On October 1, 2014, Chana Zablocki was named the new medical director at Stein Hospice.
Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, she earned her doctoral degree in 2002 from Hadassah Medical School in Israel and completed her internship and residency in the JFK Family Medicine Residency Program in 2008 when she also earned a resident teacher award and chief resident award.
A family practitioner at Faith Family Health in Plainfield, she is also a consultant for the city of Elizabeth’s health department. She has also lectured at Amal College in Israel and served as a commander for two years in the Israel Defense Force.
In her new position, Zablocki hopes to be the type of physician who can bridge the gap between other physicians in the community who are referring patients to a hospice and Stein Hospice itself.
She resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey with her husband and four children.
In 2010, Lori Dillon began her position as Hospice Social Worker at Stein Hospice.
Previously, she worked as the Palliative Care Social Worker for CHS-Mercer Hospital in Trenton, NJ. She also worked for St. Peter’s University Hospital, Geriatrics Department and assisted in developing geriatric medical services for seniors in Monroe Township, NJ. She started her medical/social work career at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and continued her studies back in the United States.
She received her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. She is also a certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker with the NASW (National Association of Social Workers).
Lori resides in Cranbury, NJ.
Mary Jane joined the Stein Hospice team in 2011.
For the first 14 years of her professional career, she worked on the surgical and orthopedic floors at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ, Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ and at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA. While raising her daughter and twin sons, she worked part-time as a visiting nurse for Community Visiting Nurse Association in Somerville, NJ and for Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses in North Brunswick, NJ.
Mary Jane acts as an advocate for Stein Hospice programs. She provides education for healthcare professionals by offering information about the Hospice philosophy, goals and services.
She received her Associate Degree of Applied Science from Raritan Valley College in Branchburg, NJ.
Mary Jane lives with her family in Hillsborough. She enjoys spending time with her grandson, nature, gardening and bicycling.
Samantha Lukow joined Stein Hospice as Business Manager in July 2016. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Drexel University in 2014 and continued her academic journey by receiving a Masters in Healthcare Administration and Management from Colorado State University in 2016. Her professional healthcare experience was initiated by several years at Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Samantha currently lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania but hopes to move to New Jersey in the near future. Samantha also recently received her certification as a Fitness Nutritionist and is currently working on her certification to be a Personal Trainer. She enjoys traveling, eating, working out and making the day brighter for everyone she meets.
Manager, Community Outreach and Volunteer Services
Sara Culang was hired by Stein Hospice in 2006 to create and coordinate the Volunteer Services program on a part-time basis.
She is always searching for meaningful and creative ways to engage the community in hospice care, and she started The Chicken Soup Project in 2011 for this purpose.
In 2013, Sara became a full-time employee and was promoted to Manager of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Union College and spent 15 years working in sales for a publishing company in New York.
Her main interests outside of work include her family, reading and hiking. Sara resides in Edison, NJ.
Sharon Criscione joined Stein Hospice in 2005 as an on-call nurse, responding to the needs of patients on evenings and weekends. She was promoted to Clinical Director in 2009.
Sharon spent 10 years working in critical care where she earned certification as a critical care nurse. She worked as a home care and hospice nurse for 15 years and is certified in hospice and palliative care. She also teaches continuing education courses for nurses on end-of-life care and pain management.
A graduate of Beth Israel School of Nursing, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing, with certification in education, from Thomas Edison State University.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She lives with her family in Somerset, New Jersey.
Stein Hospice is pleased to welcome Tammy (Tzippy) Russ-Fishbane, LCSW, who joined the team at Stein Hospice in October, 2016. In her role as Clinical Liaison and with her background as a clinical social worker, Tammy educates and informs healthcare professionals about the mission and values of Stein Hospice and counsels hospice patients and their families.
Tammy began her social work career in 2002, working in the ICU at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Since then she has served in various healthcare settings, helping patients and families navigate the practical and emotional complexities of aging and caregiving. Most recently, Tammy was the Director of Social Services at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT.
Tammy has a BA in Jewish History from Stern College, Yeshiva University, NY, and an MSW from Hunter College, NY. She is an active member of the Jewish community in Highland Park, NJ, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Bruce Birnberg joined Stein Hospice as Executive Director in 2009. He served for 17 years as Associate Director at JFK Family Medicine Residency Program in Edison, New Jersey. In that faculty position, he taught Family Medicine resident physicians a sophisticated psychosocial curriculum, which included end-of-life issues. He has published on this and other subjects in professional journals. His faculty appointment is through UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.
Bruce is a graduate of the City University of New York. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brooklyn College and a master of social work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work.
Bruce is active in Jewish communal pursuits and is thrilled to be providing hospice services to the local communities.
Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner came to the Wilf Campus in 2010 after serving as a hospice chaplain and bereavement services manager with VITAS Hospice for over four years.
He has lectured throughout New Jersey at nursing homes and adult facilities on Jewish end-of-life care issues, ranging from spiritual aspects of caring for Jewish families to the intricate medical ethic issues often faced. He has also lectured about community advocacy for Hospice and end-of-life care and challenges faced.
Rabbi Kinzbrunner attends Ahavas Achim, where he has had opportunity to teach many classes on Jewish Thought and Philosophy. He was ordained by Yeshiva University, where he also received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and master’s degree in Jewish Studies. A member of the National Association for Jewish Chaplains, he has lectured on issues of end-of-life care at their yearly conferences.
Rabbi Kinzbrunner resides in Highland Park, New Jersey with his wife Shira and their children.