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Leadership Team

Phillip W. Heath, MS
President and Chief Executive Officer

Phillip W. Heath is the president and CEO of Samaritan, an independent not-for-profit provider of home-based healthcare and supportive services in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Founded in Moorestown in 1980 as one of the country’s first hospices, Samaritan now provides an expanding range of life-enhancing services for nearly 11,000 patients and their families annually in five New Jersey counties. 

Before joining the Samaritan leadership team, Phillip’s career was distinguished by 30 years of leadership experience with various local, regional, and national healthcare organizations in the areas of sales, marketing, business development, government affairs, and operations. With extensive experience in the hospice, senior housing, long-term care, and healthcare technology arena, he was also involved in corporate community affairs, social responsibility, inclusion and diversity initiatives, and as a community volunteer throughout his career.  

Phillip served as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer and Chief Administrative Officer with a provider of long-term care services and Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).  Most recently he was the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for a healthcare technology firm where he was responsible for providing instructional leadership to department managers, working to develop and implement the company’s strategic plan, administrative policies, and performance of all corporate departments. 

Phillip currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, Responsive Care Solutions, and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey.

Phillip holds a B.A. from Morehouse College and an M.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. He earned a certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

At Samaritan, Phillip is responsible for leading the vision, mission, and strategic direction to provide advanced clinical expertise and extraordinary compassion through our comprehensive and growing family of life-enhancing services including: primary care at home, palliative medicine, hospice care, grief support, education, and advocacy. 

Prior to being unanimously elected to the role of President and CEO in 2022, Phillip led Samaritan’s volunteer board of trustees as chairman for four years, working alongside the senior leadership team to expand the organization’s care options to help more people—especially those who are most vulnerable—in more ways.  

Throughout his career, Phillip has understood his mission of service to be “provide what the patient wants and what the patient needs.” That priority continues today as he leads Samaritan’s mission to help patients, and those who care about them, live their best lives every day. 

Dr. Sara Pagliaro headshot fullSara Pagliaro, DO
Chief Medical Officer

Sara Pagliaro, DO, serves as the chief medical officer where she oversees the care of all Samaritan’s patients in hospice care, palliative medicine, and primary care at home. In addition to her role on Samaritan’s Senior Leadership Team, Dr. Pagliaro also serves as Samaritan’s liaison with the medical community and provides direct care for patients at home, at hospitals, and in long-term care communities.

Dr. Pagliaro first joined Samaritan in 2012 as a Hospice & Palliative Physician, later advanced to Associate Director of Palliative Medicine and then Vice President of Medical Services. As a respected leader, advocate and educator, Dr. Pagliaro works closely with Samaritan’s hospice teams and oversees the organization’s expanding inpatient palliative services at area hospitals and nursing facilities.

She is Medical Director of Jefferson Health East (NJ) Palliative Medicine and serves on Jefferson’s Ethics and Cancer Committees. A recognized expert in dementia care, she also regularly collaborates with the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation.

Prior to joining Samaritan, Dr. Pagliaro served as Medical Director at University Doctors and Assistant Professor of Rowan University of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathy in 2006 and continues to serve as a volunteer faculty member. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Pagliaro has been a frequent choice as a Top Doc by SJ Magazine and a Top Physician by South Jersey Magazine.

Lisa Dutterer Samaritan Chief Operating Officer

Lisa A. Dutterer
Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Dutterer brings 30+ years of leadership experience in healthcare operations throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia region to her role as Chief Operating Officer for Samaritan. Lisa oversees Samaritan’s clinical services and the clinical management team; she plays a critical leadership role in the development and execution of initiatives for operations, compliance, human resources, education, finance, information technology, strategic planning, programming, business development, and more.

Lisa is responsible for leading the continued expansion of Samaritan’s life-enhancing care options and service lines, as well as ensuring increased access to Samaritan services to honor our mission of service and achieve the growth goals set forth in our strategic plan.

Prior to joining Samaritan, Lisa served as vice president, operations at Jefferson Health New Jersey, accountable for overall operations and strategy at Jefferson Health’s Cherry Hill hospital location, as well as divisional and regional responsibilities that included oversight of various service/product lines, clinical ancillary services, and support services.

Lisa is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley. She has also served as both a member and chair of the Board at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Surgical Center and has received a number of professional awards and recognitions, including the Partnership in Philanthropy Award from Jefferson’s Office of Institutional Advancement, Women’s C-Suite Success Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and one of “Leading Ladies: 25 Business Women to Watch in South Jersey Business” from South Jersey Magazine.

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA, and a Master of Science in physical therapy from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides in Gibbsboro, NJ, with her husband, three young adult children, 3 dogs, and a cat.  In her spare time, Lisa loves to volunteer with a local rescue for pets and at Cathedral Kitchen.


Chris Rollins, MBA, CFRE
Chief Development Officer

Chris Rollins is Samaritan’s chief development officer, leading the organization’s fundraising efforts. He previously served as the senior development professional at Southern Regional Medical Center in Atlanta, Virtua West Jersey, and Southern Ocean Medical Center, in Manahawkin, NJ.  Most recently, as executive vice president of Pride Philanthropy, Chris consulted not-for-profit organizations across the US.

Chris is a trustee of the Community Foundation of South Jersey; past president and founding member of both the South Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Georgia Hospital Association’s Society of Development Professionals; and current chair of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation’s (NPHI) Philanthropy Forum.

Chris earned a BA from Hood College, a MBA from Frostburg State University, the Certified Fundraising Executive credential (CFRE) in 2000, and has published his first book: Truisms of Fundraising.


Joanne RosenJoanne Rosen
Chief Marketing & Public Affairs Officer

As chief marketing and public affairs officer, Joanne Rosen provides leadership and oversight for all marketing and public affairs operations to support Samaritan’s mission, vision and strategic goals.

Joanne and her team develop and execute strategic marketing communications plans to increase access to Samaritan services, educate and engage all key stakeholders, and promote Samaritan’s reputation in the community.

Joanne oversees the organization’s government affairs, marketing, communications, and more. Among her many passions is her leadership role in advancing Samaritan’s Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity & Access. Joanne also serves as a liaison to the Board of Trustees and the Strategic Planning, Inclusion & Diversity, and Governance committees.

Joanne joined the organization in 1994 as Samaritan’s first director of marketing, eventually expanding her role to vice president of marketing and development, and later to chief marketing and public affairs officer.

Joanne serves as the liaison for Samaritan’s global partnership with Kawempe Home Care, a community-based organization in Kampala, Uganda that offers medical care to disadvantaged people living with HIV/Aids, TB, and cancer. She is an Advisory Council Member of the Global Partners in Care Foundation, which supports compassionate care where the need is great, and resources are few by enhancing access to hospice and palliative care worldwide. As a council member, she will offer insight and expert advice in the organization’s strategy and operations. Additionally, she is a Board Member of American Heart Association’s South/Central New Jersey Regional Board of Directors.

Joanne holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Glassboro State College (Rowan University).

Robert Curatola
Chief Financial Officer

Robert Curatola is Samaritan’s chief financial officer where he oversees all of the organization’s financial functions including strategic financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, accounting, and revenue cycle.

Bob has over 39 years of Healthcare Finance experience, specifically in Hospital Medicare Reimbursement. He spent eight years at Hahnemann University Hospital working his way up to Director of Reimbursement for the Hospital before he left to join the University Of Pennsylvania Health System. Starting as Director of Budget and Reimbursement, Bob spent 18 years in the University of Pennsylvania Health System where he eventually became the Chief Financial Officer for the Penn Home Care and Hospice Services Division.

Bob then spent eight years at Cooper University Health Care as their Senior Director of Financial Planning and Enterprise Reporting. While at Cooper, he was named the Chief Financial Officer for their new Accountable Care Organization. Bob left Cooper to join CAMcare Health Corporation, Inc. as their Chief Financial Officer. While at CAMcare, a Federally Qualified Health Organization which provides primary healthcare services to approximately 39,000 patients in Camden and Gloucester Counties, he was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Deciding to return to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine industry, a mission he found most rewarding, Bob joined Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, Inc. in October 2022.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Finance from Drexel University. He has been married for 38 years to Diane and has 2 children, Brandon and Nicole.

Mark Biancaniello, J.D., SHRM-SCP
Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Mark Biancaniello, J.D., SHRM-SCP, is Samaritan’s senior vice president of human resources where he oversees all aspects of recruitment, retention, compensation, benefits, training, employee relations, and staff development.

Mark’s unique background combines over 30 years of experience as a senior Human Resources leader with a deep understanding of labor and employment law. He has demonstrated accomplishments in employee relations, labor relations, performance management, compensation programs, health plan administration, workforce planning, and turnover reduction. He is passionate about diversity, equity & inclusion in the workplace.

Throughout his career, Mark has served in several roles that demonstrate this passion. He was appointed the Divisional EEO Captain and Diversity Trainer for a large international retail organization.  He also co-chaired the Diversity Committee for an international not-for-profit organization.  In his most recent role in Human Resources, he developed a course that was designed to instruct managers and supervisors on the fundamentals of Employment Laws/Acts.  He has also designed several management development classes on a variety of topics such as the prevention of harassment in the workplace.

Mark has worked in multiple industries as a human resources leader with increasing responsibility. These industries include Hospice and Homecare, Long Term Care, Not for Profit Healthcare, Retail, and Hospitality. Mark began his career with 12 years in the Hospitality Industry as a Director of Human Resources and Divisional Trainer for a global luxury hotel chain.

Mark is an empathic listener, which enables him to grasp complex human relations issues.  He has excellent problem-solving skills and a desire to understand multiple perspectives.  These qualities, along with an advanced degree in group process, has enabled him to be successful at mediating differences between interested parties. For the last 20 years he has volunteered as a LGBTQ Peer Counselor Supervisor for the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia.

Mark is a Philadelphia native, currently living in Blackwood, New Jersey.  He has a master’s degree from Drexel University and a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Susan Lasker Hertz headshotSusan Lasker Hertz, RN, MSN
Vice President of Hospice Services 

 Susan Lasker Hertz , RN, MSN joined Samaritan as Director of Hospice in 2021 with more than four decades of healthcare experience, including extensive leadership experience in adult and pediatric hospice and palliative care. A Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse and Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse, Susan has been published numerous times, including in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  

As Vice President of Hospice Services, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Samaritan’s outpatient hospice services as well as Samaritan’s two inpatient facilities, overseeing the delivery of patient care and the management of all clinical teams, including nursing, social work, home health aide, spiritual support, music and massage therapy, Center for Grief, and bereavement. 

Susan received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University and earned a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Theresa Goldfine, RN, BS 
Vice President of Practice Management 

Theresa Goldfine, RN, BS, has been with Samaritan for 24 years as a registered nurse. During her tenure, she has been a hospice case manager, inpatient unit manager, and director and project manager for the first free-standing hospice inpatient center in South Jersey, The Samaritan Center at Voorhees. Theresa facilitated the implementation of Samaritan’s first electronic medical record and our most recent EMR system as the Clinical Applications Manager.  

In 2023, Theresa was promoted to Vice President of Practice Management where she oversees the Home Visiting Physician group, Palliative Medicine Expansion program, and Social Connections, Samaritan’s newest service line, aimed at ending social isolation and loneliness.  Theresa’s latest promotion will continue to ensure that patients are receiving continuity of care through all of Samaritan’s programs with expansion into underserved communities and socially isolated populations. 


Sherri-DeVita-HeadshotSherri DeVita, RN, BS
Vice President of Quality, Compliance & Education 

Sherri DeVita, RN, BS, brings over twenty years of nursing and clinical operations management experience to her role at Samaritan. With an extensive background in clinical services, survey preparation, EMR administration, clinical policies and procedures, and regulatory compliance, Sherri is responsible for overseeing all clinical systems, quality and compliance, medical records, and clinical education. 

Sherri joined Samaritan as Director of Quality and Compliance in early 2022 and was promoted to Vice President of Quality, Compliance & Education in mid-2023.  

Sherri received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Luzerne County Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Business Administration from Ohio State University.