Leadership

Learn about the Nursing Leadership at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Jennifer O'NeillJennifer oversees all aspects of the Nursing Division and the more than 1,000 nurses employed by Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Jennifer is an innovative leader with a proven track record of dramatically improving quality and the level of care for patients in the hospital and on a regional basis. She specializes in creating models of excellence in clinical, operational, and administrative realms by spearheading high-impact strategies, programs, and teams. Her focus is on building an outstanding reputation among patients, community, and health care peers via the implementation of superior service clearly reflected in quantifiable survey and audit scores. She leverages lean methodology to drive continuous process improvements while maximizing efficiency and capacity. Jennifer is committed to developing and guiding both people and organizations to achieve their highest potential.

Having begun her career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center as a registered nurse and then Patient Care Coordinator, she then spent seven years in the outpatient setting as a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Manager and Registered Nurse First Assist for a busy OB/GYN practice in Livingston, New Jersey. Jennifer rejoined Saint Barnabas Medical Center as a nurse manger, quickly rising through the organization to her most recent position as Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services overseeing the Maternal-Child Health and Medical-Surgical Divisions. In that role, she oversaw all aspects of these two busy divisions, implementing numerous new initiatives focused on improving patient care, communication and patient satisfaction.

Ms. O'Neill received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Boston College. She completed her master’s of science in nursing with an emphasis on women's health from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She received her doctor of nursing practice administration from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, New Jersey. In addition to being a licensed registered nurse and women's health nurse practitioner, Ms. O'Neill has received numerous certifications including Emotional Quotient and Advanced Lean Leadership.

Sheila Collier, BSN, RNC, Director of Maternal/Child Services

Sheila CollierIn her role as Director of Maternal Child Services, Sheila oversees all of Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s obstetrical and pediatric services which include Labor and Delivery, High Risk Maternity, Family Centered Care, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, the Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Pediatric Health Centers as well as the Women’s Health Education Department.

Having spent 20 rewarding years within the Maternal Child Division as a staff nurse, Sheila advanced by leading the Maternal Child Team through the implementation of the electronic medical record. She took a leadership position in 2012 as the obstetrical clinical coordinator, followed by assistant director prior to her current role.

Sheila received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and holds a Certification in Maternal Newborn Nursing. Currently, she is enrolled at Felician College for her master’s of science in nursing in Executive Leadership.

Patricia Drabik, MSN, RN, Administrative Director, Nursing Finance and Resources

Patricia DrabikAs Administrative Director of Finance and Resources, Patti oversees operational and capital finances for Patient Care Services. In addition, she monitors staffing productivity and supply chain purchasing. Patti is responsible for the Nursing Staffing Office and the Nurse Recruiters which includes overseeing all staffing and scheduling as well as management of position control, and recruitment and retention of staff within Patient Care Services. Patti serves as Nursing Administrator Liaison to the Nursing and Ancillary Collective Bargaining Units.

Patti received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Barry University in Miami Florida and her Master of science in nursing from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Her clinical specialty includes Emergency, Burn, and Critical Care nursing.

She has experience working as an Emergency, Critical Care, and Burn Intensive Care RN; a Nurse Educator; Nurse Manger of the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Endoscopy Unit; and Project Manager.

Caroline Kornutik, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, Director of Perioperative Services

Caroline KornutikCaroline has served as the Director of Perioperative Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 2008. She has extensive operational and progressive management experience in surgical services. The areas she currently manages include 22 operating rooms (including cardiac surgery), Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Same Day Surgery, Endoscopy, Pre-Admission Testing and EKG.

Caroline holds a master’s of science in nursing from University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, formerly past president of Mu Theta at Large Chapter AORN and ONE NJ.

Previously, Caroline was the Director of Nursing at a free standing ambulatory surgery center in New Jersey. She’s held staff nurse positions in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where she is from.

Maggie Lundberg-Cook, MPA, RN, CCRN, Director of Cardiac, Critical Care and Wound Care Services

Maggie LundbergIn her current role, Maggie oversees the daily nursing operations of the cardiac, critical care, burn and wound care services. Maggie joined Saint Barnabas in 1994 as the Nurse Manger of the Intensive Care Unit. In 1996, she became Director of Critical Care which was followed by Director of Nursing Finance in 1998. In 2001, she became Director of Cardiac Patient Care Services and in 2012 the Intensive Care Unit, the Cardiac Care Unit, The Burn Center and Wound services were added to her division.

Maggie has a Master’s in Public Administration from Farleigh Dickenson University and is currently enrolled Felician University for a Master’s in Science for Nursing.

