Quarterly SOHLstice
Summer 2018
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President's Message
Message from Our ACHE Regent
Recent and Upcoming SOHL Event Quick Takes
Congratulations to the SDSU College Bowl Team!
SOHL Executive Program
Live Well San Diego 5k
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL!
The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program—Now Accepting Applications
Forum Member Directory Connects Executives With Healthcare Consultants
Deadline Approaching to Save $200 on Board of Governors Examination Fee
Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research 2019 Proposals Open
ACHE’s Leader-to-Leader Program
4 Steps to Establishing Your Leadership Philosophy
Enhance Your Decision-Making Skills: 3 Tips
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Chapter Officers


Regent (California - Southern)
Ellen Zaman, FACHE
Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Darrell Atkin
Darrell Atkin Associates


President Elect
Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children’s Hospital / County of San Diego


Immediate Past President
Nia Price
California Baptist University

Spshelle Rutledge 
National University

Amy Kasahara 
UC San Diego Health


Howard Salmon


Board of Directors

Membership Co-Chair
Angela Rivera
CTG HealthCare Solutions

Membership Co-Chair
Allison Noel
ECG Management Consultants

Programs Co-Chair
Jared Vogt
Rady Children’s Hospital

Programs Co-Chair
Jennifer Arevalo

Marketing Co-Chair
Shawn Amirhoushmand
Generations Healthcare-Friendship Manor Nursing

Marketing Co-Chair
Michelle Martin
Casa Palmera Treatment Center

Career Development Co-Chair
Andrea Gonzalez
Scripps Health

Career Development Co-Chair
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Volunteer Coordinator
Vicki Shumulinsky
West Health

Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC

Imperial County Liaison
Shiloh Williams
El Centro Regional Medical Center

Military Liaison
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego

VA Liaison
Sara Bass
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Subcommittee Members

Diversity Council
Melody Schiaffino
San Diego State University

Annual Conference
Johan Otter
Scripps Health

Annual Conference
Michael Van Gorder
Rady Children’s Hospital

Michael De Castro
ECG Management Consultants

Social Media
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Sarah Bass
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Ada Clark
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Early Careerist Network
Melinda Hudson
UC San Diego Health

Early Careerist Network
Amy Shackleford
UC San Diego

Executive Program
Steve Martin
TRICARE Regional Office

Executive Program
Nora Bota
County of San Diego

Advancement Study Group
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Advancement Study Group
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton
San Diego State University

Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego
Robert Kaplan
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Graduate Program Council, National University
Peggy Ranke
National University

Student Liaison, San Diego State University
Jennifer Reyes

Student Liaison, UC San Diego
Bobbi Rossiter

Student Liaison, National University
Marie Lea

Graduate Student Initiative, San Diego State University
Caitlin Cole


College Bowl
Peggy Ranke
National University

Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West

Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Aaron Byzak
Galvanized Strategies

Chisun Chun
Rady Children's Hospital

Legal Counsel
David Balfour
DiCaro, Coppo & Popcke

Website Manager
Carol Cannizzo
IKOR International

President's Message


The last three months have been quite active for our SOHL chapter as we have produced a consistent stream of quality programs for the community that support both the educational and professional development goals of our chapter, while also providing quality networking opportunities for our members.

Demonstrating our ongoing support and involvement with the San Diego university community, many of our senior leaders volunteered for a “mock interview” program at SDSU as we helped prepare over 20 graduate students for the rigors of the real-world interviewing process.

Additionally, SOHL has fully subscribed its mentorship program. Our mentor program co-chairs, Ada Clark and Sarah Guerard, have done an excellent job of matching 40 pairs of mentors and mentees from across the county. This program allows our mentees the benefit of direct and ongoing interaction with many leaders from across the healthcare spectrum.

Highlight events from the past three months include:

  • On April 19, we were hosted by the Family Health Centers of San Diego with an outstanding program featuring Dr. Ashby Wolf, Chief Medical Officer for Region 9 of CMS. As part of our emerging outreach to the physician community, this event featured how MACRA legislation will change how Medicare pays physicians and other clinicians who participate in the program. Moderated by Nick Macchione – Director and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Health and Human Services Agency County of San Diego, California, additional panelists for this highly informative event included Jan Sebring, Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Applications Coordinator, Family Health Centers, and Vanessa Schatzberg, Operations Manager, UC San Diego Health.
  • On May 15, SOHL hosted an event downtown at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE entitled, "Enhancing Patient and Employee Experience Through Long-Range Facilities Planning." Nearly 50 people attended to network with colleagues and learn from a healthcare architect, engineer, and facilities planner as they shared their expertise on how a long-range facilities funding plan can decrease overall costs, increase system performance and longevity, and improve how patients and employees experience their physical environment. 
  • We held our annual Early Careerist Network event on May 22 at AMN Healthcare. This event was geared toward our members who are fresh out of their graduate programs or those that are moving into healthcare as a new career. The panel of four professionals focused on Administrative Fellowships as well as advice for early careerists looking for employment, with advice from those that had lived the navigation of the San Diego employment market. We had a packed house of over 50 members and soon-to-be members!
  • Finally, we are just completing SOHL’s nationally regarded Advancement Study Group (ASG) which provides SOHL members with FACHE study sessions provided by subject matter experts, SOHL Board members, and other health leaders who have successfully passed the Board of Governors examination. The study group lasted 14 weeks and culminated on June 20th. Please be aware of announcements for our 2019 ASG as this is a program you don’t want to miss.

Additionally, please mark your calendars for future activities:

  • The first is our SOHL Executive Program. Limited to 25 attendees, this series is exclusively designed for preparing the next generation of senior executives who will guide their organizations and significantly impact the future of healthcare. The applicant should be at a “manager” or “director” level position and have several years of work experience—and is an ACHE member. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 27, 2018. Please check SOHL’s web site for additional details.
  • On August 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., SOHL will partner with University of Phoenix to host a workshop entitled, "Caring for an Aging Population," on the University of Phoenix campus to discuss physical, psychological, and social aging in the healthcare industry. Local healthcare experts in senior care, skilled nursing home care, and aging will share new trends and insights into this growing field. 
  • On October 17, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., SOHL will again partner with University of Phoenix to host a Women's Health Expo focused on "mind, body and spirit" in women's health. Vendors and speakers will be there to demonstrate and discuss such things as physical fitness, diversity, leadership, dressing for success, personalized medicine, financial health, mindfulness, and more.
  • Please plan to attend SOHL’s 10th Annual Conference scheduled for October 26 at Scripps La Jolla: Facing the Drug Crisis: Politics, Costs, Consequences and Solutions. National keynotes and experts from across the spectrum—healthcare, recovery, law enforcement, and academia—will look at the role of healthcare, politics, and pharma in the crisis, how the epidemic and its costs have overshadowed the benefits of new life-saving drugs, and what’s being done or suggested to confront the problem.

Finally, one of the main reasons we can provide such high-quality programming is the ongoing support of our supporting partners. We would like to welcome our newest sponsors to the SOHL community and look forward to ongoing involvement and shared commitment to enriching the path of professional development.


Darrell Atkin, CPXP

SOHL President

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