Greater Hudson Valley Health System Board of Directors
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Rolland B. Peacock, III, Chairman
Rolland Peacock is a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan Association. Prior, he was a Vice President at TD Bank, N.A. He was also a Senior Vice President at The Berkshire Bank (formerly Goshen Savings Bank).
Mr. Peacock has been active within the community and civic organizations throughout his career having most recently served as director and Treasurer of the Orange County Partnership, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Goshen, an executive board member of the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Prior community involvement included serving as a board member for Leadership Orange, the former McQuade Family Services and President of the Orange County Bankers Association. He also was active as a Scout Leader and a soccer and Little League coach as his children were growing up.
Mr. Peacock resides in Goshen with his wife Suzanne. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Darrell Supak, Vice Chairman
Darrell Supak is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for Granite Associates, LP. Mr. Supak was actively involved in the planning, development and construction of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit job creation and economic development initiative in Sullivan County, New York. In 2011, Mr. Supak received the prestigious Walter A. Rhulen Award for “Business, Community and Humanity” from the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development.
Mr. Supak serves on the board of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and is Chairman of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council for the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. Supak is a retired U.S. Army Colonel. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Sul Ross University. Mr. Supak is actively involved in health, education and veterans activities.
Mr. Supak lives in Warwick, New York.
Joseph Loughlin, Secretary
Joseph Loughlin joined the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Board of Directors in 2012 and has been a member of the Catskill Regional Medical Center Board of Directors since 2007. Mr. Loughlin is currently Chair of Catskill Regional's Board of Director's Performance Improvement Committee and a member of Catskill Regional's Audit, Compliance and Governance Committee. Mr. Loughlin also serves on the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Board Ad Hoc Governance Committee, which is focused on revising the bylaws of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
Mr. Loughlin is the co-owner and managing partner of M.L. Zager P.C. and a partner in the law firm of Billig Loughlin & Baer, LLP, both located in Monticello, New York. Prior to these positions Mr. Loughlin was the Chief Claims Officer of a large national insurance holding company with responsibility and oversight of all claims and legal operations, including significant medical malpractice exposures. He additionally served as Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President for the public holding company and its insurance company subsidiaries.
Mr. Loughlin began his legal career at Gordon and Silber, New York, New York where he focused on multi distinct asbestos litigation and representation of physicians in malpractice matters.
Mr. Loughlin obtained his J.D. from New York Law School, his Master's Degree from The Ohio State University, and his B.S. from St. Lawrence University
Mr. Loughlin is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Sullivan County Bar Association and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
He resides with his wife in Rock Hill, New York.
Schuyler Newman, M.D., Treasurer
Schuyler Newman, MD is Board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.
Through his affiliation with Orange Regional, Dr. Newman was a member of the Medical Executive Committee from 1995 to 2008 and served as its first Chief of Staff. Dr. Newman is also past Chair of the Medical Staff of Horton Medical Center, a position he held prior to the merger with Arden Hill Hospital. Additionally, he is past Medical Director of Laboratory and past Department Chairman of Pathology. Dr. Newman was instrumental in the development of Orange Regional’s Cancer Center, having served as the first chairman of the Cancer Committee. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping to attain the Center’s first accreditation. He received the Physician Leadership Award from Orange Regional in 2005. Dr. Newman is the President and Medical Director of Histopathology Services, LLC which is a leading provider of pathology services in the New York metropolitan area.
Dr. Newman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from LaSalle University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Jefferson Medical College where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was in the Army Medical Corps for 13 years including his internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served in a number of leadership positions including Chief, Department of Pathology at Keller Army Hospital at West Point where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Newman is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, American Pathology Foundation, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Scott Batulis, Ex Officio
Scott Batulis has been the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System and Orange Regional Medical Center since August 2006 and President of Catskill Regional Medical Center since 2008. Mr. Batulis has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration including strategic planning, financial management, business development, mergers and acquisitions, hospital construction, operations management, physician relations, human resource development and fundraising. Throughout his leadership career, his broad-based healthcare system responsibilities have included hospital care, primary and specialty care, chronic care, senior care and home healthcare.
Mr. Batulis’ exceptional healthcare administrative background played a critical role in the revitalization of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System and the development of programs and services to member hospitals. In 2011, his leadership and skills proved vital in the financing, construction, relocation and opening of Orange Regional’s new facility located in Middletown, New York, the first new hospital in New York State in more than 20 years. His leadership and experience played a critical role in transforming Catskill Regional Medical Center into a stable and evolving community hospital, the only hospital in Sullivan County, New York.
