Voting Now Open for the ACHE-WI 2021 Board of Directors

Voting is now open for the 2021 ACHE-WI Board of Directors (VOTE NOW). A link to each candidate’s full application and their biographical information is available on the ballot. All active and life ACHE-WI members are eligible to cast one ballot for up to four candidates. After reviewing all the candidates, please mark your selections on the ballot.

Voting will close at 4:00pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.

2021 Slate of Candidates

  • Laura Bubla, FACHE, Director of Laboratory Services, SSM Health, Madison
  • Kenneth Carlson, FACHE, Vice President, Planning & Business Development, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac
  • Abraham Doolhoof, MHA, Manager of Virtual Care and Patient Access to Care, Mercyhealth, Janesville
  • Jennifer Fink, PhD (re-election), Program Director Masters HealthCare Administration (MHA), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee
  • Andy Hillig, MBA, ELI-MP, FACHE, Leadership Coach, Andy Hillig Solutions, LLC, Sussex
  • Aaron Kinney, DBA, MS, Executive Director, Herma Heart Institute / Children’s Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • David Lally, FACHE, Director of Community Benefit & Advocacy, HSHS Wisconsin, Oconto Falls
  • Christina Orr, D.P.T. (re-election), Assistant Medical Center Director, Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee


Hospital CEO Roundtable

The COVID-19 crisis has transformed how healthcare is delivered. What changes are here to stay? How are hospitals responding to inequities further exacerbated by the crisis? What does the pandemic mean for healthcare costs?

A panel of hospital and health system CEOs will address these questions at more at the 2020 Wisconsin Health News Hospital CEO Roundtable.


  • Damond Boatwright, Regional President, SSM Health Wisconsin
  • Cathy Jacobson, CEO, Froedtert Health
  • Chris Woleske, CEO, Bellin Health
  • John Russell, CEO, Prairie Ridge Health

This live, virtual event is free.

Event Details: 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Register to receive the livestream link prior to the event.

Join the ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter Board of Directors

The American College of Healthcare Executives-Wisconsin Chapter strives to assemble a board that encompasses a diverse representation of leaders throughout the state who are committed to the advancement of healthcare leadership and fulfilling the chapter’s mission. The mission of the Chapter is to be the professional membership society for healthcare executives; to meet its members’ professional, educational, and leadership needs; to promote high ethical standards and conduct; to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence; and to promote the mission of ACHE.

To be eligible to serve on the Board, an individual must be a member of the Wisconsin Chapter and have completed one year of membership in ACHE. Download the position description for more information and expectations. Board members should expect to commit 40-60 hours per year for board activities, which include:

  • Attendance at quarterly Board meetings, typically lasting 3-4 hours
  • Chair, co-chair or actively serve on one committee
  • Participation on the Regent Advisory Council (RAC), providing guidance and support in the advancement of the Regent’s goals for our Chapter

If you are interested in becoming a Board director, please complete the following by October 16, 2020 @ noon.

  1. Completed Board Application. Click here to apply.
  2. Attach your resume within the application.
  3. Support of 10 ACHE-WI members (an e-mail link to support you will be sent after your application and resume are received)

A ballot will be prepared and distributed to the full membership in mid-October and election results will be announced in early November.  New directors will be asked to attend the virtual board meeting on November 13, 2020.

LDP “Coaches Panel”

On September 15th, ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program hosted a 90 minute “Coaches Panel” to offer an opportunity to gain perspective from the ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program alumni. This panel was a new addition to the Leadership Development Program curriculum. The panel members answered a series of questions that offered insight into what participation in the Leadership Development Program has provided and an opportunity to gain diverse perspective on leadership, career advancement and networking. The coaches offered advice to early careerists, many books to reference and quotes to live by. Some of the inspiring feedback and advice included:

  • Train your replacement
  • Take the time for the things that matter to you
  • Seek first to understand and then to be understood
  • Having an empty seat is better than the wrong person in the seat
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Know yourself
  • Have an open mind and form your own opinions
  • Invest in yourself
  • People don’t always remember what you have done but they do remember how you made them feel

Thank you to all who took the time to make this event possible.


Vaccine: Hope and Controversy – Health Law and Innovation Virtual Series

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Live Webinar | Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT 
Please join Husch Blackwell as we go virtual with our Health Law Conference. The series will include a range of important topics relevant to the healthcare industry. The webinar programs will be offered every Thursday from October 1 through November 19.

Our first session will include a panel discussion on a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The session will cover the progress of Operation Warp Speed, aspects of vaccine distribution plans and considerations for employers.

Who Should Attend
CEOs, COOs, CFOs, general counsel, compliance officers and other senior business leaders, as well as representatives of hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare organizations.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit.

Please be sure to self-report 1 ACHE Qualified Education Credit using the link titled “My education Credit” on your myACHE profile page for each session you attend.

The October 1 session is complimentary; however, registration is required. We encourage you to forward this invitation to interested colleagues. Unable to join us at the scheduled date and time? Register anyway and we will email the recording to you.

Upcoming Programs
Want to plan ahead? Registration is also open for the remaining programs in our Health Law & Innovation virtual series. Click the program title below to register for each session you would like to attend. All programs will be held Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT.

·     October 8 – Developing Strategies Around Hospital and Physician Integration

·     October 15 – Virtual Health: Who Will Be Leading Tomorrow? CMS, Consumers, COVID-19?

