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Mary O'Dowd, 36 New Jersey Department of Health, Commissioner

Mary O'Dowd - NJBIZ 2013 40 Under 40
Mary O'Dowd - NJBIZ 2013 40 Under 40
Michael Avaltroni, 36, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dean, School of Pharmacy Dr. Josh Bershad, 39, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer Joshua Blumenthal, 39, Rothstein Kass, Principal Daryl H. Bryant, 36, Hudson Horizons, Inc., President and CEO Kevin Bush, 38, Source4Teachers / MissionOne, President Wendy Cai-Lee, 39, East West Bank, Senior Managing Director, Head of Eastern Region Blake Chroman, 37, Jones Lang LaSalle, Senior Vice President John Cimino, 38, CHA, Inc., Vice President of Project Development Jennifer Critchley, 38, Connell Foley LLP, Partner Armando DErrico, 31, Pinnacle Development Group & N.J. Community Development Group, LLC, President and CEO Karyllan Dodson Mack, 35, K&L Gates LLP, Partner Alex Forester, 32, Rising Tide Capital, COO Tricia Gasparine, 39, Wolff & Samson PC, Member Joseph Genovesi, 34, RD Legal Funding, LLC, President Mark Giamo, 39, BDO USA, LLP, NJ Audit Managing Partner Kiran Gill, 33, PARS Environmental, Inc., President Ilya Girlya, 37, Sahara Sams Oasis, President and CEO Bryan Harkins, 37, Direct Edge, COO Bridget Hartnet, 38, Sobel & Co., LLC, Member Nichole LoPresti, 32, Tonio Burgos & Associates of New Jersey, Vice President Adam Lowy, 27, Move For Hunger, Founder and Executive Director Darren Magarro, 36, The DSM Group, President M. Courtney McCormick, 38, PSEG, General Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary Chad Melton, 37, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, CEO Steven Meyer, 39, Advisors Mortgage Group, LLC, President Denis Naughter, 38, PwC, Partner, NY Metro Health Industries Leader Mathieu Nelessen, 36, American Red Cross, Regional CEO Brian M. Nelson, 35, Archer & Greiner PC, Partner Mary ODowd, 36, New Jersey Department of Health, Commissioner Kelcy Pelger Jr., 31, Roof Diagnostics Solar, CEO Anthony Perno, 37, Coopers Ferry Partnership, CEO Kathryn Richardson, 38, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Vice President and Administrator, Long Term Care Christine Rufolo, 39, Jingoli-DCO, Project Manager Don Siglin Jr., 36, SOSH Architect, Project Architect Darren Slosberg, 39, Legacy Converting, CEO Kristi Telschow, 30, Jersey Staffing Solutions LLC, President and CEO Helen Tuttle, 39, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Partner, Labor and Employment Group Eli Winkler, 39, Cooper University Health Care, Senior Vice President of Growth and Development Ira Zlotowitz, 38, Eastern Union Funding, Founder and President


Accomplishments: Maintaining state and federal funding for hospitals in N.J.; supporting regional efforts to coordinate care more effectively; bolstering transparency by, among other steps, releasing inspection records for ambulatory surgical centers; generating dialogue on end-of-life care; shaping state policy in the areas of health care delivery, public health and emergency preparedness.

Most Influential Role Models: “My parents ... They brought me up with a strong sense of independence, an appreciation for the privilege of education, the importance of personal integrity, and the value of kindness and generosity. These are the principles that have guided me throughout my life and career.”

Steps to Balance Life and Work: “I am surrounded by a great team, both at work and at home, that provides tremendous support. Additionally, I find it is important to take one day at a time and stay focused on priorities to ensure that I am spending time doing things that are most important to me.”

People Would Be Surprised to Know: “I come from a very large Italian and Irish family. I’m the oldest of six children and 32 first cousins.”

Mary O'Dowd

New Jersey Department of Health
Trenton, Mercer County

Super power: Teleportation
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