Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

Spring 2017

President's Message

by Dina E. O'Leary, MBA, FACHE


I am pleased and excited to take on the role of 2017 WSHEF President and to represent your state chapter for ACHE. I would like to thank and acknowledge Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE for his leadership this past year as our President. Together with our previous President, Dr. Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, FACHE and our amazing volunteer board of directors and committee chairs this year promises to bring our chapter to a new level. The work led by both Karin and Martin over the last two years has produced long range plans that will continue to help our organization grow and serve your long term needs for education, professional development, and networking in the years to come.

For those of you whom I have not yet met, I would like to briefly introduce myself. My start in healthcare was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where ACHE is huge. I began my membership through the DFW chapter which first accepted me as a student member, selected me as a mentee, and then provided a scholarship for me to attend my first ACHE Congress.  If you want to get a young careerist hooked, what a way to go!  When I arrived in Seattle I sought out the local ACHE chapter…but it was difficult to find. I finally connected with what was then Puget Sound Healthcare Executives Forum. I later served as Secretary – which at the time also included membership, newsletter, database, etc. I remained on the board through our evolution from PSHEF to WSHEF when ACHE decided to make the transition to state wide chapters.

Then, I took a step back.  My husband and I began having children. I was involved in my local Rotary club, which led to a position on the board and later presidency. Work was busy and my employer didn’t view ACHE as a priority. Just like with so many things other life priorities took precedence. I attended meetings here and there and maintained my Fellow status…but ACHE wasn’t compelling enough to me to do more than go through the motions.

As Martin has discussed in previous newsletters, WSHEF has recommitted to understanding the challenges healthcare leaders in Washington are facing and is focusing on how to deliver new, meaningful solutions to healthcare leaders; how to adapt the ACHE brand to the needs of new and emerging healthcare markets; and how to enhance the core offerings of ACHE to leaders. Quite frankly, we all have busy lives and busy careers and increasing demands on our time. For any of us to find the time to attend a WSHEF or ACHE event it needs to strike a balance between the time and bandwidth we are willing to make available relative to our needs for professional development, networking and best practice sharing. It is our hope that our new focus will compel you to view WSHEF and ACHE as a priority for your career.

So what might those events be? Socially, we will continue to host our Meet & Mingle events. We were excited to host our first Meet & Mingle in Spokane a couple of weeks ago thanks to an excellent group of student members who are also planning for future events. For those closer to Seattle we have monthly Meet & Mingles scheduled through June with the next being held April 6 at the Garage in Seattle. We are also working to reschedule the snowed out event in Bellevue. But what would work for you?  We would love to host an event near you and would be happy to help you make it happen! Please contact us at wshef.membership@achemail.net and let’s make a Meet & Mingle happen near you!

March brings with it the annual ACHE Congress in Chicago! I hope to see many of you there. We would love to gather anyone from the chapter who is able to attend for dinner or drinks at some point during the event! If you cannot make it to Congress but need to gain more credits to become a Fellow or to recertify, keep in mind ACHE is holding a Seattle Cluster in late September. We are also planning to bring a multi-credit event to the eastern half of our state and will have more details on that soon.

By the time this newsletter is published, our breakfast event, which was held jointly with the WA AK HFMA Health Plan Provider Summit, will have successfully taken place on Feb 22. We continue to work with the other regional health care leadership organizations to provide quality programs. Speaking of which, save the evening of Monday, April 24 for an event at the University of Washington. Planning by members of the UW MHA program and WSHEF is nearly complete. A panel discussion will be led by local experts on understanding the policy proposals and implications coming out of the other Washington (DC) to repair/repeal/replace the ACA. This will be a great event. 

This past fall our Diversity committee partnered with the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum for an event with Dr. Brian Wong, MD MPH (Author of Heroes Need Not Apply), “Culture: The Force Behind Strategy.” The November event was a follow-up to his excellent presentation at our Annual Meeting. The Diversity team is continuing to work on additional programming, including the 3rd Annual MHA & WSHEF Diversity Recruitment Event. This event is focused on improving the diverse applicant pool to the UW MHA program.  A panel discussion will include UW MHA professors and various professionals of color from the region designed to motivate diverse undergraduate students to apply to the program. This event is planned for Tuesday, April 11, 4 PM, at the UW Campus. More to come!