·     October 22 – Risk Management: Uncharted Waters

·     October 29 – Strategic Acquisitions and Investment Opportunities During a Pandemic

·     November 5 – Stimulus Relief Funds: Strings Attached!

·     November 12 – Pharmacy Trends 2021: What to Watch Out for After the Year That Was

·     November 19 – Health Law 2021: A Legislative Outlook

CARES Act, COVID-19 & Return-to-Work Guidance
Husch Blackwell provides guidance regarding COVID-19 updates, the CARES Act, rapidly changing state-by-state orders, including those that impact stay-at-home and return-to-work protocols. Contact these legal teams or your Husch Blackwell attorney to plan a way through and beyond the pandemic.

Questions? Contact Morgan Buciumean at 303.749.7281.

Recruit Your Non-member Colleagues to ACHE

September is the perfect time to recruit new members to ACHE. When your non-member colleague applies in September, ACHE dues are only $160 for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021. Members may apply online at Remember, when you participate in our Leader-to-Leader Rewards Program, we will award you one point for each person you successfully recruit as a Member. Be sure to remind your colleagues to list you as their sponsor on their applications to ensure you receive credit.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the benefits of ACHE membership, please contact the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400 or at

Vote in the Regent Elections

The 2020–21 Regent elections begin Sept. 14 and run through Oct. 2. All Members, Fellows and Life Fellows should expect an email with a link to a secure online ballot detailing candidate statements and providing the opportunity to vote. Those without email addresses in our database will receive a paper ballot via postal mail. Please remember to vote and encourage your eligible chapter members to cast their votes, as well.  Learn more about the Regent candidates.

FACHE Advancement Information

Do you have questions or concerns about advancing to Fellow or recertifying their credential? Our FACHE FAQ page answers many of the questions you may have about deadlines for completing recertification requirements or procedures for taking the Board of Governors Exam at our testing vendor, Pearson VUE. In the meantime, check out our FACHE section for everything members need to apply for Fellow and recertify.

First Leadership Development Program Site Visit

On Thursday August 27, 2020 the first site visit was conducted for the 2020-2021 co-hort. Due to COVID-19 the site visits have been moved to virtual only. Part of the curriculum for the LDP is mentoring undergraduate students, all of the mentees were invited to attend the site visit as well.

Joe Stearly, Health Systems Engineer hosted the site visit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI. The three hour site visit started with an overview of Mayo Clinic Health System, Advanced Care at Home Program, Organizational Leadership and Integration, Pharmacy and FACHE process and concluded with an early careerist panel. The day was very interactive and informative with the 7 guest speakers that represented Mayo Clinic Health System. Although the program has been modified to accommodate travel restrictions, the cohort has connected and continue  to engage.

Upcoming events include a conference call led by the cohort, coaches panel designed to learn from Leadership Development Program alumni and ACHE chapter webinars. For more information on the Leadership Development Program please click here.

Message From Your Regent – Summer 2020

Well, over six months into this public health emergency, and I can say, ACHE has shown resiliency and adaptability by continuing to move forward and provide valuable and engaging programming for our members’ growth and professional enrichment. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen. The pandemic has brought ACHE members together, as an organization, in ways we never imagined, and for many of us well “out of our comfort zones.” We are connecting and learning through Zoom, Teams, Skype, and other virtual methods, slowly but surely moving toward happier days. While we may never return to the days of old, ACHE is adapting to these new learning formats and continuing to provide members with career support and growth opportunities.

Please participate in some of the upcoming virtual opportunities to continue your growth and professional enrichment. Watch the website and your emails for the registration to open for the following events.

Virtual events, coming in September: 

Date Time Title
Sept. 9 Noon The 2020-2021 Legislative and Regulatory Update
Sept. 16 Noon Healthcare State of the State
Sept. 16 4:30 pm Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC and Conduit
Sept. 23 Noon The Business Case of Evidence-Based Design Features for Staff: Translating Traditional ROI Data into Financial Performance
Sept. 30 Noon Mentoring and Building Your Network

Additional Virtual Events, planned for October through December:

Date Time Topic
Oct. 8 Noon Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Leadership
Oct. 22 4 pm Telemedicine in the Healthcare Delivery System
Nov. 5 Noon Equity of Care
Nov. 6 All-Day Women in Healthcare Leadership
Nov. 19 4 pm What we Learned: Leadership and Crisis Management: Strategies to Effectively Manage a Healthcare Organization
Dec. 3 Noon Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint of Success, Lead and Reward a Just Culture and Establish Organizational Behavior Expectations
Dec. 17 4 pm COVID-19: What we Learned Staffing/People Resources and Supply Chain

ACHE Learning Opportunity

In closing, I recently met a wonderful individual and resource who is available to ACHE members. Cie Armstead joined ACHE in November 2015, becoming the association’s first Diversity and Inclusion Director. One of her major accomplishments is the development of the Executive Diversity Career Navigator (EDCN). EDCN is an online resource created in collaboration with five national healthcare groups dedicated to advance executive diversity.

This centralized resource offers users easy access to vast information, tools, and inspiration for navigating career paths toward senior-level positions.

In early 2016, senior leaders from each of the six participating organizations signed a “Healthcare Executive Diversity Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).”  This agreement committed their organizations to engage in collaborative initiatives designed to increase and sustain diversity and inclusion at the highest level of healthcare leadership.

Consider learning more about EDCN, member forums, executive programs, and additional Diversity and Inclusion resources available with ACHE.

Stay safe and well,

Thomas N. Shorter, JD, FACHE

Regent (Interim) for Wisconsin