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Leadership Changes at SAGE Eldercare; Sullivan Named Interim Executive Director

July 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM

SUMMIT, NJ – Citing family considerations, SAGE Eldercare Executive Director Jessica Rosenzweig Gruber -- who served the organization for nine years -- has resigned, effective July 31.

Summit-based SAGE, a non-profit organization in Summit which serves older adults and their caregivers in the surrounding New Jersey region, has Angela Sullivan as the Interim Executive Director.  Sullivan, a Short Hills resident who has a background in healthcare administration, previously served as a member of SAGE’s Board of Trustees, and will assume day-to-day leadership of the agency. 

“Given her devotion to SAGE’s mission, we know this was a difficult decision for Jessica to resign so she could focus on her family.  We wish her well and celebrate her contributions to the organization.  Her enthusiasm, leadership, and energy will be deeply missed,” said Carol King Barrow, SAGE Eldercare Board President.  “In the meantime, our board has created a transition committee to ensure a smooth transition for SAGE’s future as we go through the process of selecting a permanent replacement.”  The transition committee members include board members R. Bruce Johnson, John Hoffman, Mary Lou Leib, Sid Roy, Kitty Hartman, and Carol King Barrow.

In addition to naming an Interim executive director, SAGE’s board has retained the philanthropic consulting firm m3 Development to focus on recruiting a permanent replacement, and to work closely with the board to ensure that there is a fluid transition as the organization goes through the search process.  

“We want to make this process as transparent as possible to the public," noted Barrow.  "Additionally, the board is extremely grateful to the staff’s professionalism and dedication on a daily basis in keeping focused on the organization’s mission as we move ahead.  Any time an organization faces a major leadership change is a time of both challenge and significant opportunity."
Sullivan attended New York University (NYU), and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Policy, Planning and Administration from the Stern School of Business.  Upon graduation, she worked for Morgan Stanley in the Equity Department analyzing and preparing accounting reports for the Options Trading Desk.  She then continued her career at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, while she completed her graduate studies at NYU, earning a Master’s of Public Administration in Healthcare Finance at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

During her career at the hospital, she worked in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Hypertension, and in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/ Oncology.  She held various positions in the Division of Cardiology and Hypertension where she helped restructure the outpatient faculty practice plan and clinic, researched and implemented a new computer software package to aid scheduling and billing, and created and implemented financial tools to aid with financial management and budgeting.  
As the Administrator for the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, she managed the finances and operations of the division’s clinical practices and research laboratories, and she assisted on departmental level financial projects.  She interacted with various departments within the hospital and medical center and was involved in policy research and decisions.  She represented the division to outside organizations and reported to the board of the division’s foundation.

Sullivan and her husband have raised their four children in Short Hills for the past eighteen years.  She has volunteered for Millburn school PTOs, and is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Rose of Lima Church, where she served as a past Board Secretary and Board Vice President.  In addition, she volunteers as a reader at EIES of New Jersey, an organization that provides electronic access to the printed word for those who are visually impaired.


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