About Us

The Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE) is a professional organization first established in 1984 as the Southeastern Michigan Health Executive Forum (SEMHEF). In January 2002, SEMHEF was revitalized and transformed into Michigan Healthcare Executives Group and Associates (MHEGA), a local Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In 2008, MHEGA welcomed healthcare executives from ACHE’s northwest Ohio Chapter and changed its name to Midwest Healthcare Executives Group and Associates to reflect the merger. In 2014, MHEGA changed its name to the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Today, MCACHE is more than 900 members strong and provides a local forum for the exchange of information and viewpoints to enhance professional development and facilitate networking opportunities. MCACHE is an authorized affiliate of the ACHE.
For more information, please contact MCACHE, 22732 Alger St., Suite 200, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 or reach us via email at info@mhega.ache.org


The purpose of MCACHE shall be:
• To provide a local educational forum to support the professional growth and development of its membership.

• To further professional knowledge through programs designed to familiarize members with local, regional and national healthcare activities and trends.

• To stimulate interest in improved methods of healthcare management.

• To provide an opportunity for members to expand their network and range of interpersonal contacts with their colleagues from other institutions and organizations.

• To offer members a forum in which to evaluate critical healthcare issues concerning southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio through group discussions and idea exchange.

• To serve as a role model professional organization for students in healthcare organizations, leadership and management and provide opportunities for early student engagement.



ACHE’s Chapter Management and Awards Program ensure the delivery of high-quality services to ACHE members and other health care executives at the local level. ACHE designed this program to provide chapter performance incentives and acknowledge outstanding accomplishments based on objectively measured results.
Since its inception, MCACHE has received numerous awards:


ACHE Award for Sustained Performance

ACHE Award of Chapter Distinction


ACHE Award of Chapter Distinction


ACHE Regent Award


ACHE Regent Award

ACHE Award of Chapter Distinction


ACHE Award for Chapter Merit


ACHE Chapter of the Year Recognition

The 2017 MCACHE Executives Board:

Nancy Susick, MSN,

Beaumont Health – Troy

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President-Elect: Gwen Parker, MD, FACHE
Sr. Medical Director of PPO and Care Management
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

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Immediate Past-President:
Denise Brooks-Williams, FACHE
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital

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Mason Dixon, FACHE
Vice President
Beaumont Medical Group

Regional Chief Nurse Executive
Detroit Medical Center

Communications Chair:
Connie O’Malley, FACHE
VP & COO Beaumont Farmington Hills
Beaumont Health System

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Robert Yellan

President and CEO



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Terri Gocsik
Aspen Advisors

Communications Vice-Chair:
Leslie Flemming
Director of Communication & Annual Giving
Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Barbara Rossmann
Diversity and Inclusion Liaison:
Barbara Rossman, FACHE
President & CEO
Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals

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Membership Chair:
Rick Hillbom, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer
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Tim Burns
Business Program Manager, Value Based Solutions
Aetna Better Health

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MCACHE Programs Vice-Chair:
Gwendolyn Parker, MD, FACHE
Sr. Medical Director, PPO Care Mgmt
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

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Jim Aldrich, FACHE
Assoc Director of Medical Staff Services
St. Mary Mercy Hospital

Emerging Healthcare Leaders Vice Chair: Cachet Colvard
MHSA/MBA Candidate, 2017
University of Michigan

MCACHE Programs Chair:
Laura Napiewocki, JD
Associate General Counsel
University of Michigan

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Sponsorship Chair:
Jacqlyn Smith
Director, Project Management & Executive Initiatives
Tenet Healthcare – Detroit Market Office

Student Activities Chair:
John W. Fick, EdD, FACHE
Associate Professor
Sienna Heights University


Sponsorship Vice-Chair:
Patrick Kelly
Director, Health Industries
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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Student Activities Vice-Chair:
Denise Fair, MPH, FACHE
Group Practice Director
Henry Ford Medical Group

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Kip Miller, FACHE
Director, Primary Care Clinics
University of Toledo Medical Center

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Ohio Local Program Vice-Chair:
Mark Somodi
Executive Director and Administrator
P.T. Services Rehabilitation, Inc.

Edward Treft
Ohio Council Representative Vice-Chair:
Edward Treft
Director of Business Development
P.T. Services Rehabilitation, Inc.

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At-Large Member:
Paula Autry, FACHE
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital


At-Large Member:
Luanne Thomas-Ewald, FACHE
VP Business Development & Strategic Planning
Children’s Hospital of Michigan

At-Large Member:
Lacey Sapkiewicz
Director, Heart & Vascular Business Development, Beaumont Health

At-Large Member:
Shannon Striebich, FACHE
VP of Operations, Diagnostic and Support Services, St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland

At-Large Member:
Irita Mathews, FACHE
VP, Associate General Counsel
Health Alliance Plan

Barbara Rossmann
At- Large Mamber:
Barbara Rossman, FACHE
President & CEO
Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals
At-Large Member:
Mary Zuckerman, FACHE
Sr. VP, Operations and Integration
St. John Providence Health System

The 2016 MCACHE Advisory Board:

Marie Baloga, FACHE

Director, Community Support Services

Area Agency on Aging 1-B

Robert Casalou

President & CEO

Saint Joseph Mercy Hospitals, Ann Arbor

John Green, Jr.

President & Partner

The Aegis Group Consultants

Jean Meyer

President & CEO

St. John Providence Health System

Robert Milewski, FACHE

Senior Vice President

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Bill Scheuber, LFACHE

Lynn Torossian, FACHE


Henry Ford West Bloomfield


Vandella Campbell

Senior Associate, Health Industries

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC

James Fitzgerald, FACHE

Executive in Residence

University of Michigan

Peter Karadjoff, FACHE


St. John Providence Park Hospital


Mary O’Shaughnessey

Former Chair, Health Services Administration

University of Detroit Mercy

Joseph Tasse, FACHE

Steve Velick


ASI Consulting, LLC


Kevin Webb, FACHE


The Toledo Hospital



For additional information contact:

Deb Ellis

Administrative Assistant to the MCACHE Board