Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of Cooper University Health Care is a committed group of carefully chosen community and professional leaders who have been entrusted with the major public responsibility and authority to preserve the Mission and Vision of Cooper; and ensure that comprehensive medical services are being delivered in a quality manner consistent with the needs of the South Jersey community.
GEORGE E. NORCROSS, III serves as Executive Chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, one of the nation’s premier insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms. Norcross has been the head of Conner Strong & Buckelew and predecessor companies since 1979.
Norcross also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System and Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he has served as a Trustee since 1990. During this time, Cooper has been transformed into a top-tier tertiary academic medical center, launched the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, the first new medical school in New Jersey in 30 years, and opened the MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Center in October 2013. Norcross has won wide praise for his leadership of Cooper, including recognition as one of New Jersey’s 2013 Top Influencers in New Jersey Biotech by BioNJ, Trustee of the Year by the New Jersey Hospital Association in 2011 and Trustee of the Year by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals in 2006. In 2009, Norcross accepted the Susan G. Komen Beacon of Hope Award on behalf of Cooper University Hospital/Cooper Cancer Institute.
In addition to his role in making Cooper a regional healthcare leader, Norcross has been recognized for his personal philanthropy and support of the larger South Jersey community, especially the City of Camden. Norcross and his wife Sandy serve as co-chairs of The Cooper Gala, which is the largest fundraising event in South Jersey each year and has raised over $6 million to benefit Cooper University Health Care. In addition to supporting The Cooper Foundation, in 2011, Sandy and George Norcross announced a $5 million pledge to Cooper. It was the first commitment in a $50 million capital campaign to help fund the rapid expansion of one of New Jersey’s preeminent academic medical centers.
The Norcross’s family foundation focuses its charitable efforts on improving education for youth, funding research to help cure diseases, supporting the arts and culture, improving the community’s safety, and helping people with disabilities. Through the Norcross Foundation, in conjunction with The Cooper Foundation and in partnership with the non-profit TEAM Schools of New Jersey, New Jersey’s first “renaissance school” is being developed. The KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy will deliver world-class public education to 3,000 children, grades K-12, in Camden.
Norcross has been a long-time benefactor of the Larc School in New Jersey, a special education school for children with disabilities. His involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge, the largest 10K run in the tri-state area and the Larc School’s most significant fundraising event. Through the run and other initiatives, Larc School has been the beneficiary of over $3 million in fundraising dollars. The Norcross family, The Norcross Foundation, and its affiliated entities provide support to over 200 life-changing organizations each year.
Norcross has been nominated for numerous awards to honor his contributions to the community. In 2013, Norcross was honored by the New Jersey March of Dimes at the organization’s Born to Shine Gala and has been honored by Chabad Lubavitch, awarded the Annual Champion of Children Award by the Camden Children’s Garden and the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund for his philanthropic and community leadership.
Norcross also serves on the Board of Directors for Holtec International, a global leader in power generation technologies. Formerly, he served on the Board of Directors of Commerce Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:CBH) and led the $7.8 billion sale of the bank to TD Bank Financial Group. Norcross also served as Chairman and majority shareholder of U.S. Vision, a large national retailer of optical products and services, which he later sold. In 2012, Norcross and other local business and civic leaders purchased Interstate General Media (IGM), the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, the region’s largest and most popular online news source for $55 million. In less than 15 months, Norcross helped stop the rapid decline of the papers circulation, rebuild its delivery system and dramatically improve its online performance. In 2014, Norcross sold his shares to the minority owners at a company valuation of $88 million.
Norcross has two children, Lexie and Alex, and resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with his wife Sandy.
ADRIENNE KIRBY, PhD, FACHE
President and CEO, The Cooper Health System
Adrienne Kirby, PhD, FACHE, is President and CEO of The Cooper Health System. She is responsible for the health system including all hospital and Ambulatory operations and oversees the physician group and the Institute structure at Cooper. Dr. Kirby leads Cooper's efforts to advance strategic healthcare partnerships and the implementation of new models of care delivery to improve quality and service and decrease cost.
Dr. Kirby joined Cooper in January 2012 with more than 30 years of healthcare management experience, much of it at hospitals in the Delaware Valley. Prior to joining Cooper, Dr. Kirby served as President of Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, a 380-bed community teaching hospital. Franklin Square is the third largest hospital in Maryland and has been nationally recognized for excellence in clinical quality. Prior to her accomplishments at Franklin Square, Dr. Kirby served in various leadership positions at Virtua Health, including Chief Operating Officer of Ambulatory Services and Programs of Excellence and Chief Operating Officer of Virtua Hospital Voorhees. At Virtua, she spent more than 10 years building a foundation for growth, physician partnerships and development of services and facilities. Dr. Kirby has also worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was involved in an international healthcare project in Kiev, Ukraine.
Dr. Kirby has served as the chairman of numerous physician-health system joint venture boards. She has also served on many community boards in Southern New Jersey. In 2010 she led the Southern New Jersey American Heart Association's Go Red for Women event.
Dr. Kirby earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Rutgers University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2003 and a certified healthcare executive since 1998. Dr. Kirby was born at Cooper and raised in South Jersey.
PETER S. AMENTA, MD, PhD, is Dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As Dean, Dr. Amenta is responsible for all academic, research and clinical activities of the medical school.
Dr. Amenta received a bachelor of science degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and master of science and doctoral degrees in anatomy as well as his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology). Dr. Amenta is also a member of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and its Internal Advisory Board and serves as a Director of Immunohistochemistry Shared Resource.
SIDNEY R. BROWN is Chief Executive Officer of National Freight Industries (NFI), a premier integrated supply chain solutions company.
NFI is one of the largest privately-held third party logistics companies in the country. Mr. Brown joined National Freight in the early 1980s when the company was focused mainly on over-the-road trucking services. Over the next twenty-five years the company quickly evolved into four affiliated companies providing transportation services (National Freight), warehousing and inventory management (National Distribution Centers), dedicated fleets and transportation management (Interactive Logistics) and real estate development (Real Estate). In 2008, the company continued to evolve and positioned all its companies under one corporate brand, NFI. NFI in North America now consists of Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution, Transportation, Intermodal, Real Estate, Transportation Brokerage, Contract Packaging, Solar, Global Freight Forwarding and NFI Canada.
In addition to his role as CEO of NFI, Mr. Brown also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sun National Bank (NASDAQ: SNBC). He was also Acting President and CEO of Sun National Bank from February 2007 to January 2008 and from November 2013 to June 2014.
Mr. Brown is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BSBA degree. He began his career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York City. In 1983 he received his MBA from Harvard University before joining NFI.
Mr. Brown formerly served on the Board of Beth El Synagogue and Moorestown Friends. He is currently a Board Member of J&J Snack Foods (NASDAQ: JJSF) and FS Energy and Power Fund.
Mr. Brown has three children and resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Sandy.
MICHAEL E. CHANSKY, MD, is Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital and Associate Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden. For the past 25 years, under his direct leadership and through his strong commitment to his patients, graduate education and staff, Dr. Chansky has transformed Cooper’s Department of Emergency Medicine into one of the highest quality and busiest EDs in the region, treating more than 65,000 patients a year.
Dr. Chansky received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he moved on to serve as Chief Resident prior to coming to Cooper full time. Dr. Chansky has many teaching awards for his commitment to academics from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,where he taught for more than two decades. In 2003 he was inducted into the Masters Education Guild at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the first Camden Campus faculty member to be so honored.
LEON D. DEMBO, Esq., is the managing member of the law firm Dembo & Saldutti LLP in Cherry Hill, NJ, where his practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate and commercial law.
Mr. Dembo received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University and earned his juris doctor degree from Rutgers University Law School, Camden, NJ. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1980 and is licensed in the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Dembo is a past Vice-President and currently serves on the Board of Managers for the Katz Jewish Community Center of South Jersey. He resides in Voorhees with his wife, Jody, and their two children, Adam and Michelle.
DENNIS M. DiFLORIO, former Chairman of Commerce Bank, N.A., has more than 30 years of management and executive leadership experience in the financial services industry. His career includes 20 years of service with Commerce, having served successively as Senior Vice President of Operations and President of Retail Banking and Operations prior to being named Chairman.
Mr. DiFlorio is active in several community organizations. His special interest is in helping children afflicted with progeria--a rare, premature-aging disease. He also works with the Sunshine Foundation, which brings more than 30 children with progeria from all around the world together for an annual week-long reunion.
Mr. DiFlorio is a graduate of Temple University, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He and his family reside in Voorhees, NJ.
GENEROSA GRANA, MD, FACP, is Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Head of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Cooper University Health Care. She is an expert in the field of genetics and breast cancer. She is also Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan Univeristy and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey.
After graduating with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Grana attended medical school at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago before completing her residency in internal medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Grana completed her fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University in Philadelphia, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in preventive oncology.
Dr. Grana has received numerous awards, including the Johnson & Johnson Community Health Crystal Award in 1999, the American Cancer Society Silver Chalice Award in 1999 and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Light of Life" award in 2009.
