Board of Directors

Board Member at Large

Thomas Wm. Jackson, FACHE

Thomas Wm. Jackson, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Tom joined St. David’s HealthCare in the spring of 2017 as CEO of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center and St. David’s Surgical Hospital. North Austin, a 425 bed tertiary facility, is one of eight hospitals within the St. David’s network offering a wide array of medical and surgical services including its signature Women’s Center of Texas, the Texas Robotics Institute, a neuroscience center, a kidney transplant program and a children’s hospital. The St. David’s Surgical Hospital specializes in orthopedic, gynecologic, general, spine and plastic surgeries featuring destination-level amenities and services.

Prior to joining St. David’s, Tom served as CEO of Tomball Regional Medical Center, a 350 bed tertiary level hospital in Northwest Houston and was active on the Tomball and Woodlands Chambers of Commerce.

Prior to Tomball, Tom served College Station Medical Center for 17 years as its Chief Executive Officer, where he helped introduce and stimulate several new and sustaining healthcare services throughout the Bryan/College Station market. He was a very active service leader in Aggieland including the B/CS Chamber of Commerce, CSISD and TAMU.

Prior to College Station, Tom served in healthcare leadership positions in Houston across three different healthcare systems for 16 years including, The Methodist Hospital, Twelve Oaks Hospital and MHMRA of Harris County.

Tom is known for his collaborative skills with physicians and his ability to stimulate new and visionary healthcare services.

Tom earned undergraduate degrees in accounting and data processing / quantitative analysis from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a master’s degree in Healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Tom and Susan have been married for over 30 years and have three daughters – two Aggies and a Longhorn. Tom is very dedicated to his family and loves to travel and spend time with them. In 2010 Tom’s father asked him to manage a four generation family farm in Arkansas which he and Susan do together. Tom is an active reader of history, specifically presidential leadership and active in his church. He is running enthusiast as well.

President 

ANITA SOARES, MBA, PMP, FACHE, FHFMA,

ANITA SOARES, MBA, PMP, FACHE, FHFMA,

Practice Administrator
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.

President Elect

Kevin W. Stevenson, MBA, FACHE

Kevin W. Stevenson, MBA, FACHE

Director of Strategic Operations
Ascension Providence

Kevin Stevenson, MBA, FACHE joined Ascension Providence in January 2020 to lead the development of strategy as well as major service lines and selected ancillary services.  Kevin has over 30 years of healthcare leadership experience and has extensive expertise in acute and post-acute operations and governance, physician engagement, business development, strategic development, marketing and crisis communications.

Kevin earned both his bachelor’s degree in business administrations as well as a MBA from Baylor University and has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2001.  He has served in a number of leadership roles within ACHE since joining in 1996, including service as president of the ACHE of North Texas Chapter in 2018 and on Regent Advisory Councils in Texas and Kentucky.  Kevin recently earned ACHE’s Exemplary Service Award for his involvement in ACHE and in the profession. He also has served as a formal and informal mentor for many rising healthcare leaders throughout his career.

Kevin hosts the podcast, ‘I Don’t Care with Kevin Stevenson’ on MarketScale Radio where he discusses a wide range of healthcare issues. His extensive community involvement includes serving on numerous boards, chairing philanthropic events such as the 2020 Waco Heart Walk for the American Heart Association, serving as a mentor for Baylor University students and guest lecturing in various Baylor business classes, participating in three community leadership programs and was twice-elected to the board of trustees for a large suburban Texas public school district, serving as both president and vice president.  

Kevin and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of two daughters in their 20s, are very involved in their church and are rabid Baylor University sports fans.  Sic ’em!

Secretary Treasurer

Kati Lambert, MSEP, FACHE

Kati Lambert, MSEP, FACHE

Director of Outreach and Development
HCA St David’s Healthcare

Kati joined St. David’s HealthCare in 2008, focusing on strategic development. With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,700 employees.

Kati earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Kati began her career at Motorola, Inc. in Corporate Communications. She has professional experience in the healthcare, technology, and manufacturing sectors, as well as in management consulting. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and she is certified in LEAN/Six-Sigma, Healthcare Financial Management, and Business Intelligence. Kati holds a Professional Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

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 tech and science 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 Membership

Darrell Leggett, MBA

Darrell Leggett, MBA

Practice Manager
Austin Spine

Darrell Leggett, MBA, is an experienced practice manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry.

His experience includes team building, public speaking, and leadership.

Leggett has a focused in Health Care Administration/Management from Baylor University – Hankamer School of Business. 

Director of Programs & Educational Development

Ross McKinney, MPA

Ross McKinney, MPA

Program Manager
Acension Texas

Ross McKinney is an experienced project manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry.

Skilled in Healthcare Management, Healthcare, Business Process Improvement, Data-based decision making, Benchmarking, and Training.

McKinney has a Master’s degree inPublic Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin – The LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Director of Communications

Lance Lunsford, MBA, FACHE

Lance Lunsford, MBA, FACHE

Senior Partner
Groundswell Health

Lance Lunsford is an experienced health care executive with notable roles in hospital communications and marketng as well as a long history in health care advocacy and public policy.

His work includes building teams, dismantling silos, and integrating organizations around purpose and passion to drive employee satisfaction and output.

Lance Lunsford began his career in journalism where he became a published author. Today, he does work in media relations on healthcare’s most difficult issues as well as marketing strategies around public affairs and campaign engagement needs as well as service line volume enhancement. His company, Groundswell Health is based in Austin, and designed a custom communication system to assist over-committed health care communication teams.

Lunsford serves a variety of organizations including one of the largest state hospital associations in the country. His company’s work also includes large hospital systems and rural hospitals, providing services on advocacy initiatives as well as patient volume strategies. Groundswell Health also specializes in marketing for health care B2B enterprises, helping shrink the sales cycle and appeal to hospital buying groups.

Director of Local Program Council

Edward G. Ellis Kelsey, MHS, MBA

Edward G. Ellis Kelsey, MHS, MBA

edward is a senior level healthcare administrator with proven experience as a dynamic leader, medical/business operations strategist, and people developer. He is an award-winning executive with 33 years of medical experience from military medical executive operations to transitioning into the civilian medical arena. He currently serves as practice administrator for Baylor Scott and White Health’s Killeen market since.  

Edward’s previous roles in healthcare include:

Director of Strategic Medical Operations, III Corps, US Army, Fort Hood, TX (01/2018 – 01/2019) Serving as Executive Medical Advisor and consultant to executive team geographically dispersed 89,000 personnel organization. 

Director of Expeditionary Military Medical Operations, 1ST Medical Brigade, US Army, Fort Hood, TX (08/2015 – 01/2018).   

Chief Clinical Operations and Senior Technical Advisor/Manager Regional Health Command – Atlantic, Fort Belvoir, VA (11/2014 – 08/2015) 

Deputy Director of Training Operations- 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, SC (08/2012 – 11/2014) 

Director of  Strategic Medical Logistics Operations – 6th Medical Logistics Management Center, Fort Detrick, MD (02/2008 – 08/2012), he served as Executive Operations Advisor of the Army’s only

Director of Sponsorships

Toby Hooper, M.Ed

Toby Hooper, M.Ed

Senior Network Account Manager
United Healthcare

Toby is strategic-minded and focused on population health. He has been in health care since 2003 beginning with community outreach to the uninsured and progressing into supply chain and insurance services for a large Austin based hospital network.  He currently works for UnitedHealthcare in network development. 

Director of  Volunteers 

Liberty Adair, MHA

Liberty Adair, MHA

Imaging Supervisor 
Baylor Scott & White

Liberty Adair has 20 years of experience and has progressive healthcare experience for a non-profit hospital with forward system thinking in healthcare management. She works as an outpatient imaging supervisor at Hillcrest Imaging Center at Baylor Scott and White in Waco and is over several departments. Her expertise is in the imaging departments with knowledge in nursing, health care administration, patient safety, patient access, staff leadership, lean management and going above and beyond in projects. Prior to this she also worked as a nurse at various nursing homes and an emergency room.

Liberty holds certifications as a licensed vocational nurse and works primarily as a radiologic technologist from McLennan Community College. She holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) and a Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences (MSRS) both from Midwestern State University. Liberty is also pursuing her PhD in Health Services in healthcare administration from Walden University and currently is all but dissertation. She is researching physician and hospital collaboration on preventing future fragility fractures.

In addition, she recently received an “I Am the Gold Standard” award in her imaging field from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) the credentialing agency for radiologic technologists. She is also an active volunteer with American Bone Health going into the community discussing bone health and doing fracture risk assessments. She has also published articles with Radiology Management magazine related to patient safety and the importance of bone health.

Liberty lives in Central Texas has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) since 2017. She will hit her eligibility to sit for the Board of Governors exam which is a goal of hers this year. She lives in Hewitt, Texas and has a husband Mark, three children, Courtney (27), Conner (22), and Kennedy (17).

