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.
Beth Ann Mercanti, Board Member & Student Inquiries
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.
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.
Gary Rachich, Board Member & HOD Inquiries