ABOUT ME

Growing up in the southern tradition taught me a lot about family, faith, and hard work. These pillars remain the essence of who I am; my secret sauce. 

 As a first generation college graduate and terminal degree recipient, I am grateful for the values that my parents and grandparents instilled. Those values are the force behind all that I am and and will become.

Over the past 20+ years, I have amassed a range of experience and transferrable skills in healthcare administration, quality, performance improvement, and project management. I am grateful to be able to share with my students and colleagues as we train the next generation of healthcare leaders and executives!

 

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Current Roles

Assistant Professor 

Assistant Program Director

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Faculty Ambassador

Texas Tech University Hub @ Innovation Park

Incoming Division Secretary,
Health Care Management Division

Deputy Editor, International Journal for Quality in Healthcare (IJQHC), Communications

Board Member 

The College for Behavioral Health Leadership

Editorial Board Member 

Journal for Health Administration Education

Other Select Experience

  • Chief, Quality & Systems Improvement - Edward Hines VA Hospital - Hines, IL

  • Chief Operations and Strategy Officer - El Buen Samaritano - Austin, TX

  • Division Senior Director Clinical Excellence - Methodist Healthcare HCA - San Antonio, TX

  • Director, Project Management Office - Scripps Health - San Diego, CA

  • Chief Hospital Corpsman Retired (20 years) - United States Navy - Various Worldwide

Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives

American College of Healthcare Executives

ache.org

Fellow, International Society for Quality in Health Care

International Society for Quality in Health Care

isqua.org

Project Management Professional

The Project Management Institute

pmi.org

Certified Professional Healthcare Quality 

National Association Health Quality

nahq.org 

Lean Facilitator | Six Sigma Black Belt

U.S. Navy​

CREDENTIALS

EDUCATION

Central Michigan University 

Doctor Health Administration

Graduate Certificate, International Health

Texas Tech University

Master of Science, Data Science (STEM Designated)

In Progress

University of Maryland Global Campus

Master Business Administration

Master of Science, Health Care Administration

Southern Illinois University

Bachelor of Science, Healthcare Management

Advanced Analytical Competencies

Machine Learning & Data Mining

- k-NN, Naïve Bayes Classifiers, Decision Trees

- Ensembles (Bagging, Boosting, Random Forest)

 - Deep Learning, Artificial Neural Networks

- Association Rule Mining

Software & Applications

- mySQL, Python (Anaconda), R, RStudio, Tableau​

- SPSS, SigmaXL, Minitab

- SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Base

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

TeamSTEPPS, Master Trainer

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Multilateral Diplomacy & International Affairs

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Master Trainer/Facilitator

U.S. Navy​

Advanced Operations Management/Inpatient Hospital Flow

Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Quality, Safety, Value

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Practitioner Expertise

Quality Management Systems

Establish and connect all parts of your system for measurement, risk and quality
management. Ensure your system has the appropriate quality and safety triggers embedded for you to react appropriately.

Strategic Planning & Execution

Your Board and Leadership put a lot of effort into planning. Activate, cascade, and refresh your strategic plan integrating the seeds to remain nimble with a vigorous change environment. 

Delivery System Optimization

Create change processes that leverage low hanging opportunities. Plan for the larger initiatives to maximize revenue, reduce risk to your patients, staff, and caregivers.

Strategic Portfolio Management

Align your implementation and improvement projects to reduce failures and missed deadlines. Ensure your project staff connect their activities to core operational goals