Executive Board

President: Paschal Nwako, PhD, MPH

Dr Paschal Nwako is the president of New Jersey Public Health Association. He is the Camden County Health Officer and Public Health Coordinator. Dr Nwako has worked in public health for over 20 years and believes that collaboration is the key to success in local public health system. He received numerous public health awards and served on many public health panels. Dr Nwako has a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Health Sciences from Seton Hall University and a Masters in Public Health from Rutgers University.

 

Immediate Past President: Kevin McNally, MBA

Kevin McNally is an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, community health improvement planning and public health accreditation.  His professional experience includes more than 40 years working in healthcare and public health, including 31 years with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).  At the time of his retirement from the Department, he was the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Division of Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness.  Other positions at the NJDOH included Assistant to the Director of the Office of Public Health Infrastructure, Program Manager of the Child and Adolescent Health Program, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Perinatal AIDS Prevention Demonstration Project.  In addition to being an officer of the New Jersey Public Health Association, his current volunteer activities include being a member of the Health Improvement Coalition of Monmouth County, Site Visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and Chair of the Planning Board of the Borough of Roosevelt.  Mr. McNally has an MBA in Health Care Administration from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

First VP: Donald F. Weinbaum

Donald Weinbaum is a consultant to the non-profit, health, corrections and housing sectors, who specializes in areas related to social determinants of health. His 45+ years of experience spans the fields of Public Health, Behavioral Health Care, and Criminal Justice.  Mr. Weinbaum began his career in health care and later transitioned into public health. His professional experience includes 24 years with the NJ Department of Health, in roles that included Acting Director of Drug/Alcohol Treatment & Rehabilitation; Asst. Director of Planning; Coordinator of Criminal Justice & Block Grant Planning; Manager-IT Development; Manager, Data Collection & Analysis; and Executive Director of a Residential Treatment Center. Previously, he held positions with Camden County and the Veterans Administration. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Weinbaum served as Chief Fiscal & Administrative Officer for the NJ State Parole Board. Following retirement from government service, Mr. Weinbaum served as Executive Director for The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc. and continues to advocate for prevention and community health education.

Mr. Weinbaum holds an MBA in Health Care Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is a NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He currently serves on numerous boards and professional committees, including the NJ Chapter-American Correctional Association, NJ Public Health Association, DMHAS Professional Advisory Committee, Trenton Health Team/Community Advisory Board, and Burlington Co. Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, and volunteers with several local prevention groups.

Second VP: Cynthia Golembeski

Cynthia Golembeski has research, policy, and advocacy experience directly related to improving the health and well being of vulnerable populations. Overall, her work within governmental, academic, and nonprofit contexts has primarily focused on violence prevention, criminal justice reform, HIV/AIDS, and health equity. She has previously worked in South Africa where she was a Fulbright grantee. Cynthia is Second Vice President of the New Jersey Public Health Association and active with Everytown for Gun Safety. She is currently pursuing a joint PhD/JD degree at Rutgers University. She received her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley and an MPH from Columbia University.

GwynethGwyneth Eliasson, JD, MPH

Chair - Newsletter Committee

Gwyneth M. Eliasson received her JD from Brooklyn Law School and her MPH in Health Systems and Policy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health (now Rutgers School of Public Health). She is a licensed attorney with expertise in health law, who consults for solo and small firms in New York City. She is a member of the Policy Committee in the Law Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and a member of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), serving on the Health Reform Task Force and the Medical Legal Partnerships Work Group. She is an adjunct professor at The College of  New Jersey and at La Salle University. Twitter: @GMEliasson

Rita N. Njoku RN, BSN, MPH

Chair Advocacy Committee

reeta.njoku@gmail.com

Member at Large: James W. Brown, PhD, MS, HCLD

Chair Awards Committee

Dr. Jim Brown is currently President of James W. Brown Associates LLC, a past president of the NJPHA and a former Assistant Comissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey. Dr. Brown currently teaches totally online for a number of colleges and universities. He is considered a pioneer in developing online courses especially in public health, health care and the life sciences. He is a former academic Dean at Ocean County College and Assistant Dean at New Jersey City University and helped to launch their online programs. The Center for Digital Education recently designated Dr. Brown as one of the Top 40 Innovators in Education. Dr. Brown has been honored for his work by both houses of the NJ Legislature and both houses of the United States Congress and has been nicknamed “Dr. James Brown: the Godfather of Online Science.”

