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. She serves on the board of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and sits on the Consensus Standards Approval as well as Palliative and End-of-Life Care Standing Committees for the National Quality Forum. She 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.

    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.

    She 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. Linda lives in Princeton with her husband and two sons. She has been a Princeton resident since 1994.

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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
  • 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.