Ronald Milch – Chair
Ronald Milch chairs the MJHS Foundation, MJHS Home Care and HomeFirst LHCSA boards of directors. He also serves as Secretary of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, and is on the boards of MJHS Health System, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, Menorah Centers for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, and is President of MJHS Home Care Solutions, He brings to the boards extensive health care management experience.
Milch has more than 45 years of leadership experience in health care management. His most recent position was that of President and CEO of Combined Coordinating Council, Inc. (CCC) in NY and a Consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network in New Brunswick, NJ. CCC is the risk management advisor to seven New York City hospitals participating in the CCC Program of insurance, self-insurance and claims, as well as risk management.
Prior to joining CCC, Milch served as President and CEO of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, as well as Executive Director of Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, NJ and Bellevue Hospital Center in NY. Milch also has held senior administrative positions at Beth Abraham Hospital and Montefiore Hospital Medical Center in the Bronx, NY; University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Milch has served and continues to serve on various professional and community boards, some of which include service as community oversight Board Chairman for Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ; Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, NJ; and in various capacities on the Boards of Healthcare Trustees of New York State, Trustee of Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS), the New Jersey Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association.
In 2009, Milch was MJHS’ honoree for the UJA-Federation’s of New York’s 29th agency recognition event.
Milch has a Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York, a master’s degree in business administration from New York University’s (NYU) Graduate School of Business and a master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Graduate School of Public Administration.
Steven L. Topal – Vice Chair
Steven L. Topal has many leadership roles. He serves as Vice Chair of the MJHS Foundation, MJHS Home Care, and HomeFirst LHCSA boards of directors, is Secretary and Treasurer of the Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care board, Treasurer of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care board, and is a board member of both MJHS Health System and MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. He brings to each board an extensive background in accounting as well as a sound understanding of the law.
For more than 20 years, Topal has been a Partner at Metis Group LLC. in the Tax and Audit and Accounting Departments of Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, a member of Prager Metis International Group. He also leads the Hospitality practice group. Topal was a partner at Rothschild, Topal, Miller & Kraft PC prior to merging his successful practice with Metis Group in January 2010. He began his accounting career in 1982. Topal is also a Partner in the law firm of Topal & Topal.
Considered an expert in the hospitality industry, he frequently speaks on relevant topics to industry groups. His recent presentations have been about the Affordable Health Care Act and the financial considerations of becoming a restaurateur.
Topal received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and has a juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School. His professional affiliations include American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to MJHS, Topal is actively involved with United Synagogue of Amerion Metropolitan New York Region. He was recently honored by MJHS Foundation for his dedication to and support of MJHS’ programs and agencies.
Arthur Goshin – Secretary/Treasurer
Arthur Goshin, MD, is Secretary/Treasurer of MJHS Foundation Board of Directors, chairs the board of MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, is Vice Chair of Elderplan, Inc., Immediate Past Chair of MJHS Health System, and a member of the MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, MJHS Home Care, Menorah and Isabella Centers for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, as well as HomeFirst LHCSA, Inc. boards of directors. He brings to the boards his medical background, as well as years of leadership experience in medical and social endeavors.
Director of the Center for the Advancement of Community Health Care at the Lifetime Healthcare Companies, Goshin also is Chairperson for several health-related organizations including: Peak Health Solutions; Plan Data Management; the Alliance for Advancing Non-Profit Health Care; Union Occupational Health Center; and Integral Information Systems, LLC.
Goshin is a Trustee for Freedom from Hunger, a Faculty Member at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Buffalo School of Public Health, respectively. He also is an Advisor at the Weinberg Campus and the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. In addition, he serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Buffalo State College.
He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo and the University of Buffalo’s School of Medicine, where he is now a clinical associate professor.
Alexander S. Balko
Alexander S. Balko is President and CEO of MJHS, a $1.6 billion not-for-profit health system serving frail, elderly and at-risk members of the community across Greater New York.
Balko joined the organization in 1999 as Senior Vice President and CFO. He was later promoted to COO, and subsequently to President. In 2014, he was named President and CEO of MJHS.
Prior to joining MJHS, Balko served as Senior Vice President and CFO of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, which included the hospital, two skilled nursing facilities, six clinics and several assisted living facilities. Earlier in his career, Balko served as Executive Vice President for Administration at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center and Vice President of Finance at Cabrini Medical Center.
Balko sits on the boards of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC) and The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). He is also a member of LeadingAge and belongs to the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
A certified public accountant, Balko holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in health services from The New School for Social Research.
Eli S. Feldman
A unique success story, Eli S. Feldman began his career as an administrative assistant more than 40 years ago and rose through the ranks to become President and Chief Executive Officer of MJHS. He now serves the organization in the emeritus position.
Under his leadership, the system expanded to nine business units and nearly 25 programs and services, including:
- Pediatric and adult hospice as well as pediatric and adult palliative care
- Two skilled nursing and sub-acute facilities
- A certified home health care agency
- Adult day health care
- A Medicare Advantage Organization with a Medicare contract (Elderplan, Inc.)
- A managed long-term care plan (HomeFirst)
- An integrated Medicare Advantage and Managed Long-Term Care product (MAP) that fully integrates health care and managed long-term care in one program
- Senior housing
- A center for development of assistive technology
- An applied research center
Throughout his career, Feldman has provided insight and leadership to a number of state and national professional organizations that serve the chronically impaired, frail and elderly. His current and previous service includes:
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team, member
- Managed Long Term Care Implementation and Waiver Redesign, workgroup co-chair
- State of New Jersey’s Medicaid LTC Funding Advisory Council, steering group member
- Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC), immediate past chair and executive committee member
- Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), vice chair and board member
- Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), board member
- Managed Long Term Care-PACE Coalition, chair
- International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA), board member
- Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care, board member
- Association for Jewish Aging Services of North America (AJAS), past chair; board member
Other highlights of his career include:
- Center for Aging Services Technologies, commission member
- American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Faith-Based Cabinet, co-chair
- GeronTech (The Israel Center for Assistive Technology and Aging), chairv
- Andante Medical Devices Ltd., board member
- New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aged (NYAHSA), past chair
- National Chronic Care Consortium, past chair
Often asked to discuss chronic and long-term care issues, Feldman is a frequent speaker at conferences that focus on aging and managed care. Dozens of groups have recognized Feldman for his enormous contributions to the health care sector. Recent honors include the Good Scout Award (Boy Scouts of America); Lawrence E. Larson Award (Leading Age, New York); Award of Honor (Leading Age); Ruth F. Wilson Award (Home Care Association of New York State, Inc.); Community Leadership Award (Agudah Women of America); and Distinguished Alumnus Award from C.W. Post College of Long Island University.
Feldman graduated cum laude with a B.S. in business administration from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. He holds an M.B.A. in hospital administration from Wagner College. He also is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Shmuel Lefkowitz is board member of MJHS Foundation. He chairs the board of Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care. He also serves on the boards of MJHS Health System, MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, MJHS Home Care, HomeFirst LHCSA, and Shorefront Towers. He is Immediate Past Chair of the MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care Board of Directors. Lefkowitz brings to the boards his business acumen and counsel on addressing the social service and educational needs of the Orthodox Jewish community.
While Chair of the MJHS Board from 2005-2009, Lefkowitz spearheaded the effort to broaden hospice outreach to the Jewish Orthodox community, which resulted in the creation of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care’s Halachic Pathway initiative. This program provides Jewish patients with an even higher level of culturally sensitive care and the opportunity to elect to have their care directed by a halachic advisor in collaboration with their physicians and Hospice medical director. His efforts in this area have also served as a template for the creation of other culturally sensitive initiatives such as the hospice’s Asian outreach program.
Currently President of Prime Resources Group, Inc., Lefkowitz also is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Agudath Israel of America and Board member of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush and Sinai Academy, respectively. In addition, he was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Neighborhood Investment Advisory Panel. In 2010, he was appointed by Governor David Patterson to the New York State Department of Health Palliative Care Council.
Lefkowitz received his Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a master’s degree from The New School for Social Research.
Danielle Rollmann is an executive who uses her business experience and knowledge of health care in her role as Chair of the MJHS Health System Board of Directors, and the boards of MJHS Foundation and Elderplan, Inc. She is ex-officio of the following boards of directors: MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, MJHS Home Care, Menorah and Isabella Centers for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, and HomeFirst LHCSA.
Rollman is currently an independent consultant who most recently spent more than six years as the head of access priorities at Pfizer, Inc., where she led initiatives to advance patient access to medicines and cross-functional teams in analyzing and developing Pfizer’s positions on health care issues. Her work guided Pfizer’s external messaging on public policy matters and contributed to internal capability development for effective external engagement. She was promoted to that position after serving as Pfizer’s head of international policy and head of international policy, developed markets (Europe and Asia.)
Prior to that, Rollmann held various positions at a leading general management consulting firm, Booz & Company, where she rose through the ranks to become a partner. As a consultant, she served as an advisor on commercial innovation, growth strategy, marketing strategy and business transformation for clients from startups to Fortune 50 corporations.
Rollmann earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude.