Our Board

Christina Ciliberto


Christina Ciliberto is a Hudson Valley bred healthcare leader. She graduated Pace University with her Bachelors of Nursing Degree and earned a certificate in Population Care Coordination from Duke University School of Nursing. She has strong management and leadership background for the past 10 years with varied post-acute healthcare delivery operation roles, most notably with Visiting Nurse Service of New York from 2005 to 2016, and currently with United HealthCare, since 2019. She balances transformational and transactional leadership styles to maximize patient and fiscal outcomes. She has been part of multiple projects in defining, implementing, and managing care delivery solutions across various patient populations.

Peter Bienstock, JD

Peter Bienstock, JD, a founding partner of the matrimonial and family law firm, Hennessey & Bienstock LLP, has specialized in that area of the law for more than 25 years. He is a cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, and a magna cum laude graduate of the City College of New York. He capped a 17-year career of public service by serving from 1987 until 1990 as the Executive Director of the New York State Commission on Government Integrity (The Feerick Commission). Prior to that, he served as Bureau Chief of New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, including Chief of the Civil Rights and Consumer Frauds Bureaus. Peter served a four-year term on the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He is serving and has served for the last decade as a hearing officer for the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct.

David Hoffman


David Hoffman is a health care lawyer and clinical ethicist in New York, where he is a lecturer in Bioethics and full-time core faculty member of the Columbia University Master’s Program in Bioethics. He also teaches in the areas of law, medicine and ethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Carthage Area Hospital.

Prior to joining Carthage Area Hospital, he served as General Counsel and Vice President for Ethics & Compliance at hospitals and other provider organizations in the New York metropolitan area. Hoffman has provided counsel to hospitals, medical centers and individual practitioners in: governance, mergers, affiliations, commercial transactions, medical litigation, bio-ethical decision-making and regulatory matters.


Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D

Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D, serves as Consultant in Medical Ethics at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. He is Emeritus Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research Fellow at Scripps Gerontology Center, having been a faculty member at Miami University in Ohio from 1975-2009. He has held teaching and research positions at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Wright State University School of Medicine; and the University of California, San Francisco. Terry received his B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in History of Ideas from Brandeis University. For ten years he was Ethics Consultant for the American Association of Blood Banks. Terry is the author of Clinical Medical Ethics: Cases In Practice and trains hospital ethics committees in case consultation.

Timothy E. Quill, M.D

Timothy E. Quill, M.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care, and Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Medicine (URMC). He is recently retired but was the Founding Director of the URMC Palliative Care Program and is a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Quill has published and lectured widely about various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, with special focus on end-of-life decision making. He is the author/editor of eight books on palliative and end-of life care, including Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: A Compassionate, Widely Available Option for Hastening Death (to be released this spring by Oxford University Press). He has also published over 170 peer reviewed articles mainly on palliative and end of life care. Dr. Quill was the lead physician plaintiff in a legal case challenging the New York law prohibiting physician-assisted death heard in 1997 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Quill v. Vacco).

Peter J. Strauss, JD

Peter J. Strauss, JD, practices trusts and estate law and has a special interest in issues involving the rights of persons with respect to health care treatment at the end of life. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America (2007 to 2014) and in New York Super Lawyers – Metro Edition (2007 to 2015). Best Lawyers named him “New York City Elder Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012. Peter is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, and director of the Guardianship Clinic, which he founded in 2003. He has written articles for many professional publications, including the New York Law Journal. Peter earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Bowdoin College.

Advisors to the Board

Laurie Leonard, MBA, MSWMinna Barrett, PhDJane EmeryHoward Grossman, MD
Carla Kerr, Esq.Samuel C. Klagsbrun, MDWanda Montalvo, PhD, RN
Martha Quiros, CPAThomas Schwarz, JDPaul Smith, Rev.