Cooper University Health Care's executive management team has a wealth of experience in health care administration and development. The team's commitment to Cooper's patients, employees and the community, combined with a focus on fiscal responsibility, has resulted in a strong infrastructure designed to meet today's health care needs while moving toward tomorrow's innovations and breakthroughs. Cooper's leadership drives the organization to exceed the expectations of its patients and improve the overall health of the community.
Adrienne Kirby is President and CEO of Cooper University Health Care, which employs more than 7,000 individuals and is New Jersey’s fifth largest health system by revenue. She is responsible for all hospital and ambulatory operations for the health system that includes a leading academic tertiary care hospital, a children’s hospital, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, a physicians group of more than 650 doctors, three urgent care facilities, and more than 100 outpatient facilities across Southern New Jersey.
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, and 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. 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 serves on many boards in New Jersey, including The Cooper Foundation, Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, New Jersey Hospital Association, Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, and the Camden County Police Foundation.
Dr. Kirby has been recognized by a number of organizations and media outlets, including:
- Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, Champion of Camden – 2017
- SNJ Business People Magazine, Excellence in Healthcare – 2017
- Garden State Council Boy Scouts of America – Women of Achievement Award – 2017
- Philadelphia Business Journal - Power 100 - 2017
- South Jersey Biz Magazine, Power 50 business leaders in southern New Jersey – 2016
- SJ Magazine’s “Women of Excellence” Leadership Award – 2016
- NJBIZ’s 2016 Healthcare Heroes Hospital of the Year Award – 2016
- Executive Women of New Jersey’s Salute to the Policy Makers Honoree – 2016
- The International Healthcare Volunteers, Honorary Global Gala Chair – 2016
- The American College of Healthcare Executives, Regent’s Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award – 2016
- South Jersey Biz Magazine, Power Players 50 Issue & 50 Most Powerful People in NJ Healthcare – 2015
- Girls Scouts of Southern and Central New Jersey, Woman of Distinction Award – 2014
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.
KEVIN M. O’DOWD, JD
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Cooper University Health Care. In that capacity, Mr. O'Dowd is responsible for business and organizational development, including the MD Anderson Cooper partnership. At Cooper, Mr. O'Dowd also oversees compliance, marketing, communications, government relations, real estate, and human resources.
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 the 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. Mr. O’Dowd also served as the Chair of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Health Care Fraud 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. 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 and his JD from St. John’s University School of Law.
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, and member of the Morris Catholic High School Board of Trustees.
Dr. Mazzarelli has had various roles at Cooper since his arrival in 1999. In his most recent role as the Senior Vice President of Operations and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, he oversaw the reorganization of 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.
Ms. Conners brings many years of progressive leadership experience in health care to Cooper, much of it in leadership roles driving strategic and operational goals to achieve service, quality and financial results. Ms. Conners was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. From 2002 to 2012, she was a member of the leadership team at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, serving in a variety of roles including Chief Nursing Officer for eight years. Previously, she served in numerous leadership and nursing positions with Virtua Health and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Conners is also a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt and has worked to advance the application of Lean Six Sigma principles in health care. She has been published in a variety of health care journals, addressing both clinical and managerial topics, and has presented at national health care conferences on topics addressing advancements in nursing practice and patient safety. One of her most significant accomplishments was leading the Hahnemann team in achieving Tenet’s first Magnet designation in one of the system’s adult, acute-care hospitals in December 2009.
Ms. Conners earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Villanova University in 1993 and her master of business administration from Eastern University in 2002. She completed a Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellowship in Management for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She was awarded Modern Healthcare’s “Up and Comer” in 2009.
Brian M. Reilly is the Interim Chief Financial Officer for Cooper University Health Care. Mr. Reilly previously served as Chief Financial Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health system in the New Jersey, and Corporate Chief Financial Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital since 2012.
Prior to joining RWJHS, Mr. Reilly served in various leadership positions during his 13-year tenure with Tenet Healthcare Corporation in Philadelphia, PA, which included both hospital- and corporate-based roles. As Chief Financial Officer of Hahnemann University Hospital, his role included oversight of the academic relationship and funds flow with the Drexel College of Medicine as well as the management of business, development, and divestitures for the Philadelphia market. He has significant experience leading teams within the non-profit, for-profit, and academic medical center settings. In addition to advancing the accounting and financial reporting function of complex institutions, he also has directed facility turnaround plans, financial change management, and integration activities.
Mr. Reilly also served in operational and financial leadership positions for affiliated physician services organizations and worked in the insurance industry to develop provider reimbursement strategies. Prior to his work at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, he was employed in a variety of roles at Independence Blue Cross. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Reilly has served on numerous boards and board subcommittees within the New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Mr. Reilly earned his MBA in finance and healthcare administration from Philadelphia University, and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from King’s College in Wilkes Barre, PA.
Gary J. Lesneski Esq. is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs. Mr. Lesneski was most recently a partner and president of the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C. He concentrated his practice in health and hospital law, labor and litigation.
A graduate of Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Lesneski has appeared in state and federal courts on a regular basis and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. His health and hospital practice focuses on administrative, regulatory, labor, litigation and corporate compliance issues. He has twice served as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Health and Hospital Law Section, from 2008 to 2009.
Susan Bass Levin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Foundation at Cooper University Health Care. Her career spans 35 years in government service and law, as well as leadership in nonprofit organizations and community organizations. Ms. Levin was the mayor of Cherry Hill from 1988 to 2002, served in the cabinet of three governors as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, and served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Levin is currently on the board of the Literacy Volunteers of Camden County, the Cherry Hill Public Library, Cooper Lanning Square Renaissance School, Inc. and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. She has been a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County, the New Jersey Women’s Fund and the South Jersey Development Council. Ms. Levin has also been the State President of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners.
Ms. Levin has been honored by many organizations for her work in the public and private sectors, including the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers, Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP), Executive Women of New Jersey, Women in Transportation, Professional Women in Construction, Women Builders Council, NJ Association of Women Lawyers, NJ Association of Women Business Owners, Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia Business Journal, Women’s Political Caucus, Bergen County Women Lawyers Network, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club of Camden County, and the NJ Community Development Corporation.
A graduate of the University of Rochester (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Levin received her law degree from George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review.
LOUIS S. BEZICH, MPP
Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances
Louis S. Bezich, MPP, is Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Cooper University Health Care, where he provides vital leadership for Cooper’s Population Health initiatives, including the system’s relationship with AmeriHealth New Jersey; and advances Cooper’s role in the City of Camden and the region.
Mr. Bezich serves as a Director on the Board of AmeriHealth New Jersey and is Vice Chairman of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. He represents Cooper on the Board of the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers and is President of the Board of Cooper Lanning Square Renaissance School Facilities, Inc.
Mr. Bezich is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University and has previously taught at Camden County College and Rowan University.
Since 2002 he has served as Chairman of the Camden Higher Education and Health Care Task Force and is Chairman of the Camden Special Services District Advisory Board. From 2001 to 2009 Mr. Bezich served as President of the Board of Education of the Camden County Technical School District. He is Past President of the Boy Scout Councils of Camden County and Southern New Jersey, and is the recipient of their Silver Beaver and Distinguished Citizen Awards for community service.
Mr. Bezich holds a master of public policy degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tampa. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
EDWARD B. BLEACHER, II, MBA, CHFP, CRCR, FHFMA
Senior Vice President of Financial Operations
Prior to joining Cooper, Edward had a twenty year career at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a financial executive in their corporate offices. He is accountable for the financial planning and analysis efforts at Cooper, including the annual operating and capital budgeting. This is a role he lead at CHOP, which also consisted of fabrication of corporate long term financial planning pro-formas. He has implemented several corporate level financial decision support solutions, creating increased business intelligence and improved financial management. He is responsible for the direction of annual cost reporting, GME reporting, revenue analytics, management revenue financial reporting, service line reporting, statistical analytics, KPI dashboards, and other financial tasks.
