Spring/Summer Issue 2018
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Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2018
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Chapter Officers
Scott Burleson, FACHE

President Elect
Guy Richardson, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Bernie Poindexter, FACHE

Neel Pathak

Nick Jaidar

Director, Programming
Megha Kachalia

Director, Membership
Jan van Londen

Director, Development
Raymond Dudley, MS

Director, Operations
Christina Farias

Director, Communications  
Frank Rath

Director, Community Outreach
Vamsee "V" Potluri

Alan Weisman, FACHE

Faculty Liaison
Mark Bittle, DrPH

Student Member
Staci Hodge

President's Message
Scott Burleson, FACHE

It's been a very busy spring for ACHE, and we'll start with AWARDS!

At the ACHE Congress in late March, Alan Weisman, Regent for Maryland accepted ACHE's Chapter Merit Award on behalf of MAHCE. The award is presented for exceeding the standard for advancement to Fellow of eligible members, scoring 13.04% against the goal of 9.1%.

We credit this award to all the members of MAHCE who attended programs, directed operations and participated in any way over a number of years to make the Maryland chapter of ACHE one of the best. We also believe that much of our chapter member's success can be attributed to the MAHCE Board of Governors Exam Review course, revised, updated and nurtured over the years by Jody Goldsmith. 

This year Jody, Alan, Randy, Neel, Greg, Toni, Christina and myself presented on May 3 & 4. We were fortunate to have Tina DiFranco, BSN, JD, Exec Dir, School of HHS, University of Baltimore present the LEGAL portion of the course for the 3rd year in a row. The Happy Hour after Day 1 was very well received and we had a chance to learn about some of the attendees from Southern Maryland, virtually every metro county of Baltimore-DC and Arlington, Falls Church, Portsmouth and Warrenton, Virginia. We had a great military representation with 12 attendees including US Army CPN Mike P. from Fairborn, Ohio who won the long-distance award.

Megha Kachalia of Medstar Health is the new Program Director succeeding Terri Palazzo who took a new position in North Carolina this winter.  Megha's team that is working on developing strong, quality programs for your continuing education and professional development and welcomes any volunteers to help develop the core purpose of our organization’s existence. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Megha: mkachalia2@gmail.com, 410-722-6671.

Operations Director Christina Farias facilitated a relationship with a new sponsor, welcoming The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES). Established in 1959 by 11 NIH scientists to facilitate a collegial environment and provide educational and professional services for the scientific community.  Christina is the Executive Director of this organization and also serves as our very organized Operations Director for  2017-2018.  If you are interested in getting involved with assisting Christina, please contact her at christina.stamatelatos-farias@nih.gov, 301-675-7323.

We  welcome four new Board members:

· Membership Director - Jan Van Londen, Managing Director at Prism Healthcare

· Secretary – Neel Pathak, Administrator, Dept of Ambulatory Services, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

· Community Outreach Director – Vamsee “V” Potluri, Ambulatory Care Operations Director , Veteran’s Administration Maryland Health Care System

· Faculty liaison – Mark Bittle, Director, Master’s in Health Administration program at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

We thank Toni Esezobor, Gary Desravines and Georgetta Robinson for their dedicated service on the Board for the last several years. 

The MAHCE Board of Directors met on June 8th to prepare the Strategic Plan for 2019-2020. Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions by reaching out to any of the Directors.  

Thank you all for your continuing support and involvement in MAHCE.


Scott D. Burleson, MBA, FACHE

President, Maryland Association of Healthcare Executives



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2018 MAHCE Events

Thursday, August 2: Gender Identity at NIH

Thursday, October 11: All-day Program at Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, Towson, MD

Thursday, November 15
: Career Night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards