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Kathryn H. Ruscitto

Kathryn Howe Ruscitto
President and Chief Executive Officer 

Kathryn Howe Ruscitto serves as president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a comprehensive, mission-based health care system that encompasses a 16-county service area. 

Ms. Ruscitto has been employed by St. Joseph’s since 2001, and became the institution’s 13th president and chief executive officer in 2011. In her tenure at St. Joseph’s, Ms. Ruscitto has led initiatives to improve the quality and safety of patient care, and has focused on deepening physician engagement in operations and strategic development. In addition, under Ms. Ruscitto’s leadership St. Joseph’s has invested in a multi-million dollar hospital renovation project on its main campus in Syracuse, and made investments in the expansion of several ambulatory care centers with the goal of improving access to care for patients and their families. Ms. Ruscitto has prioritized community engagement as integral to maintaining community health, and has led the effort that has made St. Joseph’s a driving force in the revitalization of Syracuse’s North Side neighborhood. She also led St. Joseph’s in the creation of an innovative, integrated health care center on Syracuse’s Near West Side in collaboration with key community partners.    

Ms. Ruscitto has dedicated herself to civic-minded and mission-driven roles throughout her career. She previously worked for Syracuse-based Loretto, the largest provider of elder care in Central New York, as Senior Vice President of Strategy, where she implemented the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and developed numerous community collaborations and partnerships that still exist today. She also served as the Administrator for Human Services for Onondaga County, where she oversaw the development of the County’s Emergency Communications Center (E911).  

Kathryn serves as a board member of several local and national health care and philanthropic organizations, including the Healthcare Association of New York State, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, Excellus Regional Advisory Board, Regional Economic Development Council for Central New York, CenterState CEO, and Co-Chair of the Health Initiatives Planning Committee for the Health Advancement Collaborative of central New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Le Moyne College, and a Master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She also holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Le Moyne College. 

Sallie Biittner
Vice President for Human Resources

Sallie Biittner is the vice president for human resources at St. Joseph's. Biittner has more than 24 years of HR leadership, most recently with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where she provided HR expertise and coaching to senior executives and managers. She was instrumental in supporting the transformation of the Syracuse operation from manufacturing to a biotechnology R&D organization. Biittner's experience also crosses academia, where she was a dean of students, engaging students of all ages and stages as she developed a comprehensive Student Development function. 

Biitner has held numerous board positions and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Her academic background includes a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an Ed. M. in Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in psychology from Baldwin Wallace College.


Mary W. Brown Mary W. Brown
Business Development Officer

Mary Brown serves as St. Joseph’s chief operating officer and senior vice president for operations. She most recently served as vice president of business development, and during her tenure at St. Joseph’s, she also served as vice president of ambulatory services. Brown has worked at University Hospital as chief operating officer, as well as other leadership positions.

She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Le Moyne College, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City. Brown is active in several community organizations, including the American Heart Association, Laboratory Alliance of Central New York, Marcellus Free Library, and the United Way of Central New York. 

Anne Marie Walker-Czyz, RN, Ed. D. AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, RN, Ed. D.
Sr. Vice President for Operations, COO/CNO 

AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, RN, Ed. D., has been employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center since 1997. In 2008, she assumed her current position of vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer. Since that time, she has led a nationally-recognized team of nurses in the day-to-day delivery of compassionate patient care to Central New York.

Under her guidance, St. Joseph’s received the designation of a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center from 2002-2011 and is seeking Magnet recognition in 2013. In addition, the hospital’s intensive care units are recipients of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, placing them among the top ICUs in New York state, as well as the nation.

Prior to Czyz’s current leadership role at St. Joseph’s, she was director of critical care and cardiac services. She also has worked as a staff nurse on one of the cardiac care units, a staff educator and nurse manager.

Czyz earned her nursing degree from the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. She also holds a Master of Science and Clinical Nurse Specialist degree from Upstate Medical University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and is certified as a medical surgical nurse.

