Members & Staff
Ex-Officio Members

As outlined in the Authority's by-laws, the Authority consists of seven members, three of whom are ex-officio (namely: the Commissioner of Health, the Commissioner of Human Services and the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance).


Dr. Shereef Elnahal, Chairperson

Dr. Shereef Elnahal, Chairperson (photo) (Serves during his term as Commissioner of the Department of Health)

Dr. Shereef Elnahal was sworn in as Commissioner of the Department of Health by Governor Murphy on April 2, 2018.

Prior to leading the Department, Dr. Elnahal worked as a physician executive in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), serving as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value in the Veterans Health Administration. He was also an adjunct assistant professor at the Georgetown University Department of Health Policy and Management. In his capacity at the VA, he led efforts to improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery to veterans. In addition, Dr. Elnahal has spearheaded unprecedented efforts around transparency in access and performance, as well as standardizing best practices that prevent opioid dependency, improve women’s healthcare, and enhance access to care for veterans. He has testified to the US Senate Veterans Affairs committee on the VA’s care delivery improvement efforts and has worked with members of congress in the House and Senate to pass key legislation that improves the lives of veterans. Most recently, he built a healthcare operations center that facilitated response efforts to facilities in crisis. This operations center also assisted in response efforts for natural disasters that impacted Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico in 2017.

Dr. Elnahal was appointed to VA by President Barack Obama as a White House Fellow in 2015. In this capacity, he founded the Diffusion of Excellence Initiative, the major initiative meeting the organization’s priority of establishing consistency in clinical and administrative operations across the nation—a program that received media attention locally and nationally for the benefits realized to veterans. At Georgetown, Dr. Elnahal taught graduate courses on healthcare quality and performance. He has authored many publications on health care quality, operations management, and patient safety in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), BMJ, the American Journal of Medical Quality, and the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

In previous work, Dr. Elnahal co-developed a published methodology that doubled clinic efficiency in the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Clinic, cutting patient wait times by half. As an operations consultant for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Pittsburgh VA hospitals, he expanded on this work to improve care access for veterans and active duty service members. He also served on committees in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Council at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Elnahal served on advisory boards for two firms focused on patient education and clinical operations. He also co-founded the Baltimore chapter of The Triple Helix, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that publishes an internationally-circulated journal on science in society. His civic contributions earned him the 2015 National Quality Scholar Award from the American College of Medical Quality. Dr. Elnahal has also served on non-profit boards such as the American College of Medical Quality, the High Reliability Organization Council, and the ADAMS Civic Engagement Committee in Sterling, Virginia.

Dr. Elnahal received a dual-degree M.D. and M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard University, then worked as a physician in training in Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Elnahal is a native of Linwood, NJ and is humbled and honored by the opportunity, if confirmed, to return to his home state and serve the people of New Jersey.


Carole Johnson

Photo of Carole Johnson (Serves during her term as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services)

Carole Johnson was sworn in as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services by Governor Murphy on April 2, 2018. She previously served in the Obama White House as senior health policy advisor and member of the Domestic Policy Council health team. There, she worked to increase health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, improve services and choices for individuals with disabilities, expand supports for older Americans, increase coverage of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and improve health and economic security for all Americans. The Commissioner-designate also has served on Capitol Hill working for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and for members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. In addition, she managed health care workforce policy issues for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Johnson previously was policy director for the Alliance of Community Health Plans, an association of nonprofit health plans; program officer with the Pew Charitable Trusts Health and Human Services Program; health policy researcher at the George Washington University; and, senior government relations manager with the American Heart Association.


Marlene Caride, Esq.

Marlene Caride, Esq (photo)

(Serves during her term as Commissioner of the Department of Banking
and Insurance)

Marlene Caride, Esq. served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2012, where she represented the 36th Legislative District. Caride served in the Assembly on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee (as Vice-Chair), the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation and the Intergovernmental Relations Commission.

Caride earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was awarded a J.D. degree from the California Western School of Law. She is an attorney who is a partner in private practice with the firm of Gonzalez & Caride. She has served as prosecutor for the Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control of West New York from 2009 to 2012, as an attorney of the town's parking authority from 1995 to 2009, and has been the municipal prosecutor of the Borough of Ridgefield since 2011. In her hometown of Ridgefield, she was a library alternate trustee from 2005-2006 and was an alternate member of the board of health from 2005 to 2007

Public Members
Dr. Munr Kazmir

Dr. Munr Kazmir Vice Chair (term of office expires April 30, 2019)

Dr. Kazmir is the CEO of Quality Home Care Providers and founder of Direct Meds Pharmacies, Inc. and Easy Carry Inc.  He is also the founder of American School Systems which brings American values to Third World and Middle Eastern children. 

