October 29, 2020


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NEWARK, NJ – The Foundation for University Hospital today welcomed two new members to its Board of Trustees, as the Foundation prepares to expand its scope and fundraising efforts. Increasing the Board to seven Trustees, these new members are Shané Harris, Head of Social Responsibility and Partnerships, Prudential Financial and President of The Prudential Foundation; and Marjorie Perry, President and CEO of MZM Construction & Management Company, Inc.


“We are delighted to welcome such accomplished individuals to our Board,” said Foundation Board Chair Michael Curi, MD, MBA, who also serves as University Hospital’s Director of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery. “The wealth of experience and community engagement they bring will help carry us to a new level in fundraising success.”


“The recruitment of these highly esteemed members of the Newark business community to our Foundation’s Board is another indicator of the hospital’s potential for progress,” said Shereef Elnahal, MD, MBA, President and CEO of University Hospital. “Our Strategic Plan and new vision statement call for partnering with our communities to improve health for generations to come. The addition of these new Trustees to our Foundation will go far in helping us realize that vision.” 


Curi and Elnahal thanked the new trustees for their willingness to serve on the Foundation’s board, and for their continued commitment to the Newark community.


Shané Harris leads Prudential’s Social Responsibility and Partnerships and is President of The Prudential Foundation. Her responsibilities include overseeing Prudential’s philanthropic strategy, disaster response, managing the Foundation’s relationships with nonprofits, and assisting with the distribution of more than $35 million in grants and charitable contributions annually. Additionally, she manages Prudential’s skills-based volunteering and multicultural partnership programs, and also works to improve access to education, training, and jobs for young people aged 15 to 29 worldwide.


Marjorie Perry left a career in education to pursue a dream of becoming a self-made entrepreneur. She and two partners founded MZM Construction & Management, which has sustained a multi-million-dollar bottom line over the last 28 years. She now serves as sole principal of the company.


In addition to Curi, the existing Trustees include:

  • Cecilia I. Lassiter, Esq., Member of the Firm, at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

  • Calvin R. Ledford, Jr., President and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, PSEG Foundation

  • Jim Leonard, Senior Vice President, Government Relations at Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center)

  • Joseph L. Muscarelle, Chairman of Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc., one of New Jersey’s largest regional owner/operators of commercial real estate



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University Hospital, located in Newark, is a leading academic medical center and the state’s only public hospital. The Level I trauma center for Northern New Jersey, it is the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. University Hospital has played a leading role during the COVID19 pandemic, serving not only the Newark community and surrounding towns, but the entire northern region of the state, coordinating hospital capacity, field hospital operations, and conducting leading-edge clinical trials. 


  The hospital is also a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties, with exceptional programs that serve the Greater Newark community and all of New Jersey.   At the Ambulatory Care Center, University Hospital provides 18 major clinical service lines, with more than 75 specialty clinics, in addition to telehealth visits. A statewide leader in population and community health programs, University Hospital’s regional perinatal center handles the most complicated pregnancies and medically fragile newborns. In addition, the hospital has partnered with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to provide exceptional oncology services.


  The hospital also provides EMS Services for the Greater Newark area, and the medical crew for JEMSTAR, the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Helicopter Response Program. Other Centers of Excellence at the hospital include the Center for Advanced Liver Diseases and Transplantation, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, and Otolaryngology.

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University Hospital 



Shereef M. Elnahal, MD, MBA
President and CEO

Robert C. Iannaccone, MBA, JD
Executive Vice President

Eve Borzon, RN, MA, MPA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer


Gerard Garcia, MBA
Chief Human Resources Officer


William Holubek, MD, MPH, FACMT, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer


Tomas Gregorio, MBA
Chief Innovation and Technology Officer


Gary Huck Interim
Chief Financial Officer


Carl A. Kirton, RN, ANP, DNP, MBA
Chief Nursing Officer


Mary K. E. Maples, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary


Chris T. Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM
Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer