Conference 2018: Presenter Bios

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Steven Safyer, MD
Steven M. Safyer, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore Medicine. Montefiore Medicine includes Montefiore Health System, one of New York’s premiere academic health systems and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. An accomplished clinician, physician leader, and educator, Dr. Safyer was recognized by Modern Healthcare as 34th of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in Healthcare” in June 2018.

Prior to being appointed President and CEO of Montefiore in 2008, he held a variety of increasingly senior leadership roles at Montefiore, including Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer from 1998 until 2008. Under his leadership, Montefiore significantly expanded the breadth and depth of its clinical care services. It is now composed of a network of 11 hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and Burke, a specialized state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital, plus more than 200 ambulatory care centers in the Bronx and the Hudson Valley.

During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Safyer strengthened the relationship between Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine by identifying, leveraging and nurturing key synergies in research, clinical care and education between the two organizations. His efforts culminated in the integration of the two organizations and the creation of Montefiore Medicine in 2015.

Throughout his career he has been a leader in the development of innovative business and clinical strategies designed to provide high quality care management under prepayment and other value-based arrangements. He was an early champion of clinical information systems and launched physician order entry in the 1990s that supported his focus on creating nationally recognized quality and safety programs.

In addition, Dr. Safyer has always been deeply committed to improving healthcare for the underserved and galvanized a broad effort to stem the burgeoning epidemics of HIV and TB that were taking their greatest toll on the poor during the 1990s in New York City. A champion for a single standard of healthcare quality and access regardless of social or economic circumstances, Dr. Safyer led the way for Montefiore to set a new standard for equitable healthcare systems.

Dr. Safyer earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his internship and a residency in Social Medicine at Montefiore. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, as well as a Professor of Medicine and a Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at Einstein. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a founding member of The Health Management Academy and a member of the Healthcare Institute. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.


 Kyan Lynch, MD, MA
Dr. Kyan Lynch works as a Senior Public Health Specialist at the University of Rochester Center for Community Practice. Dr. Lynch earned his medical degree and MA in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Lynch’s current role at the University of Rochester enables him to travel the country, providing expertise, capacity building support, and technical assistance to Departments of Health on issues related to HIV prevention, LGBTQI+ health care, and providing affirming care. Kyan’s previous work at the University of Rochester includes participation in the PrEP Academic Detailing Initiative, which was completed in collaboration with the New York State AIDS Institute. In this role, Kyan educated primary care providers throughout New York State on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV.

Dr. Lynch currently serves on the State University of New York Transcending Gender Binary Violence Prevention and Response Impact Team, and recently served on the planning committee for the inaugural SPECTRUM Conference. Kyan is also an active member of the University of Rochester Medical Center Transgender Health Advisory Board. In addition, he offers his unique perspective as a transgender individual with medical expertise through

Anne Little, MPH, AE-C
NYS Regional Asthma Coalition Director, Long Island, American Lung Association

Claudia Guglielmo, MPA, AE-C
NYS Regional Asthma Coalition Director, Brooklyn/Queens, American Lung Association

Kerri LeBlanc, MD
Kerri LeBlanc, M.D., F.A.A.P joined the Bassett Healthcare Network as the Co-Director of the School-Based Health Program in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; attended medical school and the Northwestern Feinberg University School of Medicine in Chicago, IL; and completed her pediatrics training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.  Prior to  joining Bassett, she was Clinical Associate with the University of Chicago, providing patient care and resident education as a Pediatric Hospitalist in 3 different Chicago-land hospitals as well as the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Emergency Room.

As Co-Director of the Bassett School-Based Health Program, she has endeavored to standardize care while striving to foster an environment of evidence-based practice across the 20 Bassett SBHC sites.  She has also been deeply involved in the program’s application to the NCQA for Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation, and received training as an NCQA Certified Content Expert as part of that goal.

Kerri is a native of the southwest, born and raised in New Mexico. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Interests include traveling, cooking, reading, and (whenever possible) taking naps.


 Shauneen McNally
Shauneen McNally, originally from Ogdensburg, NY, has extensive experience working for 33 years in the State Legislature, the Executive Branch, and member-based associations. From 1984 to 1989, she served as a health and human services policy aide for two Democratic Speakers in the State Assembly. During that time she participated in drafting and negotiating numerous laws and annual modifications to the State Budget in the areas of Medicaid, welfare, and health care.

Shauneen served for six years as the Legislative Coordinator for the New York State Department of Health and was responsible for promoting State DOH’s regulatory and legislative agenda to the State Legislature, the public, and other state agencies.


Kelly Kirby, LCSW-R
Kelly Kirby, LCSW-R, is a Mental Health Program Manager at NY Presbyterian Hospital. She is responsible for managing the daily operations and clinical oversight of a team of licensed clinical psychologists and social workers located in seven primary care School-Based Health Centers and a Family Planning Clinic. Kirby provides individual and group clinical supervision, clinical documentation review, billing and utilization review for the mental health program. She monitors, develops and implements strategies to ensure the productivity of the mental health providers and the quality of the clinical services provided to the patients. Prior to NYP, Kelly was the Family Planning Program Director at the Children’s Aid Society, where she supervised the implementation and on-going management of a federal Title X Reproductive Health Grant focusing on adolescent health services at two medical clinics located in Harlem and The Bronx and oversaw the implementation of the work-plan, budget expenses, health education and peer education programs as well as collaborated with the Medical Director and Site Managers to ensure that all data, performance measures and billing requirements are met. She also served as a Senior Social Worker there where she provided mental health program management and clinical supervision to social work staff in an Article 31 mental health clinic operated in a school based clinic in a CAS Community School – I.S. 218 Middle School in New York City’s Inwood community.  Kirby received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from Ripon College and a Master of Social Work from New York University, Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.


Scott Bloom, LCSW-R
Scott Bloom, LCSW-R, has spent his career at the intersection of mental health and schools working to improve access to social-emotional services and resources by integrating these programs into schools systems creating opportunities for students to overcome emotional and behavioral barriers to academic achievement.

He is the founding Director of School Mental Health Services for the Office of School Health – a joint department of the New York City Department of Education and the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. Mr. Bloom oversees and facilitates partnerships with non-profit organizations in schools to implement mental health initiatives and models in over 1,800 city schools; enabling schools better serve the needs of 1.2 million students and families.

In addition, Mr. Bloom is an adjunct associate professor for the Graduate program at New York University School of Social Work. Mr. Bloom holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work and has been working with children and families for over 28 years. He serves on the advisory board for a number of cities, state and national mental health initiatives including The Center for The Advancement of School Mental Health. Mr. Bloom has contributed to journals, magazine articles, book chapters, and has presented at local and national conferences. Mr. Bloom has certification as a psychotherapist in New York City.


John Richter, MPA
John Richter has been the Director of Public Policy at the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) since January 2008. Mr. Richter joined MHANYS after spending over twenty five years serving and advocating for the elderly and people with disabilities.

His career in human services began as a direct care worker in Community Residences for people with developmental disabilities. He has managed both Community Residences and Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) and was a Behaviorist for a 14-bed ICF for adolescents with Autism.

He spent 13 years in long term care policy with the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA) specializing in adult home, assisted living and home care issues.

While at MHANYS, John was instrumental in the passage of legislation requiring that New York schools begin teaching about mental health, beginning in 2018, as part of the school health curriculum.

John received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany, where he completed his internship in Medicaid Rate Setting for the then Division of Substance Abuse Services (DSAS).

John lives in Albany with his wife Susan, a practicing Psychiatrist.

Pat Breux, BSN
Pat Breux is Director of Youth and School Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPC-NY), Office of Mental Health – NYS

Mary Fox-Alter, Superintendent
Mary Fox-Alter is Superintendent of Schools for the Pleasantville Union Free School District in New York


Martha Morrissey, RN, MA
Martha R. Morrissey is an Associate in School Nursing for the Office of Student Support Services within the New York State Education Department. As a licensed Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor’s degree in Science from SUNY Utica and a Master’s degree in Community Psychology-Health Education/Research from Russell Sage College, Albany, New York; Martha’s main experience lies within the broad arena of school health. With over 22 years working in the school district environment in the capacity of District Health Leadership and School Nursing, and over ten years with the Education Department, Martha’s passion continues to be coordinating school health and mental health wellness initiatives focused on prevention within school and community arenas, while focusing on the development of multi-disciplinary partnerships. Serving as the Department’s liaison on mental health education in schools, Martha has been involved in numerous presentations, guidance and regulatory development, along with leadership of the NYS Mental Health Education Advisory Panel; a diverse stakeholder group of over seventy-five professionals.


Janet Bozzone, DMD, MPH
Janet Bozzone, D.M.D., has nearly 25 years experience in community-based dental programs treating the underinsured and underserved populations in New York State. Previously the Dental Director at Montefiore’s Comprehensive Family Care Center in the Bronx, she has served as the Director of Dentistry at Open Door Family Medical Center (ODFMC) since 2001. ODFMC, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has facilities in four Westchester communities; Ossining, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow and Mount Kisco, as well as four School Based Health Centers. Dr. Bozzone received her BA from Herbert Lehman College and her DMD
from Fairleigh Dickenson University, College of Dental Medicine. She completed a General Practice Dental Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. She received her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and was the 2008 recipient of their Jacob Koomar Public Health Practice award. Dr. Bozzone currently serves on the board of directors for two organizations committed to the reduction of health care disparities; Clinical Directors Network (CDN), and the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA).


Richard Niederman, DMD
Richard Niederman is a Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Health Promotion at New York University, as well as Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Quality-improvement Evidence-based Dentistry (QED). Dr. Niederman received his DMD in Dentistry from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

For the last 20 years, Dr. Niederman’s research, teaching, and clinical practice have focused on improving oral health equity, utilizing evidence-based health care and quality improvement for clinical implementation and outcome assessment.

His extensive education, honors, research, funding and publications list can be found here.


Carlos Romero, MBA
Carlos Romero is President and Senior Evaluator for Apex.  He is the chief evangelist for Apex’s approach to evaluation and  passionate about Apex’s vision: Evaluation that works. In his role, Carlos cultivates and nurtures new and existing relationships with organizations that are addressing barriers to success for vulnerable children, youth, and their families.

Romero founded Apex in 1999. His Bachelor’s degree is in Political Science and he holds a Master’s in Business Administration. He is also co-chair of the American Evaluation Association LGBT Topical Interest Group, Vice President of Finance for New Mexico Evaluators, and serve on the Board of Trustees for the Con Alma Health Foundation.

Carlos can make almost any conversation about IndyCar racing, including those that involve evaluation. He still dreams of being the oldest rookie ever at the Indy 500. The rest of his life is spent wrangling two teenage daughters and Truman, his one hundred pound Redtick Coonhound.


Jamie Duvall, AAS
Jamie Duvall is a Project Manager for Apex, Jamie assists with data collection and reporting to clients and state agencies, and tracks project deliverables while cultivating relationships with clients.

Jamie has an Associate’s degree in Business Management from Central New Mexico Community College and is completing a  Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, with emphases on Sociology and Psychology, from the University of New Mexico. She grew up in and recently moved her family back to Edgewood, New Mexico.