Kathleen M. Olewinski, FACHE, Director, Health Care Administration Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, joined the teaching staff in 1992 and currently serves as program director in addition to teaching and managing the internship program. She is a board certified healthcare executive and former hospital administrator, with more than 25 years of executive leadership and management experience in traditional and non-traditional health care settings and academia. Kathleen developed expertise in healthcare quality management and accreditation compliance early in her professional career, and regularly served as an invited speaker at state and national conferences. Throughout her administrative career she has served as an educator and mentor, developing curricula and teaching healthcare and business administration courses in higher education at the graduate and undergraduate level for 25 years. Kathleen has served on a number of professional boards over the course of the past 25 years, with leadership positions at the local, state, and national level. She is passionate about teaching and lifelong learning, and developing the next generation of healthcare leaders.
As a credentialed Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Kathleen Olewinski earned the distinction of board certification in healthcare management in 1998 and advanced to Fellow in 2008. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter, Kathleen serves on the ACHE Regent Advisory Council for Wisconsin; ACHE-Wisconsin Program Committee and ACHE-WI Annual Conference Planning Committee; and ACHE-Wisconsin Membership Committee since 2009. She also chairs the Leadership Development Program for the ACHE WI Chapter, and serves as Faculty Liaison as part of the ACHE Higher Education Network. Other current board positions include the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Board of Directors (elected director-at-large for the southeast region of Wisconsin); University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Emeritus Board of Trustees (elected officer); College of Health Sciences Alumni Chapter (member and past president); and Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association (board member). Kathleen also serves in active committee roles with partner organizations, and serves in a liaison role for professional program planning initiatives including the annual Women in Healthcare: Lead #LikeAGirl conference ACHE co-sponsors with HFMA, the biannual Mega Healthcare Conference in Wisconsin and the annual UWM Health Leadership Forum that ACHE co-sponsors for Qualified Education Credit. The ACHE WI Chapter recognized Kathleen with an ACHE Service Award at the Annual Conference in 2016.
Kathleen completed her doctoral studies toward a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service (dissertator status) in 2013, and earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in 1989. Her Bachelor of Science degree was completed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she earned a Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Kathleen maintains her Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) license, as well as her RHIA credential and other professional certifications. She believes her success is best measured by the impact she has as a teacher and mentor, as new leaders emerge with the same passion for quality, leadership, and service excellence.