Fellows Class of 2022

Marie Alvarez, Group Chief Executive Officer, Acadia Healthcare, El Paso

Marie Alvarez is a behavioral health leader with over 20 years of training and experience. As Group CEO at Acadia Healthcare, she oversees operations of an 80 inpatient and PHP/IOP hospital, where she fosters a positive environment and culture for employees and patients. She brings innovative ideas and strategies, effectively recruits healthcare leadership as necessary, prepares and delivers reports and sets budget expectations. She ensures policies and procedures are followed, collaborates with leadership and corporate, and maintains comprehensive working knowledge of regulatory compliance.

Kyle Armstrong, FACHE,  Chief Operating Officer, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas

Kyle Armstrong is the COO at Baylor University Medical Center. He is a results-driven, relationship-oriented leader with experience leading in dynamic healthcare environments. Kyle is adept at change management and conflict resolution. He is a driver of patient-experience, quality, and financial metrics. Kyle is an effective communicator that is gifted at identifying mutually-beneficial solutions in complex hospital-physician relationships. He is a critical thinker who is committed to leading with integrity.

Marc Biehl, MBA, FACHE, System Director in Strategic Planning, Baylor Scott & White Health, Temple

Marc Biehl is a System Director in Strategic Planning for Baylor Scott & White Health. In this role he is responsible for providing comprehensive strategic planning, thought leadership, and initiative development for key geographical regions and associated operational units, with a focus on strategic growth, and value-based care delivery.

Throughout his three-decade career in Healthcare Administration, Marc has become known for his ability to conceptualize and develop strategic initiatives, build stakeholder consensus, and lead the operational execution of these initiatives. Marc has gained deep working knowledge of hospital operations, and appreciation of the necessity of strong physician-hospital relationships to provide a high-quality, safe patient experience. He has built stakeholder relationships with community leaders, physicians, key employers, and health plans. He has also developed and served as a mentor to early careerists throughout his career, and has managed personnel in Strategic Planning, Business Development, Marketing, and Provider Contracting.

Pavithra Bora, MBA, EVP Project Director, System Quality and Patient Safety (SQPS) Department, Houston Methodist System

Pavithra Bora is the EVP Project Director for Houston Methodist System, reporting to the Chief Physician Executive and System Chief Medical and Quality Officer. She is responsible for executing large scale system-wide initiatives; facilitating multiple committees and board meetings; and spearheading development of vision, strategic leadership, and executive insight.

Pavithra has been involved in these systemwide initiatives: Governance & systematization: Facilitates chief quality officers meeting, chief nursing officer and chief quality officers meeting, system quality and patient safety steering committee meeting, system integration quality committee meetings. System incident command and change management: Created a bi-directional interface between physicians, operational leaders, and senior executives and facilitated multiple systemwide covid-19 townhalls. Policies: Facilitated policy discussions and contributed to system pandemic policy and system surgical and procedural safety policy. Cost conscious care: Partner with IT, corporate finance and physicians and led initiatives in support of integrating cost conscious decision making, IllumiCare systemwide initiative, that generates approx. 21million (annualized) in savings. Employee engagement: Restructured, designed, and implemented culture of Safety Awards.

Kathy Griffis, RN, VP of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, Titus Regional Medical Center, Mt. Pleasant

Kathy Griffis is the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Titus Regional Medical Center. Among her many accomplishments, she has executed programs that led clinical teams to achieve the 2021 Leap Frog A Safety Grade; is the leader of daily interdisciplinary safety huddle that addresses concerns in a transparent manner; is the project lead for Barcode Administration scanning, improving compliance from 88% to 97.8%; achieved Maternal Level II and Nursery Level II successful certifications; hosted a successful Joint Commission survey for Primary Stroke Center; and used evidenced based criteria to educate staff and reduce catheter days and CAUTI rate to well under national disease burden.

Kathy also researched and initiated evidenced based standardization in the Intensive Care Unit, including hardwiring of a Spontaneous Awakening trial and other best practices; created an innovative ED Charge Nurse program that included quality, safety and patient experience protocols hardwired through a scorecard for transparency; is the Chair of Physician Consult Task Force and built Visio workflow that centered around timeliness of physician care; and hardwired a surgical bundle on medical floors that reduces risk for post-surgical patients

Herron Mitchell, MBA, Director of Operations, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas

Herron Mitchell is the Director of Operations with Parkland Health and Hospital System. He is Certified Six Sigma and an operational leader encompassing a diverse leadership portfolio spanning 18 years of healthcare, manufacturing, operations, supply chain leadership experience across multiple industries (automotive, food, education, and healthcare).

