Alliance for Better Health is governed by a five member Board of Members: Ellis Medicine; Samaritan Hospital, which represents St. Peter’s Health Partners; St. Mary’s Healthcare, Amsterdam; Hometown Health Centers; and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center. Additional governance is provided by a Board of Managers.
Board of Managers
Hometown Health Chair
Joseph Gambino is the Chief Executive Officer at Hometown Health Centers (HHC), the largest federally qualified community health center in Schenectady, NY. Hometown is nationally rec-ognized for its top-quality care and services by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Mr. Gambino served in leadership at HHC for more than 10 years and is credited with guiding the safety-net out of financial crisis and into profitability. Mr. Gambino came to HHC from Fidelis Care, the larges government-sponsored health insurance provider in New York state, where he had statewide responsibility for all public relations efforts and marketing strategies. As is a graduate of the College of St. Rose, a private college in Albany, NY where, Mr. Gambino earned a bachelor’s degree in communications; and in 2018, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mr. Gambino serves as Board Chair of the Alliance for Better Health and on a number of other governing boards in the Capital Region, including Health Efficient, Visiting Nurses of Schenectady, and the Healthy Capital District Initiative.
Katherine G. Alonge-Coons
PAC Representative Alternate
Katherine G. Alonge-Coons LCSWR (Kathy Coons) serves as the Commissioner of Mental Health in Rensselaer County, Troy, New York. She was appointed to serve as the Commissioner in January 2013 after working in the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health since 1987. In her capacity as the Director of Children’s Services, Kathy took on the role of Director of Program Operations for the county operated Mental Health services. During her years of employment with the Department, Kathy has participated in developing many new initiatives to serve children, youth and adults. Recently, she has provided leadership in developing cross-system planning and training between the county departments serving children, youth and families. Through her membership in the NYS Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors she serves as the chairperson of the Child and Family Subcommittee, Second Vice Chair and Co-Chair of the Capital Region, Regional Planning Consortium. She also represents the Conference on the NYS Children’s Medicaid Redesign Team. Kathy is actively involved in the Alliance for Better Health Care Performing Provider System, of the NYS DSRIP initiative, serving on the Board of Managers, Clinical Integration Committee, leader in the project to improve MEB infrastructure, chair of the Audit Committee and a variety of other work groups and committees. She also serves on the HIXNY Regional Health Information Organization) Board of Directors, and the NYS SUCCESS Advisory Committee. Kathy graduated from SUNY Albany School of Social Welfare in December 1984 earning a Masters of Social Work, and Siena College in August 1980 with a Bachelors of Sociology. In addition, she is a graduate of St Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry having earned a Masters of Divinity in June 2006. Kathy married Earl Coons in 1982 and the couple has two adult daughters, Melissa and Grace. She and Earl have resided in North Troy (Lansingburgh) for 34 years; she has lived in Rensselaer County for her lifetime and is a graduate of Columbia High School class of 1977. Kathy enjoys reading, needlework, travel and workouts at Curves.
Louis S. Snitkoff, MD
Capital Care Secretary
Dr. Louis Snitkoff, a native of Brooklyn, is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY and the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. After residency, Dr. Snitkoff entered the private practice of Internal Medicine in Schenectady in 1980. In 1998, he was a founding member of CapitalCare Medical Group, which recently merged with Community Care Physicians to form the largest independent physician group in New York’s Capital Region. Dr. Snitkoff serves as its Chief Medical Officer. He is a member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hixny, the Regional Health Information Organization for Northeastern New York, and a member of the Healthcare MBA Advisory Council of Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus. Dr. Snitkoff also served as Internal Medicine Coordinator for the St. Claire’s Family Medicine Residency program in Schenectady, NY, from 1983-2006. Dr. Snitkoff is Governor of the New York Chapter, Hudson Valley Region of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He is a member and past Chair of the NYACP Health and Public Policy Committee and is a Laureate of the Chapter. In 2013 he received ACP’s Eichold Aware for excellence in diabetes, and he is a member of the College’s Task Force for Physician Wellbeing and Professional Satisfaction, as well as the Medical Practice and Quality Committee. He was elected as a Fellow of the College in 1993. Dr. Snitkoff resides in Albany, NY with his wife and two standard poodles.
Antonio Reyes, MD
Dr. Antonio Reyes is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He attained his education entirely in the Philippines, first at De La Salle University in Manila for his B.S. in Biology, and later, his Doctor of Medicine at the University of the East. He went on to complete Residencies at both the Philippine General Hospital in Manila and St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, New York. He currently serves as Chairman of Ellis Medicine’s Family Medicine Department, and is a sitting board member for both Alliance for Better Health and the Innovative Health Alliance of New York. Additionally, Dr. Reyes works at the Five Corners Family Practice in Schenectady as a partner and practicing physician.
Jamie L. Brock
Jamie Brock is the Director of Clinical Education & Staff Development at Community Care Physicians, the largest, independent multispecialty medical group in the Capital Region of NY. In this role, she provides the group a comprehensive and effective training curriculum, as well as leadership, guidance, consultation and education to all members of the clinical care team pertaining to current evidence based research related to patient care. She works closely with the Chief Clinical Officer to create operational efficiencies that align with the goals and vision of value based care. Mrs. Brock, feels strongly about collaboration and provides opportunities for this in both the Nursing Leadership Council and Clinical Preceptor Forum. Jamie graduated from Syracuse University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1998. She began her nursing career in the United States Air Force, where she served as a Captain in the 6th Medical Operations Group. Since 2002, Jamie has been an Ambulatory Care Nurse. She has been inspired by the care that this team can provide to the community in partnership with the practitioners of the Capital Region. Her love of nursing, education and the community inspires her work in Community Care and at Mildred Elley as an Adjunct Faculty Member. These inspirations also make her proud to serve the Alliance for Better Health PPS in their effort to improve care. Mrs. Brock is a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and extended family.
Stephen Piacentine, MD
Dr. Piacentine joined Cardiology Associates of Schenectady in July 2011. He earned his BS degree in Chemistry, Mathematics from Georgetown University where he lettered in varsity base-ball. Upon graduation from Georgetown, Dr. Piacentine spent two years as a research chemist at Pfizer. He earned his MD from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey — New Jersey Medical School, where he was elected to the National Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Piacentine served both his internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Following residency, he served as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Department of Internal Medicine. Subsequently he completed his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease. His professional interests include clinical cardiology, heart failure and echocardiography. Personal interests include baseball, football and travel. He resides in southern Saratoga County with his wife and three children.