PRESIDENT

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!

PRESIDENT ELECT

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.

SECRETARY TREASURER

LANCE LUNSFORD, MBA, FACHE

Senior Partner / Groundswell Health

Lance Lunsford is an experienced health care executive with notable roles in hospital communications and marketing 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.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

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.

DIRECTOR – BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE

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.

DIRECTOR – REGENT

FOREST S. KIM, PHD, FACHE

Clinical Assoc. Professor & Program Director / Robbins MBA in Healthcare <br> Robbins Institute for Health Policy & Leadership <br> Hankamer School of Business / Baylor University

Forest S. Kim, PhD, MBA, MHA, FACHE is Program Director of the Robbins Healthcare MBA and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His previous position was Program Director of the University of the Incarnate Word Graduate Program in Health Administration in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Kim is an Army veteran who served 22 years on active duty as a health care administrator and educator. His Army career culminated as Program Director of the Army-Baylor University Program in Health and Business Administration. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Board Chair-Elect of the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME). Dr. Kim’s research interests include federal and private sector health program evaluation, graduate educational outcomes, and competency development and assessment. Dr. Kim resides in Woodway, Texas with his wife, Emme, and three daughters.

DIRECTOR

DEBBIE TOUCHETTE

Executive Vice President / Market Operations HNI Healthcare Inc.

Debbie is senior level operations leader for HNI Healthcare’s national Hospital medicine, ER and Post-Acute programs.  As the Executive Vice President for Operations, she is responsible for the people, process and quality on how we transform healthcare in various settings to provide the best outcome to our patients and clients.

Debbie has been in Healthcare Operations over 25 years where she worked for HCA starting both a Hospitalist and Behavioral Health program as well as a SNF Administrator for HCR Manorcare in Jacksonville, FL. She has a passion for moving quality outcomes across the continuum of care.

She completed a Business Management degree at Middlesex Community College in Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of North Florida.

Debbie moved to Austin, TX in March of 2020 and enjoys being outdoors and live music that Austin has to offer.  In her spare time, she loves yoga and has volunteered to administer and develop a support group for families who lost their loved ones to lung cancer and helps local charities in Austin Tx.

DIRECTOR

NELSON MANN, FACHE

Senior Partner / WittKieffer

DIRECTOR

PATRICK SWINDLE, MHA

Chief Executive Officer / Seton Medical Center Harker Heights

Patrick Swindle became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, an Ardent Health Services facility, in August 2020. Previously, Swindle served as CEO for two other Ardent Health Services facilities: UT Health Pittsburg from 2018 to 2020 and UT Health Quitman in East Texas from 2015 to 2020. Prior to joining Ardent Health Services, Swindle worked at the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System in Tyler, Texas where he served as program manager, FirstNet Exchange from 2012 to 2014 and the manager of systems support from 2014 to 2015.

Swindle earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and his Masters of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He completed his administrative residency at the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

DIRECTOR

ADAM B. WILLMAN, FACHE

President/ CEO Goodall-Witcher Healthcare

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