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1985 - Jerry Howard, MHSA
After 8 years working as an urban middle school science teacher (KS, TX, MO) following his healthcare and consulting careers, Jerry continues to enjoy supporting the education of young people by serving as a para-professional working with special ed students in the Olathe School District.  Jerry’s recent volunteer roles have included acting as a program manager for a Habitat for Humanity built in AL and joining a mission trip to the Dominican Republic to build church furniture for a rural parish.

1989 - John Hummer, MHSA
John Hummer, MHSA'89, Co-founder and President of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, New Mexico State University, presented the Spring 2017 Don C. Black Future of Healthcare Lecture, to the MHSA students and faculty.


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2002 - Bobby Olm-Shipman, MHSA
Saint Luke's Health System named a new leader for its Overland Park hospital, bringing up one of the system's own executives.  Bobby Olm-Shipman, the system's vice president of planning and project management, heads over to Saint Luke's South Hospital as CEO starting Sept. 8.  Personally and professionally, it made sense to Olm-Shipman to put his name in the running as the hospital's CEO.  "This is the right next step in my career, I believe," he said. "I've done a lot of things that successful CEOs do in pieces and parts and it's really time to put it all together." Olm-Shipman has been with Saint Luke's in some capacity for almost 13 years, including jobs working directly with physicians, looking at quality management and overseeing operations and projects. But personally, he loves the Saint Luke's South, which is three miles from his home. He even runs past it on his morning jog. The Overland Park hospital is where four of Olm-Shipman's five kids were born, where he has had medical help and where all of his friends and family go. Olm-Shipman replaces Jani Johnson who left the job in July to accept the CEO spot at the health system's flagship hospital near the Country Club Plaza. Johnson replaced Julie Quirin, who left her CEO spot this summer to become senior vice president of hospital operations for the health system. "Bobby has a strong record of exceptional leadership within the health system," Quirin said in a release. "He possesses a wealth of experience in strategic planning and organizational efficiency. His successful management of Vision 2020 is a testament not only to his skills as a leader but also as a collaborator."

2005 - Sherrie K. Graham, MHSA
Sherrie is the Executive Director for Business Development and Operations at Nueterra in Leawood, KS.

2007 - Erin Erb, MHSA
Erin Erb, MHSA'07, is the Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety for the Gulf Coast Division of HCA.

2007 - Nicholas R. Tejeda, MHSA'07, FACHE
Nicholas "Nico" Tejeda, CEO for The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus & Sierra Campus, has been named Market CEO for The Hospitals of Providence.  Nico brings a wealth of experience to his new role, with a strong focus on the patient experience and delivering high-quality care to every patient who enters the doors. Read more. (Updated April 2018)

2009 - Alison Bender, MHSA
Alison D. (Starks) Bender, MHSA'09, is now the Director of Administration and Professional Development at Children's Mercy Hospital.


2012- Tyson Sterling, MHSA
Tyson Sterling, MHSA'12, has accepted the CEO/Administrator position at Wichita Family Medicine Specialists.

2014 - Shannon Smith
Shannon is a healthcare marketing analyst for LionShare, Inc.  The Lenexa-based organization provides marketing and CRM services to hospitals and health systems nationwide.Patrick Dickes, MHSA'17, is now Practice Manager for the Pulmonary and Urogynecology practices at Saint Luke's Health System.

2017 - Patrick Dickes, MHSA
Patrick Dickes, MHSA'17,  is now Practice Manager for the Pulmonary and Urogynecology practices at Saint Luke's Health System.

2017 - Shannon Griggs, MHSA
Shannon Griggs, MHSA'17, is the Vice President of Operations at Research Medical Center.

2017 - Erin Willard, MD, MHSA
Erin Willard, MD'17, MHSA'17, is off to her emergency medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Last modified: Jan 09, 2019