2016 Conference
Presenters and Panelists

Jonathan Bick, MS

Jonathan Bick, MS, Public Administration, is the Director of the Division of Health Plan Contracting and Oversight in the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs. He is responsible for the certification, regulation and surveillance of managed care organizations.  Mr. Bick has 26 years experience in the health and human services field. Joining managed care in 2015, he is engaged in transitioning populations and benefits into Medicaid managed care and restructuring the health care payment and delivery system. Mr. Bick previously led Medicaid fee for service operations for provider enrollment and utilization management, implementing program integrity and system transformation initiatives.

Donna M. Bradbury, MA, LMHC

Donna Bradbury is the Associate Commissioner for the Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families and  directs the Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families at the Office of Mental Health.  She oversees all community-based children’s mental health programs in New York State.  She is currently leading the effort to transition children’s behavioral health services into Medicaid managed care as part of the larger Medicaid Redesign project.   Prior to state service, Donna worked for twelve years for the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health.  She delivered clinical services to children and their families, served as a consultant to Family Court as well as county-operated human service departments and schools, ran a specialized treatment program which successfully prevented institutional placement for many youth, and assisted in the creation and implementation of several interagency initiatives that resulted in children and their families having easier access to better quality services.

Sharyn Brandt-Ruzza, BSN
Sharyn Brandt-Ruzza, BSN, Bureau of Child Health, is the Manager of the School Based Health Clinics Program in the New York State Department of Health. Ms. Brandt-Ruzza has 30 years of experience in the field of public health. Much of her nursing practice has included working in the field of maternal child health, health care clinic services, disease control, and emergency preparedness. Ms. Brandt-Ruzza has worked with a variety of stakeholders including health care facilities, community based organizations, and local health departments.

Leah Carpenter, DMD
Leah Carpenter earned her dental degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed a general practice residency at Faxton-St. Luke’s in Utica, NY. She has worked in Bassett Healthcare Network’s School-Based Dental Restorative Program since its inception in 2013, helping to meet the oral healthcare needs of underserved children while raising oral health awareness within her community.

Kara Connelly, MS
Kara Connelly serves as Assistant Director of the Bureau of Child Health in addition to her role of program manager for Bureau oral health initiatives. Prior to that, she was the school-based dental program manager. Before joining the Bureau of Dental Health in 2006, Kara worked in the department’s former Office of Science and Public Health as a training specialist and health educator on the Public Health Preparedness grant. Kara holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Communications from SUNY Oswego and a master of science degree in Health Administration from Sage Graduate School. Prior to joining the department in 2002, Kara was an intern in Washington, DC for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

Connie Donohue, Au.D., CCC-A

Connie Donohue is the Assistant Director of the Bureau of Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Policy in the Division of Program Development and Management, Office of Health Insurance Programs at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).  One of Dr. Donohue’s areas of responsibility is the Preschool/School Supportive Health Services Program (SSHSP).  Her state government career includes seven years in the NYSDOH Early Intervention Program, where she helped establish and implement the statewide Newborn Hearing Screening Program, five years at the Office of the State Comptroller, managing the Outreach Training Program, and nearly seven years in Medicaid policy.

Esther Kim, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Esther Kim is the director of the New York State Dental Public Health Residency Program at the New York State Department of Health, where she trains dentists specializing in public health dentistry. She also works with the oral health staff at the Department on all state oral health programs, including school-based health center dental program. Dr. Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University, a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her dental public health residency at the New York State Department of Health and is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Anne Kelsey Lamb, MPH
Anne Kelsey Lamb is the Director of RAMP. Serving as the Director since 2002, Anne provides overall strategic guidance in working toward the organization’s vision and mission, ensuring a highly effective organization and innovative, successful programs. With a strong interest in both chronic illness and social inequities, she leads all components of the organization’s efforts to reduce the burden of asthma including: technical assistance to community-based asthma coalitions; the provision of a clearinghouse of information on asthma;, convening groups to facilitate networks and capacity-building; and creating change through policy advocacy. Under Anne’s guidance and direction, RAMP has evolved as an organization, significantly expanding its breadth, scope, and size. In 2007, RAMP was awarded a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to become a Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities and she is the Principal Investigator on this project to reduce asthma disparities among African Americans and Latinos in the Bay Area. Previously, she was a Health Educator at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. Other previous professional affiliations  include: the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Genetics Program, and the Prevention Center of Boston. Anne is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Hayley Lofink Love, PhD