Throughout his tenure and within the System, Mr. Batulis has achieved significant quality and financial benchmarks and is credited with leading the development of many new services as well as the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology. The development of clinical programs throughout the System include: emergency and elective angioplasty, Stroke Center designation, Bariatric Center of Excellence, robotic surgery, a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in development and the newly constructed expansion of Catskill Regional’s emergency department. The purchase and implementation in 2011 of a multi-million dollar electronic health record system at Orange Regional, with implementation at Catskill Regional in 2012, has modernized communication and placed Orange Regional among the top five percent of the more than 5,200 hospitals nationwide that had achieved Stage 6 designation on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model.
Prior to joining the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Mr. Batulis spent nearly 20 years with HealthEast Care System, a network of integrated care services including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation and specialty care facilities, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Within this network, he held the positions of Vice President of HealthEast Care System, Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital.
As a Vice President within the HealthEast Care System, Mr. Batulis’ responsibilities crossed a number of modalities including heart care and neurosciences in three of the network’s hospitals. Additionally, he provided leadership over the HealthEast Ambulance service, Hospice care and outreach laboratory businesses as well as having served on the Board of Directors for HealthEast Home Care.
As Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s, his leadership marked a turning point for this hospital slated to close. He is credited with successfully leading teams through a $20 million capital campaign and an $81 million campus expansion/renovation plan.
Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Mr. Batulis served as Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital. While in this capacity, he also managed HealthEast’s six nursing homes, five assisted living facilities, ambulance company, medical equipment company, home health care agency and three retail pharmacies.
He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mr. Batulis is member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Board of Directors; a member of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association Board of Directors; a member of the Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress Board of Directors; a member of the Orange County Partnership Board of Directors and a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives.
Mr. Batulis lives in Monroe, New York.
Don E. Beeler, Jr.
Don E. Beeler is currently an investor and Board Advisor. Mr. Beeler is a former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for NSI Software Inc., the leader in Disaster Recovery of Microsoft Windows. He is the former President of Plexar Communication and attended the University of Kentucky.
Mr. Beeler lives in Monroe, New York.
Barbara Blakey, EdD
Dr. Blakey is the retired Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Sullivan County BOCES. She is currently an education consultant having been an educator in Sullivan County since 1978. She is an active member of the Liberty Rotary and St. Peter’s Church in Liberty. Dr. Blakey is a former Village of Liberty Trustee and Liberty Planning Board member.
She served on the executive committee of many professional education boards and remains an active member in the Council for Administrators in Special Education, Council of New York Special Education Administrators and the New York State Association of Woman in Administration. From the latter organization, she received the Ann Meyers award in March 2013. This prestigious award is named after the founder of NYSAWA. It is given to recognize individual commitment and expertise in mentoring educational leaders and sharing time and wisdom with prospective administrators.
Dr. Blakey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Nazareth College of Rochester, a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the College of St. Rose, a Master’s degree in School District Administration from the College of New Rochelle, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Blakey is a New York State licensed Speech Pathologist and is a Member of the New York State Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
Dr. Blakey resides in Liberty, New York.
Joan Rhulen Farrow
Joan Farrow and her family helped build the Rhulen Agency Inc. into the 19th largest privately owned insurance agency in the United States. After the Rhulen agency was acquired in 1989, Ms. Farrow became a Vice President and division head for Markel Corporation, thereafter became a principle shareholder in the Frontier Insurance Group. Joan was one of the founders of Catskill Hudson Bank in 1993 and served as its board president for 5 years before retiring in 2004.
Farrow was appointed to the SUNY Sullivan board of trustees by Governor Pataki in 1995. Having retired from SUNY Sullivan in 2013, she holds the post of trustee emeritus, but continues to serve on its Foundation Board and the Dormitory Board. In 1986, along with her husband, Ms. Farrow received the American Camping Association Special Recognition Award. Joan has received the Anti- Defamation League Americanism award in 1996, the BPW woman of the year award in 1999, and was recognized by the SUNY Sullivan Foundation in 2010 with the “Women Who Make a Difference” award. Ms. Farrow was a Charter Member of the Philip E. Wilson Society Hospital for Special Surgery NYC. She has been a member of the board of trustees for Catskill Regional Medical Center for over 20 year and is the President of Catskill Regional’s Foundation. Ms. Farrow also serves on the Academy of Finance of Monticello High School, her alma mater
Ms. Farrow resides in Monticello, New York.
Edison Guzman is the Owner of A&E Advertising and Web Design. He is also the Founder of hvBiz.com, a social networking site for business owners within the Hudson Valley region and Founder of BusinessU.co, an educational portal for business owners world-wide.
Mr. Guzman is a member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a volunteer Chapter Chair of SCORE Chapter 465. He is a member of the Monroe Clean Sweep Committee and Action in Monroe, New York.
Mr. Guzman lives in Chester, New York.
Paul B. Halpern
In the 1970s, Mr. Halpern established a presence in the residential development industry when he introduced manufactured housing to the region. After selling the business in 2001, he decided to focus on consulting and community service.
As an active member of the local community, Mr. Halpern is Immediate Past Chairman of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, Past President of the Rotary Club of Middletown as well as a board member of the Rotary International Medical Relief Foundation; an honorary board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Wallkill and Pine Bush; a member of the steering committee and advisory board leadership council of the National Academy Foundation; former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Middletown High School Academies of Finance and Information Technology and past president of Temple Sinai in Middletown.
Mr. Halpern lives in Middletown, New York.
Arthur Kowaloff is the president of Kowaloff & Co. LLC, a firm offering capital markets advice and investment banking services for entrepreneurs and the companies they create.
A graduate of Carleton College and Yale University Law School, Mr. Kowaloff spent five years as a managing director of BNY Capital Markets, Inc., a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Prior to that, he held the position of COO/senior managing director at Patricof & Co. Capital Corporation and was a senior partner at the firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
Mr. Kowaloff is the Lead Director of Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. and is also a member of the Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Kowaloff is a Trustee of Carleton College and the president and a director of The PBP Foundation of New York.
Mr. Kowaloff lives in Central Valley, New York.
Richard (Rick) Lander
Rick Lander is the owner and operator of several Western Sullivan County businesses, including Ten Mile River Enterprises, Lander’s River Trips, Lander’s RiverMart and River Café.
Mr. Lander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairfield University. Lander is a Past Supervisor for the Town of Tusten and was a Member of the Narrowsburg Central School Board and the Sullivan West School Board.
Rick is an active Member of the Tusten Ambulance Corp, and is a Past Secretary and active Member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department. Mr. Lander is a Member of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau, the Narrowsburg, Callicoon and Sullivan County Chambers of Commerce, and is the Town of Tusten Republican Party Chairman. In 2005, Mr. Lander was awarded the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce “Business Man of the Year” award.
Mr. Lander resides in Narrowsburg, New York.
Lon J. Merin, MD
Dr. Lon Merin, Board-certified in Anesthesia, has been practicing with Orange Anesthesia Service, PC since 1990. He has been an active medical staff member of Horton Medical Center, Arden Hill Hospital and currently Orange Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Merin has served in several leadership positions at Orange Regional Medical Center and is presently serving as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia.
Dr. Merin graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from The George Washington University, and received his medical degree from The George Washington University Medical School, located in Washington, D.C. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at New York University Medical Center and is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Merin has been an active member of the community for the past twenty years. He raised his daughters in Goshen where he resides with his wife.
Terrence L. Olivo
Terrence Olivo has been a public school educator for 44 years and for more than thirty-five of these years, he has been employed as a Central Office Administrator. Mr. Olivo began his career in the Highland Central School District, in Ulster County, as a history teacher. He left Highland, in January 1979, to become the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. Ten years later, he became the district's Superintendent of Schools and held the position until his retirement in August 2004. In July 2007, he accepted an invitation to serve Orange-Ulster BOCES as Chief Operating Officer during the agency's search for a new District Superintendent. He continues in that position today.
Mr. Olivo serves the Mid-Hudson School Study Council as Director of Research and is also a Member of the Coordinating Council for the Orange County System of Care.
Mr. Olivo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies/Education from Marist College and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and a Certificate in Advanced Studies in School District Administration from SUNY New Paltz.
Mr. Olivo was named by the Times Herald-Record as among the Thirty Most Influential People in the Mid-Hudson area in both 2003 and 2004 and in 2010, received the Mid-Hudson Schools Study Council and SUNY New Paltz Educational Leadership Award, recognizing his outstanding contribution to public education. Mr. Olivo is called upon as a frequent speaker and panel member in a variety of workshop s and conferences for administrators, teachers and school board members throughout the Mid-Hudson region.
He resides in Central Valley with his wife, Elizabeth, a music teacher in the Goshen Central School District, and is the father of two grown children.
Andrew J. Pavloff, CPA
Andrew Pavloff is a Partner in the Accounting Firm of Knack, Pavloff & Company, LLP with offices in Monticello and Goshen, N.Y. Mr. Pavloff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Albany and became a New York Certified Public Accountant in 1982. Andrew has over 33 years of diversified experience in accounting, auditing, taxation and consulting.
