Rhoda Schermer, Chairperson
Rhoda is a former vice president at several area hospitals in charge of strategic planning and marketing functions. She is a retired principal of Strategic Innovation Management providing consultant services to hospitals and healthcare organizations.
Rhoda has a BA degree from Hunter College in history and political science and a MUP degree from Hunter College in Urban Planning. She served on the Ridgewood Planning Board, Hospital Planning & Marketing Society, American Heart Association, North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as Chairperson of the United Passaic Organization.
Gene co-founded Cornell-Mayo Associates, a company doing retail software development, in 1981. The company was acquired by NCR in 2012. He served as President of the company until he retired in 2015. During that time CMA’s software was consistently ranked highest in the Retail Information Systems Software Leaderboard, a survey of software quality. A graduate of Columbia University with a degree in history, Gene has always been interested in public policy, although he is usually upset with how it is actually implemented. Gene lives in Ridgewood, NJ.
John worked for thirty-four years in the healthcare industry as a consultant and hospital vice president.
John has an industrial engineering degree from NJIT and an MBA from Seton Hall University. He has served on boards of Habitat for Humanity of Hudson County, Woodcliff Lake Board of Health, Hospital Planning and Marketing Society, Bergen Community Health Care, Northern New Jersey Maternal/Child Health Consortium, president of a local Chapter of UNICO, and is a member of his Parish Council.
Robin Ratliff completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University and obtained an MBA with a concentration in health and hospital administration from Cornell University. After five years of work with a regional health planning agency in northern New Jersey, she joined Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). During her 27 years as Vice President for Planning at HUMC, the hospital evolved from a 490-bed minor teaching facility to a 770-bed major teaching hospital that achieved national recognition for high-quality care. Currently retired, she resides in Montclair, NJ. Her interests include politics, economics, health care policy, literature, and travel.
Ruth Kramer has held positions as a Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at two major private banks. She also worked as a Senior Legal Assistant in the Estates and Personal Group of a global law firm in the New York City office. She served as Past President and Trustee of the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council. She has volunteered in the Walk to Defeat ALS and has served as a mentor to children in a New York City through the nonprofit Read Ahead.
Ruth has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Rutgers University.