Capital Health Chairmen
Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr.
Chairman, Capital Healthcare Corporation
Board of Trustees
Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. has served as a guiding force for Capital Health for 16 years, helping to lead the health care system as a member of the Capital Health Board of Directors from 2003 to 2018. During his tenure as a board member, Plumeri functioned as vice chairman of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009 and chairman of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014. With the formation of the corporation of Capital Healthcare, Inc. in 2015, Plumeri was appointed chairman of the Board of Trustees—a role which he still holds.
Plumeri is also chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board. In this capacity, he oversees an organization that serves as the state’s lead re-entry agency working to ensure that ex-offenders return to society as law-abiding citizens. Additionally, Plumeri is charged with reducing the state’s recidivism rate.
Sean S. Murray
Chairman, Capital Health Hospital Board of Directors
Treasurer, Capital Healthcare Corporation
Board of Trustees
Sean Murray is the market executive and senior vice president of Fulton Bank, NA in the central region of New Jersey. He is responsible for growing the Bank's commercial banking business and introducing the Fulton Bank brand to the region.
Prior to Fulton Bank, Sean served as market executive of the New Jersey market for wealth advisory services at Wilmington Trust in Princeton, and prior to that as managing director and senior vice president of the wealth management group at First Union/Wachovia Bank in West Trenton. He holds a BA in economics from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, and an MBA from Villanova University.
Members of the Capital Healthcare Corporation Board of Trustees
Nancy H. Becker
Vice Chair, Capital Healthcare Corporation
Board of Trustees
Appointed to the Capital Health Board of Directors in 2002, Nancy Becker served as chair of the board from 2005 to 2019.
Becker was the founder, president and guiding force for 30 years behind the independent public affairs consulting firm, Nancy H. Becker Associates. As the first woman lobbyist in Trenton, she oversaw the firm’s government affairs and public relations practices. After she sold the firm, she worked at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, at the Center on the American Governor. She also serves as a visiting associate at Eagleton.
President First Data
A renowned global leader in finance and commerce, Guy Chiarello has been at the forefront of banking, technology and innovation for more than 30 years. Guy has led product development and technology for three Fortune 500 companies, advised some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and Wall Street, and been recognized around the world as one of the most prominent technology leaders in the industry.
Guy personally has been recognized multiple times by Institutional Investor magazine among its "Top Tech 50" and by Information Week as a "Global CIO Top 50", was a NASSCOM CIO of the Year and is considered a key advisor by many leading technology company CEOs in the industry. Guy also serves as an executive committee member or advisor to a number of nonprofits, including New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), NPower and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of NJ.
Louis F. D'Amelio, MD, FACS
Vice President, Clinical Performance
Dr. Louis F. D’Amelio joined Capital Health in 1999 to lead the system’s highly acclaimed trauma program at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. This culminated in a $10 million dollar naming grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation in 2010. He has a long background as a surgeon, educator, researcher, and physician executive. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1983. In addition to his surgical and critical care training, he has completed fellowships in clinical pharmacology and trauma research.
Dr. D’Amelio is board certified in surgery and critical care by the American Board of Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of a number of academic societies in surgery, including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters covering a variety of topics in trauma, critical care, and surgical education. Dr. D’Amelio leads numerous hospital, state, and national committees related to trauma care and patient safety. He serves as a national lead trauma surveyor for the American College of Surgeons.
Al Maghazehe, PhD, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Al Maghazehe is the president and CEO of Capital Health, a very successful two-hospital health system comprised of the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell and an outpatient facility in Hamilton Township. To complement the healthcare system, he built a comprehensive network of primary care physician offices. He has led the transformation of Capital Health from an inner-city health system to a regional healthcare destination, attracting patients from throughout New Jersey and Bucks County, PA and specialists from all over the country.
Under Maghazehe’s leadership, Capital Health received a $756 million financing arrangement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the largest ever granted by the agency in its history. The financing enabled Capital Health to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Hopewell Township, NJ and to expand Capital Health Regional Medical Center to specialize in advanced medical care.
Joshua L. Markowitz, Esq.
Vice Chairman, Capital Health Hospital Board of Directors
Treasurer, Capital Healthcare Corporation Board of Trustees
Joshua Markowitz is the sole member of the law firm of Markowitz Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Markowitz began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, Chief Judge of the United States District Court of New Jersey and, thereafter, served as an assistant federal public defender. Throughout his career, he has served as chief counsel to numerous county and municipal boards. As chief counsel to the Mercer County Board of Social Services, Mr. Markowitz has witnessed the many legal issues experienced by the financially, physically, and mentally disadvantaged.
Joshua Markowitz’s legal practice focused primarily on federal criminal law, personal injury matters, and corporate acquisitions. Markowitz has also served as a federal court-appointed trustee in liquidating Chapter 11 bankruptcies and as a court-appointed receiver in Federal District Court asset liquidation cases.
Members of the Capital Health System Hospital Board of Directors
Randi A. Axelrod, MD, FAAP
Director, Neonatal Intensive Care
Dr. Randi Axelrod is the director of the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell. She has also served as director of Neonatology for Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. since 1998 and has been a practicing neonatologist with the group since 1993.
