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December 2019
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SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL!
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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

President's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Not only are we closing out another year in just a few short weeks, but are also saying goodbye to another decade! I would certainly be remiss if I did not acknowledge the new heights our community has reached over the last 10 years, as well as national and global trends San Diego and Imperial Counties have harnessed to accelerate our field. From erecting new facilities to expanding successful programs, from making the annual lists of Best Hospitals in San Diego to being featured worldwide – here’s to another decade of partnerships, leadership, new opportunities, and growth.

I am also proud of our Chapter’s accomplishments this year:

  • Held the 11th Annual Conference and welcomed over 130 attendees.
  • Had the largest ever mentorship program participation with 35 mentors and 37 proteges.
  • Offered 12 face-to-face credits to members.
  • Secured funding for 6 SDSU students to attend ACHE Congress.
  • Partnered with Kathi Lencioni’s family to offer a scholarship for the second consecutive year.

Our programs would not be possible without the hard work and support of the Board members and volunteers. A sincere thank you to our sponsors who make it possible for us to continue to provide high quality programs and offer opportunities for your professional development.

We also extend our congratulations to the newly appointed Southern California Regent, Harry C. Sax, MD, FACHE, and look forward to working with him over the next two years.

If you are new to our Chapter, you may not be familiar with the ACHE Fellow distinction. The importance of earning this distinction of board certification as an ACHE Fellow cannot be overstated. The FACHE status benefits your professional goals. It also benefits the health care management profession in general as it demonstrates your competence, leadership skills, and commitment to excellent in the field. I encourage you to take the next step in advancing your career by achieving Fellow status. If you didn’t take advantage of SOHL’s Executive program or the Advancement Study Group opportunities, I urge to consider participating in both in 2020. If you are just beginning your journey toward board certification and the FACHE credential, ACHE offers complimentary resources. They are designed to help you succeed so you can be formally recognized for your competency, professionalism, ethical decision making, and commitment to lifelong learning.

Please continue to stay informed on SOHL’s activities and opportunities via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and our website. We look forward to bringing exciting new educational programs and professional development opportunities to you in 2020.

Happy holidays to you and thank you for your commitment to your profession and ACHE!

Dasha Dahdouh, MPH

SOHL Chapter President

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