Chapter Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2015
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ACHE of Iowa President Message
Fall Update
ACHE of Iowa Regent Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2015
Board of Governors Exam
Take Your Career to the Next Level
Other News
National News Q3 2015
Checking In With Employees
Communicating Change
Introducing CareerEDGE
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Chapter Officers

ACHE Regent

David A. Stark, FACHE

(515) 241-6670


Immediate Past President

Ann York, PhD, FACHE

(515) 271-1704



Kevin Kincaid, FACHE

(641) 842-2151 


President Elect

Michelle Niermann, FACHE

(319) 369-8873 



Tom Mulrooney, FACHE

(515) 241-4027



Tim Ahlers, FACHE

(515) 382-7701



ACHE of Iowa Board Members

James Atty, FACHE 

Eric Briesmeister, FACHE

Dave Hickman, FACH

Beth Jaggers

Mikki Stier, FACHE

Penni Upah, IHA Liason

Tom Vaughn, PhD 


ACHE Representative

Tammy G. Dillard-Steels, CAE 

(312) 424-9328 

Other News
National News Q3 2015

Join the Rainbow Healthcare Leaders Association

The Rainbow Healthcare Leaders Association is a national organization whose mission to enhance the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender healthcare executives and to promote high-quality care for LGBT individuals and their families. RHLA is committed to focusing on disparities in care and preparing the next generation of LGBT healthcare executives. RHLA and ACHE have a shared interest in fostering the development of diverse healthcare leadership.

Join RHLA now and you will have access to the RHLA Mentorship Program and RHLA Forums, both of which will enable you to connect with other members in a meaningful and confidential environment. Members can share and receive feedback on business and personal issues as they navigate their careers in healthcare.

For more information about RHLA membership or any of its programs, visit

Exam Online Community Offers a Complimentary Interactive Learning Platform

Members preparing for the Board of Governors Examination can access the Exam Online Community as a complimentary and supplementary resource that can boost their confidence and help them succeed. The interactive platform gives Members the opportunity to learn and glean study tips from others taking the Exam. It also provides an opportunity to discuss Exam topics with experts for better understanding and the option to participate in study groups. Join the Exam Online Community at

Postgraduate Fellowship Area of Provides a Vital Resource to Healthcare Organizations and Entrants

Postgraduate fellowships are essential to attract and develop highly qualified healthcare management professionals. ACHE offers robust online resources regarding postgraduate fellowships at The materials are for those seeking to develop a postgraduate fellowship, organizations that want to find the best candidate and new healthcare management entrants looking for a fellowship opportunity. The site includes the Directory of Fellowships in Health Services Administration in which organizations post their fellowship offerings and for students to find opportunities they want to pursue. Additionally, there are resources for organizations seeking to start a fellowship—these include sample manuals, templates and checklists.

Save the Date: Physician Executives Forum Programs

The Physician Executives Forum launched two years ago to provide added value to physician executive via tailored resources to meet these groups’ unique professional development needs. A one-day education program is a cornerstone benefit of the Forum that offers an affordable learning and networking opportunity. Date and location for the program is as follows:

Physician Executives Forum Education Program 
Oct. 10, 2015
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
More details available at

If you have questions about this Forum program or Forum membership, please contact Erika Joyce, CAE, assistant director, Division of Member Services, at (312) 424-9373 or

Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming, ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs through the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program. Members and Fellows in career transition also are encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs

  • Congress on Healthcare Leadership
  • Cluster Seminars
  • Self-Study Programs
  • Online Education Programs
  • Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision not less than six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or For more information, visit

Take Charge of Your Career

Kenneth R. White, PhD, RN, FACHE, and J. Stephen Lindsey, FACHE, share teaching tips and a sample syllabus and course schedule in their Health Administration Press Book Take Charge of Your Healthcare Management Career: 50 Lessons That Drive Success. In the book, you will find 50 lessons that will help students navigate the bridge to a successful career in healthcare management and help them obtain success and professional development regardless of their position. Each lesson describes traits, behaviors and skills needed to maximize strengths, master career success and achieve the perfect career fit for them. Find an excerpt here. This book will be of particular interest to recent master’s programs graduates and early careerists. 



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