The board and our committees are really working to provide both networking and for-credit events that will be compelling enough to gain your involvement. We are continuing to look at ways to provide more programming outside of the greater Seattle area. If you are in the Tri-Cities, Spokane, Olympia, Vancouver, wherever you are, we want to hear from you. Help us make something great happen – whether it is a Meet & Mingle or a for credit event. We would love to partner with you.

On that note, our Secretary Lori Nomura, JD has assisted the board in developing sponsorship opportunities. I would like to take a moment to personally thank Lori for her work. I would also like to thank our new partners in sponsorship for our events in the upcoming year including: The Advisory Board; Community Health Plan of Washington; Foster Pepper, PLLC; Loft9; Ogden Murphy Wallace Attorneys; and SCI Solutions. We are particularly excited by the opportunity presented to us by Loft9 with whom we are working to put together a sponsored series of compelling programs.

On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank you again for providing me with this opportunity to serve and represent you for ACHE. Please let us know how we can add value to your career as healthcare leaders in 2017. Please also let us know how we may compel you to provide ideas and a little volunteer work to assisting us in providing you and your colleagues that value.

Dina E. O’Leary. MBA, FACHE

President, Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

Message from Your ACHE Regent


Hello Washington!

As I write this, my final Regent Message, it is cold but sunny in my part of Washington. The New Year has passed, work pace is back to normal, and the politics surrounding healthcare in DC are heating up. What becomes of the ACA and other CMS payment initiatives, only time will tell.  It is sure to be a bit unpredictable for a while.

I am thankful I was able to serve as your Interim Regent. I appreciate all the people across the state and ACHE who helped me out in doing the job. In March at Congress, ACHE will swear in Andrea Z. Turner, FACHE, your newly elected Regent who will commence a three-year term. I have worked with Andrea a long time here in the state and we are in good hands with her in this role. She worked hard as Chapter President and I know she will do so as our Regent. If she calls upon you for help, please step forward. As the saying goes “Many hands make light work.” 

One of the duties I do each month is send out letters acknowledging new Members, new Fellows, and recertified Fellows. It is striking how many new Members have joined us this year and also the commitment many of you have made to advance to Fellow or to continue your Fellowship with recertification. In 2015, we had 107 new Members join the WA Chapter – double digit growth. We had 49 new or recertifying Fellows in the state. Thank you all for your commitment to ACHE, to each other, and your own professional growth. 

January also marks the beginning of a new Chapter Board term. Martin Benning, FACHE will assume the role of Immediate Past President, and Dina Feil-O’Leary will become the new Chapter President. Thank you Martin for your leadership this last year! Dina, we look forward to your term and, on behalf of the membership, we are here to help. Pamela Rock, FACHE will become President-Elect, James Sapienza, FACHE becomes Treasurer, and Lori Nomura is Secretary. I would like to also acknowledge the huge contributions of James Cannon, LFACHE, our outgoing Treasurer, and Jacqui Sinatra, FACHE, outgoing At Large Board Member. Thank you both. We will also welcome new At Large Members beginning their terms – Joel Flugstad, Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, FACHE, Sheridah Lemmon, and Brian Barry. Thank you for your commitment to serve the chapter.

This coming year, the Chapter will see an expansion of WA State based face-to-face learning opportunities – stay tuned for more on this! We are also expanding our Meet and Mingle network events, having had good success in Seattle and Olympia areas. Look for Spokane area, Bellevue and Everett area events to be announced soon. We’d love to have you either co-host or at least stop by and meet your fellow members.  Look for emails announcing these events and register online! 

If you are going to Congress, I hope I will see you there. If you are attending, drop me an email. I’d like to make sure to connect at one of the receptions or a dinner. 

Again, thank you and be healthy!


William J. Reid, FACHE
Regent for Washington

New WSHEF Board Member Spotlight

Introducing the new 2017 Board Members!