Hayley Lofink Love, PhD, is director of research and evaluation at the School-Based Health Alliance. She is a researcher in the field of medical/nutritional anthropology and has designed, implemented, and published research examining nutrition-related health inequalities and disparities. Her projects have examined how economic pressures, cultural contexts, physical environments, and public policies influence nutritional and physical health among African American children in Philadelphia, children of Mexican migrant workers in New Jersey, and British Bangladeshi adolescents in London. Her recent work has explored ways to improve access to obesity prevention and child weight management programs among children of low-income families through community-based approaches. She has a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford and undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dionne Richardson, DDS, MPH

Dr. Richardson joined the New York State Department of Health as State Dental Director in January 2016. She was most recently the dental director for the Mississippi State Department of Health and has more than 20 years of post-doctoral training and experience in the field of oral health. Dr. Richardson completed her undergraduate work at Xavier University of Louisiana and received her D.D.S from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Tennessee.  She received her Master of Public Health degree through the University of Rochester Medical Center and is a graduate of our Department’s Dental Public Health Residency program.  Her current work as a state dental director includes overseeing programs providing valuable public health services to the maternal and child health population such as school based health center sealant programs and other similar programs to improve oral health across the lifespan. 


Charles Soulé, PhD

Charles Soulé is a child and family psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).  In his tenure at NYPH/CUMC, Dr. Soulé has directed or consulted with programs that provide comprehensive school-based mental health services to children, teens and families at nineteen public school campuses in Washington Heights & Harlem, and was actively involved in organizing, fund-raising and delivering post-9/11 school-based mental health services for affected children, families, and school staff.  Previously, Dr. Soulé directed family preservation, crisis intervention, outpatient mental health, and partial hospital services at North Central Bronx Hospital, the Roberto Clemente Center of Gouverneur Hospital, and the Yale Child Study Center.  He is a longtime advocate for mental health service expansion for low income children, teens and families, has chaired or co-chaired the New York City School-Based Mental Health Committee since 2005, and serves as a mental health consultant to the Accountability Review Panel of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. He has trained extensively on mental health issues for agencies and providers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  Dr. Soulé is Chicano and has conducted much of his hospital-based work in Spanish.  

2016 Luncheon Honoree

Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, Chair, Committee on Health 

Richard N. Gottfried has chaired the New York State Assembly Committee on Health since 1987.  He is a Democrat representing the 75th Assembly District in Manhattan.  He is a leading state health policy-maker not only in New York but also nationally.

 His work has focused on creating and expanding public health insurance programs in New York, including Child Health Plus.  He sponsors the N.Y. Health Act to create a universal publicly funded single-payer health plan – like an improved version of Medicare but for everyone.  He is a leading proponent of patient autonomy and reproductive freedom.

His legislative work includes: promoting primary and preventive care; allowing medical use of marijuana; authorizing formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs); the Health Care Proxy Law (which allows people to designate an agent to make health care decisions for them if they lose decision-making capacity); the Family Health Care Decisions Act (which enables family members to make health care decisions for incapacitated patients who have not signed a health care proxy); managed care reforms; giving patients access to information about a doctor's background and malpractice record; licensing of midwives; insurance coverage for midwife services; and the HIV Testing and Confidentiality Law.  He works to protect funding for Medicaid, community health centers, school health clinics, HIV/AIDS services, and other health concerns.

He is a graduate of Cornell University (1968) and Columbia Law School (1973).  He is a member of the New York Academy of Medicine, the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Public Health Association of New York City, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Reforming States Group, the Art Students League of New York, and the China Institute.  He was first elected to the Assembly in 1970.

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