Master of Health Administration Advisory Board
Sandra Collins, PhD
Program Director and Professor
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Dr. Sandra Collins is a Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She currently serves as the Program Director for the Bachelors of Health Care Management, the Masters of Health Administration, and the Masters of Health Informatics. Dr. Collins teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate level programs in areas predominately related to ethics, human resources, coding/compliance, and organizational behavior. Prior to entering the field of academia, Dr. Collins served in varying administrative roles within the healthcare administration field. She holds a bachelor's degree in workforce education and development, a master's degree in business with a specialization in management of information systems, and a doctoral degree in workforce education and development. She has served as a program reviewer for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and is the recipient of the prestigious E.J. and Mary C. Simon Distinguished Faculty Award authoring approximately 90 peer-reviewed publications and/or professional presentations. Program development and online education are among her most prevailing areas of interest which can be demonstrated through her involvement in the development and instruction of varying courses in the online Master's degree in Medical Dosimetry. Furthermore, she developed and implemented the online Bachelor's degree in healthcare management which offers students two minor degree options (long-term care administration and health information/informatics management) which are also offered in the online format. These accomplishments, along with her creation, implementation, and oversight of the online Masters of Health Informatics and the Masters of Health Administration (which is one of the SIUC's leading graduate programs) places Dr. Collins among the top revenue generating faculty members at SIUC.
Cheryl Gonzalez, MSA
Assistant Director of Enrollment for Online Cohorts
Central Michigan University
Cheryl has more than 20 years of experience working in leadership roles ranging from district manager to training director in both the restaurant and financial fields. She is a non-traditional, first-generation graduate who not only earned her B.S. in Integrated Leadership Studies with a specialized track in Public Sector Leadership online from CMU but she also obtained her M.S.A. in Leadership online as well. In 2014, she began working in education as an administrative assistant in CMU's diversity offices and most recently as the coordinator for CMU Online. Cheryl is well-versed in operations, planning and development, relationship management, and scheduling. She is excited for her new role as the Assistant Director of Enrollment for Online Cohorts where she will be working closely with all of CMU's online cohort programs including the Master of Health Administration.
Kimberley Gribben, MBA
MSA Assistant Program Director
Central Michigan University
Kim is the Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) program at Central Michigan University and has been with the program for over 20 years. Kim provides student support in the areas of graduate transfer credit approvals, research approvals, and program plan approvals. Kim has conducted numerous curriculum evaluations of military educational programs from institutions such as U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Army Management Staff College, Defense Acquisitions University, and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Kim works closely with the MSA director and faculty on curriculum development. Kim has twice been selected as a recipient of CMU's Staff Excellence Award. The Staff Excellence Award Program recognizes and rewards dedicated staff who routinely and regularly demonstrate in an outstanding way their commitment to and support of the University's Service Excellence Values: Care, Knowledge, Availability, and Follow Through. Kim received her MBA from Central Michigan University as well as an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
Hunterdon Care Center - Flemington, NJ
Robert J. “Bob” Kovacs is Administrator of the Hunterdon Care Center, Flemington NJ, a 185-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center operated by Ocean Health Care. Hunterdon Care Center was awarded the National Silver Quality award from the American Health Care Association for achievement in Quality. He is the recipient of the Eli Pick Facility Leadership award from the American College of Health Care Administrators He was honored as the Care One Administrator of the Year in 2007. Bob has over 25 years leadership and management experience in the long-term care industry and has served as a United States Navy Corpsman, a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Pharmacy Technician. During his career in long-term care, he has overseen a luxury Continuing Retirement Community, replaced an antiquated building with a new state-of-the art facility, and handled budgeting for Medicare, Medicaid, managed care contracts and private insurance. He has significant experience with Union issues as well as state and federal guidelines and regulations. Bob has a Bachelors in Public Health Administration from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
James Krolik, PhD, SCP, SPHR
Management Department Lecturer
Eastern Michigan University
Dr. James J. Krolik is an adjunct instructor at Central Michigan University and has taught Human Resource Management classes since 1988. Dr. Krolik has taught in the classroom and online including MGT 643 Human Resource Management, MGT 647 Personnel Selection and Evaluation, and PSC 711 Public Personnel Administration. Since 2001, his current full-time position is a Lecturer in the Management Department, the College of Business, at Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, Dr. Krolik teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes in Union Relations, Compensation, Staffing, and Current Issues in Human Resource Management. Dr. Krolik has been Director of Career Planning and Placement at Virginia Commonwealth University, Director of Non-Academic Career Planning for Graduate Students at the University of Michigan and Director of Graduate Studies at Detroit College of Business. Dr. Krolik has developed Human Resource Management classes at the Master's level for several national higher education institutions. Dr. Krolik has been recognized at several institutions at an outstanding instructor. Dr. Krolik has served as a dissertation Mentor for Doctoral dissertations at Capella University and has mentored the Human Resource Management Capstone class at the Master's level at Thomas Edison State University. Dr. Krolik's human resource management experience included twelve years at a middle management position at two national based health care institutions. As Director of Employee Relations, Dr. Krolik supervised the human resource functions including employment, training union relations, and employee relations. Dr. Krolik served as a Board Member for Spaulding for Children, chairing the personnel and program committee. Dr. Krolik's doctoral degree is from the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School. Dr. Krolik has the Society of Human Resource Management senior level certification and senior level certification in human resource management from the Human Resource Certification Institute for over 12 years.
