The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health Appoints New President and CEO

Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, MA, BSN, new President and CEO of the Partnership

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey appointed a new President and CEO. Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, MA, BSN, will succeed Ilise Zimmerman, MPH, MS, who announced her retirement after 28 years of outstanding service to the organization.

Ms. Vilceus-Talty is a seasoned healthcare professional with over 20 years of direct nursing and leadership experience. She began her nursing career working in labor and delivery at Queens Hospital Center in Queens, NY, and quickly rose to supervisory positions. Most recently, Ms. Vilceus-Talty served as the Senior Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at Jersey City Medical Center – RWJBarnabas Health. She oversaw a team of 700 employees and focused on patient safety and improving care. She has been recognized for her stellar work in maternal health and commitment to excellence numerous times, including several Nurse of the Year awards from the March of Dimes.

The Executive Search Committee embarked on an 8-month search to identify a new leader for the organization, which is committed to improving the health of women, children, and families across northern New Jersey. Dr. Michael Lamacchia, Chair of the Board of Trustees, shared the news, “Ms. Vilceus-Talty is the ideal candidate to take the Partnership to the next level. She will bring extensive nursing experience, outstanding leadership skills, and a heartfelt passion for our mission. We are thrilled that she has accepted this position and look forward to working with her.”

Ms. Vilceus-Talty served on the Partnership’s Board of Trustees prior to her appointment and served as the Education Chair. Her familiarity with the Partnership’s work will greatly benefit her new role.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to live my passion and continue the work of upholding the Partnership’s mission to support women and children’s health through education, inclusivity, and health justice,” shared Ms. Vilceus-Talty. “I look forward to continued partnerships with our constituents to design, develop, and implement systemic and institutional changes which will ensure the generational health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

Ms. Vilceus-Talty will begin her new role with the Partnership on February 1, 2021. Ilise Zimmerman will continue to serve the Partnership through the end of March to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

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