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 Norcross

GEORGE E. NORCROSS III serves as Executive Chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, one of the nation’s largest insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms. Norcross has been the head of Conner Strong & Buckelew and predecessor companies since founding the firm in 1979 in a basement office in Camden, New Jersey.

Mr. Norcross also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System, Cooper University Hospital, and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, all in Camden, NJ. He has served as a Trustee of Cooper University Hospital since 1990. Under this leadership, Cooper has grown into a top-tier tertiary academic medical center and is the only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey. Annually, nearly two million patients visit Cooper’s 750-plus physicians practicing in 75 specialties at more than 100 convenient medical offices and three urgent care centers. As Chair, Mr. Norcross led Cooper as it launched the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, the first new medical school in New Jersey in 30 years, and opened the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

Mr. Norcross has won wide praise for his leadership of Cooper and has been repeatedly named one of New Jersey’s top health care leaders by NJBiz, recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Influencers in New Jersey Biotech by BioNJ, Trustee of the Year by the New Jersey Hospital Association, and Trustee of the Year by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. For his leadership in the creating of Cooper’s Veterans VIP Priority Program, Mr. Norcross was awarded the prestigious Seven Seals Award given by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support for National Guard and Reserves. In 2009, Mr. Norcross accepted the Susan G. Komen Beacon of Hope Award on behalf of Cooper University Hospital/Cooper Cancer Institute. 

Mr. Norcross serves as chair of The Cooper Gala, which is one of the largest single event charity fundraisers in the greater Philadelphia-South Jersey area each year and has raised $14.3 million to benefit Cooper University Health Care, including $2.2 million in 2019. In addition to supporting The Cooper Foundation, in 2011, Mr. Norcross committed $5 million 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.

In addition to his role in making Cooper a regional health care leader, Mr. Norcross has been recognized for his personal philanthropy and support of the larger South Jersey community, especially the City of Camden. Conner Strong & Buckelew, working with 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. Conner Strong & Buckelew was a founding sponsor of a $1 million grant program for Camden City based non-profit organizations committed to making Camden a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play.  To increase employment among Camden residents, Mr. Norcross led the creation and funding of Camden Works, along with NAACP, Latin America Economic Development Association, Center for Family Services, Hopeworks, and Camden County Workforce Investment Board. 

Through The Norcross Foundation and in conjunction with The Cooper Foundation and in partnership with the non-profit TEAM Schools of New Jersey, Mr. Norcross led development of the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy which delivers world-class public education to 3,000 children, grades K-12, in Camden.  A KIPP Cooper Norcross High School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. 

In partnership with AmeriHealth New Jersey, The Cooper Foundation and The Norcross Foundation founded and provided $1 million to create the Camden Health and Athletic Association (CHAA) in order to expand youth sports programs and health initiatives in the City of Camden. Since its kickoff, CHAA has helped more than 1,000 Camden children participate in more than 30 sports programs across Camden. 

Mr. Norcross has been a long-time benefactor of the Larc School in New Jersey, a special education school for children with disabilities, and he and his family were recognized for their commitment at the school’s 50th anniversary in 2018. 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 more than $5 million in fundraising dollars.

Mr. Norcross has been widely recognized for his leadership and contributions to the community. He was named a 2020 “Champion of the C-Suite” by ROI-NJ for “making the impossible possible” and the 2018 Business Leader of the Year by the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University for his successes as a business and community leader. In 2015, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey awarded Mr. Norcross and his family the Haas Regional Champion Medal for their commitment to the United Way’s mission and embodying the entrepreneurial spirit of the legendary philanthropist, John Haas. In 2013, Mr. 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.

Mr. Norcross also serves on the Board of Directors for the Coriell Institute for Medical Research and Holtec International, a global leader in power generation technologies. He was on the Board of Directors for Delta Risk, a firm that provides high impact cybersecurity and risk management services to government and private sector clients worldwide. Formerly, he served on the Board of Directors of Commerce Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:CBH) and as Lead Director of the $7.8 billion sale of the bank to TD Bank Financial Group. Mr. Norcross was Chairman and majority shareholder of U.S. Vision, a large national retailer of optical products and services, which he later sold. In 2012, Mr. 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. In 2014, Mr. Norcross sold his shares to the minority owners.

