Meet Our Board

Rick Surpin (ex-officio, voting)

President, Independence Care System


Jeffrey M. Krauss

Chairperson of the Board

Managing Member, PPC Enterprises, LLC

Mr. Krauss joined PPC Enterprises, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm in February 2012. The firm pursues investment opportunities in middle market opportunities across several industries, including healthcare. Mr. Krauss is the head of PPC, LLC, healthcare team.

Prior to his current position at PPC Enterprises, Mr. Krauss was Managing Member at Psilos Group Manager from 2000 to 2012. He had a focus on investments in health care services, health care information technology, and medical technology.

Prior to joining Psilos, Mr. Krauss was a general partner at Nazem & Company, a New York-based venture capital firm, from 1990 to 2000, where he specialized in investments in the health care services and health care information technology segments. Prior to joining Nazem & Company, Mr. Krauss was an attorney with the law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, where he specialized in private equity transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Krauss was an auditor with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

Mr. Krauss is currently a volunteer with the New York City Investment Fund in the Fund’s Healthcare Sector Group. He performs various services for the Fund, including representing the Fund on the boards of several portfolio companies.

Mr. Krauss graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany and he graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Krauss is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of New York, and is also an Attorney licensed in the State of New York.

Michael Elsas, Secretary of the BoardMichael Elsas

Secretary of the Board

President, Cooperative Home Care Associates

Michael Elsas is President of Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA),  a licensed home health care agency located in the South Bronx.  With over 1900 paraprofessional workers and an administrative staff of nearly 100, Cooperative Home Care Associates has been nationally recognized for its unique worker-centered philosophy, which links quality jobs to quality home care services.

Prior to joining Cooperative Home Care Associates in 2000, Mr. Elsas was the Chief Operating Officer of the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley.  From community liaison to President, Mr. Elsas has nearly 40 years of experience in the home care industry.  His professional affiliations include:  trustee of the 1199 SEIU Home Health Aide Benefit Fund, Catholic Charities and the Medical Society of New York.  Mr. Elsas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University.

Thomas K. Small

Attorney at Law

T.K. Small has decades of experience advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.  He is a graduate of Long Island University and Brooklyn Law School.  An attorney since 1994, he practices primarily in the field of Disability Law, representing both organizations and individuals.

Since 1999, Mr. Small has served as communications and policy consultant to the New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC), where he assists in coordinating statewide advocacy  efforts, formulating legislative strategies, delivering testimony to governmental agencies, and reviewing and interpreting pending litigation from a disability policy perspective.  Previously, he was co-project coordinator of the NYSILC Housing Institute, which was created to promote accessible, affordable and integrated housing opportunities for people with disabilities. On behalf of individuals, Mr. Small fights for community-based services and pursues Americans with Disabilities Act enforcement through litigation and/or mediation.

Mr. Small is a member of numerous disability rights groups, including Not Dead Yet, ADAPT and Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York.  He is also co-host of a radio program on WBAI, 99.5 FM called “The Largest Minority,” which focuses on disability news and culture.

Jodi Sturgeon

President, PHI

Jodi M. Sturgeon, PHI’s President, is responsible for the organization’s programmatic and strategic direction, as well as its operations.

Under her leadership, PHI is promoting a strategic understanding of direct-care work as one of the few growing employment opportunities for women in low-income communities. Jodi sees investing in training, support, fair compensation, and advancement for caregivers as not only a social justice issue, but as an essential step toward strengthening our nation’s fractured health care system.

Jodi has two decades of nonprofit management experience, and served formerly as Vice President for a statewide Community Development Financial Institution. She currently serves as the Board Treasurer for PHI’s founding affiliate, the Bronx-based Cooperative Home Care Associates, and serves on the Board of Directors for both PHI and its affiliate Home Care Associates of Philadelphia. She has a BS in Accounting, and did graduate work at Southern New Hampshire University, with a concentration in Nonprofit Finance that included an advanced certificate in Governmental Finance.

Jodi became PHI’s President on September 1, 2012. To this role, she brought eight years of experience helping to lead PHI in an executive capacity. She previously held the positions of Chief Operating Financial Officer and then Vice President, introducing innovations that significantly strengthened PHI’s infrastructure and mission.

Greg K. Nersessian

Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

Greg joined HMA in 2010 and leads the firm’s engagement activity with the investment community. In this role, Greg manages all due diligence projects on behalf of the firm’s private equity clients and monitors state and federal activity relevant to publicly-funded healthcare programs for investment and corporate clients. Having followed the Medicaid managed care industry for over fifteen years, Greg has extensive experience tracking key policy and market developments impacting the sector from both an operational and financial perspective. Greg also publishes the HMA Weekly Roundup, a weekly newsletter that tracks key developments and emerging trends in state sponsored healthcare programs. Greg joined HMA after serving as a Senior Analyst in the equity research department at Credit Suisse covering the managed care industry. In this role, Greg focused extensively on the Medicaid managed care sector, and was considered a thought leader for his work in this area. He joined Credit Suisse in May 2006, after spending five years at Lehman Brothers, with primary coverage responsibilities for the Medicaid managed care and disease management industries.

Greg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, and his Masters in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Christopher Duff

Disability Policy and Practice Consultant

Christopher Duff has 35+ years experience in the development, delivery and financing of disability competent care services, focusing primarily on care management and long-term services and supports for adults with disabilities.  He is currently disability policy and practice consultant, previously serving as the Executive Director of the Disability Practice Institute.  He was President/CEO of AXIS Healthcare, the care management component of the Minnesota Disability Health Options (an integrated Medicare and Medicaid demonstration) and numerous other waiver and health plan initiatives.  AXIS Healthcare was a leader in the development of team-based disability care coordination, utilizing clinical competencies and practice standards to ensure persons with disabilities receive timely and appropriate care and support. He has served on numerous local and national disability advocacy and care delivery organizations.  He was lead author of the Disability Competent Care Assessment Tool and the Disability Competent Care Training Assessment Tool, and numerous related materials based on the experiences of pioneering disability competent care organizations such as ICS. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Social Services Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary.

Nancy J Holland

Retired National Vice President, Clinical Programs, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Dr. Holland is a registered nurse with over 40 years experience as a clinician, administrator and author in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS). She is a certified MS nurse who currently contributes to professional education publications and programs, including with the International Organization of MS Nurses, of which she was a Founding Director, and first Research Program Chair.

While at the National MS Society for 22 years, Nancy established the Client Programs and Clinical Programs Departments, the Professional Resource Center, Long-term Care Partner Programs and initiated the John Dystel Nursing and Physician Fellowship Programs. She obtained the Society’s first federal program grants, including an AmeriCorps grant to provide supplemental home assistance for people with MS.

Prior to joining the Society Nancy assisted with the creation of one of the first MS Comprehensive Care Centers in the country, serving over 3000 patients with MS and their families (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC) where she held a faculty appointment as Clinical Associate. Dr. Holland provided direct patient care, coordinated clinical trials, served as co-therapist in psychotherapy groups and provided mentorship for nurses around the country who were entering the field of MS. She also received a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research to explore the use of ultrasound for neurogenic bladder evaluation.

Dr. Holland earned a master’s degree and doctorate in adult and higher education from Columbia University, as well as under graduate (CUNY)) and graduate (NYU) degrees in nursing. She is author/editor of over 60 MS related publications.


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