Candice Sherman - CEO
Candice Sherman was appointed CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) in 2017, after serving as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer for four years. Candice oversees all activities and operations of NEBGH, including all grant-funded projects, educational programs and conferences. She has led NEBGH’s work in the areas of cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental health and caregiving, and has been instrumental in NEBGH’s work with the NYS Department of Health on the state’s primary care-centered State Innovation Model project.
Candice is Chair of the Board of Directors for HealthPass, a small business health insurance exchange. She serves on the NYS Department of Health’s Hospital Quality Ratings Stakeholder Workgroup, the United Hospital Fund Health Policy Forum and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Employer Advisory Group.
Just prior to her roles at NEBGH, Candice was Chief Operating Officer for St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles, one of the largest Federally-Qualified Health Clinics in the country. She re-engineered clinics providing more than 200,000 patient visits annually to increase capacity for Medicaid expansion, create efficiencies and enhance patient outcomes. She recruited and managed a senior team, and oversaw a 270-member clinical and operating staff.
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 throughout her career.
Dr. Mark Cunningham-Hill - Medical Director
Dr. Cunningham-Hill is an employee health expert known for his ability to create, identify and implement high-quality workplace health programs including prevention and screening, chronic illness interventions, and mental health and wellbeing initiatives. His broad occupational medicine and public health experience encompasses addressing chronic diseases impacting employers, employees and communities within the context of social, cultural and racial determinants of health.
Mark has served as the Medical Director for Northeast Business Group on Health since early 2018. Until 2017, he served as Senior Director, Global Solutions Center and Head of Occupational Medicine at Johnson & Johnson, Inc . 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.
Mark received his MB ChB, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Manchester University in the UK. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, London.
Amy Tippett-Stangler - Senior Vice President
Amy Tippett-Stangler leads NEBGH’s involvement in the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions initiative, The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use. She is responsible for on-the-ground efforts in the tri-state region.
Amy previously lead NEBGH’s participation in the federal CMS-funded NYS State Innovation Model (SIM) for Advanced Primary Care. In this role, she held overall accountability for deliverables including creating strategy and organizing the collaborative effort that brings together employers/purchasers, payers, providers and government to create and implement a new value-based care and payment model to achieve the Triple Aim – improving health, enhancing quality and reducing costs for all New Yorkers.
Amy is a member of several committees including Take the Pressure Off NYC!, designed to increase community member awareness of high blood pressure, the New York State Primary Care Quality Stakeholder Workgroup and the NYS Statewide Steering Committee Measures Subcommittee.
Amy brings extensive experience across all channels of healthcare, including health plans, health systems and employers, across all product lines. She has held leadership roles at both Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Oxford Health Plans, where she worked with the Medicare and Medicaid markets, and intensive case management programs. At Pitney Bowes, one of the most innovative employers in designing benefit strategies, Amy was responsible for health care strategic planning, identifying and implementing regional and nationwide initiatives, health plan collaboration and budget allocation. She has worked at Yale New Haven Hospital and Mount Sinai Health System, where she implemented the strategy for physician solicitation, contracting, and ongoing provider relations. In addition, Ms. Stangler has experience at a population health management company where she served as Vice President, Health Plan Market. .
Courtney Wilson-Myers - Vice President, Operations
As VP of Operations, Courtney provides oversite and operational direction for all of NEBGH’s activities. She applies her extensive logistical and process improvement expertise to NEBGH’s projects, strategic planning activities, conferences and educational programming, to maximize efficiencies and ensure high-quality output from NEBGH’s resources. She is responsible for collaborating with NEBGH’s CEO, Medical Director and project staff on projects in areas such as diabetes, cancer and caregiving, and for ensuring successful execution of deliverables. She also spearheaded development of ExpectNY, a project and website that provides transparent quality measures and educational information on maternal care.
