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DEBORAH® Heart and Lung Center Board

President and CEO
DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center, and DEBORAH Hospital Foundation

President and CEO, Joseph P. Chirichella, of Mount Laurel, has been at Deborah for over 30 years. He most recently served as its Vice President, Operations. Chirichella has held various positions at Deborah during his tenure at the hospital. Prior to handling the day-to-day operations of the Center in his Vice Presidency, he served as Assistant Administrator, Director of Material Management, and Administrative Resident at the hospital. He also served for several years as Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Deborah Hospital Foundation. He holds an MBA from Wagner College, and a BA from Villanova University.

Key among Chirichella’s recent achievements has been a pivotal role in the past few years in launching the Emergency Department partnership with Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, a partnership which has broken new ground in hospital relationships in New Jersey. Married with 3 children, he enjoys bicycling, outdoor sports, and late night comedy.

demassiPAUL J. DeMASSI
President and CEO, Paul J. DeMassi,
AIA and Associates

Paul J. De Massi, AIA NCARB PP, is President and CEO of Paul J. De Massi AIA and Associates, a multidisciplined architectural firm specializing in local, state and federal public contracts.In addition to his current position, De Massi is a commissioner and past president of the New Jersey State Board of Architects, a board member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, past president of the New Jersey Society of Architects of the American Institute of Architecture, past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and a past member of the Advisory Council of the School of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

De Massi is an avid DEBORAH supporter of many years, and has a particular interest in Children of the World®.De Massi is a United States Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he received the National Defense Medal, the United Nations Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He is a life member of AMVETS, and a member of the Knights of Columbus (fourth degree), Lyndhurst BPO Elks Lodge and the Catholic War Veterans.De Massi and his wife, Barbara, have four children and 10 grandchildren.De Massi was first appointed to DEBORAH Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1999.“As a Board Member, I can benefit DEBORAH by continuing to give and participate in committee meetings and fundraising affairs, and by helping to promote DEBORAH as the premier heart and lung institute in its area,” stated De Massi. “To me, DEBORAH is a vehicle by which I can contribute whatever time and talents I may have to improve the lives and futures of others.”

(Sandi) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Deborah Hospital Foundation, as a representative of the Pennsylvania Region, at its annual meeting on May 18, 2005. Sandi has been an active member and volunteer fund-raiser for Deborah Heart and Lung Center and the Deborah Hospital Foundation for more than thirty years. She is President Emeritus of both the Pacesetters and the Children’s World Chapters of Deborah. Sandi continues to serve as a Life Member of the Pacesetters Chapter, where she actively co-chairs various fund-raising events. Sandi currently serves on the Board’s Mission and Board Responsibility Committees.

Sandi is also affiliated with Brecht Associates, Inc., a consulting group specializing in strategic planning and market research for the senior housing industry. She has more than 20 years experience in managing healthcare planning and marketing services on behalf of hospitals, healthcare systems, and public and non-profit healthcare corporations. Ms. Fein's diverse market research and strategic planning experience includes studies for numerous retirement, active adult, and assisted living communities, strategic planning for geriatric services, and development of certificate of need applications. Her background includes market and competitive analysis, project management, moderating focus groups, and business development. 

Sandi is a graduate of Temple University's Master's Degree Program in Health Care Management. She was also President of Temple University's Health Care Management Alumnae Association from 1998 to 2000. She is also a member of the Healthcare Planning and Marketing Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey Association of Non-profit Homes for the Aging.

Raised in Jersey City and Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Anthony was a High School and College Educator before being ordained a Priest in 1989, and has served in many Northern New Jersey Churches; Chaplain to Organizations and Clubs; and as Chaplain to Police, Fire and EMS Departments for many years. He is a noted advocate for Spirituality within the Health Care Environment; Youth Ministry; HIV/AIDS Ministry; Religious Education; and provides Spiritual Direction and Guidance for Bereavement concerns. He is currently an Inter-Faith Spiritual and Bereavement Coordinator serving the Central NJ Counties. "I come to Deborah Hospital not just with my syllabus of achievements, but with my faith, heart and smile." He hopes to bring to the Board a refreshing and hopeful spirit and has been warmly received.

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at The Philadelphia Daily News/Philadelphia Inquirer

George S. Loesch was first appointed to Deborah's Board in 1994. "In this hectic world, Deborah helps me reflect - it brings me back to reality and reminds me of what is really important in life,” said Loesch. “One of my core values is giving back to the community and helping others. I personally feel an inward sense of accomplishment and privilege to be part of Deborah and it “life-giving” mission.”

COO, DEBORAH Hospital Foundation




mcgrathLYNN B. McGRATH, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs for DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center, Chairman of DEBORAH’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Appointed Attending Surgeon at DEBORAH in 1985, Dr. McGrath was named Department Chair in 1989.  He performs an average of 500 open-heart surgeries annually, and has performed approximately 10,300 open-heart surgeries throughout his DEBORAH career. The Surgical Director of DEBORAH’s Children of the World Program, Dr. McGrath has operated on 1,400 children from 91 countries around the world. Through Children of the World, Dr. McGrath has performed open-heart surgery on children during medical missions to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and Lithuania.

Dr. McGrath has introduced various minimally invasive techniques for heart surgery and vein harvesting at DEBORAH, including minimally invasive heart surgery using Port Access, which was performed for the first time in New Jersey by Dr. McGrath in 1997. He also has extensive experience in teaching and has conducted significant research in his specialty areas, having made more than 150 presentations nationally and internationally, and authoring over 100 scientific papers and chapters for medical textbooks.

A graduate of Memorial University Medical School, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Dr. McGrath received post-graduate training in surgery at McGill University, Montreal. He continued his surgical studies in Boston at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Appointed Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow in Surgery and Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Dr. McGrath was named Chief Surgical Resident and Assistant to the Surgeon-in-Chief in 1981. He was also appointed to the staff of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. McGrath pursued his training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where he completed ha subspecialty in pediatric cardiac surgery in 1984. He was also an Instructor in Surgery and Chief Resident in Cardiovascular Surgery and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Alabama.

Dr. McGrath began his career at DEBORAH in 1985, as an Attending Surgeon and Director of Pediatric Surgery. By 1989, he was Chair of the Department of Surgery. In 1999, he was also elected Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chair of the Medical Staff. In 2006, Dr. McGrath surpassed his 10,000th open-heart surgery procedure, achieving a professional milestone that gives him entrée into an elite group of cardiothoracic surgeons worldwide. This milestone is an accomplishment that most heart institutions have only achieved through the collective efforts of a combined staff of heart surgeons. Dr. McGrath’s practice includes success in healing all ages with a variety of heart conditions.


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Retired President Burlington County College. Dr. Messina had served as President of Burlington County College for twenty five years (1987-2012). Under his leadership, the college grew substantially with multiple expansions on both the Mount Laurel and Pemberton campuses in order to meet the needs of the residents of the county. Dr. Messina began his career at Nassau Community College as an instructor in the physical sciences and engineering department. He was a full professor, chair of the department and Dean of Mathematics and Science during his tenure at Nassau. He has taught at graduate courses at Nova Southeastern University and other institutions. He received his BS in Chemistry from City College  of New York, Master of Arts in Chemistry  from Hunter College and  Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Fordham University. He was selected to serve as a trustee on the national board of trustees of the College Board. He had served on the Board of Directors  of the Memorial Hospital, Board of Directors of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Board of the New Jersey Commission of Higher Education's President's Council, and others. He received a number of awards such as the Association of Community College Trustees Regional Chief Executive of the Year, and the Burlington County Council's Distinguished Citizen of the Year.  





Dominick Pugliese is a recent retiree with nearly 40 years of business experience. Most recently, Mr. Pugliese spent 15 years as the sole proprietor of his own management consulting firm, with corporate clients ranging from AT&T to Revlon. Mr. Pugliese also served as an executive with other corporations, such as: Director, MIS Development and Administration, Sony Records; Director, Information Technology, Kidder Peabody; Director, H/R, Pierce Technology; and Director, Operations/Application Systems, Warner Computer Systems. Many of these assignments bore profit and loss responsibility. Mr. Pugliese also boasts lifelong experience in information systems, operations reengineering and corporate coaching. Mr. Pugliese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, which he earned from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, and was certified as a Project Manager at AT&T Corporation. He is also a Certified Systems professional and has been trained in Corporate Systems Assessment and Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Certification Procedures.Mr. Pugliese has worked in volunteer activities for DEBORAH Hospital Foundation for seven years, and has served with distinction as the President of the Colonia Chapter. He has also donated his time and efforts to JFK Hospital Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity, The Friends of Metuchen Library and the American Italian Civic League of Middlesex County.Mr. Pugliese has been married for 28 years to Anita Pugliese, who is the current President of DEBORAH Hospital Foundation’s Colonia Chapter. The Pugliese's have four children, four grandchildren and reside in Metuchen, NJ.Mr. Pugliese was first elected to DEBORAH Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2004.

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Mr. Trebour is an Arbitrator with the NJ State Board of Mediation and an Arbitrator with the NJ Public Employment Relations Committee. Mr. Trebour was the former Vice President of Labor and Administration for the A-P-A Transportation Corporation, North Bergen, NJ. Mr. Trebour was responsible for the entire Labor and Human Relations functions for A-P-A Transportation Corporation and it’s 2,000 employees. Mr. Trebour was a member of the National Grievance Committee in conjunction with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He is the Employer Co-Chairman for the International Association of Machinists National Pension Fund; a Trustee of the Teamsters Local 617, Welfare and Pension Funds and he is both Employer Trustee and Co-Chairman of the I.A.M. Local 447 Fringe Benefit Fund and Machinists Money Purchase Pension Fund. Mr. Trebour has long been involved in community affairs in Hudson County. He is past President of the United Way of Hudson County and remains on the Executive Board. Mr. Trebour is presently President of United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County. In 1989, DEBORAH awarded him the DEBORAH Hospital Foundation Children of the World® Humanitarian Award. Mr. Trebour is a member of the American Society for Personal Administration and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He resides in Monroe Township, NJ with his wife Maureen. He has three children and four grandchildren.