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Overall, MHAOnline.com provides a comprehensive look at distance-based master’s degrees in healthcare administration and related subject areas. It aims to show people how to join high-growth careers in healthcare leadership through detailed program and professor profiles, career guides, FAQs, and informative blog features.
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Seth Restaino has devoted the past 20 years of his professional career to software consulting and educational web publishing, and runs production and engineering for Sechel Ventures, which he co-owns with Barry.
Before co-founding Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, Barry Franklin was a VP at a Silicon Valley software company. He is an investor and advisor for Data Simply and Impellia. Barry believes that education and lifelong learning are paramount. Barry met his wife at Carnegie Mellon University and they have two beautiful daughters. He also volunteers for various committees at his kids’ high school.
Chief Content Strategist
Jocelyn is the chief content officer of Sechel Ventures. She graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley and traveled the world for five years as a teacher and freelance writer. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and has lived in England (six months), Japan (2.5 years), Brazil (six months), Argentina (ten months), and Southeast Asia (nine months). Paying thought to her international experience, she’s interested in how culture shapes the idea of human progress within societies—one of the many themes she writes about in her blog, Blore’s Razor (Instagram: @bloresrazor).
Ashley Oates, MHA, CPH
Ashley Oates is a regional operations leader for the Oncology Service Line of Sutter Health, responsible for cancer data services and select supportive care programs across nine hospitals. She leads tumor site-specific governance groups to drive quality, access, and financial performance.
Ashley received a master of health administration (MHA) degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is Certified in Public Health (CPH). Ms. Oates serves as a board member for Keaton’s Childhood Cancer Alliance and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Becca Brewer is building a better future on a thriving earth by healing herself into wholeness, divesting from separation, and walking the path of the loving heart. Previously to her journey as an adventurer for a just, meaningful, and regenerative world, Becca was a formally trained sexuality educator with a master of education.
Bernd Geels is a Berlin, Germany-based freelance writer and artist. He holds an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science and two graduate degrees. He completed his most recent graduate degree in international environmental studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2011. He is interested in healthcare, climate change, marine conservation, indigenous science and refugee issues. You can reach him directly at [email protected]
Bree is an urban planner and freelance writer based in Seattle, WA. She has worked on land use and housing policy issues throughout the Pacific Northwest. She previously led Run Oregon Run, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Oregonians run for office and apply to boards and commissions. When not writing, she is lovingly tending to her cast iron pans.
Cevia Yellin is a freelance writer based in Eugene, Oregon. She studied English and French literature as an undergraduate. After serving two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she earned her master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Cevia's travels and experiences working with students of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds have contributed to her interest in the forces that shape identity. She grew up on the edge of Philadelphia, where her mom still lives in her childhood home.
While a partner in a San Francisco marketing and design firm, for over 20 years Douglas Mark wrote online and print content for the world’s biggest brands, including United Airlines, Union Bank, Ziff Davis, Sebastiani and AT&T.
Since his first magazine article appeared in MacUser in 1995, he’s also written on finance and graduate business education in addition to mobile online devices, apps, and technology. He graduated in the top 1 percent of his class with a business administration degree from the University of Illinois and studied computer science at Stanford University.
Elizabeth Bradford Kneeland, MBA
Elizabeth Kneeland is a telemedicine and sleep medicine innovator living in Philadelphia. As the director for Crozer Health System sleep labs, she oversaw the process, staff, and technology required to diagnosis a wide range of sleep disorders. Her career focus has straddled novel operational and financial modeling, as well as traditional academic research, providing her with a unique perspective in programmatic development and care optimization strategy.
Kneeland built the first for-profit telemedicine program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System in 2015. She also has helped build and scale sleep medicine startups in the U.S., as well as in China and Taiwan. She has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from device validation to clinician-level educational interventions and has been an invited speaker at medical conferences throughout the U.S., China, and Taiwan.
Farheen is a freelance writer, marketer, and researcher. She writes about technology, education, and marketing. Her work has appeared on websites such as Tech in Asia and Foundr, as well as top SaaS blogs such as Zapier and InVision. You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter (@FarheenGani).
Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA
Dr. Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA (pronounced “bot”) is Founder and Principal of JDB Strategies, a health equity and innovation consulting firm. He also is a faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, a physician executive, an internist, a geriatrician, a public health innovator, and a widely quoted expert on the most pressing challenges and exciting opportunities in healthcare. These include cross-sector initiatives; the application of predictive analytics and informatics; using Medicare and Medicaid as opportunities to redesign the healthcare system; addressing the social determinants of health to lower costs, improve outcomes and eliminate inequities; technology innovation; and emergency preparedness.
A graduate of the University of Oregon, Kenneth Parker is sometimes a musician and rarely a poet. His work spans copy editing, feature writing, and dissertation development.
Kimmy Gustafson is a freelance writer with a passion for sharing stories of bravery. Her love for world-traveling began when her family moved to Spain when she was six and since then, she has lived overseas extensively, visited six continents, and traveled to over 25 countries. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French. When not writing or parenting she can be found kiteboarding, hiking, or cooking.
Laura Childs is a versatile writer and media specialist living in London. She's a California native and has written about arts, culture, and tech in San Francisco. A self-proclaimed data nerd, she loves telling people's stories supported by research. When not writing, Laura teaches and practices yoga.
Matt Zbrog is a writer and freelancer who has been living abroad since 2016. His nonfiction has been published by Euromaidan Press, Cirrus Gallery, and Our Thursday. Both his writing and his experience abroad are shaped by seeking out alternative lifestyles and counterculture movements, especially in developing nations. You can follow his travels through Eastern Europe and Central Asia on Instagram at @weirdviewmirror. He’s recently finished his second novel, and is in no hurry to publish it.
Nina Chamlou is an avid writer and multimedia content creator from Portland, OR. She writes about aviation, travel, business, technology, healthcare, and education. You can find her floating around the Pacific Northwest in diners and coffee shops, studying the locale from behind her MacBook.
Rachel Drummond is a freelance writer, educator, and yogini from Oregon. She’s taught English to international university students in the United States and Japan for more than a decade and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Oregon. A dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner, Rachel is interested in exploring the nuanced philosophical aspects of contemplative physical practices and how they apply in daily life. She writes about this topic among others on her blog (Instagram: @racheldrummondyoga).
Sara Navratil is a freelance writer and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. She's the owner of Sara Liza Life, a company dedicated to helping people rewrite their lives. She enjoys researching and writing about healthcare-related topics, including information on online MHA programs. When not working she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family.
Vanessa Salvia is an Oregon-based freelance writer and editor with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. As fun as rigorous studies in math and science were, Vanessa took an independent path and developed a prolific career covering lifestyle topics for magazines and newspapers, important industries such as concrete construction and building waterproofing, and even hard science. You can get in touch at www.sagemediaandmarketing.com.
Experts Interviewed on MHAOnline.com
Dr. Angela Loder is the current vice president of research for the International WELL Building Institute and a member of the WELL faculty. In addition to her work at WELL, Dr. Loder is the director of Greening the City, a Denver-based organization focused on issues related to health, nature, and the urban-built environment. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Denver, where she teaches globalization and geography, environmental management, and sustainable transportation at the graduate level.
A core member of the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiRB), Dr. Loder is leading health and building policy research. She highlighted the three main areas of study in the field (materials and ventilation, daylighting, and access to nature) in “Healthy buildings: why workers are demanding sustainable offices,” which appeared in The Guardian.
Dr. Anthony Stanowski was appointed as the president and CEO of CAHME on June 20, 2016. His initial involvement with CAHME was when he graduated from a CAHME-accredited program in 1984; in 2011, he was appointed as a board member.
Dr. Stanowski has extensive leadership experience in healthcare organizations, including the Aramark Corporation, Thompson Reuters, and several academic and community-based health systems. He has served on the boards of health systems and in governance with the American Hospital Association. Notably, he is a frequent presenter at healthcare conferences and the co-author of “We Have A Match: My Journey through America’s Transplant System,” which details the challenges of providing a positive patient experience in the transplant system.
Bill McGinley serves as the president and CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). He has 35 years of experience as a nursing home administrator, including positions with Greenery Rehabilitation Group, Inc., SALMON Health and Retirement, and New Pond Village.
McGinley earned his MBA from Boston College with a healthcare management specialization. Notably, he’s a Fellow of the America College of Health Care Administrators (FACHCA), a Certified Nursing Home Administrator (CNHA), a Certified Administrator of Sub-Acute Care (CAS), and a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA).
