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BAFHS Expands Board of Directors to 15-Members with Addition of Five Distinguished Business Leaders

Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, BAFHS, whose extensive health care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities and programs serve New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester County has added five accomplished business leaders to their Board of Directors. The new members bring domestic and global expertise in such divergent arenas as international finance; sales and business development; technology and communications, healthcare and pharmaceutical development and marketing.

The newly appointed members – Stefan A. Kampe, Rosemarie A. Loffredo, Cynthia Schwalm, Richard J. Waksman and Steven Kantor -- expand the Beth Abraham board to 15-members and increase the level of real world guidance, counsel and insights available to the Beth Abraham organization.

“Each of these distinguished executives bring a unique perspective based on their diverse and impressive experiences to our board,“ states Beth Abraham Family of Health Services President Michael Fassler. “We welcome them and look forward to benefiting from their collective skills as we extend the reach of our quality healthcare services and programs to even more New Yorkers.”

About the new Beth Abraham Family of Health Services Board Members:

Stefan A. Kampe is a former partner and senior executive with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Over the course of his 25-year tenure with Accenture (and until his retirement in 2009), Kampe held a variety of positions including client account management, business development, sales management and internal operations primarily serving clients in the electronics, high technology and communications industries. He has lived and worked on both the East and West Coasts and in Munich, Germany and presently resides in Bedford, NY. Click here to download his photo.

Rosemarie A. Loffredo is Vice President - Financial Operations and Treasurer of New York University. Prior to joining NYU in 2008, Loffredo served as a Senior Vice President - Finance for CA, Inc. (previously Computer Associates), where she implemented global financial and compliance control structures at both the business unit and corporate levels. A former Vice President - Treasury at International Paper Company, Loffredo has also held various positions in investment banking. She is a resident of Manhattan and is a native of New York City. Click here to download her photo.

Cynthia Schwalm is the senior vice president, international at the biopharmaceutical company Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Over the course of her 30-plus year career she has served as president of Eisai Pharmaceuticals, a company involved in the discovery, development and marketing of pharmaceutical products in the United States; vice president and general manager of U.S. oncology at Amgen, Inc, and held a variety of executive and management positions with Johnson & Johnson Companies.

In addition to the BAFHS board, Schwalm serves on the board of the Sarah Cannon Oncology Research Institute, International Women’s Forum, New Jersey chapter, and Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard JFK School of Public Policy. In April 2009, she was recognized as one of New Jersey's Top 50 Women in Business by the statewide business journal NJ Biz. She lives in Woodcliff Lake in Bergen County, New Jersey. Click here to download her photo.

Richard J. Waksman, CPA is the chief financial officer of the Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), a non-profit organization sponsoring more than 1,000 foreign exchange students in the United States under a U.S. Department of State program. Immediately prior to joining PAX, Waksman served as senior vice president for finance and administration at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. where his responsibilities included management of accounting; budgets; internal audit; investments, and cash management. Waksman is a former consultant at Gerson Lehrman Group and former chief financial officer of GlobalServe, Inc.

A 33-year veteran of IBM, Waksman retired in 2003 as chief financial officer and operations executive of the IBM Consulting Group, the company’s worldwide consulting organization. In addition to his membership on the BAFHS Board, Waksman is the treasurer of the board of trustees of Rehabilitation Through the Arts; chairman of professional committees of the New York State Society of CPAs and a past adjunct professor of accountancy at Pace University Graduate School of Business. He makes his home in Pleasantville, NY. Click here to download his photo.

Steven Kantor, DDS is President and founder of Citident, the consumer-friendly aggregation of dental practices with numerous locations from New York to Florida. Established 36 years ago, Citident offers accessible and affordable dentist offices for individual consumers while also serving as the dental care provider for union and insurance plan members. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps, it was that service that initially sparked the concept for Citident’s high volume, low cost model. Shortly before entering the Air Force, Kantor earned his DDS from New York University. He resides in Scarsdale, NY. Click here to download his photo.

About Beth Abraham Family of Health Services

For more than 90 years, Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), a not-for-profit organization, has been working to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers in need. BAFHS offers a wide range of programs and services, including skilled nursing, rehabilitation, medical services, adult day health care, long-term managed care, home health care, housing and music therapy.

Beth Abraham Family is among the nation’s leading resources for long-term residential and community-based healthcare. With 3,700 dedicated employees, we serve more than 8,000 patients daily in more than 40 facilities across the five boroughs, Westchester and Suffolk counties.

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