Purpose: To influence and have a measurable impact on healthcare policy in New Jersey.

Advocacy Committee Meeting

Committee Chairperson

Ellen Lutz, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, Hunterdon Medical Center


Kathleen Kaminsky, MS, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Englewood Health

Board Sponsor

Kathleen K. Borenstein, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, Director of Education and Research, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway


  • Delena (Dolly) Allen, Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Saint Peter's University Medical Center
  • Susan Cannon, MSN, RN, CPN, NE-BC, CPN, AVP, Nursing for Women's & Children's Hospital Operations, Cooper University Health Care
  • Deborah Cioffi, MSN, MSA, RN, Risk Management Specialist, Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center
  • Lori Colineri, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center
  • Brittney Daley, MSN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Manager Kahn 5 Neuro/Deskovick Pulmonary Units, Morristown Medical Center
  • MaryAnn Donohue Ryan, PhD, RN, APN, NEA-BC, Executive Leadership Consultant, Chilton Medical Center 
  • Karen N. Gruber, BSN, RN, CEN, Administrative Director, PCS, Cooper University Health Care
  • Ruth Harrell, MSN, MS, RN, CPHQ, Nurse Manager, The Valley Hospital
  • Nancy H. Holecek, BSN, RN, MHA, MAS, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Northern Region, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Cathleen G. Janzekovich, PhD, MA, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Vice President/Patient Services, CentraState Medical Center
  • Mary L. Johansen, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Clinical Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing
  • Comfort Oseme, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Nursing Director, Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Shannon Patel, DNP, APN-C, AGPCNP-BC, NEA-BC, QPHQ, CCRN-K, Assistant Vice President, Cooper University Health Care
  • Charlotte C. Qualls, MA, RN, NE-BC, Administrative Supervisor, Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center
  • Lenore Reilly, MSN, MS, RN, CCRN-K, CNML, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center
  • Judith E. Schmidt, MSN, RN, ONC, CCRN, Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey State Nurses Association
  • Wendy J. Silverstein, DNP, RN-BC, CNML, CPH, Nurse Manager, Morristown Medical Center
  • Rita Smith, DNP, MPA, RN, NEA-BC, Partner, C-Suite Healthcare Advisors, President, ONL NJ
  • Pat Steingall, MS, RN, NE-BC, Nurse Consultant, NWESC Commisssion Chair
  • Joann Wolfson, DNP, MSN, CCRN, Nurse Manager, CentraState Medical Center

Public Affairs Consultants

  • Sabeen Kalyan-Masih, Vice President of Public Affairs, Capital Impact Group
  • Gene Mulroy, Principal, Capital Impact Group

Meeting Schedule
Contact Susan Cholewka, Executive Director,

Legislative update conference calls are held monthly on the first Thursdays, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.