Quarterly SOHLstice
September 2021
In This Issue
Regent's Message: Summer 2021
President's Message
SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL
SOHL Member Spotlight: Mike De Castro, MHA
Partnering for Success: Preparing for the ACHE Board of Governors Exam
Q3 2021 National News
Tackling Important Conversations Virtually
The Impact of Remote Work on Reading Body Language
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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


Jennifer Reyes
Neighborhood Healthcare

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


Subcommittee Members

Diversity Council
Kelly Price Noble
University of Phoenix

Pranav Dixit

Allied Healthcare Professional Council

County: Nora Bota, County of San Diego

Military: LT Jac Thomas

VA: Sarah Guerard, VA San Diego Healthcare System

Volunteer Coordinator
Kristine Ortwine
Integrated Health Partners

Annual Conference
Johan Otter
Scripps Health


Mike De Castro
ECG Management Consultants

Social Media
Moyosore Buari


Marketing Volunteer
Susan Stone
Sharp HealthCare

Maureen Malone


Executive Program
Celerina Cornett
UC San Diego Extension

Jack Hallmark

Advancement Study Group
Carol Cannizzo

Nicholas Hance


Early Careerists
Jennifer Reyes
Neighborhood Healthcare

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 Member Spotlight: Mike De Castro, MHA

Name:  Mike De Castro

Current role with SOHL:      Newsletter Editor

Current professional role/title and name of organization:        Manager, ECG Management Consultants

What are your career aspirations? In my current role as a management consultant with ECG, I partner primarily with leaders across an academic medical center’s (AMC’s) component entities (e.g., medical school, teaching hospital/health system, faculty group practice) to solve various strategic, financial, and operational issues that impact their clinical and academic missions. Working with these institutions that provide top-notch medical care, promote scientific and clinical discoveries, and educate and train future doctors is very rewarding and humbling. I enjoy tackling the challenges these organizations face, which are varied and unique, and I look forward to serving as an adviser to these organizations for many years to come.

How has SOHL/ACHE shaped your journey within the healthcare industry? Since day one as a student member of SOHL and ACHE, I have found great value in being part of such prestigious organizations. SOHL and ACHE have broadened my understanding of healthcare management and provided me with various tools and resources to further my learning and development. Equally as important, I have had the opportunity to meet many bright and forward-thinking individuals from provider and payer organizations, as well as key vendor entities that provide critical services to these groups. Being able to connect with them and learn about how they are addressing numerous issues is both insightful and inspiring, and has played a key role in my overall growth as a professional.

What are some personal interests of yours? I enjoy traveling, both domestically and internationally. I feel it’s the best way to learn about a particular destination’s history, culture, and people. I also like being outdoors, doing activities such as hiking, kayaking, and camping.

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