Afya Board


James E. Odell – Chairman of the Board

Blank Rome LLP – Partner

James Odell is a partner at the law firm Blank Rome and co-heads their Financial Services Industry Team. Jim has over 30 years of experience in the financial services and investment banking industries. He has advised several of the world’s leading banks and investment banks on many of the industry’s most significant transactions and regulatory matters. Jim has served in a number of inside and outside counsel positions, including as:

General Counsel for UBS
General Counsel of Investment Banking for Citigroup.

Jim served as General Counsel for UBS Investment Bank where he managed UBS’s large and wide-ranging legal and compliance functions in the Americas region. At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Jim served as the co-General Counsel for UBS worldwide and represented UBS on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Wall Street crisis management team responsible for reviewing alternatives to the Lehman bankruptcy, the sale of Merrill Lynch, the preliminary restructuring steps for AIG and establishing emergency financing facilities for the industry.

Prior to UBS, Jim was Global General Counsel of Investment Banking for Citigroup where he was responsible for supervising the provision of legal services to investment banking globally. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Jim headed the legal function at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (“DTCC”), the post-trade market infrastructure provider for the global financial services industry.

Before entering his GC roles, Jim was a partner at two Am Law 25 law firms, with his most recent role being the co-head of the securities practice group and the head of the high yield finance practice group. In private practice, Jim specialized in underwriter representation, domestic and international high-yield and acquisition finance and represented numerous U.S. and international investment banks, private equity firms and corporations in connection with M&A and financing activities in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.


BStevensBeth Stevens – Co Chairman of the Board

Beth Stevens is an independent business development and finance consultant. She specializes in small business development and growth. Previously she worked at Citibank as an institutional asset backed and mortgage back securities salesperson, and as a private banker serving high net worth individuals and families. Beth served the Rye Country Day School Board of Trustees from 2003-2012 on the Executive Committee, as Development Chair, Co-Chair of the Building on Excellence Capital Campaign, as well in marketing and community outreach capacities. She is also a Trustee on the board of the Serious Fun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, which operates free summer camp, hospital outreach and numerous recreational activities for children with serious illnesses. She holds a BA with Honors from Brown University and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Beth lives in Rye with her three children and has been involved with Afya for the past 3 years. She has participated in three working trips to Haiti. In her spare time she enjoys travel and yoga.

JDietzJohn Dietz – Secretary

Grey Healthcare Group – Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer

John has advertising in his blood, for which there is no known cure at this time. He started out as a copywriter at his father’s agency in Rhode Island over 20 years ago. After moving to New York, he quickly turned to pharmaceutical advertising and has been making a statistically significant difference in his clients’ business ever since. During his years at many of New York’s top pharmaceutical agencies, John has excelled at creating award-winning campaigns and razor-sharp brand strategies. He has helped launch more than a handful of successful brands and has been the faithful guardian of many others—from Lipitor to Oxycontin to Zelnorm. His client list spans from giants like Pfizer, Merck, and J&J to gentler giants like Genentech and Novo Nordisk.

John has promoted pharmaceutical products to professional and consumer audiences alike, in print, on television, on line and through the sales force. He believes the bigger the idea, the better the return on brand investment.


BBrickBarry Brick – Treasurer

Strenta Investment Management – Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

Barry is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Strenta Investment Management

Barry Brick is Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of finance and operations experience primarily in the financial services industry.

Barry is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Strenta Investment Management a registered investment advisor that invests across a range of asset classes globally and is part of a family office. Prior to joining Strenta he has held senior financial positions at various investment firms specializing in alternative investments. He began his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Barry was previously on the finance committee for Philabundance, a non-profit food bank the serves the Philadelphia region providing hunger relief through direct service programs and a network of 450 member agencies. He is also an active participant in the St. Francis Xavier soup kitchen, which serves over 1200 clients each week.

He holds a BS in Accounting from State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.


LGayleLloyd B. Gayle, MD

Weill Medical College of Cornell University – Director of Plastic Surgery, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr Lloyd B. Gayle is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director of Plastic Surgery. He graduated New York University School of Medicine with honors in 1983. He successfully completed a General Surgery Residency including a fifth year as Chief Resident at Booth Memorial Medical Center – NYU. Afterwards he pursued a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at New York Hospital / Cornell Medical Center for two years followed by a one year fellowship at Ralph K. Davies Medical Center for Microsurgical Replantation Transplantation.Dr. Gayle is a Board Certified General and Plastic Surgeon and is an active member in several noted professional organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been published numerous times in professional journals.


