Meet the Department's Nurses

Stefanie Mozgai

Stefanie Mozgai:

Program Manager for Acute Care, Assessment and Survey

Education:

Bachelors Degree Moravian College, Bethlehem Pennsylvania
RN Degree, Essex County College

Years with DOH:  

14

As a 14-year veteran with the New Jersey Department of Health, (DOH) Stefanie Mozgai takes great pride working with and managing her staff of 25 nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and architects who  fall under her supervision.  Each day her team works to ensure that all acute care facilities in New Jersey including hospitals, dialysis units, home health agencies, and same day surgical centers are safe and operating in compliance with state and federal regulations.   

“I never know what each day will bring,” said Stefanie.  “From conducting routine inspections to working with health care facilities to solve problems that may impact the public’s health - each day is a challenge unto itself.  I love my job, my colleagues and making a true difference in the health of New Jersey residents." 


Thomas Hendrickson

Thomas Hendrickson:

Trauma/Specialty Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services

Education:

Bachelor Degree, Seton Hall University
Master’s Degree, Walden University
Health Administration, University of St. Francis, Philadelphia
Nationally Certified in Infection Control

Years with DOH:  

5

Tom’s main job is to oversee the verification process for New Jersey’s trauma centers.

He recently assisted in the writing of New Jersey’s Stroke Triage Guidelines and STEMI Triage Guidelines for EMS.  He has over 35 years experience in the acute care hospital setting, trained in the emergency room and is a certified operating room nurse. He is the former Peri-Operative Educator at RWJUH at Rahway.

Tom has authored numerous publications including the neurosurgery chapter in “Competency for Safe Patient Care During Operative Procedures and the Staff Development Module in the Surgical Services Educators” series published by Competency & Credentialing Institute along with numerous journal articles.


Karen Halupke

Karen Halupke:

Director
Office of Emergency Medical Services

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from American University
Master’s Degree from Rutgers University

Years with DOH:  

32

Karen graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and received a master’s degree in Education from Rutgers University.  She practiced both critical care and emergency department nursing in Washington D.C.

Before coming to the Department she worked at Union Hospital and UMDNJ in New Jersey teaching emergency nurse specialists and paramedics. She has been with DOH in OEMS for 31 years and has been OEMS Director since 2003.
Kathy Lutz

Kathy Lutz:

Coordinator, Consultation and Development of Local Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services

Education:

Bachelors Degree, College of Mount St. Joseph
Master of Science in Nursing, LaSalle University

Years with DOH:  

14

Kathy served in the US Army Nurse Corps and the New Jersey National Guard before retiring with 28 years of service.  Before coming to the Department she also worked as a PNP at Cooper University Medical Center.  She has served in many areas of the Department, starting as the State Genetics Coordinator in Family Health Services before moving to the Division of Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness in 2003. 


Diana Garzio

Diana Garzio:

Public Health Consultant
Office of Local Public Health

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Widener University
Master’s Degree, University of Pennsylvania.

Years with DOH:  

14

Diana has worked in various programs including Chronic Disease, Maternal and Child Health and is currently working in PHILEP in the Office of Local Public Health.

Before coming to the Department, she has worked in various settings including hospitals, schools, physician’s offices and assisted care facilities.


Rebecca McMillen

Rebecca McMillen:

Quality Assurance Specialist
Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness

Education:

RN, Mercer Medical Center School of Nursing

Years with DOH:  

14

Rebecca has worked in a variety of settings including acute care (Med/surge, telemetry, Labor & Delivery), dialysis, home health, and doctor's offices during her career as a nurse. 

She joined the Department in 1999 with the Office of Community Choice Options which later changed to Aging and Community Services.  Since coming to PHILEP in 2005,

Rebecca has worked with the post-acute healthcare continuum and their emergency preparedness efforts.  She is currently seeking her degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness through Thomas Edison State College.


Rebecca McMillen

Sandra Schwarz:

Program Manager
Reproductive & Perinatal Health Services

Education:

Master of Science/Maternal Newborn Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude William Carey College, Hattiesburg, MS
Nursing Diploma, Westchester School of Nursing; Valhalla, NY

Years with DOH:  

25

Sandra has worked in the area of Maternal and Child Health since joining the Department in 1988.  She currently provides program management including supervision of staff and budget preparation for state and federal funds, has oversight of the statewide Maternal and Child Health Consortia, and works to improve birth outcomes in our state.

She also represents the Department on the Governor’s Council on the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities.

Prior to joining the Department, Sandra worked at hospitals in New Jersey, New York and Louisiana.


Barbara Goldman

Barbara Goldman:

Assistant Director
Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Program

Education:

RN, Brooklyn College School of Nursing, New York City
JD, Seton Hall School of Law

Years with DOH:  

24

Barbara is responsible for the oversight of the Department’s acute and long-term care licensing programs and the Medicaid Provider Enrollment Program. Additionally, Barbara has held the title of Executive Director of the New Jersey Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board for the last twenty years. In this role she is responsible for the licensing, education, training and the disciplinary action process for over 1000 NJ licensed nursing home administrators. Barbara is also responsible for overseeing the operation of the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board.


Theresa R. D’Errico

Theresa R. D’Errico:

Health Systems Specialist,
Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Program

Education:

Applied Sciences for Nursing, Mercer County Community College/Thomas Edison State College
Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse

Years with DOH:  

15

As a health systems specialist, Theresa reviews and processes applications for certificate of need and licensure of health care facilities. She also serves as a resource person for professional organizations, health care providers and applicants, and members of the public. Additionally, she is the program’s state contact person for all federally qualified health centers in New Jersey.

Theresa started her career with the Department as a Health Care Nurse Evaluator in the Acute Care Assessment and Survey Program. In that role she was a team leader and surveyor of acute care facilities in New Jersey. She also worked as a Complaint Investigator in the Health Managed Care Program, investigating patient complaints concerning managed health insurance payments for health care services.

Prior to her time with the state she worked as a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse at Capital Health, Fuld Campus; and has over 20 years of diverse nursing experience in areas that include rehabilitation, medical, surgical and the operating room. .


Carolyn Hall

Carolyn Hall:

Registered Nurse

Education:

Masters Degree, Rutgers University School of Nursing

Years with DOH:  

14

Carolyn is a registered nurse with the Department working in a supervisory capacity as an operations analyst within the Assessment and Survey and Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure Programs. Prior to her career in New Jersey State government, Carolyn was employed in various acute hospital and public health settings.