Amy Stern has been UHR’s Executive Director since 1989 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2016 to more accurately reflect her expanding role and dedication to UHR. Prior to becoming director, Amy was the first social worker for UHR’s community hospice program. Before UHR, Amy’s work included the establishment of a palliative care home care program at Good Samaritan Hospital and social work in acute care hospitals and foster care.
Amy is a member of the board of directors of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS). She presently serves as Chair of the NYS Legislative/Regulatory Public Policy Committee. She is currently a member of the Ethics Committee of Good Samaritan Hospital, the Rockland Business Exchange, the New City Rotary and is a founding member of the Institute for Non-Profits. In 2007, Amy was presented with the Carol Selinske Founder’s Award by HPCANYS for her outstanding efforts on behalf of hospice and palliative care and the needs of the terminally ill in New York. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dominican College in 2009. Most recently, she was awarded the Sr. Peggy Scarano Award in recognition of being selected the Non-Profit Executive of the Year.
Dr. Chmielewski is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. After completing his BA in Theater and English at Brandeis University and his MA in Education at Columbia University Teachers College, Dr. Chmielewski embarked upon a career change and earned his MD from SUNY at Buffalo. There he received the David K. Miller prize in Medicine, “for demonstration of Dr. Miller’s approach to caring for the sick—competence, humility, humanity.” He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center, and then completed his fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Chmielewski has lectured in New York City as well as at the local, state, and national levels on his areas of professional expertise and interest, which include the management of pain and other physical symptoms, the medical management of emotional and psychosocial symptoms in the seriously ill, provider-patient-family communication, biomedical ethics, and end-of-life care.
Judi comes to UHR with a wealth of clinical and administrative experience in pediatric and geriatric care. She has held management positions in both acute and long term care settings, and is certified in wound care and hospice/palliative care. Judi graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BS in Nursing followed by a Master’s degree from Columbia University School of Public Health.
Danielle (Dani) Byrnes has over 20 years in the nursing field. Some of her nursing experiences include long term care, home care, school nursing as well as Hospice care. Dani not only has a BS in Nursing, but she also holds a degree in Dietetics (nutritional care) food service administration from SUNY Morrisville. She started out with UHR in 2010 as a case manager for the nursing homes, then moved into the admissions position. In 2012, she obtained her Hospice and Palliative Care Certification. She was awarded the Harvey A. Pachter Staff recognition award for Exemplary Service and during Rockland County Nurse Recognition Day was nominated for “Excellence in Practice.” She became Director of Nursing for UHR in November 2015.
Arthur has over 34 years experience in the home health care industry and has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Scranton. Prior to coming to UHR, Arthur was the Chief Financial Officer at Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc. and Passaic Valley Hospice in Totowa, New Jersey. His career there spanned over 29 years and he was responsible for the entire business operations of the organization, similar to his current position at UHR. Arthur has also served on the Board of Trustees for two non-profit organizations affiliated with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.
Donna Branca joined UHR in 2013 and holds a BS in Marketing from St. Thomas Aquinas College. Donna is a versatile Marketing & Communications Management Professional with many years of experience developing and launching integrated marketing communications programs that increases brand awareness for organizations. She also has specialized skills in digital & social media marketing, lead generation, vendor management, and website development. Donna has held numerous marketing communications positions at both for profit and nonprofit corporations including IBM Corporation, Sharp Electronics, Verizon Wireless and ARC of Rockland. Donna received a Certificate of Achievement for completing The Executive Education Training Program for Nonprofit Professionals from Fordham University in April 2016.
Caroline Fairchild has had the privilege of working in the non-profit sector for the last 15 years. Most recently, Caroline was the Director of Development at Student Advocacy Inc. in Westchester County. Caroline believes that the power of generosity is profound and takes deep satisfaction in being a part of a team making a difference in the community. Caroline began her career in musical theater, and is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. She also received a certificate in Non Profit Management and Fundraising from the Indiana University Community School of Philanthropy. Caroline is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is honored to have the opportunity to raise funds for UHR.
Laura Clines joined UHR in 2018 with an extensive background in Human Resources. After earning a BA from SUNY Purchase, she has since gained a myriad of experience in talent management, employee and labor relations, compensation, compliance, organizational design and strategic planning. Laura’s non-profit experience spans over thirty years having worked for organizations supporting the independence and wellbeing of children, adults and families who face intellectual, developmental, behavioral health and chronic medical challenges. Most recently she held the position of Senior HR Business Partner at Jawonio, Inc. Laura is thrilled to join the dedicated team of skilled, caring professionals at United Hospice of Rockland.
Joan O’Brien has a BA in Economics from SUNY Purchase. Joan joined UHR in 1996. Joan believes in giving back to the community and volunteers with the W.S.H.S, an animal rescue organization. Prior to joining UHR, Joan worked for 13 years with Saks Fifth Avenue.