Director of Networking & Social Events

Damerick Davis, MBA

Damerick Davis, MBA

Operations Manager, Telemedicine
Sound Physicians

Damerick Davis, MBA, is an experienced health care executive with a history of work in a variety of health systems. 

He studied health care administration at Texas State University and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. 

Director of Diversity & Inclusion 

Amber Vargas, MHA

Amber Vargas, MHA

Amber recently completed her Masters of Health Administration at Texas State University and preceded her Administrative Residency at Dell Children’s Medical Center, a member of Ascension Texas and the Seton Healthcare Family. Motivated with aptitude for creative and effective problem solving with interest in pursuing quality and process improvement, Amber is certified as a Lean & Six Sigma Green Belt.

In interim of pursuing her masters, Amber received her Level 1 Sommelier Certification and serves as the Assistant Wine Curator at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse. Amber enjoys the ability to work effectively in both team-based and self-managed projects while maintaining strong ethical and quality standards, therefore, she is currently exploring a variety of career options as she enters the healthcare field. It is by way of volunteering and community involvement that Amber continuously works on how to become a transformational leader through encouragement and passion in hopes to touch lives.

In addition to serving on the board of the American College of Healthcare Executives – Central Texas Chapter, Amber regularly attends CrossFit, finding hole in the wall restaurants, and spending time outdoors with family and good friends.

Regent

Lynn T. Downs, PhD, FACHE

Lynn T. Downs, PhD, FACHE

Assistant Professor
University of the Incarnate Word

Lynn T. Downs, PhD, is a native of Burnet, Texas and is currently an Assistant Professor in the H-B-B School of Business and Administration, Department of Health Administration. She retired in 2018 from the United States Navy after serving 28 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas; her Masters of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Administration from American University, Washington, DC.

She has served as a healthcare practitioner in various health care administrative roles throughout her Naval Career. Her various positions include several administrative assistant roles early in her career, clinical manager of a medium overseas hospital, staff position with medical headquarters in the personnel management placement command, department manager for administration at a large teaching hospital, senior administrator of all east coast military fleet medical assets, assistant administrator for a large teaching hospital, head of all east coast staffing placement. Most recently prior to retirement, she served as deputy director and assistant professor for the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration in San Antonio, TX.

Lynn is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Regent for Central and South Texas – American College of Healthcare Executives, a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), a Filerman committee member for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Member of the Health Administration Press/AUPHA editorial board and member of the Academy of Management.

Director of Physician Executive Group

Emran Rouf, MD, MBA, FACP

Emran Rouf, MD, MBA, FACP

Medical Director
Dell Children’s Health Plan

Dr. Emran Rouf is a Medical Director at Dell Children’s Health Plan, which is part of Ascension’s Texas Ministry. 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.

He has demonstrated success in leading quality improvement and population health efforts both at system and payer levels. He has more than 10 years of experience in clinical quality improvement, utilization management, analytics-driven disease management, care variation reduction efforts using claims and clinical data, and in collaborative care delivery using health plan data. At his current role, he continues to lead on quality of care, utilization management, and value-based care initiatives for Dell Children’s Health Plan members. Furthermore, he has expertise in EMR, electronic decision support, employee wellness programs, social determination of health, and innovative care delivery models in primary care. He is very passionate about leading quality improvement efforts on hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. He has worked with Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), American Heart Association and CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to advance quality and cost of care on cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Rouf lives in Round Rock with his wife and two boys (Razeen and Rafan). He is a soccer coach and is involved with many cultural activities for the local South Asian Community.

Immediate Past President

KIMBERLY DENNEY, DBA, MBA, FACHE

KIMBERLY DENNEY, DBA, MBA, FACHE

Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing
Vyne Medical

Dr. Kimberly Denney works for Vyne Medical where she provides leadership across the firm’s sales and marketing teams focused on sustaining growth and client satisfaction. Previously, Kimberly held commercial roles as VP, Sr. Client Executive with Optum Insight and Senior Principal at the Advisory Board Company.

Kimberly also served as vice president of sales and marketing at Stanson Health, a start-up healthcare information technology company translating clinical guidelines into context-aware, real-time provider alerts. Kimberly completed a Doctors of Business Administration (DBA) in Technology Entrepreneurship from Walden University and published her dissertation on provider perception of alerts utilized within the electronic health record during order entry to enhance adherence with evidence-based guidelines to improve patient care and lower costs. 

Kimberly completed her MBA in International Business at the University of Miami and her Bachelors of Science degree in Business at Indiana University. She currently resides in Georgetown, TX with her husband Lamar and their two bird dogs, Hank Jr. and Bodie.

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