Tracey Piparo, President
Tracey graduated in 2001 from Catholic Medical Centers of NY-Bayley Seton PA Program. She briefly worked in NY prior to moving to NJ when she accepted a job in Emergency Medicine. She practiced EM for nearly 16 years before becoming a hospitalist for a private Internal Medicine practice. As President, she wants to continue to represent the PAs of NJ on the state and national level. She believes strongly that PAs are an essential member of the healthcare team and together we must all advocate not just for our patients, but for ourselves and our profession. This can be accomplished through education, advocacy and leadership development; all things that NJSSPA can provide for the PAs of NJ.
John Albanese, Vice President
John attended Touro College in Bayshore, NY and graduated in 2011. He currently practices Emergency Medicine. As VP he hopes to increase membership and increase awareness concerning the value that our state society has on movement and expansion within our profession. John has several interesting hobbies including, being a saltwater aquarist, practicing photography and participating in Landmark Forum. He also previously was a volunteer firefighter.
Jen Sims, Secretary
Jen graduated in 2005 from Nova Southeastern University with a Master of Medical Science and Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She has practiced in both NJ and PA and currently works in an Urgent Care. As NJSSPA Secretary she has learned the importance of NJSSPA in her professional career and hopes to help the PAs of NJ to recognize how important NJSSPA is in obtaining legislative changes and continuing member engagement with education via CME and student involvement. Jen loves spending time with her family, watching sports and hanging out with friends.
Erica Amianda, Treasurer
Erica graduated in 2010 from CUNY York College. She currently works in Bariatric Surgery and also holds the role of Lead PA of the Center for Advanced Practice. She has worked in multiple surgical subspecialties in both NJ and NYC. As part of NJSSPA, she hopes to expand participation and encourage more PAs to get involved in advocacy and leadership throughout the state. In her free time, Erica enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time with her husband and 2 young sons.
Diane Daw, House of Delegates
Diane graduated from Hahnemann University in 1992. She worked in internal medicine/ family practice until 2001. In 2001 she began working in a behavioral health hospital providing medical care. That is where she found her niche and most obstacles – mental health. There are not many PAs in mental health, and in New Jersey we were practically unheard of. That obstacle motivated her to obtain her master’s degree and work with NJSSPA to decrease barriers for all PAs in New Jersey. In 2016 the PA Modernization Act did decrease many barriers. Now she hopes to continue to work to advance the PA profession to see us in leadership, management and executive positions.
Amanda DiPiazza, House of Delegates
Amanda graduated from Barry University PA Program in 2011. She started her career as a general surgery PA at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY covering many surgical subspecialties. In 2014 Amanda switched specialties to neurosurgery and has worked with a private neurosurgery group since that time. Amanda loves vascular neurosurgery. She is currently on staff at seven northern NJ hospitals. Amanda holds an administrative position at Hackensack University Medical Center in the Center for Advanced PA Practice as the Lead PA for Education. She works very closely with the Seton Hall PA Program. Amanda has a true passion for PA education. She hopes to continue to support all NJ PAs as a NJ House of Delegate Representative.
Camille J. Dyer, House of Delegates
Camille obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. She then pursued a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Piscataway, New Jersey. Since her days as a student, Camille has been actively involved with New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants (NJSSPA) serving as chair of the Diversity Committee and former Chair of the Awards Committee. Additionally, she serves as delegate in the AAPA House of Delegates. In 2015, she participated as a member of one of the Reference Committees in the House of Delegates. She is also actively involved with the American College of Cardiology as a member of the Physician Assistant Committee, the Strategic Planning sub-committee, and the Survey Committee. On two separate occasions, Camille has participated in PAs on the Plaza which was initiated during President, Robert Wooten’s term in 2011 in an effort to dispel misrepresentations about the PA Profession by the medical director at that time for NBC’s Today Show. She enjoys traveling especially abroad as well as watching various sports such as soccer, basketball, tennis, and football. She is a former soccer coach and has a “D” license which is the highest state level license. Most recently she has developed an interest in photography and participates in photography based travel experiences whenever possible.
Beth Ann Mercanti, Board Member & Student Inquiries
Bethann graduated from Salus University in Elkins Park, PA, in 2011 with a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She has since practiced in Neurology, specializing in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders. Currently, she holds the position of Director of Clinical Practice of Cooper Neurological Institute at Cooper University Healthcare. She is also the Comprehensive Stroke Program Coordinator and Lead Physician Assistant. Bethann believes that PA advocacy is essential to the growth, development, and successful future of our profession. She feels strongly that this can be achieved through education, outreach, leadership, and collaboration amongst PAs, students, and other healthcare providers.
Sarah Monchar: Member-at-Large
Sarah graduated from the UMDNJ PA Program and currently works at Hackensack University Medical Center as the Trauma Critical Care Program Manager. She is also involved with Seton Hall University as a Clinical Preceptor for PA students and a core instructor in general surgery and assistant facilitator for the clinical skills course at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall. Sarah is interested in medical bioethics and end of life conversations as well as patient autonomy, advance care planning and health care proxies.
Dhaval Patel, Board Member & Government Affairs
Dhaval attended Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program and graduated in 2010. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine for the past 9 years. Dhaval was a traveling PA for 3.5 years and has practiced in various Emergency Departments in NJ, NY, and PA. In February 2019 he assumed the APP Regional Director role for Envision Health - Northeast Operating Unit. He knows Physician Assistants play an integral role in healthcare and need to be represented at every level. NJSSPA plays an instrumental role in advancing the profession. As a NJSSPA Board Member, he wants to represent the profession at the state level, increase local and national awareness of PAs, and help the profession thrive. Dhaval likes to play golf and travel during his free time.
Meenal Patel, Board Member
Meenal graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 with her Masters in Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies. She has practiced in New Jersey since graduation and currently works at the Cardio Metabolic Medicine in Cardiology. NJSSPA has been able to broaden her perspective on the importance of strengthening our profession. She hopes to further encourage fellow colleagues on the importance of advocating together as a team for our professional development. NJSSPA has always and continues to help us grow amongst our current medical profession. Meenal is a mother of 2 girls, enjoys teaching dance, and spending time with her family and friends.
Gary Rachich, Board Member & House of Delegate Inquiries
Gary has been working in a busy orthopedic practice since graduating from Rutgers University PA Program in 2014. He has a passion for giving the best possible care to patients and enhancing their access to urgent care for orthopedic injuries. He enjoys being an advocate for both patients as well as the PA profession. Advancing the PA profession is something that he thoroughly enjoys doing and gathering each year at the AAPA conference to discuss doing so with so many other passionate PAs from across the country is something Gary looks forward to each year.