Members & Staff
Ex-Officio Members

As outlined in the Authority's by-laws, the Authority consists of seven members, three of whom are ex-officio (namely: the Commissioner of Health, the Commissioner of Human Services and the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance).

 

Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., Chairperson

Judith M. Peresichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., Chairperson

(Serves during her term as Commissioner of the Department of Health)

Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., began serving as Acting Commissioner of Health on August 5, 2019 and was confirmed on January 9, 2020.

Prior to leading the department, Ms. Persichilli served as the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of University Hospital in Newark.

Ms. Persichilli was president emerita of CHE Trinity Health, the health ministry formed in May 2013 by the consolidation of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health of Livonia, MI.  She previously served as the interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of CHE Trinity Health.  Prior to this appointment, Ms. Persichilli was President and CEO of Catholic Health East.

Ms. Persichilli joined CHE in 2003 as the Executive Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Division.  She was promoted to Executive Vice President of acute care for the system in 2008 and then to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2009 before assuming the role of CEO.  Prior to joining CHE’s System Office, she served for eight years as CEO at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

Ms. Persichilli received her nursing diploma from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing summa cum laude from Rutgers University, and a Master of Arts in Administration summa cum laude from Rider University. She also received an honorary Doctor of Health degree from Georgian Court University in 2009.  In May 2011, Ms. Persichilli received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

In 2006, Ms. Persichilli was inducted into the New Jersey State Nurses Association Hall of Honor. She also received the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton’s highest honor when she was awarded the 2008 Richard J. Hughes Humanitarian Award.  In 2011, Ms. Persichilli was named one of the 50 most powerful people in New Jersey health care by NJ Biz and was selected by KYW Newsradio as a recipient of its annual Women’s Achievement Award. She also received the 2011 Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Award for Outstanding Medical Executive.  In September 2011, Ms. Persichilli was awarded the Benemerenti Medal, a papal honor bestowed on her by Pope Benedict XVI. In October 2011, the Philadelphia Business Journal’s inaugural Healthcare Innovation Awards program named Persichilli as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Persichilli was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” list in 2012, which recognizes individuals leading prominent American health care organizations.

Persichilli co-founded the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, which provides fundraising support to organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.  In April 2013, Modern Healthcare named Persichilli to its 2013 list of Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

Ms. Persichilli resides in Pennington.

 

Sarah Adelman

Photo of Sarah Adelman Sarah Adelman (Serves during her term as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Services)

Sarah Adelman was named Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services as of January 16, 2021. Ms. Adelman previously served as the Deputy Commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Human Services, overseeing the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Aging Services, and the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, which operates the Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare program. Ms. Adelman also serves as the Commissioner’s designee on the Board of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.

Ms. Adelman has worked in Medicaid and health policy for more than a decade, previously serving as Vice President at the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. Ms. Adelman also previously served on the Board of Trustees for Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, the Board of Directors for a statewide child abuse and neglect prevention program, and the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey's Healthcare Steering Committee. Ms. Adelman was named among “New Jersey’s Top 10 Healthcare Policy Analysts and Experts” by NJ Spotlight. Ms. Adelman received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Rowan University, a certificate in Advanced Healthcare Leadership from Seton Hall University, and was a fellow in the inaugural class of the New Jersey Healthcare Executives Leadership Academy.

 

Marlene Caride, Esq.

Marlene Caride, Esq (photo)

(Serves during her term as Commissioner of the Department of Banking
and Insurance)

Marlene Caride, Esq. served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2012, where she represented the 36th Legislative District. Caride served in the Assembly on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee (as Vice-Chair), the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation and the Intergovernmental Relations Commission.

Caride earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was awarded a J.D. degree from the California Western School of Law. She is an attorney who is a partner in private practice with the firm of Gonzalez & Caride. She has served as prosecutor for the Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control of West New York from 2009 to 2012, as an attorney of the town's parking authority from 1995 to 2009, and has been the municipal prosecutor of the Borough of Ridgefield since 2011. In her hometown of Ridgefield, she was a library alternate trustee from 2005-2006 and was an alternate member of the board of health from 2005 to 2007

 

Public Members
David G. Brown II

David G. Brown II

Public Member (term expires 4/30/2024)

David G. Brown ll was confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate as the newest member of the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority on October 29, 2020. He was nominated by Governor Murphy on August 8 of this year.

Mr. Brown is currently the Administrator of the Borough of Bradley Beach. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Linden-Roselle Sewerage Authority and as the Administrator of the Borough of Roselle. Prior to that, Mr. Brown held several municipal leadership positions, including Director of Newark’s Urban Enterprise Zone and Director of Public Works and Urban Development for Plainfield, NJ.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey.

A native of Long Branch, Mr. Brown served in the New Jersey National Guard and has both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s in Public Administration from Kean University.

 

Dr. Munr Kazmir

Dr. Munr Kazmir Vice Chair (term of office expires April 30, 2019)

Dr. Kazmir is the CEO of Quality Home Care Providers and founder of Direct Meds Pharmacies, Inc. and Easy Carry Inc.  He is also the founder of American School Systems which brings American values to Third World and Middle Eastern children. 

