Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of North Carolina

March 2018

A Year-End Message from 2017 THEF President, Heather Jacobson

A message from your THEF President.

Dear THEF Colleagues:

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that my tenure as your THEF President is over, and I have passed the torch on to our 2018 President, Christa Johnston.  As I look back at what we accomplished last year, I want to thank the THEF Board and Committee members for their support, engagement and contributions. I would like to take this time to update you on the progress towards our 2017 Chapter Goals:

1) Increase membership engagement and satisfaction.

Our goal was to offer twelve face-to-face ACHE Credits and at least one hour of qualified credit. The ability to offer high-quality events with distinguished panelists locally allows our members the opportunity to receive credits needed to meet advancement requirements.

I am happy to report that for 2017, we offered:

  • 7 Education events, including a BOG exam review course

  • 13.5  Face-to-Face credits

  • 7.0 Qualified credits

  • 4 Networking events

We have continued to partner with other local professional organizations. On November 30th, we held our "THEF Gives Thanks" Networking and Food Drive with UNC HESA. Additionally, on December 13th, we offered another 0.5 Qualified credits at our Healthcare Holiday Mixer. We have been collaborating with the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG) and the other NC ACHE chapters to offer a 3.0 F2F credits education event on February 14, 2018 in conjunction with North Carolina Hospital Association's Winter Meeting. I especially want to thank our Regent, Al Taylor, for his assistance with coordinating this effort!

This past year, our goal was to grow membership by 17% from both traditional areas of the industry and new ones including the areas of healthcare continuum. We have recently completed our “Reinstatement Roundup” targeting lapsed members and fellows to reinstate their membership, reinstating 24% of our lapsed members!


2) Remain financially viable and develop a plan to generate additional financial resources for the chapter.

THEF Sponsorship co-chairs, Heather Honeycutt and Maryanne Volkringer, exceeded our Sponsorship goals for 2017. We would especially like to acknowledge our sponsors that helped subsidize the cost of our events:

Gold Level: Johnson & Johnson, LabCorp and Aurora Diagnostics

Bronze Level: Davita

Additionally, we would like to thank UNC Healthcare for their Silver Level Sponsorship for 2018!

If you or your organization is interested in sponsorship, please reach out to Heather Honeycutt or Maryanne Volkringer.


3) Increase sustainability of chapter operations through effective leadership practices.

Throughout the year, we worked to sustain active board engagement during board operations and chapter events and develop a strong succession plan to cultivate continued strength in board leadership for future years.  We have submitted an application for ACHE’s Grant Program for Chapter Innovation to improve engagement in senior-level executives in THEF Operations and Services. Additionally, to help support the mission of THEF and support members' professional, educational and leadership needs, we provided two scholarship opportunities this past year:

  • THEF Advancement Scholarship Winner: Jonathan Forte, Associate Administrator at the Greenville VA Health Care Center

  • Annual Student Scholarship: Aditi Borde, UNC MHA Candidate, May 2019


4) Increase brand awareness and perceived value among members and key stakeholders in healthcare leadership in order to promote ACHE's Mission, Vision and Core Values.  

As noted above, in order to promote and support Advancement, we co-hosted a Board of Governor’s Prep Course for eligible members with the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group. We also sponsored two community service activities to assist our members meet this requirement of advancement, one in collaboration with the Interfaith Food Shuttle and the other with the Garden and Healthy Lifestyles Program at Alliance Medical Ministry. Our Advancement committee continues to conduct outreach for those members eligible to advance as well as develop additional tactics to support Advancement. I am proud to say that with the assistance of their efforts, we have had eight members advance to fellow this year. Congratulations to our new fellows:

  • Debra R. Johnson, FACHE from Nags Head

  • Shelton K. Nelson, FACHE from Greenville

  • Leslie E. Burnside, FACHE from Chapel Hill

  • Heather Bogan, FACHE from Chapel Hill

  • Jim Murphy, FACHE from Chapel Hill

  • Jonathan Forte, FACHE from Greenville

  • John Hudson, FACHE from Durham

  • Perry Ann Reed, FACHE from Raleigh

Also, a special congratulations for Marlon Julius of Greenville who recently passed the BOG Exam!

