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George Deptula, Esq. George Deptula, Esq.

George Deptula serves as St. Joseph’s chair of the board of trustees. Deptula, a resident of Syracuse, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from College of the Holy Cross in 1964. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Harvard Law School in 1967.

Deptula served several positions for Onondaga County (Former President, Board of Directors; Member, Executive Committee) and the New York State Bar Associations (Former Chair, Business Law Section; Executive Committee, Business Law Section; House of Delegates).

Deptula was an instructor for the New York State Bar Association, Banking Law Institute and in 2006 he was named one of The Best Lawyers in America.

Kathryn H. Ruscitto Kathryn H. Ruscitto

Kathryn Howe Ruscitto has been employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center since 2001, when she was named Senior Vice President for Strategic, Development and Governmental Affairs. In 2009, she was named Executive Vice President, and in January, 2011, became the institution’s 13th President and Chief Executive Officer.

During her tenure at St. Joseph’s, she has led initiatives dedicated to improving quality and safety throughout the hospital network. In addition, Ruscitto has further developed physician relationships and has led strategic planning for St. Joseph’s, placing it in a strong position for the future. Under her leadership, St. Joseph’s has grown as a strong North side anchor. Ruscitto spearheaded the hospital’s involvement in the revitalization of the North side, including the expansion of St. Joseph’s mission services to the community. She also has been instrumental in leading a multi-million dollar hospital renovation project that not only improves the Prospect Hill neighborhood, but also the quality of care for patients and their families.

Throughout her personal and professional career, Ruscitto has dedicated herself to civic-minded and mission-driven roles. She previously worked for Loretto as senior vice president of strategy, where she implemented the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and developed community collaborations and partnerships that still exist. In 1988, she was appointed the Administrator for Human Services for Onondaga County. In that position, she oversaw the development of the Emergency Communications Center (E911), which merged most police, fire and EMS dispatch and communication services. Ruscitto was instrumental in reforming the Department of Social Services and Children’s Division, including a reform plan that helped to lower the infant mortality rate in the County.

Ruscitto is a member of the Knights and Dames of Malta, an international Catholic charitable relief organization. She serves as Chair of the National Committee for Response to the Haitian disaster for the Federal Association of Malta. She is also a member of Syracuse 2020, the Healthcare Association of New York State, and a board member of several local and national health care and philanthropic organizations.

Ruscitto 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.

Sister Mary Obrist Sister Mary Obrist
Secretary / Treasurer 

After more than 50 years of service to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Sister Mary Obrist retired in 2009. Sister Mary most recently served as Vice President for Support Services, overseeing Facilities, and Materials, Environmental, Transport, Nutritional, Pharmacy Services, Auxiliary and Volunteers. Sister Mary started first as a radiology technician back in the 1950s. During her career, she supervised countless building improvements, projects and renovations.

In honor of Sister Mary’s service, the “Lifetime of Service Award” was unveiled in 2008, which features the names of employees who have served St. Joseph’s for at least 40 years. Sister Mary’s dedication and commitment to St. Joseph’s is truly an inspiration to all.

Danielle Cummings
Sponsor Liaison

Danielle E. Cummings is the Assistant Chancellor and Director of Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.  Since 1996, she has served as the diocesan spokesperson and is responsible for all external and internal communications, public relations and media relations for the seven county area encompassing 185,000 Catholics. Prior to her position with the diocese, Danielle spent ten years working with the City of Syracuse and County of Onondaga in a community- wide alcohol and drug prevention program.  She is a graduate of Syracuse University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  She is currently a member of the Partners for Ministry Board for the Sisters of St. Francis and serves as the sponsor liaison to the St. Joseph Hospital Board. 

Lucinda Drescher Lucinda Drescher

Lucinda Drescher has served as a member on St. Joseph’s board of trustees for more than two years. Prior to that, she served as president of the Auxiliary of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from the University of Louisville.

William P. Fisher William P. Fisher

William Fisher joined St. Joseph's board of trustees in 2012. Before his appointment as Onondaga County Deputy Executive in June 2009, Bill Fisher spent 24 years in the software industry, including 18 years as CEO of Summit Software, a company he co-founded in March 1991. Beginning in 2005, Bill reduced his work schedule and became involved in civic activities including angel investing, service on corporate and non-profit boards, and volunteering on political campaigns. After Joanie Mahoney's election as County Executive in November 2007, Bill served as the director of Ms. Mahoney's transition team until her inauguration as the third Onondaga County Executive in January 2008. Eighteen months later, County Executive Mahoney named Bill Fisher as her Deputy. In this role, Bill's responsibilities include oversight of various County departments and offices including Finance, Law, Personnel, Purchasing, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Relations and Information Technology.

John D. Marshall, CPA

John D. Marshall, CPA, is Partner at Testone, Marshall and Discenza, CPAs where he offers expertise in business and individual taxation, acquisitions and mergers, and financial and estate planning.  He is a member of New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Estate Planning Council of Central New York.  Mr. Marshall serves on the Le Moyne College Accounting Advisory Board of Directors, on the Advisory Board of Le Moyne College's School of Business and is past chairman and a member of the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) Board of  Trustees.  He is also a member of Sentry Life Insurance of New York Board of Directors and LaFesta Italiana, Syracuse Committee.  He was honored as recipient of CBA's Purple and Gold Alumni Award and Le Moyne's 2011 Business Leader of the Year Award.  Mr. Marshall will be awarded with the President’s Medallion from Catholic Charities in May 2013.  He is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a B.S. in Accounting.

