About Us

Gateway BMED Fund Mission Statement

The mission of the Fund is to provide a long-term solution to control escalating benefit costs while providing programs for employees to obtain quality care.

Our mission has been accomplished by:

  • More effective management of claims/payments
  • Negotiating with area providers to lower claims costs
  • Negotiating with national networks for access to specialized facilities
  • Providing support in bargaining unit contract negotiations
  • Educating employees

Click here to learn more about the Bergen Municipal (Gateway/BMED) Employee Benefits Fund.

Executive Committee

Chairperson Peter VanWinkle, Borough of Rutherford
Secretary Gregory Hart, Borough of Franklin Lakes
  Hugo Poli, Village of Ridgefield Park
  Richard Kunze, Borough of Oakland
  Donna Gambutti, Township of South Hackensack
Joseph Catenaro, Township of Fairfield
  Gregory Franz, Township of Edgewater
Alternate Jerry Giaimis, Borough of Saddle River

Fund Commissioners

MUNICIPALITY FUND COMMISSIONER
Alpine* Mayor Paul Tomasko
Emerson* Robert Hoffman
Hillsdale * Chris Looes
Lodi * Vincent Caruso
Maywood Roberta Stern
Moonachie Anthony Ciannanmea
N. Arlington*
Park Ridge Julie Falkenstern
S. Hackensack Donna Gambutti
Saddle River Jerry Giaimis
Wallington
Westwood Jon Birkner
Wood-Ridge * Dominick Azzolini
Rutherford Peter Van Winkle
Montvale Timothy Lane
Ridgefield Park Hugo Poli
Rochelle Park * Robert Davison
Wanaque Valley RSA * Frank Covelli
Carlstadt * Virginia Bello
East Rutherford * John Hansen
East Rutherford BOE *
Ft. Lee * Alfred Restaino
Carlstadt BOE *
Oakland Richard Kunze
Franklin Lakes Gregory Chapman Hart
Fairfield Joseph Catenaro
Fairfield BOE Yvonne Hellwig
Mine Hill Katelyn Wild
Verona Township Matt Cavallo
Borough of Edgewater Gregory Franz
* dental only

Fund Professionals

Executive Director / Administrator PERMA
Attorney Russell Huntington, Huntington Bailey, LLP
Auditor Gary Vinci
Actuary John Vataha
Benefit Consultant Brandon Lodics
Treasurer Joseph Iannaconni
Medical Networks /
Third Party Administrators
Pays the claims for the HIF & provides a panel of providers offering services at small copays and/or contracted rates
Aetna – QPOS Plan/Open Access
Dental Claims Administrator Pays the claims for the HIF & provides a panel of providers offering services at contracted rates
Delta Dental of NJ, Inc.
Prescription Claims Administrator Pays the claims for the HIF & provides a network of pharmacies offering services at small copays and/or contracted rates
Express Scripts, Inc.

For more information about The Gateway BMED Fund and Health Insurance Funds in general, please visit hifundnj.com.