Meet the Department's Nurses

Mary M. Knapp

Mary M. Knapp:

Coordinator Primary and Preventive Health Services, New Jersey Birth Defects Registry

Education:

Monmouth Medical Center School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Monmouth University
Master of Science Degree in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Years with DOH:  

30

Prior to working for the Department, Mary was a staff nurse and subsequently unit coordinator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monmouth Medical Center. Since joining the Department in 1984, she has managed the State's birth defects registry. This includes making annual hospital visits to review medical records to ensure mandated conditions are reported to the registry, which provides a direct referral to the county case management units who can give individualized assistance to families of children with special needs due to their conditions.

In February 2013, she received the Distinguished Service Award at the 16th Annual National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) Meeting. The award honors a NBDPN member who provided significant time and effort to further NBDPN’s mission and goals.


Judy B. Brown

Judy B. Brown:

Health Systems Specialist
Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure

Education:

Associates Degree Liberal Arts and
Associates Degree Applied Science, Nursing, RN
Mercer County Community College

Years with DOH:  

28

Judy’s nursing background includes medical/surgical, cardiac care, and renal dialysis nursing at Helene Fuld Medical Center; public health nursing for the City of Trenton, Department of Health; and long term care nursing at Greenwood House Nursing Center.

She started with the Department of Health as a Complaints Investigator, was promoted to a Health Systems Specialist I position within the Certificate of Need and Licensure Program in 1994 and was then promoted to a Health Systems Specialist. She has been a TEAM Leader for the Program since 2002.

Judy enjoys working with her colleagues and thinks her TEAM is the very best. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and serving as part of her church’s Nurses Ministry.


 

Claudia Fratinardo:

Program Specialist
Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure

Education:

RN Diploma, Englewood Hospital School of Nursing
BS in Biomedical Communications, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
MS in Jurisprudence, Seton Hall School of Law

Years with DOH:  

26

Claudia joined the Department in 1988. During her first nine years, she worked as a Nurse Evaluator surveying long-term care facilities and intermediate care facilities.

Subsequently, she became a Program Specialist working for the Office of Managed Care reviewing applications and agreements for all forms of managed care organizations until that program transferred to the Department of Banking and Insurance in 2006.

Since that time Claudia has continued as a Program Specialist working with the CN & Healthcare Facility Licensure Program reviewing and analyzing acute care and long-term care facility applications for certificates of need and licenses.

Before entering State service she had over 15 years acute care hospital experience working in the specialties of CCU, ICU/CCU and emergency department.


Sandra Schwarz

Sandra Schwarz:

Program Manager
Reproductive & Perinatal Health Services

Education:

Master of Science/Maternal Newborn Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude William Carey College, Hattiesburg, MS
Nursing Diploma, Westchester School of Nursing; Valhalla, NY

Years with DOH:  

26

Sandra has worked in the area of Maternal and Child Health since joining the Department in 1988. She currently provides program management including supervision of staff and budget preparation for state and federal funds, has oversight of the statewide Maternal and Child Health Consortia, and works to improve birth outcomes in our state.

She also represents the Department on the Governor’s Council on the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities.

Prior to joining the Department, Sandra worked at hospitals in New Jersey, New York and Louisiana.


Katherine Cochran

Katherine Cochran:

Supervisor of Inspections Health Facility Survey & Field Operations

Education:

Graduate of Mercer Medical Center School of Nursing

Years with DOH:  

25

Kathy launched her nursing career in the Emergency Department of Mercer Medical Center. She started working for the Department in 1988. Kathy has worked in the Department’s Long Term Care Program and the Ambulatory Services Program. While in the Long Term Care program she worked as a team nurse, team leader; three years ago she was promoted to Supervisor of Inspections.

Kathy is very proud of the improvements and achievements that have taken place in the program and she continues to enjoy interacting with facilities and assisting them with their concerns and questions.


Barbara Goldman

Barbara Goldman:

Assistant Director
Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Program

Education:

RN, Brooklyn College School of Nursing, New York City
JD, Seton Hall School of Law

Years with DOH:  

25

Barbara is responsible for the oversight of the Department’s acute and long-term care licensing programs and the Medicaid Provider Enrollment Program. Additionally, Barbara has held the title of Executive Director of the New Jersey Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board for the last twenty years. In this role she is responsible for the licensing, education, training and the disciplinary action process for over 1000 NJ licensed nursing home administrators. Barbara is also responsible for overseeing the operation of the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board.


Diane Cuccagna

Diane Cuccagna:

Program Specialist with the CN and Healthcare Facility Licensure Program of the Division of Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Professional Arts from St. Joseph's College of Maine and a Nursing Diploma from Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Trenton

Years with DOH:  

24

Diane reviews and processes applications for certificate of need and licensure of health care facilities. She has worked in hospitals and nursing homes for 19 years prior to coming to the Department of Health. While with the Department she has spent 11 years as Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse in the Long-Term Care Program and 13 years with the Licensing Program.


Theresa R. D’Errico

Theresa R. D’Errico:

Health Systems Specialist Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Program

Education:

Applied Sciences for Nursing, Mercer County Community College/Thomas Edison State College
Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse

Years with DOH:  

16

As a health systems specialist, Theresa reviews and processes applications for certificate of need and licensure of health care facilities. She also serves as a resource person for professional organizations, health care providers and applicants, and members of the public. Additionally, she is the program’s state contact person for all federally qualified health centers in New Jersey.

Theresa started her career with the Department as a Health Care Nurse Evaluator in the Acute Care Assessment and Survey Program. In that role she was a team leader and surveyor of acute care facilities in New Jersey. She also worked as a Complaint Investigator in the Health Managed Care Program, investigating patient complaints concerning managed health insurance payments for health care services.

Prior to her time with the state she worked as a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse at Capital Health, Fuld Campus; and has over 20 years of diverse nursing experience in areas that include rehabilitation, medical, surgical and the operating room.


 

Sandra Dill:

Health Systems Specialist
Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Program

Education:

Associates Degree/ Nursing, Mercer County Community College

Years with DOH:  

16

Sandra Dill has over thirty years of nursing experience. In 1998, Sandi began her career with the Department as a Heath Care Nurse Evaluator inspecting Ambulatory Care facilities.

Recently, Sandi assumed a new position as a Health Systems Specialist with the Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Program which requires her to review as well as process applications for certificate of need and licensure of health care facilities.

During the previous nine years, she worked for the Office of Program Compliance. In this capacity, Sandi recommended penalties and remedies against non-compliant licensed health care facilities under the authority of state and federal regulations. Additionally, she reviewed allegations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation by certified nurse aides and prepared cases for administrative action and/or presentation before the Office of Administrative Law. She continues to be a panelist participant in the Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) process that allows health care providers the opportunity to refute deficiencies.

Prior to her time with state government, she worked at Princeton Medical Center, as a medical surgical oncology nurse.


Bonnie Teman

Bonnie Teman:

Coordinator Primary and Preventive Health Services, New Jersey Birth Defects Registry

Education:

Trenton State College, M.S.N.
College of Staten Island of CUNY, B.S.N.
Kingsboro Community College of CUNY, A.A.S. Nursing

Years with DOH:  

16

Throughout her 30+ year career as a registered nurse in New York and New Jersey, Bonnie has dedicated her life to caring for others, and provided nursing care to children, youth and adults in a broad range of settings. In 1998 she joined the Department as a Public Health Nurse Consultant and coordinates the statewide Special Child Health Services Case Management program.

She leads by example and demonstrates her motto of “families first.” Her dedication to public health and her tireless efforts to assist children with special health care needs and their families to support their children in the community are most remarkable.


Bill Fackelman

Bill Fackelman:

Supervising Healthcare Services Evaluator and Registered Nurse

Education:

RN and AS Atlantic Community College

Years with DOH:  

15

Bill is responsible for the supervision of registered nurses in addition to team leading various types of surveys within the Health Facility Survey and Field Operations Division.

Prior to his 15 years of employment with the state, Bill was a psychiatric, pediatric and gerontological nurse.

He is bilingual in English and Spanish and is utilized for the Department's Spanish speaking complainants.


Diana Garzio

Diana Garzio:

Public Health Consultant
Office of Local Public Health

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Widener University
Master’s Degree, University of Pennsylvania.

Years with DOH:  

15

Diana has worked in various programs including Chronic Disease, Maternal and Child Health and is currently working in PHILEP in the Office of Local Public Health.

Before coming to the Department, she has worked in various settings including hospitals, schools, physician’s offices and assisted care facilities.


Kathy Lutz

Kathy Lutz:

Coordinator, Consultation and Development of Local Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services

Education:

Bachelors Degree, College of Mount St. Joseph
Master of Science in Nursing, LaSalle University

Years with DOH:  

15

Kathy served in the US Army Nurse Corps and the New Jersey National Guard before retiring with 28 years of service. Before coming to the Department she also worked as a PNP at Cooper University Medical Center. She has served in many areas of the Department, starting as the State Genetics Coordinator in Family Health Services before moving to the Division of Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness in 2003.


Rebecca McMillen

Rebecca McMillen:

Quality Assurance Specialist
Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness

Education:

RN, Mercer Medical Center School of Nursing

Years with DOH:  

15

Rebecca has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, dialysis, home health, and doctor's offices during her career as a nurse.

She joined the Department in 1999 with the Office of Community Choice Options which later changed to Aging and Community Services. Since coming to PHILEP in 2005, Rebecca has worked with the post-acute healthcare continuum and their emergency preparedness efforts.


Stefanie Mozgai

Stefanie Mozgai:

Director of Survey and Certification

Education:

Bachelors Degree Moravian College, Bethlehem Pennsylvania
RN Degree, Essex County College

Years with DOH:  

15

As a 15-year veteran with the Department, Stefanie Mozgai takes great pride working with and managing her staff of 25 nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and architects who fall under her supervision. Each day her team works to ensure that all acute care facilities in New Jersey including hospitals, dialysis units, home health agencies, and same day surgical centers are safe and operating in compliance with state and federal regulations. 


Debra DiCello

Debra DiCello:

Supervisor of Inspections Health Facility Survey & Field Operations

Education:

RN from St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
Certifications in Geriatric Nursing and Long Term Care Administration

Years with DOH:  

14

Debra is a registered nurse working in the Department as Supervisor of Inspections within the Assessment and Survey Program.

Prior to her current career in state government she worked in acute care hospitals and in the long-term care provider industry as Director of Health Services, and as consultant for the Office of the Ombudsman for the Palliative Care Project. She has over 34 years of experience in the long term care industry. She currently supervises 4 survey teams with17 surveyors including nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and life safety code surveyors.


 

Mary-Jo Foster:

R.N., M.Ed.
Regional Staff Nurse, Vaccine for Children Program
Vaccine Preventable Disease Program
Communicable Disease Service

Education:

Columbia University, Bachelor of Science
The College of New Jersey, Master of Health Education

Years with DOH:  

14

Mary-Jo has been working part-time since her retirement in 2011 with the Vaccines for Children Program as a Regional Staff Nurse conducting compliance site visits to VFC enrolled providers. Prior to working with the VFC program she was a Public Health Nursing Consultant with the Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program.


Carolyn Hall

Carolyn Hall:

Registered Nurse

Education:

Masters Degree, Rutgers University School of Nursing

Years with DOH:  

14

Carolyn is a registered nurse with the Department working in a supervisory capacity as an operations analyst within the Assessment and Survey and Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Programs. Prior to her career in New Jersey State government, Carolyn was employed in various acute hospital and public health settings.



 

Rosemary Kidder:

Epidemiologist/Registered Nurse
Communicable Disease Service, Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program

Education:

Diploma in Nursing, Helene Fuld School of Nursing
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, LaSalle University
Master’s Degree in Public Health, UMDNJ

Years with DOH:  

13

Rosemary works in the Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program where she participates in surveillance of reportable communicable diseases, assists local health departments and other health care partners with disease investigations and provides education to public health partners regarding disease outbreaks and investigations.

Before coming to the Department, Rosemary worked on a Med/Surg floor in an acute care hospital. In addition, Rosemary also has supervisory experience in a long-term care facility.


Barbara Hall

Barbara Hall:

Public Health Consultant, Nursing
Newborn Screening and Genetics Services

Education:

Master of Science in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Rutgers University

Years with DOH:  

12

Barbara has worked in Newborn Screening and Genetic Services since joining the Department in 2002. She oversees 14 Newborn Screening grants, five Hemophilia grants and coordinates meetings between the Newborn Screening Laboratory and Follow-up Program and medical specialists who act as consultants to the Program.

Prior to joining the Department, she worked on various medical-surgical units, was a recovery room nurse, taught nursing at the Associate Degree and Baccalaureate levels, and was a Clinical Care Manager in Orthopedics at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.


Karen Carucci

Karen Carucci:

Research Scientist, Health Care Quality Assessment Program

Education:

Brookdale Community College/Associate’s degree in Nursing

Years with DOH:  

10.5

Karen has worked with the Department for 10 1/2 years as a Long Term Care Complaints Surveyor. During those years she has become an Evaluator for the Certified Nurses Aide program, became a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA), Certified in the Life Safety Program and Certified to teach the Certified Medication Aide program.

Prior to her time with the state she worked in Long Term Care for 8 years, the last 2 of those years were as a Director of Nursing.


Garlina Finn

Garlina Finn:

Health Care Services Evaluator/Nurse
Nurse Aide Certification Program

Education:

Diploma in Nursing, Mercer Medical School of Nursing
BA in Psychology from Rider University
Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education

Years with DOH:

10

Garlina Finn has more than 20 years of nursing experience, including a 6 year tour as an Army nurse during Desert Storm working in the area of Orthopaedics. She began her career in state service in 1999, working as a Nurse Manager at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. Garlina left Trenton Psychiatric Hospital to accept a position with the Departmen in 2005 as a Health Care Services Evaluator in the Nurse Aide Certification Program. Garlina is also a Survey Minimum Qualifications Test (SMQT) certified surveyor for the Federal government.

As a Program Monitor with the Nurse Aide Certification Program, Garlina bears responsibility for monitoring and approving all aspects of the Certified Nurse Aide Training. She is responsible for oversight of the educational facilities that offer the federal Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP). She also conducts the Train-the-Trainer Program which establishes a list of Department-approved nurse aide instructors and evaluators. Through this State-mandated training, Garlina ensures that New Jersey’s nurse aide instructors and evaluators provide nurse aide education complaint with the State’s mandatory 90 hour curriculum.

Currently, Garlina is in the process of revising the State rules governing the nurse aide certification to increase the training hours from 90 to 150 hours. The new hours would include an Alzheimer’s curriculum, CPR, computer training, ethics, and electronic records.


Lisa Kiernan

Lisa Kiernan:

Registered Nurse
Supervisor of Inspections Health Facility Survey & Field Operations

Education:

RN and AS from Mercer County Community College

Years with DOH:  

10

Lisa is a registered nurse with the Department, working as a Supervising Healthcare Services Evaluator in the Health Facility Survey and Field Operations Division.

Prior to her work with the Department, Lisa worked in the Acute Care setting for 16 years as an Intensive Care Nurse.


Sara Day

Sara Day:

Supervising Health Care Evaluator, Patient Safety Reporting System, Health Care Quality and Assessment

Education:

Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ
Associates of Applied Science in Nursing, Burlington County College, Pemberton, NJ

Years with DOH:  

9

Sara began working for the Department in 2005 as a hospital inspector in Acute Care Survey and Assessment, bringing with her 12 years of clinical expertise as a cardiac intensive care nurse certified in critical care and her experience as a State-certified teacher of Licensed Practical Nursing and Health Occupations.

In 2010, Sara moved to her current position with Patient Safety as a clinical reviewer. In this role, she reviews serious preventable adverse events that occur in licensed New Jersey healthcare facilities and works with the facilities as they perform root cause analyses and develop methods to prevent similar adverse events.


 

Barbara Carothers:

Public Health Representative
Communicable Disease Service

Education:

LPN, Mercer County Technical Schools

Years with DOH:  

8

Barbara joined the Department in 2005 working with the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled program.

In 2008, she joined Communicable Disease Service at the Department where she participates in various outbreak investigations, develops guidance documents, and serves as the primary contact for various diseases and outbreaks.

During the course of her career as a nurse she has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, physician offices and drug utilization review.


Mary Turbek

Mary Turbek:

Public Health Representative, Lactation

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree York College, NY
AAS Nursing, Rockland Community College, NY
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Years with DOH:  

6.5

Mary has worked in maternal child health most of her professional career in hospitals in NY and NJ, and for WIC as an IBCLC for 11 years in Herkimer, NY. She was very active in the local breastfeeding network.

At WIC Services, Mary audits breastfeeding services at the local WIC agencies, conducts trainings for the local agency staff. Throughout her life she has worked to challenge the status quo on behalf of the vulnerable. She pushes her colleagues to think and act beyond the boundaries, and to imagine that excellence is possible to accomplish. She believes strongly in trying to create environments where birth is natural, breastfeeding is normal, and families and staff are supported.


Thomas Hendrickson

Thomas Hendrickson:

Trauma/Specialty Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services

Education:

Bachelor Degree, Seton Hall University
Master’s Degree, Walden University
Health Administration, University of St. Francis, Philadelphia
Nationally Certified in Infection Control

Years with DOH:  

6

Tom’s main job is to oversee the verification process for New Jersey’s trauma centers.

He recently assisted in the writing of New Jersey’s Stroke Triage Guidelines and STEMI Triage Guidelines for EMS. He has over 35 years experience in the acute care hospital setting, has trained in the emergency room and is a certified operating room nurse. He is the former Peri-Operative Educator at RWJUH at Rahway.

Tom has authored numerous publications including the neurosurgery chapter in “Competency for Safe Patient Care During Operative Procedures and the Staff Development Module in the Surgical Services Educators” series published by Competency & Credentialing Institute along with numerous journal articles.


 

Ramona Braddock:

LPN
Public Health Representative, Vaccines for Children
Vaccine Preventable Disease Program, Communicable Disease Service

Education:

NYC Adult Education Program

Years with DOH:  

4.5

Ramona is a Public Health Representative for the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program at the Department. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with State and Federal rules and regulations related to the program. Additionally, she is responsible for visiting providers throughout New Jersey to oversee proper vaccine management/storage and handling, eligibility and screening practices and compliance with ACIP Standards for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization. Ramona provides educational visits to newly enrolled providers to the program.

She has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for the past 24 years. She received her training at Kings County Hospital located in Brooklyn, New York after completing her nursing studies through the NYC Adult Education Program. Ramona has also worked at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica, New York and at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital located here in Trenton.

Her areas of practice have included Med/Surg, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Ambulatory Care, Intravenous Insertion Nurse and Women's Health.


 

Christine Soliman:

Epidemiologist/Registered Nurse
Communicable Disease Service, Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program

Education:

BS in Nursing from Rutgers University, College of Nursing
MPH from UMDNJ/Rutgers University, School of Public Health with a concentration in health education and behavioral science.
School Nursing Certification from The College of NJ

Years with DOH:  

3 Months

Christine “Tina” was hired in February, 2014 as a Medical Case Coordinator in the Refugee Health Program. She has twenty years of experience working as a registered nurse in a variety of settings doing hospital, school, public health and home health nursing. She enjoys all aspects of community nursing, and is certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Community Health.

Tina was previously the nursing coordinator at a community health center in New Brunswick, overseeing the nursing care at the clinic and two homeless shelters. As part of her responsibilities, Tina participated in conducting health assessments for refugees.

She is happy to now be working with the Refugee Program again, this time providing case management and consultation services to the Federally Qualified Health Centers and refugee resettlement agencies in the northern region of NJ.