Woodlock & Associates

Woodlock & Associates

Our Team


Kristin M. Woodlock RN, MPA

Kristin M. Woodlock
Kristin has an enduring commitment to caring for people with significant life challenges and in running real programs that improve the choices and lives of people.  Her experience ranges from delivery of direct care in Hospitals to executive operations and policy work at the County Government, State Government and Non-Profit Agency levels.

As both the Executive Deputy and Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Kristin oversaw the largest public mental health system in the United States.  The OMH serves a dual role in establishing policy, overseeing quality and funding for both community and state operated mental health services.  OMH operates over 20 Hospitals with nearly 15,000 employees. These services include adults, children, forensics and nationally recognized research hospitals. Throughout her career in government, Kristin worked extensively with non-profit agencies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals and schools.

During her tenure at OMH, Kristin helped to author The Children's Plan http://ccf.ny.gov/files/5013/7962/7099/childrens_plan.pdf.  She also was a strong advocate and design specialist for innovative services and integrated healthcare delivery systems. Kristin has been recognized by Peer and Family organizations as a partner in the delivery of person-centered and family-driven services.

Kristin Woodlock was a Crisis CEO for FEGS Health and Human Services, one of the County's largest non-profits. FEGS delivered Behavioral Health, Developmental Disability, Care Coordination, Eldercare, Employment, Housing, Youth and Jewish Community Services. Kristin led FEGS through an executive leadership change, financial crisis and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection.  Under her leadership, the Agency safely and compassionately transitioned services for 125,000 people to other providers in six(6) month period.  Skilled and transparent communication with a union workforce, Board and government were key to the success of this transition. Kristin led a team of outside legal and financial experts to rapidly evaluate Agency finances and to maintain solvency to ensure continued operation.  She is experienced in working with the media, Courts, US Trustee and Creditors Committees. 

Kristin's work in hospitals, government and at a challenged non-profit have honed her skills in design and implementation of services, building and sustaining leadership teams and in diagnostics for non-profit Agency's program and financial health.

Kristin is Certified Daring Way Facilitator - based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

Senior Associates

Eric Altman - MBA Performance Improvement, Quality

Eric has helped organizations lead and respond to transformations in healthcare for nearly 20 years.  At W&A, he supports clients in the areas of program strategy, evaluation, outcomes, process improvement, data and reporting, workflow, and leadership development. 

In his early career at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Eric led counseling, education, marketing and community mobilization efforts to reduce the spread of HIV in NYC at the height of the epidemic.  He went on to manage the agency’s $14M government grants portfolio, bringing in first-time funding from the CDC and SAMHSA.  Eric also led GMHC’s quality assurance and research & evaluation efforts to track and improve effectiveness in HIV prevention, treatment and support.

Eric went on to gain experience in healthcare reform and delivery on both the provider and payer sides of the industry.  At APS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Universal American, he led population health and quality improvement efforts for Medicaid recipients served by care management centers located across the US and Puerto Rico.  He brought his expertise in managed care to FEGS, where he led an interdisciplinary coalition of leaders in the development of a performance measurement and improvement system that assisted programs in the transition to value-based payment models.

More recently, based in San Francisco at Blue Shield of California, Eric led a $10M shared-savings program to improve population health and reduce the cost of healthcare among 149 provider organizations throughout the state.  He managed efforts to improve cardiovascular, diabetes, adult preventative and behavioral health outcomes for HMO/ACO health plans and to reduce racial/ethnic health disparities.  

Eric holds a Bachelor’s from Swarthmore College and a Master of Arts from NYU.  He is currently at work on his MBA at Yale University.

Cynthia Summers, DrPH, MPH  Public Health, Communications, Strategic Planning, Interim CEO

Dr. Summers was most recently the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Communications & Publications at the Guttmacher Institute. During her seven years there, she provided vision and creative input for a large team of communications specialists, editors, writers, and Web, digital and design experts. She was responsible for ensuring the high quality of all products and platforms carrying the Institute’s brand, including a wide array of digital and print publications, the website, data visualization, motion graphics and social media. Dr. Summers was also responsible for the Institute’s Human Resources department, oversaw the development and implementation of the Institute’s 5-year strategic plan, worked closely with the Board of Directors on governance and strategy, and served as a leading representative of the Institute with donors and at conferences/events. She served as the Interim President & CEO on two separate occasions during her time there, once for 14 months and once for six months.

Prior to Guttmacher, Dr. Summers was the Assistant Commissioner of Health Planning at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she identified policy and programmatic opportunities to improve the City’s health care system, and engaged in research, surveillance and program evaluation to guide and inform departmental priorities. During her tenure there, she served as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for five months, overseeing an operating budget of $222 million and a staff of more than 500. Previously, Dr. Summers was the Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at Danco Laboratories, a small pharmaceutical company that manufactures, markets and distribute Mifeprex (the abortion pill) in the United States. She was responsible for all media and public relations, patient and provider education, and product marketing.

Dr. Summers received her DrPH in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her research was focused on pregnancy intentions and contraceptive decision making. She received her MPH degree from San Diego State University and her BS in biology from the University of Utah.

Marilyn Weinstock, MPA  Corporate Compliance, Quality Improvement

Marilyn Weinstock has worked for more than two decades in the non-profit healthcare arena. Her areas of expertise include Corporate Compliance, Quality Management, Data Analysis and Reporting. She has directed the review and development of policies and operational guidelines to support conformance with regulatory requirements. Marilyn has overseen the design of internal monitoring tools to assess conformance with regulatory and accreditation standards and implemented trainings for management staff regarding quality and compliance issues.

Marilyn has an MPA from Baruch College, City University of New York and is Certified in Health Care Compliance (CHC)

Kerry Murray Pertchik, Psy.D Clinical Innovation, Managed Care Readines, Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist

Dr. Pertchik is currently the Director of Adult Inpatient programming and a member of Senior Leadership at Four Winds Hospital.  Within this role she is in charge of the supervision and training of all clinical staff, physicians and nursing staff for adult services.  She is responsible for the oversight of evidenced based treatment practices and delivery of services and the coordination/ collaboration with numerous hospital departments: finance, human resources, medical records, utilization management, medical staff, nursing staff, IT, and all levels of administrative staff.

Previously, Dr. Pertchik served as the Director of Child and Adolescent DBT Programs and Supervisor of Adolescent DBT clinical training at McLean Psychiatric Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Pertchik has completed a post- doctoral fellowship specializing in DBT and Trauma Assessment/ Treatment.  Dr. Pertchik assisted in two research studies through Harvard Medical School regarding the efficacy DBT/ Evidenced based treatment practices in adolescent residential and therapeutic settings.  Specific attention had been drawn to the efficacy of Evidenced based treatment practices in obtaining longer lengths of stay with insurance authorization. Dr. Pertchik has also has significant experience with the Chronically Mentally Ill, Sex Offenders and Dual Diagnosis.   Dr. Pertchik has presented on a variety of topics in numerous clinical and academic settings throughout the Northeast, and has held clinical positions at Boston University School of Medicine, McLean Psychiatric Hospital, Harvard Medical School and has served as an adjunct professor at Sage Graduate School.  Dr. Pertchik has received the Intensive Certification in DBT and Advanced Certification in DBT from Marsha Linehan and the Behavioral Technology Transfer Group.