Margaret Crotty, MBA, has served in executive roles in the private and non-profit sectors in education, public health, and technology. She currently runs Partnership with Children, which works at the nexus of mental health and education to strengthen high-poverty public schools. In 2008, Crotty launched Save the Children’s $2 billion initiative to reduce child mortality in the developing world. Previously, she was the president and CEO of AFS-USA, which has provided intercultural exchanges for over 300,000 students since 1947. Crotty spent many years working in for-profit education, notably on the original management team of an online language school that remains a thriving business today. Later she served as president of EF Education's higher education business, growing a network of schools around the world. Crotty graduated with honors from Princeton University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on several youth-serving boards, on the Executive Committee of Lenox Hill Hospital and the Board of Trustees of North Shore LIJ, on the advisory board of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and as chair of the Emerging Leaders Program for leaders in the social sector. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.
Robert Galler, DO, FACS, FACOS, has been an associate professor in Neurosurgery and Orthopedics at Stony Brook Medicine since 2003. He is a native New Yorker, completed his undergraduate degree at Hofstra University, and attended medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. His neurosurgery residency was at the North Shore LIJ Health system. As the director of the Spine Center at the Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute, Galler oversees the research into spinal cord injury and spinal biomechanics. His main interest is neuro trauma. His elective practice is general neurosurgery with an emphasis on spine disorders. Galler is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has an interest in world medicine and has traveled to Tanzania, Africa on several occasions for surgical education programs. These trips included teaching local surgeons and charity surgery. He hopes to continue to travel, teach and participate in the development of neurosurgery in developing countries. He is also interested in participating further in hospital administration. He hopes to combine his clinical experience with this new educational experience in the next part of his career.
Susan Miller, JD, has over 20 years combined experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, including six years as Corporate Counsel at the Fund for Public Health in New York, the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) partner to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Miller has extensive experience in contract negotiation, compliance, procurement, and nonprofit and employment law, and has provided strategic and legal support to a wide variety of clients during her career. Miller’s prior experience includes positions with the New York law firms Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and vice president/counsel positions at the Wall Street firms Credit Suisse and Cantor Fitzgerald. Miller received a law degree from Columbia Law School and a BA from Wesleyan University.
Carolyn Halik completed her undergraduate education in Economics and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin– Madison in 2003. After graduation, she joined Stockamp & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm. Her first project was based in New York working for Continuum Health Partners. Halik went on to work at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and Lutheran Medical Center, doing work to improve front-end registration processes and accounts receivable management. After four years in consulting, she joined NewYork-Presbyterian to work for a newly formed patient access department, focused on creating consistent and patient-friendly scheduling and registration. She had a fellowship as a manager of special projects in the Office of the Executive VP at NewYork–Presbyterian. When the fellowship was completed in 2010, Halik joined the finance team at NewYork–Presbyterian, doing an array of special projects for the senior VP of finance in the areas of revenue cycle, finance, and strategic sourcing.
Alexander Niyazov holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University. His past work includes consulting for pharmaceutical companies in the health economics and outcomes research department, working as a pediatric oncology pharmacist in NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, and serving as a pharmacology adjunct professor. Niyazov is currently the assistant director of pharmacy operations at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, where he oversees a staff of 50 employees including pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and clinical pharmacists. Additionally, Niyazov is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University. His academic responsibilities include serving as a preceptor to pharmacy students fulfilling their institutional and administrative rotations. He is pursuing an MPH degree in order to advance his career and attain a senior management position within the healthcare system.
Jeffrey Ma arrived at the Mailman School's Full-Time MHA program after working full-time for three years. As an undergraduate, he served as a coordinator with the UC Davis Health System throughout the emergency room and pain rehabilitation departments. Post-graduation, he worked as an operations consultant, where he developed an understanding of client workflows to formulate process maps. Shortly after, he became the melanoma department manager at the University of California, San Francisco, to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for process improvement. Currently, Ma is a DSRIP workforce planning intern with Mt. Sinai Health System and helping to put together the annual HPM Healthcare Conference. This summer, he will be an administrative intern at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Surgery and Gastroenterology. Upon graduation, Ma hopes to bridge his experiences towards an advisory career helping healthcare organizations improve their strategy and operations. Ma received his bachelor’s in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis, in 2011.
Before being accepted to MSPH, Geraldine Massuh was coordinating community-based research programs at the Clinical and Translational Science Center of Weill Cornell Medical College. There, she implemented free cardiovascular screenings and innovative videoconferencing sessions in low-income and underserved communities throughout New York City. Her experiences as a first-generation daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants and her diverse upbringing in Queens sparked a passion for alleviating public health disparities. Massuh has an extensive background in outreach and partnering with community-based organizations, including faith-based institutions, older adult centers, and veteran/active armed forces. She graduated from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY-Hunter. During her time at Macaulay, Massuh was part of the Health Research Training Program of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition, she is currently a mentee in the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives Mentorship Program and is the Northeast representative for the Líderes Youth Advisory Council of the National Council of La Raza.
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