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    Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary Elects New Officers for 2013

    Karen Villanueva-Walsh elected President of volunteer organization

    STONY BROOK, NY, July 16, 2013 – The Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) Auxiliary elected its officers for 2013-14, with Karen Villanueva-Walsh elected President.

    The Auxiliary’s Executive Board members were installed at the 32nd annual Auxiliary Installation and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on June 3 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook. Carol Gomes, MS, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer for SBUH and a member of the Auxiliary’s Corporate Board of Directors, administered the oath of office to the following Executive Board members:

    • Karen Villanueva-Walsh, President
    • Gloria Snyder, 1st Vice President
    • Loraine Sommer 2nd Vice President
    • Barbara Delfyett, Recording Secretary
    • Patricia Macarchuk, Treasurer
    • Elena Middleton, Corresponding Secretary

    New Auxiliary committee chairs for 2013-14 are:

    • Blankets and Baby Hats – Uta Dee and Panayiota Doering
    • Baby Portraits – Karen Villanueva-Walsh
    • Community Outreach – Elena Middleton
    • Gift Shop Liaison – Gloria Snyder and Karen Villanueva-Walsh
    • Hospitality – Barbara Delfyett• Newsletter – Lynn Autz
    • Nursing Liaison – Janet Hovnanian
    • Parliamentarian – Panayiota Doering
    • Special Projects – Linda Shamash
    • Vendors – Barbara Delfyett
    • Website – Lynn Autz

    As President, Villanueva-Walsh replaces Janice Rohlf, who served two years as Auxiliary President and will remain on the Executive Board as Past President. 

    Villanueva-Walsh has served on the Auxiliary Executive Board since 2008 and as Recording Secretary for the Auxiliary’s Corporate Board of Directors since 2012. She has served as Co-Chair of the Auxiliary Gift Shop since 2008 and as Chair of the Baby Portrait Committee since 2011.

    Villanueva-Walsh has worked as a Project Manager in the Facilities and Project Management Department at SBUH since January 2006. An employee of SBUH since 1982, she has also worked previously as a Staff Assistant in the Planning Department and as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

    A native of Selden, NY, Villanueva-Walsh received her bachelor of science degree in organizational management from St. Joseph’s College in 2005 and her master’s degree in health technology and management from Stony Brook University in 2008.

    The SBUH Auxiliary is a volunteer organization made up of a diverse group of men and women committed to raising money for hospital projects for which other sources of money are not readily available. Since its formation in 1981, the Auxiliary has raised more than $6 million for hospital projects, services and equipment. Membership in the Auxiliary includes an invitation to the annual luncheon, advance notice of all special events, quarterly newsletters and an annual report. For more information about the Auxiliary, call (631) 444-2699 or visit

    PHOTO CAPTION: Leaders of the Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary for 2013-14 include, left to right, front row: Lynn Autz, Caroline Gassner-Levine, Patricia Macarchuk, Panayiota Doering and Loraine Sommer; and back row: Karen Villanueva-Walsh, Janet Hovnanian, Uta Dee, Barbara Delfyett, Linda Shamash, Gloria Snyder and Elena Middleton. Not pictured is Janice Rohlf.