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The Board of Visitors (BoV) was established in April 2009 in response to a desire for greater input from industry leaders. The Board, which meets quarterly, is comprised of area leaders in the health care industry as well as Program Alumni in industry leadership positions. The Purpose of the Board is to serve the Department of Health Policy and Administration and the MHA Program by providing consultative expertise regarding current developments in the healthcare industry, by facilitating student professional development opportunities; and serving as a foundation for development of on-going support for the program.

As stated in the inaugural meeting, the Board is to:

  • Support the MHA Program and educate by way of their own professional experiences.
  • Identify challenges confronting future generations and communicate practices that could make the Program stronger.
  • Share knowledge and/in other areas of expertise.
  • Identify and recruit outstanding students for the HPA Program.
  • Address the importance and support the building of networks and relationship.

The 15 members of the Board serve three year terms and are selected at large from among program alumni and industry leaders with a goal of 50% alumni representation.

Master of Health Administration Board of Visitors (BOV)

Class of (Terms Ending) June 2017

Alan Brechbill

Executive Director

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Michael J. Flanagan

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

St. Clair Hospital

Christopher T. Olivia, MD


Continuum Health Alliance, LLC

John Spearly

Director of Administration

Mission Critical Partners, Inc.

Class of (Terms Ending) June 2018

Francine Poel Stone

Consulting Manager, Strategic Services

Truven Health Analytics

Steven E. Brown, FACHE

President and CEO

Mount Nittany Medical Center

Heather Neff

President and CEO

Virginia Lutheran Homes

Class of (Terms Ending) June 2019

Daniel Majka

Sr. Vice President

Kaufman Hall & Associates

Jeri Thomas

Sr. Vice President, Surgery & Perioperative Care Global Innovation Group

The Medicines Company

Christopher S. Speer

Senior Alliances Director

Perceptive Software, A Lexmark Company

April Budd

Health Management Mentor (Rwanda)

Yale University


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