BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Patricia Matos-Puente, MD
Dr. Patricia Matos-Puente, MD is a board-certified internist with a solo practice dedicated to providing medical care for the home-bound elderly in the Northport area. She is on the medical staff of Huntington Hospital. A graduate of Wellesley College and Stony Brook University School of Medicine; she did her internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She lives in Northport with her husband and 2 children and is an active musician, playing oboe in the Stony Brook University Wind Ensemble and the Northport Community Band. Dr. Matos also serves on the Board of the Stony Brook University Alumni Association and is the co-chair of the Smithsonian Institute Regional Council for the New York area. She has been on the Board of the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk since 2007.
Since entering the financial services industry over 30 years ago, Ron Duswalt has committed himself to providing financial advice and excellent service to his clients. Ron is pursuing his PhD at The American College and expects to complete his doctoral degree in Financial Planning and Retirement Planning by the end of 2020. Ron graduated from the College of Financial Planning with a Master of Science degree, and attained a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Finance from St. John’s University.
He holds numerous professional designations including: Certified Financial Planner (CFP® ), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC® ) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU® ) and Chartered Special Needs Consultant ChSNC® . He has also obtained the professional designation of Certified Financial Educator (CFEd® ) from the Heartland Institute of Financial Education.
Mary Skinas graduated from Long Beach High School in 1958, receiving a full nursing scholarship to Bellevue School of Nursing/NYU. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science from NYIT and a Master’s in Health Care Administration from Long Island University.
From 1962-1990, she was Nurse Manager of Pediatrics at Huntington Hospital and was Assistant Director of Nursing at Schneider’s Children Hospital and Southside Hospital. In the mid-90’s, Mary transitioned her career to the managed care insurance arena as a Case Manager for GHI and Emblem Health. Since 2010, she has been working at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York. She is an active member of the Long Island chapter of the Case Management Society of America and the Northport Chapter of St. Charles Auxiliary.
Residing in Fort Salonga for over 50 years, Mary and her husband Charles have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys knitting and is an avid volunteer supporting a variety of community organizations.
A strategic planning and business development professional with diversified information technology, hospital, FQHC operations and managed care experience within the health care industry, Joan Carney Clark brings substantial and relevant experience to the VNSHS Board.
Joan currently works at Morris Heights Health Center, responsible for the daily operations of nine programs. These programs service over 60,000 Bronx residents, includes a total staff of approximately 190 and over $18 million in Federal and State funding. Prior to this position, Joan worked at Healthix, the largest publicly funded health information exchange (HIE) technology company in the nation. As Senior Vice President, Solutions and Member Engagement, she provided the vision, strategy and day-to-day operational leadership. Joan oversaw the systems and staff merger of another HIE, realigning the organization to focus on client relations, population health and analytics, performance management and data quality. Joan collaborated with the Board and leadership to create a long-term sustainability model focused on developing alternate revenue sources beyond State funding, including new technology services and product expansion. The Blueprint for Success, a multi-year strategic plan for Healthix is the result of these efforts.
Prior to Healthix, Joan worked at The Brooklyn Hospital Center as Senior Vice President, overseeing the departments of Planning, Physician Relations & Revenue Capture, Master Campus Redesign, External Affairs, Grants, Marketing & Communications. She oversaw the clinical affiliation with Mount Sinai and championed the Brooklyn Heart Center joint venture cardiac services program. Prior to this role, she was Corporate Vice President for Planning at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers. Joan also served as Assistant Vice President at Maimonides Medical Center, as well as worked at Beth Israel Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners as Director, Clinical Practice & Program Development for seven years. Joan began her healthcare career at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in the corporate health education department, assuming progressively greater responsibilities over a ten-year period, ending with the position of Director, Managed Care/ Member Education Programs.
Joan holds a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community health education from Hunter College and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fredonia State University. Joan holds training certifications for HEICS (Hospital Emergency Incident Command Response), Situational Leadership, High Performing Teams, Time Management and Project Management. Joan and her husband reside in Fort Salonga and are native Northporters.
A Partner of Caminiti & Cogliati, Robert P. Cogliati is an accomplished accounting professional with over 35 years of expertise in managing accounting and consulting services for a diverse group of clients in a variety of industries, as well as tax and succession planning for businesses and individuals. Bob is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). His expertise in review and compilation, accounting and auditing issues has been recognized by the association and he has lectured on these topics. Bob is no stranger to the financial concerns of business owners large and small. Additionally, his involvement with various charitable organizations and community groups has lent to a greater understanding of the specific needs of these not-for-profit organizations.
