NORTHSTAR NETWORK - Key Persons


Aaron Bernstein

Job Titles:
  • Interim Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE), a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernstein focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children's health and advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and wellbeing of children around the world. Dr. Bernstein regularly testifies before Congress on the child health impacts of climate change, drawing from his personal experience as a pediatrician having to treat children with breathing difficulties, vector-borne diseases, and trauma from natural disasters. He is a trusted voice for major news outlets, providing interviews and expertise to reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CNN, and The Guardian, and writing articles for the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, and the Boston Globe, among others. With Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Chivian, Dr. Bernstein co-authored and co-edited the Oxford University Press book, Sustaining Life, which received the distinction of best biology book of 2008 from the Library Journal, and which has been published in several foreign language editions. Dr. Bernstein leads Climate MD, a Harvard Chan C-CHANGE program to encourage physicians to transform climate change from an issue dominated by politics and concerns about the future or faraway places, to one that matters to every person's health here and now. He is the course director for Human Health and Global Environmental Change and created the HarvardX course "The Health Effects of Climate Change" which explores how climate change influences health through its effects on air quality, nutrition, infectious diseases, and human migration as well as solutions to the climate crisis. Through this course, thousands of students from over 100 countries have learned how climate change directly impacts their lives, and what they can do to become part of the solution. In 2015, he was awarded a Lokey-Businesswire visiting professorship at Stanford University and has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University. Dr. Bernstein has been a member of the Harvard President's Climate Change Task Force and co-Chairs the University Food Standards Committee. He serves on the External Advisory Board of the Dalio Center for Health Justice at New York Presbyterian Hospital, is Chair of the Board of Directors at the U.S. Green Building Council, and is on the Board of Advisors at Parents Magazine as an environmental health specialist. Previously, Dr. Bernstein served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee as well as the Board of Scientific Counselors to the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, he received graduate degrees in medicine (MD) and public health (MPH), from the University of Chicago and Harvard University, respectively. He is a recipient of Stanford University's Firestone Medal for Research and a Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship.

Ann Marie T. Sullivan

Job Titles:
  • Commissioner New York State Office of Mental Health
Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan was confirmed by the New York State Senate as Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health on June 20, 2014. New York State has a large, multi- faceted mental health system that serves more than 800,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates 24 psychiatric centers across the State, and also oversees more than 4,500 community programs, including inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs. As Commissioner, she has guided the transformation of the state hospital system in its emphasis on recovery and the expansion of community-based treatment, reinvesting over 100 million dollars in community services and enabling individuals living with serious mental illness to live successfully in their community. Dr. Sullivan is an active advocate for her patients and her profession, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has served as the Speaker of the American Psychiatric Association's Assembly and on its Board of Trustees. She is a Clinical Professor at the Mt Sinai School of Medicine, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Chetna Chandrakala

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer for Villa of Hope
Chetna Chandrakala is chief financial officer for Villa of Hope, an organization that partners with individuals, families, and communities to Rebuild relationships, Recover potential, and Renew hope for the future. Most recently she served for 13 years as the senior vice president of finance and compliance for GRIPA/Cognisight. GRIPA is a physician-led partnership between Rochester Regional Health and physicians, helping to provide high-quality and high-value care. Chetna has over 25 years of experience in the fields of finance, accounting, human resources, and compliance across different countries and industries including manufacturing, trading, power plants, insurance, and healthcare. Chetna's educational accomplishments and certifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and graduate executive management coursework from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She completed her undergraduate studies at Shri Ram College of Commerce, India, and received her Bachelor of Law degree from University of Delhi, India. She also holds certifications from, and has been a member of, three esteemed institutes in India for Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, and Company Secretaries. Chetna is very passionate about community service. She likes to help organizations by leveraging the intellectual capital of the Indian-American community and fostering cultural connections between the world's largest democracies. She is currently the president of Hindu Temple of Rochester; treasurer/board member of the Mental Health Association of Rochester; finance committee member of United Way; board member and past chair of Development of Indian American Leaders (DIAL), and past chair of Professional Forum of India Community Center of Rochester. For several years, Chetna served the Pittsford PTSA in different capacities including as chair, treasurer, and in website management. Chetna was a recipient of the Pittsford PTSA Lifetime Membership award in 2015, and an Honoree of Rochester Business Journal Women of Excellence Awards in 2019.

George Maszle

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Member of the Leadership Team

Jeffery C. Fisher

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Leadership Team
  • Senior Vice President of Marketing
  • Member of the Executive Team
  • Senior VP Marketing
  • SVP of Marketing and Business
Jeffery C. Fisher has joined NorthStar Network as the SVP of Marketing and Business Partner. Jeff brings 39 years of leadership experience in Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Process Improvement and Pricing from Xerox Corporation to his new role. His most recent position at Xerox was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for the worldwide Graphic Communications Business Group.

John Auerbach

Job Titles:
  • President and CEO of Trust for America 's Health ( TFAH )
John Auerbach, MBA, is President and CEO of Trust for America's Health (TFAH). As such he oversees TFAH's work to promote sound public health policy and make disease prevention a national priority. Over the course of a 30-year career he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels. As Associate Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) he oversaw policy and the agency's collaborative efforts with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, commercial payers, and large health systems. During his six years as the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he developed innovative programs to promote health equity, combat chronic and infectious disease, and support the successful implementation of the state's health care reform initiative. As Boston's health commissioner for nine years, he directed homeless, substance abuse, and emergency medical services for the city as well as a wide range of public health divisions. Mr. Auerbach was previously a professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University; program director of one of the country's first community health centers; and an administrator in a clinical training program at a tertiary care safety-net hospital.

Kenneth Kudla

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Member of the Leadership Team
Ken is an experienced business professional having spent 39 years at Xerox Corporation in a variety of marketing positions. As a skilled marketing program manager, his strength is aligning strategy, message, process and people toward delivering desired business results. He is known as a strong leader who leads by example, values the input of others, visualizes the big picture yet can work through the finest of tactical details. He understands business as a financial system as well as the operational requirements of leading a marketing organization or program team. Ken has managed both organizations and programs. For over 13 years he managed an intrapreneurship with 35 direct and indirect staff. Managing a P&L within a corporation prepared him well for future roles leading significant cross-functional teams, programs and marketing initiatives. He has program managed numerous corporate and division marketing initiatives with widely varying budgets into the millions of dollars. Ken has served as a member of his church, a member of the CYO Board of Directors, the Auburn Stingrays Board of Directors and is past president and current board member of the Owasco Watershed Lake Association. Ken received his degree in Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with honors. He is married to his wife of 52 years, Diane, has two daughters and two fantastic grandchildren. He and his wife live on a lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Lauren Burruto

Job Titles:
  • Executive Director
  • Member of the Leadership Team

Linda Becker - Founder, President

Job Titles:
  • Founder
  • Member of the Leadership Team
  • President
As an innovative leader and the founder of NorthStar Network, Linda Becker is passionate about making a lasting impact that radically improves the quality and cost of healthcare for all Americans. Linda began her 24 year corporate career at Xerox as the vice president/general manager of their $2.4 billion worldwide color business. Her first foray into healthcare was when she assumed the positions as corporate vice president and general manager in Kodak's Health Imaging Division, now known as Carestream. Linda led a team of 4,000 people responsible for their digital business which included Computed Radiography, Digital Radiography, PACS, Electronic Medical Records, as well as software and detectors for digital Mammography. Linda left Kodak to build Greater Rochester Enterprise, a regional economic development community resource created to attract new businesses to the region. As the Chief Operating Officer, she recognized the importance of healthcare as a driver for economic development. In 2002, Linda assumed a role on the Board of Directors of Rochester General Hospital System, an integrated healthcare system comprised of seven entities providing healthcare services for the Rochester community. She is now serving her sixth term as Chairman of the Healthcare Services Board and provides support for Rochester General Hospital, Rochester General Ambulatory Division, Hill Haven Nursing Home, Elder One, a pace program for Seniors, Behavioral Health organization and a large physician medical practice. Linda was a member of the Joint Affiliation Team comprised of senior leaders from Rochester General Health System (RGHS) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The charter of the team is to create the Institute of Healthcare Science and Technology, a new college at RIT that opened September 2011 with 900 students. NorthStar Network is a single source of knowledge about the "New Business of Healthcare". The organization coordinates events and on line learning on topics relevant to the Business side of Healthcare. Realizing that the patient is the NorthStar, the organization embraces the needs of patients to guide the work that they do. Her network is comprised of over 100+ well known industry experts that share her passion to help build a better healthcare system in the United States. Linda is a past recipient of the Athena Award and Women in Technology. Linda resides in Rochester and has been married to Larry Becker for 31 years. She is the proud mother of David and Jeffrey.

Michael Waters

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Member of the Leadership Team
Michael Waters retired from Xerox Corporation in October 2006 after 33 years of service. During that time, he held numerous staff and line positions with experiences in finance, field administration and control, quality, business planning, customer satisfaction, training, and human resource management. During his career, he served as Chief Quality Officer for US Customer Operations (1994-1996), Director of Global People Development and Leadership Training (1998-1999), as well as Vice President of Human Resources for both the Office Products Group (2000-2003) and the Production Systems Group (2004-2005). His final assignment at Xerox was Director, Human Resources for the Lean Six Sigma Corporate Office (2005-2006), where he was responsible for the worldwide Lean Six Sigma Deployment strategy. He was also responsible for Human Resource direction and support around Black Belt selection and leadership training as

Milton C. Anderson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Mr. Anderson is a Senior Client Partner in the Philadelphia, Miami, and Atlanta offices of Korn Ferry, representing the Firm's Healthcare Services practice. Mr. Anderson will contribute to Korn Ferry's Advisory and Executive Search segment in Healthcare Services. Mr. Anderson is an experienced executive whose career has included Academic Medical Centers, Healthcare Systems, and Fortune 500 Companies. For over a decade, Mr. Anderson has been an Executive Vice President, and Chief Administrative Officer responsible for the following functional areas: Human Resources, Executive Compensation, Talent Acquisition, IT, Budget & Finance, Business Development, Facilities and Construction, Foundations, Labor Relations, Marketing and Communications, Diversity and Inclusion, Business Development, Business Strategy, Public Relations, and Board Management. In addition to a full spectrum of administrative leadership roles, Mr. Anderson has led Talent Management efforts in International and Domestic US settings. Leading the delivery of all aspects of the executive associate life cycle, to include: Executive Talent Acquisition, System Succession Planning, Executive Leadership Development, Executive Compensation, Benefits planning, and Board Relations. Mr. Anderson is the Board Chair of Neighborhood Health Services Corporation, Plainfield, NJ an (FQHC) designated Health System. Member, National Association of Health Service Executives. Mr. Anderson earned a bachelor's degree at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio and completed a Master of Administrative Science degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ. In addition, Mr. Anderson has completed executive education at Harvard University and Columbia University, respectively.

Nicole Pomerantz

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Leadership Team
  • Digital Marketing Consultant
  • Director of Digital Marketing
Nicole is a dedicated and hardworking professional who has had many positions that have expanded her knowledge of different implications within the public health industry. She utilizes her academic knowledge with professional experiences to educate, connect and share best practices with healthcare providers, vendors and the community to help embrace the changing business of healthcare. She attended the University of Maryland, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor's degree in Public Policy. She then continued at the University of Maryland to earn her Masters of Public Health. Her background in public policy coupled with her concentration in Health Policy has served her to better understand specific health policy motives and processes. Nicole has worked with several organizations with various goals to educate, analyze, and understand many different public health challenges that affect individual communities. She has worked in Congressman Ted Deutch's office as well as served as a Policy Liaison at United Way of Broward County. Prior to NorthStar Network, she also worked with the Department of Health and Human Services - Services to End and Prevent Homelessness in Rockville Maryland to help analyze and create strategic planning for the Interagency Commission on Homelessness. Nicole has also demonstrated her passion for education having helped teach students of all ages both in and out of the classroom. She has served in the role of teaching assistant, graduate assistant and currently a part time religious school teacher.

Nirav R. Shah

Job Titles:
  • Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, is Senior Scholar at Stanford University's School of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of Olea.Health, the leading national provider of diagnostics in the home. He is a leader in digital health and innovation, care transformation, patient safety and quality, and the strategies required to transition to high value, patient-centered care. Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Shah is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Medicine, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Shah serves as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), as an independent director for STERIS plc [NASDAQ:STE], as a trustee of the John A. Hartford Foundation, and as a member of the RAND Health Advisory Board. His federal service includes membership in the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, past service on the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee (Healthy People 2030), current service on the Advisory Committee for the Director of the CDC, and committees of the National Academy of Medicine. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, and as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.