Dr. Axelrod was an elected officer for the Capital Health Medical Staff from 2007-2012 and is currently on the Capital Health System Hospital Board of Directors. She also served as a member of the CMO Search Committee. Dr. Axelrod has served on the Professional Practice Committee from its inception and took over as chair of the PPC in 2018. She chairs the Neonatal PI Committee and co-chairs the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Advisory Committee. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Axelrod served as chairman of the Capital Health Department of Pediatrics and was a member of the Medical Executive Committee from 1997-2012 as both the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and the Treasurer/Secretary of the Capital Health Medical Staff. Dr. Axelrod rejoined the Medical Executive Committee in 2017 as chairman of the Professional Practice Committee.
Ajay Choudhri, MD
Chairman and Medical Director, Department of Radiology
Dr. Ajay Choudhri is the director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and chairman of Radiology at Capital Health. He is a founding member of the private radiology group Capital Health Advanced Imaging, PC and has been instrumental in the growth of the group since its inception in 2003.
Dr. Choudhri maintains board certifications in diagnostic radiology and endovascular medicine. He is fellowship trained in vascular and interventional radiology. His clinical expertise is in advanced imaging and treatment of vascular disease.
Carmen M. Garcia, Esq.
Secretary, Capital Health System Hospital Board of Directors
Carmen Garcia was a gubernatorial appointee to the New Jersey State Parole Board, serving as an associate board member, for 14 years. During her tenure through various administrations, she served as vice-chair of the Decision Making Processes and Procedures Committee, an active member of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee and on the State Council of the Interstate Commission for Juveniles as the executive branch representative.
Garcia is a former Chief Judge of the Municipal Court for the Capital City of Trenton in N.J. She served with distinction as a municipal jurist for 16 years. During that time, she developed and administered New Jerseyʼs first Municipal Drug Court Program, which provided diversionary treatment to first time offenders. Of note, Garcia was the first Hispanic appointed to the bench in Mercer County and the second Latina ever appointed to the bench in the State of New Jersey.
Carolyn Gaukler, MD
Director of Palliative & Supportive Care Team, Capital Health
President of the Capital Health Medical Staff
Dr. Gaukler has been a primary care physician in Mercer County with a focus on geriatric medicine for almost 30 years. She became the director of Palliative and Supportive Care at Capital Health in 2009, and since that time, she has led our dedicated hospital-based team to help patients and their loved ones make informed decisions to achieve the best quality of life when dealing with serious, life-threatening illnesses. Under Dr. Gaukler’s leadership, Capital Health received national certification for palliative care from The Joint Commission in 2018, becoming the first program of its kind in the region to earn this distinction.
Dr. Gaukler is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine. In addition to practicing inpatient palliative care at Capital Health, she maintains a limited internal medicine practice at Capital Health Primary Care - Ewing.
Donald J. Loff, CIMA®
In April 2019, Donald Loff retired from Merrill Lynch after more than 41 years in the securities industry at various firms. He was a wealth management advisor serving high net worth clients and institutional investors.
Loff is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Baruch College. He completed the educational component of the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), awarded by Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Armen J. Simonian, MD
Vice President of the Capital Health Medical Staff
Medical Director, Capital Health Center for Digestive Health
Dr. Simonian is the medical director of the Capital Health Center for Digestive Health. As medical director of the Center, he helps guide referring physicians and their patients to the appropriate advanced digestive health tests and treatments available at the Center. As a board certified gastroenterologist, he provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant disorders of the digestive tract. These include conditions in the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, biliary tract, liver, the small bowel and colon. He is a longtime partner of Mercer Gastroenterology.
A former chairperson for the Department of Medicine at Capital Health, Dr. Simonian received his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, NJ. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. At Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, he completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and liver diseases. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has been voted a New Jersey Top Doc in a variety of publications and treats a wide array of gastrointestinal diseases.
Telechery A. Sudhakar, MD
Dr. Telechery Sudhakar is a retired nephrologist, having provided care to patients for many years as part of the Mercer Kidney Institute. He remains board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and is currently chair of the Quality and Safety Committee at Capital Health. He was appointed to the Capital Health Board of Directors in December 1997 and served as chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee at Capital Health from 1999 to 2017.
Dr. Sudhakar received his medical degree from Mysore University in India. He also completed his residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center in Trenton, N.J. and completed a fellowship at Veterans Affairs Hospital in Washington, DC. He is the former president of the Medical Staff of Helene Fuld Medical Center, serving from 1993-1995, and former chief of the Section of Nephrology at the Capital Health – Mercer Campus. He was the former assistant professor of Medicine at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. and fellow of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey.
Julie A. Karns
Vice President for Finance & Treasurer Emeritus
Julie Karns served as vice president for Finance and treasurer at Rider University from 1994 to 2018. She served as a member of the President's Cabinet, with responsibility for Rider's financial and legal affairs, facilities management, auxiliary services and information technologies. Karns was also responsible for management of the University's human resources functions, including recruitment, staff development, compensation and benefits, and labor relations.
Karns served on the Board of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) and currently chairs EACUBO's New Jersey Area Programming Council. She also represented Rider on the National Association of College and University Business Officer's Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Council and continues to serve as a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation team member.