Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign

Members only have until June 30 to take advantage of this offer. Take the next important step in your career advancement by becoming board certified in healthcare management as Fellows of ACHE. Now is the perfect time for to apply. Between now and June 30, they can save $200 on the Board of Governors Exam fee.

The June 30 deadline is fast approaching, so visit to apply conveniently online and learn more about the offer, details on requirements and Exam study resources.

The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program—Now Accepting Applications

We are pleased to announce the most respected diversity program in healthcare, the 2020 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, is now open. This is an exclusive program designed to prepare mid- and senior-level careerists from underrepresented groups to ascend to C-suite roles.  Scholars in this yearlong program will benefit from:

  • One-on-one interaction with an individually matched mentor
  • Full tuition to attend ACHE’s 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership and the 2020 Executive Program
  • Formal leadership education and career assessments
  • Specialized curriculum opportunities for career advancement

This once-in-a-career experience will help scholars formulate a strategy for their future in healthcare management and provide them with an invaluable network of colleagues to support them at every stage of their leadership career.

View the application requirements here. The deadline to complete the application is Friday, July 12, 2019.

Visit for full details. If you have questions, please contact Cie Armstead, director, diversity and inclusion, at or (312) 424-9306.

The Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Healthcare Leadership accepts donations to the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Gifts—no matter the amount—help shape the future of healthcare leadership. Visit to make your donation.

FACHE Spotlight – Ryan Neville

Where were you at in your career when you joined ACHE?

I was 10 years into my career and working as a Director of Rehabilitation in a regional hospital. Experiencing the challenges of middle management. I still remember talking to the mentor that sponsored my membership- best advice I received.

Where are you now in your career?

Senior leadership role just transitioned from Chief Executive Officer of an independent health care organization to the Chief Administrative Officer of the same organization post affiliation. Regional accountability has been added to responsibility.

How have you been involved with ACHE-WI?


How has ACHE been valuable to your career progression?

Mentorship outside of your own organization. Career development conversations should exist both internally and externally. ACHE provided eager mentors, friends and colleagues in the region to network with.

Who has been the most influential person in your career?

Easy my wife Jen. I have had 5 extremely influential individuals in my life- and not one is more important than the other. As I reflect, I fortunately had the right mentor at the right phase of my career. In fact, a bucket list event would be to have dinner with all five present. The one constant mentor has been my wife. Highs, lows, late nights and early mornings- we share a passion of healthcare and hard work.

What advice would you give someone aspiring to be in a role similar to yours?

  1. Win each day-and don’t miss an opportunity to impact a person, organization or community.
  2. Do not become cynical and keep hopeful
  3. Build relationships and make that part of your day.

What is the best gift that you ever received?

My wife and I got each other dogs. Liam and Harper were both impulsive gifts (like most dogs) but have become the hobby we needed for balance. Liam is trained in emotional support and comes to work with me 2-3 days a week and joins me for leadership rounds on employees. He has impacted me both professionally and personally.


Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign Continues Through June 30

Take the next important step in your career by advancing to Fellow status. Fellow status benefits your professional goals and strengthens the healthcare management profession overall. If you submit your Fellow applications now, you can to take advantage of our Board of Governors Exam fee waiver offer (a savings of $200), available through June 30. Fellow applicants must submit their completed Fellow application, $250 application fee and all required documents (references and organization chart) by June 30.

Visit to learn more.

2019 Chapter Member Needs Survey Coming Soon

The 2019 Chapter Member Needs Survey will be sent electronically May 6–24 to all ACHE Members who have been chapter members for more than one year. The survey was developed and will be administered by ACHE’s Department of Member Services, Research.

The 2019 survey focuses on members’ general satisfaction with education and networking events, and other chapter programs and services. The survey also asks respondents to rate their overall satisfaction with their chapters.

Early Careerist Spotlight – Nicole C. E. Aloia, MHA, MA

Where were you at in your career when you joined ACHE?

I was an MHA student at the University of Iowa when I first joined ACHE. Not only was I able to attend various ACHE events, but I was also able to attend ACHE Congress in Chicago both years. I saw first hand the opportunities that ACHE provided to me as a student and knew I wanted to continue to be a part of the organization as I proceeded into my career.

Where are you now in your career?

I am currently the Operations Administrator for Medical Oncology & Hematology and Research & Innovation at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI. Previous to that, I served as the Director of Ambulatory Operations for General Pediatrics & Urgent Care at UW Health.

How have you been involved with ACHE-WI?

Leadership Development Program

How has ACHE been valuable to your career progression?

ACHE has been invaluable to my career progression in numerous aspects. Starting as a student, ACHE allowed me to gain exposure to various healthcare executives that provided key mentorship and professional development. As I progressed in my career, ACHE was a instrumental platform for the ability to network with and learn from healthcare executives across the state of Wisconsin. Most recently, the opportunity to participate in ACHE – WI Chapter’s 2018-2019 Leadership Development Program provided key insights, activities, and hands on learning into what it takes to be an effective leader in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

Who has been the most influential person in your career?

As my fellowship preceptor at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, John Dickey (FACHE) was highly influential in shaping who I am today as a healthcare leader. John not only pushed me to step outside my comfort zone but encouraged me to grow and develop as a well-rounded, servant leader.

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

In addition to my role as Operations Administrator for Medical Oncology and Hematology, I recently added responsibility as the Operations Administrator for Research and Innovation in Northwestern Wisconsin. This is a relatively new role that seeks to focus on supporting and growing translational work to improve our clinical practice. Additionally, we’re partnering with a local academic institution to expand the research knowledge base between clinicians, professors, students, and patients.

What is the best gift that you ever received?

The best gift I ever received was my first horse, Corky, at the age of nine years old who my parents surprised me with at Christmas. This started a lifelong love of horses!

May 14 WHN Luncheon Explores the Impact of Housing on Healthcare

Where people live influences their health. And more and more healthcare organizations and others in Milwaukee are targeting efforts and resources toward improving access to affordable and safe housing.  Panelists at a Wisconsin Health News panel will talk about efforts to address lead in the city, improve access to affordable housing and what else is needed. Panelists include:

  • Mike Bare, Research and Program Coordinator, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
  • James Mathy, Housing Administrator, Milwaukee County
  • Ellen Sexton, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin

The event is Tuesday, May 14 at the University Club of Milwaukee (924 East Wells Street, Milwaukee).  Lunch begins at 11:30am, with discussion starting at 12pm and running through 1pm. Space is limited, so be sure to register early (link).

The Future of Healthcare at Concordia University Wisconsin

Erik Hollander, MBA, Director of Strategic Growth and Business Development, Assistant Professor of Business, Healthcare Administration Lead

In April 2018 Concordia University Wisconsin broke ground on the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center’s 41,000 square-foot academic building to promote the future of where entrepreneurial collaboration and health care innovation can unite. This space will include a functioning medical clinic accompanied by incubator and collaboration space for business start-ups.

The three-story space will be opening in Fall 2019 and house the Batterman School of Business as well as the Next Generation Healthcare Leaders (NGHL) student group supported by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The business school has been atop the list of largest MBA program (within 100-mile radius of Milwaukee) for the past several years and is continuing with those efforts to support students and the community to ignite opportunity for collaboration.

In addition to Concordia’s engagement and participation in start-up and accelerator competitions focusing on solutions in health care, Concordia also hosts an annual Healthcare Economics Summit focusing on the business of health care with participation from key stakeholders and leaders from around the state, region and country. More recently the past keynotes includes former Governor Scott Walker and the President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Barbara McAneny.

The building will host a variety of mixed-used space including the cross-disciplinary “collaboratorium”, a medical clinic involving a collaboration of staff, faculty, and students from Concordia’s School of Health Profession’s and Batterman School of Business, and meeting space for the Rx Think Tank. Of the over 800 students in CUW’s MBA program, almost 100 of them are pursuing a degree in the health care administration track – a number that has significantly increased over the past few years.

If this wasn’t exciting enough the Batterman School of business has recently accepted its newly revised Healthcare Management major for traditional undergraduates. This comes at a time where the growth of traditional undergraduate students pursuing this major has continued to increase. With this revision comes the opportunity to revisit, revise and enhance the current associate and graduate level curriculum offerings to ensure what is being offered to students maintains a high level or relevancy and rigor to best prepare students for their career aspirations in healthcare.