About Partners Health PlanWe’re dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
PHP is led by experienced and trusted individuals in the community.
PHP is led by invested stakeholders, family members, and advocates with decades of experience in health care, health insurance, and in managing services and supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD). These industry leaders have collaborated in a pioneering effort to implement a high-quality managed care program for persons with IDD and those who support them.
Board of Directors
Michael Mascari is Executive Director of AHRC Nassau and is entering his 28th year of service to the family-led organization. Throughout his nearly 45-year career, Mr. Mascari has advocated to ensure that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are integrated into their communities, regardless of economic level. He began his career in public service with the City of New York as Assistant Commissioner for Mental Retardation Services and was soon appointed to the groundbreaking joint positions of Assistant Commissioner for New York City and Associate Commissioner for New York State, serving the Upstate region. Mr. Mascari obtained his MSW from Case Western Reserve University and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is a recipient of the Lester B. Granger Lifetime Service Award and a Dartmouth College Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award.
Mr. Boorstein was founder of Walden Partners, a banking and strategic consulting firm, which was founded in 1992 and its sister venture fund Walden Capital Partners and served as a Managing Partner from 1992 and 2011. In 1988, Mr. Boorstein and a group of other investors purchased IM Management Corp., where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1988 to 1991. Mr. Boorstein also served as a Director of nine venture-backed companies, four of which were in the security industry. Earlier in his career he was an innovator in the fixed income and arbitrage in related futures and options markets. He was a founding director of two New York based futures exchanges. He is Financial Secretary of AHRC Nassau’s Board of Directors, and Chairman of both its Finance and Investment committees. He a board member of Nassau County AHRC Foundation, Inc., and serves as a Trustee for Nassau County AHRC Foundation, Inc.’s Community Trust I & II. He is a board member of both PHP and its parent PHSI. Mr. Boorstein has a daughter who resides in an AHRC Nassau community residence and attends an AHRC Nassau day program. He earned his B.S. at Tulane University.
Howard Jurist is President of AHRC Nassau’s Board of Directors and is serving his third term leading the organization. Mr. Jurist has practiced law for 36 years and served as a matrimonial lawyer in private practice for the past 28 years. He is a Member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and a Barrister in the Nassau County Family Law American Inns of Court. In addition to his work at AHRC, he sits on the NYSARC Board of Governors and serves as a Board Member of the Gristmill Foundation. He also has a son who resides in an AHRC Nassau community residence and attends an AHRC Nassau day program. Mr. Jurist graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Kevin Conroy is Chief Financial Officer at Mount Kisco Medical Group. Prior to his current role, he served as the President of WellCare Health Plan of New York and had held several leadership roles over the previous five years including the Plan’s Vice President of Finance. While at WellCare Health Plan of New York, Mr. Conroy directed Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Managed Care Long-Term programs. Mr. Conroy was instrumental in developing an integrated Long-Term Care program for WellCare and was responsible for network management and development, sales and marketing, finance and quality improvement.
Prior to WellCare, Mr. Conroy also held the CFO title at two provider-sponsored Health Plans, and held the VP and Treasurer position at IntegraMed America, a specialty healthcare services company that provides management services to medical providers and specialty products to consumers.
Howard Gold has more than 20 years of experience in senior executive management positions in multi-billion dollar organizations, including serving as Senior Vice President, Managed Care and Business Development for North Shore-LIJ Health System. For more than a decade, Mr. Gold has successfully developed and negotiated managed care contracts for one of the nation’s leading integrated health systems. Prior to joining North Shore-LIJ in 1995, he served as Vice President-Vice Provost for Strategic Planning at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Mr. Gold also served as Executive Director of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Health Care Advisory Board. Prior to that, he held several positions with the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities (now OPWDD), including Deputy Commissioner, Office of Policy and Planning.
Steve Logan is President and CEO of Aetna’s New York market. He is responsible for all Aetna business operations across New York State, where Aetna serves nearly 1.3 million members with a comprehensive range of health, wellness, dental, group and specialty products and services – from individuals to Fortune 50 companies.
Prior to being named New York Market President in February 2010, Mr. Logan was responsible for Aetna’s entire northeastern portfolio of Middle Market business, inclusive of New York, New Jersey and New England. Mr. Logan joined Aetna in 2002 from Cigna HealthCare where he led sales and distribution for Cigna’s mid-Atlantic region. Before joining Cigna, he was market vice president for Oxford Health Plans of New York.
Mr. Logan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University. He proudly serves on the board of the Arthritis Foundation of New York, as well as the Health Plan Association of New York, and Partners Health Plan.
Bernard Rosof M.D., M.A.C.P.
Dr. Bernard Rosof is a national leader in the areas of health care quality and performance improvement. He is the chair of Huntington Hospital’s Board of Directors, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee, and sits on the Board of the Pearl and Jack Ain Advantage Care Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Brookville, Long Island. Nationally, he is chair of the physician advisory committee for United Health Group and chair of the American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, which continues to lead efforts in developing, testing, and implementing evidence-based performance measures for use at the point of care. Dr. Rosof is also CEO of the Huntington-based Quality in Healthcare (QHC) Advisory Group LLC, which provides strategic advisory services to the community of providers interested in improving the quality and safety of health care delivery in our nation. In addition, Dr. Rosof is a Master of the American College of Physicians, Chair Emeritus of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, and the recipient of the Laureate Award from the New York State Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He is also a recipient of the 2011 Founders Award, presented by the American College of Medical Quality in recognition of his longstanding national leadership and exceptional ability to foster and support health care quality improvement.