ALI A. HOUSHMAND is President of Rowan University.
Throughout his years in academia, Dr. Ali Houshmand has been a professor, academic advisor, director, dean and provost. He has published more than 40 papers, received several teaching awards and helped establish a highly successful professional studies college.
Dr. Houshmand came to Rowan University in September 2006 from Drexel University, where he served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies and Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. For the 18 months he served as Provost, Dr. Houshmand oversaw 11 colleges and associated support services. He supervised the implementation of Drexel’s five-year strategic plan, achieving all specific first-year goals in the areas of research, budgeting, cooperative education, faculty development, undergraduate programs and student retention.
He also was on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, where he served as Director of Graduate Studies of the industrial engineering program and Acting Director of the industrial engineering program. During that time, he tripled the number of graduate students in industrial engineering, established a comprehensive freshman retention program for the College of Engineering and developed a college-wide teaching effectiveness course, proven to significantly improve instructional quality. For three years, he was the Director of Student Assessment for the College of Engineering with emphasis on accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and North Central Association: Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Prior to joining academia, he worked as a staff analyst for United Airlines developing large-scale optimization and forecasting models.
Dr. Houshmand earned his bachelor’s (with honors) and master’s degrees in mathematics and mathematical statistics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
PAUL KATZ, MD, was appointed Founding Dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in June 2010. He has been a physician, educator and administrator for more than 30 years at prestigious institutions along the East Coast.
Prior to joining Cooper Medical School, Dr. Katz served as Founding Vice Dean of Faculty and Clinical Affairs of The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA. He was instrumental in shepherding the college, which opened in 2009, through the medical education accreditation process and enrolling its first class.
Since earning his medical degree at Georgetown University, Dr. Katz also has been affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Georgetown Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute, and the University of Miami School of Medicine.
DUANE D. MYERS is President and CEO of M&C Insurance Agency, Inc., a full-service insurance agency, writing property, casualty and health insurance lines. Mr. Myers founded the company in 1983 after receiving a bachelor of arts in accounting from Rutgers University, CCAS in Camden, NJ. The company is headquartered in Pennsauken, NJ, and has grown to include multiple locations in South Jersey.
Mr. Myers formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, NJ. Currently, he serves on the Camden Board of Education Foundation. Additionally, Mr. Myers serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Camcare Health Corporation. He is also a Board Member of Rebuilding Together.
Mr. Myers has devoted many years of service and support to numerous South Jersey community organizations with a strong commitment toward working with youth. He and his wife reside in Washington Township with their two children.
ANNETTE C. REBOLI, MD, is President of the Medical Staff of the Cooper Health System, Professor of Medicine and the Vice Founding Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She is responsible for oversight of the LCME accreditation process, all aspects of faculty affairs and faculty development, and development of affiliations for the medical school.
Dr. Reboli received a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC. She received her medical degree cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. She completed an internship, residency and a year as Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, followed by a three-year clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to becoming Vice Founding Dean, she served as Interim Dean of CMSRU and was the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Deputy Chief for Administration of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where she also served as the hospital epidemiologist.
Dr. Reboli is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Reboli has been named a “Top Doctor” in a variety of magazines, including New Jersey Monthly, Philadelphia magazine, South Jersey Magazine, SJ Magazine and Consumer’s Checkbook. She has been recognized by Who’s Who and Best Doctors in America. She has served as an expert in infectious diseases on several committees for the county and state. Dr. Reboli’s main research interest is in candidemia and other forms of invasive candidiasis. Over the course of her career, she has garnered over $5 million in research support from a variety of sources, including NIH, NIAID, private foundations and industry.
In 2008, she received the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Dean’s Research Award in the faculty-clinical sciences category for research on antifungal therapy that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She serves on the Candida Infections Guidelines Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Philadelphia College of Physicians.
ROBERT A. SAPORITO, DDS, received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA; his doctor of dental science from the School of Dental and Oral Surgery of Columbia University; and a specialty certificate in prosthodontics from the College of Dentistry, New York University.
He previously served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and as a faculty practitioner of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School in Newark, with courtesy staff appointment at University Hospital in Newark. Dr. Saporito also held various administrative and academic appointments within UMDNJ, including that of Dean of the New Jersey Dental School.
His significant professional activities revolve around teaching, research, and service on a local, national and international level. In addition, Dr. Saporito is actively involved in community service.
