Patient & Family Council

Patient & Family Council

The purpose of the Patient & Family Council is to be a resource for Yale Health in matters pertaining to the relationship between patients, patients’ families, and Yale Health staff and operations. The council members work together, at the request of Yale Health leadership, to promote, review and advise on operational processes and programs that address the needs of patients and families.

The council also facilitates discussion regarding health care services within the context of Yale Health and the greater health care environment. Patients and family members also have an advisory role in providing feedback on relevant projects undertaken by Yale Health.

Tim Bertaccini headshot

Tim Bertaccini

Yale University Affiliation

Business Yale alumnus and cuurent Manager of Finance, Research Administration, Business Operations and Audit

Tim has worked at Yale for over 36 years after graduating from Yale in 1977 with a BA in English. His experience with Yale Health began as an undergrad.

He has worked in a variety of roles since returning to New Haven in 1983, most recently in Business Operations/Finance. Outside of Yale he is the volunteer Treasurer for the Yale Club of New Haven, Yale Track Association, Yale GALA, United Church on the Green, United Church of Christ New Haven Association, and head of the Investment Committee for the United Church of Christ Connecticut Conference. Interests include spending time with his friends, reading, traveling, hiking, running and anything that takes him outdoors. He enjoys walking to work which he has done for his entire 36 yrs at Yale. One of his particular interests is what happens with your health care upon retirement from Yale.

Yale Health Member since
Elizabeth Bolster  headshot

Elizabeth Bolster

Yale University Affiliation

Wardrobe Supervisor at the Yale Reparatory Theater

Elizabeth has been the Wardrobe Supervisor at the Yale Reparatory Theater since 2002 where she enjoys working backstage and training student work study crews. Outside of her job at Yale she is a Costume and Scenic designer who’s work has been seen at Elm Shakespeare Company, Yale Baroque Opera Project, and Trinity College Hartford. In what little free time she has Elizabeth enjoys exploring different mediums of visual and fiber arts as well as DIY home projects. Professional training: MFA in Costume Design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase, and a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.

Kristin Champagne headshot

Kristin Champagne

Yale University Affiliation

Yale spouse

Kristin’s interest in the Patient & Family Council is closely tied to her previous career in market research, and her more recent focus on supporting quality improvement efforts in a human service non-profit agency in Hartford. She has witnessed how important and impactful consumer and client voices can be across a wide variety of businesses and organizations, and she is happy to now be contributing her voice as a patient to the council.

In her free time, Kristin enjoys getting outdoors to go on walks, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Yale Health Member since
robin Mooring headshot

Robin Mooring

Yale University Affiliation

Manager, Finance & Adminstration, Yale University Library

Robin has worked at Yale for over 26 years in various departments and in a variety of roles. She is the recipient of a New Haven Public School education. Robin has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and dual Masters’ degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration from the University of New Haven.

Currently, Robin volunteers for her children’s school PTO, her daughter’s Girl School troop, her son’s Boy Scout troop and is recording secretary for her church.

Robin enjoys spending time with her husband, children and extended family, as well as reading, walking, and crocheting.

Yale Health Member since
leah phinney headshot

Leah Phinney

Yale University Affiliation

Director of Admissions, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Yale College alumna

Prior to joining the Graduate School in 2017, Leah worked for nearly ten years in undergraduate admissions in Yale, where she served as Associate Director of Admission and an admissions committee chair. While in undergraduate admissions, she developed expertise in international admissions, project management, and technology implementation. Leah graduated with a B.A. from Yale College and received an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. Leah was a four-year letter winner on the Varsity Softball team as a Yale undergraduate. She and her husband are in the midst of raising two bright and exuberant toddlers with special needs. Leah is most interested in pediatrics, preventive healthcare, access to urgent care, customer service, and building trust through strong patient-provider relationships.

Yale Health Member since

Colleen Stankewich

Yale University Affiliation

Spouse of Yale University employee

Colleen has been a Yale Health member since her husband began work in the Pathology Department in September 1997. In addition to being a wife and a mother of three children, all of whom have been raised in the Yale Health System, she is a speech and language pathologist in North Branford Public Schools.  She is grateful for the services and resources afforded to her as a member of Yale Health, and is excited to be a member of the Patient & Family Council. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, cycling, reading, and being outdoors.

Yale Health Member since
Sandy Storck headshot

Sandy Storck

Yale University Affiliation

Clinical Site Coordinator for the School of Nursing

Sandy has been at Yale for 10 years, all of them spent at the school of nursing. In her current role, her focus is on clinical affiliation agreements as well as ensuring compliance of students during their clinical experiences. Sandy has a bachelor’s in Education and a master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has always had an interest in improving processes and systems and hopes her experience will be an asset to the council. Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters who keep her busy with flag football, swimming and drama. She also enjoys cooking and trying new recipes.

Yale Health Member since

Marquita Taylor

Yale University Affiliation

Manager of Leadership Programs and Evaluation, School of Public Health

Marquita is the manager of Leadership Programs and Evaluations at the Yale School of Public Health, Chronic Diseases.

Yale Health Member since

Donna Yoo, DMA

Yale University Affiliation

Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs at the Yale School of Music

Dr. Donna Yoo is the Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs at the Yale School of Music.
Originally trained as both a pianist and a horn player, Yoo received her D.M.A. from Stony BrookUniversity, M.M. from the Yale School of Music, and her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music. She is a founding member of New York Horn Ensemble, former faculty member of the Long Island Conservatory. Yoo has appeared with an array of ensembles such as the Yale Camerata, Albany Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, and performed as a soloist with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, LACHSA Symphony, Stony Brook Orchestra, and the Eastman Philharmonia.

Yale Health Member since

Briana Cuomo

Yale University Affiliation

Assistant manager, Administrative Services at Yale Health

Education: Southern Connecticut State University, BS

Briana has been at Yale Health for six years, both as an employee and a member. Cuomo started as a senior administrative assistant in the Director’s Office and is now the assistant manager of Administrative Services. Briana has a passion for event planning and loves seeing the Yale Health staff participating and enjoying in the events she has organized. 

Briana enjoys spending her free time with her two young children ages 2 and 7 years old. 

Briana has supported Patient & Family Council since its inception in 2016.

Yale Health Member since
Paul Genecin, MD

Paul Genecin, MD

Yale University Affiliation

Director, Yale Health

Education: BA: Princeton University, 1977; MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1983. Intern/Resident: Internal Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Fellowship: Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine.

Professional Affiliations/Certification: Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine; Attending Physician, Yale New Haven Hospital.

At Yale Health since 1989

Catherine (Katie) Kelly

Catherine (Katie) Kelly

Yale University Affiliation

Manager, Member Services and Communications

Education: BA: Southern Connecticut State University, 1996

Katie has spent all of ther time at Yale Health in the Member Services Department and is a specialist in benefits, coverage, eligibility, and enrollment for employees and students. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, as well as hiking, skiing, and the beach. 

At Yale Health since 1998

headshot, slwomir mejnartowicz

Slawomir Mejnartowicz, MD

Yale University Affiliation

Internist, Yale Health

MD: K. Marcinkowski Medical School, Poznan-Poland, 1993

Intern: Internal Medicine, Strus Hospital
Intern: Columbia University Primary Care Internal Medicine Program
Resident: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York

Fellowship: Geriatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University

Yale Health Member since
Peter Steere headshot

Peter Steere, RPh

Yale University Affiliation

Associate Director, Yale Health, Director, Pharmacy and Medication Management, Patient-Centered Innovation

Education: BS, Pharmacy Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 1986

MBA: Healthcare Admininstration/Marketing, Western New England College, 1995

Pete is responsible for Yale Health’s pharmacy program and for its Member Services department.

At Yale Health since 2005