in partnership with the Board. He is currently strengthening ACANY’s financial infrastructure to better support the agency’s substantial growth since its inception in 2018. Gerard manages the external relationships with ACANY’s banks, its auditors and a broad range of funding/regulatory agencies in order to best support the agency’s programs, operations, mission and strategic direction.
Professional Background: For more than 15 years, Gerard worked for notable not-for-profit health care organizations. Most recently, he was the Controller at Ryan Health, leading and overseeing many financial initiatives. Prior to that, Gerard held key financial positions working on strategic and tactical initiatives at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Education: InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, BA and MBA in Finance.
Interests: Gerard loves to travel and learn about new cultures. He is a huge sports fan. In his limited free time, Gerald enjoys watching a good movie and reading interesting books. His passion is giving back to his community and that is what attracted him to the CFO position at ACANY.
VICE PRESIDENT OF CARE MANAGEMENT
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Responsibilities: Kimberly plays a critical role at ACANY overseeing service delivery of 800 care management team members by the end of the transition year. These team members provide care management services to more than 25,000 people with I/DD, across the 10 downstate counties of NYS. (Rockland Orange Westchester, 5 boroughs of NYC and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.
Professional Background: For more than 20 years, Kimberly worked for not-for-profit providers that offered OPWDD services in increasingly more responsible positions, most recently as the Assistant Vice President of Community Services at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises with oversight for Medicaid Service Coordination, Assistive Technology and Environmental Modification, Family Support Reimbursement, OPWDD Housing Subsidy, Family Care, Central Admissions and Self – Directed Services.
Education: Stonybrook University, Masters (Liberal Arts/NFP leadership); SUNY Brockport, BA
Interests: A Mastic, Long Island resident, Kimberly loves travel and her dog Logan.
MANAGER OF PROVIDER NETWORKS
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Responsibilities: Justin manages the outreach and contracting of ACANY’s network partners in NYC, Long Island and Lower Westchester. He also monitors their ongoing quality and performance management.
Professional Background: Prior to this current position, Justin held several positions of increasing responsibility at CareCentrix, a managed care company, overseeing a provider network and working on new business initiatives/ partnerships.
Education: University of Mary Washington, B.S (Business Administration & Economics).
Interests: Justin resides in NYC with his dog Stella. He enjoys skiing and mountain biking.
Dianna Musca, LCSW
VICE PRESIDENT OF QUALITY ASSURANCE & COMPLIANCE
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Responsibilities: Dianna ensures the provision of high-quality services at ACANY through staff development, initiation of quality improvement projects and monitoring of compliance with quality standards. Her experience overseeing quality assurance services, combined with her management experience in Health Home care management, has well-equipped Dianna to design and develop the systems necessary to support ACANY’s successful operation.
Professional Background: For the seven years prior to joining the ACANY team, Dianna held increasingly more responsible supervisory and management positions at Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Most recently, she was Postgraduate’s Deputy Vice President of Community Operations, overseeing all of the agency’s community-based programs including care management. Earlier in her career, Dianna was the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Mental Health Association of Nassau County.
Education: New York University, MSW; Hofstra University BA (Psychology).
The reason I joined ACANY: “Having been a part of the transition to Health Home Care Management in the behavioral health field, I had a chance to see the improved outcomes of the individuals we served. This new model of care is something I believe in. It’s not often in life we are presented with an opportunity to build the foundation of something that will improve the lives of so many people. It’s exciting to be able to create something so meaningful from the ground up using the lessons I’ve learned over the years.”
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
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Responsibilities: David oversees the development, implementation and management of information technology systems for ACANY. He is engaged in building new systems, policies and procedures to support delivery of quality care management services.
Professional Background: With more than two decades of experience developing, implementing and managing information technology systems at not-for-profit service agencies, most recently with St. Christopher’s, Inc., David brings a wealth of experience to the task of providing ACANY care managers, members and their families with access to timely information to guide their life choices. He takes great pride in his successful track record at a number of not-for-profit community agencies (St. Dominic’s House, Abbott House. Good Shepherd Services) implementing meaningful, useful data and technology systems that enable social and health services staff spend more time doing their essential work using high quality information.
Education: Adelphi University, MSW; Manhattanville College, BA in Psychology
Interests: David is devoted to his beautiful family and Sam, his “sweet” rescue dog. He is an amateur singer/songwriter and enjoys performing at open mics and jams.
VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL SERVICES
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Responsibilities: Jaime oversees nurses, licensed social workers, and other clinicians who support care managers to provide the highest quality services for ACANY members.
Professional Background: Jaime has 15 years of experience working in non-profit and government agencies in NYC in increasingly responsible positions. For the past three years, she was Associate Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Measurement at the NYC Administration for Children's Services. Prior to that, Jaime spent several years working in various positions at mental health and child welfare agencies.
Education: New York University (MSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NY State (LCSW)
Interests: A NYC resident for close to two decades, Jaime lives in Brooklyn with two cats and loves to bicycle around the city.
VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
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Responsibilities: Paul develops and directs strategic HR plans and policies to align with ACANY’s mission and vision. He oversees all areas within human resources like employee relations, benefits, compensation, diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, employee development and learning.
Professional Background: Upon joining ACANY, Paul brings 25 years of experience within human resources. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA).
Education: Stony Brook University, MPS (Labor, Management Relations); St. Joseph’s College, BS (Business Administration)
Interests: Paul resides in Long Island. He enjoys traveling throughout the United States and reading books.