Dr. Munr Kazmir heralds a lifetime of leadership as a CEO, entrepreneur, physician, and philanthropist in the healthcare industry. Having served on numerous hospital boards, healthcare research, and healthcare advisory committees, his experience will be a great benefit to the Health Care Facilities Financing Authority. As a recipient of various humanitarian awards, Dr. Kazmir also brings a deep appreciation of the intricate and essential role of health care for the citizens of New Jersey.

Dr. Kazmir is a former Presidential Commission on the White House Fellow and is known for his bipartisan efforts on behalf of law enforcement officers and their survivors.  Dr. Kazmir is a former Commissioner of the NJ Lottery and served on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and The National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Over the past three decades, Dr. Kazmir has been recognized domestically and internationally for humanitarian efforts to combat juvenile diabetes, contributions of prosthetic devices to children, improving the care and rehabilitation of multi-handicapped blind children, opening a school in Asia with top-quality education and medical care, promoting democratic governance in third-world countries, and supporting law enforcement foundations throughout the United States.

In May 2011, Dr. Kazmir joined the ranks of six former presidents and Nobel Prize winners in being awarded the distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his outstanding accomplishments and upstanding citizenry. 

Dr. Kazmir graduated from the University of Punjab where he received his M.B.B.S./M.D. He completed his internal medicine internship at the White Plains Hospital/Montefiore Medical Center in New York and additional medical studies at the Methodist Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. He also completed his PGY3 at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Medicine in New York.

 

Suzette T. Rodriguez, Esq.

Photo of Suzette T. Rodriguez, Esq.Secretary and Treasurer (term of office expired April 30, 2012)

Suzette T. Rodriguez, Esq. is an accomplished corporate counsel with significant experience advising company personnel on matters affecting the business operations of various companies. Her specialties include civil litigation, employment law and general corporate counseling. Ms. Rodriguez has joined the firm of Blank Rome LLP, as Of Counsel in the Labor and Employment group. Previously she was in-house Associate Counsel for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., where she was responsible for managing defensive and affirmative litigation matters, including vicarious and direct liability claims, employment litigation, franchise litigation, and enforcing intellectual property rights. She was also responsible for advising company personnel in diverse matters affecting the business operations of the Company. 

Prior to joining Jackson Hewitt, Ms. Rodriguez worked in the Labor and Employment Departments of LeClairRyan in Newark, New Jersey and Wong Fleming in Princeton, New Jersey.   Ms. Rodriguez also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Travis L. Francis of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division-General Equity.

Ms. Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in English Literature from Hunter College, City University.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.   While in law school, Ms. Rodriguez served as the Managing Articles Editor of the Rutgers' Race and the Law Review and was awarded a fellowship from Equal Justice America.  In addition, Ms. Rodriguez served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Marina Corodemus, Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division-Mass Torts.  In 2003, Ms. Rodriguez was granted the Distinguished Graduate Award by the National Catholic Educational Association for exemplifying the best qualities of catholic education and rendering distinguished service to the Catholic Church.

Ms. Rodriguez is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, State of New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. 

Ms. Rodriguez is currently the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the Deputy Regional President (Region III) of the Hispanic National Bar Association.  She is also active in the community and serves as an Advisory Board Member for the New Jersey Educational Empowerment Project (NJLEEP), a pipeline diversity effort dedicated to increasing minority representation in the legal profession by introducing students to the law and skill building at a young age.   In December 2009, Ms. Rodriguez was appointed by Governor Jon S. Corzine to serve as a public member of the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, where she is currently the Secretary and serves on the Audit Evaluation Committee.

 

Authority Staff

All Authority staff can be reached by telephone at (609) 292-8585 followed by the staff member's extension as listed below. To reach a staff member by facsimile, send the fax the individual's attention at (609) 633-7778.

Office of the Executive Director

Mark E. Hopkins
Executive Director
MHopkins@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5623

Cindy Kline
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
CKline@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5622

Robin Piotrowski, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Manager & Ethics Liaison Officer
RPiotrowski@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5618

Christopher Kniesler
Communications Specialist
CKniesler@njhcffa.com
609-789-5620

John Johnson
Network Administrator
JJohnson@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5627

Division of Research, Investor Relations and Compliance

Frank Troy
Director of Research, Investor Relations and Compliance
FTroy@njhcffa.com
609-789-5631

Taryn Rommell
Assistant Director of Research, Investor Relations and Compliance
TJauss@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5642

Neetu Thukral
Compliance Manager
NThukral@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5640

Nino McDonald
Database Analyst
NMcdonald@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5625

Division of Project Management

William McLaughlin
Director, Project Management
BMcLaughlin@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5616

Edwin Fuentes
Project Manager
EFuentes@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5630

Tracey D. Cameron
Administrative Assistant
TCameron@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5615

Division of Operations, Finance and Special Projects

Ronald S. Marmelstein
Director, Operations, Finance & Special Projects
RMarmelstein@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5636

Alpa Patel
Controller
APatel@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5626

Bill Lohman
Construction Compliance Officer
609-789-5638

Jessica Waite
Account Administrator
JLucas@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5639

Michael Solidum
Account Administrator
MSolidum@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5617

Diane Johnson
Senior Assistant Account Administrator
DJohnson@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5628

Taryn Brzdek
Assistant Account Administrator & Custodian of the Record
TBrzdek@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5635

Ellen Lieber
Accountant II
ELieber@NJHCFFA.com
609-789-5629

Jessica Rinderer
Administrative Assistant
JRinderer@njhcffa.com
609-789-5633