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Candidate Profiles: Board of Directors and President-elect

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Dean Athanassiades

Senior Director, Operations
Philips Healthcare
Atlanta

 

Objectives 

  • Enhancing the value that our members receive from our Society through our programs, conferences, and publications.
  • Continue focusing on articulating the business value of our profession to healthcare organizations.

Professional Experience 

  • University of Phoenix.  (2002 to present)
  • Philips Healthcare (and legacy companies). Atlanta, Georgia. (2001-present)
  • Hewlett-Packard Company and Agilent Technologies. Atlanta, Georgia. (1981 to 2001)
  • Consulting Manager, Healthcare Industry Consulting 1995 to 1999
  • District Sales Manager. 1994-1995
  • Client Business Executive. 1989-1994
  • Sales Representative. 1987-1988
  • Technical Consultant. 1983-1987
  • Programmer-Analyst. 1981-1983. Developed business applications
  • Bank South Corporation. (1979-1981)

Education 

  • University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz., Ph.D student, Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz., Masters of Science, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2013
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pa., Masters Certificate, Six Sigma.
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, 1981. MBA, Marketing, and Finance
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 1979. B.S., Industrial Engineering

SHS Member since 1994

SHS Activity 

  • Society for Health Systems, Board of Directors, 2013-2015
  • Diplomate
  • Chair-Elect of 2009 Annual Conference
  • Chair of 2010 Annual Conference
  • Chair Emeritus, 2011 and 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Annual Conference
  • Track coordinator, 2008 Annual Conference
  • Track Coordinator, 2007 Annual Conference&

Other Professional Society Activity 

  • Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society, Fellow
  • Microsoft Healthcare Users Group Advisory Board, 2007-2009
  • HIMSS/SHS Excellence in Process Improvement Award, 2012
  • Distinguished Fellow Award, 2008
  • HIMSS Leadership Award, 2005
  • Chair, Fellows Council, 2005-2006, Membership Services Committee, 2003-2005, Chapters Committee, 2000-2002
  • Nominating Committee, 2002
  • Georgia Chapter Board of Directors, 1996-2001
  • Project Management Special Interest Group Board
  • Annual Conference Reviewer, 1999-2011
  • Management Engineering/Process Improvement Committee member, 2011-2013
  • Chair, Electronic Medical Record Change Management Task Force, 2012-2013
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Ashley Benedict

Systems Redesign Coordinator
VA Sunshine Healthcare Network
St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Objectives 

  • Continue to expand the impact that the Society for Health Systems has on students, young professionals, mid-career professionals, and end-of-career professionals.  
  • Engage members in the Society and create a strong network for healthcare industrial engineers and improvement professionals.

Professional Experience 

  • VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8), Systems Redesign Coordinator, August 2013 – present
  • New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC), Senior Industrial Engineer, July 2011 – Aug 2013
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, School of Business Adjunct Professor, May 2012 – August 2013
  • Teaching /Research / Graduate Assistant, Purdue University, August 2006 – May 2011
  • Shands HealthCare, Industrial Engineer, June 2003 – July 2006

Education 

  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, PhD in Industrial Engineering, August 2011
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, May 2006
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, May 2003

SHS Member since 2002

SHS Activity 

  • Board of Directors Member, 2013 – present
  • Academic Committee Member, 2010 – 2011, 2013 – present
  • Day Coordinator for Annual Conference, 2012 – 2013
  • Student Paper Competition Reviewer, 2012
  • Track Coordinator for Annual Conference, 2007 – 2012
  • Moderator for Annual Conference, 2005 – 2007
  • Paper Reviewer for Annual Conference, 2006

Other Professional Society Activity 

  • Member, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2000 – present
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference Healthcare Track Co-chair, 2013
  • Industrial Engineering Research Conference Doctoral Colloquium Participant, 2010
  • Mentor for Industrial Engineering Student, 2005 – 2006
  • Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, 2000 – present
  • University of Florida Chapter President, 2003
  • University of Florida Chapter Benton Engineering Council Representative, 2002
  • Volunteer, HandsOn Suncoast, 2015 – present
  • Grace House, 2015 – present
  • Pet Pal Animal Shelter, 2015 – present
  • Member, Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, 2006 – 2012
  • New England Chapter Member, 2012 – present
  • Healthcare Technical Group Conference Reviewer, 2008 – 2010
  • Purdue University Vice President, 2008 – 2009
  • Student Member with Honors, 2008
  • Purdue University Secretary, 2007 – 2008
  • Member, Purdue University Industrial Engineering Graduate Student Organization, 2008 – 2011
  • President, Fall 2008 – Spring 2009, Spring 2010
  • Social Co-chair, Fall 2009
  • Founding Committee Chairperson, Spring 2008
Evelyn Brown

Evelyn Brown

Professor
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

 

Objectives 

  • Increase awareness of SHS among Industrial/Systems Engineering Departments at universities
  • Increase connections with universities offering graduate degrees in healthcare administration (improve awareness of SHS)
  • Increase awareness of SHS among hospital process improvement departments
  • Increase involvement of academicians in HSPIC events (mentoring, paper and simulation competitions) 

