HPAE State Officers

Ann Twomey, President
As a registered nurse at Englewood Hospital, Ann Twomey led the drive by Englewood’s nurses to unionize in the early 1970’s. Under Ann’s leadership, HPAE has grown from a small independent health care union into today’s powerful union of 13,000 members. Besides serving as President of HPAE, Ann also serves as a Vice President on the Executive Council of the American Federation of Teachers; HPAE’s international affiliate. Email Ann at atwomey@hpae.org.

Bernie Gerard, Vice President
Bernie Gerard also led the drive by his colleagues to unionize with HPAE while working as an RN at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. Now, as our union’s Vice-President, Bernie brings the experience he gained as a nurse and an unmatchable amount of energy to his position heading up HPAE’s Professional Issues Department, continuing education program, and overseeing HPAE’s legislative initiatives. Email Bernie at bgerard@hpae.org.

Barbara Rosen, Secretary/Treasurer
Barbara Rosen is a long time member and leader of HPAE. She served as President of Local 5091, was a member of HPAE’s COPE committee, and has testified numerous times before legislative hearings. She is talented, respected and very capable. Email Barbara at brosen@hpae.org

State Executive Council (SEC)

The SEC is the governing body of HPAE. In between HPAE’s bi-annual conventions, the SEC implements the convention’s resolutions, supervises the affairs of the union, and authorizes the expenditure, investment, and management of the union’s fund’s.

The members of the SEC are the three “state” officers – President, First Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer – and two representatives from each HPAE local union. (See the list below.) The President and Grievance Chair of each local union are the two local representatives.

SEC Members

#5103 – American Red Cross
Judy Merkowsky (RN)
Renee Conyers (Tech)

#5185 – Bayonne Medical Center
John Bauer
Joan Zitzman

#5091 – Bergen Regional Medical Center
Jeffrey Peck
Margaret Merchant

#5186 – Christ Hospital
Nicole Mankowski
Shelly Crowe

#5112 – Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital of Union County
Priscilla Surlus-Burrus
Elaine Blake

#5118 – Cooper University Medical Center
Doris Bell
Jackie Franchetti

#5004 – Englewood Hospital & Medical Center
Michele McLaughlin

#5097 – Harborage House
Sharlene Grant
Sandra White

#5131 – Inspira Vineland/Elmer/Bridgeton
Dana Barrett

#5621 – Inspira Woodbury
Jaclyn Pohler
Tracy Cefaratti

#5058 – Jersey Shore Medical Center
Kendra McCann
Lourdes Soto

#5147 – Meadowlands Hospital

#5030 – Palisades Medical Center
Michelle Burlington
Zaria Zhort

#5135 – Rutgers University(UCHC RNs)
Sabrina Brown-Oliver
Edith Feldman

#5094 – Rutgers University/Rowan/University Hospital (PROS)
Thomas Murphy
Alexis Rean-Walker

#5089 – Rutgers University/Rowan/University Hospital(RNs)
Cynthia McDougall
Banita Herndon

#5138 – Southern Ocean Medical Center
Sally Fessler
Kim Fuss

#5106 – Temple/Episcopal Hospital
Elizabeth Nulty
Sue Clements

#5105 – Virtua-Health (MHBC/CNS)
Debbie White
Sheryl Mount

#5107 – Wanaque/Llanfair/VNA Health Group of NJ, LLC/VNA of Englewood
Ibidulla Umoru
Geri Simms

Revised July 2017