Meet the Board
Dr. Vladeck is Senior Advisor to Nexera Inc., a wholly owned consulting subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association. From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Vladeck was administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), and his work there was recognized in 1995 by a National Public Service Award. Subsequent to his service at HCFA, Dr. Vladeck was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.
After leaving HCFA, Dr. Vladeck was professor of health policy and geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he also served as senior vice president for policy of the Medical Center. In 2004, Dr. Vladeck joined Ernst & Young’s Health Sciences Advisory Services, but left that position for sixteen months in 2006-2007 to serve, at the request of Governor Jon Corzine, as interim president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan, Dr. Vladeck has held full-time faculty positions at Columbia University and Mount Sinai, and has served as adjunct faculty at Rutgers, Princeton, NYU, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine, and serves on the board of the March of Dimes, and on the New York City Board of Health.
From 2009-2014, Jon served in senior leadership positions at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), serving most recently as the agency’s Principal Deputy Administrator. He spent the majority of his time at CMS as its policy and operations director of the federal Medicare program, overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans (Medicare Advantage), and the Medicare prescription drug program (Medicare Part D). While at CMS, Jon led many of the agency’s payment and delivery system reforms, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program (ACOs), the Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Program, competitive bidding for durable medical supplies, new bundled payment initiatives, and the Medicare prescription drug discount program. The Medicare program experienced its longest sustained period of cost-control during Jon’s tenure.
Prior to CMS, Jon worked as a program analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, focusing on the Medicare program. He served on the professional staff of the Senate Finance Committee, advising its prior chairman, Senator Max Baucus, on prescription drug and Medicare Advantage policies during the development of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. He was also a Vice President at the health care advisory services firm, Avalere Health, overseeing its Medicaid and Long-Term Care Practice.
Jon holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife and daughter.
After medical school at Cornell he was a resident then a Clinical Investigator in Medical Informatics at NYH. He joined Cornell as the Director of Information Services and later became the Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Cole was the co-Director of the CTSC Bioinformatics Core for the five years and now serves as an Associate Director. He is also worked with Dr. Rainu Kaushal to develop a certificate training program in Medical Informatics
His research has focused on payor-provider transactional efficiency, terminology services, using the semantic web for research networking, patient safety, and patient portals. He is working now with Dr. Kaushal to create a Clinical Data Research Network that is unifying data from the leading academic medical centers in NYC.
Outside of Cornell, Dr. Cole is part of a working group for the creation of an All Payer Database for New York State. He also on the board of the Citizens Union, a nonpartisan good government group committed to making democracy work for all New Yorkers.
Gerry Goodrich is an executive in the Weill Cornell Physician Organization of Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). He currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and also leads the Weill Weill Cornell Physician Network. The Physician Organization is made up of 1,300 physicians practicing in locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Prior to joining WCMC, Mr. Goodrich had 25 years of health care management experience in a variety of positions in hospital and health care administration in both the public and private sectors in New York, New Jersey, and internationally. Mr. Goodrich has had broad exposure to various levels of government including in the City of New York, the State of New Jersey, and within the Federal Government.
In New Jersey, Mr. Goodrich served as Deputy Commissioner of Health, the CEO of an urban hospital, and as an Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health. In New York he has held positions in management consulting, group practice management, and at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Mr. Goodrich is a member of the faculty of WCMC, with an appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Research. Previously, he taught at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, in the physician executive education program at the Harvard School of Public Health, and at the China Center for Economic Research at Beijing University.
Mr. Goodrich has a BA from Middlebury College, a JD from the Boston University School of Law, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Janella T. Hinds is the Vice President for Academic High Schools at the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Ms. Hinds earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in African American Studies from Princeton University and her master’s in Social Studies Education from New York University.
Ms. Hinds is also responsible for the financial and fiduciary oversight of the New York City Central Labor Council, a non-profit labor membership umbrella organization where she represents 1.3 million workers in 400 public and private sector local unions in her role as the Secretary-Treasurer.
She has championed equity for students and more meaningful voice for educators across the broad spectrum of need. She’s convened task forces to address the divergent issues head on at both the highly coveted specialized high schools, as well as, the schools serving the students most at risk.
A certified Social Studies teacher, Ms. Hinds additionally worked eight years as a dean, student council advisor and conflict resolution specialist at G. W. Wingate and South Shore High Schools and The School for International Studies. During the seven years she served as a UFT Special Representative, she concentrated her advocacy on support for closing and struggling schools, and ensuring the UFT’s voice in new school staffing and teacher evaluations, among other issues.
Prior to her work at the UFT, Ms. Hinds was Public Policy Director for the New York State AFL-CIO.
She is a delegate to the annual conventions of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers’ Black and Latino Caucuses, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among other organizations. Janella also serves on the executive board of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell University Union Leadership Institute.
Ms. Hinds is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
In 1980, Mr. Melvin started his career as a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 427 at the Western New York Developmental Center. CSEA is a Statewide Union representing over 250,000 state, county, municipal and private sector workers throughout New York. Over the years, he held numerous elected and appointed positions in his statewide and International union, AFSCME.
In May 2012, at the 41st International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Mr. Melvin was elected unanimously as the organization’s new president, succeeding William (Bill) Lucy, who had held the position since he co-founded CBTU in 1972. CBTU, which is dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of black workers and their communities, has 50 chapters in major U.S. cities and one in Ontario, Canada.
In the community, Mr. Melvin is a long-time activist who has touched many lives. Outside of his Labor life, Mr. Melvin is actively engaged in Labor allied and community organizations.
In the political realm, Mr. Melvin knows the power of the vote. He is continuously working to increase voter registration, promoting Get-Out-The-Vote drives, and is active in national, state, local, city and school board elections.
Since being elected Secretary-Treasurer, Rev. Melvin in addition to performing his constitutional mandated duties, has focused on developing lasting ties between labor, religious organizations and community partners. With this, in December 2008, he spearheaded the development of the NYS AFL-CIO Community Outreach Department which he oversees the day to day operations. This program was designed to make a lasting connection between AFL-CIO constituency groups, local communities and religious leaders.
Amongst his various Labor and community roles, Mr. Melvin is a man of devout faith and spiritual belief. He is an ordained Baptist Minister. He serves as Associate Minister and Assistant to the Pastor at Second Baptist Church, Lackawanna, New York.
Rev. Melvin is a graduate of the Rochester Center for Theological and Biblical Studies with a Bachelors Degree in Ministry. He is married to Sonja Marie Melvin, and has three children: Candice, Terrence II and Crystal; and one beautiful granddaughter, Cadence.
Susan E. Phillips is Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Secretary of the Board for PENN Medicine. A $4.3 billion enterprise, PENN Medicine comprises both the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Health System. In these roles, she manages internal and external communications, media, government and community relations, Trustee governance and public policy.
Before coming to Penn, Phillips spent three years at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, first as Vice President and Dean for External Relations, then as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. At Mount Sinai, she was responsible for the development of a strategic plan for research which led to planning of an innovative Institute for Translational Research (ITR). At the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she spent 10 years, Phillips led marketing, government and public affairs, responsible for award winning publications as well as highly successful marketing and lobbying campaigns. She has also worked in similar capacities at the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute in California, and led health care policy efforts for private markets for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Washington, D.C. Phillips began her health care career at the Federal Health Care Financing Administration (now Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
Phillips earned a B.S. degree in political science at Indiana University and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Rosen spent two years on active duty with the USPHS, participated in training in bioterrorism and volunteered for various tours of duty including Louisiana at the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, serving at the naval rank of captain. He is currently on the staff of NY Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center and Rogosin Kidney Institute and is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is consultant and lecturer for Fresenius, the Renal Research Institute and the New York Police Department.
He regularly volunteers as finish line physician for the NYC Marathon and is a member of the Board of Directors of Medicare Rights Center, an advocacy organization for elderly and disabled.