Our Nursing Leaders

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Lindsay Cianciotto, MSN, RN, CNL

Assistant Vice President, Nursing Resources & Labor Relations

Lindsay CianciottoLindsay serves as the Medical Center’s nurse liaison for the New Jersey Nurses Union and oversees the Medical Surgical Division, Nurse Staffing Office, Nursing Supervisors, Inpatient and Outpatient Wound Care, and the Radiology nurses. She joined Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in 2008 as a nurse extern on a medical-surgical Unit that primarily served women with a gynecological/oncology diagnosis. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in 2009, Lindsay was hired as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical step-down unit. In 2011, Lindsay successfully piloted the first Clinical Nurse Leader role on a 36-bed medical-surgical unit. In 2013, she became Nurse Manager on a 42-bed pulmonary medical unit and, in 2017, was appointed Director of Nursing Finance with oversite of 67 nursing department budgets. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Leadership from University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in 2013 and was the first Clinical Leadership graduate from UMDNJ to receive the Clinical Excellence award. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from York College. Lindsay has held a certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader through the AACN since 2013. Her core competencies include: strategic planning, process evaluation and improvement, employee relations and mentoring, union relations, productivity, and staffing.

Deanna Paxos, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, NE-BC

Assistant Vice President, Nursing Excellence & Clinical Education

Deanna PaxosDeanna’s oversight includes Nursing Education & Research, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program, Nursing Quality, and Magnet. Deanna began her nursing career at University Hospital in Newark as a medical-surgical, critical care nurse. She transitioned to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in 2013 as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) managing daily patient care by collaborating with inter-professional team members. In 2016, Deanna accepted the position of Director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation, to achieve the organization’s first Magnet Designation in 2018. Deanna left in 2019 to take a leadership position in NYC to further gain the knowledge and skills within professional development. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate in Nursing Leadership program.

Leanne Sanabria, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Assistant Vice President, Patient Care Services

Leanne SanabriaIn her role, Leanne has oversight of Cardiac and Critical Care Services. Leanne began her career at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in 2004 as a medical-surgical, tele nurse. In 2007, she became a clinical coordinator for medical-surgical units and shortly after transitioned to the cardio-thoracic step down unit. In 2010, Leanne became the Nurse Manager of the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Unit where she worked until 2013 when she was promoted to the Administrative Director of Medical-Surgical. Leanne left briefly to take a leadership position in NYC where she gained strong operational skills, and focused on consistent delivery for patient safety, quality, and patient experience outcomes. Leanne is a results oriented leader, and excels at operational excellence and conflict resolution. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from Rutgers University.

Maria E. Aponte, MPA, BSN, RN

Administrative Director of Emergency Services

Maria AponteMaria joined Cooperman Barnabas in 2021. With over 22 years of experience in acute care, emergency and trauma nursing, she has oversight of the transformative Emergency Department which treats more than 95,000 adults and children each year. Maria has a passion for patient care excellence and nursing leadership. She is most proud of her work in relationship team building and engagement to achieve optimal patient experiences and outcomes. Maria is integral to advancing high-reliability commitment, continuous regulatory readiness, and nursing excellence. Maria received a diploma in nursing from Hudson County Community College and completed a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from New Jersey City University. She obtained her Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

John Dillman, BSN, RN

Administrative Director of Nursing, Business Operations for the Perioperative Department

John DillmanAs the Administrative Director of Business Operations for the Perioperative Department, John has the responsibility to establish and develop the business office for the Surgical Services at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. The Surgical Services Business Office has oversight of surgical scheduling, surgical billing, analytics and perioperative budgets with the goal to reduce costs and streamline the billing and scheduling process.

John started his nursing career at Cooperman Barnabas in 2010 in the Emergency Department, where he worked as staff, patient care coordinator and nurse manager. He transitioned to the Perioperative Division in 2017 as Nurse Manager of Operations, and most recently accepted the role of establishing the Surgical Services Business Office in early 2020.

Stephanie Richter, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CEN

Director for Nursing Education and Research

Stephanie RichterStephanie works with a team of nursing educators to consistently meet the needs of our nursing staff and our patients through innovation and evidence-based practice. Prior to being named director in 2022, she served as the manager for Nursing Education and Research, co-leading significant achievements for CBMC, including accreditation with distinction for our Nurse Residency Program in 2020, as awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Practice Transition Accreditation Programs. Stephanie has been recognized at local and national levels for her dedication to nursing and for her leadership, notably a Daisy Nurse Leader Award recipient in 2021. Her knowledge and skill set in scholarly inquiry has resulted in peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, BioNanoScience, and The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, as well as national presentations, including at an Annual Conference of the Emergency Nurses Association. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She obtained a Master of Science in Health Services Leadership and Management with an Education focus from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, and she anticipates graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Systems-Level Leadership in 2023.

Ginger Weatherston, BS, MAS

Administrative Director

Ginger WeatherstonGinger, Director of Unit Management, has been at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for over 25 years. She began her career at the Medical Center as the department’s educator. She currently oversees the unit representatives who provide the clerical support for our nursing units. Her other duties include oversight of providing services for our deaf and hard of hearing patients and the Electronic Death Registration system for the State. Ginger currently is the facilitator for the Physician Collaboration Team which works to improve our communication with doctors. She was also the liaison for our physicians during the implementation of the electronic medical record. Previously, she served as director of Patient Transport and Bed Management.

Ginger received her bachelor’s of science in business administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and her master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She currently is an online facilitator for the University of Phoenix in the School of Health Sciences.