Pamela Coyle-Toerner is a 1986 graduate of our program and received her undergraduate degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1979. Pamela is the CEO and a managing partner in Queen City Physicians. Areas of specialization include implementing and customizing electronic medical record systems, developing patient centric care delivery processes, implementing and achieving Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) recognition,and developing group practice strategies for gain sharing.
Pamela values her time spent at Xavier and continues to give back to the program. She participates regularly in alumni association, mock interview program, and as guest lecturer. She also is a national speaker for Merck and AbbVie on PCMH. She lives in Wyoming, Ohio with her husband Bill, sons Ian and Patrick and goldendoodle, Sadie.
Bill Konecny earned a Masters of Health Services Administration from Xavier University in 2010. While playing baseball for the Musketeers, he earned a BSBA from Xavier University in 2007. Bill completed his Administrative Residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) in 2010. Today, in the role of Manager - Hospital Operations, Bill reports directly to the hospital's Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for supporting business functions and strategic initiatives across UC Medical Center and the Drake Center.
Over the past 5 years he's worked with the XUGPHSA to conduct numerous mock interviews, acted as an administrative liaison to >10 UCMC administrative residents and interns, and assisted several capstone groups. Bill lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Florentino (Flo) Buendia is a 1993 graduate of our program and received his undergraduate degree from Miami (Ohio) University. His residency took him home to Cleveland where he did his residency at Meridia Health System and worked in their PHO. He left for Cincinnati in 1995 to work on the health insurance side of Managed Care for WellPoint (Blue Cross Blue Shield Licensee for 14 states). He has held various positions within the company which includes several management positions overseeing areas such as provider auditing, professional reimbursement, provider pricing and project management. Currently he is managing a large scale implementation that has him working with providers throughout the country. He currently serves on Board of his parish in Cincinnati where he lives with his wife Chris (also a 1993 XUGPHSA alum), and their son, Kai, and daughter, Josie.
Grace Kendrick is a 1991 graduate of our program and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati, with a Bachelor in Chemistry and a focus on Inorganic Chemistry. Grace also has a Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University Salem P. Chase College of Law. Grace has held senior level positions in Group Practice Administration, Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Community Hospitals and Law Office Practice. Grace has sat on committees in legislative, managed care, hospitals, group practice, legal, home care, hospice care, DME at the federal, regional, state and local levels. Grace is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and was Regent for Southern Ohio. Grace is also a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Grace would consider herself fiercely committed to the XUGPHSA program. She was Class Director for 6 years. Grace was co-faculty for several individual classes in finance, group practice, and professionalism. Grace was a resident and/or a fellow preceptor for 6 years. Grace was selected to be on a committee to identify one of the new Directors of the MHA Program and belongs to the Women's Networking Committee.
Grace and her husband Jerry live on a 5 acre tract in Butler County. Their daughters, Nicole and Katelyn, are a junior at Miami University and a freshman at Ohio State University, respectively.
Rachel R. Wirth, LNHA, MHSA is Executive Director of Long Term Care Services for Mercy Health, a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky. Rachel has been with Mercy Health for the past nine years, serving in various capacities across the post—acute spectrum. As Executive Director she currently works on strategy development, project management, and identification and implementation of performance improvement tactics with particular focus on Mercy Health’s senior health and housing communities. Rachel also serves as the interim licensed administrator for Sacred Heart Village, a continuing care retirement community in Louisville, KY. Rachel is a 2007 graduate of Xavier University’s part-time MHSA program with a focus in long term care services. She graduated from the University of Dayton in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and worked as a Board-Certified Music Therapist from 2001-2006. She lives in North Avondale, less than 5 minutes from Xavier’s campus, with her husband David, an attorney, and children Lauren (5), Dominic (4), and Colin (2).
Member at Large
Julie Parr is a 2005 graduate of our program and received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Miami (Ohio) University. Julie completed her Administrative Residency at Medisync, focusing on management of clinical quality programs. In 2006 she left Medisync to work for Wellpoint (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Licensee for 14 states). Over the years she has held various positions at Wellpoint concentrating on Clinical Quality Program Development and Implementation, Provider Contracting and Reimbursement, Program Management, Strategic Planning, Performance Improvement, and System Migrations. Julie lives in Cincinnati with her husband Will ( a 2006 graduate of the Xavier HRD program) and their daughter Camilla.
Great Lakes Regional Vice President
Matt Waskerwitz graduated from the Xavier University MHSA program in 2010. Matt completed his Administrative Fellowship at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) in Chicago, IL. Matt remains at NorthShore in his current position, Senior Business Director of Perioperative Services.
After his Fellowship, Matt served as a Practice Manager in NorthShore's Department of Surgery. Prior to his most recent transition to Perioperative Services, Matt served as an Administrative Director in NorthShore;s Health IT Department. Matt continues to stay active in the Xavier MHSA program by serving as a mentor to current students and by presenting annually to Xavier's Professional Development class. Matt continues to represent NorthShore at Recruitment Events and Administrative Fellowship events hosted by the Chicago Healthcare Executive Forum (CHEF).
Prior to Matt's graduate school efforts he was captain of the Xavier University Baseball Team and he earned the award, Xavier University Student Athlete of the Year in 2007. Matt currently resides in Chicago, IL.
