WOW! Just three short years ago I assumed the role as Regent and now this will be my last Regent newsletter. I want to congratulate and welcome your new Regent, Cristian H. Lieneck, PhD, FACHE, Associate Professor at Texas State University. He will be formally inducted at ACHE Congress in March 2022.

I am excited to announce the Regent Award winners for 2022. Please join me in congratulating Central Texas Chapter, Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award winner Anita Soares, FACHE and Rising Star Healthcare Executive Award winner Douglas L. (Lance) Lunsford, Jr., MBA, FACHE, as well as South Texas Chapter, Excellence in Leadership Diversity Healthcare Executive Award winner Jake P. Reyna-Casanova, and Rising Star Healthcare Executive Award winner Kimberly Tansey, PT, DPT, FACHE. Thank you to each of you for all you have done to support ACHE.

Congratulations go out to Sarah Benni, MHA student at University of the Incarnate Word as the winner of the South Texas Chapter Educational Scholarship.

I was sad we had to cancel Landscape 2022, but I know both the Central Texas and South Texas chapters have some exciting virtual and in person events planned for this coming year. Please check out each chapter’s web site at https://achectx.org/ (Central Texas Chapter) and http://stc.ache.org/ (South Texas Chapter) to see all the upcoming educational, volunteer, and social events on the calendar.

As of this writing we are still planning an in-person ACHE Congress in Chicago March 28-31, 2022. Both Cristian and I will be there, and we hope to see many of you at the numerous events throughout the week. Congress is a great way to meet both those who are just starting their healthcare journey or those who are more senior in their journey and can provide you some mentoring and guidance in your own venture.

As I reflect on my last three years as your Regent, I am honored to have served in this role supporting two great chapters. Whether you are just beginning your career, mid-way through or working at the senior executive level, I hope you know and understand the value and benefit of being an active member of your chapter. Your work in the chapter is integral to the success of healthcare leaders in our region. By participating in chapter events, earning educational credits, volunteering in service events, or volunteering as a mentor or a mentee, you contribute universally to the advancement of your career while helping others in their own healthcare journey. If you want to gather more information or learn how you can get more involved, please go to your chapter’s website.

Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your Regent and help me welcome Cristian Lieneck as your incoming Regent. If you have any questions or concerns for me, please email me at ldowns@uiwtx.edu or call or text me at 210-718-2222. Take care and God Bless.

L. T. Downs

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