Board of Directors
John Bilello, R.Ph
John Bilello has been a pharmacist serving the community for over 25 years. He has worked in retail pharmacies as well as having owned two pharmacies himself. Both pharmacies were located in Queens, one was in Ridgewood, and the other in Bayside, where he raised his family for over ten years. Presently, John is working for a retail pharmacy in East Setauket. John has always been actively involved with the care of his patients. He pays close attention to insuring that his patients take their medications properly. John always educates his patients about drug interactions
and makes them aware of possible side effects.
Charles E. Cal., MS, MBA, R.N., Vice President
Mr. Cal is the Director of Program Evaluation at the Krasnoff Quality Management Institute a division of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Adjunct Professor at New York Medical College, Valhalla, and Baruch College, New York City. He holds two Masters degrees from Adelphi University, one in Nursing Administration and another in Business Management. His expertise is in the coordination and development of quality management curricula. He provides evidence-based education, and assistance to health care and non-health care organizations in the assessment, development and implementation of quality management/ performance improvement delivery systems. His experience and educational focus centers on long-term care, geriatric medicine, behavioral health, pediatric critical care and oncology. He has held numerous positions within the NS-LIJHS and at present is on various professional organizations within healthcare.
Ilene Corina is a nationally recognized advocate and community health speaker for patient safety. She is the president and co-founder of PULSE New York. Her work was honored by Long Island’s Channel 12 News. She was named Long Island’s Person Who Made a Difference in 2000.
A member of the board of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Ms. Corina co-chaired the Patient and Family Advisory Council from 2002-2006. In 2002, she spearheaded the first Patient Safety Awareness Week.
A popular lecturer, Ms. Corina has spoken at many medical conferences, hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the country. She helps doctors, nurses and hospital administrators to understand the patient’s role in patient safety. She also helps healthcare professionals understand the needs of patients and their families after a medical injury or death has occurred. Ms. Corina has produced and directed numerous videos and audio productions for patient safety education. She co-hosted and directed a series on enhancing patient safety called “Patient Safety 101” for a local Long Island radio station.
She worked as a researcher at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Northport, Long Island. While there, she developed the Long Island Patient Safety Coalition that brought together medical professionals for the purpose of sharing best-practice information. Ms. Corina is a board member of the Joint Commission and serves on many committees including the Patient and Family Advisory Group of Joint Commission International. She was the winner of the 2006 Institute of Safe Medication Practices Cheers Award and was declared a Woman of Achievement by Long Island Press in 2007. Ms. Corina has appeared as a patient-safety expert on CNN, Fox News, and other television and radio news shows. She has been interviewed by newspapers and magazines including: Child Magazine, Health Magazine, Long Island Newsday, New York Daily News, Washington Post, American Medical News and Modern Healthcare. Her work has been published by the American Journal of Nursing and Perioperative Nursing Clinics.
Dr. Farrington is a practicing gynecologist on Long Island. She completed residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1989. After teaching and practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in the North Shore LIJ Health System for most of the previous 20 years Dr. Farrington started a solo practice of Office Gynecology and Well Woman Care in 2009. This change enables her to spend more time with each patient and devote more time to educating the public in patient safety. Dr. Farrington was involved in the planning and participation of the PULSE Patient Safety Health Fair for Patient Safety Awareness Week in March 2006. She was active in developing the curriculum for the Family Centered Patient Advocacy Training and has co-presented numerous patient advocate training workshops. Dr. Farrington is presently training in Compassionate Communication and has been involved in developing presentations for clinician and patients using compassionate communication skills.
Dr. Farrington’s personal experience in her own family has fueled her interest in making a contribution to ongoing efforts of PULSE. She lives in Freeport Long Island with her family.
Sandra Gold, Financial Secretary
Mrs. Gold has worked for over twenty years in the accounting department of a major hotel on Long Island. Currently retired, she has been a volunteer coordinator since 1999 at the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) Hempstead, New York. Mrs. Gold is the recording secretary for the Sisterhood of her temple, the In-Between-Club at the local Y, and is involved with numerous community organizations. Sandra Gold is a founding member of PULSE of NY.
Since 1994, Andrea Goldstein has served as IPRO’s (the Quality Improvement Organization for New York) Vice President, Medicare/Federal Healthcare Assessment. She is responsible for the overall management of IPRO’s fee-for-service Medicare and Federal case review activities, including beneficiary complaints and notice of non-coverage appeals. Ms. Goldstein has been successfully directing consumer protection and education activities, program integrity contracts and medical review operations for 30 years. Most recently, she has spearheaded IPRO’s patient and family engagement activities with the creation of Medicare beneficiary empowerment workshops as well as a special project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Diabetes Self-Management education to underserved beneficiaries.
Ms. Goldstein, a Registered Nurse, received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Albany. She also received a Master's Degree, with a concentration in Community Health Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Christopher Laizure-MetzChris Metz is graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He is a dedicated member of the Commack, Long Island Fire Department. Chris uses his skills and abilities that he
developed in law school towards social justice issues including advocating for patient safety and maintaining a collaborative effort between the medical staff and the patient’s family. Chris also has prior experience with nonprofits and has been instrumental in corporate governance structure and in drafting policy.
Board Member Emeritus