Adam Aponte, M.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Hofstra North-Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Aponte is responsible for the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body to the medical school, as well as assisting in the development of “pipeline programs” at the School of Medicine that cultivate a diverse student body for the future. Dr. Aponte currently serves as the Medical Director for the Brownsville Community Development Corporation; an Article 28 licensed Federally Qualified Health Center serving the Brownsville community in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Aponte was born and raised in East Harlem, New York, the product of Puerto Rican parents. He attended the public school system in New York City and in 1986 was admitted to City College of the City University of New York where, in 1990, he graduated with a BS in Biology. In 1990 he was admitted to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and received his MD degree. Dr. Aponte performed his residency in Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital, which he completed in 1997. He has been board certified in Pediatric Medicine since 1997. Upon completion of his residency training he began working with the Children’s Aid Society. In 2000, Dr. Aponte was appointed Chair of Pediatrics for North General Hospital located in New York. In this capacity he was responsible for developing innovative programs to boost the care received by children in the East and Central Harlem neighborhoods. Dr. Aponte dedicates his life to working on increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce and feels strongly that diversity will help to address the many health disparities witnessed in underserved and minority communities.
Heather Philippe Butler, ASA, RCA , Senior Echocardiogram Technologist
Long Island Jewish Hospital
Heather Philippe Butler currently serves as the Technical Echo Lab Director at LIJ Hospital at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. In her role as a registered Echo Technologist, Heather performs echocardiograms, stress and pharmacological echocardiograms for patients on a daily basis. In addition she serves as an educator to new cardiology fellows and echo students. Prior to joining the North Shore-LIJ Health System 13 years ago, Heather served as an Echo Technologist at New York University Hospital and Mercy Hospital. She is a graduate of New York University School of Diagnostic Ultrasound and LaGuardia Community College.
Sandra Lindsay, RN, MSN, CCRN, Nurse Manager
NSLIJ- Lenox Hill Hospital
Sandra Lindsay currently serves as Nurse Manager for the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Medical Telemetry Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital, where she is responsible for the daily operations of her unit as well as leadership, guidance and motivation to a diverse staff of over 60 employees. Sandra started as a student nurse at Lenox Hill 18 years ago and has been a Nurse Manager for the past three years. She was selected as a 2011 High Potential Participant in North Shore-LIJ’s High Potential Employee program.
She received her Master’s in Nursing from Herbert Lehman College and her BSN from St. Joseph’s College. She also holds Executive Leadership and Financial Management Certificates from Cornell University. Sandra was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She immigrated to the United States in 1986 to further her education. She is excited at the opportunity to share her experience with and inspire young adults.
June E. Scarlett, MSc, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Assistant Professor of Science Education
Hofstra North-Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
June E. Scarlett, MSc, MPH, is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration for the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Senior Associate Dean Scarlett works with Dean Smith in establishing the new School at Hofstra University, recruiting faculty and administrators, and worked on the school’s preliminary accreditation. Since 2004, Senior Associate Dean Scarlett has served as the Senior Administrative Director of the Department of Medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Prior to joining North Shore-LIJ, Senior Associate Dean Scarlett held senior positions at Continuum Health Partners, Inc., New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and Community Counseling and Mediation. Senior Associate Dean Scarlett has an MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of London, University College; an MPH from the Columbia University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
Camille A. Pearte, MD, MPH, FACC, Cardiologist
NSLIJ – Lenox Hill Hospital
Dr. Camille Pearte is an attending clinical cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute of New York. She received her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she also completed her clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular disease. She has a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and also completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pearte is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Pearte’s active interests include general consultative cardiology and hospital care, preventive cardiology, noninvasive cardiac imaging and testing, women’s health, quality of care, and improvement of cardiovascular disparities and outcomes in high risk populations.
Orthodontist, Elite Orthodontics
Dr. Erika Faust is an orthodontist practicing in midtown Manhattan. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Howard University College of Dentistry. She is also a part-time faculty member and attending dentist at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. For over 10 years, Dr. Faust has used her dental and orthodontic training as an opportunity to service communities in need. She believes it is important for children in urban communities to be aware of the wide array of careers available to them. She is also active with Operation Smile, an international charity organization that treats facial deformities in children. Her professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Faust is a native New Yorker and is an avid supporter of the arts, including such institutions as Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York Public Library.
Medical Student, Yale University
Theresa Williamson, originally from Bensalem, PA, attended high school at George School and graduated in 2005. She went on to college and graduated from Yale University with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology in 2009. At Yale, she was a member of the Varsity Soccer team, co-founded a program to address health disparities and promote wellness at many of New Haven’s homeless shelters, volunteered at Paul Newman’s Camps for Seriously Ill Children, and performed neuroscience research both in the Yale University Child Study Center and the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Theresa then went straight into medical school at the Yale School of Medicine where she is currently in her 3rd year. As a medical student, she has enjoyed directing community service for Region 7 of the Student National Medical Association, serving as a co-director of patient services and board member of Haven Free Clinic, a co-president of the Student Interest Group in Neurology and Neurosurgery and has continued neuroscience research both at Yale and the Children’s Hospital of Boston.
Founder and CEO, P4 Strategy Group and Zibbel, Inc.
Henry Engleka is founder and CEO of P4 Strategy Group and Zibbel, Inc. and has nearly 20 years experience in health care communications, marketing and management. Zibbel, Inc. is a healthcare solutions company that leverages technology to improve health outcomes and delivery. P4 Strategy Group is a healthcare marketing and communications consultancy group. Prior to his current positions, Engleka was a Principal at Widmeyer Communications where he led the Health and Wellness Group and served as a member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee. Prior to his work with Widmeyer, Engleka served as Chief Operating Officer for the Mount Carmel Guild Behavioral Health System managing day-to-day operations. Engleka also served as Assistant Executive Director and Staff Director for the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C.