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.

Jacki Gonzalez MSN, MBA/HCM, RN, CCM, BC

Jacki Gonzalez has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years. She started her career in direct patient care at Raritan Bay Medical Center and St Peters University Hospital. She began her Case Management (CM) practice with the NJ Carpenters Health Fund working in the self-funded insurance membership. She continued her career with Anthem/Amerigroup 12 years ago at the New Jersey plan.  Her professional career with Anthem/Amerigroup has been focused on leadership of the Medicaid Care Management (CM) program, associate and program development, and process improvement.  She has partnered on multiple corporate CM workgroups throughout the years and was seen as a care management subject matter expert (SME) for many new plans entering the Medicaid market. She is now working on the Government Business Division (GBD) Corporate CM team as a Health Services Director for both Medicaid and Medicare markets since September 2016.

Jacki has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and an MBA in Health Care Management. She currently holds national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) in Case Management and the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCM). She has been involved with the Case Management Society of America for the past 18 years and has held multiple NJ chapter board of director positions, such as Vice President/Elect, President and Executive Director. Jacki lives in Southern Ocean County New Jersey and enjoys music, dancing, and watching the sunset over the bay as much as possible.

Jose M. Santoro

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.

Sue Binder, RN-BC, CCM, PAHM
Board Member

Sue Binder, RN-BC, CCM, PAHM, president of Integrated Healthcare Consultants, LLC has more than 30 years of highly successful and diversified professional experience in the healthcare industry.  Most recently she was the director/creator of the Health and Wellness Program at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey managing the programs of chronic disease. Currently her company is focusing on helping customers implement staff understanding of the importance of interpersonal communication skills in various medical and behavioral health clinical programs.  Contact:

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.

James Jacobi
Board Member

James Jacobi holds a BS in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and has over 12 years experience in healthcare and care management industry.   He’s a sought after expert with the most trusted and top ranked hospitals and insurance companies, providing solutions and strategies on population health, care management, quality, and government programs.  James has served on CMSA boards for the New England and NYC Chapters. He has given multiple keynotes to CMSA National Conference on leadership, business operations, and talent management. James currently serves on the Board for the Regional Chamber in Morris County and is considered a rising millennial leader in the business and healthcare community.  James is the Founder and President of Jacobi Enterprises (a business and executive consulting firm), co-Founder of Ardor Learning (an innovative education model), and creator of Morris Growth Con (an entrepreneurial event brand). He is the author of the bestselling book Radical Integrity: 7 Breakthrough Strategies on Transforming Your Business, Sales and Life.