Dr. Munr Kazmir heralds a lifetime of leadership as a CEO, entrepreneur, physician, and philanthropist in the healthcare industry. Having served on numerous hospital boards, healthcare research, and healthcare advisory committees, his experience will be a great benefit to the Health Care Facilities Financing Authority. As a recipient of various humanitarian awards, Dr. Kazmir also brings a deep appreciation of the intricate and essential role of health care for the citizens of New Jersey.

Dr. Kazmir is a former Presidential Commission on the White House Fellow and is known for his bipartisan efforts on behalf of law enforcement officers and their survivors.  Dr. Kazmir is a former Commissioner of the NJ Lottery and served on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and The National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Over the past three decades, Dr. Kazmir has been recognized domestically and internationally for humanitarian efforts to combat juvenile diabetes, contributions of prosthetic devices to children, improving the care and rehabilitation of multi-handicapped blind children, opening a school in Asia with top-quality education and medical care, promoting democratic governance in third-world countries, and supporting law enforcement foundations throughout the United States.

In May 2011, Dr. Kazmir joined the ranks of six former presidents and Nobel Prize winners in being awarded the distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his outstanding accomplishments and upstanding citizenry. 

Dr. Kazmir graduated from the University of Punjab where he received his M.B.B.S./M.D. He completed his internal medicine internship at the White Plains Hospital/Montefiore Medical Center in New York and additional medical studies at the Methodist Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. He also completed his PGY3 at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Medicine in New York.


Suzette T. Rodriguez, Esq.

Photo of Suzette T. Rodriguez, Esq.Secretary and Treasurer (term of office expired April 30, 2013)

Suzette T. Rodriguez, Esq. is an accomplished corporate counsel with significant experience advising company personnel on matters affecting the business operations of various companies. Her specialties include civil litigation, employment law and general corporate counseling. Ms. Rodriguez has joined the firm of Blank Rome LLP, as Of Counsel in the Labor and Employment group. Previously she was in-house Associate Counsel for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., where she was responsible for managing defensive and affirmative litigation matters, including vicarious and direct liability claims, employment litigation, franchise litigation, and enforcing intellectual property rights. She was also responsible for advising company personnel in diverse matters affecting the business operations of the Company. 

Prior to joining Jackson Hewitt, Ms. Rodriguez worked in the Labor and Employment Departments of LeClairRyan in Newark, New Jersey and Wong Fleming in Princeton, New Jersey.   Ms. Rodriguez also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Travis L. Francis of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division-General Equity.

Ms. Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in English Literature from Hunter College, City University.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.   While in law school, Ms. Rodriguez served as the Managing Articles Editor of the Rutgers' Race and the Law Review and was awarded a fellowship from Equal Justice America.  In addition, Ms. Rodriguez served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Marina Corodemus, Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division-Mass Torts.  In 2003, Ms. Rodriguez was granted the Distinguished Graduate Award by the National Catholic Educational Association for exemplifying the best qualities of catholic education and rendering distinguished service to the Catholic Church.

Ms. Rodriguez is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, State of New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. 

Ms. Rodriguez is currently the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the Deputy Regional President (Region III) of the Hispanic National Bar Association.  She is also active in the community and serves as an Advisory Board Member for the New Jersey Educational Empowerment Project (NJLEEP), a pipeline diversity effort dedicated to increasing minority representation in the legal profession by introducing students to the law and skill building at a young age.   In December 2009, Ms. Rodriguez was appointed by Governor Jon S. Corzine to serve as a public member of the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, where she is currently the Secretary and serves on the Audit Evaluation Committee.


Authority Staff

All Authority staff can be reached by telephone at (609) 292-8585 followed by the staff member's extension as listed below. To reach a staff member by facsimile, send the fax the individual's attention at (609) 633-7778.

Office of the Executive Director

Mark E. Hopkins
Executive Director

Carole Conover
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
& Custodian of the Record

Robin Piotrowski, PHR, CPS
Human Resources Manager & Ethics Liaison Officer

Christopher Kniesler
Communications Specialist

John Johnson
Network Administrator

Maria Kinney
Office Management Assistant

Division of Research, Investor Relations and Compliance

Frank Troy
Director of Research, Investor Relations and Compliance

Taryn Rommell
Assistant Director of Research, Investor Relations and Compliance

Neetu Thukral
Compliance Manager

Nino McDonald
Database Analyst

Division of Project Management

William McLaughlin
Director, Project Management

Edwin Fuentes
Project Manager

Tracey D. Cameron
Administrative Assistant

Division of Operations, Finance and Special Projects

Ronald S. Marmelstein
Director, Operations, Finance & Special Projects

Alpa Patel

Bernard J. Miller, Jr.
Construction Compliance Officer

Jessica Lucas
Account Administrator

Michael Solidum
Account Administrator

Diane Johnson
Senior Assistant Account Administrator

Taryn Brzdek
Assistant Account Administrator

Ellen Lieber
Accountant II

Cindy Kline
Administrative Assistant