2020 ACMPE Scholarship Fund Recipients
Angela Shiu Harry, J. Harwick Scholarship Recipient
Angela is currently a full-time graduate student at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She is finishing up her last semester in the Masters in Healthcare Administration. She volunteers her time for different non-profits – benefiting low-income communities in the Greater Houston Area. Angela has been working in the healthcare industry for almost seven years now. She is deeply thankful for being the Harry J. Harwick Scholarship recipient for 2020.
Anne Edwards, MGMA Midwestern Section Scholarship Recipient
Anne is a second-year student pursuing her Master of Health Administration at the University of Iowa. Currently, she is working as a Finance Administrative Intern at University of Iowa Health Care, focusing on COVID-19 financial mitigation efforts and inpatient unit expansion projects. Additionally, she is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Pediatrics and has worked as the Project Manager for a scheduling efficiency and patient throughput optimization project. She has an interest in health equity, the patient experience, and Lean management strategies.
Chitra Saravanan, Andrea M. Rossiter, FACMPE Scholarship Recipient
Chitra is pursuing a Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Biology. Her background in biology and medical anthropology research influenced her interests in comparative health systems and to look at how migrant, immigrant, refugee, and people of color populations access and receive quality healthcare. She is excited to further her career in healthcare management and contribute to the framework of providing equal healthcare and access to medical innovations for the diverse populations of America. She is honored and grateful for the Andrea M. Rossiter FACMPE Scholarship’s support in her journey to becoming a healthcare strategist.
Christian Gilbreath, MGMA Western Section Scholarship Recipient
Christian is a 2nd year MHA student at the University of Utah. He received an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration from Florida Southern College. He currently works as a fellow at the Center for Medical Innovation and as an intern at Intermountain Healthcare for Telehealth and Outreach Services. In his CMI position, he assists with the design and engineering of medical device prototypes. Since the onset of COVID-19, his team has worked to design and produce various devices primarily for the Navajo Nation and the University of Utah Health system. In his Intermountain position, he has worked to document and design operations for building a virtual Behavioral Health clinic, building financial/hourly allocation processes and tools for Oncology partnered services, and provided logistics on replacing telehealth equipment within Intermountain’s network. In addition, he is the Student Ambassador for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Utah chapter. He has a keen interest for future innovation within the healthcare industry. His objective is to develop his education and professional career into a leadership position. He is truly blessed and grateful to receive this scholarship.
Deja Webster, Davis/Watson National Scholarship Recipient
Deja made a commitment to studying healthcare systems when she crafted her own Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Policy at Santa Clara University. Her focus on understanding medical systems led her to work in both the community health sector as a Health Equity Intern and in the health insurance industry as an Operations Specialist. She is now pursuing a Master in Health Administration degree at Johns Hopkins University to merge her diverse work experiences and learn unique ways to approach complicated health systems, craft dynamic solutions, and support comprehensive health services. Deja is excited to collaborate on new strategies that acknowledge health inequities in the delivery of care model and elevate patient-centered care frameworks.
Eugenia Morris, Richard L. Davis, FACMPE Scholarship Recipient
Eugenia Morris is a junior at Appalachian State University, majoring in Health Care Management. While living on campus she lived in a Residential Learning Community with other Healthcare students. During this time, she was given the opportunity to network with students who shared similar interests and was able to discuss the vast number of jobs available in the healthcare industry. She aspires to further her education and receive a masters of health care administration, but prior to that hopes to gain experience in both human resources along with the financial aspects of the Healthcare system. She is very thankful for this scholarship, and the opportunities offered to her.
Heather Gonzalez, MGMA Leaders Scholarship, Second Place Recipient
Heather González, BSN, RN, was born and raised in San Juan, Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2016. Since then, Heather has worked in multiple departments within the nursing profession – the Progressive Coronary Care unit, Pre-operative department, Texas A&M College of Nursing (Research Nurse) and Outpatient Intravenous Infusion/Oncology. She is currently entering her last year at Texas A&M in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program and anticipates graduating May of 2021. This summer she completed a 10-week practicum at Houston Methodist Physician’s Organization where she rotated at various departments and assisted with multiple projects including proposing equitable nursing ratios and developing an Agent Scorecard. Heather is passionate about serving others and leading through integrity, inclusivity, and respect for all. She is immensely grateful to be the 2nd place recipient for the 2020 Leaders Scholarship and is proud to represent the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).
Jennifer Ho, MGMA Southern Section Scholarship Recipient
Jennifer Ho is a Master of Healthcare Administration and Business Administration (MHA/MBA) student at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She also works in the Texas Medical Center as a Grant Program Coordinator at MD Anderson Cancer Center. After graduating from the University of Houston, she looked for opportunities to use her bachelor’s degree in public health, which led her to the Vietnam Health Improvement Project in Da Nang, Vietnam. Jennifer’s background in public health has inspired her to become a leader in healthcare administration, in hopes to be in a position to evoke meaningful change within a health system by identifying patient care deficiencies and bridging communication gaps in multidisciplinary teams. Jennifer is a founder of the Association of Asian Healthcare Leaders, president of the Healthcare Student’s Association and a committee member for the MGMA Case Competition Collaborative. At MD Anderson, she is a member of the Compliance Committee and edits policies ranging from patient safety to workplace disability accommodations. A proud member of Gulf Coast MGMA, Jennifer is excited to advance her involvement with MGMA.
Melissa McCraw, Davis/Watson Scholarship Recipient
Melissa is completing her Master of Healthcare Administration degree at UNC Chapel Hill and plans to graduate in May of 2021. While studying at UNC, Melissa has been working with the UNC Department of Neurology as an administrative intern during the school year and over the summer she worked with the Durham VA Health Care System in the Director’s Office. Prior to coming to UNC, Melissa completed her BS in Spanish and International Health at Clemson University in Clemson, SC and then worked for a year with Prisma Health helping to open a new Family Medicine practice in a rural area in upstate SC. Melissa’s primary interests related to Healthcare management are in strategic planning, quality improvement and rural health and she hopes to pursue a Healthcare Administrative Fellowship after graduation.
Oscar Moreno III, Davis-Managers Scholarship Recipient
Oscar Moreno is pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare at Liberty University. He completed his Bachelors in Political Science from Brigham Young University, and his Masters of International Business Administration from NOVA Southeastern University. Oscar has a deep commitment to his community; he has spent several years overseas volunteering with different organizations, and currently serves with his local chapter of the Red Cross. He is passionate about leadership development and strives to improve leadership capacity to promote better outcomes across the healthcare industry, both locally and internationally. Oscar currently works in practice management for HCA Healthcare where his long-term goals include developing future leaders who will be empowered to continue driving innovation.
Xiao (Lilac) Lee, MGMA Leaders Scholarship, First Place Recipient
Xiao (Lilac) Li is currently completing the MHA/MBA study at the University of Houston - Clear Lake. Lilac is the VP of operation in the MGMA UHCL chapter. Currently, she is focusing on research of healthcare finance and human behavior relating to the current COVID-19 epidemic. She is dedicated to becoming an expert in healthcare management and to start her own healthcare tourism business or hospital-international-outreach business in the future. Lilac believes that she can help optimize the healthcare landscapes both in America and abroad to better serve the world with the guidance and transformation of MGMA’s mission and contribute to the field of medical practice management.