He currently serves as Director and Secretary of the Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and is a member of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties Board of Directors. Previous posts include being a member of the United Way of Orange County Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Woodridge Fire District from 1998 to 2007, Advisory Board Member for Catskill Hudson Bank from 2001 to 2003, Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village or Woodridge, as well as posts in several other civic organizations.
Mr. Pavloff resides in Newburgh, New York.
Jacqueline Ricciani is the Managing Partner with Ricciani & Jose, LLP, a law firm based in Monticello, New York, and serves as Attorney for the Town of Bethel Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. Previous to her current position, she was a Senior Attorney at Greenwald Law Offices in Chester, New York. Prior to her law career, Ms. Ricciani earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy Management. She held several positions within the healthcare field working at acute care hospitals in Newark, New Jersey and in Brooklyn, New York.
Ms. Ricciani serves on the Sullivan County Bar Association Board of Directors and is a member and former president of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Additionally, she is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and the Monticello Rotary Club. Ms. Ricciani is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Dispute Resolution Center.
Ms. Ricciani resides in Mongaup Valley, New York.
Jonathan Rouis is the Managing Partner at Rouis & Company CPAs, LLP in Wurtsboro, New York where he focuses on corporate accounts across the region and NY-metro area. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.
Mr. Rouis is the District Four Legislator in the Sullivan County Legislature, having served a total of 11 years, including four years as Vice-Chairman and four years as Chairman of the Legislature. He currently Chairs the Legislature's Standing Finance and Gaming Committees. Mr. Rouis' background in accounting and finance has provided him unique perspective in the current economic crisis, which he has used to lead the County in financial restructuring designed to provide greater transparency and accountability.
Mr. Rouis remains very active in the community as Past President of the Mamakating Rotary, a past member of the Hudson Valley Advisory Board of TD Bank North, a past member of the Advisory Board of The Community Bank of Sullivan County; a member of Sons of the American Legion; a member of the New York State Association of Certified Public Accountants and currently serves as the Chairman of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
Sher Singh is the Community Liaison for Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc. for the Orange County System of Care Initiative.
Ms. Singh has worked and lived in Orange County for more than 26 years where she has supported education through her affiliations with the Pine Bush School District, School to Work Consortium, The New York State Parent Teacher Association and The National Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, Ms. Singh has served as a board member for many organizations including the Mental Health Association, Safe Homes of Orange County, the Middletown Business & Professional Women's Club and as a diversity committee member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Ms. Singh earned her B.A. in Mass Communications at the University of the West Indies. She also received certified licensed credits in Special Education from SUNY New Paltz and a certificate in English from the University of London.
In 1998, Ms. Singh was awarded the Orange County Tribute to Women of Achievement Education and Volunteerism Award. She was also the recipient of the 2007 Human Rights Commission Award and the 2010 Orange County Chamber of Commerce's Volunteer of the Year Award.
Ms. Singh resides in the Town of Bloomingburg and is the mother of three grown children.
Gerald J. Skoda
Gerald Skoda is the President of Mid-Hudson Cooperative Insurance Company, operates his own crop farm and is an agricultural consultant specializing in farm tax consultation and preparation. Mr. Skoda spent over 37 years in Education, bringing the research of Cornell University to the citizens of Sullivan, Madison and Delaware Counties, retiring as Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sullivan County in 1997.
Mr. Skoda is the President of Emerald Corporate Park, Inc.; is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan; served as Chairman of the Board for Catskill Regional Medical Center; served as Director and was Past Chair of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development where he received the prestigious Walter A. Rhulen Award for ”Business, Community and Humanity”; Co-Chaired “Sullivan First” a County enhancement effort which grew into Sullivan Renaissance where he currently serves on the Steering Committee; and served on the Tri-Valley School Board of Education for 24 years, 17 years as President.
Mr. Skoda resides in Woodbourne, New York.
Michael Waschitz, CPA
Michael Waschitz is a Partner with the Accounting Firm of Bachrach, Waschitz & Waschitz in Monticello, N.Y., and has been with the firm since 1973. He is responsible for client accounting, system implementation and staff training, and is in charge of the firm's in-house continuing education programs.
Mr. Waschitz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Buffalo in Business Administration, and has been a New York Certified Public Accountant since 1972. Michael is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Waschitz is Past President and a Board Member of the Monticello Lions Club, is a Member of the Board for the New York State Amateur Trapshooting Association, and was a United States Army Reservist from 1969 to 1975.
Mr. Waschitz resides in Monticello, New York.