Edward is responsible for setting corporate managed care strategies. He leads the managed care function for Cooper and oversees payor relationships, contract negotiations, proposal evaluations, and contract decision making. He completed his green belt training in Six Sigma and routinely seeks out opportunities to apply continuous process improvement to achieve the most efficient financial processes.
Edward is a graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in accounting and a graduate of Widener University with a master of business administration in Healthcare Service Administration. He has also successfully attended Harvard University for executive coursework in driving corporate performance, aligning scorecards, systems, and strategy. He has been an active member of HFMA most recently serving as the Chapter President. He has also served as President Elect, Vice President, Chapter Secretary, Chapter Treasurer, Co-Chair of the Program Committee, Chair of the Legislative Committee, and member to several other committees.
ADRIENNE ELBERFELD, MS, PMP, CPHQ
Senior Vice President, Quality and Operational Excellence
Adrienne Elberfeld joined Cooper University Health Care in June 2012 with more than 20 years of health care experience. She is Senior Vice President of Quality and Operational Excellence, providing leadership for Performance Improvement, Clinical Effectiveness, Infection Prevention, Patient Safety, Regulatory & Accreditation, Clinical Documentation Improvement Program, Process Improvement, Medical Affairs, Radiation Safety, Population Health, Management Systems and Benchmarking Productivity departments. She also is responsible for implementation and oversight of the Lean Six Sigma program, which has included training emerging leaders as Green Belts to facilitate system-wide projects and development of a leadership Yellow Belt certification. She serves as Administrator of the Quality Committee of the Board of Trustees and is Adjunct Professor at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University for their medical student Yellow Belt certification program.
Prior to coming to Cooper, Ms. Elberfeld held leadership roles at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Langhorne, PA; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; and Virtua Health, Marlton, NJ.
Ms. Elberfeld earned a bachelor of science in nutrition and a master of science degree in organizational effectiveness, development and change from the University of Delaware. She is a GE-Certified Master Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Change Agent.
BETH GREEN, SPHR, PCC
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Cooper University Health Care, Ms. Green serves as the strategic and operational leader for all aspects of Human Resources. In this role, she is responsible for attracting, developing, retaining, and fully engaging our people to drive organizational performance and the exceptional Cooper experience. Ms. Green was most recently Vice President of Talent Management at Cooper.
Ms. Green started her health care career at Cooper in 1988 and has held progressive Human Resources leadership roles since that time. Before rejoining Cooper in 2013, she ran her own coaching and consulting company, which helped individuals and organizations drive exceptional business and personal results. She has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience in health care and is a member of a number of professional human resources and executive organizations. She has been an officer and member of the New Jersey Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (NJSHHRA) and also served on the Labor and Legislative Committee for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administrators (ASHHRA). She currently serves as a board member for the Camden County Workforce Development Board.
Ms. Green was a founding member of the Career Transition Partnership, an interfaith community group supporting people facing career transition. She has volunteered as a mentor with Junior Achievement of NJ.
Ms. Green graduated from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) with a bachelor of science degree in business management and a focus in human resources. She earned her master's degree in human organizational science at Villanova University. Ms. Green is a certified executive coach, is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt-certified and has achieved a number of professional certifications in her field: Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Success Coach (CSC), and Certified Facilitator for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).
KEVIN C. O’LEARY
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development
Mr. O'Leary is responsible for strategy development and business planning functions at the enterprise and program levels at Cooper University Health Care. He is responsible for informing and recommending growth strategies, developing and implementing planning processes, aligning service line strategic management and overseeing the physician outreach function.
Prior to joining Cooper in 2014, Mr. O’Leary held successful leadership roles in planning and business analytics functions at Einstein Healthcare, Philadelphia, PA, Virtua Health, Marlton, NJ as well as Katz Consulting, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, PA, where was a Senior Consulting Manager. Mr. O’Leary holds a master’s of health services administration from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Policy and earned his bachelor’s degrees in finance and history from Boston College. Mr. O’Leary earned his six sigma black belt certification from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Jayashree Raman is responsible for providing the vision, leadership, and strategic planning to develop Cooper University Health Care’s information technology infrastructure to improve patient care, patient safety, and patient engagement and to advance the clinical and business missions of the health system. Ms. Raman has extensive experience in process reengineering and implementation of major IT systems. She is also responsible for setting the strategic and operational direction for the Biomedical Engineering department at Cooper.
Prior to joining Cooper in 2012, Ms. Raman was the VP/CIO at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, PA, where she established the core information technology infrastructure and achieved a Level 6 status on the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model in 2008. She also served as Vice President of Healthcare Strategy and Chief Information Officer for Stanley Healthcare Solutions, where she provided vision, leadership, and strategic planning to grow the company’s health care market presence. Her process improvement and technology efforts led to a profitable EMEA market for Stanley Healthcare before she joined Cooper.
Ms. Raman serves on the board of a Federally Qualified Health Care Center in Camden. She has been recognized by Beckers “Top 100 CIO’s to Know” three years in a row.
Ms. Raman holds a bachelor of arts in economics from University of Madras in India and a master in business management certificate from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Terry Ricca, RN, is Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer at Cooper University Health Care. She joined Cooper in 2014 with more than 30 years of health care experience.
Ms. Ricca provides the vision, leadership, and direction for patient-centric approaches to improve the emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences of patients and their families. She works with Coopers’ physicians, leaders, and staff to build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes. Ms. Ricca and her team are building a state-of-the-art Access Center to improve patient access to care.
Prior to coming to Cooper, she served in a variety of leadership roles at Virtua, including Vice President of Customer Experience, where she provided strategy and direction for the health system’s patient satisfaction and service excellence initiatives. Previously, she held leadership roles within the health system’s women’s and children’s service line from 2006 to 2009, as Vice President.
Ms. Ricca has received numerous awards for her accomplishments. She received the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ Women of Achievement Award in 2005. In 2006, she was honored with the Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Nursing from the Alumni Association of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In 2010, she was featured in South Jersey Magazine’s Super Women issue. In 2016, Ms. Ricca had the honor of being named chairperson of the American Heart Association’s 10th Annual Southern New Jersey Go Red For Women® luncheon. Ms. Ricca has been a supporter of improving women’s health over her entire career, and this campaign helps raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.
William G. Smith is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for The Cooper Health System. He is also Treasurer of the Cooper Foundation. Mr. Smith joined Cooper in April 2001. He has more than 35 years of health care leadership and management experience, including 14 years of service with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he had increasing leadership responsibilities that eventually led to a position as Controller. His past experience encompasses consulting and serving in financial leadership positions at other non-profit and for-profit institutions.
Mr. Smith holds a master’s of business administration from Temple University and earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance with honors from Lincoln University.
He currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Trustees for North East Treatment Centers (NET), which provides services to Greater Philadelphia for behavioral health and social services.
CHRISTINE WINN, FACHE
Senior Vice President, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Physician Alignment
Christine C. Winn, FACHE, is responsible for the growth and development of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and physician recruitment and relationship-building at Cooper University Health Care.
Prior to joining Cooper in 2013, Ms. Winn was the Executive Director of Aria Health Torresdale Campus, where she was responsible for hospital operations and campus growth and development. She also had system responsibility for oncology, trauma, cardiology, imaging and pathology. Previously, she served in numerous leadership positions at Paoli Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health in Connecticut and University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Ms. Winn currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She was also ACHE Regent for Southeastern Pennsylvania and is past president of the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley. She has served on the boards of Northeast Family YMCA, Old Pine Community Center and Groundwork Bridgeport. She has been recognized as an “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare and by the Pennsylvania ACHE Regent with the Early Careerist Award.
A graduate of Furman University, Ms. Winn received a master’s degree in organizational dynamics from University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in hospital administration from University of South Carolina.