Vice President of External Affairs
Episcopal Health Services/St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
Renee Hastick-Motes is the Vice President of External Affairs at Episcopal Health Services/St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH)—the only hospital located on the Rockaway Peninsula. As a member of the executive team at Episcopal Health Services, Hastick-Motes has been responsible for creating and implementing the hospital’s legislative agenda, and external relations strategy. She has overseen marketing and communications, public affairs, pastoral care, philanthropic and grant acquisition efforts.
At the age of seven, Hastick-Motes learned the importance of community engagement, relationship building, and marketing. These lifelong lessons have carried her throughout her career.
She was pivotal in securing a $4.2M City grant for the renovation of SJEH’s Labor and Delivery Unit, and was instrumental in the creation of SJEH’s mobile health van program, which brought medical screening services across the Rockaway Peninsula. Recently, she led a team to complete the hospital’s community health needs assessment after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been leading an interdisciplinary team to develop and implement a marketing strategy for obstetric services.
Hastick-Motes has also been serving as an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, teaching in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communications in the department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations. Throughout her career, Hastick-Motes has held various leadership positions including Associate Vice President of Community and Government Affairs for one of New York City’s largest human service agencies. In this capacity, she led an advisory committee that was pivotal in changing the NYC Health Penal Law, worked with local community groups to advocate and resolve issues regarding the stigma of mental health, and created programming to heighten the agency’s profile.
Hastick-Motes served as the Special Assistant & Policy Analyst to the Deputy Borough President at the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President. In this role, she led and developed initiatives such as Brooklyn’s Women in Leadership Forum, the Civic Engagement Symposium Series specifically for College-level Student Government Associations, and various community initiatives.
Hastick-Motes also served as a member of Community Board 13 in Coney Island where she lived for many years. Currently, she has been serving on the Levittown Community Council (LCC) in Long Island where she resides with her family.
Hastick-Motes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Notre Dame College and a Master (with distinction) in Public Administration from Long Island University. She has been a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and The Healthcare Association of New York State Community Health Task Force (HANYS).
Hastick-Motes’ career life is a full circle. As a child, she walked the halls with her Dad attending meetings with business and public officials, and today she has had the privilege to work in those same places. She has continued to carry the legacy of her father, the late Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr. Like him, she is a mentor, government strategist, and community leader. She has been married to her husband Davond for 14 years, and together they have three beautiful children—Denise, Nevaeh and Davond Jr.