All of these accomplishments could not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated Board members and committee members. Their leadership throughout the year has set the chapter up for a successful future!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our chapter! I wish you much success in 2018.


Heather N Jacobson, M.S., CCC/SLP, MHA


2017 President, Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum of NC (THEF)





Save the Date: Upcoming ACHE event with NCHA Winter Meeting

The North Carolina Chapters of ACHE along with North Carolina Hospital Association invite you to join us on February 14, 2018 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel for an afternoon of education to earn 3.0 ACHE Face-to-Face planned education credits and a night of networking with a cocktail reception to follow the panel discussions.

Event Schedule:

1:30p-2p Registration

2p-3:30p Leading a Successful Multigenerational Organization

3:30-4p: Break

4p-5:30p: Listening to Employers: How Health Systems Can Support Population Health Management

5:30p-7p: Networking reception to include cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres

For more information please go to:

We will continue to update the THEF website as this event evolves. Eventbrite invitation to follow.





THEF Participates in Healthcare Holiday Mixer!

To celebrate collective health initiatives and the region's opportunities, THEF joined several other healthcare organizations for a year-end networking mixer at Smashing Boxes in Downtown Durham on December 13, 2017. Participating organizations included: Digital Health @ RTP, Health 2.0 NC Triangle, HealthTech 2027, Digital Health Impact + Transformation (DHIT) and Smashing Boxes.

Numerous members came together across multiple health industries, networks and meet-up groups. Additionally, THEF members earned 0.5 Qualified Education Credits listening to speakers Robert Furberg, PhD, MBA, from RTI’s Digital Health and Clinical Informatics program and Jeff Rogers, Vice President Channel Partnerships at Comprehend Systems share their perspectives about "The Use of Biometrics in Health."

A special thanks to Brent Anthony, a former THEF President, from Health 2.0 NC Triangle for his efforts in bringing these organizations together and Nick Jordan, CEO of Smashing Boxes for being the host sponsor!
















Congratulations on Advancement to ACHE Fellow!

The Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum of North Carolina (THEF) proudly congratulates eight of its members on becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), or completing all advancement requirements, so far this calendar year 2017.

Leslie Burnside, MEd, MHA, FACHE                                         
UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill

Jonathan Forte, MHA, FACHE                                                     
Greenville VA Health Care Center, Greenville

Heather Honeycutt, MBA, MPM, PMP, FACHE                    
Novant Health, Chapel Hill

John Hudson, MSN, PhD, FACHE                                                
Duke Regional Hospital, Durham

Debra Johnson, FACHE                                                                 
The Outer Banks Hospital, Nags Head

Jim Murphy, MHA, FACHE                                                          
UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill

Shelton Nelson, MBA, FACHE                                                     
Vidant Medical Group, Greenville

Perry Ann Reed, MBA, FACHE                                                    
WakeMed Children’s Hospital, Raleigh

We also congratulate Marlon Julius, MHA at Vidant Health in Greenville on passing the Board of Governors Exam, with advancement to Fellow anticipated in November 2019.

A few THEF members are scheduled to take the Board of Governors Exam and advance to Fellow in the last weeks of December, and we look forward to congratulating them in the new year!

ACHE is the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 9,200 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential and how you can achieve this professional distinction, please reference the THEF Advance to Fellow webpage at for informational resources and to contact the Fellowship Advancement Committee for additional guidance.

GCHEG & THEF- Board of Governors Exam Review Course 2017

Thirty-three American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members, actively pursuing the Fellow, ACHE (FACHE) credential, attended a one day ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course on September 23, 2017 at the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. The course was co-hosted by the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG) and the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum (THEF) chapters of ACHE. Course instructor Dennis Coker, FACHE of the South Carolina ACHE Chapter delivered a full day of instruction and provided self-study materials that include a full-length practice exam, and attendees earned 7 Qualified Education Credits.

The Fellow credential signifies board certification in healthcare management, and the Board of Governors Exam is one of 7 requirements that must be met to achieve the credential. Currently, 9,200 healthcare leaders are Fellows of the ACHE, with 137 belonging to THEF.

THEF members interested in learning more about advancing to Fellow can contact any member of the THEF Fellowship Advancement Committee. Visit for committee member contact information and additional resources to inform your path to advancement.



THEF Gave Thanks at Annual Networking Event and Food Drive with UNC HESA

THEF and UNC’s HESA members who attended the annual THEF Gives Thanks Networking Event and Food Drive with UNC HESA on November 30 gave thanks by donating 296 pounds of food to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  This donation will provide 247 meals. Thanks to all who attended and contributed to our community.

Kathy Coburn, FACHE (left) and Susan Gueiss (right), along with Emily Greene (not pictured) delivered donations to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on behalf of UNC HESA and THEF.




THEF Senior Executive Roundtable Breakfast - October Event Recap

On October 19, 40 members participated in our THEF Senior Executive Roundtable Breakfast and MacGregor Downs Country Club. Members had the opportunity to engage senior executives in a discussion about strategic partnerships and collaboration and relationship building for value-based care and risk-based payments. This event would not be possible without our panelists, so THEF would like to extend a special thank you to:


  • Leslie Burnside, VP of System Affiliations and Network Development for UNC Health System

  • Georgia Harrington, Vice President Strategic Ventures, Wake-Med Health & Hospitals

  • Sean Sondej, Vice President, Heart Services for Duke University Health System & Service Line Executive for Heart Care+


The Senior Executive Roundtable Breakfast generously sponsored by Aurora Diagnostics and Johnson & Johnson.



2018 THEF Board and Committee Members!

The Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum of North Carolina (THEF) is pleased to announce a robust and diverse team of healthcare management leaders that will be serving the THEF membership as Board and Committee Members in 2018.


2018 THEF Board and Committee Member Roster







Christa Johnston, FACHE

Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC


Heather Wargo, FACHE

B-Lign Consulting, LLC

Immediate Past President

Heather Jacobson

Duke Health


Emily Greene

Duke University Hospital


Perry Ann Reed, FACHE (pending)

WakeMed Children's Hospital












Matt Radzom, FACHE


Committee Members

Ramya Parthasarathy

Duke University Medical Center, PDC


Philip Talcott

Duke University Health System


Sean Walsh

Raleigh Neurology Associates


Shepard Hurwitz, MD, FACHE

UNC Health System, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Clint Kendall

Maria Parham Health


Eric Harbour

NC Department of Health and Human Services


Heather Wargo, FACHE

B-Lign Consulting, LLC


Donna Prosser, FACHE

Blue Cottage Consulting






Ron Smith

LS3P Associates, Ltd.


Kathy Coburn, FACHE

Ernst & Young, LLP

Student Chair

Aditi Borde (Student)

UNC Chapel Hill

Committee Members

Stuart Hurley

Hurley Management Consultants


Dena Riley

CarolinaEast Health System


Shawn Armstrong

WakeMed Health & Hospitals


Vanessa Morales

Duke Health


Susan Gueiss

Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic


Christian Kafel

Thomas Koritz Clinic, SJAFB, USAF


Victoria Baskett

Wayne UNC Healthcare


Todd Hardy

UNC Health Care


Prithima Mosaly (Faculty)

UNC Chapel Hill


Sa'Maad Bynum



Alex Rich (Student)

Carolina Health Informatics Program, UNC Chapel Hill


Kate Zmijewski

Learning Services



Fellowship Advancement



Jon Forte

Greenville VA Health Care Ctr

Committee Members

Alvin (Joe) D'Angelo

Duke University Health System


Morgan Jones, FACHE

Duke University Health System


Yolanda Whitfield, DO, FACHE



Brian King, FACHE

Duke Primary Care


Donna Prosser, FACHE

Blue Cottage Consulting


Dawn Peele, FACHE

CarolinaEast Health System






Tommy McNeill

Mid-South Medical


Greg Nelson


Committee Members

Rich Kenny



Tameka Bates

UNC Health Alliance


Martin Summerville

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune






Maryanne Volkringer

Duke University Health System


Heather Honeycutt, FACHE

Novant Health

Committee Members

Jill Watson

UNC Healthcare


Peter Charvat, MD

Johnston Health






Daryl Sams

Duke University Health System

Committee Members

Christian Kafel

Thomas Koritz Clinic, SJAFB, USAF






Luke Waller

Vidant Health

Assistant Director

Jordan Berry

Vidant Health

Committee Members

Silvia Rose

Vidant Bertie Hospital


Jon Forte

Greenville VA Health Care Center


Jeff Dial, FACHE

Vidant Medical Center


Shawn Wagner

Vidant Medical Group


Shirley Harkey, DHA, FACHE

Wayne UNC Healthcare


Victoria Baskett

Wayne UNC Healthcare


As an all-volunteer organization, active Board and Committee Members are critical to developing and delivering engaging events and educational opportunities to the THEF membership throughout the year. The time each Board or Committee Member takes away from their busy professional and personal lives to serve the local healthcare management community is sincerely appreciated. our Committees are currently full, we will continue to accept Committee Member interest forms throughout the year and are developing a 'wait list' that will be used in the case of attrition. If you are interested in joining a Committee but haven't yet submitted an interest form, visit the THEF website at to find Committee descriptions and estimated time commitments for each, and submit the completed form to at any time to get in the queue for consideration as Committee positions become available.






NEW for 2018! FACHE Reference Subcommittee A Resource for Advancement to Fellow, ACHE

Interested in advancing to Fellow, ACHE but do not know a current Fellow in your organization or geographical area to provide the required references? You aren’t alone.  There are many Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum of North Carolina (THEF) members in the same situation.

To remove this barrier to advancement, the THEF Fellowship Advancement Committee has created a FACHE Reference Subcommittee composed of current Fellows who have offered to make themselves available to conduct interviews and provide references for quality Fellow candidates.

A downloadable roster with contact information and communication preferences for FACHE Reference Subcommittee members may be found on the THEF Advance to Fellow webpage at

THEF is grateful to all FACHE Reference Subcommittee members for volunteering their time to help others achieve the Fellow credential.

Wick Baker, FACHE                 Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

Mary Beck, FACHE                  UNC Healthcare

Bill Bedsole, FACHE                 South Atlantic Healthcare Alliance

Swati Bhardway, FACHE         Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance

Megan Booth-Mills, FACHE    Vidant Medical Group

Leslie Burnside, FACHE           UNC Health Care

Kathy Coburn, FACHE              Ernst & Young

Jeff Dial, FACHE                        Vidant Medical Center

Carol Dorn Sanders, FACHE    Lumeris

Joseph Edger, FACHE               Durham VA Medical Center

Chuck Elliott, FACHE                Johnston Health

Kathleen Galbraith, FACHE     Duke Regional Hospital

Keith Gallagher, FACHE          Wake Spine & Pain Specialists

Matt Gitzinger, FACHE            Vidant Duplin Hospital

Shirley Harkey, FACHE            Wayne UNC Health Care

Jeremy Howell, FACHE           Marine Corps

Tom Hughes, FACHE               Prospect Medical Holdings

Janie Jaberg, FACHE                Wayne UNC Healthcare

Christa Johnston, FACHE         Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic

Neil Kinard, FACHE                  Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic

Robert Kulesher, FACHE         East Carolina University

Robert LaGesse, FACHE          ECU Physicians Medical Group

Adrienne Lloyd, FACHE           Duke University Eye Center

Amy Montgomery, FACHE     The Outer Banks Hospital

Dawn Peele, FACHE                CarolinaEast Health System

Matt Radzom, FACHE             Consultant

Robin Schaefer, FACHE           CarolinaEast Health System

Shilpa Shelton, FACHE            Duke University Health System

Mark Tribbett, FACHE             Socius Health Solutions

FACHE Reference Subcommittee membership counts as a Healthcare Activity required for Fellow recertification. Current Fellows interested in joining the Subcommittee should visit the THEF Advance to Fellow webpage and contact any current Fellowship Advancement Committee Member for information on joining.





Thank You to our THEF Sponsors

We are grateful for their support!

We appreciate the generous support of all of our THEF Sponsors.  


Gold Level Sponsors






Bronze Level Sponsor



If your organization is interested in joining this illustrious list of THEF supporters, please contact

Maryanne Volkringer at or Heather Bogan at

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