Dian Maheux, MBA, FACHE, FHFMA
Diane has over 25 years of healthcare finance experience. She has a strong background in Revenue and Reimbursement and has worked over the last twenty plus years for hospitals. She has been a finance consultant, has been the CFO for two Critical Access hospitals. Diane is currently the Director of Finance for Heywood Healthcare located in Gardner, MA.
Ashley Maier Oldham
Health Plan Alliance - Greater Detroit Area
Ashley Oldham is an MHA alumna at Central Michigan University and earned her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University. As part of the Advisory Board, she hopes to enhance and expand the graduate student experience at CMU by facilitating communication between graduate students, faculty, and administrators in the field. Additionally, she hopes to act as a resource for both incoming and current students in the program. Ashley is a member of both the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA).
Stonish Pierce, FACHE
President/Chief Executive Officer
Trinity Health Georgia
Stonish Pierce, FACHE is a board-certified healthcare executive with diverse clinical and leadership experiences in acute and ambulatory operations spanning not-for-profit, public, private, government, academic/teaching and faith-based hospitals, integrated delivery systems and for-profit physical therapy sectors.
A sought-after advisor, consultant, proven healthcare executive, operator and public speaker, his broad leadership experiences span five states and six distinct health care markets.
Mr. Pierce currently serves as President/CEO of Trinity Health Georgia, a $440M regional teaching system of $21.5B Trinity Health. Prior to his arrival at Trinity Health Georgia, he served in progressive leadership capacities with Ft. Lauderdale-based Holy Cross Health (Trinity Health), Michigan-based Beaumont Health, Chicago-based Presence Health (Ascension), San Diego-based Palomar Health (Mayo Care Network) and the VA Medical Center, Los Angeles.
Mr. Pierce earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and his Master of Health Administration degree with a graduate certificate in management, all from the University of Southern California (USC). Mr. Pierce is a four-time recertified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a recipient of ACHE’s regional Early Career Healthcare Executive Award and Distinguished Service Awards and the USC Price School’s 90 Pioneers of 90 Years award recognition.
Associate Director Learning Systems Support
Central Michigan University
Since 2009, Marnie has overseen the delivery of CMU’s online courses and programs. She created the Online Learning Resource Center for students new to online learning to understand the skills needed to be successful eLearners. She co-developed the Designing eLearning Workshop aimed at helping faculty new to the course development process understand effective online course design. And, to ensure already-created online courses remain current and relevant, she developed the course update model in place at CMU. Marnie has presented on online course development and delivery to CMU’s Board of Trustees and Academic Senate, MiBug (Michigan Blackboard User Group), as well as at regional, national and international conferences.
Herb Smaltz, PhD, FHIMSS, FACHE
Founder, President and CEO
CIO Consult, LLC - The Villages, FL
Herb Smaltz is the Founder, President & CEO of CIO Consult, LLC. He works with healthcare provider and vendor organizations to provide CIO-level professional services to include IT strategic planning, IT governance, IT product market placement advice, RFI/RFP planning and oversight, IT executive & staff coaching and mentoring, IT departmental assessments, IT project portfolio management office planning and evaluation and a number of other services design to maximize IT organizational performance.
Prior to founding CIO Consult, Herb founded Health Care DataWorks, a healthcare business intelligence software company which earned the distinction of a Gartner “Cool Vendor” prior to being acquired in 2015. Prior to his consulting & entrepreneurial career, Herb served as the CIO of the Ohio State University Medical Center, a $1.7B, 6 hospital academic medical center comprising more than 1100 beds and over 13,000 FTEs. In his role as CIO of OSUMC, he led an IT organization of 255 individuals with an annual operating budget of $42M. In addition, he served as an Associate Vice-President for Health Sciences leading collaborative initiatives between the three mission areas of the medical center: research, academics and patient care.
Herb has over 25 years of experience in healthcare management with all but four of those years as CIO/CKO at various sized organizations including a 20-bed community hospital, a 300-bed tertiary referral medical center, an 1100-bed tertiary referral medical center, a 5-state region, a 7-country international region and at the corporate headquarters of a $6.2B globally distributed integrated delivery system. He is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (FHIMSS) and has served on the HIMSS Board of Directors (BOD) from 2002-2005 and as the HIMSS 2004-2005 BOD Vice Chair. In addition, he is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a two-time CIO-100 award recipient.
Herb also holds certifications in Knowledge Management from the Knowledge Management Certification Board (KMCB). In addition, he has served as an associate professor at UAB, Birmingham, AL, and as a research professor at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Herb earned a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Tampa, FL in 1985, an MBA from Ohio State University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Business Administration - Information & Management Science from Florida State University in 1999.
His recent publications include Information Systems for Healthcare Management, 8th Edition, with Gerald Glandon & Donna Slovensky, Health Administration Press, Chicago, IL, 2014; The Healthcare Information Technology Planning Fieldbook, with George “Buddy” Hickman, HIMSS Publications, Chicago, IL, 2008; The Executive’s Guide to Electronic Health Records with E. Berner, Health Administration Press, Chicago, IL, 2007; The CEO-CIO Partnership: Harnessing the Value of Information Technology in Healthcare, eds. Smaltz, D., Glaser, J., Skinner, R. & Cunningham III, T, HIMSS Publications, Chicago, IL, 2005.
MHA Graduate Student
Central Michigan University
Rachel graduated from Central Michigan University in May, 2020 with a Bachelor of Science where she majored in Exercise Science Kinesiology, and double minored in Psychology and Substance Use Disorders. She is currently a first-year student in the Master of Health Administration program.
Carla Stebbins, PhD
Rochester Institute of Technology - New York
Dr. Stebbins is a senior lecturer within the Master of Science in Health Systems Administration Program and currently serves as the program director. She teaches in the area of marketing and management and currently oversees the programs capstone experience. In addition, Dr. Stebbins supports content on a variety of leadership topics to members of the university and college community; specifically, in the areas of interpersonal communication and relationship building, change management, team building, etc.
Before joining RIT in 2016, Dr. Stebbins worked in various staff, faculty and administrative roles for over twenty years at a university located in the Midwest. Most recently, Carla served as the program director of the schools Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) program. She led the program to achieve specialized accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) in 2015. Later that year, Dr. Stebbins was named a CAHME Fellow.
Dr. Stebbins is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicatorâ and an experienced facilitator of FLEX Care: Healthcare communication skills using personality typeä. She facilitates training to both clinical and non-clinical students and serves as a faculty for the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium's Clinical Health Coach program providing Flex Careä and leadership training to practicing health care professionals around the country. Carla earned the Master Practitioner credential through the Association of Psychological Type-International (APTi) along with Ethical Standards for the Practical Use of Type certification in 2016.
Dr. Stebbins serves on several committees for national associations serving healthcare administration education. In addition, she has actively served on a number college and university committees regarding accreditation; learning and outcomes assessment; and, program development. Her research interests surround empathy and the physician—patient relationship, student engagement/satisfaction, program evaluation and learning assessment.
- BA, Business/Marketing, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
- MS, Health Care Administration, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
- PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Beth Taylor, DHA, RN, NEA-BC
Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services/CNO
Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Beth Taylor assumed the role of Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer in March 2020. In this role, she serves as principal executive for oversight of the following national program offices: Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy, Sterile Processing, Geriatrics, and Extended Care, Population Health, Whole Health, Rural Health, Connected Care, Physicians Assistants, and Rehabilitation and Prosthetics.