Karen Panka, BSN, MAS, RN, Director of Nursing Administration

Karen PankaAs the Director of Nursing Administration, Karen oversees the Nursing Supervisors, Dialysis Services, Policy and Procedure, and The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Coordinator. She has been a nurse for 45 years with a specialty in Coronary Care. Previous roles include nursing supervisor, ANSOS coordinator, nursing educator, and critical care staff nurse.

Karen received a bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and her Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.

Deanna Paxos, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, Director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation

Deanna PaxosDeanna is the Director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation. In her expanded role, she will continue to lead quality and documentation initiatives in relation to the Magnet Hospital designation. She will also oversee the Clinical Nurse Leader program to promote a nursing culture of excellence, the value of professionalism, and quality outcomes with patient/family centered care.

She began her career in 2004 at University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey, followed by a Clinical Nurse Leader role at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She holds a bachelor’s of science in biology from Miami University of Ohio, a bachelor’s of science in nursing from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.Deanna is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse as well a Clinical Nurse Leader by the American Association Colleges of Nursing.

Mary Beth Russell, PhD, RN, Director of Nursing Education & Research

Mary Beth RussellMary Beth has been at Saint Barnabas Medical Center for more than 17 years. Over the past two years, her role has expanded and she has assumed responsibility for Clinical Education and Nursing Research for RWJBarnabas Health; focusing on orientation, education, professional development, regulatory compliance, competency assessment and project management.

Mary Beth received a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Rutgers University, Masters in Nursing Education from New York University and a Ph.D. from Seton Hall University. Her leadership background includes administrative strategic planning via education, program and project management, inter-professional collaboration, research and evidence-based modeling, performance improvement, theory-based and evidence-based best practices, and effectiveness measurements. Creating and implementing innovative projects which enhance patient safety and staff satisfaction is a source of enjoyment for her. The Nurse Internship, Clinical Residency Program for senior students and the Nursing Residency Program, more recently, are some examples of programs initiated based upon current research and outcomes.

Leanne Sanabria, BSN, RN, Director of Medical / Surgical Services

Leanne SanabriaLeanne has been the Director of Medical/Surgical Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 2013. She began her career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 2003 a staff nurse on 4700. She then advanced to a Clinical Coordinator for Cardiothoracic Stepdown followed by Nurse Manager of 4700. Leanne received her bachelor’s of science in nursing at College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey, and is currently enrolled at Rutgers for her Master of Science in Nursing.

Vince Silvestri, MSN, RN, Director of Emergency Services

Vince SilvestriVincent has been the Administrative Director of the Emergency Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 2015 and has been with the organization since 2011. He began his career working in Jersey City Medical Center’s (JCMC) emergency department as a registered nurse before moving to quality and performance improvement. After several years as JCMC’s quality coordinator, he joined Saint Barnabas as manager of Quality and Standards in 2011. Vincent eventually became the director of Performance Improvement before transitioning to his role as Administrative Director of the Emergency Department. Vincent oversees the department business office, nursing and operations.

He earned a bachelor’s of art in psychology from Rutgers University before earning his bachelor’s of science in nursing and master’s of science in nursing at Seton Hall, South Orange, New Jersey. Vincent also has a black belt in Lean Six Sigma from the Juran Institute and is a certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ).

Frank Soldo, BSN, MHA, RN, Administrative Director, Cardiac Diagnostics and Intervention

Frank SoldoFrank has been the Director of Cardiovascular Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 1999. He is a graduate of the Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing, Old Bridge, New Jersey and received his bachelor’s of science in nursing from Kean University, Union, New Jersey, and his master’s of science in nursing from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Frank is a certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) and has a focus on Interventional and Non-Invasive Cardiology.

Ginger Weatherston, BS, MAS, Director of Unit Management

Ginger WeatherstonGinger, Director of Unit Management, has been at Saint Barnabas Medical Center for over 25 years. She began her career at the Medical Center as the department’s educator. She currently oversees the unit representatives who provide the clerical support for our nursing units. Her other duties include oversight of providing services for our deaf and hard of hearing patients and the Electronic Death Registration system for the State. Ginger currently is the facilitator for the Physician Collaboration Team which works to improve our communication with doctors. She was also the liaison for our physicians during the implementation of the electronic medical record. Previously, she served as director of Patient Transport and Bed Management.

Ginger received her bachelor’s of science in business administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and her master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She currently is an online facilitator for the University of Phoenix in the School of Health Sciences.