Board of Directors
Board Member at Large
Michael Nowicki, EdD., FACHE, FHFMA
Professor of Healthcare Administration
Texas State University – San Marcos
Dr. Michael Nowicki is a professor of health administration at Texas State University where his teaching, research, and service have been recognized with several university awards including teacher-of-the-year.
Prior to joining academe, Dr. Nowicki was Director of Process Management in the Hospital Division of Humana. Dr. Nowicki has also held a variety of administrative positions at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Lubbock Medical Center. Dr. Nowicki has provided recent training support to such organizations as IBM/Truven/Simpler, McKesson, Covenant Health, Indiana Health, Indiana Army National Guard, the medical command at Vandenberg AFB, Ascension Health, Cardinal Health, Kaiser Permanente, University Hospitals in Cleveland, HCA, Mercy Hospitals of Northern Ohio, Baylor Healthcare System, and Howard University Hospital.
Dr. Nowicki received his doctorate in educational policy studies and evaluation from the University of Kentucky, his master’s in healthcare administration from The George Washington University, and his bachelor’s in political science from Texas Tech University. Dr. Nowicki is board-certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Related to ACHE, he has served as founder and advisor of student chapters, founder and president of the Central Texas Chapter, and chair of the national Book-of-the-Year Committee. Dr. Nowicki served as Regent–Texas Central and South, from 2015-2019. Dr. Nowicki is also board-certified in healthcare financial management and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Related to HFMA, Dr. Nowicki has served as president of the South Texas Chapter, regional executive for Region 9, and on the national Board of Directors serving as chair of the Chapter Services Council and the Council of Forums. Dr. Nowicki has also served on the HFMA Board of Examiners serving as chair in 2001.
Dr. Nowicki has presented financial management seminars to audiences worldwide including the Russian Ministry of Health in Moscow, Russian hospital executives in Golitsyno, Estonian hospital executives in Tallin, Indonesian hospital executives visiting the University of Massachusetts, as well as numerous audiences in the United States. Dr. Nowicki is a frequent speaker at national meetings of the American Hospital Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as Voluntary Hospitals of America. He has written dozens of articles on leadership in financial management. In addition, Dr. Nowicki’s Introduction to Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations, currently in its seventh edition, is a best-seller in the industry and his book HFMA’s Introduction to Hospital Accounting was published in its fifth edition in 2006. Dr. Nowicki is currently co-authoring with Dr. Kurt Darr the seventh edition of Managing Health Services Organizations and Systems. Dr. Nowicki can be contacted at email@example.com.
Immediate Past President
David Perez, MBA
Director of Operations and Service Excellence
Baylor Scott & White Healthcare
David Perez is currently the Director of Operations and Service Excellence for the Baylor Scott & White Health –Austin / Round Rock Region. Baylor Scott and White Health is the largest non-profit health system in Texas with over 48 hospitals, 1,000 patient care sites, over 5,500 active physicians, 44,000 employees, and the Scott & White Health Plan.
David joined Baylor Scott and White in March 2013 as a senior project manager for quality and clinical effectiveness. There he grew skills in process improvement and LEAN methodology.In December 2015,David was promoted to his current role where he leads all regional patient satisfaction work at 4 acute care hospitals and over 20 clinics. Prior to Baylor Scott & White, David was a lead respiratory therapist at St. David’s Healthcare with focus in the Neonatal ICU.
David is a native Houstonian, and received both his Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care, and Masters in Business Administrations from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to LEAN methodology, David is also a certified facilitator by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, which is used to support physicians inpatient experience.
In addition to serving on the board of the American College of Healthcare Executives –Central Texas Chapter, David mostly enjoys spending time with his wife (Chrissy) and two children (Vance and Sofia).
Beth Booher, MHA, FACHE
Baylor Scott & White Healthcare
My healthcare administration career started in 1991 when I joined the US Army as a medic and later received a direct commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer. I transitioned to civilian healthcare after spending 4 great years at Fort Hood, Texas and a total of 9 years with military medicine.
I was grateful to land my first civilian job at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and learned so much as a young healthcare executive. In 1999, I returned to the Central Texas area and managed a privately-owned medical billing and collection agency for 5 years, where I learned many lessons about managing a small business. I was then offered the opportunity to help build a start-up government contract providing software development for the Army. After 5 years serving as their Marketing Manager, I returned to healthcare and Fort Hood where I served as the Administrator for primary care and troop clinics on post.
