Quality Institute Board of Directors

  • Linda J. Schwimmer, JD

    President & CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

    Linda Schwimmer is the President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The Quality Institute is a non-profit focused on improving the quality and affordability of health care in New Jersey. Ms. Schwimmer is also a member of the board of the Leapfrog Group, a national hospital safety advocacy group that issues the Hospital Safety Grade. Ms. Schwimmer serves on the board of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, is Vice Chair for the National Quality Forum (NQF) Consensus Standards Approval Committee, and also serves on the NQF Palliative and End-of-Life Care Standing Committee. Ms. Schwimmer also serves on the Quality Improvement Advisory Committee for the NJ Department of Health and has made the NJ Biz Power 50 in Health Care list in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Ms. Schwimmer was asked to co-chair Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s healthcare transition team.

    Prior to joining the Quality Institute, Ms. Schwimmer was Director of Strategic Relations & External Affairs at Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. There, Schwimmer was on the leadership team that brought Accountable Care Organizations and the largest Patient Centered Medical Home program to New Jersey.

    Ms. Schwimmer also served in State Government as Director of Legislation and Policy for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, where she represented the Department’s position before the State Legislature and worked with State and federal officials on priority legislative initiatives impacting the Insurance, Banking and Real Estate industries. Ms. Schwimmer’s experience in State government also includes policy and counsel positions with the Senate Majority Office, where she staffed the Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

    Ms. Schwimmer also has experience in the federal government, having clerked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and worked as an attorney at the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. For over a decade, she was a lawyer in private practice, specializing in bankruptcy and commercial law.

    Ms. Schwimmer received a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Suzanne M. Miller, PhD

    Chair of the Board; Senior Professor / Director, Psychosocial & Behavioral Medicine; Fox Chase Cancer Center / Temple University Health System

    Suzanne M. Miller, PhD is Professor and Director of the Patient Empowerment and Decision Making Department at Fox Chase Cancer Center/Temple University Health System, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (Department of Psychiatry), and Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine (Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine) and Temple University, College of Health Professions. She also chairs the NJHCQI Board and is a member of numerous other nonprofit and academic boards.

    Dr. Miller’s funded research and clinical services are focused at the interfaced of psychosocial science and health, with a view to applying personalized biobehavioral and health communication principles to bridge the gap between the availability of ground breaking disease prevention and control technologies to the populations they are intended to service. Dr. Miller has received the Partners in Research Award from the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, the Cancer Control Award from the American Cancer Society, the C. Tracy Orleans Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Senior Scientist Oncology Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the QI Joint Legislative Resolution Award on behalf of the State of NJ.

    She is the Editor-In-Chief of Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, and is a Featured Grantee of the National Cancer Institute. Her most recent books are Individuals, Families, and The New Era of Genomics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives (Norton Publications, 2006), the Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Science: A Resource for Researchers, Practitioners, and Policy Makers (APA Publications, 2008) and the Handbook of Health Decision Science (Springer Publications, 2016).

    Born in Montreal Canada, Dr. Miller received her PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London (The Royal Bethlam and Maudsley Hospitals), and her BSc from McGill University.

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  • Judy Persichilli, RN

    Judith M. Persichilli

    Vice Chair; President Emeritus, CHE-Trinity Health
  • Donald Bryan, JD

    Secretary; Director, Division of Insurance, New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance (Retired)
  • Kemi Alli, MD

    Chief Executive and Medical Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center

    Dr. Kemi Alli graduated from Rutgers the State University of NJ in 1991. She went on to attend medical school and residency at UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Alli has been the Chief Executive Officer at Henry J. Austin Health Center, a federally qualified health center, since May 2015. Prior to becoming the CEO she was the Chief Medical Officer from 2008 to 2015. However she has been a board certified pediatrician practicing at Henry J. Austin for over 18 years.

    Recently she has led several primary care enhancement initiatives to reduce health disparities, improve patient health outcomes and access to care. One such initiative decreased wait times from 37 days for an established patient to get an appointment to just under 2 days. She currently presents this work to colleagues from across the nation. She is continuing this transformative re-design of the health care delivery process at Henry J. Austin by implementing an integrated health care system including both substance misuse/abuse and behavioral health care illnesses and treatment in the primary care medical home.

    Dr. Alli is an active member of the community working on the board of directors for Thomas Edison State University and several other not-for-profit agencies in the city; including the Trenton Health Team, Inc (THT) working on initiatives like advance access scheduling, reducing inappropriate ED utilization and implementing a city wide health information exchange system. She also actively serves on several committees including Horizon NJ Health’s quality peer review committee and utilization management committee; and the Mercer County Integrated Care Collaborative, which is a group of mental health providers collaborating to provide a model of integrated primary and mental/behavioral health care.

    Throughout the years through all her work, Dr Alli’s sole goal has been and continues to be to help improve the quality of life for the residents in the great city of Trenton.

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  • Robert Andrews, JD

    Robert "Rob" Andrews, JD

    Former Congressman, New Jersey 1st Congressional District; CEO, Health Transformation Alliance
  • Andrea Aughenbaugh, RN

    Andrea W. Aughenbaugh, RN

    CEO, New Jersey State Nurses Association (Retired)
  • James J. Florio

    James J. Florio, JD

    Former Governor of New Jersey; Senior Partner, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC
  • Charlene Holzbaur

    Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget for New Jersey; Financial Management Specialist, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Region II
  • Heather Howard

    Heather Howard, JD

    Former New Jersey Health Commissioner; Director of State Health Reform Assistance Network; Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Fred M. Jacobs, MD

    Fred M. Jacobs, MD, JD

    Former New Jersey Health Commissioner; Executive Vice President & Chair of Department of Medicine, St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Michael Sedrish

    Michael A. Sedrish, MD

    Medical Director, MediSys Health Network, Inc.
  • Christine A. Stearns

    Christine A. Stearns, JD

    Counsel, Government Affairs, Gibbons P.C.