Dr. Taylor joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 1996 as an Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive in Saginaw, Michigan, and continued to serve in this executive role in VA facilities in Detroit, Milwaukee, and Tucson. In addition, she held the position of Director, Workforce, and Leadership for the VA Office of Nursing Services in Washington D.C. and served as Acting Deputy Chief Nursing Officer during her tenure in this office. She has served as an HCLDP mentor and has served on various VISN and VHA committees as well as special projects and detail assignments. In 2014, she received the Paralyzed Veterans of America Advocacy-Clinical Excellence Award.
Dr. Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, A Master in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Doctor of Health Administration from Central Michigan University. She holds a graduate certificate in International Health from Central Michigan University as is boar-certified as a Nurse Executve, Advanced. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders and Sigma Theta Tau, International. She has served as adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Health Administration program for Central Michigan University's The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions and she holds an honorary faculty appointment in the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Mark Taylor, DHA
Taylor and Associates, LLC
Mark R. Taylor, DHA, earned his Doctor of Health Administration from Central Michigan University. His dissertation was entitled, "Measuring Catholic Identity in Health Care Organizations: An Analysis of Organizational Practices and the Catholic Identity Matrix." Dr. Taylor also holds a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business administration from Hillsdale College, magna cum laude. Prior to completing his DHA, he served as CEO of several health systems where he gained more than 35 years' experience leading Catholic and other faith-based organizations. In his work, he focused on strategically repositioning organizations, implementing systematic performance improvement, and integrating values systems across large, complex organizations.
Stephanie Vazquez, MHA
Navvis Healthcare - St. Louis, MO
Stephanie D. Vazquez is a practice manager with Mercy Clinic, in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has more than 22 years of experience in healthcare, 20 of those years in medical office management for multiple pediatric subspecialty clinics. Stephanie has her Bachelor of Science in Business- Healthcare Management and is actively pursuing a MHA degree from Western Governors University. Stephanie has worked with teams dedicated to improving patient access, medical office procedure standardization, and service excellence to name a few. Stephanie’s interests are finding ways to improve patient care and simplifying the billing/coding process for the patients we serve.
Stephen Waldhoff, DHA
Emeritus Mayo Clinic Administrator
Dr. Stephen Waldhoff joined the Mayo Clinic in 1984 as a hospital and clinic administrator. During his thirty-four years of service, he served in numerous senior leadership positions, providing support and direction throughout the organization.
He retired in April 2018. Waldhoff earned a Doctoral Degree from Central Michigan University, along with a Master's and Bachelor's Degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives where he served in a variety of leadership capacities, including terms on the Board of Governors, Council of Regents, and ACHE-MN Chapter President. Dr. Waldhoff also served on a variety of community and state non-profit boards of directors, acting as an officer and receiving leadership awards. Dr. Waldhoff and his wife Christi make their home in Scottsdale, Arizona where they enjoy golfing, sailing, and equestrian sports. They have two adult children, Amanda and Hillaree.
William Wuenstel, DHA
Off-Campus Adjunct Faculty
Central Michigan University
Dr. William G. Wuenstel is a medical social scientist and adjunct professor of health administration and clinical research for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University. He was previously clinical director and administrator of three service lines, critical care, cardiovascular services and Renal/Medical, at a multi-center tertiary hospital system. Dr. Wuenstel teaches courses in health service organizations and systems, health planning, quality improvements in health services, healthcare administration, healthcare finance, ethical compliance, and clinical research. His publications include journal article on end-of-life issues, type 2 diabetes and applying principles of behavioral science in the treatment of diabetes. He continues performing clinical work at the Veteran Administration Hospital division of Endocrinology. In addition, he currently serves as a director for the NGO Heart to Heart and worked with ProWorld Service Corps and Heart to Heart in Belize on service learning projects for students. He completed his master's degree in business in health care at Webster University and his Doctor of Health Administration and a post-doctoral certificate in International Health at Central Michigan University. His current focus is on the application of behavioral principles and social science interventions that can assist practitioners in treating patients and family members with chronic diseases in various health care organizations. Dr. Wuenstel has been a guest lecturer at Indiana University, and Central Michigan University on various topics that address the benefits of utilizing behavioral principles and social science as a method of influencing life-style changes.