Bob has served as the President and Treasurer of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. He has chaired numerous committees, raising funds and awareness for the organization. He has dedicated countless hours to serving this great organization and has even modeled at the annual fashion show many times. Bob was an original member of the East Northport Chamber of Commerce serving as its Treasurer and Vice President and also served on the Northport-East Northport School District’s audit committee. He also volunteers his time to coaching his children in various sports such as soccer, basketball, softball and baseball.
He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Pace University. In addition to being a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both New York and Florida, he holds a New York State Life and Health Insurance license.
Bob has been a resident of Northport and East Northport for over 50 years and enjoys spending time with his wife Sloane and his four children.
Gregory Garra, DO
Dr. Gregory Garra is an emergency physician with Northwell Health. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in pediatric and general emergency medicine. He is the Associate Chair of Emergency Medicine at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY.
After raising her children, Susan Gouldson began a career as an Occupational Therapist working with children and senior citizens including extensive work in the home health care industry. Active in the community, Susan has held several leadership and volunteer roles with the Northport-East Northport Kiwanis Club, Northport Yacht Club, St. Charles Hospital Auxiliary and Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk.
Dr. David Harris has had a longstanding career in the medical field in New York. He was the Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; the Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services; the Associate Director of Mount Sinai Hospital; and Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health.
Dr. Harris is a Professor of preventative medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. He attended Cornell University where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa and received his MD from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Harris is a member of the board of several organizations that address issues of medicine, health, professional medical conduct, home health and hospice care and disposal of low-level radioactive waste.
Dr. Harris is a 1965 alumnus of the Mailman School. He is a recipient of Columbia’s Alumni Federation Medal for conspicuous service. Dr. Harris has been a member of the Board of Overseers since 1996.
Andy Lawrence is a lifelong Huntington resident, having moved there at the age of seven with his father, Dr. Andrew Lawrence. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola and Marquette University in Wisconsin. Andy went on to become a decorated Marine Captain in Vietnam, and after leaving active duty he returned to Huntington to go to law school at St. John’s University. While in law school, Andy remained active in the Marine reserves, serving as the Acting Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps reserve unit in Halesite. After graduating law school, he worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Major Crimes Bureau. For many years Andy was partner at Toaz, Buck, Myers and served as general counsel, over many years for many clients, including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, Huntington Hospital and various area villages, fire departments and public libraries.
Active in his profession, he has served on the board of directors of the St. Patrick’s Parish Council, Huntington Hospital, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, Family Service League, Huntington Historic Society, Huntington Housing Help, the Townwide Fund of Huntington and St. Johnland Nursing Center.
Andy is the proud father of two sons and a daughter.
Recently retired from the Northport-East Northport School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services, John J. Lynch was born in Brooklyn, New York. John’s career in education spanned four decades, the last thirty-five within the Northport-East Northport community.
His personal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Manhattan College, Bronx, New York and a Professional Diploma degree in Educational Administration from Long Island University, Greenvale, New York. As a teacher, school counselor and administrator, John has dedicated his professional career toward enhancing children’s personal and educational lives.
Residing in the community of Northport for over thirty years, John is married to Lisa Maldari, an elementary school teacher. He is the proud father of three sons and two daughters. He proudly services as a trustee for the Building Blocks Developmental Preschool in Commack.
Kathy Martin is a real estate professional who has been serving her clients and customers for over 30 years. To date she has listed and sold in excess of 1000 homes and now sells to the children of parents she sold homes to over the years.
Kathy is also a world class runner, holding world and national records in all distances. In 2013 she was inducted into the United States Track & Field Hall of Fame. Kathy remains unbeaten in her age group world-wide she competes in World Masters Athletics, has set many National and World records in distances from 800 meters to 50K. She is the winner of the Bengay Masters Athlete of the Year Award in 2004 from the United States Track and Field Association, multiple USATF triple winner for long distance, track & field and cross country master athlete of the year.
Michael L. McCarthy is an accomplished attorney with more than 30 years of expertise in the areas of municipal law, land use and development, real estate, environmental law and related litigation.
Michael is admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of New York and the State of Florida. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association. Additionally, he is admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of New York.
Michael is a former Assistant Suffolk County Attorney. From March 1987 through January 1992, he was an Assistant Huntington Town Attorney, representing the Planning Board, the Office of the Assessor and the Town of Huntington in various municipal and litigation capacities. He has maintained his offices for the practice of Law in Huntington Village since 1988.
Michael is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, the 2010 graduating class of the Molloy College Energeia Partnership and is counsel to and a Director of the United States Green Building Council, Long Island Chapter.
A graduate of Walt Whitman High School, Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta and his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University.
Michael McCarthy was born and raised in the Huntington, New York where he currently practices law. He and his wife Kimberly have three children. Michael enjoys golf in his spare time.
Peter J. Nolan is a second generation Funeral Director in the Nolan family. Peter graduated from Northport High School in 1962 and in 1963 attended Simmons Institute of Funeral Service Mortuary School in Syracuse, New York. Upon graduating from Simmons, Peter returned to Northport to work with his father and brother at the Funeral Home. In 1965 he became a licensed Funeral Director.
Peter’s formal involvement with his community began in 1965 when he joined the Northport Fire Department. He continues his service in the Fire Department and currently serves as the Hook and Ladder Co. Treasurer, and is also the Assistant Treasurer to the Department.
In 1970 he joined Northport-East Northport Kiwanis Club, serving a term as President from 1979-1980, and remains active today. Initially a member of the Northport Village Board as Trustee in 1975, Peter was elected Mayor of the Village of Northport in 1978; an office he held until 1998.
A life-long parishioner of St. Philip Neri Parish in Northport, Peter currently serves as Trustee on the Board of Directors.
Peter and his wife Laure have been married for over 30 years. They reside in Northport Village.
Dr. Barbara Kos-Munson is a nurse practitioner in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with an office in Northport. She is a graduate of the postdoctoral program at Adelphi University where she served as professor and associate dean in the School of Nursing. Throughout her career, she has published several papers on healthcare, nursing and constituents of successful aging. She has served as a board member of the Pederson-Krag Mental Health Center for the past 25 years.
Barbara is mother to three adult children and grandmother to nine boys
Frances Radman has been a practicing attorney since 1986. She was an Assistant District Attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1986-1992. After her tenure at the District Attorney’s office, Frances began a private practice. In the course of her private practice she concentrated in the fields of real estate, estate planning, criminal law, family practice and insurance law. She currently is counsel at Ingerman Smith LLP and her practice concentration is in elder law planning, Surrogate’s Court matters, Medicaid planning and applications and real estate matters. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association Elder Law section.
For fifteen years, Judy Ross has been a Board member of the Northport Chapter of the St. Charles Hospital Auxiliary, fundraising solely for their Pediatrics Department. She is a member of the NSDAR, the Northport/East Northport Kiwanis Club and a Lifetime Member of the Asharoken Garden Club.
Attending High School in Garden City, she completed her education at Sweet Briar College in Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. Her career history includes Banking, Retail Management and Real Estate. A lifelong resident of Asharoken, she resides there with her husband, John, her son Jake and his family nearby in Crab Meadow.
Barbara Sorelle is an advocate for health care and child welfare throughout Long Island. While Event Planner for Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, she was responsible for the management and coordination of all fundraising events. In this role, she launched the Golf Classic, the largest fundraiser of VNSHS which has raised more than $1 million since its inception in 2001, the concert series, fashion show, Paws for a Cause and winter soiree as well as forged longstanding community and corporate partnerships. Specializing in residential marketing and sales, Barbara is also a New York State licensed realtor and member of the National Association of Realtors, New York State Association of Realtors and Long Island Board of Realtors.
She has also worked to promote the welfare of children in their home, school and community and served on the Board of the Northport Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Northport
Barbara and her husband Richard Sorelle have 2 adult children and are the proud grandparents of 4 beautiful grandchildren.
Mary Sullivan is longstanding advocate for VNSHS and a variety of other community organizations. In addition to her valued work at VNSHS’ Community Thrift Shop, Mary also dedicates her time to the Northport Rotary Club, serving on the Rotary’s Board of Directors and as Committee Chairperson for various charitable causes including the Rotary Scholarship Program and Thanksgiving food drive to benefit Helping Hands Rescue Mission. She has also served in leadership roles for the Northport Chamber of Commerce, spearheading the committee in charge of Family Nights in downtown Northport as well as serving on their Scholarship Committee. Until 2021, Mary was Vice President, Market Manager at First National Bank of Long Island, where she was selected to develop and direct a community service program benefitting various charities.
Dr. Arlene Trolman is a Registered Nurse who received a BS degree and an MS degree in Psychiatric Mental Health nursing from Adelphi University. She obtained a Master’s degree in Education and a Doctoral degree from the Department of Family and Community at Columbia
University and is certified in Hypnotherapy. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk since 1999.
Dr. Trolman has been a professor at Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health for over 45 years. She also has a private practice in psychotherapy which she has enjoyed for 40 years. Additionally, she is a partner in a Geriatric Consulting business.
Dr. Barbara J. Young is a retired pediatrician who practiced medicine on Long Island for 14 years, including 8 years as a sole practitioner. Dr. Young brings a diverse career background to VNSHS, having graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from CUNY Hunter College and working as a systems programmer for NY Life Insurance and Grumman Data Systems prior to pursuing her medical career. In 1989, Dr. Young earned her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School, and went on to complete her pediatrics internship at North Shore University Hospital and her pediatric residency at Stony Brook University Hospital. An active community volunteer, Dr. Young has dedicated her time to VNSHS and St. Anthony’s Parish Outreach.
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