Since 2011, I have been serving in various leadership roles with Scott & White Healthcare, which became Baylor Scott & White Health, to include Inpatient Medicine – Hospitalists, Killeen area Family Medicine Clinics, and now with Department of Orthopedics.
It’s been an amazing 26+ year career of both military and civilian medicine. I have often said that if you can survive small business, government service, state service, private corporations, and non-profits, then you can probably succeed anywhere! It doesn’t really matter what the corporate structure is as long as you love what you are doing and you do your best.
Kimberly Denney, DBA, MBA, FACHE
Senior Principal and Managing Director
Dr. Kimberly Denney is a senior executive with experience leading teams globally across medical device and healthcare information technology companies. Kimberly appreciates the nuances of bringing breakthrough technologies through the critical ‘clinical adoption phase,’ to generate new revenue while improving the quality and cost of care.
Currently, Kimberly works for Optum Insight as a Senior Principal and Managing Director in Strategic Accounts where she is directly responsible for strategic oversight of the firm’s largest health system relationships.
Previously, Kimberly was VP Commercial Operations at Stanson Health, a start-up healthcare information technology company translating clinical guidelines into context-aware, real-time provider alerts. While working at Stanson Health, Kimberly completed a Doctors of Business Administration (DBA) in Technology Entrepreneurship from Walden University and published her dissertation on provider perception of alerts and the need for improved clinical decision support tools.
Kimberly completed her MBA in International Business at the University of Miami and her Bachelors of Science in Business at Indiana University. She is a Member of The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and has served as adjunct MBA Marketing Faculty for the Jack Welch Management Institute and the Colangelo School of Business at Grand Canyon University.
In her spare time, Kimberly volunteers for Education First, a national nonprofit providing college scholarships to gritty, low-income youth. Kimberly has set her sights to advance to Fellow (ACHE) in 2018. She lives in Georgetown, TX with her husband Lamar and their two bird dogs, Hank and Bodie.
Richard Sanchez, MHA
Cardio Texas – HCA Physician Services Group
Richard Sanchez currently serves as the Practice Administrator for Cardio Texas, which is part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Physician Services Group in Austin. In this role, Richard provides administrative support and leadership for a five physician and three mid-level cardiology clinic. Most recently, Richard served three years as the Director of Central Scheduling for five St. David’s hospitals and eight outpatient cardiovascular imaging centers while also serving as the Co-Ethics & Compliance Officer at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. Prior to that, Richard served as the Patient Access Manager for two years at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.
Prior to joining St. David’s HealthCare, Richard held various roles within the Patient Access department at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin. He began his healthcare career working as a pharmacy technician for 10 years at H-E-B Grocery Stores before discovering his love for healthcare administration. As a volunteer leader, Richard is an active member within the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Chapter of ACHE. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Healthcare Administration degrees from Texas State University in San Marcos. In his spare time, Richard enjoys running competitive races and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Membership
Christina Nitse, MBA
Lean Consultant Austin Round Rock Region
Baylor Scott & White Health
Christi Nitse is currently a Lean Consultant for Baylor Scott & White Health – Austin / Round Rock Region. She joined BSWH in 2018 from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Christi received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Manufacturing Management at Carnegie Mellon University. After working out in industry, she started her healthcare journey in 2014 with going back for a Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Since then she has worked at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in strategy and performance improvement.
In addition to serving on the board of the American College of Healthcare Executives –Central Texas Chapter, she serves on her local Carnegie Mellon alumni chapter board. She is also an avid traveler, and enjoys the hiking that the Austin area offers.
Director of Programs & Educational Development
Kati Lambert, MSEP
Director of Outreach and Development
HCA St David’s Healthcare
Kati Lambert applies expert knowledge, industry experience, and relentless energy to solving company issues. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science, she is also a graduate of Benedictine University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Kati began her career at Motorola, Inc. in Corporate Communications. Within ten years, she was an independent management consultant in process improvement. She is a certified LEAN/Six-Sigma Green Belt.
Today, Kati is Director of Outreach and Development at HCA St. David’s HealthCare, where she facilitates strategy and growth efforts with healthcare leadership and providers. Leveraging her professional experience in manufacturing, technology and healthcare, she consults on opportunities for collaboration and improvement leading to the best experiences and clinical outcomes.
Kati believes that personal success comes from helping others succeed. She is inspired most by people whose artistic medium is life itself. She is one part intrapreneur, one part geek, one part creative catalyst, one part influencer, and two parts dog-lover.
When she isn’t working Kati is kayaking, hiking, and learning to see the world through her camera lens. Her goal to cook as well as any Food Network star far exceeds her talents, yet she continues to develop this passion. She is writing her first novel, anticipating completion some time in this century
Director of Communications
anita soares, mba, pmp, fache, fhfma,
Clinical Pathology Associates
Anita Soares is a senior level healthcare administrator with extensive physician practice management and hospital revenue cycle experience. In her current role as Practice Administrator for Clinical Pathology Associates, the longest established anatomic and clinical pathology group in Central Texas, she manages daily practice operations incorporating her expertise in Marketing, Strategic Planning, Business Processes, Project Management, Informational Technology, Human Resources, and Healthcare Compliance.
Anita’s previous roles in healthcare included managing the pre-arrival Patient Access department at Seton Healthcare in Austin where she consistently led the team to generate high impact revenue for the network by successfully implementing technology solutions and operational processes for the staff while improving patient experience.
Prior to moving to Austin, Texas in 2012, she was Practice Administrator for a pediatric group practice in New York where she had the responsibility to merge two independent practices into a new group practice, streamline practice operations across locations and implement cloud-based practice management revenue cycle solutions.
In addition to the healthcare industry, Anita has held roles in sales and marketing in cosmetics and chemical manufacturing and managed fund-raising for non-profit institutions in education, health and community service.
Anita hold’s an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, and is a certified Project Management Professional. She is board-certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is also board-certified in healthcare financial management and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Anita has been a member of ACHE since 2012 and looks forward to serving the Central Texas Chapter of ACHE as Board Member this year.
Director of Local Program Council
Jason Culp, MHA
Vice President of Pediatrics
McLane Children’s Hospital and Clinics
Jason Culp is currently the Vice President of Pediatrics for McLane Children’s Hospital and Clinics. In this role, Jason leads McLane Children’s Physician Group Practices and Ambulatory Services which include 8 ambulatory facilities (throughout Central Texas), over 160 healthcare providers within 40 pediatric specialties, and provide over 250,000 patient visits annually. Baylor Scott and White Health is the largest non-profit health system in Texas with over 48 hospitals, 1,000 patient care sites, over 5,500 active physicians, 44,000 employees, and the Scott & White Health Plan.
Jason joined Baylor Scott and White in 2006 as a Scott & White Healthcare’s Physician Recruiter. After 3 years in Senior Staff HR, Jason transitioned into Operations – leading two ambulatory clinics in Waco before being promoted into the Director of Operations for McLane Children’s Ambulatory Operations in 2012.
Director of Sponsorships
Emran Rouf, MD, MBA, FACP
Scott & White Health Plan
Dr. Emran Rouf is a Medical Director at Scott and White Health Plan (SWHP), which is part of an integrated health system – Baylor Scott and White Health. He completed his medical degree from Dhaka Medical College, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He finished his training in internal medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. His post-graduate training includes a fellowship in health services research from NYU (2003), and a Physician Executive MBA (2015) from University of Tennessee Knoxville. As a practicing general internist, he specializes in managing chronic conditions in adults, such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. At his current role at SWHP, he focuses on utilization management, clinical quality improvement, and chronic disease management for the Health Plan members. He is very passionate about leading quality improvement efforts on hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. He has worked with American Heart Association and CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to advance quality and cost of care on cardiovascular diseases. He has expertise in EMR, electronic decision support, population health using analytics, social determination of health, and innovative care delivery models in primary care. He has demonstrated success in leading quality improvement and population health efforts at a system-level.
Director of Volunteers
Emily Rhine, MHA
Physician Relations & Strategic Growth
Ascension Texas, Seton Family of Hospitals
Emily is currently Physician Relations Account Executive for Dell Children’s Medical Center, a member of Ascension Texas and the Seton Healthcare Family. Dell Children’s is a tertiary children’s hospital with 248-beds serving 46-counties, and is the Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Central Texas, one of only five in all of Texas. Emily’s current focus in her role is promoting the Hospital’s newest programs- Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, as well as the Dell Children’s Neuroscience Center of Excellence.
Prior to Physician Relations, Emily served as the Physician Recruiter for Ascension Medical Group where her focus was collaborating with Physician leadership in recruiting and developing all Physicians across Ascension Texas, namely the surgeon team at Seton Medical Center Hays, earning them the Level II Trauma Designation in 2018.
Emily began her career with Ascension in 2016 as Senior Provider Engagement Liaison for the Seton Health Plan. She managed and implemented education programs and data migrations for multiple start-ups, including the introduction of the Network’s Dell Children’s Health Plan Chip and Star Plan, a third-party administrator transition for the SmartHealth Seton Employee Plan, as well as a new Joint Venture launch of the ministry’s first Commercial Insurance product, the Seton Insurance Company.
Emily considers herself an early-careerist, having just fourteen years of healthcare operations experience in business development, project management, medical education, medical sales, and health plan operations. Emily graduated with her Masters of Healthcare Administration from Texas State University in 2016.
Emily is native to Portland, Oregon, where she met her Husband Erik in 2005, however Emily celebrated her 17th year in Austin, Texas in 2018, making Austin her longest-running homestead and finally claiming her the title of “Texan.” Although she will remain a Seattle Seahawks fan until the day she dies.
In addition to serving on the board of the American College of Healthcare Executives –Central Texas Chapter, Emily mostly enjoys spending time with her Husband Erik, her two boys Riley (7) and Mason (5) and awaiting the newest addition to their family due to arrive in June 2019.
Director of Networking & Social Events
Alfredo Carranza, MHA, SLPA
Cole Pediatric Therapy
Alfredo Carranza, MHA, SLPA currently serves as the Operations Manager for Cole Pediatric Therapy, a faith-based organization that aims to bring hope and change the lives of families across Texas and the world through skilled pediatric rehabilitation services. In his role, Alfredo leads day-to-day operations, corporate and clinical compliance, and strategic initiatives across 3 clinics within the Central Texas region. Under his leadership, the organization has achieved full accreditation from AAAASF to demonstrate their commitment to quality and patient safety.
Alfredo’s previous experiences include various roles in administration and over 8 years clinical experience as a certified Speech Therapist.
Alfredo is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives. He holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from The University of North Texas Health Science Center and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to serving his community, Alfredo enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the outdoors with his two dogs.
diversity and inclusion Co-Chair
DEBORAH MUNHOZ, MS, PCC
Healthcare Leadership Coaching
Deborah Munhoz specializes in providing leadership coaching and training for women healthcare leaders who want greater influence and lasting impact. Her mission is to create a world where women are valued and appreciated for their contribution to healthcare leadership.
Deborah’s guidebook, Create Your Personal Leadership Brand has received rave reviews among healthcare leaders. She presents at national conferences, including the American Association of Physician Leaders and the American Collage of Health Executives, and writes articles for national healthcare industry publications on subjects related to resilient healthcare leadership.
After receiving her master’s degree in health sciences administration, Deborah owned and operated a successful home infusion pharmacy where for 18 years she led interdisciplinary clinical teams. Deborah founded her private coaching practice in 2002. For six years, Deborah also trained and mentored coaches in organizational coaching through the ICF coaching certification program at Invite Change.
Deborah has been on the Board of the Central Texas Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) since 2017 and a member of ACHE member since 2010.
diversity and inclusion
Priya Patel, Pharm D, MBA
Regional Director of Pharmacy
Baylor Scott & White Healthcare
Priya Patel is currently the Regional Director of Pharmacy for the Baylor Scott and White – Austin Round Rock Region. She joined BSW in 2014 as the Pharmacy Operations Manager and quickly climbed to her current position.
Priya grew up in Topeka, KS and completed her Doctorate in Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a Master in Business Administration at University of West Georgia, Richard School of Business. She served in a consulting leadership role at Cardinal Health upon graduation for three years, followed by management in the psychiatric pharmacy and laboratory arena with Genoa Healthcare.
Priya enjoys serving the community as she served on the board of directors for YMCA, as well as, provided pro-bono consulting through Young Professionals of Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Her favorite hobby is dancing and loved being part of the Bollywood Modern Dance Team.