Quarterly SOHLstice
March 2021
In This Issue
Regent's Message
President's Message
SOHL Awards and Recognitions
SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL
Q1 2021 National News
Resourcefulness: A Key Leadership Skill
Accomplishments Build Careers
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Chapter Officers

Executive Board

Regent (California - Southern)
Harry C. Sax, , MD, FACHE, FACS
Cedars Sinai Medical Center


Nora Bota
County of San Diego


Immediate Past Co-Presidents
Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego

Darrell Atkin

Johan Otter
Scripps Health


President Elect
Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor Consulting

Sarah Norwood
Tech Coast Angels San Diego

James Revels
UC San Diego Health


Peter Chu
UC San Diego Health

Board of Directors

Debbie Jacobs

Aubrianna Schumacher
UC San Diego Health Physician Group

Jack Hallmark

Lydia Isabel Napa
UC San Diego Health

Marketing and Communications
Ana Victoria Ramirez
Sharp Coronado Hospital

Sean Olmo
Scripps Health

Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC

Gary Fybel
FMG Leading

Career Development
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Sarah Guerard
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Subcommittee Members

Diversity Council
Kelly Price Noble
University of Phoenix

Imperial County Liaison

Allied Healthcare Professional Council
County: Nora Bota, County of San Diego

Military: LT Jac Thomas

VA: Sarah Guerard, VA San Diego Healthcare System

Community Health: TBD

Volunteer Coordinator
Kristine Ortwine
Integrated Health Partners

Annual Conference
Peter Chu
UC San Diego Health

Johan Otter
Scripps Health


Mike De Castro
ECG Management Consultants

Social Media
Lilly Najera
County of San Diego

Website Manager
Jeffrey Jimenez
County of San Diego

Marketing Volunteer
Susan Stone
Sharp HealthCare



Executive Program
Celerina Cornett
UC San Diego Extension

Jack Hallmark

Advancement Study Group
Carol Cannizzo
County of San Diego


Early Careerists
Jennifer Reyes
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton

Thuy Do

Britney Seidemann


Graduate Program Council, National University
Negin Iranfar

Joy De Dios


Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego
Robert Kaplan

Justin Sigmund

Michael Chan

Graduate Program Council, University of Phoenix
Kelly Price Noble
University of Phoenix

College Bowl
Negin Iranfar
National University

Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West

Jared Vogt
Rady Children's Hospital

Trish Daly
Daly Consulting Solutions

SOHL Awards and Recognitions

ACHE Recognition Awards

Congratulations to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Recognition awardees! The ACHE Recognition is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to healthcare management excellence through their volunteer service to the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) Chapter, ACHE, and the healthcare profession. On behalf of ACHE, SOHL is honored to acknowledge the ACHE Recognition Awardees listed below.

*One star is awarded for every 30 hours of service.

1 STAR Fellow – Service Award:

  • Carol Cannizzo, RN, FACHE
  • Bernard F. Carr, LFACHE
  • Sherwood G. Covill, LFACHE
  • Andrea Gonzalez, FACHE
  • Howard W. Salmon, LFACHE

1 STAR Member – Service Award:

  • Nora M. Bota, MPH
  • Keith D. Brady, DSc, FACHE(R)

2 STAR Fellow – Distinguished Service Award:

  • CDR Eric A. Polonsky, FACHE

2 STAR Member – Distinguished Service Award:

  • Jared A. Vogt

3 STAR Fellow – Exemplary Service Award:

  • Aaron J. Byzak, FACHE

ACHE Regent Awards

Congratulations to the SOHL Board members listed below who received the 2020 ACHE Regent Award! This award is bestowed upon SOHL Board members who have gone above and beyond in terms of their volunteer service and commitment to the organization and healthcare leadership.

  • Peter Chu, MHSA
  • Howard W. Salmon, LFACHE

SOHL ACHE Congress Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to the students listed below who are recipients of the SOHL scholarship to help cover partial costs of this year’s ACHE Congress registration! The scholarship provides SOHL members the ability to connect with colleagues, discover new insights from innovative leaders across the nation, and access resources to empower them to lead in the healthcare field.

  • Thuy Do
  • Essohouna Tchonda

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Excellence

Last year marked SOHL’s 20th year anniversary since the Healthcare Executives and San Diego Women in Healthcare Administration merged, forming SOHL. In 2001, SOHL applied to be an ACHE Pilot Chapter and was awarded ACHE Pilot Chapter status in 2002, leading to official ACHE Chapter status in 2004.

For over two decades, SOHL has been leading with excellence, developing healthcare leaders to last a lifetime, and ensuring all communities have an equal opportunity to advance their careers. Thank you to the SOHL Presidents listed below who have dedicated time and support to advance healthcare leaders for over 20 years.

  • 2001 - Lieta Maffei and Andrew Shogren
  • 2002 - Lieta Maffei
  • 2003 - Jennifer Keersmaker
  • 2004 - Nick Macchione
  • 2005 - Mary Para
  • 2006 - Kristin Garrett
  • 2007 - Trish Daly
  • 2008 - Mary Para
  • 2009 - Stonish Pierce
  • 2010 - Deeann Green
  • 2011 - Ron Nowosad
  • 2012 - Jared Vogt
  • 2013 - Mark Campbell
  • 2014 - Lisa Thakur
  • 2015 - Johan Otter
  • 2016 - Victoria Shumulinsky
  • 2017 - Nia Price
  • 2018 - Darrell Atkin
  • 2019 - Dasha Dahdouh
  • 2020 - Darrell Atkin, Dasha Dahdouh, and Johan Otter
  • 2021 - Nora Bota 
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