President's Message

Honing Leadership and Management Skills Through Structured Change

Kelly Flannery
By Kelly Brian Flannery As the season of spring renewal passes into the languid warmth of summer, I’ve been reflecting on a new role I recently undertook, and how it has inspired me to break out of some professional stagnation by exercising my skills in new ways. My daily work has transformed, and this change is significant, challenging, stressful, and …

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Meet new colleagues and build your career and your network. Annual Meeting registration is open!

Director Insights

"Break Through the Wall" With Mindfulness

By Christianna Kearns Recently, I was a panelist at HFMA’s Women’s Conference discussing mindfulness in the workplace. I began to think about how I had used mindfulness to deal with work-related stressors and in my personal life as an amateur athlete and marathon runner. I quickly realized that the same tools applied to both activities in my life.
Applying Mindfulness to "Break Through the Wall"

CAHL Annual Meeting Registration is Open!

Registration is open for this year's CAHL Annual Meeting, a half day of networking, education and inspiration at the beautiful Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, conveniently within an easy drive of most of our CAHL membership. The event is free for members.

This year's event will again include a face-to-face program in the late afternoon, free professional headshots, and dinner, drinks and our Annual Meeting & Awards, keynoted by Delvecchio S. Finley, FACHE, Chair of ACHE.

Volunteer Spotlight | McKenna Zoucha

McKenna Zoucha, MBA, is Co-Chair of the CA Valley Local Programming Council. In her role, she oversees programming for educational and networking events in her local area.  Please tell us a bit about what you've been doing as a volunteer and why you chose to take that particular role. I have been involved with CAHL since completing my undergraduate education …
McKenna Zoucha

Nominations for 2024 ACHE National Slate Due July 28

ACHE’s 2023–2024 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2024. ACHE Fellows are eligible for the Chair-Elect and Governor vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their districts. Those interested in pursuing applications for the positions should review the candidate guidelines for the competencies and qualifications required for these important roles: To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit

Please note that the Nominating Committee Member position for District 5 (which includes Northern and Central California and a number of other western states) will be filled for the upcoming 2-year term (ending in 2026). Candidates for the Nominating Committee should submit a letter of self-nomination and a copy of their resume.

Applications to serve and self-nominations must be submitted electronically to [email protected] and must be received by July 28. All correspondence should be addressed to Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, Chair, Nominating Committee, c/o Kim Rock, American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Rock at (312) 424-9375 or [email protected].

Mentorship Spotlight | Kristine Cannon

Kristine Cannon, MPH, FACHE, is Director, Quality Improvement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. For more information on pairing as a mentee with one of CAHL's 100+ mentors, or becoming a mentor yourself, check out CAHL's formal mentorship program
Kristine Cannon

Student Council Spotlight | Jocelyn Dretzka

Jocelyn Dretzka
CAHL is profiling the 2023 members of the CAHL Higher Education Network (HEN) Student Council. These early careerists are active in engaging peers who are building their healthcare expertise as they advance into and within the industry.

CAHL HEN Scholarship Applications Open in July

Apply by Sept. 30 for both the undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

July Events

Meet new colleagues and build your career and your network. Click each image for more details
CAHL is committed to creating engaging, inspiring and positive networking and education sessions. We have updated our protocols for web events, which we're excited to continue offering alongside in-person networking and learning opportunities.

Going forward, please note a few changes:
  • Zoom events will have a password. This will be emailed upon your registration. Please have it ready when you log in.
  • All attendees will be initially put on "mute" to ensure member privacy is protected and speakers can be heard without distraction
We look forward to seeing you

Warm welcome to new CAHL members

Michael Bernstein
Luis Lopez Serrano
Branden Nelson, MSN, RN
Pratiksha A. Jaiswal
Katrina Holmes, MHA, BSN, RN
Carlos Londono
Soeuy Kim-Anciso, MHA
1Lt (MSC) Thomas Ridder
Damon Pridgeon
Jaime Allen
Lisa M. Bears
John W. Boyd, PsyD, FACHE
David S. Hamlet, MSHA
Ashley J. Ramirez
Brad Fletcher
James G. Farr
Hayley Park
Patricia Bojorquez
Jennifer Harrington
Yewande Okunoren-Oyekenu, DBA, MSc
William Chaltraw, Jr., JD
Jason D. Unger, MBA
Uma Chandavarkar, MD
Harper F. Wieldt
Julius Taliaferro
Bridgett Aguilar

Congratulations to New ACHE Fellows

Tiffany J. Caster, FACHE
Richard S. Chou, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE

Thank you Sponsors

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