Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group

Summer 2018

President's Message

Greetings From Chapter President

Nehemie Georges Owen, MHA, FACHE

Chapter President, Nehemie Georges Owen, kicks off the summer season with great updates!

Greetings to my fellow ACHE/GCHEG members and those of you interested in learning more about our organization and chapter. 

I don’t know about you but summer is my favorite time of year. From BBQs/cookouts to beach trips and pool parties- there is so much to do outdoors. Summer is quickly approaching and your chapter has been very busy working on events just for you. 

We have a great partnership with the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum (THEF) to offer a BOG exam review webinar to members of both of our chapters. This 12-week series will commence on June 28.  If you did not get a chance to sign up for this study program, don’t worry we will be planning another BOG exam prep course in the fall.

We are excited that the first round of Health Equity Impact Circles was a success and look forward to offering this dialogue series again. You can learn more about them in the article by Nikki Nissen, Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion committee in this newsletter. This is a great way to channel your interest in improving the health of our communities through dialogue with impassioned like-minded individuals. Please look out for more information on the fall series in a few months.

Nothing says summer like a night out at the ball park enjoying hot dogs, refreshments and a good old game of baseball. Join us for our summer networking social at the BB&T ballpark. We are offering this event at a deeply discounted rate to our chapter members. This was a very popular outing last year and we look forward to hanging out with our members again at this fun filled event.

As the summer winds down we will be planning our signature event- the GCHEG annual dinner. Our educational topic, Achieving the Triple Aim in Health, will feature senior leaders and experts in the field and you’ll want to be there to hear what they have to say. We will be recognizing the contributions of several of our members including our first ever Equity of Care Physician award. Nominations are currently open so please visit to submit your nomination for a physician leader or colleague that exemplifies diversity & inclusion by promoting equity of care in their practice.

Last but certainly not least, congratulations to fellow chapter members, Tracy Pryor and Jhaymee Wilson-Tynan. Both Tracy and Jhaymee are 2018 cohort participants in the Executive Program, presented by ACHE. You can read more about their first seminar experience in this newsletter.

There are several ways to connect with ACHE and as your local chapter we are happy to help you get involved. Please feel free to reach out to a board member or me to get plugged in. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. Enjoy your summer!


About Me

I joined ACHE as a student member while in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon pursuing my Master of Health Administration with VCU I moved to Charlotte, NC in 2006 to complete my Administrative Residency at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy. During this time, I occasionally attended a few GCHEG events while being involved in other community service and nonprofit board work. In 2011, I was asked to participate in a panel discussion for GCHEG and ever since then have remain committed to the chapter and board. I served on the Education Committee, Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, President-Elect and currently as President of the chapter.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve and be part of such as engaging chapter. I am currently an Assistant Vice President in Human Resources at Atrium Health. My husband, Nehemiah, and I have a two-year-old son, Elijah, and recently welcomed a new baby boy in April. We enjoy spending time as a family outdoors, traveling, playing golf or simply hosting friends and family for dinner. I look forward to connecting at an upcoming event.





Membership and Advancement

Welcome New GCHEG Members

Let's give a warm welcome to our newest chapter members!

The following individuals joined ACHE and the Greater Charlotte chapter this quarter. 

Don't forget to use ACHE's online Member Directory, accessible through, to discover and connect with your member colleagues.

New Members

Karen Bentley, MHA

Molly Burroughs

Monica D. DuRant, MSN, MBA

Abdul Nassir, MHA

Sherry Richardson

Matthew A. Stanford, RN

David Lowry, MD

Donna Malcolm

Diana Poulimenos

Ryan Sullivan

Jordan P. Archer

Timothy L. Brown, MBA

James Champ

John Coomey

Carol A. Mayernick, RN

Roy D. Whitaker Jr.  


Earn Your Board Certification in Healthcare Management

Learn more about the FACHE requirements for advancement here...

Become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earn the distinction of board certification in healthcare management!

Start the process by meeting the following application requirements. You must complete all application requirements including a $250 application fee in order to be eligible to sit for the Board of Governors Exam.

Are you ready to start your journey to be recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE)?

Step 1: Meet the eligibility requirements.
Step 2: Submit your advancement application. Upon approval, you will have two (2) years in which you must take and pass the Board of Governors Exam.
Step 3: Prepare for your Exam.
Step 4: Register for the Exam and pay the $200 Exam fee. Exam eligibility will be valid for the two year duration of the approved fellow application.

Eligibility Requirements

Be a current member of ACHE and have three (3) years of tenure. Tenure may be accumulated as an ACHE Member, Faculty Associate, or International Associate. (Student Associates are not eligible for tenure).

Hold a Master's or other post-baccalaureate degree. (A copy of your diploma or final conferred transcript is required.)

Hold an executive-level healthcare management position and have a minimum of five (5) years of executive-level healthcare management experience. (A copy of your current job description, organizational chart, and resume is required.) How does ACHE define an executive-level healthcare management position?

Submit two (2) references: One (1) in the form of a structured interview with a current Fellow; One (1) written reference from a senior-level executive (VP or higher) in your organization OR a second Fellow.

Demonstrate 36 hours of healthcare-related continuing education (CE) within the last three (3) years of submitting an application. (12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education and the remaining 24 hours can be ACHE Qualified Education or ACHE Face-to-Face Education).

Participation in two (2) healthcare-related activities and two (2) community/civic activities during the past three (3) year period.

National News

National News Q2 2018

How to apply for the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, run for ACHE Regent, and more!

Share the value of the FACHE® Credential With This New Video

Share ACHE’s new FACHE video and help inform and raise awareness about the value of the credential to their healthcare management career advancement. Members can apply for Fellow status conveniently online and learn more about the steps and requirements needed to advance by visiting

The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program—Now Accepting Applications

Please help spread the word to your members about the open application period (May 7–July 9) for the 2019 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program by pointing them to  

During this year-long program, scholars benefit from specialized curriculum opportunities to develop strategies for successful navigation of potential career challenges and enhance executive presence, one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor, and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments. Enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders will help prepare scholars to ascend to C-suite roles in hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations.

Visit for more information or to apply. If you have questions about the program, please contact Cie Armstead, director, Diversity and Inclusion, at or (312) 424-9306.

The Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Healthcare Leadership accepts donations to the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Gifts—no matter the amount—help shape the future of healthcare leadership. Visit to make your donation.

Run for ACHE Regent

ACHE is beginning the election process for new Regents to serve a three-year term on its Council of Regents, the legislative body that represents ACHE’s more than 48,000 members. The Regent is the ACHE leader within a specified geographic jurisdiction elected by the voting members to represent the interests of members in the governance of ACHE and its chapters.

Recommended knowledge, skills and experience include knowledge of the programs, products and services of ACHE and the local chapter(s); knowledge of the local healthcare community including senior-level healthcare executives, state and regional healthcare associations; negotiation, influencing and policy decision/analysis skills; and personal organizational and planning skills. Go to the Member Center for full position descriptions for geographic Regents and federal sector Regents. The descriptions include a summary, scope of responsibility, meeting requirements and other commitments.

All Fellows who wish to run for election must submit a letter of intent to by Aug. 24. The letter of intent must include a current business title, business address, email address and telephone number. If you submit your letter of intent and haven’t received confirmation of its receipt by Aug. 31, contact Caitlin E. Stine, communications specialist, Division of Regional Services, ACHE, at (312) 424-9324 or

Elections will be held in the following jurisdictions:

Air Force



California—Northern & Central



Illinois—Central & Southern






New Mexico & Southwest Texas

New York—Metropolitan New York

Puerto Rico

South Dakota

Texas—Central & South

Veterans Affairs

West Virginia & Western Virginia


Forum Member Directory Connects Executives With Healthcare Consultants

ACHE’s Healthcare Consultants Forum Member Directory serves as a resource for healthcare executives and organizations seeking the services of a healthcare consultant with a specific area of expertise.

Are you a healthcare executive searching for a consultant?
The Directory’s robust search functionality can help identify ACHE Consultant Forum Members who may meet your needs.

Are you a Consultant looking to gain visibility with decision makers?
Join the Healthcare Consultants Forum, and select your primary area of expertise.

