Coastal Volunteers in Medicine Adds New Leadership



Lyndsay R. Hall APN, WHNP-BC will join CVIM as Executive Director. Lyndsay was a founding board member and treasurer for Coastal Volunteers in Medicine in 2010 and is now excited to be Executive Director of the clinic which holds such a very special place in her heart. (Supplied Photo)
The board of trustees of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine announces changes in leadership to the organization, which provides free non-emergency medical coverage to the qualified uninsured.
The new executive director as of July 1 will be Lyndsay R. Hall, a women’s health nurse practitioner. Hall was a founding board member and treasurer for CVIM in 2010 and is now excited to be executive director of the clinic, which holds a special place in her heart.
Her nursing career started in med/surg at Ocean Medical Center but quickly transitioned to emergency nursing at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and she has now returned to these roots at JSUMC part time. She obtained her master’s of science in nursing for women’s health and certified nurse midwifery licensure in 2016 from Rutgers University and worked as a women’s health NP/midwife at several practices from 2017 to 2020.
At Coastal Volunteers in Medicine, she continues to volunteer as a practitioner for “Women’s Health Night,” a cancer screening health event sponsored by the NJ CEED (Cancer Education and Early Detection) Program.
Hall succeeds Celia Mendelsohn, who has served as executive director since January 2018. The board thanks Mendelsohn for her many contributions and wishes her the best as she enjoys the snowbird life. Hall said she greatly enjoys her work at CVIM and is honored to be part of such an amazing grassroots organization.
Hall is married with two children and one grandchild and lives in Seaside Park. Her eldest son serves with the K-9 security forces in the U.S. Air Force. Her youngest is completing his prerequisites for the nursing program at Ocean County College.
Approved in March as board vice chair is Jay Greco, a registered pharmacist. Greco succeeds Pat Kakstis.
Jay Greco, RPh, Board Vice-Chairperson. In March 2021, Jay Greco was approved as Board Vice-Chairperson succeeding Pat Kakstis. Jay is one of the first board members of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine. He holds a BS degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University. (Supplied Photo)
Greco moved to the area from Boston and worked for many chain pharmacies until he realized he wanted to own his own pharmacy. He owned Medicap Pharmacy in Barnegat from 1999 to 2007. After moving on from Medicap he opened several pharmacies, one that serviced nursing homes. Another, at which he still serves, is Jersey Shore Pharmacy at 580 North Main St. in Barnegat, which specializes in compounding, specialty medicines and diabetic shoes.
Greco is active in the community, sponsoring events and local team sports. He is a preceptor at the University of the Sciences, in Philadelphia. He is a member of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association, the American Pharmacists Association and many other pharmacy organizations.
He said he “is honored to be associated with such a great group of volunteers trying to bridge the gap in health care.”
Carissa Greco, Board Secretary. In May 2021, Carissa Greco was approved as Board Secretary. Carissa received her Master of Public Health from Rutgers University, and is experienced in both social/behavioral and clinical research. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Center of Excellence in Cancer Survivorship at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, where she manages all aspects of the Center’s research projects and administrative tasks.(Supplied Photo)
Carissa Greco was approved as board secretary in May 2021. She received her master’s of public health degree from Rutgers University, and is experienced in both social/behavioral and clinical research. She is currently the program coordinator for the Center of Excellence in Cancer Survivorship at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, where she manages all aspects of the center’s research projects and administrative tasks. She is skilled in project management and organization and patient recruitment and is happy to be utilizing those skills with CVIM.
Carissa Greco succeeds Lauren Dezzi, who joined the board in 2019 and had to step down due to professional commitments. The board thanks Lauren for her many contributions to the secretary role.
Coastal Volunteers in Medicine announces to supporters to “save the date” of Saturday, Oct. 16 for the Larry Picarello Memorial “Be Well” Stroll by the Ocean. CVIM and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. on Long Beach Island and have a fun get-together and stroll. More information will be announced.  —M.S.

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