Saralyn Mark

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor
  • Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, SolaMed Solutions, LLC
Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist is the founder, president and CEO of SolaMed Solutions, LLC, a boutique consulting firm. In this capacity, she has served as a medical and scientific policy advisor providing scientific and strategic direction for organizations and agencies including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund, academia, industry, and non-governmental and professional society organizations. She is also the founder and president of the iGIANT®, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the translation of research into gender/sex-specific design elements across all sectors. Dr. Mark was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for 18 years. As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in space. As a pioneer in women's health, she designed the first women's health fellowship in the United States, helped create the National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine, the National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health in academic and community health centers across the country and landmark educational campaigns on critical health issues. Dr. Mark is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and had been the civilian representative to the Surgeon General Physician Advisory Committee. She has chaired or served on over 60 national and international editorial and advisory boards, commissions and task forces including the President's Interagency Council on Women, the National Institutes of Health Federal Work Group on Bone Diseases, the NASA Medical Policy Board, NCQA HEDIS Measurement Advisory Panel, the United Nations (UN) Global Commission on Women's Health, the UN Council on Gender Health, APCO Worldwide International and Healthcare Advisory Councils, the Society for Women's Health Research Board, and the Dean's Scientific Advisory Board for George Mason University. Dr. Mark is an Associate Professor adjunct at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Mark is also an Affiliate Professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a visiting Senior Lecturer at Kings College - London. She is an alumna of the New York University School of Medicine and Barnard College of Columbia University and completed her residency, fellowships and first academic appointment at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF). In 2014, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine following her commencement address. Dr. Mark has published and delivered over 700 lectures in the United States and abroad. She is the author of Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe of Women's Health (Brick Tower Press). She has made over 300 television, radio, on-line and print appearances including CNN, NBC, ABC News and The Washington Post. Dr. Mark has received many accolades and awards from the federal government and prominent medical organizations such as the Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Public Service, the Assistant Secretary of Health Award for Outstanding Team Performance and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation's Public Service Award. She is the recipient of the 2011 American Medical Women's Association Lila A. Wallis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Women's Health and the 2017 NYU School of Medicine Alumni Leadership Award. Dr. Mark continues to foster the development of innovative programs and policies that affect the lives of people around the world.

Tricia K. Gatlin

Job Titles:
  • Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College
Gatlin comes to Fisher from the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) where she has served as associate professor/associate dean for undergraduate affairs and interim associate dean for graduate affairs since 2018. Prior to those roles, she was an assistant professor at the University for seven years. Before her time at UNLV, she served as lecturer and instructor at the University of Portland's School of Nursing from 2002-2011, and as clinical instructor at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon and Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Prior to joining academia, Gatlin practiced nursing in a variety of roles including staff nurse, charge nurse, rehabilitation nurse manager, and director of nursing at hospitals and health care centers around the country. Currently, she serves as a committee member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group of the American Association of College of Nursing, secretary of the Nevada Nurses Association, member of the Nevada State Board of Nursing Education Advisory Committee, board member and director of research and development of the Nevada Obstetrical Charity Clinic, and a community member of the Clark County Diabetes Group. In addition, she is a member of the American Nurses Association as a Nevada Nurses Associate, Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing - Zeta Kappa At Large Chapter, American Association of Diabetes Educators, National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing - STTI. Her research, which primarily focuses on diabetes and support for diabetic patients, has been published in a variety of medical journals. She has also presented and lectured at several regional, national, and international professional conferences. Gatlin is a reviewer for several nursing publications including the International Journal of Nursing Studies, Biological Research for Nursing Journal, Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, and Journal of Aging and Health. She has been the recipient of several awards, most recently receiving a Certificate of Leadership Recognition from the Nevada Nurses Foundation and a Research Award from the Nevada Action Coalition. While at UNLV, she was awarded with the University's Outstanding Team Award - Nurse Camp, Outstanding Research Award, and the Outstanding Teaching Award.