Celeste M. Johnson Joins CNR Board of Trustees


The College of New Rochelle has announced the appointment of Celeste M. Johnson to the College's Board of Trustees.
In making the appointment, Judith Huntington, President of CNR said, "We are so pleased to welcome home to CNR as a new member of our Board of Trustees, Celeste Johnson, a graduate in communication arts and political sciences from our School of Arts & Sciences. Celeste brings a wealth of professional experience to the Board, and I know she will contribute in so many ways to the future of CNR."
Celeste M. Johnson is the Associate Commissioner and Regional Director of the New York State Department of Health's (NYSDOH) Metropolitan Area Regional Office (MARO). The MARO office serves ten counties in the Mid Hudson, New York City, and Long Island areas. The office has over 600 staff members who have oversight responsibility for more than fifty percent of New York State's health provider systems.
Prior to this assignment, she was Director of Government Affairs at the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), hospital and long-term care trade association, where she worked with members to track state and federal legislation. She worked extensively with the New York State Legislature and their health and fiscal committees to craft legislation that supported health care providers and services.
Ms. Johnson also served as Chief of Staff to three successive Commissioners at the Department of Health and Hospitals (DH&H) in Boston, Massachusetts. She also worked as a vice president of a New York City based marketing and public relations firm, served as the Director of Public Information for the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA), and was Scheduling Director for Governor Hugh L. Carey. In October 2012, Ms. Johnson was honored with the Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly, O.S.U. Woman of Conscience Award.
Besides her BA degree from The College of New Rochelle, Ms. Johnson has a master's degree in communications from Fordham University.
She is a lifelong resident of Westchester County and is a volunteer for several non-profit organizations in the metropolitan area.