Member at Large: Stanley Weiss, MD

Chair, Epidemiology Section and Awards Committee

Dr. Weiss has continuously served on the NJPHA Executive Board since 1993, and is the Founding Chair of the NJPHA Epidemiology Section. Dr. Weiss is Professor of Medicine at the Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Department of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health. He works on the Newark campus. Dr. Weiss is the Director & Founder of the Essex-Passaic Wellness Coalition web.njms.rutgers.edu/EPWC , one of the NJDOH-funded regional chronic disease coalitions.   He is the Cancer Liaison Physician & Oncology Committee Vice-chair of The Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ at University Hospital (Newark), a member of the Faculty Council of the Rutgers NJ Medical School, a member of the NY & NJ Allergy, Immunology & Asthma Societies, member of the APHA, SER and a Fellow of ACE, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a founding Member of the Infectious Disease Society of NJ. Dr. Weiss is a past chair of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology  www.ijpc-se.org. His service to APHA included past chair of its Epidemiology Section, vice-chair of its Science Board, and over a decade as a representative on its Governing Council.

Dr. Weiss graduated from Yale (1974, BA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Medical School (1978, MD). He did a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore in the Bronx, and fellowships at the National Cancer Institute in Medical Oncology and in Epidemiology. Dr. Weiss is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Medical Oncology.

His professional awards include the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (2015), the NJ Public Health Association’s (NJPHA) highest award – the Dennis J. Sullivan Award (2012), the NJPHA Dr. Ezra Mundy Hunt Award (2007), the first recipient of the American Lung Association of NJ’s “CAREforAIRnj Award for Community Outreach/Action/Advocacy, the “Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award” from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (2010), the Prostate Net’s “In the Know” National Award (2007), the UMDNJ School of Public Health “Faculty Community Service Award”(2007), and the first of the American Society of Clinical Oncology “Travel Awards” for outstanding work (1985). At NJMS, he was elected to membership in Sigma Xi chapter (1992) and as a Faculty member to the Alpha Omega Alpha [ΑΩΑ] Honor Medical Society, Beta Chapter (inducted 2003). For the latter, he has served as an officer as the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer since 2006, and helped to develop its Research Award, the first award of its nature in the US.

His research spans many disciplines, and he has authored over 350 published, peer-reviewed medical articles, chapters and abstracts.

He can be reached at: weiss@rutgers.edu

Member at Large: Bernice George Carr, MS, MPH  

Bernice George Carr currently works as an Epidemiologist at the New Jersey Department of Health. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the The George Washington University in Washington D.C., in January 2016. Bernice spent a considerable amount of time researching HIV/AIDS in Trenton, New Jersey during her academic career, as well as cardiovascular disease in minority groups in Union county. Bernice has public health experience at both the local and state level. She has served as a member of the Data Committee of the North Jersey Health Collaborative, where she contributed to the Health Needs Assessment of Passaic, Union, Morris and Sussex counties. Bernice also assisted the Princeton Health Department with producing required documents for Public Health accreditation.  In addition to public health, she also has a Masters degree in Food Science from Rutgers University, which produced two co-authored papers on the attachment of Listeria monocytogenes to food contact surfaces. Bernice has experience as a service provider scientist in both Food and Biotech industries in New Jersey. Overall, she is very passionate about all aspects of public health and using the principles of public health to advance the health of residents of New Jersey and beyond.

Member at Large: Sylvia H. Bookbinder, MPH, HO, CHES

Sylvia Bookbinder is a past president of NJPHA. She served APHA as Chair of the Committee on Affiliates and as a member of the Executive Board, Governing Council, and Executive Director Search Committee. In addition, she is a charter member of the NJ Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and served for seven years on the Burlington Township Health Advisory Council. Sylvia’s public health career spans over 40 years during which time she worked in and provided consultation to health departments at the municipal, county and state levels in NJ. Her work includes a post 9/11 assessment of bioterrorism training needs of public health workers, pandemic influenza planning, community health promotion services, training for members of local boards of health, teen pregnancy prevention, food sanitation education, and revision of the state administrative code for local boards of health. Sylvia has an MPH from Tulane University and is both a licensed NJ Health Officer and a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist.