Board of Directors
Amanda Heron Parsons, MD, MBA, Board Chair
William Bifulco, MBA, Vice Chair
Steven Edwards, JD, Secretary
William M. Trust, Jr., CPA, Treasurer
Charles L. Burgess
Gaetano R. Vicinelli
Salvatore Gogliormella, JD
Neil Leibowitz, MD, JD
Tina (HsinTing) Liu, CPA, MBA
Dennis Murphy, PharmD
Linda Riefberg, JD
Sara Schacter-Erenburg, MSEd, CRC
Zenali Tirado, JD
Janine Van Staden, CPA
Laura Parsons, PsyD
Amanda Parsons, MBA, MD | Board Chair
Amanda Parsons, MBA, MD is the Vice President of Community & Population Health at Montefiore Health System and is an Assistant Professor of Family & Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine headquartered in the Bronx. She oversees community interventions aimed at improving health and wellness of patients, staff, and communities. She leads Montefiore’s Bronx DSRIP activities and oversees the design and implementation of several new workflows including social determinants of health screening.
Prior to that, she was Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) where she oversaw the Primary Care Information Project, Correctional Health Services, Primary Care Access and Planning as well as IT, Finance, Admin and Legal bureaus. Dr. Parsons previously worked for McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager serving healthcare clients. She earned her M.D. and M.B.A from Columbia University.
Dr. Parsons is passionate about improving health and health care quality, correctional health and reducing disparities for vulnerable populations. Dr. Parsons also serves on the Board of the Directors of the Vera Institute of Justice, VIP Community Services, I-MAK and the New York eHealth Collaborative, and is on the Chairman’s Council of the New York Restoration Project. She is a recipient of Crains’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 award and the 25 Bronx Influential Women 2018 award. She serves on several committees including NCQA’s Clinical Performance Measurement Committee and co-leader of the NYC Mayor’s Task Force on Criminal Justice’s Release Re-entry Workgroup.
William Bifulco, MBA | Vice Chair
William Bifulco is a native New Yorker who joined the VIP Board of Directors in 2017.
Will is Vice President of Clinical Administration of The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He is responsible for the operations of all of the clinical services offered. Will also provides guidance on the setting of the organization’s strategic priorities. Will is also an active Professor of Clinical Informatics at SUNY Stony Brook. Will joined Brookdale in 2014 to focus his career on servicing the underserved from Southampton Hospital, where he served as VP/CIO and VP Ambulatory services.
Will graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and his MBA. Will received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SUNY Stony Brook in 2006. Will continues to collaborate with his alma mater by in 2016 publishing an article on Babesia infections in The Journal of Clinical Chemistry. Will lives on Long Island with his wife, Noreen and their son, Conor.
Steven Edwards, J.D. | Secretary of the Board
Mr. Edwards has been involved with VIP for over six years as a member of the board of directors. He joined in 2010 and has served as Secretary of the Board, a member of the executive, finance and housing committees. He has held the office of Secretary of the Board since June 2015. Mr. Edwards has also served as the Chair of VIP’s Housing Board.
Mr. Edwards is an attorney, licensed to practice law in the states of New York and California. He has a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, his hometown, and obtained a juris doctor from Columbia University in New York, New York in 2006. Mr. Edwards currently practices law in California with the firm Fayer Gipson LLP and was previously an associate in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
William M. Trust, Jr., CPA | Treasurer of the Board
Mr. Trust has been involved with VIP for six years, initially as an advisor and the interim CFO. He joined the Board in 2013 and has served as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive, Governance and Program & Health Services Committee. He has held the office of Treasurer of the Board since June of 2015. Mr. Trust also served, on a pro bono basis, as the Interim CEO from September 2015 to June of 2016.
Bill is Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Board of Trustees of Nyack Hospital, having served as Chair of the Board, Executive, Finance, Governance and Joint Conference Committees during his 16 years of service to the Hospital. He is a member of the Highland Medical, P.C. Oversight Committee and a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of Nyack Hospital’s Home Care Agency. In addition, he was a Director of the New York-Presbyterian Health Care System, Inc. Mr. Trust is a member of the Board of Governors of the Heathcare Trustees of New York State. He is very active in community and business organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Jawonio Foundation, which supports the operations of a center for the physically and mentally disabled. His previous associations include member, Finance Committee responsible for the investment policy and management of the financial assets of the Community of The Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell; President, New City, NY Jaycees; President and Northeast Area Director, New York City Chapter of the Financial Executives International (FEI); and FEI representative on the AICPA Private Company Task Force on Enhanced Business Reporting and a member of the Financial Executives Research Foundation Research Committee.
Bill is retired having been a Principal of Innovation Management Consulting, which provides consulting services for not-for-profit entities principally focused on drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation as well as homeless, transitional and low-income housing. He has held President, CEO and Chief Financial Officer positions in privately held companies and operated a corporate incubator. Mr. Trust has extensive international experience as Executive Director of an international architectural firm and Executive VP of an international transportation holding company. He also has experience as the Controller of a NYSE listed company and the Chief Accounting Officer of an investment banking firm. He has been a Director of Presidential Life Insurance Company; a NASDAQ traded company and has served as Chair of the Finance and Compensation Committees and as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Trust holds a BBA from the University of The City of New York and an MBA in Management from Baruch College. He is a Certified Public Accountant.