PULSECenter for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy

Marissa Abram PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CASAC

​Board Co-Chair
Marissa Abram is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Adelphi University in the College of Nursing and Public Health. She is a PhD prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner currently practicing in Emergency Psychiatry at Northwell Health and in co-occurring disorders at the Town of Babylon's Division of Alcohol and Drug treatment: Beacon Family Wellness Center. Her research interests are focused on examining the delivery of care, most recently the role of the Registered nurse working in Substance Use Disorder treatment settings. Dr. Abram serves on the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Nurses Advisory Panel. She has a passion for Patient Safety and is committed to raising awareness about patient safety through advocacy, education and support. Dr. Abram received Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Excellence in Nursing: Rising Star award.

Beverly R. James, RN, BSN. 
Ms. James attended Adelphi University and Downstate Medical School where she became a Nurse Practitioner.  Beverly is a retired RN who specialized in Home Health Care.  Ms. James learned early on her passion was not in the rushed clinical setting but in directly interacting with patients in their environment and helping them to optimize their health status through education and advocacy.  After spending years as a public health nurse, Ms. James cofounded Long Island Care At Home a licensed home care agency, where her philosophy and approach could be more readily implemented.  Through this affiliation she became acquainted with PULSE CPSEA and soon became active with PULSE in many aspects.  She has always been a pioneer and not shy about her advocacy for patients and their ability to navigate our complex health system.  Providing workshops for PULSE led her to the ASK For Your Life program where she continues to engage people, particularly African-Americans, whenever and wherever she can to help them achieve equity and parity in receiving the best health care available to them.

Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN
Anne Llewellyn is a healthcare leader with more than 40 years experience as a critical care nurse, case manager, professional patient advocate, educator, digital journalist and cancer patient. Anne is the author of Nurse Advocate, a healthcare blog that provides information to consumers, caregivers and healthcare professionals about improving the delivery of care. Anne’s personal experience of a central nervous system brain tumor has helped her recognize the need for patient and family advocacy services.

Nancy Jean Rogner
Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Adelphi University. Her natural teaching instincts in conjunction with a consultative selling, communication, analytical and problem-solving skill set, contributed to her successful 37 year career as one of the first women in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Retired from General Electric Health Care as a Medical Diagnostics Imaging Sales Specialist, she developed, maintained and grew business in Academic Medical Centers, large multi-facility Imaging Centers, IDN’s and GPO’s in the New York Metro/Long Island territory.  Having been on both the personal and professional side of healthcare, Nancy recognizes the importance and need for patient advocacy.

Leslie Farrington, MD,

Board Co-Chair

Dr. Leslie Farrington is a retired Obstetrician/Gynecologist from Freeport, NY. Her career in medicine began at Howard University College of Medicine in 1981. She completed her Ob/Gyn residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1989, and spent the next 20 years there as a full-time Attending Physician. In 2009 Dr. Farrington transitioned her Ob/Gyn practice to Office Gynecology and Well Woman Care. She then became active on the Pulse Board of Directors, developing programs and devoting more and more time to the Pulse mission to educate the public about patient safety and advocacy.  As an African-American physician, Dr. Farrington is concerned about the long and persistent history of racial disparities and unequal treatment in the United States.  In 2015 she began a grassroots effort to develop communication techniques and tools which patients of color can use to meet the challenges affecting care in the Black community. The result of that effort is the ASK for Your Life Campaign, a Pulse program promoting racial equality in healthcare through patient empowerment. Although she spends time traveling with her husband, Leslie Farrington has not retired when it comes to raising awareness of everyone’s right to safe, quality healthcare that is free from discrimination.

Ilene Corina,

Ilene Corina is a nationally recognized advocate and community health speaker for patient safety. She is the president and founder of Pulse CPSEA (formerly PULSE of New York), where she has been a patient safety educator since 1996. She was a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Patient Safety Foundation from 2002 until 2017 and spearheaded the first Patient Safety Awareness Week. A popular lecturer, Ms. Corina speaks to community groups, high schools and at medical conferences, hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the country about the patient’s role in patient safety and unconscious bias. Ms. Corina is a board member of the Joint Commission since 2005. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been interviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines. She is a trained in Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Master Training (TTT) Program, mediation and medical mediation and received a full scholarship to the AHA / NPSF Patient Safety Fellowship.

Sandra Gold,

Financial Secretary
Mrs. Gold has worked for over twenty years in the accounting department of a major hotel on Long Island, as an Administrative Assistant for a local Long Island law firm and in various bookkeeping roles for other local small businesses. Currently retired from full-time work, she has served in various volunteer positions with numerous other community organizations. Sandra Gold is a founding member of Pulse.

Akiva M. Cohen
Akiva M. Cohen is a commercial litigator and intellectual property attorney at Kamerman, Uncyk, Soniker & Klein, P.C. Mr. Cohen has a decade of experience counseling major corporations while working at some of the largest law firms in the country, and has experience with strategic planning on behalf of non-profits. Mr. Cohen's focus is on Pulse's internal structure and growth, and management of Pulse's intellectual property.

Rita Said, MBA
Rita Said is a seasoned Service Consultant to employer groups, brokers, consulting agencies and third-party administrators, with extensive health and wellness experience managing large, complex accounts. Rita has been the recipient of several honors such as the UnitedHealthcare Caught in the Act award and she is a Pinnacle award recipient for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction and Account Persistency. Rita holds a BA in Psychology/ Business Administration and a MBA in Healthcare Management. She has undergone Six Sigma Yellow Belt training and is licensed by the New York State Department of Financial Services as an Agent in Accident/Life & Health. Rita’s personal experiences showed her the need for family-centered patient advocacy services and prompted her to join PULSE to better serve those who require support.