ROLAND SCHWARTING, M, is the Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, and Professor of Pathology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He received his MD from Kiel University, Germany, in 1981. He subsequently spent three years at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center developing tumor markers, some of which have U.S. patents and are distributed worldwide. Dr. Schwarting finished his residency in pathology in Berlin, Germany, and continued as an attending pathologist at Thomas Jefferson University until 2006. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Hematopathology. He is President Elect of the Medical Staff of the Cooper Health System, and serves also as the President of the South Jersey Pathology Society.
WILLIAM A. SCHWARTZ, JR. is President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Vision, a retail chain of optical products with corporate headquarters in Glendora, NJ. A member of the Board of Trustees for seven years, he also serves on several Board committees, including the Executive Committee.
Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner Roman Catholic High School in Upper Darby, PA, and trained with Bausch & Lomb in Wilmington prior to joining his father, who had an optical shop in Ardmore, PA. From that small beginning, the business grew to what it is today, with 543 optical centers in 48 states. Mr.Schwartz also serves on the Boards of U.S. Vision, Commerce Bank, Mothers Works and Alfred Angelo.
JOSEPH C. SPAGNOLETTI was appointed Campbell Soup Company's Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in August 2008. He leads the company’s global information technology function, providing IT strategy to help Campbell Soup Company meet its business goals.
Since he joined Campbell Soup in 1997 as Director-IT, Food Service, Mr. Spagnoletti has held several positions of increasing responsibility in global sales and marketing, supply chain, and research and development. Most recently, he was Vice President-IT for Campbell North America, where he successfully led several key projects, including the implementation of a trade management system and oversight of North American SAP implementations.
Previously, Mr. Spagnoletti spent seven years as an Information Technology Director with medical technology company Becton Dickinson, responsible for the medical device and acute care businesses. He began his career developing and implementing financial systems for a New York City software development firm.
Mr. Spagnoletti earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Albright College in Reading, PA. He serves on the Campbell Soup Foundation, the Temple University Fox School of Business Advisory Board and the Board of Governors of the Academy of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University. In 2004, he was recognized with Campbell's Influence with Honor leadership award.
Mr. Spagnoletti’s interests include vintage automobiles, motorcycles, snowboarding and surfing. He resides in South Jersey with his wife Maria and two children.
K. P. (KRIS) SINGH, PhD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Holtec International, an energy technology company that manufactures and supplies equipment and systems for nuclear, solar, geothermal and fossil-power generation sectors of energy. Since establishing Holtec International in 1986, Dr. Singh has focused on its growth and success, helping build the company into a technology powerhouse respected for its engineered goods and services around the world.
Dr. Singh received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, a masters in engineering mechanics, also from Penn in 1969, and a BS in mechanical engineering from the Ranchi University in India in 1967.
Dr. Singh serves on several corporate boards including the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Board of Overseers, School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Pennsylvania and Holtec International.
HARVEY A. SNYDER, MD, is an Attending Physician in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at Cooper University Health Care, with a teaching appointment at the University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden. He also holds privileges at West Jersey Hospital/Marlton and Camden Divisions and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Snyder is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine; a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology; and a member of the American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.
He received his bachelor of arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA with honors, and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Snyder served his internship, residency and chief residency at The Cornell University Medical Center-The New York Hospital and then proceeded to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases.
M. ALLAN VOGELSON, JSC (Retired), enjoyed a 16-year judicial career, during which time he served as a presiding judge for the Camden County Superior Court for more than 12 years. He served as presiding judge of the Camden County Superior Court’s Civil Division for eight years, and was subsequently appointed presiding judge of that Court’s Chancery Division. Judge Vogelson was in private practice in Camden and Haddonfield, New Jersey from 1965 to 1991.
A successful litigator, he also served as solicitor or counsel to numerous public entities during that time, and held various government posts including serving as a member of the New Jersey State Legislature Reappointment Committee, Director of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders and a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees. Judge Vogelson is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County, New Jersey.
PETER E. DRISCOLL, ESQ., a senior member of the Haddonfield law firm of Archer & Greiner, is a member of the American, New Jersey, and Camden County Bar Associations; and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Attorneys. He is also Chairman of Plastic Suppliers, a privately owned international manufacturer and distributor of plastic films and sheet.
After receiving his bachelor of arts degree from Williams College, Mr. Driscoll attended Harvard Law School and graduated with a bachelor of law degree in 1964.
Mr. Driscoll's many civic activities have included associations with the Haddonfield Board of Education, the Camden County Guidance Center, and Planned Parenthood-Greater Camden. He is presently serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Coriell Institute of Medical Research. His long service to Cooper includes 13 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.