2019 ACMPE Scholarship Fund Recipients
Anne Edwards, MGMA Midwest Section Scholarship Recipient:
Anne Edwards is a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Health Administration at the University of Iowa. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Global Health Studies and a minor in psychology at the University of Iowa. She will be working this year as a graduate assistant in hospital administration. She has an interest in health equity, the patient experience, and learning from health systems around the world.
Aryonna Noblitt, Richard L. Davis, FACMPE Appalachian Scholarship Recipient:
Aryonna is a junior at Appalachian State University, majoring in Healthcare Management. She is currently a member of the Future Healthcare Executives Club and works as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has clinical experience and is fueled by her passion for serving those in need. Aryonna is very thankful for this scholarship.
Carmen Miller, Andrea M. Rossiter, FACMPE Scholarship Recipient:
Carmen is pursuing a Master of Science in Health Administration, Rosalind Franklin University. She is delighted to further her career pursuit of operationalizing patient pricing transparency at an institutional level. Carmen holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through PMI. She is also a Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) with seven years of revenue cycle experience across hospital and physician settings. Carmen is currently leading change as a Finance Program Coordinator through Northwestern Medicine’s International Patient Services department.
Caroline Kegerreis, Richard L. Davis, FACMPE UNC Scholarship:
Caroline Kegerreis is a 2nd year MHA student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Currently, Caroline is working as a Business Analyst – Administrative Intern for UNC School of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery and Urology, where she works primarily on projects related to physician - administrator engagement, strategic planning, and finance for the two departments. In addition, she is the Chief Executive Officer of the Student Health Alliance Coalition (SHAC), which provides free healthcare to the uninsured and underserved population of Chapel Hill. Caroline received her bachelors degree from the University of Virginia in Biology and gained finance experience from working at the Southern Environmental Law Center. Caroline is passionate about providing access to quality healthcare to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay and enjoys the unique challenge of aligning strategic and financial goals with this mission.
Daniel Chase Whittet, Leaders Scholarship, Second Place Recipient:
Chase Whittet, of Granbury, Texas, is finishing up his final year at Texas A&M as a Master of Health Administration candidate. While also being involved in various healthcare student organizations, Chase works at Texas A&M Student Health Services in the Business Department where he gets hands on experience on how the organization cares for its student population. Having recently completed his summer practicum at Texas Health Southwest in Fort Worth, Chase was able to apply the skills he has learned in the classroom to not only his internship at the hospital but to his current work setting in the clinic. He is absolutely honored and thrilled to have won a 2019 Leaders Scholarship.
Claudia Hill, Richard L. Davis, FACMPE – Managers Scholarship Recipient:
Claudia is a second-year student pursing her Master of Healthcare Administration through Weber State University. She completed her Bachelor of Science from Utah Valley University in Community Health with an emphasis in healthcare administration. For the past eleven years she has been working in women’s health integrating her knowledge of best practices for improved patient outcomes and reducing healthcare spending. She is passionate about helping others understand healthcare and the value of passionate patient care.
Dia Barber, MGMA Southern Section Scholarship Recipient:
Dia Barber is a Master of Health Administration student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dia received her Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Management from UNC Chapel Hill and previously worked as a government contractor on various health related projects. She currently serves as the Vice President of the MHA Student Association and works at Baptist Health Medical Center – Little Rock as an administrative intern. Dia is interested in hospital operations and hopes to enter a leadership role in an organization that serves low-income communities, using a population health approach to reduce health disparities.
Glory Okwori, Richard L. Davis, FACMPE/Barbara B. Watson, FACMPE – National Scholarship Recipient:
Glory’s experience in diverse healthcare settings and education has provided her with the relevant skills for quality improvement in health management. These skills include research, operations, financial planning, grant and project management and program monitoring & evaluation. She is currently a doctoral student in Health Services Management & Policy at ETSU. She obtained MHA and MPH degrees from USF. She worked as a research assistant applying research and evaluation skills to health system capacities and policies for underserved populations. Her prior work experiences allowed her to possess in-depth knowledge of data analysis and excel in the areas of staff training, development, evaluation, and coordination with the goal of improved patient prognosis. Her long-term goal is to address issues in health systems management and collaborate with personnel to develop action plans based on identified opportunities for improvement and innovation.
Julienne Price, Leaders Scholarship, First Place Recipient:
Julienne Price was born and raised in Washington, DC. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is currently a full-time, second-year graduate student, pursuing a Master of Health Administration at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to graduate school, she participated in scientific research in a post-baccalaureate program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Julienne’s experience as a Post-baccalaureate Research Fellow at the NIH sparked an interest in potentially helping administer a clinical research hospital, such as the Clinical Center of the NIH. As a result, she is currently a Student Intern with the Office of Administrative Management at the NIH Clinical Center, where she supports and works closely with the Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department, the Patient Support Services Department, the Positron Emission Tomography Department, and the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education. As an aspiring Hospital Administrator, Julienne looks forward to helping the patients of the NIH Clinical Center by utilizing her acquired skills to carry out the administrative tasks required to successfully administer a healthcare organization. In addition, Julienne served as a Student Ambassador at the MGMA Annual Conference in 2018 and will serve again this year.
Mackenzie Moore, Harry J. Harwick Scholarship Recipient:
Mackenzie Moore is extremely grateful to have been chosen to receive the Harry J. Harwick Scholarship this year. Mackenzie is beginning her Master of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology this fall at the University of Michigan. Mackenzie recently graduated from Albion College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology. At Albion College, Mackenzie participated in research regarding light-activated cancer therapy drugs, volunteered on two medical mission trips as a member of Global Medical Brigades, played for the Albion College Women’s Volleyball Team, served as a Student Athletic Advisory Committee Representative, and volunteered through Delta Gamma’s philanthropy, Service for Sight. After completion of her Master of Public Health, Mackenzie hopes to use her public health knowledge to attend medical school and eventually work in an environment where she can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Serena Loya, MGMA Western Section Scholarship Recipient:
Serena Loya is the administrator for the Department of Internal Medicine at UCSF Fresno. She has been a UC employee for over 10 years. She has held many roles while working for UCSF Fresno, such as Faculty Support, Fellowship Coordinator, Residency & Fellowship Programs Supervisor and now Department Administrator. She has a passion for graduate medical education and loves working with people. Her goal is to continue her educational journey in healthcare administration with the hopes of becoming a CAO/CBO one day for the University. She received her associates and bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix and is in the process of completing her master’s degree in healthcare administration at UC San Francisco.