Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion

RWJBarnabas Health System’s Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) drives our strategy to embrace the range of experiences, perspectives and ideas of all our employees into one of our greatest assets and strengths.

In alignment with RWJBarnabas Health System’s vision to advance the overall health of our diverse populations, the Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to treat everyone with respect and dignity while appreciating and embracing the differences as well as the similarities that exist among us, so that RWJBarnabas Health continues to provide high quality, equitable, culturally-competent, patient-centered care to its diverse patients and communities.

Meet Our Team

  • Trina Parks

    Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE
    Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, RWJBarnabas Health

  • Suzette Robinson

    Suzette Robinson
    Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, RWJBarnabas Health

  •  Brenda Snipes

    Brenda Snipes, MBA, MSHRM
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Community Medical Center

  • Atiya Jaha Rashidi

    Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

  • Vanessa Nazario

    Vanessa Nazario, MBA
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

  • Paula A. Gutierrez
    Paula A. Gutierrez, MHA, CPTC
    Director of Diversity & Inclusion, RWJ Somerset

  • Leslie Wright-Brown

    Leslie Wright-Brown, MS, RN-BC
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

  • Franck David Nelson

    Franck David Nelson, MSN, RN
    Health Equity Nurse Manager, RWJBarnabas Health

  • Shivone Nicole Scantlebury

    Shivone Nicole Scantlebury
    Administrative Assistant to the Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, RWJBarnabas Health

  • Desyra Highsmith
    Desyra Highsmith
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Clara Maass Medical Center

  • Pamela Weatherspoon
    Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA

    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Jersey City Medical Center

  • Sylvia Jacobs
    Sylvia Jacobs
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Monmouth Medical Center

A Message from our Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

As one of the state’s largest and most comprehensive health systems, RWJBarnabas Health is presented with a tremendous opportunity to improve the health of the diverse populations we serve. With New Jersey being one of the most diverse states in the country, proper adaptation that will meet the needs of our communities is a business reality that we cannot ignore. As we continue to nurture an inclusive environment to remain the provider and employer of choice across all regions of New Jersey, it is imperative that we continue to ensure the highest-quality and culturally competent care to our diverse patients and communities.

To that point, since 2016, the Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) at RWJBarnabas Health has taken on the challenge – through our collective efforts – to further expand Diversity and Inclusion strategies that ensure equitable patient centered care and outcomes to our consumers while leveraging Diversity and Inclusion as a tool that will drive our workforce and establish our System as one of the best places to work in the country.

Our vision is to build a streamlined process for Diversity and Inclusion that is innovative, best-in-class, and more importantly, consistent throughout the System. While the work deliverables at each site may differ due to the various needs and the diversity of the populations across the state, we want to ensure consistency and efficiency in our overall approach.

It remains our goal to provide culturally competent care to the diverse populations we serve. In alignment with our System’s Vision, we look forward to working in partnership with each hospital to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

On behalf of our office, I want to thank you for choosing RWJBarnabas Health as your provider, employer, or partner of choice.

Thank you for your partnership.

Best regards,
Trina Parks MHA, FACHE
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Senior Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health