Board of Directors
Joan Cusack-McGuirk, President & CEO – St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital – Board President
Neil Sturomski, President Sturomski & Associates – Educational Consulting – Board Vice-President
Andrew Ciccone, President & CEO – Hudson Valley Public Relations – Media Strategy Organization
David Lambert, Financial Advisor of the Pine Group at Morgan Stanley
Asrar Ahmed, Business Executive – Sales – Medical Equipment and Supplies
Daniel C. Olson, Early American Antiques Dealer, PhD, Cornell University, Insect Ecology, 1971-1973
Brenda Harburger, Retired – Former President of HARBURGER/SCOTT – Marketing & Advertising
Joan Cusack-McGuirk, President & CEO St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH), Newburgh, NY
Joan Cusack-McGuirk has over forty years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving more than thirty years at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. She was instrumental in finalizing the partnership between SLCH and the Montefiore Health System which was announced early 2016. Since that time, Ms. Cusack-McGuirk has worked to integrate SLCH into the Montefiore Health System, a national leader in transforming health care to improve access, quality and experience of care, becoming a leading academic health system. Earlier in her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, she was responsible for the successful integration of two divergent patient care cultures into a singular care model. Joan was promoted to Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and soon after was appointed to permanent President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Under Ms. Cusack-McGuirk’s leadership, SLCH has earned numerous awards and accreditations: Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program; The 2017 Gold Award Get with the Guidelines Stroke; Healthgrades Recipient for three successive years as a five-star recipient for natural childbirth; Joint Commission recognized SLCH as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality TM Expert Contributor; and Hospitals & Health Network’s 2017 Most Wired Hospital. SLCH is also designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement as well as Maternity by Empire BlueCross BlueShield. SLCH also became verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma. SLCH is also partnered with Burke Rehabilitation, expanding and enhancing the already robust physical, cardiac and pulmonary services at SLCH. Ms. Cusack-McGuirk graduated as an RN from St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, received her BS in Nursing from SUNY New Paltz, earned a master’s degree at NYU, and is a graduate of the Wharton’s School Fellow Program. Ms. Cusack-McGuirk is an active member of the Healthcare Association of NYS (HANYS), NorMet, and Patterns for Progress. Joan resides with her husband John. They have seven children and ten grandchildren. For Joan, her family is the highlight of her life. The rest is the topping on the cake!
Neil Sturomski is the former Director of the National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center. With more than forty years of experience in education, including supporting individuals with disabilities and other special learning needs, he has worked in a variety of capacities including direct service, diagnostics, administration, curriculum design, research, information management, data collection, evaluation, and graduate-level teaching. In 1996 Mr. Sturomski formed Sturomski & Associates, a consulting firm whose primary mission is to help adult educators, literacy practitioners, employers, and job training program instructors better meet the needs of adults at-risk and those with disabilities. He recently wrote two professional development books one on reading and the reading process and the other on the use of advance organizers in adult education. He continues to train and consult with various states and organizations. He also wrote the novel – SƆRAMBLƎD – and is working on his next novel Unscrambled. Neil graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS degree in Psychology and Sociology. He also received his Master’s in Education, Special Education. He also attended Syracuse University and did his post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins University. He resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Andrew Ciccone is the President & CEO of Hudson Valley Public Relations (HVPR). He is an expert in media strategy with over fifteen years of experience providing clients with innovative solutions with integrated market plans utilizing traditional and digital media platforms. He applies his considerable
knowledge of media, gained while working for Young & Rubicam and Grey Advertising, to all aspects of developing and implementing winning campaigns. He has successfully launched campaigns for consumer products as well as rebranding several organizations. Clients include nonprofit agencies, health care providers and in the highly regulated financial services Industry. Andrew earned a BS in marketing from Syracuse University and an MA in Corporate Communications from Baruch College. His spare time is devoted to family and film. Andrew loves to write, in addition to copywriting for his clients, he has penned four screenplays to date.