CMcCollumCynthia McCollum

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Senior Vice President, Hospital Administration

Ms. McCollum has been at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for over 30 years. Prior to coming to MSKCC, she worked at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and the John A. Hartford Foundation. She has held a variety of administrative positions at Memorial, and is currently administratively responsible for a number of clinical departments (including Radiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Integrative Medicine, Pharmacy, Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Social Work, Anesthesia & Critical Care Medicine), as well as Regulatory Affairs, Graduate Medical Education, Chaplaincy Services, Sustainability and Case Management. She has worked extensively with the medical staff over the years on a variety of projects. She serves as the MSKCC representative on the NCCN Best Practices Committee and works closely with the Greater New York Hospital Association on areas of institutional concern. She is a past President of the New York Society for Health Planning, and currently serves on the boards of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and the Princeton Class of 1978 Foundation. Cynthia holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.


JMoritzJacques Moritz, MD

Mount Sinai Roosevelt / Mount Sinai St. Lukes – Director, Division of Gynecology

Dr. Jacques Moritz has been a member of the obstetrics and gynecology faculty at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s since 1995 and director of the gynecology division since 2000.In addition, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Before arriving at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, he held several positions as a medical news reporter and consultant for television, radio and print media. Dr. Moritz obtained his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he also was trained and certified in microsurgery. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Moritz has a clinical interest in alternatives to surgery for fibroid tumors and abnormal uterine bleeding these techniques include hysteroscopic surgery, endometrial ablation, and uterine artery embolization. In addition, he performs transcervical sterilization, which is done without an incision. He supports labor and birth in Mount Sinai Roosevelt’s special Birthing Center, as a patient option in low-risk deliveries.


Brad Nierenberg

RedPeg Marketing – CEO and founder

Brad Nierenberg is CEO and founder of RedPeg Marketing, a nationally respected, full-service, integrated agency specializing in interactive event marketing. He leads a team of passionate experiential marketers who serve as counsel for brands looking to forge a relationship with their consumers and produce high impact results. Brad’s list of professional accomplishments matches RedPeg’s as he was named Best Boss by Winning Workplaces and awarded DC Inno’s 50 on Fire title. He continues to serves as a sought-after editorial resource in marketing trades and national media, garnering coverage from The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, and MediaPost.


SShahSachin Shah, MS, MBA

IBM – Director of Customer Analytics Product Management

Sachin K Shah is Director of Customer Analytics Product Management at IBM. Mr. Shah is an energetic IT leader and in his 17-year career, has gained deep expertise in software technologies like business process management, application integration and middleware and has lead projects in disciplines like product development, client support, product management and professional services. He has worked in both mission-critical enterprise client environments and for startup initiatives like IBM Case Manager, which grew into a $25M business with market leading capabilities. An entrepreneurial thinker passionate about continuous improvement, Mr. Shah believes in pursuing results through collaboration, incremental change and governance.

Mr. Shah has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.B.A from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in New York City with his wife and two young children who are teaching him how to ski. Having spent a few years in Pittsburgh, Mr. Shah is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


BSinghBinoy K. Singh, MD, FACC

Lenox Hill Hospital- Associate Chief of Cardiology and Director of Clinical Business Development, Cardiovascular Medicine

Binoy K Singh is the Associate Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at North Shore LIJ- Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He is also serves as Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Hofstra University – NSLIJ School of Medicine. He has a busy clinical and non invasive cardiology practice based in Westchester County and New York City. He was recruited from Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons and Columbia University Medical Center in 2012 after being there for 7 years. Prior to that he was with St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospitals, Continuum Health Partners Health System in New York City.

He completed his B.Sc. in Bio-medical Engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA. He attended medical school at Drexel University, College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He completed his clinical post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine at MCP/Hahnemann University Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA. He was awarded numerous teaching and service awards during his time in his post graduate training.

Binoy is an entrepreneurial clinical cardiologist with biomedical engineering background. He has interest in healthcare system integration, new healthcare technology ventures, healthcare service and system management strategies, and business development initiatives. He has demonstrated success in developing new health care technical and imaging applications, clinical practice growth initiatives, and creating business development opportunities.

He serves on Advisory Board for a number of healthcare companies who focus on developing innovative technologies to address society’s healthcare needs. He also serves on the Boston University College of Engineering’ Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board. He is the founder of the Imagineering Lab at Boston University College of Engineering. The Imagineering Lab serves as the ‘sandbox’ for students and entreprenuers to develop their ideas to help address society’s most complex challenges. Binoy was awarded Boston University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.



Advisory Council

Cynthia Odell, Chair
Vivian Carasso
David Isaacs
Sarah Kagan
Steve Kelly, M.D.
Jennifer Katritos
Nancy Kliot
Ann Perl
Anne Richards
Mary Roser, MD