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Meet the Team

Joseph Conte, PhD, CPHQ

Excecutive Director

Meet Joe

Joseph Conte is the Executive Director of the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS).  SI PPS was created to implement the Medicaid redesign program known as DSRIP.

Previously, Joe was the Senior Vice President for Administration at Richmond University Medical Center, overseeing multiple departments. Prior to his position at RUMC, Joe was the Executive Vice President at the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. At Northwell, formerly the NS-LIJ Health System, he served for over 15 years in various executive capacities, including Senior Vice President for Quality, where his innovative strategies ultimately culminated in the NQF National Quality Healthcare Award and the Codman Award for Staten Island University Hospital.

He completed his doctoral dissertation at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, analyzing the effects of Meaningful Use of EHR on cost, quality, and safety outcomes. Joe has experience in international projects and was recently invited to speak in the Netherlands and the U.K. to discuss healthcare innovation. He has published numerous peer review articles and authored a chapter in the bestselling Health Informatics an Executive Primer.

Salvatore Volpe, MD, FAAP, FACP, FHIMSS, CHCQM

Chief Medical Officer

Meet Sal

Salvatore Volpe, MD FAAP FACP FHIMSS CHCQM has 27 years of a primary care medical practice experience.  He has achieved board certification in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Clinical Informatics and Quality Asurance. He serves as Chairman of the Richmond County Medical Society HIT Committee. Dr. Volpe is the recipient of the 2007 IPRO Quality Award.  The award was presented in recognition of his commitment to improving care for Medicare beneficiaries, as reflected in the work he has done to create a patient-focused environment within his practice, and his work as a physician champion in promoting the use of electronic health records and health information technology for quality improvement.


Anyi Chen, PhD

Chief Information Officer

Meet Anyi

Anyi provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure Health Information Technology & Analytics platform at Staten Island PPS. She leads the PPS analytics team and develops advanced analytics coupled with population health approach to drive better clinical outcomes and lower total cost of care.

Prior to joining Staten Island PPS, Anyi spent 10+ years in Healthcare Informatics and Business Analytics roles in major medical centers and health systems. She specializes in advanced analytics, data warehousing and business intelligence, helping healthcare organizations maximize data value. Most recently, as Director of Clinical Data Analytics at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mathematician at St. Francis Hospital – The Heart Center, Roslyn New York. Anyi is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). She holds a dual-title PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State University.

Ashley Restaino, MPH

Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives & Operations

Meet Ashley

Ashley has been with the Staten Island PPS since 2016. In her current role as Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations, Ashley leads the strategic development of population health programs and oversees operational activities for the organization. She collaborates with many stakeholders in the community, co-leading and designing social determinant of health outreach and engagement initiatives with various populations and alternatives to incarceration programs with the Office of the Richmond County District Attorney. Ashley holds a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Mary Han, CPHQ

Director, Continuing Care & Quality Management

Meet Mary

Mary Han is leading population health programs with our continuing care providers in Richmond County. Mary successfully completed three Medicaid redesign projects in partnership with skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and home care agencies to reduce avoidable hospitalizations. Mary has previously worked in quality management at Gouverneur Health and community-based research at New York University Department of Population Health. She studied physiology at University of Minnesota and has a passion for health and exercise. Mary is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Nadeen Makhlouf, Pharm.D, MPH

Director, Clinical Engagement & Behavioral Health

Meet Nadeen

Nadeen is the Director of Clinical Engagement at the SI PPS. She combines her background as a Doctor of Pharmacy along with her Masters in Public Health to engage partners across various clinical population health domains that encompass chronic disease conditions as well as behavioral health and substance use. Previously, Nadeen worked at SIPCW as a clinical performance improvement manager and at the New York City Department of Health as an infectious disease epidemiologist and a zika testing call center supervisor.


Brittany Langan, LMSW

Director, Collaborative Care

Meet Brittany

Brittany is the Director of Collaborative Care for the Staten Island PPS, leading ambulatory population health and collaborative care initiatives. Brittany’s previous experience includes leadership roles at Richmond University Medical Center, having served as Director of Performance Improvement for their affiliated physician network prior to joining the PPS. In addition to her ambulatory care leadership experience, Brittany is a licensed social worker, allowing her to provide insight and guidance on best practices for behavioral health integration in primary care settings – a collaborative care goal of the PPS. Brittany possesses a unique and beneficial approach to project management and healthcare leadership due to her combined experiences, and is passionate about improved quality of care, promotion of health equity, and elimination of health disparities.


Mike Matthews, LCSW

Director, Veterans Programs

Meet Mike

Mike has over 40 years of experience in the field of behavioral health. He spent 19 years at North Shore University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in a variety of clinical, administrative, research and teaching roles including an academic appointment as Lecturer in Social Work in Psychiatry with NYU. He left North Shore and worked for 7 years as a network engineer at Summit Systems a Wall Street software company. He returned to the behavioral health field at Richmond University Medical Center where he was Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services overseeing 8 outpatient behavioral health programs.

While at Richmond University Medical Center he was actively involved with the Staten Island PPS in creating robust collocated integrated primary care and behavioral health programs including tobacco dependence treatment as well as expanding MAT services and integrating CRPAs in outpatient substance abuse programs.

He received his BA from Georgetown College and his MSW from Fordham University School of Social Work.

He has been with the SI PPS since May of 2019, first as Director of Behavioral Health Services and most recently as Director of Veterans Programs. He has drawn on his experience in behavioral health, IT, and business settings to develop innovative and transformative programs

Valbona (Val) Lajqi, MBA

Operations Manager

Meet Val

Val graduated Iona College with an MBA and found her way into Healthcare when she joined Mount Sinai Hospital in 2014. She is now an Operations Manager with the PPS overseeing the overall operations of the PMO office and closely supports Dr. Joseph Conte, the Executive Director.

Lauren Tepfer

Communications and Marketing Manager

Meet Lauren

Lauren serves as the Communications and Marketing Manager for the PPS, handling all social media and marketing efforts since February 2017. She also creates the monthly newsletter and community-facing promotional material, as well as oversees all website implementation. Lauren graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2015 with a B.S. in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She started out in public relations and social media for clients in fashion, lifestyle, sports, food, and small businesses. She also has experience in digital media planning and content creation.


Mark Slavutsky, MBA

Senior Business Intelligence Analyst

Meet Mark

Mark has many years of experience working with data in Financial and Healthcare domains. He got his MBA from NYIT in 2008.

Dhruvit Patel, MS

Software Engineer

Meet Dhruvit

Dhruvit  received his Masters degree in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 5 years of experience in Software Development, Data Analytics and Reporting. He is contributing his IT skills in the Social Determinant of Health initiatives with generating intuitive SDOH reports.

Mindy Mannarino, LMSW

HARP Case Manager

Meet Mindy

Mindy has over 30 years of experience in providing direct care as a Case Manager/Social Worker and supervising and leading a racially diverse staff. For 16 years she worked in various case manager roles at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and was the Clinical Supervisor of the Children’s Waiver program.  She has extensive contacts with other Staten Island community based social service organizations. In her current role, Mindy supervises Care Coordination and Care Management activities for the various Population Health Programs and other care coordination programs developed in collaboration with managed care organizations. Mindy is committed to racial equity and improvement in equal access to all behavioral and medical health services for historically underserved populations. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her MSW from Hunter College-Graduate School of Social Work.     

Edina Kolenovic

Executive Assistant

Meet Edina