board of Directors
Regent, Central & South Texas
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 for six years. 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 the 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 currently serves as Regent–Texas Central and South. 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 sixth 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 can be contacted at email@example.com.
Immediate Past President
Eric Weaver, DHA, FACHE
Innovista Health Solutions
Dr. Eric Weaver is nationally-recognized for his work in primary care transformation and value-based care. As Market President for Innovista Health Solutions, he is leading the performance of physician Accountable Care Organizations throughout Texas. Before assuming this leadership role, he was the President and CEO of Austin, Texas-based Integrated ACO – one of the most successful physician-led ACOs in the country.
In recognition of his industry leadership, Dr. Weaver was recently awarded the ACHE Robert S. Hudgens Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 2016, the 2016 Modern Healthcare “Up & Comers” Award, was named to Becker’s Hospital Review list of “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40” in 2015, and awarded the Young Alumni Rising Award from Texas State in 2016. He holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University and a Doctor of Healthcare Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Weaver is the only healthcare executive in the country to have Fellow designations from ACHE, MGMA, and HIMSS and is actively involved in these national healthcare associations. In addition to his industry service, he is also a servant leader in his local community. He is part of an elite group called “The Fifty” that raised significant capital for the Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and, he also serves as a member of The Dell Med Society for Health & Business. Dr. Weaver also serves on the Board for CareBOX Program, a local nonprofit organization that provides personal care supplies and lifesaving nutrition to cancer patients. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter.
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
Killeen Clinics 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.
Maria Serafine, MHA
Avanza Healthcare Strategies
With a background that includes 12 years of hospital administration and senior-level leadership in community health center operations, Maria Serafine has significant first-hand knowledge of hospital, primary care and community health center operations.
Maria is currently a consultant with Avanza Healthcare Strategies, a firm specializing in advancing outpatient and community health strategies. Her consulting practice focuses on revenue cycle management, program development and implementation, business process improvement, cost-reduction strategies and technology rollouts. Putting these skills to work, she has developed and coordinated community collaborations to improve healthcare access for underserved populations. She also brings a practiced understanding of the Affordable Care Act and Managed Medicaid products to each client engagement.
Prior to joining Avanza, Maria worked at a Lone Star Circle of Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and completed her Administrative Fellowship at Seton Healthcare Family, working under and mentored by Jesus Garza. Maria is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She holds a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is known for being genuine, doing what is right, making a difference in her community and building strong relationships with staff and clients. Maria is fluent in Spanish and fitness and physical well-being are a passion of hers.
Director of Communications
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
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.
Director of Programs & Educational Development
Danielle Church, J.D.
Director of Strategy & Regulatory Affairs
Seton Healthcare Family
Danielle Church is Director of Strategy & Regulatory Affairs for Ascension’s Texas Ministry Market. Ascension Health is the largest non-profit health system in the United States and the world’s largest Catholic health system. Ascension’s Texas Ministry Market includes Seton Healthcare Family and Providence Healthcare Network. Seton Healthcare Family operates more than 100 clinical locations in Central Texas, including four teaching hospitals that are training sites for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas.
Danielle joined Seton’s Insurance Services Division in 2014. In her current role, she leads strategy for the division’s multiple lines of insurance business, including Medicaid managed care, commercial large group, and the population health. Prior to joining Seton, Danielle spent four years as a practicing healthcare attorney in Austin, Texas.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2011, Danielle received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law. Additionally, Danielle will graduate in May 2018 with an MBA degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Local Program Council
Calandria Hypolite, MBA
Staff Assistant, Associate Director for Patient Care Services
Central Texas Veteran Health Care System
Calandria Hypolite currently serves as the Staff Assistant, for the Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS), at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), a health system with 100,000 beneficiaries with an average daily census of approximately 480 dispersed over nine counties encompassing 35,000 square miles, in Temple, Texas. Calandria joined CTVHCS in January 2009, after retiring from the United States Army.
In her role, Calandria provides administrative support, day to day operations, and serves as the principal advisor to the ADPCS, for fiscal, personnel, staffing, and resource integrity of over 1400 employees in social work, nursing, sterile processing, and infection control services. Calandria has served as the Project/Activation Manager for multiple CTVHCS projects, including the Community Living Center and the Emergency Department Activations, and the Sterile Processing Service Renovation, all multimillion-dollar projects.
Calandria has spent many years in the Central Texas Area since her arrival to Fort Hood, Texas in 1992. She joined the United States Army in 1985, and has served in various units of increasing responsibility in the medical field, relocating to stateside and overseas duty stations, including deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. It was a pleasure for her to return to the Killeen area to retire, originally from Orlando, FL, but reared in Rochester, NY, she now calls Central Texas home.
After honorably serving 23+ years in uniform, she feels privileged to serve American’s Heroes daily, with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Calandria enjoys traveling, crafts, football, and spending quality time with her husband Gary.
Director of Sponsorships
Deborah Munhoz, MS, PCCDeborah Munhoz, MS, Certified Physician Development Coach™, provides leadership coaching and training. She is a highly regarded speaker, routinely invited to present seminars and workshops for healthcare associations, industry events and leadership forums. She brings a unique blend of expertise in healthcare, leadership, and communications to help women in medicine strengthen their leadership effectiveness. Her mission is to create a world where women physicians value and appreciate their own contribution to healthcare leadership.
With a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, 20 years as a healthcare entrepreneur, Deborah brings real experience and a range of tools to the physician leader. Her clients include large for- profit systems, academic institutions, private groups and independent practices. She writes articles on physician leadership for the American Association of Health Executives and is a frequent contributor for the American Association of Physician Leadership. 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.
Director of Networking & Social Events
Priya Patel, PharmD, MBA
Regional Director of Pharmacy
Baylor Scott & White Health
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.