Vice president of N.J. association elected to serve on Samaritan board

Christine A. Stearns, vice president-health and legal affairs for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice.

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice is the regional leader for hospice and palliative (comfort) care, grief support and counseling, end-of-life education, research and advocacy.

The non-profit organization serves people in Mercer, Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Atlantic counties who are coping with serious illness or grief.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Christine’s experience and background on our board as changes in healthcare continue to evolve on a state and national level,” said Mary Ann Boccolini, CEO of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice.

Stearns is a policy expert on healthcare and legal issues and was recently named by NJBIZ as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Health Care in New Jersey.

Additionally, Stearns is an attorney with extensive political and legislative experience who has served in a variety of advisory and staff capacities for numerous county, legislative and statewide campaigns.

A graduate of Douglass College, Stearns received her juris doctorate from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

She is a member of the bar in New Jersey.