John Sardelis Ph.D. is the Associate Chairperson and Professor of Health Administration at Saint Joseph’s College of New York. John earned a doctorate degree in public health from Columbia University and is a member of the Academy of Actuaries and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Sardelis has moderated and participated in various panels through the metropolitan area, and serves on several health-related boards. His research interests are in the health care advocacy, health care literacy and enhancing consumer decision-making in health care.
Dr. Timothy Sullivan is the Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Postgraduate Education and Program Director of the Psychiatric Residency Training Program, at Staten Island University Hospital, which is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. He was previously Service Chief, Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill, at Saint Vincent’s Westchester, in Harrison, NY. He was also Clinical Director of the Assertive Community Treatment program, Clinical Director of the Continuing Day Treatment Program, and Clinical Director and Consulting Psychiatrist to the WestCARES program at Saint Vincent’s Westchester. He trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, and received training in Psychiatry at the New York Hospital Westchester Division, Cornell University Medical Center, in White Plains, NY, where he also served as Chief Resident and then as a member of the faculty for several years.
Dr. Sullivan holds an academic appointment at New York Medical College, where he is Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He was also named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2007.
Judy Trent has more than 30 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities, primarily in regulatory oversight, quality improvement and corporate compliance. Ms. Trent was responsible for the management of survey and certification of programs and services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for the Downstate Area of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (formerly OMRDD). As Assistant Executive Director of AHRC Nassau, she served as the Compliance Officer and managed quality assurance and quality improvement programs for the Agency. Additionally, she served as a consultant member of a U.S. Department of Justice team evaluating protections, services and quality improvement activities for several centers and hospitals supporting people with developmental disabilities across the nation. Ms. Trent received her Master of City and Regional Planning ( MCRP) from Rutgers University and her BA from the University of Montana.
Chief Operating Officer
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Prior to the appointment of COO for PHP, Ms. Lloyd worked over 30 years at the New York State Health Department. In her capacity, she was the Director of the Division of Managed Care where she was responsible for certifying all comprehensive Health Maintenance Organizations operating in New York State, regulating the Managed Care industry and transitioning Medicaid benefits and populations into the State’s Medicaid managed care program. In addition, she was responsible for the oversight and monitoring of comprehensive Medicaid managed care organizations, development of policies, procedures and regulations, approving managed care contractual arrangements, registering managed care Utilization Review Agents and the operation of the State’s Managed Care complaint hotline. Ms. Lloyd received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Administration, concentration in Management, from Albany State University of New York.
Dr. Stephan Deutsch
Chief Medical Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Ron Arfin, a financial executive with more than 40 years of experience joined Partners Health Plan in January 2016. Ron was previously the CFO of Touchstone Health Partnership that operated a Medicare Advantage HMO until the end of 2015. For fifteen years prior to that, Mr. Arfin served as CFO of Royal Health Care, providing management and administrative services to health plans nationwide. During this period, Ron concurrently served as CFO of some of Royal’s clients including Neighborhood Health Providers, a 220,000 member New York Medicaid HMO, Welborn Health Plans, a 40,000 member Indiana based commercial and Medicare Advantage HMO and Integral Health Plan, a 90,000 member Florida based provider sponsored Medicaid plan. Ron also served as CFO of AmeriChoice Northeast, overseeing Medicaid plans in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Before that, Ron was vice president with a Manhattan based consulting firm for seven years, helping small companies raise capital, both publically and privately. Ron has a B.B.A. in public accountancy from Baruch College, an M.B.A. in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a certified public accountant.
Vice President, Provider Network Management
Ed Cotes, PHP’s Vice President of Network Management has over 20 years of experience in managed care in the government sector. Prior to joining PHP in 2016, Ed spent the prior year with PHP’s Third Party Administrator, HealthSmart, as Vice President responsible for integrating PHP’s provider network into the IT infrastructure. Additionally, he was responsible for ensuring the Utilization Management department, encounter reporting and regulatory reporting was operationally ready for go live. Prior to that, Ed spent 17 years at Royal Health Care as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer which provided services for Medicaid, Medicare, and Managed Long Term Care program. The responsibilities included Human Resources, HEDIS reporting, Network Development, Client Services and Compliance. Prior to Royal Health Care, he worked for ten years at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Chief Compliance Officer
Chief of Care Coordination
Karleen is a non-profit executive with 18 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Prior to joining PHP in December 2014, she was Director of Vocational and Employment services at AHRC Nassau, supporting over 500 adults through programs such as day habilitation, supported employment, and pre-vocational. She was instrumental in developing and growing affirmative business models that support work for adults with disabilities. Karleen has served on Education and Workforce Development Committees for NYSACRA and the Long Island Alliance, is a certified OPWDD SCIP-R instructor, Diversity in the Workplace facilitator, and an adjunct faculty at Nassau Community College – teaching an I/DD studies course. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MPS in Management from Stonybrook University.
Vice President, Operations
Lila Benayoun, is a health care executive with 20 years of experience in strategy, operations and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining PHP, Lila held various leadership positions at EmblemHealth. Notably, she was Director, Health Care Reform and Program Director of New York’s pre-existing condition program implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. She also held operational leadership roles including performance improvement focusing on increasing administrative cost savings. Prior to EmblemHealth, Lila spent 9 years at Royal Health Care, overseeing the operations of seven Medicaid clients as well as implementing Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug programs. Lila holds a B.S. in Health Information Management from Temple University and has completed post graduate studies at Columbia University focusing on Strategic Growth.