Chad Larson is the executive director of the Hospital Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission. Larson holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Business (Chicago, IL) with an emphasis in health services administration, and a bachelor of science in kinesiology from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) with an emphasis in preventative and rehabilitative exercise science.
Larson is a 15-year veteran of The Joint Commission, having previously served as director of business operations. He also served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner, which offers the highest level of recognition for performance excellence that a US organization can achieve. Larson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Chelsea Tersavich, PA-C, is a psychiatric clinician with extensive mental health and primary care experience from her military career. During her 11 years of service, Ms. Tersavich treated thousands of soldiers as a battalion physician assistant and specialty clinic medical director. She was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Aviation Provider of the Year awards, among many other accolades.
In her role at Mindbloom, Chelsea Tersavich conducts psychiatric evaluations and has facilitated ketamine therapy sessions for over 250 clients. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from American University and a master’s from the interservice physician assistant program. Ms. Tersavich was also a recipient of the PA Foundation’s 2020 Nutrition Outreach Fellowship.
Dr. Christina Gardiner has served since 2018 as a Professor in the Department of Healthcare Services Management at the University of Maryland Global Campus, College of Business & Management. She is the President of Summit Healthcare Advisors and has over two decades of executive healthcare experience.
Dr. Gardiner has taught a variety of subjects including healthcare administration, public health, quantitative and qualitative analysis, finance, and business management. She has advised both private firms and nonprofit organizations on issues related to value-based healthcare, healthcare system competition, market allocation, patient safety, and health policy. She is known for being a trusted consultant, educator, and subject matter expert on complex healthcare systems as well as evidence-based interventions that support public health responses.
Eric S. Swirsky, JD is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), where he also serves as director of graduate studies and PhD program director. Using his unique blend of experience and knowledge, Swirsky teaches courses in communication skills, professionalism, and ethics and legal issues in health sciences. His scholarly interests revolve around the ethical conundra attendant to human interaction with computers and data.
As an ethicist-attorney, Swirsky serves on UI Health’s Ethics Committee, the Research Ethics Consultation Service, the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics, and the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Helen Crunk is Chair of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Board of Directors, where she has served since 2011. She is also the Executive Director of Pemberly Place Management and Archer Place Medical Clinic, both in Lincoln, Nebraska. Prior to this role, she owned her own consulting firm and assisted living community.
With more than 25 years of experience in long-term care, Crunk specializes in facility management in assisted living and direct care staff education. Notably, she is the only two-time winner of the NCAL Administrator of the Year Award.
John Richey has served in a number of roles at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), most recently as the 2015 chair of the VLab Strategic Advisory Committee, member of the Council for Excellence in Education’s Faculty Development Workgroup, and member of the Global Health Workforce Council’s AHIMA Workgroup.
Richey is also the past president and distinguished member of the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA).
Joy D. Calloway is the Interim Executive Director of the National Association of Health Services Executives. She earned both her MBA and her MHSA from the University of Michigan. Drawing on her 25-plus year career in professional leadership, she’s now an in-demand speaker, trainer, and facilitator with a client list that includes the Michigan Primary Care Association, Healthy Start, and the American Heart Association.
She is currently finalizing a workplace training curriculum that identifies and arrests unconscious bias throughout the HR lifecycle.
Dr. Lisa P. Shock is a member of the clinical leadership team at Evolent Health. As vice president of clinical strategy and operations of value-based services, she is responsible for working with Evolent’s accountable care organization partners to realize clinical and economic outcomes.
As a certified physician assistant with subspecialties in geriatrics and rural health, Dr. Shock currently practices outpatient medicine in a skilled nursing facility in rural North Carolina. She also serves as part-time medical director for WakeMed Key Community Care (WKCC), where she works directly with health system leaders and an interdisciplinary team and oversees the delivery of tailored programs that improve quality and outcomes while simultaneously lowering costs. She serves on several boards and committees, including the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Board of Directors and the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation, and is a guest lecturer at Campbell University’s physician assistant program.
Dr. Shock earned her doctoral degree in public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Colgate University and a master’s and physician assistant certificate from Duke University.
Michael Schiller is the Senior Director of Supply Chain for the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA).
