SPH Dean's Advisory Board


Anthony P. Tartaglia served as the Chief of Medicine at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany from 1975 to 1984, before beginning his journey at Albany Medical College. In 1984, Dr. Tartaglia began his career as a Physician with the Albany Medical Center from 1984-1998, as well as serving as Vice President for Patient Care from 1984-1987. From 1987 to 1990 Dr. Tartaglia served as Executive Director of the Albany Medical Center Hospital, and then served as the Dean of Albany Medical College from 1990 to June 1995. Currently, Dr. Tartaglia…….?


Dr. John Bennett was named President and CEO of CDPHP in July 2008 after serving first as chairman of the board, vice chairman, and board member. Additionally, he chaired the department of medicine, chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital, and was a member of the Northeast Health Systems’ board of directors. Dr. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in both internal medicine and cardiology. In July 2011, Dr. Bennett was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


Benita Zahn co-anchors News Channel 12 Live at 5 and 6, as well serving as their health reporter, covering issues of wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition, and the latest healthcare trends. She has received numerous awards; including being named one of the 100 Women of the Century by the Albany-Colonie Commerce, being a three-time Emmy nominee, and receiving the Distinguished Communicator Award from American Women in Radio and Television. Ms. Zahn has covered numerous national political conventions such as the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Unabomber trial. She also serves as a community liaison to the St. Peter’s Hospital Ethics Board and Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run. Ms. Zahn has a master’s of science degree in bioethics from Albany Medical College/Alden March Bioethics Institute and is currently pursuing her doctorate.


Bill Kelly, alum of the University at Albany School of Public Health is currently the President of Treo Solutions. Mr. Kelly has extensive executive level experience in healthcare leadership, policy and strategic counseling and has focused his recent efforts on assisting healthcare leaders meet the market demands for change. Mr. Kelly served as Executive Vice President and CEO for CHPS Consulting and has also worked for New York State’s Department of Health. He played a key role in the design, implementation and evaluation of Medicaid ambulatory payment systems. Nationally, he served as an advisor to the HCFA PPS development team and has been active in educating providers on changes in federal payment policy.


Charlotte Buchanan is a retired attorney from the Albany firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams. She is a founder of the Albany-Tula Alliance, a nonprofit organization that oversees the sister-city relationship between Albany and Tula, Russia, arranging governmental, medical, educational, and cultural business-related exchanges. Ms. Buchanan chaired the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1987 and the State Commission on the Capital Region in 1995. She has sat on the boards of directors and boards of trustees of many corporations and organizations. In 1985, Ms. Buchanan began her relationship with UAlbany, teaching biomedical ethics in the biology department for five years and served on the Board of Visitors to help assess from a national perspective the University’s future. She is also part of UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare serving as a member of the Advisory Committee and chair of its Subcommittee on Strategic Partnerships. Ms. Buchanan is credited for playing a key role in the Center for Global Health’s mission and vision statements for UAlbany’s School of Public Health.


Dennis Whalen is currently the Executive Vice President of HANYS, playing a key role in shaping the company’s polices and preparing the company’s membership for the national healthcare reform. Mr. Whalen has dedicated 35 years of public service to New York State in both Democratic and Republican administrations. He has established a sterling reputation for his knowledge, credibility, and his capacity to reconcile conflict and achieve consensus on contentious health policy issues. He served as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Health and Human Services, Executive Deputy Commissioner of Health, Executive Deputy Director of the AIDS Institute, and Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Substance Abuse.