Sharon McAuliffe, Esq. Sharon McAuliffe, Esq.

Sharon McAuliffe, Esq., works as an attorney at Bousquet Holstein, PLLC. She received her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University’s College of Law in 1992, Masters in Public Administration in 1979 from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and an Artium Baccalaureatus Degree from the University of Notre Dame.


Gina Myers, PhD, RN 

Dr. Myers becomes the first nurse to be elected to the St. Joseph’s Board of Trustees. She received her Doctorate in Nursing from Binghamton University and MS degree in Nursing Administration from SUNY Institute of Technology. Currently Dr. Myers serves as a research consultant for St. Joseph’s and is an adjunct professor of nursing at Le Moyne College.  Earlier in her career, she worked at St. Joseph’s as the Director for Critical Care, Cardiac, and Emergency Services. She is involved in a number of research projects and has published on a variety of nursing topics.

John Murphy, III John Murphy, III

John Murphy, III has served as a member of St. Joseph’s board of trustees for 11 years. He is also the president and treasurer of Murphy and Nolan, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Providence College and Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse.

Merriette Chance Pollard

Merriette Chance Pollard currently serves as a Consultant,  Co Chairs Medgar Evers College Social Work Program Advisory Board ; serves on the on the Advisory Boards for Visions and MEC Preparatory High School Radio Studio; serves on the Links Incorporated National International Trends Committee; and works on university committees when requested. Pollard received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Shaw University with a Major in Education and a Minor in Biology; her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in Social Treatment (Individual, Family and Group Therapy), and Certification in Gerontology from the Center for Studies in Aging, North Texas State University. She has done further post graduate study (ABD) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

No Image Available Pawan Rao, MD

Dr. Pawan Rao practices at Nephrology Hypertension Associates of Central New York, specializing in internal medicine and nephrology. Dr. Rao is board certified from the American Board of Internal Medicine. His specific clinical interests include chronic kidney disease, dialysis, hypertension, metabolic disorders and kidney transplantation.

No Image Available William Roberts, MD

Dr. William Roberts graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1969 with his MD. He completed his Internship and Residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University, as well. A physician emeritus, Dr. Roberts was employed with Syracuse Urology Associates and was one of St. Joseph’s leading surgeons using the Da Vinci Surgical System for prostate surgery. Dr. Roberts served as a member of St. Joseph’s medical staff from 1977 to 2009.

Sandra Sulik, M.D. Sandra Sulik, M.D.

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.

Vincent Sweeney Vincent Sweeney

Vincent Sweeney is president of Syracuse Office Environments and has been involved with the leadership of various community organizations such as Project Children, National Kidney Foundation, Chadwick Residence and Independent Living Services. A 1974 graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, NY, Mr. Sweeney has also served on St. Joseph's Council of Advisors

Paul G. Tremont

Paul G. Tremont is president of SRC, Inc., an independent, not-for-profit research and development company with more than 50 years of experience in defense, environment and intelligence. Mr. Tremont holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a master’s of business administration degree in management science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central New York, the Environmental Science and Forestry College Foundation, and CenterState CEO. He is a member of the Association of Old Crows, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Association of the United States Army.

No Image Available Richard P. Waldman, MD

Dr. Richard Waldman joined the board of trustees in 2012. He received his medical degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine in 1972. In 1976 he completed his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. After a two year United States Air Force obligation, he returned to Syracuse and has been practicing here ever since. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since 2001, Dr. Waldman has been re-certified yearly with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists.

Dr. Waldman has received several honors including a United States Air Force Commendation Medal, a District Service Award and a Section service award from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, and an award for community service from the Onondaga County Medical Society. Dr. Waldman currently serves at St. Joseph's Hospital as the Chairman of the Obstetric and Gynecology department, Director of the Performance Improvement Committee and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee. He was President of the Central New York Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and was a member of the board of the National Perinatal Association.

Currently, Dr. Waldman is the President-Elect of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. He is the former Chairman of District II of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and former Chairman of the Council of District Chairs of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Liability Insurance Company.  For the last several years he has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Waldman has lectured frequently and published several medical journal articles. During his career, Dr. Waldman has advocated for improvements in the health and welfare of women by establishing the first hospital based midwifery practice in Central New York, father attended Cesarean Sections, the Birth Place, VBACs, the New York State Midwifery Bill and the right for women to directly access their OB-GYN.

Charles Zimmerman Charles Zimmerman, CPA

Chuck Zimmerman is retired from Coopers & Lybrand and currently volunteers with St. Joseph’s at the North Medical Center campus. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy and Syracuse University, he fulfilled a two-year military commitment in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., before returning to Syracuse to work at the accounting firm. A standout football player during his time at SU, Zimmerman was enshrined in the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.