Mr. Norcross has two adult children.

 

Kevin O'Dowd

KEVIN M. O’DOWD, JD, is Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care. In this capacity, Mr. O’Dowd and fellow Co-President/CEO Dr. Anthony J. Mazzarelli oversee all strategic direction and day-to-day functions and operations of the health system. 

From December of 2014 to March of 2018, Mr. O’Dowd served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Cooper University Health Care. In that role, Mr. O'Dowd was responsible for business and organizational development, including the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper partnership. In addition, Mr. O'Dowd also oversaw compliance, marketing, communications, government relations, real estate, and human resources for the health system.

Before joining Cooper, Mr. O’Dowd served in the Cabinet of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, including as Chief of Staff from 2012 to 2014. Prior to joining the Christie Administration in 2010 as counsel to the Governor, Mr. O’Dowd served as Chief of the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. During his seven-year tenure as a federal prosecutor, Mr. O’Dowd investigated and prosecuted cases ranging from computer hacking and intellectual property theft to complex health care, securities, and financial fraud. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. O’Dowd served as the Chair of the Health Care Task Force, which comprised the leading federal and state health care fraud investigators and prosecutors in the State of New Jersey.

While at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. O’Dowd was a frequent panelist and speaker on health care compliance matters. Mr. O’Dowd was twice awarded the Integrity Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Award for Excellence from the U.S. President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. In 2012, Seton Hall University School of Law presented Mr. O’Dowd with the St. Thomas More Medal for his distinguished public service.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2003, Mr. O’Dowd served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey for nearly five years. In that position, Mr. O’Dowd’s responsibilities included providing legal counsel to the New Jersey Department of Health. Mr. O’Dowd received his BA from The Catholic University of America in 1994 and his JD from St. John’s University School of Law in 1997.

Mr. O’Dowd serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, a member of the Camden Health and Athletic Association Board of Trustees, a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees, a member of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey Board of Trustees, member of America’s Essential Hospitals Policy Committee, member of The VIDOCQ Society of Philadelphia, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey Board of Directors. Mr. O’Dowd also serves as a member of the South Jersey Industries Board of Directors.

 

Dr. Mazzarelli

ANTHONY J. MAZZARELLI, MD, JD, MBE is Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care. Dr. Mazzarelli has had various roles at Cooper since his arrival in 1999. His most recent role prior to being named Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care was as Chief Physician Executive and Senior Executive Vice President. In that position he had oversight of Quality and Patient Safety for the health system as well as oversight of Cooper's practice plan of more than 630 employed physicians who also serve as the faculty for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Prior to that role, he was Senior Vice President of Operations and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, where he reorganized the Quality and Patient Safety Department, which led Cooper to its recent first-time recognition as a “Top Performer” by The Joint Commission. Under his leadership, Cooper also realized significant improvement in the nationally recognized quality and safety Leapfrog Report Card.

In 2011, Dr. Mazzarelli helped start Cooper’s new Process Improvement office, which has included the introduction of continuous process improvement principles, such as Lean Six Sigma, as a methodology for operational efficiency improvements. Prior to that role, he was Vice President of Strategic Planning and Implementation and was responsible for assisting in the development of the latest strategic plan for the health system as well as other business development projects. He was also one of the three original team members to work on integrating Cooper and Rowan in preparation for the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Mazzarelli received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his master's in bioethics from University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident and later as the Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine. In 2009, he was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “Best Physicians Under 40.” In 2010, he was awarded the Halo Award by the South Jersey Professionals Association for leading a team of 18 health care providers from Cooper into Haiti in the days immediately following the 2010 earthquake.

In 2012, Dr. Mazzarelli was named one of the 50 most powerful people in New Jersey health care by NJ Biz. A member of the board of trustees for the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, as well as the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, Dr. Mazzarelli has also received commendations for his leadership, and was named an Outstanding Young American by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.

 

Peter Amenta

PETER S. AMENTA, MD, PhD, a Cooper Board Member since 2006, most recently served as the President and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center (2015–2019), the world-renowned institute centered on diabetes treatment and research. A former member of Joslin’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Amenta is also a well-known clinician and scientist with significant administrative experience in medical education, clinical management, and research development.

Dr. Amenta served as the Dean of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and became the founding dean of Rutgers-RWJMS in 2013; the CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, the faculty medical practice and a faculty member/practitioner of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and University Hospital from 1989 to 2015, respectively.

During his 26-plus years at RWJMS and the University Hospital, Dr. Amenta held a number of key administrative positions, including Residency Program Director, Chief of the Pathology Service and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief of Staff at RWJUH, and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at RWJMS. He was the founding Director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s Immunohistochemistry Shared Resource, and a member of the Cancer Institute’s Scientific Council and Internal Advisory Board. He is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist. His research contributed to our understanding of novel connective tissue components during development and disease, as well as the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal diseases. He served on the Editorial Board of Human Pathology and as a reviewer for a number of other clinical and research journals. He has published more than 175 manuscripts, chapters and abstracts, including co-editing the textbook Histology-From Normal Microanatomy to Pathology. He is also a member at large of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Amenta holds a bachelor of science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and received his medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, where he also obtained his PhD in anatomy.

 

Sidney Brown

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.

 

Chansky

MICHAEL E. CHANSKY, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Health Care and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) in Camden. For the past 35 years, under his direct leadership and through his strong commitment to his patients, undergraduate and graduate education and mentorship, 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 80,000 adults and children a year.

Dr. Chansky received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of 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.  He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Chansky has received many teaching awards for his commitment to academics from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and CMSRU, where he has taught for more than three decades. He was inducted into the Masters Education Guild and appointed the inaugural Chair of Emergency Medicine at RWJ/UMDNJ – the first Camden Campus faculty member to be so honored. Most recently he received the Sol Sherry Teaching Award, was inducted into the Arnold Gold Humanism Society, and was appointed AOA honor society lead councilor at CMSRU.

 

Leon Dembo

LEON D. DEMBO, Esq., is the managing member of the law firm Dembo, Brown & Burns LLP in Mount Laurel, 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 previously served on the Board of Managers for the Katz Jewish Community Center of South Jersey. He resides in Voorhees with his wife, Jody. They have two children, Adam and Michelle.

 

DiFlorio

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. Mr. DiFlorio is a graduate of Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

 

Grana

GENEROSA GRANA, MD, FACP, is Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. She is an expert in the field of genetics and breast cancer. She is also Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 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.

At Cooper University Health Care, she has held multiple administrative roles including Division Head of Hematology and Medical Oncology and, currently, Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Dr. Grana serves as a member of the Cooper University Health Care Board of Trustees, and The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees – the fundraising arm of the organization. She is also a member of the Cooper University Physicians Executive Committee. Dr. Grana has been actively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows and has been actively involved in multiple community outreach initiatives.

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.

 

Phoebe Haddon

PHOEBE A. HADDON, JD, LLM, is the Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Board of Directors. She served as Chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2020. As chancellor, she led a research university that enrolls 7,350 students in 39 undergraduate programs and 28 master’s and doctoral programs, and has more than 1,300 employees. Under her leadership, Rutgers University–Camden increased affordable access through its landmark Bridging the Gap program, which provides full or significant tuition coverage for New Jersey’s working families. Ms. Haddon also amplified Rutgers–Camden’s role as an anchor institution in Camden and the Delaware Valley by expanding the university’s nationally recognized civic engagement program. In 2020, she became chancellor emerita and returned to the Rutgers Law School faculty in Camden.
 
Ms. Haddon is on the Board of Trustees for The Cooper Health System, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), she also serves on the New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant Study Commission.

Ms. Haddon is the recipient of the 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools and the 2019 Smith College Medal. In 2015, she received the Trailblazer’s Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association, and was similarly honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners in South Jersey in 2016. NJBIZ named her among the “Top 50 in Higher Ed” in New Jersey in 2019, while Philadelphia Business Journal named her to its “Power 100” list for 2019 and the Philadelphia Inquirer selected her as a winner of its 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Pioneer Award. In 2011, she received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers.

She previously served as dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. In 2011, the school received a $30 million commitment from the W.P. Carey Foundation. Prior to joining UM Carey Law, she was a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. She has written extensively on equality and access in education issues as well as on matters related to access to counsel for civil litigants.

Haddon earned an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1985 and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law in 1977. She received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1972 and served as vice chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees until 2009.
 

 

Houshmand

ALI A. HOUSHMAND, PhD, is President of Rowan University.

Throughout his years in academia, Dr. 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.

 

Katz

PAUL KATZ, MD, graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1973. He completed his training in internal medicine at the Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. From 1976 to 1979, Dr. Katz was a Clinical Associate in the Clinical Physiology Section of the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He returned to the University of Florida in 1980 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Medical Microbiology in the Division of Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine. In 1984, he was appointed Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

In 1997, Dr. Katz was selected as the Anton and Margaret Fuisz Professor and Chairman of Medicine at the School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Georgetown University Hospital. In 1998, Dr. Katz was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer at Georgetown University Medical Center.  

He was recruited to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach in 2001, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and also held the rank of Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami. In December 2007, Dr. Katz became Founding Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs and Professor of Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, where he helped launch that new medical school.

Dr. Katz became the Founding Dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) in Camden, NJ, in July 2010. Focused on innovation, leadership, and graduating physicians to care for underserved populations, CMSRU’s Charter Class graduated in May 2016.

On September 1, 2016, Dr. Katz became the 25th President of the University of the Sciences (USciences) in West Philadelphia. Home to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the nation’s oldest pharmacy school opening in 1821, USciences has expanded its portfolio of educational opportunities and majors to three additional colleges – Samson College of Health Sciences, Misher College of Arts and Sciences, and Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy

 

Myers

DUANE D. MYERS is President and Chief Executive Officer 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.

 

Norton

CHERYL NORTON serves as President of New Jersey American Water. She is the principal external contact for American Water in New Jersey, serving approximately 2.7 million people. In this role, she reinforces and strengthens customer, regulatory, and local government relationships and drives operational and financial results for New Jersey. Additionally, she serves as Senior Vice President of the company’s Eastern Division, which includes New Jersey and New York.  In March 2020, in addition to her other roles, Ms. Norton became American Water’s Chief Environmental Officer, overseeing environmental leadership and compliance across American Water’s regulated and market-based businesses.

Ms. Norton previously served as President of Missouri American Water for three years, and in the same role for Kentucky American Water for five years. Ms. Norton started her career with American Water in 1988 as a microbiology research technician at the company’s central laboratory in Belleville, IL, which provides services for American Water subsidiaries across the country.  From 2000 to 2007, she served as the laboratory’s director overseeing companywide chemical compliance testing. In 2007, Ms. Norton was appointed Vice President of Operations for Illinois American Water.

Ms. Norton is a member of American Water Works Association (AWWA) and in 1992 she was recognized by AWWA for the most notable contribution to the science of public water supply development. She was awarded the Professional Service Award from the Illinois Section AWWA in 2006.

Ms. Norton received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

New Jersey American Water is a subsidiary of American Water. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater, and other related services to more than 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to customers to keep their lives flowing.

 

Philip Norcross

PHILIP A. NORCROSS, ESQ., is the Managing Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Parker McCay P.A., a New Jersey law firm based in Mount Laurel, with offices in Hamilton, Atlantic City, and Camden, NJ. Mr. Norcross focuses his law practice in the area of public finance and transactional law, with an emphasis on municipal, economic development, redevelopment, and other specialized financings. Mr. Norcross is also Chairman of Optimus Partners, LLC, a public affairs advisory firm based in Trenton, New Jersey.

