Quarterly SOHLstice
December 2019
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SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL!
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Shifting Perceptions of Change From Episodic Solution to Always-on Strategy
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Chapter Officers

Executive Board

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


Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego


President Elect
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Immediate Past President
Darrell Atkin
TruthPoint / Darrell Atkin & Associates

Spshelle Rutledge 
National University

Amy Kasahara 
UC San Diego Health

Michael Sokolowski


Board of Directors

Allison Noel
ECG Management Consultants

Aubrianna Butler

Jared Vogt
Rady Children’s Hospital

Nora Bota
County of San Diego

Michelle Martin
Casa Palmera Treatment Center

Melinda Hudson
UC San Diego Health

Career Development
Andrea Gonzalez
Scripps Health

Volunteer Coordinator
Vicki Shumulinsky
West Health

Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC

Howard Salmon

Imperial County Liaison
Kathleen Lang


Subcommittee Members

Diversity Council
Chisun Chun
Rady Children's Hospital

Melody Schiaffino
San Diego State University

Allied Healthcare Professional Council
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Nora Bota
County of San Diego

Shawn Amirhoushmand
Generations Healthcare-Friendship Manor Nursing

Yameeka Jones
Vibra Hospital of San Diego

Sarah Gerard
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Annual Conference
Johan Otter
Scripps Health

Kristine Ortwine

Mike De Castro
ECG Management Consultants

Social Media
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Sarah Gerard
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Executive Program
Celerina Cornett

Jack Hallmark

Advancement Study Group
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Andrea Gonzalez
Scripps Health

Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton

Student Liaison, San Diego State University
Sarah Norwood
Britney Prince

Graduate Program Council, National University
Negin Iranfar

Student Liaison, National University
Norelis Dyshkant
Myreen Piazza

Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego

Student Liaison, UC San Diego
Justin Sigmund
Rene Lopez


College Bowl
Peggy Ranke
National University

Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West

Aaron Byzak
Galvanized Strategies

Nia Price

Website Manager
Carol Cannizzo
BestBuy Health

SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update

September 26, 2019 – CareerEDGE & You: Mapping Your Career for Success:

The SOHL Early Careerists Co-Chairs, Peter Chu and Jack Hallmark, organized an interactive webinar for members to hear about the useful career mapping resources offered by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), called CareerEDGE. Melinda Hudson, SOHL Marketing Co-Chair, shared how CareerEDGE has been beneficial for her career development and insights gained from taking the self-assessments. Rachel Gregoire from the ACHE Career Resource Center provided an overview of the free career management tool. Begin mapping out your career today and use this free tool that ACHE offers through your membership, click here for more information.

October 25, 2019 – SOHL 11th Annual Conference- Emergencies in Healthcare:

The SOHL 11th Annual Conference brought over 100 people together to learn about emergencies in healthcare from national, state, and local healthcare stakeholders. The conference featured speakers with various experiences from the war zones, local emergencies, traumatic events, and disaster management.

October 28, 2019 – 2019 Live Well San Diego Advance – Uniting for Impact:

The fourth annual Live Well San Diego Advance brought nearly 1,800 recognized partners and community leaders to network, learn about new tools and best practices, and participate in breakout sessions. SOHL members attended the advance to support the local chapter’s efforts as a recognized Live Well San Diego partner. Leaders from every sector came together to advance the Live Well San Diego vision of healthy, safe, and thriving communities in San Diego County.   

Nick Macchione, FACHE, Director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego, provided opening remarks at the event and is pictured below with a few of the SOHL members.

November 13, 2019 – SOHL Mentoring Program Close Out Event:

Sarah Guerard and Jessica Taylor, SOHL Mentoring Co-Chairs, coordinated the mentoring program for over 60 people this year. Since April, Sarah and Jessica provided monthly tips and reminders to help mentors and mentees have meaningful discussions throughout the mentor program process. Mentors and mentees met on November 13 to celebrate their achievements this year at Tom Ham’s Light House.

December 3, 2019 – Achieving Impact in Diversity and Inclusion:

Over 60 participants were in attendance to support the ACHE core values of Diversity and Inclusion at SOHL’s Achieving Impact in Diversity and Inclusion Panel Program. Chisun Chun, Past ACHE District Regent at Large and SOHL’s Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair, provided an overview of ACHE’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts and Summer Enrichment Program. Kelly Price Noble, DHA, Chair of the College of Health Professions at University of Phoenix and Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the California Institute of Human Science, moderated the Q & A discussion with the three panelists, Vernita Todd, MBA, FACHE, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at San Ysidro Health, Loraine Rice, Director of Human Resources for Catalyst, a Haskell Company, and David Mier, Chief of Community Affairs at UC San Diego Health. Nora Bota, SOHL Programs Co-Chair, asked the audience to submit responses via text message through an interactive application called Poll Everywhere to answer why does Diversity and Inclusion matter in healthcare (see responses in the word cloud below).

December 5, 2019 – SOHL Board Member and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner  

Vicki Shumulinksy, SOHL Volunteer Chair, organized the annual Board Member and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to recognize Board members and volunteers for their contributions in 2019 to advance the mission of the local ACHE chapter. Dasha Dahdouh is pictured to the right with the Board members and volunteers as she recognizes all in attendance for their accomplishments and success this year. 

Other Upcoming Events (Registration is Forthcoming in 2020:  

January 2020: SOHL Annual Member Appreciation Event

February/Early Spring 2020: SOHL CEO Rounds – Leadership Pearls Event

A special thank you and recognition to the 2019 SOHL Programs Committee that assisted the Program Co-Chairs, Nora Bota and Jared Vogt, this year with planning educational experiences for the chapter and members.  

  • Cheryl Badaracco
  • Donna Evans
  • Alan Conrad
  • Bryan Walsh
  • Lydia Napa
  • Francis dela Cruz

SOHL Program Questions: Please contact SOHL Program Co-Chairs, Nora Bota at norambota@gmail.com and Jared Vogt at jvogt@rchsd.org, for further details and questions.

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