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Advisory Council

Katherine S. Lobach, MD - Chairperson

Dr. Katherine S. Lobach, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is a former director of the Comprehensive Family Care Center in the Bronx, and retired as Assistant Commissioner for Child and Adolescent Health at the New York City Department of Health

She currently serves on the boards of the Citizen's Committee for Children of New York, Inc. and the Westchester Children's Association as well as that of BCHN. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the New York State Coalition of School Based Health Centers, the Advisory Board for Children and Family Services of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the Executive Council of the American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 3, the Steering Committee of the Montefiore Adolescent Primary Care Initiative, and Advisory Board of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York.

Dr. Lobach first joined the BCHN Board in 1997.

Torrance Akinsanya, MPA
Torrance A. Akinsanya was a senior administrator for quality management, regulatory and accreditation services at SUNY Downstate Medical Center for a number of years. Currently, she is CEO of Quality and Accreditation Consultants. She is a graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, with a Master's Degree in Public Administration from CW Post College, LIU. She is a member of the Board of Directors and former Secretary/Treasurer of New York Association of Healthcare Quality and member of Association of Healthcare Executives, Health Care Leaders of New York and National Association of Healthcare Executives. At BCHN she serves on the Quality Assurance/Improvement Committee.

Lucy Aponte
Bio coming soon.

Marta I. Baez, MS
Marta I. Baez is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Long Island University. She was the Director of Family Health at the Metropolitan Regional Office of the New York State Department of Health for many years. She holds Masters Degrees in Nutrition, Public Health, and Management & Evaluation. She is a past president of the Public Health Association of New York City, an active member of the Women's City Club of New York and of the Holy Name of Jesus Church. At BCHN she serves on the Quality Assurance/ Improvement Committee.

James Carey, BS
James V. Carey is the Director of R.A.I.N. Boston Road Senior Services and Compliance Officer for R.A.I.N HHC. He has a bachelor's degree in education and health care administration. He has been president of the Home Care Council, and chaired its legislative committee. He is also Management chair on the 1199/SEIU Homecare Benefit/Pension/Training Fund and on the Executive Committee of the 1199/SEIU National Benefit Fund. At BCHN he serves on the Finance & Audit and Legislative/Advocacy Committees.

Arlyne Coker, RN
Bio coming soon.

Hyrjana Dibra
Bio coming soon.

Jonathan D. Miller
Bio coming soon.

Stella Onuoha-Obilor, MD
Stella Onuoha-Obilor holds a medical degree from the University of Calabar in Nigeria, followed by residency training there in Women's Health. In the United States she has worked as a Research Assistant, a Clinical Reviewer, Senior Medical Management Clinician and currently a Clinical Quality Manager. She has obtained a Master's degree in Public Health and continuing as a Doctor of Public Health candidate. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, Case Management Society Of America and Golden Key International Honor Society. At BCHN she serves on the Quality Assurance/Improvement and Strategic Planning Committees.

Calvin Ramsey
Calvin Alexander Ramsey is a playwright and author, as well as a theater and film producer, who is new to New York. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the National Writers Union where he serves on the steering committee. He is a trustee on the Paul Green Foundation in Chapel Hill North Carolina, and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. At BCHN he serves on the Development/Fundraising Committee and the Legislative/Advocacy Committee.

Linda Ricci
Linda Ricci is a health care consultant with senior-level experience in project management, outreach, policy and training. She is currently working at Public Health Solutions as an Outreach Project Manager. Prior, she served as Outreach Director for ActionHealthNYC, a pilot program of the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, to provide health care for immigrants who do not qualify for health insurance on the New York State of Health Marketplace. In this position, she was responsible for overall supervision and project management of the outreach activities of community-based sub-contractor organizations in diverse immigrant communities.

Earlier, Linda was a Community Organizing Project Manager and Policy Consultant at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Bureau of Primary Care Access and Planning. There, she focused on access to and understanding of health insurance. Linda contributed to the policy research report for the United Hospital Fund, The Enrollment Study: A survey of low-income individuals seeking health insurance assistance in New York City, on surmounting barriers to health insurance. From an outreach perspective, she created and served as project manager for two volunteer-based community health campaigns to raise awareness of health insurance available during the Affordable Care Act's OEP2 and OEP3. Her other DOHMH assignments included developing materials for and training Certified Application Counselors in public speaking about public and private health insurance and health insurance literacy.

Linda's additional health care experience includes co-founding the volunteer-based Get Covered New York, a project of Health Care for All New York. She has also trained front-line health care workers about care coordination and Medicaid redesign, a program of 1199SEIU in collaboration with the Primary Care Development Corporation. Prior to specializing in health care, Linda worked at the nexus of communications and policy, notably as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the administration of President Bill Clinton. Earlier, she was a national journalist for CBS News and the PBS Newshour.

Her volunteer service includes staffing the consumer helpline at Community Health Advocates at the Community Service Society where she provided post-enrollment counseling for consumers to understand and use their health insurance. As a graduate student, Linda was an intern Patient Representative at Mount Sinai Health System.

Linda holds a Master of Arts in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vassar College.

Maria Rodriguez, MSA
Maria A. Rodriguez is Vice President for Care Coordination Services at Argus Community, Inc., which provides programs which help severely disadvantaged teens and adults to free themselves from poverty and drug abuse and build new lives based on work, hope, and responsibility. She chairs the Bronx LEAO (Latinos Educating Ourselves Against Obesity Initiative) and has planned and organized health fairs for the community. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration.

Honorary Members

Cruz Rodriguez
Bio coming soon.

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