Charles J. Fennell Charles J. Fennell
Vice President for Information Management and Chief Information Officer

Charles Fennell has more than 22 years experience in information technology serving the health care community. He joined St. Joseph’s in 2001 as vice president and chief information officer. During his tenure, he has led strategic IT initiatives that have enabled St. Joseph’s to strengthen its operational performance, improve clinical outcomes and patient safety, as well as enhance physician satisfaction. Prior to St. Joseph’s, Fennell held a variety of software engineering, management and administrative positions at Heath Care Data Systems in Syracuse.

Fred Letourneau
Senior Vice President for Physician Enterprise

Fred Letourneau is responsible for working with employed and private practice physicians affiliated with St. Joseph’s to form an integrated system to improve quality and coordination of patient care.

With 16 years experience in physician practice management, Letourneau is returning to St. Joseph’s where he previously ran a physician hospital organization in the mid-1990s.  

Most recently, Letourneau served as Chief Executive Officer/Administrator for three medical groups in Syracuse – CNY Family Care, LLP, a family medicine group with 11 physicians and seven mid-level providers; Upstate Surgical Group, a general surgery practice with nine physicians; and Vascular Surgeons of Central New York, a vascular surgery group with five physicians. He also has worked for Aetna Health Plans.

A resident of Chittenango, Letourneau holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from Syracuse University.

Mark E. Murphy Mark E. Murphy, RN, NP
Senior Vice President for System Development and Ambulatory Care Leadership 

Mark Murphy is senior vice president for system development and ambulatory care leadership at St. Joseph’s. Murphy has worked for St. Joseph’s since 1989. Most recently, he served as executive director of home care services and vice president for business development at Franciscan Management Services, Inc., an affiliate of St. Joseph’s. He also served as administrator of Hospitals Home Healthcare, Inc., in Oswego County, and director of clinical support services for St. Joseph’s.

Murphy is working toward a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Le Moyne College. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh. He is a member of several community boards, including PACE of Central New York, the New York State Home Care Association, Rosewood Heights Skilled Nursing Facility and the Liverpool Little League.

Meredith Price
Meredith Price
Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer

Meredith Price joined St. Joseph's in 2013 with more than 18 years of varying health care experience. Under a national consulting group, she served in several hospitals as strategic planner, project manager, and interim chief financial officer and other financial positions. Previous to this experience Price worked as a hospital’s director of finance and as a consultant for an international accounting firm. Most recently, she served as chief administrative officer for Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus. 

A graduate of Siena College, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and she is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State. She is on the board of the March of Dimes Central New York Division. Price resides in Baldwinsville with her husband and three children.

Joseph A. Scicchitano Joseph A. Scicchitano
Vice President for Support Services

Joseph Scicchitano, as vice president for support services, is responsible for facilities services, design and construction, security/parking, nutritional services, environmental services, materials and logistics management, volunteer services and the Auxiliary of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Inc.

Scicchitano has nearly 15 years of service to St. Joseph’s, serving as director of facilities services since 2000. He first joined the hospital as manager of engineering services in 1994, after working for a local engineering firm.

Scicchitano holds an Associate’s degree in electrical technology from Onondaga Community College, and a Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from the State University of New York, Buffalo State College. He is working toward a degree in Health Service Management and Policy from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Scicchitano is affiliated with the American Society of Healthcare Engineering and the National Fire Protection Association.

Scicchitano received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Buffalo State College in 1980. Prior to his employment with St. Joseph’s, he was an Electrical Systems Designer/Engineer and Project Manager at Robson & Woese, Inc., Mechanical/Electrical Consulting Engineers in East Syracuse, NY.

Lowell A. Seifter, JD
Senior Vice President/General Counsel

Lowell A. Seifter, JD, serves as General Counsel for St. Joseph’s.  Most recently a senior member of the Board of Managers for Green and Seifter Attorneys, PLLC, his primary practice areas have included business transactions, commercial real estate and health care.  His specific health care experience includes physician contracts, physician practice acquisitions, sale of dialysis facility, review of managed care contracts, ACO formation, representation of a large Physician Organization (PO), representation of physicians in OPMC matters, formation of an Article 28 entity, and representation of physician practices.  Lowell also is a registered arbitrator with the American Health Law Association, and has been an arbitrator in many arbitrations over the last 10 years.

Lowell has been an Adjunct Professor and a guest lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law and has lectured for the New York State Bar Association, the National Business Institute, the Environmental Business Association of New York, and other professional organizations.  He has also taught Health Law at the SUNY Binghamton MBA Program.

A resident of Dewitt, Seifter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University and its College of Law.  He is also a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant. 

Doug Smith  Douglas G. Smith, FAHP
Vice President for Development

Douglas G. Smith, FAHP, is vice president of development at St. Joseph's. In this role, he is responsible for all activities of the hospital’s Foundation, including the strategy, direction and execution of the hospital’s fund-raising goals.

Smith has more than three decades of experience in executive fund-raising positions, both in healthcare and higher education. Most recently, he served as vice president of development and Foundation president at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Md. He held similar positions at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Vail Valley Medical Center.

A native of northern New Jersey, Smith received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. He has been an active member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy for more than 25 years. 

Frank L. Smith, Jr. Frank L. Smith, Jr.
Vice President for Corporate Development
President, Franciscan Management Services, Inc.

Frank Smith serves as president and chief executive officer of Franciscan Management Services, Inc., Health Care Management Administrators, Inc., and St. Elizabeth Health Support Services, Inc. He is also president of Franciscan Health Support, Inc., vice president of special health programs at St. Joseph’s, and manager of Loretto Health Support, LLC and Lourdes Health Support, LLC.

Smith’s career as a healthcare professional began with his graduation from the Respiratory Therapy Program at SUNY Health Science Center. He became a Registered Respiratory Therapist and started with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in 1971 as a shift supervisor and in-service coordinator.

In 1982, he completed a Master of Science degree in Adult Education at Syracuse University (SU) and became an Adjunct Associate Professor for the College of Health Professions at SU.

In 1985, Franciscan Health Support, Inc., commenced operation with Smith as Chief Operating Officer. In 1989, Franciscan Management Services, Inc., began operations, also with Frank as COO. Both companies are affiliates of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and in 1993, Smith was named vice president for special health programs at St. Joseph’s, overseeing not only the Franciscan companies and joint ventures but also cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, the sleep laboratories and wellness program at St. Joseph’s.

Sandra Sulik, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs 

Sandra Sulik, MD, is vice president for medical affairs. She also is a family medicine physician and faculty member with St. Joseph's Family Medicine Residency program, which operates in conjunction with the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Dr. Sulik has more than 19 years' experience as a family medicine physician, currently practicing with Heritage Family Medicine, where she has a special interest in obstetrics and women's health issues. She is immediate past-president of the St. Joseph's medical staff and was honored by Upstate Medical University with the Gold Standard Award.

Dr. Sulik holds a doctorate of medicine from the University of Virginia, as well as a master of science in physiology and a bachelor of science in nursing from Georgetown University. She completed her family practice residency at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. An educator and leader skilled in preparing future leaders, she also is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY Health Science Center. Dr. Sulik continues to practice part time. 

Deborah Welch
Vice President for People

Deborah Welch is responsible for mission integration, as well as organizational development. A 32-year employee at St. Joseph’s, Welch has been responsible for the overall operation, administration and management of mental health services for 22 years. Under her leadership, St. Joseph’s mental health services has grown exponentially and has led the way in providing mental health services to those most in need in the Central New York community. 

Recently, she added director of organizational development to her areas of responsibility. In this role, she has been applying her knowledge of Baldrige principles and quality and employee development to help advance the organization’s readiness to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

As vice president, she will continue to focus on organizational and leadership development, as well as mission integration at St. Joseph’s. A resident of Skaneateles, Welch holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College and is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Syracuse, Class of 2003. She also is a member of the boards of directors of the New York State Council for Community Behavioral Health and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.