Board of Directors

The Central New Jersey chapter is currently being run by a committee of CM professionals committed to reviving the chapter. 

Patricia Agius, BS RN CCM CPHQ
President  & Education Chair
CMSA of Central New Jersey

Pat Agius has over 40 years experience at all levels of the healthcare continuum. Pat earned her BS from St. Joseph’s College, NY in 1984 and has been a Certified Case Manager since 1997, Certified in Healthcare Quality since 1999. With more than 20 years in case management, Pat has spoken on Discharge Planning, End of Life Care, Case Management & Certification; Home Care & Hospice issues. She is the Co-Author of a
book, “End of Life Care for Case Managers” by HCPro, (2005) along with Jackie Birmingham, which was written for case managers & has done radio presentations as well.

Pat has had various roles on boards and task forces in healthcare and in the community. In addition to several board roles in case management, Pat has served as President of the NJ Association for Continuity of Care; President of the NJ CMSA Chapter ( 2004-2007) and as Executive Director along with several other roles; and as President, Mid- Atlantic CMSA Chapter (2012-2014) and was the CMSA CPC representative from 2006-2007 and the National CMSA Treasurer (2007-2009). She served on CMSA’s Membership Committee in 2016; the Chapter Ambassador from NJ and MA Chapters from 2019-2020 to the CMSA Foundation and has been on the National Education Committee for Conference (2017, ’18, ’19). She is a Member of the National CMSA Audit and Finance Committee for 2019-2021.

In her home community at Millville by the Sea she is VP of the Summerwind HOA. Pat is currently the VP/PE for MA CMSA (and will become Chapter President on 10/22/20) and is the Director for Education for the Chapter and Committee Member, for Membership; Sponsorship and Public Policy. She also serves as Director for the Delaware Extension of the Chapter. At the June 2020 National Conference, Pat was (elected in May) as a Director to the CMSA Foundation for a 3 year term. She received the NJ CMSA Conference Excellence Award in 2004 and was nominated for CMSA’s CMOY in 2018 by the Mid-Atlantic CMSA Chapter. At the 2019 National CMSA Conference in Las Vegas, Pat received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the CMSA Board of Directors.

 

Maria Chornobroff
Executive Director

Maria Chornobroff is the Executive Director of the Case Management Society of Central New Jersey prior to that she served as the treasurer of the CMSA of Central New Jersey from 2018-2019 and the President from 2019-2020. She is the Senior Director of Nursing at Bancroft and is a dedicated healthcare leader with more than two decades of nursing experience.  Prior to joining Bancroft Maria served as a Nurse Case Manager and Psychiatric Nurse at various programs throughout New Jersey. She earned her Diploma of Nursing from Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing and her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from Kean University. She is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and a member of the NJSNA Region 6.

Michael Newell MSN RN
Vice President

A graduate of LaSalle University with a Master’s in Nursing Administration, Michael is the author of two nursing texts: Using Nursing Case Management to Improve Health Outcomes (1996) and Reinventing Your Nursing Career (1998). His expertise is in critical care and in case management/rehabilitation. He qualified as a certified critical care nurse (CCRN) in 1979 and as a certified case manager (CCM) in 1992. He is founder president of LifeSpan Care Management LLC, a fifteen-year-old firm that offers health coordination and advocacy services to those with chronic or catastrophic illness or injury. Michael serves as an adjunct clinical instructor for the Rutgers Camden School of Nursing. Michael has traveled and lectured widely on the topics of medical case management and served as an expert witness for civil court proceedings regarding quality of care in hospital and long-term care settings.

Jose M. Santoro
Treasurer

José M. Santoro holds an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University and has over 40 years’ experience in the medical industry. Mr. Santoro has functioned at various Management Levels in large corporations functioning as Vice President Business Development, Regional Vice President of Managed Care and Contracting, as well as National Managed Care Accounts Manager. Mr. Santoro served in the United States Navy Reserves and retired in 2000 serving his last years at the Head Quarters of Fleet Hospital 500, Combat Zone Twenty-Two, Fort Dix, NJ. He is the President of Medical Cost Management Inc., a company he founded in 2004.  He is currently the Senior Director of Managed Care at Amerita Specialty Home Infusion responsible for Contracting for the Eastern US.

Kathy Parsons BSN, RN, MBA
Board Member

Kathy Parsons has been a Case Management Society of America national and state member for 14 years.  She is a Clinical Program Senior Advisor with CareAllies, Cigna’s service company that works closely with physician organizations and health systems.  Within CareAllies, Kathy is a member of the clinical leadership team at Alegis Care, a complete, in-home population health and clinical services company dedicated to serving the diverse needs of patients, providers and health plans.  Kathy is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a BSN and Wheeling University with an MBA.

Kat Verdi
Board Member

Kat is the wife of one and mother of two. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Founder of Verdi Consulting, LLC, she is Senior Living & Healthcare Transition Advocacy Consultant for Caregivers, Aging Adults & LGBTQ Elders. Approaching a decade of experience in geriatric healthcare, she has been assisting families in “healthcare transition” including those affected by dementia and Alzheimer’sKat’s shares her professional tenure which covers every aspect of senior healthcare and how dramatically the landscape of Aging in America has changed. She guides and creates a plan of action while advocating for families through the many facets and decisions families face with their aging loved ones.

Kat is a proud Affiliate of the LGBTQ Senior Housing & Care, LLC where she serves as Director of Sensitivity Development.  She provides LGBTQ+ training on cultural humility, sensitivity and competency education to elder care service and housing providers, businesses, corporations, public civil service entities and educational institutions. In 2021 Kat has been appointed as the Secretary for the Central New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization of the CMSA (Case Management Society of America). Kat serves as a sound resource for anyone caring for a loved one. Her mission are the “3E’s” – to Educate, Empower and Encourage caregivers. 

Kat shares her family’s personal journey with Dementia & Alzheimer’s. She explains how Cultural Denial, Acceptance & Decisions that had to be made, were a challenge for her family and how this is common amongst so many caregivers. She ties her personal and her professional experience to those aging in place and how Depression and Isolation have also become an alarming factor in our society. The takeaway Kat hopes for is that caregivers are empowered to ask more questions and become better involved with their loved one’s healthcare journey so they can be their best advocates. 

Academic Credentials: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) & Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM)