BOARD of DIRECTORS


Marissa Abram, PMHNP-BC CASAC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Marissa Abram is a Professor of Nursing at Adelphi University and works in Emergency Psychiatry at Southside Hospital.

Prior to her current role, she was a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Phoenix House providing and coordinating care for hundreds of chemically addicted mentally ill patients. Mrs. Abram has worked in the Substance Abuse field since 2004 in various roles. While obtaining her Masters degree in Mental Health Nursing from Stony Brook University, Mrs. Abram worked as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Trauma Surgery Unit at Stony Brook Hospital.

In 2013, Mrs. Abram returned to Adelphi University to obtain her PhD. Her research interests are patient-centered and are focused on examining the gaps that exist in the delivery of quality care. Mrs. Abram also serves as the Co-Chair on the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuses services Nurses Advisory Panel and is a member of Professionals for Patient Safety at PULSE of NY.

Ilene Corina, President

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. A member of the Board of Advisors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Ms. Corina co-chaired the Patient and Family Advisory Council from 2002-2006. In 2002, she 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. Ms. Corina has produced and directed numerous videos and audio productions for patient safety education. She worked as a researcher at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Northport, Long Island. While there, she developed the Long Island Patient Safety Coalition that brought together medical professionals for the purpose of sharing best-practice information. Ms. Corina is a board member of the Joint Commission and serves on many committees. She was the winner of the 2006 Institute of Safe Medication Practices Cheers Award and the MITSS HOPE award in 2010. Ms. Corina has appeared as a patient-safety expert on CNN, Fox News, and other television and radio news shows. She has been interviewed by newspapers and magazines including: Child Magazine, Health Magazine, Long Island Newsday, New York Daily News, Washington Post, American Medical News and Modern Healthcare. Her work has been published by the American Journal of Nursing and Perioperative Nursing Clinics.

Leslie Farrington, MD, Chairperson, PULSE of NY Board of Directors

Dr. Leslie Farrington is a retired gynecologist from Freeport, NY. She completed residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1989. After teaching and practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in the North Shore LIJ Health System for most of the previous 20 years, Dr. Farrington started a solo practice of Office Gynecology and Well Woman Care in 2009. This change enabled her to spend more time with each patient and devote more time to educating the public in patient safety.

Dr. Farrington was active in developing the curriculum for the Pulse CPSEA Family Centered Patient Advocacy Training and has co-presented numerous patient advocate training workshops. Dr. Farrington has studied Compassionate Communication and has been involved in developing presentations for clinicians and patients using compassionate communication skills.

Dr. Farrington’s personal experience in her own family has fueled her interest in contributing to the ongoing efforts of PULSE to raise awareness about patient safety through education, advocacy and support. She lives in Freeport, Long Island with her family.

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.

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.

Andrea Goldstein, RN, MS
Since 1994, Andrea Goldstein has served as IPRO’s (the Quality Improvement Organization for New York) Vice President, Medicare/Federal Healthcare Assessment. She is responsible for the overall management of IPRO’s fee-for-service Medicare and Federal case review activities, including beneficiary complaints and notice of non-coverage appeals. Ms. Goldstein has been successfully directing consumer protection and education activities, program integrity contracts and medical review operations for 30 years. Most recently, she has spearheaded IPRO’s patient and family engagement activities with the creation of Medicare beneficiary empowerment workshops as well as a special project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Diabetes Self-Management education to underserved beneficiaries.

Ms. Goldstein, a Registered Nurse, received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Albany. She also received a Master's Degree, with a concentration in Community Health Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Beverly R. James, RN, BSN
Ms. James is a Registered Nurse and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Adelphi University. She continued her education as a counselor in psychiatry and as a nurse practitioner. But her first love was educating her patients and she became a Public Health Nurse 35 year ago, where she was able to meet her patients in their own environment. Ms. James and her business partner founded Long Island Care At Home, a licensed home care agency (LHCSA) 23 years ago, which has two long Island locations. She is a past Board member of the Roosevelt Mental Health Center and Drug and Alcoholism Counseling and Treatment Center. Among her many awards, she has been recognized as Nurse of the Year by the NYC Home Care Council and recognized for community service by the Uniondale Hispanic Civic Association, Inc. and received numerous citations for her work in educating young people in the Uniondale School District, particularly in health and the sciences.

Ms. James is an original member of the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau (SUNN), is a PULSE of NY-trained Patient Advocate, and is a member of Long Island Professionals for Patient Safety.

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 Rogner
Nancy Jean Rogner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Adelphi University. Currently semi-retired from GE Healthcare, she was one of the first women in the Pharmaceutical Sales industry. During her successful 35 years in the healthcare business, she covered large teaching hospitals and radiology and cardiology offices in the NY Metro/Long Island area, as an Imaging Specialist. Responsibilities involved selling, teaching and training staff.

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.

ADVISORS To PULSE CPSEA


C. Lynn Chevalier, DHSc, MPH (CPH), MS, CSSGB, CPC

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon), DPS (hon)
Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Barbara DeVoe, DNP, FNP-BC
Vice President, Inter-Professional Education and Learning
Director, Patient Safety Institute  


Mark Graber, MD, FACP
President and Founder,

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

Steven M. Lester, Esq
La Reddola, Lester & Associates, LLP

David Marx, JD, CEO
Outcomengenuity    

Robin E. Moulder, RN, BSN, MBA, CPHQ
Patient Safety Program Manager, Division of Quality & Safety
Memorial Sloan Kettering

Jeffrey L. Reynolds, PhD, CEAP, SAP
President & Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the
Family and Children's Association

Marcia Rosen
Creative Book Concepts; M. Rosen Consulting 



Ed Gold (Board Member Emeritus)

PULSECenter for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy