Our Nursing Leaders

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Maggie Lundberg, MSN, MPA, RN, CCRN

Interim Chief Nursing Officer
Director of Cardiac and Critical Care Services

Maggie LundbergMaggie Lundberg, MSN, MPA, RN, CCRN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, oversees all aspects of the Nursing Division and the more than 1,000 nurses employed by Saint Barnabas Medical Center. In her current role as Director of Cardiac and Critical Care Services, Maggie oversees the daily nursing operations of for cardiac and critical care services. Maggie joined Saint Barnabas in 1994 as the Nurse Manger of the Intensive Care Unit. In 1996, she became Director of Critical Care, followed by Director of Nursing Finance in 1998. In 2001, she became Director of Cardiac Patient Care Services and in 2012 the Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Units. Maggie has a master’s degrees in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Nursing from Felician University. She holds a national board certification in critical care.

Sheila Collier, MSN, RNC

Director of Maternal / Child Services

Sheila CollierIn her role as Director of Maternal Child Services, Sheila oversees all of Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s obstetrical and pediatric services which include Labor and Delivery, High Risk Maternity, Family Centered Care, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, the Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Pediatric Health Centers as well as the Women’s Health Education Department.

Having spent 20 rewarding years within the Maternal Child Division as a staff nurse, Sheila advanced by leading the Maternal Child Team through the implementation of the electronic medical record. She took a leadership position in 2012 as the obstetrical clinical coordinator, followed by assistant director prior to her current role.

Sheila received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and holds a Certification in Maternal Newborn Nursing. Currently, she is enrolled at Felician College for her master’s of science in nursing in Executive Leadership.

Lindsay Cianciotto, MSN, RN CNL

Administrative Director, Finance and Resources

Lindsay CianciottoAs Administrative Director of Finance and Resources, Lindsay oversees operational and capital finances for Patient Care Services. In addition, she monitors staffing productivity and supply chain purchasing. Lindsay is responsible for the Nursing Staffing Office and the Nurse Recruiters which includes overseeing all staffing and scheduling as well as management of position control, and recruitment and retention of staff within Patient Care Services. Lindsay serves as Nursing Administrator Liaison to the Nursing and Ancillary Collective Bargaining Units. Lindsay also oversees all patient and family advisory councils at SBMC.

Lindsay received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from York College in Pennsylvania and her Master of Science in nursing from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Her clinical specialty includes Medical Surgical Services. Lindsay is certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader by the American Association Colleges of Nursing.

She has experience working as a Medical Surgical staff RN, a Clinical Nurse Leader on a gynecological oncology unit, and a Nurse Manager on a pulmonary ventilator unit.

Deanna Paxos, MSN, RN-BC, CNL

Director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation

Deanna PaxosDeanna is the Director of Clinical Excellence and Innovation. In her expanded role, she will continue to lead quality and documentation initiatives in relation to the Magnet Hospital designation. She will also oversee the Clinical Nurse Leader program to promote a nursing culture of excellence, the value of professionalism, and quality outcomes with patient/family centered care.

She began her career in 2004 at University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey, followed by a Clinical Nurse Leader role at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She holds a bachelor’s of science in biology from Miami University of Ohio, a bachelor’s of science in nursing from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.Deanna is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse as well a Clinical Nurse Leader by the American Association Colleges of Nursing.

Leanne Sanabria, BSN, RN

Director of Medical / Surgical Services

Leanne SanabriaLeanne has been the Director of Medical/Surgical Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 2013. She began her career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 2003 a staff nurse on 4700. She then advanced to a Clinical Coordinator for Cardiothoracic Stepdown followed by Nurse Manager of 4700. Leanne received her bachelor’s of science in nursing at College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey, and is currently enrolled at Rutgers for her Master of Science in Nursing.

Ginger Weatherston, BS, MAS

Administrative Director

Ginger WeatherstonGinger, Director of Unit Management, has been at Saint 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.

Maria Brilhante, MSN, FNP-BC, CMSRN

Director of Nursing, Patient Care Services

Maria BrilhanteMaria has worked in healthcare for over 21 years. Through her career she has held various roles including; staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical areas, Clinical Education, Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Manager, and Nursing Administration. Maria joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 2009 as a Nursing Supervisor, with more recent positions in Nursing Education and Nurse Manager. As a nurse manager, she represented SBMC at Press Ganey Conference 2015 and at The Studer Conference – What's Right in Health Care® 2016.

As Director of Nursing, Patient Care Services, she has oversight of the Burn and Wound Care Centers, the Bariatric and Stroke Step-down Unit, Nursing Supervisors, Rapid Response, Hemodialysis, Radiology Nursing, and Nursing Quality. She serves as co-chair on Point of Care, Code Blue/White, Falls and Safe Patient Handling Committee and is active participant in hospital-based committees: Nursing PI, Leadership Development Institute, DAISY, Magnet Steering, Clinical Excellence and Effectiveness, Infection Control, Blood Management, Safety, Ethics, Donor, Administrative Policy & Procedure, Patient Education, Fetal Death and Quality Council.

She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and is a licensed Family Health Nurse Practitioner. She also holds a specialty certification in medical-surgical nursing.

Leo Lunney, BSN, RCIS

Director of Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Leo LunneyLeo Lunney joined St Barnabas Medical Center in 2017 as the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. He came to the organization with 30 years of Cardio-Pulmonary and Vascular leadership experience. Mr. Lunney started working in the cath lab setting in 1979 and advanced to a leadership role in 1988. During those 30 years Leo started several cath/ vascular programs in the state of New Jersey and directed the cath lab at Maimonides Medical Center where they were top 1% in cardiac quality measures nationally. Leo’s leadership experience extends to Respiratory Therapy, Critical Care, Telemetry, Sleep Medicine, Neurology, and Vascular Services. Leo received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Phoenix University.

Carmelita Manning, BA, MSN, RN

Director of Nursing Education & Research

Carmelita ManningCarmelita has worked in healthcare for over 20 years. Her career with Saint Barnabas Medical Center began in 2007. She began career here as a staff nurse on our pulmonary unit and after 3 years transitioned to our Emergency Department. While in the Emergency Department, Carmelita has worked in many different capacities. She has worked as a staff nurse, Clinical Coordinator, ED Educator and as a Nurse Manager.

Carmelita’s most recent role is that of the Director of Nursing Education and Research. As the Director, she oversees the Nursing Education staff and assumes the responsibility for the oversight of our Nursing Orientation structure. Carmelita allocates departmental resources to maintain and support the growth and professional development of our nursing staff. She is instrumental in working collaboratively with our Nursing Administration staff to meet the clinical and educational needs of our nurses. She is passionate about the professional development of our nurses as well as ensuring that they are lifelong learners through continuing education offerings. She is focused on bringing evidence based research into the clinical practice and care of our patients.

She serves as the co-chair of our Inquiry Council, and is an active participant in hospital-based committees: Code Blue, Sepsis, Nursing Executive Council, Radiation Safety and Antibiotic Stewardship Committee.

She received her Masters’ Degree in Nursing Education from the College of Saint Elizabeth.