Midwest Regional Vice President
Ryan West is a 2011 graduate of Xavier’s MHSA program and received his undergraduate degree from Elon University in 2006. Ryan completed his Administrative Residency at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. Upon completion of his Administrative Residency, Ryan served in a variety of roles at SSM Health in St. Louis, most recently as the System Director of Strategic Planning. Ryan currently serves as the Director of Strategic Management and Analytics for Ascension Health, the nation's largest non-profit health system. He currently serves on the Board for HavenHouse St. Louis, a local hospitality house for patients traveling to St. Louis for health care services. Ryan and his wife, Amy, live in St. Louis with their son Eli.
Northeast Regional Vice President
Beth Hammerman received her BA Degree from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She continued her studies in her hometown, earning an MBA from the University of Cincinnati (1978) and an MHA from Xavier University (1979). She completed a two-year residency, the first year at The Deaconess Hospital and the second year at The Jewish Hospital, both in Cincinnati.
Beth has been a dedicated member of the management team at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY, for the past twenty years. She has been involved in a variety of projects including long range strategic planning, renovations and space planning, program and service development, physician engagement, grant writing, marketing, fund raising, community outreach, and many others. Currently she serves as Director over Planning, Community Health, Marketing and Development.
In 2002 Beth was the recipient of the Sister Mary Nadine Casey Award, an award of the Governing Board of Mercy Medical Center, presented annually to a member of the Mercy family who best personifies the values of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus and Mercy Medical Center ? Compassion, Respect, and Mission. In 2011 she received the Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership, an award of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, presented annually representing the highest level of leadership recognition within CHS, honoring an employee who has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and commitment to his or her facility, CHS, and the communities they serve. And in 2012 she was named the Rockville Centre "Person of the Year" for her "vision, persistence, dedication and vibrant energy" both in her position at Mercy and as a leader in the community.
Southeast Regional Co-Vice Presidents
Ashley Distler graduated from the Xavier University MHSA program in 2014. She completed her fellowship at Presence Health in Chicago and was an intern at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Today, she’s a Senior Client Strategist at RowdMap, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. RowdMap helps health plans, government payers, providers, and hospital systems develop Risk-Readiness strategies to excel as they transition from fee-for-service to pay-for value. Prior to her time at Xavier University, Ashley held various roles at HCA Supply Chain Services (Parallon Business Solutions) in Nashville, Tennessee. As a student at Xavier, she served as a student ex-officio member of the Alumni Board and helped facilitate student-alumni networking opportunities. Ashley and Steve Jesse are actively building a Xavier MHSA Alumni network in Louisville. She is also an active participant in ACHE, AHIP, MGMA, and HFMA events.
As a Strategic Project Manager, Steven Jesse brings a diverse background to Baptist Health Medical Group. Steven served as the operational lead on several system wide projects for Baptist Health Medical Group since joining the team in August 2014. He has lead projects involving reducing operational inefficiencies as well as provided analytical and tactical conversations dealing with physician contracting.
Prior to starting at Baptist Health Medical Group, Steven operated as a Healthcare Consultant for the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. Steven also served as an Operational Financial Analyst for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Before joining the healthcare community, Steven spent three years in collections management for Citigroup.
A native of Shelbyville, Kentucky, Steven graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in finance and marketing. Steven completed Xavier University's Concurrent Degree Program where he received his MHSA (2013) and MBA (2012). Steven completed an Administrative Fellowship at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.
Throughout Steven's career, he has been involved in various community and professional activities. Steven is active in MGMA and served as the local representative in ACHE for two years.
Tri-State Regional Vice President
Kim Jones graduated from the program in 1991 and received an undergraduate degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Kim has spent nearly 20 years managing primary and specialty care physician practices in both academic and non-academic healthcare settings. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for TriHealth Physician Practices, a primary care group that includes 26 practices throughout Greater Cincinnati. Areas of specialization include practice acquisition, physician recruitment, system integration, and implementation of Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH).
Kim lives in North Bend, Ohio with her husband, Joe. She has two grown children, Kristen, who graduated from the program in 2015,and Scott.
Western Regional Vice President
Leslie A. Barden is a 1986 graduate of our program. Leslie is senior vice president/executive officer of the VHA Empire - Metro regional office in New York. The VHA Empire - Metro office coordinates and directs VHA efforts to serve 42 hospitals in New York, one hospital in New Jersey and two hospitals in Pennsylvania, all along the New York State border.
Barden's health care career spans more than 24 years, a large part of it with United Health Services, an integrated delivery system based in Binghamton, N.Y. Barden started her career at UHS, completing an administrative residency as part of her graduate degree in health administration from Xavier University. With her extensive background in health care strategic planning, payer relationships and building effective coalitions across health care systems, Leslie is well equipped to serve the diversity of members that exist in the Empire - Metro region.
Immediate Past President
Mark Hannahan is a 1979 graduate of our program and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. During his career, he has held senior executive positions in hospitals and managed care organizations, and has bought, grown and sold a number of small businesses in the healthcare and private sector. Mark is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as a healthcare executive recruiter for many years; currently he is Senior Vice President of CES Partners, Ltd., a retainer style healthcare executive search firm based in Chicago. As a Cincinnati resident, he has had the opportunity to be actively involved with our Alumni Association and the program for some time, having previously served as President in the late 80s and early 90s, and has conducted mock interviews with the MHSA Graduate students for many years. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the Alumni Association. Mark is also a Class A PGA Golf Professional, and serves as the Director of Instruction for the First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. His wife, Patti, is a first grade teacher. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.