Maryland Association of Health Care Executives

Spring/Summer Issue 2018

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:, 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, 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


Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2018

Alan Weisman, FACHE

Welcome to spring, although you could never tell from the weather we had in March and April.

I would again, as I do in each of these messages, like to thank the Board, which includes our dedicated committee chairs, for their hard work to make this a stellar chapter.

I am pleased to recognize Megha Kachalia, MD, Chair, for her leadership of the Program Committee. The Programming Committee plays a crucial role in the chapter. The chair of the program committee is responsible for planning and coordination of the educational sessions and other events to provide information on a broad range of topics to the chapter members. The chair also recruits members to serve on the committee, who come from a diverse background and breadth of experiences, which helps the committee bring a variety of topics and resources to the programs. Active and resourceful members on the committee are the key to bringing a successful program together.

The program topics are selected via a multi-step process, looking at past meeting evaluations and current events to identify topics of interest to the members, identifying expert speakers to present the topic, usually via their professional network. The committee chair coordinates the topic, agenda and outline of the presentation with the speakers, helps with presentation slides, and ensures all the equipment needs are met at the location.

On March 15, our educational/networking event, entitled “Leading in a Multigenerational Organization,” featured our panelists discussing the generational differences in core values, lifestyle and work-related issues that pose a unique challenge for leaders. This program was very timely as healthcare changes and our leaders strive to manage in this environment.

For those of you who are new to MAHCE, this is the norm for our networking/educational events. Our topics always provide information that relates to the current healthcare environment. I encourage you to attend on a regular basis, not only for the education, but for networking with your colleagues.

MAHCE conducted its Board of Governors Exam Review Course on May 3 and 4. There were 28 attendees and the program was led by 9 members of MAHCE who are experts in the field. We were happy to welcome participants not only from Maryland, but from New Jersey and Virginia. This new format of 1 ½ days was met with great reviews and we wish all attendees the best of luck when taking the exam. Remember, if you take our course and pass the exam, your course fee is refunded!

If you are considering advancement to Fellow, I would like to hear from you and assist in any way, to include speaking at your place of employment, to help you achieve this distinction. Please feel free to call on me.

We have an exciting year ahead of programs and networking. Please watch your email and the MAHCE website at for announcements.

Congratulations to those new Fellows shown below. I was happy to meet some of you at Congress.

Jacqualyn Anderson, RN, FACHE
Michael Cetta, MD, FACHE
Cheryl Cioffi, DNP, RN, FACHE
Steven D. Clayton, FACHE
Teara J. Collins, FACHE
Susan L. Glover, RN, FACHE
Durenda A. Juergensen, RN
Kimberly M. Justice, FACHE
Nils D. Lonnerdal, FACHE
Donna Marquess, FACHE
Michele R. Martz, CPA, FACHE
David Pierre, FACHE
E. Caroline Satyadi, DBA, FACHE
Judith A. Townsley, FACHE
Welcome to our new members:

Steven Capo   
Elizabeth A. Davies, RN, DBA 
Marian Fogan  
Leonor Garcia 
John W. Herzke, II      
Joshua E. Jacobs        
S. Muna Jeter, RN      
Genevieve Mbamalu   
Imran E. Siddiqi, MD   
Kathryn A. Waldeisen  
Derin A. Wilson           
Capt Saira Aslam, MD 
Christian J. Balcer       
Carletta Brooks-Nelson           
Gabriel S. Gomez       
Carita R. Jamison        
David Kamau, MBA     
Charles N. Kodjo, MD 
Laura Mercer  
Virginia Morris 
Daniel Richardson       
George Ruiz, MD        
Jaime J. Simon Barnes, DO    
Mary E. Smith 
Krista L. Wall   
Wanda Watlington, MD
Jamie B. White, PhD, RN        
Robin C. White
Nicole K. Williams        
Tasha Brown, RN        
Kenneth L. Canonge   
Timothy Dorsey, MBA 
Ariana Lecaj
Cynthia J. Lozier
Edward H. Martin, II    
Jeffery D. O'Neal, MBA
Joseph Travagline
Matthew Trojanowski  
Catherine Wille
Ayokanmi Omolewa
Dwayne Richardson
Marcel Wright

Again, I would ask that you become active in MAHCE as a volunteer, as there are many opportunities where you can make a difference. Please do not hesitate to call on me or any of the Board members. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Best wishes for a pleasant summer.

Alan S. Weisman, FACHE

Regent for Maryland

Membership Corner

Jan Van Londen

The Maryland Chapter (MACHE) strives to support each healthcare executive across our state with opportunities for professional development, collegial networking and service to the citizens of Maryland.

As of February this year our Maryland chapter had 962 members. Of the 962 members there are 252 fellows (members that have earned the FACHE certificate) and 91 student members. The Maryland areas with the most members are Montgomery, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County with a total of 432 members.

In 2017 we had a net gain of 44 members. Our goal for 2018 is to double the 2017 growth to a net gain of 90 new members. Please help us achieve that goal by talking to your friends and colleagues about the great benefits of being a MAHCE member. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

Program Dates for 2018!

Megha Kachalia

  • August 2: "Gender Identity", NIH expected 1.5 F2F credits
  • October 11 (all-day): expected 6.0 F2F credits
  • November 15: career/networking event

Volunteers Wanted

Bernie Poindexter, FACHE

At MAHCE, we are always looking for volunteers to enhance our committees such as Operations, Membership, Development, Community Outreach, Programming and Communications.

One of my roles as a Board Member and Immediate Past President is to recruit volunteers for MAHCE. Volunteers are an extremely essential element in the success of the organization; also as volunteers become more active in MAHCE and enjoy the camaraderie with other members, they are often afforded the opportunity for advancement into an officer role somewhere in the future.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact me at or 619.370.8793. I look forward to getting you involved!


Access Complimentary Resources for the Board of Governors Exam

For Members starting on the journey to attain board certification and the FACHE® credential, ACHE offers complimentary resources to help them succeed so they can be formally recognized for their competency, professionalism, ethical decision making and commitment to lifelong learning. These resources, which include the Exam Online Community, the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management Reference Manual and quarterly Advancement Information webinars, are designed to be supplements to other available Board of Governors Exam study resources, such asthe Board of Governors Review Course and Online Tutorial.

  • The Exam Online Community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other Members taking the Exam. Participants can discuss Exam topics with experts and have the option to participate in study groups. Interested Members may join the Exam Online Community at
  • The Reference Manual, found at, includes a practice 230-question exam and answer key, a list of recommended readings, test-taker comments and study tips.
  • Fellow Advancement Information webinars provide a general overview of the Fellow advancement process, including information about the Board of Governors Exam, and allow participants to ask questions about the advancement process. Register online at

Apply for a Tuition Waiver

To reduce the ACHE educational programming barriers for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes a limited number of tuition waivers available to Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. 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
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, with the exception of 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.

For more information, visit

Social Media Update

You can now connect with MAHCE on LinkedIn and Twitter to get chapter and national updates, learn about educational programs and seminars, and find opportunities to get involved with MAHCE. You also get the opportunity to network, share knowledge, ask questions and learn about industry news/trends. When you get the invitation make sure you accept it!


Please join us in our journey to further connect through social media.

  Follow MAHCE on Twitter: @MarylandACHE.

  Join MAHCE’s LinkedIn Group.

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