Prior to joining NEBGH, Courtney was Director of Marketing Operations and Infrastructure for the Wall Street consultancy TABB Group, focusing on process improvement, technology development and marketing. She led the organization’s CRM implementation and overhauled client research, publishing and marketing platforms while also charged with achieving operational efficiencies in finance, client services and marketing operations. 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.
Janaera J. Gaston, MPA - Vice President, Programs and Conferences
Janaera Gastón provides oversight for content, design and execution of NEBGH’s educational programs and managing related strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining NEBGH, Janaera 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.
Janaera 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.
Jeanette Fuente - Director, Programs
Jeanette Fuente is a Preventive Health and Wellness Professional with extensive experience in Corporate Worksite Wellness. Currently Director of Programs NJ, for NEBGH, Jeanette is responsible for ongoing educational conferences and events for employers and healthcare stakeholders. She supports membership growth, retention and engagement. In addition, she launched the Wellness Directors affinity networking group.Jeanette is a former Vice President of National Corporate Wellness at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. She also served as Director of Physician Referral and International Patient Center at Hospital for Special Surgery and was Director of Corporate Wellness for NYU Langone’s MSO. Jeanette received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Hunter College School of Health Sciences, in Community Health Education with a second major in Media Communications. She received her graduate education and is on a Ph.D. track at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Sociomedical Sciences.(on hiatus). She is fluent in Spanish and volunteers in community schools and children’s theater.
Ilene Propper, MBA, MS - Director, Finance
Ilene’s financial background covers a wide range of experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NEBGH, she was Treasurer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the largest organization in the country supporting projects that revitalize struggling communities.
Ilene has an MBA in finance and is a Certified Treasury Professional. Most recently, she received her Masters in Public Administration from NYU.
Elizabeth Merrill - Associate Director of Membership Engagement
Elizabeth Merrill (Lizzi) works with NEBGH to build relationships with members through creative communications, database management and one-to-one conversations. Lizzi works closely with the NEBGH events and marketing teams to actively engage members and deliver a superior membership experience.
Lizzi has more than 10 years of experience in PR consulting, including issues monitoring and network member communications. She is also a classically trained mezzo-soprano and performs frequently with ensembles and as a soloist in the New York metro area.
Adria Subbiondo - Associate Director, Marketing and Graphic Design
Adria Subbiondo is manager of creative, marketing and event administration for Northeast Business Group on Health. She is responsible for graphic design, branding, event promotion and using her creative expertise to showcase NEBGH and its various activities.
Before joining NEBGH, Adria spent several years as Marketing Maven and Resident Artist for The Pump Energy Food (now Dig Inn). She was involved in restaurant openings, marketing, and menu/product design, as well as coordinating special events. Prior to Dig Inn, she was the manager of marketing for restaurant development group Branded Concept Development (BCD).
Adria studied psychology and business at Tulane University, and also attended the Art Institute of New York City where she earned a degree in hospitality management and culinary arts. She is a certified scuba diver.
Diane Engel - Events Manager
Diane Engel provides administrative support to the team with all things big, small and in-between. She enjoys meticulously working behind the scenes and being part of the NEBGH infrastructure that brings you those informative NEBGH programs. If you are attending one of our programs and wearing a name badge…she created it! Prior to joining NEBGH she provided administrative support in the creative worlds of fashion, interior design and package design, but she knew she was always destined for the nonprofit world.
Christian Waugh - Associate Project Manager, Social Media Communications
Christian Waugh focuses on developing creative and important content for NEBGH’s social media platforms. Christian works closely with NEBGH’s marketing team to generate a social media strategy that will engage NEBGH’s members and promote the important work that the business group does on behalf of employers.
Jerry Volk, MA - Director, Development
Jerry Volk was one of the early members of the NEBGH (at the time NYBGH) team. In his tenure at NEBGH he was responsible for conceptualizing the Annual Tribute to Leadership event. Jerry also expanded its membership base and the Group’s influence on the tristate area.
His fundraising efforts have amounted to over $2 million of support for NEBGH.
Jerry Volk holds a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yeshiva University.