William Bifulco, MBA | Board Chair
William Bifulco is a native New Yorker who joined the VIP Board of Directors in 2017. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Noreen and their son, Conor.
Will oversees the operations of the DC37 Welfare and associated Trust/Funds, where he is responsible for the prescription drug, optical, dental, audiology, legal, behavioral health, and annuity services for 300,000 NYC municipal workers and retirees. He has been in this position since 2021.
Previously he was Vice President of Clinical Administration of The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, responsible for the operations of all clinical services offered. Will joined Brookdale in 2014 to focus his career on servicing the underserved from Southampton Hospital, where he served as VP/CIO and VP Ambulatory services.
Will graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and an MBA. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SUNY Stony Brook in 2006. In 2016 he published an article on Babesia infections in The Journal of Clinical Chemistry.
Jodi Sturgeon | Vice Chair
Jodi M. Sturgeon is President of PHI, a nonprofit committed to improving quality care for older adults and people with disabilities by creating quality jobs for direct care workers—including the country’s four million home health aides, personal care aides, and certified nursing assistants. Under Jodi’s leadership, PHI has worked with hundreds of employers and achieved state and national policy victories elevating compensation for millions of home care workers. PHI sees investing in training, support, fair compensation, and advancement for caregivers as not only a social justice issue, but as essential to strengthening the U.S. health care system.
Jodi has worked in nonprofit management for 30 years. She previously held Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer roles at PHI, introducing innovations that strengthened the organization’s infrastructure and programs. Prior to PHI, Jodi served as Vice President of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, where she directed investment in housing, jobs, and services for low-income individuals and families. Jodi is currently the Vice Chair of VIP Community Services, a Bronx-based integrated medical, behavioral, housing, and social service organization and Board Treasurer of both Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx, the largest worker-owned company in the country and Home Care Associates in Philadelphia.
Jodi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce University. She received an Advanced Certificate in Governmental Finance Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and completed the Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals at Columbia Business School, Executive Education.
Zenali Tirado, JD | Secretary of the Board
Zenali Tirado has been a member of VIP Board since 2013. She currently serves as Attorney and Vice President of Santa Barbara Realty Corporation, located in The Bronx, New York. She also handles legal contractual, and immigration matters in her personal practice. Zenali is a graduate of Tulane Law School and began her career as a criminal defense attorney at the Legal Aid Society. Thereafter, she specialized in immigration, handling deportation, asylum and exclusion hearings, before the Immigration Naturalization Service. as well as challenges before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Zenali worked in the pension field for Mutual of America, TIAA-CREF and the Commission on college Retirement. She is a graduate of Cornell University.
Lionel G. Jackson, MBA, MS | Treasurer of the Board
Effective August 2021, Mr. Jackson assumed the position of Director of Finance at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Medical Center & North Central Bronx Hospital. In this role he is responsible for supporting hospital management and corporate finance in the areas of budgeting (operations and capital), financial reporting, revenue cycle and strategic planning as well as providing oversight of the Finance, Admitting and Patient Access Departments.
Mr. Jackson is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in leading overall financial and business management operations across the healthcare industry. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer at NY State Department of Health, where he was responsible for the financial, accounting and business operations of the New York State Nursing and Rehabilitative Homes of Montrose and Westchester, a 252-bed long term care facility. Some of his key accomplishments in that role included decreasing costs and increasing the facility’s net operating profit.
Mr. Jackson has also held leadership roles at Columbia University Irving Medical Center as Director of Finance and Budgets, Mount Sinai Health System as Director of Supply Chain, and New York University College of Dentistry as Senior Manager of Clinical Finance & Operations.
Mr. Jackson also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, where he teaches graduate level courses in business, program management, operations, and leadership. He holds a Master of Accounting from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business; a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY; and, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration & Finance from John Jay College.