Professional Experience 

  • Professor, Department of Engineering, East Carolina University (July 2012 – present)
  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering & Technology, East Carolina University (May 2010 – June 2013)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Engineering, East Carolina University (August 2006 – June 2012)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech (July 2005 – May 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech (August 1999 – June 2005)
  • Project Manager, BaaN Prime, Change Management Department, Nortel Networks, Research Triangle Park, N.C. (December 1997 – June 1999)
  • Operations Research Analyst, Department of Operations Research, Nortel Networks, Research Triangle Park, N.C. (September 1996 - December 1997)

Education 

  • Furman University, B.S. in Mathematics, June 1989
  • North Carolina State University, M.S. in Operations Research, May 1992
  • University of Virginia, Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, May 1996

SHS Activity 

  • Co-Chair of the Poster Competition (for the 2016 HSPIC)
  • Co-Chair of the HSPIC Student Case Study Competition (2013 – 2015)
  • Student Mentor at HSPIC (2013-2015)
  • Member - HSPIC Planning Committee (summer 2012 – present)
  • Member - Academic & Student Committee (2011 – present)
  • Member - Education Committee (2010 - 2011)

Other Professional Society Activity 

  • ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education (2008 – present)
  • Member – Curtis McGraw Award Selection Committee (2011 – 2013)
  • IIE - Institute of Industrial Engineers (2003 – present)
  • Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society   (2012 – present)
  • SWE - Society of Women Engineers (2009 – present)
Tiffany Formby

Tiffany Formby

Healthcare Associate
Huron Consulting Group
North Augusta, South Carolina

 

 

Objectives 

  • Exposure of SHS to existing student IIE chapters: Goal- reach 10% of chapters
  • Compilation of terminology commonly used in job descriptions: Goal- recommend standard to SHS members organization postings

Professional Experience 

  • Huron Consulting Group, Associate, 2012-present
  • Emory Healthcare, Graduate Research Assistant, 2012

Education 

  • Georgia Tech, BSIE, 2011
  • Georgia Tech, MSHS, 2012

SHS Member since 2007
SHS Activity 

  • SHS ASC Chair, 2015
  • SHS ASC Member, 2012-2014

Other Professional Society Activity 

  • Project Management Institute, Member, 2015-present
  • Georgia Tech Co-op Alumni Affinity Group, Treasurer, 2014-present
  • Medical Group Management Association, Member, 2013-present
  • Georgia Tech Mentor Jackets Program, Mentor 2012-present
  • HIMSS, Member 2011-present
  • Institute for Industrial Engineers, Member 2008-present
Lauren Todd

Lauren Todd

Senior Management Engineer
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City

 

 

Objectives 

  • Improve website optimization, use of new and emerging technologies, and membership retention.
  • Keep SHS members involved once they have reached higher levels of healthcare leadership. We do not want to lose contact with these members due to lack of development and leadership topics.

Professional Experience 

  • Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT; Senior Management Engineer, Primary Children’s Hospital; April 2013 – Present
  • General Electric Healthcare, Multiple Locations; Healthcare Management Consultant, Strategy and Leadership, Performance Solutions; May 2011 – May 2013
  • General Electric Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT; Manufacturing Leader, Surgery; March 2010 – May 2011
  • General Electric Healthcare, Multiple Locations Operations Management Leadership Program; January 2008 – March 2010
  • GE Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT; LEAN Manufacturing Leader, Surgery; February 2009 – August 2009
  • GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI; Production Team Leader, ISS Tubes; August 2008 – February 2009
  • GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI; Sourcing Leader, Repair Services; January 2008 – August 2008
  • Shands HealthCare, Gainesville, FL; Management Engineering Consulting Services Co-Op; May 2005 – December 2007

Education 

  • University of Florida, B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering, December 2007
  • University of Utah, MBA, July 2016 – currently pursuing

SHS Member since 2011

SHS Activity 

  • SHS Newsletter Editor, 2014-Present
  • SHS Content and Connections Committee Member, 2014-Present
  • SHS Student Paper Judge, 2011-2013
  • SHS Committee Member 2013-2014
  • SHS Student Paper Competition Winner, February 2006, "Making It Lean: Shands AGH Lab Process Improvement and Layout Redesign"

Other Professional Society Activity 

  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), 2011-Present
  • Gator Launch Engineering Mentoring Program 
Eddie Perez

Eddie Perez-Ruberte

Senior Lean Specialist
BayCare Health Systems
Clearwater, Florida

 

 

Objectives 

  • Promote SHS within the healthcare industry and establish it as the premier organization for healthcare systems engineers and process improvement.
  • Enhance the value we provide our members and our industry, engaging in continuous improvement of our value proposition.

Professional Experience 

  • BayCare Health System – Senior Lean Specialist
  • Mayo Clinic – Senior Principal Health Systems Engineer
  • Honeywell – Operational Excellence Leader and Lean Expert

Education 

  • Purdue University – M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • University of Puerto Rico – B.S., Mechanical Engineering

SHS Member since 2013

SHS Activity
HSPI Conference Track Chair 2015-2016

Other Professional Society Activity 

  • Jacksonville Lean Consortium – Chairman of the Board – 2014–2016
  • ASQ – Section Membership Chair 2015
  • ASQ – Section Chair 2016
  • United Way Bridges Leadership Society – Chairman of the Sarasota Chapter 2015-2016
  • American College of Healthcare Executives – Western Florida Chapter Communications Director 2016-2018
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