Our Leadership

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is a touchstone in the treatment and healing process for our patients and their families.

Our leadership team—from the president to the board of directors—are the big hearts that make this possible for our little patients.

Dr. Edwin F. Simpser


Dr. Simpser joined St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children as Chief Medical Officer in 1999 and is presently its President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the past 15 years, he has tirelessly devoted himself to advancing the organization’s mission of caring for children with special needs and their families.

Executive Leadership

William Mead

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Joining St. Mary’s in 2014, Bill has been responsible for guiding the organizations operational and financial management through today’s rapidly shifting healthcare environment.

Sean R. Lally

Vice President for Development, Strategic Planning, and External Affairs

Mr. Lally is responsible leading the organization’s strategic planning initiatives, the daily management and implementation of fundraising programs, and oversees external relations activities for the Healthcare System.

Patricia Hackenjos

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Patricia (Trish) Hackenjos is the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. She is responsible for implementing human resource strategies that enables St. Mary’s to recruit, train, and retain a motivated workforce. She began her employment as an Assistant Director in 2007.

Adam Waxer

General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer

Adam is responsible for all legal and compliance matters at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, one of the nation’s premier pediatric post-acute providers of intensive rehabilitation and specialized care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions.

Ken Kupetsky

Vice President, Chief Information Officer

He came to St. Mary’s to help with the implementation of Meditech as the Electronic Medical Record for the 97 bed inpatient hospital. Before joining St. Mary’s, Ken served as CIO at The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital where he led the team to become the first free standing post-acute care hospital in the U.S. to reach HIMSS Stage 6 recognition.

Board of Directors

Cindy S. Johnson, Co-Chair
Stephen Brent Wells, Co-Chair
Raymond M. Planell, Esq., Vice Chairman
Samuel R. Karetsky, Secretary/Treasurer
Stuart Acker
Alexander K. Buchholz
Nick Cannon
Harry Coghlan
Ruth Colp-Haber
Anthony Coniglio
Norman M. Feinberg
Mark Goldberg
Thomas Kissane
Jeffrey Levine
Henry T. Lievre
Vincent L. Riso
Peter E. Roth
The Honorable Claire Shulman, Honorary Director
Mother Miriam, CSM, Founding Director
Sr. Mary Jean, CSM, Founding Director

Clinical Management

Dawn Cuglietto, PsyD

Assistant Vice President, Patient & Family Services and Rehabilitation

Bency Mathew RN, MSN, RN-BC, C-NE

Director of Nursing Services
System Director for Quality, Education and Informatics

Elvira Fardella-Roveto, RN, FNP B-C

Director of Professional Services/Home Care Administrator

Desiree Merrill, MD

Medical Director

Licensures & Memberships


New York State Department of Health

New York State Department of Education


American Hospital Association
American Public Health Association
Association for the Care of Children’s Health
Children’s Hospice International
Children’s Hospital Association
Continuing Care Leadership Coalition
Greater New York Hospital Association
Healthcare Association of New York State
Home Care Association of New York State
National Association for Home Care
National Subacute Care Association