Mr. Norcross serves as Chairman of The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Health System and a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Treasury Subcommittee. He serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Mr. Norcross was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Home Port Alliance for the U.S.S. New Jersey, Inc. Mr. Norcross also served as a member of the Mount Laurel Board of Education and was a founding member and Vice-President of the Mount Laurel Public Education Foundation, Inc.

An active member of the corporate and business community, Mr. Norcross served as a member of the Board of Directors of Sun Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNBC) and Sun National Bank from 2012 to 2016. In addition, Mr. Norcross is a former member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Vision, Inc., one of the largest retail optical chains in the United States.

Mr. Norcross is widely recognized by various publications as one of the preeminent attorneys in New Jersey. He was named to SJ Magazine’s Top Attorney List for Business in 2015. NJBIZ has included Mr. Norcross on the Power 100 list every year from 2015 to 2020, and the Power 50 Banking list in 2011. 

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey honored Mr. Norcross and his family with the prestigious 2015 John C. Haas Regional Champion Medal for their commitment to volunteerism and the community. In 2018, Mr. Norcross was recognized, with his family, by the Larc School, a special education school for children with disabilities, for their commitment to the school.

Mr. Norcross is a graduate of Temple University School of Law (JD, 1987) and Rutgers University (BA, summa cum laude, 1984) and is admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Born in Camden, New Jersey, Mr. Norcross currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, and Ocean City, NJ, with his wife, Carole. They have two grown children, Nicole and Christopher.

 

Annette Reboli

ANNETTE C. REBOLI, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and the Dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) in Camden, NJ. As such, she is the Chief Academic Officer with ultimate responsibility for all areas of the school. Prior to this, she was Founding Vice Dean and was responsible for oversight of the LCME accreditation process, undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty affairs and faculty development, and developing 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 during medical school. She completed an internship, residency, and a year as Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by a three-year clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Prior to becoming Founding Vice Dean, she served as Interim Dean of CMSRU and was also the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Deputy Chief for Administration of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, 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 180 peer-reviewed publications, 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 on several committees for Camden County and the state of New Jersey, volunteering her expertise in infectious diseases. Dr. Reboli’s main research interest is in candidemia and other forms of invasive candidiasis. Over the course of her career, she has garnered more than $15,000,000 in research support from a variety of sources, including NIH, NIAID, private foundations, and private industry. She also served as a consultant to Janssen, Vicuron, Pfizer, and Merck Pharmaceutical Company on antimicrobial drug development and clinical trial design. During her tenure as Division Head of Infectious Diseases, she established a comprehensive clinical research program that led the Department of Medicine in external funding.

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 received 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. She served as the President of the Medical Staff of the Cooper Health System from 2011-2015. In 2016, Dr. Reboli received the Healthcare Professional of the Year award from the New Jersey Hospital Association.

 

Ross

STEVEN E. ROSS, MD, FACS, FCCM, is the President of the Medical Staff of Cooper University Health Care, Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Professor of Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He came to Cooper in 1984 and served as the Trauma Division Head from 1988 until 2015, during which time Cooper’s Trauma Center achieved national recognition for clinical care, education, and clinical research. Since 1989, the Trauma Center has been continuously credentialed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Ross has served as Surgical Residency Director for two separate terms, and as Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Cooper University Hospital.

Dr. Ross is a graduate of the University of Delaware, and obtained his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. He completed his General Surgery residency at York Hospital, York, PA; and a fellowship in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is board certified in surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. 

His clinical and research interests include a wide range of trauma and emergency medical system-related topics, as well as surgical critical care. He has numerous scientific publications in these fields. His work in trauma has been recognized by the New Jersey Brain Injury Association; the B’Nai Brith Foundation; the Camden Police Department; the Department of Veterans Affairs; and the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation, Inc. His work at Cooper has been recognized with both awards for teaching and the Diane Barton award. He has served as Chair of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, and on the national ACS-COT. He has also been President of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, the nation’s oldest surgical organization. He was a founding member and Chair of the New Jersey State Trauma Center Council and is a strong advocate for trauma system development in New Jersey.  