David Lambert is a former Executive Director for three non-profit organizations serving physicians. Since 2014 he has been the Financial Advisor of the well-respected Pine Group at Morgan Stanley. In 2018, he achieved the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) which focuses on clients’ pre- and post-retirement needs, as well as asset management and estate planning strategies. David is actively involved in a number of local charities. For his philanthropic as well as professional efforts, David was selected by the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce as a “40 under 40” award recipient in 2018. His is also a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society where he has been dubbed a “Real Man” each of the last two years for his efforts. He is the Commander of the “Sons of the Legion” at his local Marlboro, NY post. In addition, he is a proud Rotarian in both the Highland and Newburgh chapters where their motto is “Service Above Self”. He also serves on various committees with Mount St. Mary College and the Dutchess Chamber of Commerce. David is a graduate from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Psychology. David has spent half his life here in the Mid-Hudson and half upstate in Saratoga County. He currently resides in Highland, with a wife and two sons.
Asrar Ahmed is a business owner, business executive who sells medical equipment’s and supplies. Mr. Ahmed was born sixty-five years ago in Udaipur, India BE, where he initially attended school. He earned a mechanical engineering degree in Manipal, India and worked as an engineer in a steel mill for two years. He then moved to Iran and for four years, worked for an oil company. Eventually he moved to the USA to pursue MBA in Finance/Marketing. After graduation he was hired by an engineering consultancy company where he worked for ten years before starting his own business selling medical equipment and supplies. For the past ten years Mr. Ahmed has been a member of the Newburgh Rotary. He was the club’s president in 2012. In addition, he worked with the Rotary Foundation on IMRF (International Medical Relief Foundation). He continues to participate in charity work and events. Mr. Ahmed is an avid golfer and tennis player who enjoys international travel. He is married to Dr. Amina Ahmed, a practicing Obstetrics/Gynecologist, and they have two sons.
Daniel C. Olson is an Early American Antiques Dealer with a PhD from Cornell University in Insect Ecology. He was a material commander in the Army and then worked with Woodward-Clyde Consultants where he rose to Senior Biologist. He is currently an Early American Antiques Dealer starting in 1982 and assisted in founding the ADA (Antiques Dealers’ Association of America where he was the President from 1982-1984. He is active in his community and at Union Church, Newburgh, New York where he is a member of the choir. He is also a member of the Newburgh Rotary and he dedicated time to historic preservation, numerous environmental organizations and photography. He has been married for forty-eight years to Karen Ann (Olson). They have two married children and two grandchildren.
Brenda Harburger is the former president of HARBURGER/SCOTT Marketing & Advertising and recently retired. She has over thirty-five years of advertising and marketing experience at such firms as the legendary Mary Wells’ advertising agency, Wells, Rich Greene, Bristol Myers Clairol, Cheseborough Ponds’ Prince Matchebelli, and Squibb’s Charles of the Ritz. She developed and launched Enjoli perfume/bath products, for which she and her company won the FiFi “Best Popular Women’s Fragrance” award for the launch year. She also managed Bain de Soleil suncare products, guiding it to the number three sun care brand in the market. For fifteen years Brenda ran her own ad agency, Brenda’s clients included a wide range of consumer and business-to-business products/services including consumer goods, financial services, retail, non-profit and tourism/hospitality. Clients have included P&G’s Pert Shampoo, International Flavors & Fragrances, Givaudan-Roure Fragrances, Hercules Fragrances, Firmenich Fragrances, Brooks Brothers and Beach Boys Suncare for Cosmetic Essence Inc., Orange County Trust Company bank (now Orange Trust Bank), WGNY Radio, SOS Fuels, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Sullivan County Arts Council, Winding Hills Golf Club & Restaurant, Huff House Inn, NeatEateries.com and more. Brenda enjoys community service. She has been active in several Chamber of Commerce’s and community revitalization programs. She is past President of Warwick Valley Rotary Club and is presently on the Board of the SUNY Orange College Foundation. She originates from the West coast and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BFA and a self-determined “minor” in advertising/marketing and sociology.