Schiller is a leading healthcare professional who models successful engagement with executives and leaders from across the healthcare field, including those from the provider and supplier communities, regulatory agencies, standards organizations, industry associations, analyst firms, health IT, and academic institutions.
As AHRMM’s subject matter expert, Schiller brings more than 30 years of healthcare supply chain experience to his role. In this capacity, he provides vision and direction for the association's educational content and collaborates with industry leaders across the healthcare ecosystem on various healthcare, supply chain, and advocacy initiatives. Schiller was awarded the George R. Gossett Leadership Award in 2021.
Dr. Rita A. Jablonski is a tenured professor at one of the top nursing programs in the country, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, and a nurse practitioner in UAB’s Memory Disorders Clinic. She received her BSN from Holy Family College, her MSN from LaSalle University, her post-master’s NP certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Jablonski is particularly passionate about helping individuals with dementia who reside in nursing homes and aims to create a pipeline of future nurse researchers interested in dementia care and the needs of family caregivers.
Robert (Bob) Malte is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Services and practitioner-in-residence for the MHA program at the University of Washington. His academic interests include strategy, leadership organizational systems, and governance. He retired in 2018 as the CEO of EvergreenHealth, a top-ranked healthcare system, capping a 40-year management career to help teach the next generation of healthcare leaders.
Malte previously served as president and CEO of Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Denver and also held senior leadership positions with ThedaCare, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, and Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Bob served on multiple boards, including the Washington State Hospital Association, where he is a past chair. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland. Malte holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Sarah Maytum is the vice president of human resources at Texas Children’s Hospital—the largest children’s hospital in the U.S. and one of the most consistently top-rated, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Her responsibilities include talent acquisition, community human resources, employee relations, compensation and employee records, organizational development, and performance management.
Maytum holds a master’s in education and administration from the University of Houston and a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. She took on the position of vice president of HR at the hospital in January 2019, prior to which, she held a variety of leadership and staff roles in operations. In total, Maytum has been with the Texas Children’s Hospital for 22 years.
Sheila Guston is the interim CEO of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), where she has served on the Board of Directors since 2014.
Over a nearly two-decade career at Spectrum Health, Guston has worked as a healthcare documentation specialist, and most recently a leader of their HIM Document Integrity program. She is a fellow of AHDI and a Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS).
Susan Hedlund has been a leader in patient/family support services at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute for eight years, but her experience in the field of social work in oncology goes back 30 years. She began her career by earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis, and continued on to the MSW at Portland State University.
Hedlund now specializes in the development and provision of psychosocial support services for people with cancer and their loved ones at hospitals at OHSU. She’s taken on leadership roles such as director of the cancer counseling program at Cancer Care Resources and director of the Palliative Care Program in Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County.
Dr. Suzanne Wood is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, she has 25 years of healthcare experience, with expertise in international business strategy and healthcare management. Dr. Wood has served as a consultant for numerous strategic planning initiatives for the military health system, public and nonprofit service organizations, and foreign governments.
At the University of Washington, she teaches courses on applied research and healthcare strategy and conducts translational research on healthcare strategy, business operations, and service delivery. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Wood has a PhD in business administration from Old Dominion University.
Tara Sklar is a professor of health law and the director of the health law & policy program at the University of Arizona. Her research examines the role of laws, regulations, and policies in influencing the health and well-being of older adults.
Professor Sklar holds a master’s in public health law from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Sklar’s research has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Jurimetrics, among others.
Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris serves as the CEO of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She previously was the COO at the American Nurses Association, the executive director of the Center for American Nurses, executive director of the Sister to Sister Foundation, and senior VP and executive director of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Harris earned a PhD in organizational development; an honorary doctorate of humane letters; and a master of management. She also is a certified executive director through the American Society of Association Executives, as well as a certified facilitator for leadership assessments through the Center for Creative Leadership.
Sight Diagnostics CEO and co-founder Yossi Pollak began his career as an algorithm developer and project leader for an Intel subsidiary, Mobileye, a leader in the emerging, autonomous MaaS (mobility as a service) industry.
Pollack has a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, Île-de-France. His first-place win at the school’s Business Venture Competition laid the groundwork for the launching of Sight Diagnostics, which now has offices in London, New York City, and Tel Aviv.