Questions? Please contact Liz Catalano, marketing specialist, Division of Member Services, at or (312) 424-9374 or Erika Joyce, assistant director, Division of Member Services, at or 312-424-9373.

Deadline Approaching to Save $200 on Board of Governors Examination Fee

ACHE is pleased to offer the Board of Governors Exam fee waiver promotion to eligible ACHE Members seeking to take the next important step for their healthcare management careers. Healthcare leaders who hold the prestigious FACHE credential are recognized for their commitment to lifelong learning, competence and ethical decision making. In fact, more than 75 percent of Fellows feel better prepared to handle the challenges of the evolving healthcare management landscape.

Qualifying for the $200 Exam fee waiver is easier than you think! Just follow these simple steps:

1. Go to and click “Apply for Board Certification.”    

2. Submit the application and $250 application fee. Depending on your ACHE profile, many of the required fields may already be completed for you.

All required documents, including your application, fee and references, are due June 30, 2018 in order to qualify for the waiver.

Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research 2019 Proposals Open

The American College of Healthcare Executives is inviting authors to submit proposals to present their research at the 11th annual Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research. This session will take place during ACHE’s 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 4–7. The lead presenter of each selected proposal will receive a complimentary registration to Congress. Please visit for the selection criteria and submission instructions. Submit your up-to-400-word abstract by July 2.

ACHE’s Leader-to-Leader Program

When you share the value of ACHE membership with your colleagues through encouraging them to join or advance to Fellow status, you can earn points to obtain rewards such as gift certificates toward ACHE education programs, a polo shirt, backpack tote, water bottle, umbrella and even a chance to be entered into a raffle for a free Congress registration when three or more are sponsored.

Each time a person joins ACHE or advances to Fellow status and lists your name as a sponsor on the application, you earn a point. The more points you earn, the more rewards you can receive. Points expire on Dec. 31 of the year after they were earned (e.g., a point earned on Jan. 1, 2018, will expire on Dec. 31, 2019). You can check your available points and discount program coupon codes in the My ACHE area of To ensure colleagues reference you, referral cards are available that you can pass out so you receive the credit you deserve.

When you help grow ACHE, you make a strong statement about your professionalism and leadership in the healthcare field and also strengthen the organization. For more information on the program, go to

Two GCHEG Members Participating in Executive Program Presented by ACHE

3 North Carolina ACHE members included in 2018 Executive Program Cohort.

ACHE Special Programs are offered at various locations around the country throughout the year. Special programs are designed and geared toward our members' career interests and provide focused education and unique networking opportunities. The Executive Program, in particular, is designed for the next generation of healthcare executives and middle managers who strive to excel in management and achieve organizational excellence. Program highlights include 3 in-person educational and networking sessions in Chicago, San Diego, and Orlando, in addition to virtual learning opportunities throughout the program duration. A total of 47.75 Face-to-Face education credits are earned at the completion of the program.

Two GCHEG members are represented in the 2018 Executive Program Cohort - Tracy Pryor, Practice Administrator at Novant Health, and Jhaymee Wilson-Tynan, Director of Corporate Strategy Management and Growth at Atrium Health. Both Tracy and Jhaymee are members of GCHEG's Executive Board, Co-Chair of Communications and Outreach and Treasurer-Elect, respectively. Marlon Julius, Director of Business Consulting at Vidant Health in Greenville, North Carolina and member of the neighboring ACHE chapter in the Triangle region, is also a North Carolina representative in this year's cohort. The three Carolinians are pictured below at their first seminar in Chicago.

Program participants engaged in 2 days of learning and networking at The Westin O'Hare, Chicago, this past week. Topics on the agenda included Emotional Intelligence, Practical Leadership Strategies, A Hiring Manager's Guide to Military Candidates, Hot Legislative and Regulatory Topics, Clinical and Administrator Resiliency, and Building Strong Administrative-Board Relationships. Program participants also received detailed reports from Benchmarks 360, a comprehensive leader assessment tool.

The program will commence for its second session later this summer in San Diego. To learn more about how you can get involved in ACHE special education programs, visit and click on "Education."