Dr. Ross and his wife, Carolyn, live in Cherry Hill, NJ. They have three adult children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

 

Saporito

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 (UMDNJ) and as a faculty practitioner of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School in Newark, a 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 and research, and service on a local, national and international level. In addition, Dr. Saporito is actively involved in community service.

 

Schwarting

ROLAND SCHWARTING, MD, 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 serves also as the President of the South Jersey Pathology Society.

 

Schwartz

WILLIAM A. SCHWARTZ, JR. is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Vision, a retail chain of optical products with corporate headquarters in Glendora, NJ. Now retired, Mr. Schwartz has been a member of the Board of Trustees for several years. He also serves on several Board committees, including the Executive Committee.

Mr. Schwartz 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 has also served on the Boards of U.S. Vision, Commerce Bank, Mother's Works and Alfred Angelo.

 

Singh

KRISHNA (KRIS) SINGH, PhD, is the Founder, President, and CEO of Holtec International, a multi-national energy technology company with its business footprint in 18 countries on five continents. Holtec’s major business concentration is in the development of non-polluting power generation technologies which include an innovative small modular reactor (SMR-160) and the HI-POWER energy storage system. The company has six overseas operation centers based in the UK, Ukraine, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Spain, and four centers in the U.S., of which the KPS Technology Campus in Camden, NJ, is the largest. Holtec is America’s largest exporter of capital nuclear equipment.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 1972), Dr. Singh is a widely published author (70 archival technical papers, one textbook, and numerous symposia volumes) and a prolific inventor (121 granted patents) whose inventions underpin most of Holtec’s products and systems sold around the world. He has been elected to America’s most elite academies (National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, Fellows of the ASME) and received numerous citations from public institutions for his entrepreneurship and philanthropy. In addition to Cooper, he serves on the boards of the Nuclear Energy Institute; the University of Pennsylvania (Trustee emeritus and overseer of the engineering school); the Atlantic Council (DC); EOS, Inc.; and the National Investment Council (Ukraine).

 

Harvey Snyder

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 Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He also holds active privileges at Virtua, Inspira, and Jefferson Health systems.  

Dr. Snyder is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular diseases and Interventional Cardiology. He is also a member of the American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.

He received his bachelors of arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, with honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. His medical degree is from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.  

Dr. Snyder served his internship, residency, and Chief residency at Cornell University Medical Center/New York Hospital and then proceeded to the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases.  

 

Weiner

SUSAN WEINER is the Executive Director of Larc School, a private, non-profit school serving children with severe and multiple disabilities ages 3-21 and a Special Needs Adult Program for those over 21. 

Through her leadership over the last 29 years, Larc School added an adult program and a preschool program, and expanded the building to create more classrooms and instructional space, a multimedia library, an adaptive playground, and a sensory garden. Under her direction, the school’s fundraisers and grant writing have allowed her to set up a Legacy Fund for Larc School—though that’s not how Ms. Weiner measures success. Her goal for Larc is to strive always, and in every way, to better the lives of Larc’s children and their families.

Ms. Weiner is an active member of ASAH, a state organization supporting private, special-education schools in New Jersey. She sits on the ASAH Executive Board of Directors and serves on the Government Relations, Public Relations, and Program Development Committees. For her leadership and service to the organization, and her advocacy on behalf of New Jersey’s citizens with special needs, Ms. Weiner received the ASAH Presidential Award.

Ms. Weiner, along with two others, and support from the Jewish Community Foundation, founded a support group for parents who have lost a son or daughter. Their mission is to bring bereaved parents together to find comfort, healing, and friendship.

Throughout her career, Ms. Weiner has been honored for her achievements and her service to others. The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners acknowledged Ms. Weiner in their Salute to Women Leaders. The Girl Scouts presented Ms. Weiner with their Women of Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Goodwill Industries of South Jersey presented her with the Helms Award for Outstanding Charitable Works. She also received the Camden County Freedom Medal from the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Constitutional Row Officers.

Ms. Weiner holds a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in special education, both from Temple University.

 

Trustee Emeritus

Driscoll

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.