I am honored and humbled to be appointed President & CEO (effective 3/16/20) by the AUPHA Board. It’s an opportunity and role of a lifetime. In preparing to leave full-time academia this past year, I’d shared with colleagues, students and alumni that I would explore opportunities to serve more than one academic program at a time - which has been my primary focus for 26 years. Voila!
I am Adjunct Professor of Health Management & Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. 2016-2020, I served as MHA Program Director & Clinical Professor of Health Management & Policy, University of Iowa College of Public Health - the best job someone in my field could hold and the pinnacle of my academic career. 2011-2016, I was Professor & Director of Health Systems Management & Policy, University of Memphis, where as Associate Dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs I led the successful team effort to obtain CEPH accreditation for the School of Public Health. I am incredibly proud of the remarkable team of faculty, staff, alumni, students, and practitioners who make the Memphis MHA program one of the most community-engaged, diverse, and award-winning programs in our field. 2007-2011, I was Professor of Health Systems Management (HSM) & Director of the MS-HSM Program at Rush University, Chicago. Rush’s unique practitioner-teacher model profoundly impacted my thinking and leadership regarding healthcare management education. I spent the first 13 years of my academic career, 1994-2007, at Saint Louis University, and directed the MHA Program there 2003-2007; it was at SLU that I found my true calling as a leader in healthcare management education. I have been privileged to work alongside fellow faculty, staff, students and alumni at all four of these great programs.
I have taught in the areas of healthcare organization, healthcare management & organizational behavior, human resources management, organizational analysis & change, leadership, and professional development. My research interests have included the financing, organization, and delivery of prevention and care services, tobacco policy, obesity policy, HIV/STD policy, evaluation of health and social service programs, and quality improvement and the patient experience.
2019-20, I am Chair of ACHE’s LGBTQ Forum. I serve on the Accreditation Council of CAHME, and am a past Fellow, Board Member, and Chair of CAHME. I am also a past board member of AUPHA.
I earned my BA from the College of Charleston, MHA from MUSC, and PhD in Health Services & Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley.