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2016 Board Members
Katy Davis, MHA
(336) 832-7396

Michelle Bednarek, MHA, CHC, CPhT
(336) 218-8460

Skip Deskin

Brad Marino, MPH, FACHE
(336) 580-9198

Lisa Pennington, FACHE, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
(336) 538-7517

Immediate Past President
Garry Kauffman, MPA, FACHE, RRT, FAARC
(336) 971-1108

Education Chair
Barbara Wolfe

Sponsorship Chair
Erik Lilje

Audit Chair
Dave Jenkins, MA, MBA
(336) 832-7840

Membership Chair
Greg Goins

Education Liaison
Carol Vogt, Dr.P.H., MSN
(704) 945-7318

Student Associates
Beth Murray
(336) 951-4527

Keith Jones
(336) 832-8764
National News Q2 2016

National News
Q2 2016

Apply for the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program by July 8.

The deadline to apply for the 2016 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program is Friday, July 8.

During this year-long program, EDP scholars will receive specialized curriculum opportunities that address successful navigation of potential career challenges and enhance executive presence. Each scholar also will benefit from one-on-one interactions with a specially selected mentor and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments. The EDP will empower participants with enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders to help prepare the EDP scholars for their ascension to C-suite roles in hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations.

Visit for more information or to apply. Please direct any questions about the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program to Cie Armstead, director, diversity and inclusion, at or (312) 424-9306.

The Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership is accepting donations to the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Gifts—no matter the amount—will help shape the future of healthcare leadership. Visit to make a donation.

Official Notice for the 2016–2017 Council of Regents Elections

The 2016–2017 election process has begun to select new Regents who will serve on the American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents—the legislative body that represents ACHE’s members. Service is a unique opportunity to exercise your leadership ability, share innovative ideas and act on behalf of other ACHE members.

All Fellows who wish to run must submit either a letter of intent to ACHE via certified mail postmarked no later than Aug. 26, 2016, or an electronic letter of intent to
elections@ache.og. When submitting the letter, please use this form and return it to the attention of Caitlin E. Stine, Regent Elections Coordinator, Division of Regional Services, American College of Healthcare Executives, 1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529. If you submit your letter electronically, and you haven’t received confirmation that it was acknowledged by Sept. 2, 2016, please contact Caitlin Stine at (312) 424-9324 or

Members are assigned to a Regent jurisdiction based on their address. Fellows who are uncertain about their jurisdiction or would like additional information about Regent responsibilities should contact Caitlin Stine. Elections will be held in the following jurisdictions:

  • Arizona
  • California—Southern
  • Canada
  • Florida—Northern & Western
  • Illinois—Central & Southern
  • Illinois-Metropolitan Chicago
  • Maryland
  • Michigan & Northwest Ohio
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Navy
  • Nebraska & Western Iowa
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey—Northern
  • New York—Northern & Western
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania—Southeast & Southern New Jersey
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas—Southeast
  • Vermont
  • Virginia—Central
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

New Regents each will serve a three-year term on the Council of Regents beginning at the close of the 2017 Council of Regents meeting during ACHE’s annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Exam Online Community Offers a Complimentary Interactive Learning Platform

Members preparing for the Board of Governors Examination can access the Exam Online Community—a complimentary and supplementary resource to boost confidence and increase success. The online community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other Members taking the Exam. There also is the opportunity to discuss Exam topics with experts for a higher level of understanding and the option to participate in study groups. Interested Members can join the Exam Online Community at

Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

To increase the availability of ACHE educational programming for Members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Those in career transition also are encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:

  • Congress on Healthcare Leadership
  • Cluster Seminars
  • Self-Study Programs
  • Online Education Programs
  • Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due at least eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application for complete information. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision at least six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or  For more information, visit


2016 Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership Education Programs

The 2016 innovation program, “Enhancing the Patient Experience Through Healthcare Innovation,” will be led by Jason A. Wolf, PhD, president, The Beryl Institute, Nashville, Tenn. Offered in conjunction with ACHE’s New York Cluster on Aug. 5, this half-day session will explore the critical ideas underlying patient experience success from a focus on leadership, culture and people, to the unique ways in which processes are being redesigned, technologies are being implemented and staff are being engaged. Full details are available here.

The 2016 ethics program, “Building a Sustainable, Culturally Competent and Equitable Healthcare Organization,” will be led by Aswita Tan-McGrory, deputy director, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. You also will hear from a panel of healthcare leaders who have faced ethical challenges and learned from the decisions they made within their organizations. This half-day program will be offered in conjunction with the Atlanta Cluster on Nov. 11. Full details will be available soon at

Both programs qualify for ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits.

These programs are funded in part by ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. Your contribution matters. For more information on the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, and to donate today, visit


ACHE Member Communities Launched to Enhance Representation of Asian and LGBT Healthcare Leaders

In support of ACHE’s longstanding commitment to advance diversity and inclusion, two new member communities were recently launched to increase and enhance representation of Asian and LGBT healthcare leaders—the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum and the LGBT Healthcare Leaders Forum.

The mission of the AHLF is to increase the representation—through leadership and professional development—of Asian-Americans in healthcare executive management, policy and administration. The Forum addresses this mission through targeted benefits designed to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth to AHLF members in various healthcare settings and at all career stages. Benefits include an online newsletter and a special education session at the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership. More detail and online application are available at

The mission of the LGBT Forum is to enhance representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender healthcare executives and to promote high-quality care for LGBT individuals and their families. Value-added benefits address the specific education, networking and career development needs of LGBT healthcare leaders and include a dedicated LinkedIn Group and online newsletter. More detail and online application are available at

The core requirement for both communities is current ACHE membership (Member, Fellow, Faculty and International Associate statuses only). The annual dues fee for each Forum is $100, in addition to regular ACHE dues.


Healthcare Consultants and Physician Executives Forum Education Programs

The Physician Executives Forum and Healthcare Consultants Forum provide added value to physician executive and healthcare consultant members via tailored resources to meet these groups’ unique professional development needs. A one-day education program is a cornerstone benefit of both Forums that offers an affordable learning and networking opportunity. Dates and location for these programs are as follows:

Healthcare Consultants Forum Education Program
Sept. 11, 2016
Westin O’Hare
Chicago, Ill.
More details available at

Physician Executives Forum Education Program
Oct. 8, 2016
Westin O’Hare
Chicago, Ill.
More details available at

Watch the ACHE 2016 Overview Video
A video shown during ACHE’s annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership provided an overview of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ mission, values, programs, products and services. If you missed Congress, or haven’t see the highlight video, you can watch it here.


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Submit Your Letter of Intent to Run for ACHE Regent
Submit via certified mail or electronically by August 26, 2016
Regent elections are being held in our area this year.  If you are a Fellow and interested in running for Regent, you must submit either a letter of intent to ACHE via certified mail postmarked no later than August 26, 2016, or an electronic letter of intent to by the same date.  For more information, go to Official Notice for the 2016-2017 Council of Regents Elections.

Welcome To Our Newest Members
We are excited to welcome the newest members of ACHE of the Triad: Roderick Fuller, BJ Miller, Kimesha Spinks, Eric Steelman, Scott Supernaw, James Thomas, and LaShanda Villines. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Congratulations to our New and Recertified Fellows
Mary Blackburn, FACHE (new), Preston Hammock, FACHE (new) Pamela Barrett, FACHE (recertified), and Gregory Schulz, FACHE (recertified). Congratulations on your achievements and your commitment to your profession.