|Dr. Asha Shajahan
Asha Shajahan is a board-certified family physician. She is an assistant professor in the department of family medicine and biomedical sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She also has a master’s degree in Health Services Administration. She completed a faculty fellowship in underserved populations at the University of California, San Diego. She is the medical director of community health for the Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Her interest in health policy and health disparities led her to intern for former United States Senator, Carl Levin in Washington DC. She was also a senior healthcare intern for the Office of the former Governor Jennifer Granholm, where she worked to augment healthcare access for the uninsured in Detroit. She has volunteered at several underserved health clinics and non-profits in the Detroit-area. She sits on numerous nonprofit boards.
Dr. Shajahan is dedicated to educating physicians on improving community health through the understanding of social determinants and cultural dexterity. Her passion for homeless and vulnerable populations led her to start a Street Medicine curriculum for the Beaumont family medicine residences and to design the first elective available for all Beaumont residents in social equity focusing on unconscious bias, environmental health, minority health, drug addiction, refugee health, and human trafficking. LaRonda Chastang
LaRonda Chastang is a results-oriented leader with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and addressing systematic factors that contribute to inequities in health and education. She has over 20 years of experience in project management, strategic planning, community engagement, grant writing, public speaking, and training. LaRonda has held numerous leadership positions within healthcare, non-profit organizations, universities, and state government. Having served in those sectors have developed her into a strategic thinker, flexible leader, and genuine influencer. Before her current role, she served as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Medicine and the Senior Program Manager at the State of Michigan where she managed the States comprehensive agreement with the Centers for Disease Control. In this role, LaRonda worked with health departments and community organizations across the State to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce health disparities in racial/ethnic and sexual minority communities.Highly regarded as a skilled facilitator, dynamic speaker, and thought leader, LaRonda works with senior leaders across various industries to advance diversity and inclusion efforts that support the diversification of the workforce, increase employee engagement, improve patient outcomes, and create an inclusive culture where everyone feels valued, respected, and can thrive.
Since joining Henry Ford Health System in 2007, Harrington-Davis has climbed the ranks within the organization. In her current position, she oversees the development and implementation of labor and employee relations strategies, policies, and practices for the system, including partnering on the oversight and management of collective bargaining agreements. She is also responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of an effective diversity/affirmative action program within the organization that is in compliance with government regulations and meets corporate goals and objectives.
Before this position, Harrington-Davis managed Henry Ford Macomb’s Human Resources department for 10 years. In that capacity, she partnered with management to both align and integrate human resource strategies with business objectives through operational support, strategic planning, and tactical leadership. Possessing well over 20 years of Human Resources knowledge, she is experienced in addressing the full spectrum of issues associated with the employment relationship and a frequent speaker on employee relations, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, occupational health and safety, diversity, and workplace violence.
Ms. Harrington-Davis earned an MBA from the University of Detroit – Mercy and holds a certification in Labor Relations (CLRP). She currently sits as a board member for Michigan Healthcare Human Resources Association (MHHRA), is a member of the Workforce Development Board for the city of Detroit and chairs the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the board for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL).
Jacquie has an extensive track record of providing HR leadership and services. With over 30 years of human resources experience, Jacquie has earned a reputation for excellence. She established JMG Connects in 2005 and has worked with countless companies. Today the company offers its clients, executive and professional search, training, and development and meeting facilitation. Using breakthrough methodologies, Jacquie empowers individuals and teams to exceed expectations. She is an accomplished executive, business strategist, and coach.
It takes a Leader to know a Leader. Leadership for Jacquie is innate. From being a leader in her junior high school choir and basketball team to sitting on several companies senior leadership teams and boards, Jacquie’s ability to rally diverse teams around a common goal is second to none. She is keenly aware of the commitment it takes to be a great leader and has enhanced her skills by immersing herself into some of the best leadership programs in the world.
In addition to JMG Connects, Jacquie has had the opportunity to be a part of some of the most renowned Human Resources teams in the country. As her career progressed, she served in leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Frito-Lay, Philip Morris and Nortel Networks (Arris Interactive). She has also led Human Resources teams as Vice President of Human Resources in Healthcare, FinTech, and Executive Search industries.
Those experiences gave Jacquie insights into both the day-to-day and longer-term challenges facing organizations. More importantly, the impact that having the right people in leadership positions can have on an organization’s teams and overall performance. Jacquie has held previous board roles with the Oakland County Chapter of The Links, Inc., Guardian Angel Healthcare Services, Oakland/Livingston Human Services Agency, The Links, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and former member of the Quality and Medical Staff Evaluation Committee for St. Joseph Mercy- Oakland hospital. Jacquie is a community activist and volunteers her time working with children.
Moderator – Lacey Sapkiewicz
Lacey Sapkiewicz is the Executive Director of Cardiovascular and Service Line Development at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, a member of Trinity Health. In this position, she is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and tactical plans to achieve service line excellence including financial success, clinical program development, quality performance, the transition to value-based care delivery models, and overall growth.
Before her role at St. Joe’s, Lacey worked with the cardiovascular and women’s and children’s health programs at Beaumont Health for eight years after starting her career working in consulting with Huron Consulting Group (formerly Stockamp & Associates). Lacey is a graduate from the University of Michigan School of Public Health MHSA program and a proud participant of their Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), which created a passion for reducing healthcare disparities early in her career and has remained an integral part of the work and focus of her career in healthcare administration.