Brian S Barry, MA, COO, Kadlec Clinic, Kadlec Regional Medical Center 


Barry grew up in a healthcare family and was very familiar with walking the halls of a hospital throughout his youth. After spending a few tumultuous years in the dot.com bubble, he found himself wanting to pursue a career direction that provided a more significant impact on his community. Barry was able to redirect his career path in to health system strategy and became infatuated with the dynamics of the healthcare business and the mission and values related to serving. 

Barry first became involved in ACHE when he served as the Western-Slope representative for Colorado’s ACHE chapter; this provided a great introduction to the value of ACHE and the local connectivity provided through the state chapters. When Martin Benning, the immediate past president, called Barry to inquire about his interest in running to serve as a Board member, it was a simple decision to make! Welcome to WA and to WSHEF Board Barry!



Aaron Hefel, MBA, MHA, Senior Manager of Physician Services at Providence Health


Aaron had the great fortune to start his career on the front lines in a top research lab where patients were receiving care and contributing to find a cure for a rare disease. For Aaron it was a pretty formative experience - he became aware that it was important to him that his work provide a connection back to the community. Aaron also got to learn the value of strong leadership in action, and how it can change the world. Aaron recalls that, not having a lot of cures at his disposal, the number one thing to do for patients in the lab was to re-engage an emotionally very discouraged patient who was on track to losing 100% of their vision. Aaron and his colleagues would say “Yes, there IS something you can do! You can help us understand the disease and help us build the cure.” That was leadership’s brilliant vision in a place of ambiguity. The key was staying focused on the patient in the midst of all the science. It resonated with him and healthcare ended up being a lucky, natural fit.

In Aaron's current role at Providence, he is supporting Providence's systemwide On-Demand Care strategy and implementation across a seven state market. Prior to this, he held roles within Providence, CHI, and University of Iowa Health Care in System Strategy, Medical Group Business Development, and Analytics.

Aaron first became involved with ACHE during his time in the MHA and MBA program at the University of Iowa, his home state. ACHE was and remains an important organization supporting healthcare leaders, particularly early careerists. So now, further on in his career, it is an exciting opportunity to be able to step up to support the future of the local chapter and get connected. Welcome to the WSHEF Board Aaron!



Sheridah Lemmom


Sheridah Lemmon is a second year student in the University of Washington Master in Healthcare Administration program with an anticipated graduation in the spring of 2017. She is currently an Administrative Intern at Providence Health and Services in Olympia. She serves as a board member at large for WSHEF. She is also a volunteer on the WSHEF communications committee where she focuses on the management and enhancement of WSHEF’s social media presence.

6 Ways to Boost Alignment and Improve Strategy Execution

Developing an efficient and innovative new strategy can be challenging, but not nearly as challenging as aligning people in an organization to successfully execute that strategy, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article. Summarized below are six steps to help your leadership team boost alignment and create focus around the “highest-impact actions that will drive the organization’s most important outcomes.”

1. Define the one most important outcome. Identifying the most important thing your team hopes to accomplish in the next 12 months will help clarify your next steps.

2. Distinguish the most essential people. Your strategy may require a team effort, but it’s also crucial to recognize whose job is most essential to achieving the organization’s goal. Doing so will help focus leaders’ efforts and resources.

3. Have key players pinpoint their primary contribution. Similar to how your team should identify one outcome, your key people should identify their one pivotal strength related to the strategy and their one key contribution. Simplicity is a must when it comes to maintaining momentum.

4. Conduct coaching sessions. Leaders should have “laser-focused, 30-minute one-on-one coaching sessions” to ensure headway is being made and progress is on track.

5. Gather and report data. Coaching sessions give leaders the chance to collect data on trends and organizational obstacles team members are facing. Sharing data with the previously identified key people can help drive priorities forward.

6. Enhance performance. Have the key contributors fill out surveys on how the organization’s key strategy is progressing and whether they feel the 30-minute coaching sessions are valuable or effective. This information can help leaders improve their strategy execution.

—Adapted from “Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem,” by Peter Bregman, Harvard Business Review, Jan. 4, 2017.

The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence: Bad Habits to Avoid

Recent studies show likability can be traced back to a few social skills such as sincerity, transparency and understanding. According to Travis Bradberry, author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, people with high emotional intelligence often possess such skills. They also tend to avoid the following bad behaviors, which can make you unlikeable:

  • Humble-bragging and self-deprecation
  • Being too serious or unsociable
  • Not asking enough questions during a conversation
  • Emotional instability, e.g., throwing things, screaming, etc.
  • Using your phone while interacting with people
  • Name-dropping to seem important or interesting
  • Gossiping
  • Being close-minded
  • Over-sharing personal information or problems

“When you build your awareness of how your actions are received by other people, you pave the way to becoming more likable,” wrote Bradberry.

—Adapted from “7 Things Wildly Successful People Do Before 7:30 A.M.,” by Travis Bradberry, Forbes.com, Jan. 24, 2017.


New Members and Member Advancement

Welcome New WSHEF Members: 

December 2016

  Erin R. Cameron-Murillo, Issaquah

  Sara Groves-Rupp, Seattle

  Jason D. Meaux, Seattle

  Christopher Phan, Redmond

  Lee Rich, Renton

  Thomas C. Tsai, Seattle 

January 2017

Hillary Altmann, Seattle

  Luis X. Amezcua Diaz, Seattle

  Darrin Cook, Yakima

  Becky DeMers, Moses Lake

  Kelsey B. Fleischmann, Mount Vernon

  Landon W. Graham, Seattle

  Aaron J. Guzik, Kirkland

  Walter Hansen, Kenmore

  Jason F. Kearney, MD, Vancouver

  John F. Martin, Vancouver

  Kristin K. Neff, Moses Lake

  Michelle Nichols, Downers Grove

  Michael Piper, Seattle

  Brandon J. Robertson, Tacoma

  Olga Sheynkman, Seattle

  Aaron Soto Valencia, Tacoma

  Amy J. Stolmeier, Bothell

  Paula Sword, Seattle

  Laurie A. Wheeler, Tacoma

February 2017

  Mark J. Alstead, Bellevue

  Steven Browning, Issaquah

  Kathy Chharing, Kent

  Elaine M. Clement, RN, Bellevue

  Albert Froling, Tacoma

  Anna S. Garcia, Newcastle

  HMC Kevin A. Hunt, Anacortes

  LCDR Jubal Marlatt, Lake Stevens

  Andrew Stein, Tacoma

March 2017

  Kevin Todd Caserta, Chehalis

  Darius Kaulius, Kirkland

  Michelle Le, Tacoma


Congratulations to Members who Advanced to Fellows or Recently Recertified: 

 New Fellows:

December 2016

Andrew D. Hamilton, Issaquah

February 2017

  Alex Scortzaru,  FACHE, Richland


Re-certified Fellows

December 2016

Gary Bayne, RN, FACHE, Mukilteo

  Gary A. Herschberger, FACHE, Olympia

  Larry W. Kahl, FACHE, Montesano

  LTC Eric McClung, FACHE, Fort Lewis

  Joseph C. Wall, FACHE, Olympia

January 2017

    David L. Holt, FACHE, Bonney Lake

  Alex R. Jordan, FACHE, Seattle

  William J. Reid, FACHE, Seattle

February 2017

  Catherine M. Nelson, FACHE, Gig Harbor

Congratulations to Members who recently passed the Board of Governors Exam

January 2017

  Dheeraj Ahuja, MD, Kennewick

  MAJ Michael Frankel, Roy


UW Executive MHA and Medical Management Programs

For your professional development!

The University of Washington's Graduate Programs in Health Services Administration offers healthcare professionals two options for increasing their management and leadership skills: the Executive Master of Health Administration Program (MHA), and the Certificate Program in Medical Management (CPMM).

Both programs are designed for those who want to meet the need for skilled leaders in the ever-changing healthcare delivery system. Physicians, nurses, other experienced clinical practitioners, and health service managers enter these programs to become more effective leaders and meet the increasingly challenging expectations of the patients and families, stakeholders, and communities they serve.

The Executive MHA Program has a 24-month format that combines three-day intensive on-site meetings with teleconferencing, independent assignments and team projects. Applications for admission have an annual deadline of April 30. For details, visit: http://www.uwexecutivemha.org.  

For details on the Medical Management Program, visit: http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/medical-management.html

To ask questions about either program, contact Maggie Helsel, the program coordinator, at mhap@u.washington.edu or 206-616-2947.

WSU Spokane MHPA program

If it is time to futher your education and earn a master's degree in health policy and administration, WSU offers an exciting program designed around a working professional's schedule. 


The Master of Health Policy and Administration (MHPA) degree is a vigorous, CAHME accredited, and personalized program that prepares future leaders in the dynamic and growing field of healthcare management. WSU HPA students enjoy small class sizes (12-20 students), which facilitate opportunities for strong and lasting relationships with both peers and professors. Students are required to participate in individual and group based projects and be actively engaged in class discussions. Additionally, students are provided valuable professional connections by networking with local healthcare professionals through site visits, guest lectures, student body events, and alumni events. 

A hallmark of the MHPA program is the completion of an internship. The required internship allows the student to gain leadership experience in the health care environment, explore the field, develop professional contacts, and contribute to career planning. The Department of Health Policy & Administration will help the student find an internship that meets your needs, or the student may arrange their own internship.  

Graduates of the program work in a wide range of career fields including hospital management, public health, managed care, group practice management, and financial management. Since 2013, 90% of WSU MHPA graduates secured employment within 3 months of graduation!

The program is ideal for working health care professionals who want to enhance their management skills or advance to management positions. To attract and accommodate our working professional students, our classes are offered from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., four days a week. Additionally, the program accommodates both full-time and part-time students. 

WSU Spokane’s Department of Health Policy and Administration is a proud member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) which provides waivers for out-of-state tuition in 16 states. For more information regarding WICHE, please visit www.wiche.edu.

To learn more about the MHPA program, visit: http://spokane.wsu.edu/admissions/HPA/ or contact the Academic Coordinator, Robin Durfee, at robin.durfee@wsu.edu or 509.358.7987.

ACHE: Become Board Certified in Healthcare Management

Ready to Advance to Fellow?

Why Board Certification - You want to go to board certified physicians for your care, so why not go to an organization with board certified healthcare executives. Earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives demonstrates your competence, dedication and commitment to lifelong learning. To learn more, visit ache.org and then go to the credentialing page. 

Advancement Information Session - Do you want to learn more about the value of board certification and the steps to completion? Then come to the Advancement Information Session sponsored by the Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum. There are two ways to participate. In-person or at your desk through a webinar. These sessions will be held twice annually. For more information about future information sessions you can contact Steve Saxe at smsaxe@comcast.net.




ACHE Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to ACHE Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Members and Fellows in career transition are also 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 no less than 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. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision not less than 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 tsomrak@ache.org. For more information, visit ache.org/TuitionWaiver.

Your Career & Development - JOB BANKS

If you are a member of ACHE you have access to a robust, national job bank. It can be found at:

ACHE Job Bank

We are pleased to provide a link to the WA Healthcare News Job Bank. This is an excellent source of information about positions in our local geographic area. The available position list has also been extended recently to contain some positions in other parts of the country.

WA Healthcare News Job Bank

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2017 Officers and Board Members

WSHEF Officers:

  • Dina E O'Leary, MBA, FACHE, President
  • Pam Rock, FACHE, President-Elect
  • Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE, Immediate Past President
  • Lori Nomura, JD, Secretary
  • Bill Reid, MS, FACHE, Treasurer*
*Treasurer elect for 2017, Jim Sapienza, FACHE has taken a new role out of state. Treasurer position will be filled by Bill Reid, FACHE on an interim basis.

 WSHEF Board Members:

  • Brian Barry
  • Joel B Flugstad, MHPA
  • Aaron Hefel
  • Sheridah Lemmon
  • Karin Larson-Pollack, MD, FACHE
  • Ryan Sundquist, MHA

 ACHE Regent, WA ( within District 5)

  • Andrea Turner, FACHE

MILITARY Representative

  • Michael S. Frankel

         Term ongoing 


      University of Washington

  • John Heyde, MHA Candidate

         Term ends April 2017

      Washington State University

  • Randolf Briggs, MHPA Candidate

         Term ends April 2017

Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!





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WSHEF Vision & Values

To be the premier professional society connecting leaders in Washington State to learn, share, and transform health care.


To advance Washington state ACHE members' healthcare professional excellence through interaction and communication and fostering professional development.

As members of our Chapter, we are committed to:

We advocate and emulate high ethical conduct in all we do.

Lifelong Learning
We recognize lifelong learning is essential to our ability to innovate and continually improve ourselves, our organizations and our profession.

We lead through example and mentoring, and recognize caring must be a
cornerstone of our professional interactions.

We advocate inclusion and embrace the differences of those with whom we work
and the communities we serve.

We recognize service to our communities is an integral part of who we are as
healthcare professionals.

We take initiative to build partnerships in advancing professional
development within and outside of our healthcare community.


Our Goals
Service Excellence                                                                                                                    



Get Involved!

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to connect with more healthcare leaders? Volunteer for a WSHEF committee!

As a volunteer organization committed to being the premier professional society connecting healthcare leaders in Washington State, WSHEF depends on volunteers to run its programs and provide service to its members. Opportunities abound for individuals looking to connect with other healthcare professionals, learn more about WSHEF programs and services or give back to the healthcare professional community. WSHEF has volunteer opportunities for the following committees:  

If you are passionate about continuing education and professional development, consider volunteering for WSHEF’s Programs Committee. Programs Committee participation can include annual committee membership, where you participate in setting the vision and long-term strategies for WSHEF sponsored events. Volunteering can also be event specific, allowing you to volunteer for the amount of time you are able to commit. Event specific volunteering is a great way to meet your local colleagues and support your local ACHE chapter. Time commitment for events is typically 3 months and totals less than 10 hours, serving in ways such as:

•  Event Planning (Location, Speaker, Topic, etc…)
•  Event Materials & Promotion
•  Day of Event Support (Check-in/Greeters, Setup, etc…)

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Programs Committee, please reach out to Joel Flugstad (Programs Committee Co-Chairs) atwshef.membership@achemail.net.

Beyond joining a committee, there are other ways to get involved. Write an article for the newsletter, attend an educational session and bring a colleague, provide a venue for an event or serve as a mentor for an MHA student. Just email one of the contacts above to get connected.  


Host a Meet N Mingle in Your Area


Get to know your colleagues!  Watch for Upcoming Meet-n-Mingle Events in your Neighborhood
•        Have you wondered if there are ways you can meet more of your local healthcare colleagues – that  mysterious thing called “networking”?
•        Are you looking to find a next role?  You looking for the right candidate?
•        Is there a problem you are tackling at work and wonder if others are working on a similar issue?  Or are you just looking for others who will understand what the heck you are talking about?
•        Know where all the local healthcare execs hang out after work?
The highly popular Meet-N-Mingle events are happening at different venues across our state. As future dates and locations are finalized, an invitation will be sent out.
Meet-n-Mingles are informal gatherings of area WSHEF members at a local restaurant or pub. There is typically a small fee to cover appetizers. While this is not a formal education program, someone will be there to share upcoming WSHEF and ACHE events and activities. 
So, rather than heading out into the usual rush-hour, head over to a local Meet-n-Mingle for a nosh and a drink and get to know your fellow executives. We want to put A U in COLLEGE! (hint: colleAgUe)
By the way, we are always looking for local hosts around the state and we will help you do all the planning. If you have an interest in holding a future Meet-N-Mingle in your area let the membership committee know at wshef.membership@achemail.net.

Thanks, and get networking people!


Effective January 1, 2008, all ACHE members located within the chapter's assigned geographic territory are automatically members of the chapter as a benefit of being an ACHE member. Only ACHE members are eligible to hold membership in the chapter.
If you are not a current ACHE member, we encourage you to join by visiting the ACHE website. Nonmembers are welcome to attend chapter events. If you would like to be added to the chapter's nonmember mailing list to be notified of future programs and events, please send an email to info@wshef.ache.org.