Jerry Volk, MA
Director, Development and Tribute
(212) 252-7440, Ext. 228
Manager, Creative, Marketing and Event Administration
(212) 252-7440, Ext. 223
Ilene Propper, MBA, MS
(212) 252-7440, Ext. 226
Director, Programming, NEBGH New Jersey
(212) 252-7440, Ext. 200
Associate Project Manager, Advanced Primary Care Initiative
(212) 252-7440, Ext. 238
Member Relationship Manager
(212) 252-7440, Ext. 229
Candice Sherman is a nonprofit and business leader who has created and successfully implemented strategies, operating plans and communications – all focused on growth — across a range of organizations.
Candice was named CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health in 2017, after serving as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer for four years. Just prior, she was Chief Operating Officer for St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a federally-qualified network of community health clinics across South Los Angeles.
Candice’s business experience includes launching a successful social media business for Wall Street consultancy TABB Group, turning around ailing business units for Dun & Bradstreet and Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters) as a General Manager, and building two technology-based startups as Chief Operating Officer. She has provided strategic and fundraising assistance to a range of nonprofits.
Mark Cunningham-Hill, M.D.
Mark is a global employee health expert known for his ability to reduce costs while creating a culture of health in which employees can actively engage in their health and achieve their “best self” at work.
Mark is president of Worldwide Health Consulting LLC, which focuses on transforming companies and delivering business growth though engaged, healthy and productive employees. Until 2017, he served as Senior Director, Global Solutions Center and Head of Occupational Medicine at Johnson & Johnson, Inc., in New Jersey. At J&J, Mark led a team of experts covering occupational medicine, health and wellness, personal energy management, EAP and mental wellbeing, and work-life effectiveness, and supported regional operational groups delivering health services to 135,000 employees in 120 companies. Prior to seven years at J&J, Mark spent 17 years at GlaxoSmithKline in both London and Philadelphia, including as Head of Global Operations, Employee Health Management. He received his MB ChB, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Manchester University in the UK.
Janaera J. Gastón, MPA
Ms. Gastón manages NEBGH’s educational arm and all related strategic partnerships. She staffs the organization’s Health Benefits Advisory Group, Eldercare Task Force and the Total Health Management Pharmacy Purchasing Coalition.
Prior to joining NEBGH, Ms. Gastón was the acting director of development for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Greater New York. She has also worked for two New York City public hospitals as the special assistant to the deputy chief financial officer at Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital and as a human resources manager at Kings County Hospital Center.
Ms. Gastón has represented NEBGH on advisory boards and guest lectured at local colleges presenting the employers’ role in health care. She has served on several local not-for-profit boards.
She received her B.A. from Syracuse University and her M.P.A. from the City University of New York, Baruch College of Public Affairs.
Director, Quality Initiatives
Kathy Sakraida is the Director of Quality Initiatives for Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH).
Ms. Sakraida is responsible for NEBGH’s quality initiatives, which are focused on improving the health care system. She leads the health plan performance evaluations, employer user groups, and project manager of a depression screening and management initiative called One Voice. She also manages the Leapfrog Hospital survey for the metro-New York City area and the State of Connecticut.
Prior to joining NEBGH, Ms. Sakraida worked for a Health IT company as its Vice President, Consumer Solutions. As the lead Project manager, she was responsible for the development of a Consumer-Directed Healthcare solution. She also led employee benefit departments for fortune 50 organizations.
She received her B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and is pursuing a quality certification.
Senior Project Director
Amy Tippett-Stangler is the Senior Project Director for Northeast Business Group on Health. In this role, she leads the NYS CMS SIM grant project for NEBGH. This includes overall accountability for this strategic initiative, including facilitating alignment of all stakeholders relevant to statewide and regional activities associated with SIM.
Ms. Stangler brings extensive experience across all channels of healthcare, including Health Plan, Health System and Employer. She has held roles at both Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as well as Oxford Health Plans, where she worked with the Medicare market and intensive case management programs respectively. She has also worked with Pitney Bowes, one of the most innovative employers in benefit strategies in the role of Health Plan Manager. She also brings experience for a population health management company as its’ Vice President, Health Plan Market where she was responsible for relationships with several of their top health plan clients.
Director of Operations
Courtney is Director of Operations at Northeast Business Group on Health, providing project oversight and direction to Solutions Center and special projects. She also applies her operational and process improvement expertise to NEBGH’s marketing, events and strategic planning activities.
Prior to joining NEBGH, Courtney was Director of Marketing Operations and Infrastructure for the financial services advisory firm, TABB Group, focusing on process improvement, technology enhancements and marketing. She led the organization’s CRM implementation and revamped the client research portal, marketing website, and social media/publishing platform while also focused on events, finance and client services. Before joining TABB, Courtney built out the life safety and security systems for Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.
Courtney holds a dual BS in Information Technology and Criminal Justice from Juniata College and an MA in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati. She has Master’s Certificates in Black Belt Six Sigma, Green Belt Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University.