ACHE-WI Student Spotlight: Victor Hernandez


What are your short term career goals?

Going into my Administrative Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, I want to take full advantage of the networking and rotation opportunities that the program will give me. I want to position myself to grow as much as possible, and absorb all the useful knowledge that a leader in healthcare needs. I hope to find a role that fits my passions in healthcare and continue to have an impact on the communities my organization serves.

How has ACHE been valuable to you?

ACHE has opened the doors to so many possibilities. Through them and the amazing opportunity to attend ACHE Congress, I have learned about the value of networking in the field of healthcare administration. I now see the value that a mentor and a sponsor can have on a young careerist like myself, and the importance of knowing that I can bring something to the table. I may still be a student, but my lived experiences differ from everyone else’s, I can have an impact anywhere I go.

Who has been the most influential person in your career progression?

This would definitely be Andres Gonzales. He has been my rock throughout undergrad and graduate school. His calm demeanor and strong presence has assisted me in building a vision for myself. He has helped me develop a confidence in myself that I did not know I possessed. Mentorship alone does not describe the impact he has had on my life.

What is something that you are working on recently that you are excited about?

I am currently on the board for the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives in Wisconsin (NALHE-WI). We are excited to be hosting the national conference in September of this year. We are working on the final details, but it is excited to have such an important event taking place in our backyard.

What is the best gift that you ever received?

As a first generation student from Mexico, my parents decided to leave everything behind (steady jobs, their home, family, friends) in order to offer me and my siblings the best gift of them all; opportunity. I live everyday of my life with that reminder, hoping that I am doing everything in my power to show them that their sacrifice was worth it.

Chapter Member Needs Survey – May 9

On May 9, ACHE will launch the annual Chapter Member Needs Survey, which will give each chapter feedback on the programs and services provided. This survey is sent via personalized emails containing links to our survey provider’s website. Please be aware the survey link is specific to the member—it cannot be forwarded to other individuals. It will be sent to all members who have been a member of the Wisconsin chapter for at least a year and can receive emails from us. Reminder emails are scheduled for May 16 and May 23. Data collection will close on May 27.


  • The survey will be sent on May 9 to members who have been in the chapter for at least a year.
  • Check spam consoles first if you do not receive the survey email. When our survey emails are blocked by other organizations, the email is often found in the organization’s spam console.
  • Inform the Wisconsin chapter if you did not receive the survey and if you could not find it in your spam folders.

Register for the Virtual Leadership Symposium

Registration is open for the Virtual Leadership Symposium, April 11–12. This premier virtual event includes featured faculty, cutting-edge sessions and integrated networking. The event qualifies for 6 ACHE Face-to-Face Education and continuing clinical education credits.

The two-day agenda is aimed at recharging your leadership potential, with more than 30 virtual live sessions, as well as on-demand presentations available to registrants at their convenience. Here are a few of the offerings:

Register for the symposium today, then finalize your selections in the virtual event platform in early April.

The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity and Career Accelerator Programs

We are pleased to announce the most respected diversity programs in healthcare, the 2022 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program and Career Accelerator Program, are now open.

The Executive Diversity Program is designed to prepare mid- and senior-level careerists from underrepresented groups to ascend to C-suite roles. It offers exclusive access to convenient learning and networking options, including interactive in-person education offerings, live webinars and collaborations with their cohort peers.

The Career Accelerator Program is designed for diverse leaders in manager or director-level positions to support their career advancement. CAP provides education and networking through a virtual environment to help prepare diverse leaders for higher-level positions

The deadline to complete the application for both programs is Thursday, May 5.

Connect With Fellow Members

We are pleased to offer members three free online communities for physician executives, Asian healthcare leaders and LGBTQ healthcare leaders. The communities’ platform makes it easier than ever for peers to connect in real time, tackle issues together and ask important career-related questions. Members can participate in discussion threads, share resources and best practices, and crowdsource innovative ideas and solutions.

To join, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to
  2. Under “Helpful Links” on the right-hand side, click the last option, “My Communities.”
  3. Click the “Add” button to choose the online communities you wish to join. An MD or DO degree is required to join the Physician Executive Community.
  4. Watch your inbox for your welcome email and instructions to access your new community! The email will arrive within 24 hours.

We hope you will join these communities.

ACHE Announces Winners of Its Most Prestigious Awards

  • The Gold Medal Award is the highest honor bestowed by ACHE on outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the healthcare profession. The 2022 winner is Michael J. Fosina, FACHE, ACHE’s 2021–2022 Immediate Past Chair.
  • The Lifetime Service and Achievement Award recognizes Life Fellows and Retired Fellows who have made outstanding, nationally recognized contributions to advance the profession of healthcare management and ACHE. The 2022 winners are Zeff Ross, LFACHE, and Steven M. Saxe, LFACHE.
  • The Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year recognizes early careerists for outstanding achievements in the field of healthcare management. The 2022 winner is Callie C. Andrews, FACHE, senior vice president/hospital COO, Wellstar Kennestone and Windy Hill Hospitals, Marietta, Ga.

Please visit the News and Awards section of for full details on the awards.

Call for Speakers

Make the most out of your personal brand and your organization’s brand in 2022 by completing the call for speakers for a spot in front of industry peers interested in the knowledge you can share at a local F2F event or at the ACHE-WI 2022 Annual Conference.

Local programs will be in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee. The Annual Conference will be at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI on September 19-21. It is our largest event of the year and brings insights, connections and development into focus. As a speaker, you will be one of the few thought leaders with the platform to move the industry forward on a regionally recognized stage.

As a conference speaker, you receive:

  • Direct access to healthcare professionals
  • Waived one day conference fee
  • Industry insights from conference content
  • And the chance to impact healthcare in Wisconsin and beyond

If you or somebody you know is a great fit, view the call for speakers now!

Submit the call for speakers by the deadline on Friday, March 25.

Call for Speakers