Some of his accomplishments include Operations/Project Implementation Lead for 2 Mega Drive Thru (American Airlines and Ellis Davis Fieldhouse) and 3 Walk Up COVID-19 Testing sites. Parkland held the title for the most federally funded covid tests in the nation. These efforts resulted in Texas Hospital Association naming Parkland the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Community Service Award. He is also the Branch Director under the Incident Disaster Plan in collaboration with Dallas City and County. He is the operations lead on opening 40,000 square foot RedBird Health Center in southwest Dallas. He is Administration over four community oriented primary care sites (COPCs) for South Dallas county. He established the clinical budget and operational goals for the Southern Region with a FY21 Cost Savings of $2.09 million.

Kevin Pettit, MBA, Associate Administrator (CEO Development Program), Millwood Hospital, Universal Health Services, Arlington

Kevin Pettit is the Associate Administrator at Millwood Hospital. He is in the CEO Development Program and participates in the general management of the hospital with the intention of assimilating the necessary skills and competencies to ultimately advance into a CEO position at the end of the development track. The rotation-based program is centered on all main departments of the hospital. Special projects throughout reinforce the understanding of the importance of each and how they interface to meet hospital objectives. He organizes continuous improvement efforts and develops sustainable and effective processes in collaboration with hospital staff and various leadership.

Holly Powell, MBA, Regional Vice President of Operations Post Acute, Community Hospital Corp, Plano

Holly Powell currently serves as Regional Vice President of Post-Acute Services for Community Hospital Corporation with responsibility for Long Term Acute Care Hospitals across multiple states. She is responsible for operational oversight of multiple facilities, and various consulting projects within her region. Holly has been with CHC in her current role since 2016. Previously, she began her career with CHRISTUS Health in their LTACH division, Dubuis Health System, where she held several operational and regional roles for 15 years. Holly later moved on to Post Acute Medical and then Select Medical in leadership roles before coming to CHC.

Olga Rodriguez, MBA, VP Community, Engagement & Corp Communications, Harris Health System, Houston

Olga Rodriguez is the Vice President Community Engagement & Corporate Communications with Harris Health System. She is a communications and public affairs professional with over 15 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sector including Harris County and Port Houston. Olga is a collaborative leader, adept at creating complimentary alliances and community partnerships that reflect an organization’s values.

Olga is responsible for internal and external communications for the hospital system including executive messaging, media relations, social media, and corporate publications. She identifies potential community partners and leverages resources to help achieve outcomes that are mutually beneficial and provide a high social impact value for invested organizations.

Janete Sheiner, Ph.D., RN, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Edinburg

Dr. Janete Sheiner is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer at DHR Health. She has an extensive background in nursing administration, previously serving as Administrative Director of Nursing at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Director of Nursing at both Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple and Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, and Clinical Nurse Manager at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Dr. Sheiner earned a master’s degree and became a certified gerontology nurse practitioner as well as a certified critical care nurse. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing administration at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Cizik School of Nursing, Houston while also receiving a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Dr. Sheiner is currently working on getting her Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executive (FACHE) certification.

Anil Sinha, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport, Lake Jackson

Dr. Anil K. Sinha is the Chief Medical Officer at CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport. He is dedicated to delivering high-quality, compassionate care to Lake Jackson and nearby communities. Dr. Sinha specializes in general, vascular, trauma and laparoscopic surgery. He has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College Of Medicine medical school in 1990.

Veronica Villarreal, MBA, Chief Ambulatory Officer, DHR Health Clinics, McAllen

Veronica Villarreal is a Chief Ambulatory Officer at DHR Health who oversees 73 clinic locations with over 30 specialty and subspecialty care in the Rio Grande Valley. After spending the majority of her career in revenue cycle and clinic operations, Veronica knows how every service lines’ success for quality patient care requires the collaboration from numerous clinical and non-clinical departments. Veronica has focused on creating standardized and innovative processes to be able to cut down patient wait times, developing a servant leadership culture and is actively pursuing more training classes for the 1000 employees she oversees. Veronica is a certified medical coder, certified medical office manager and a certified medical insurance specialist. She also holds a degree in Masters of Health Administration/Business Administration from the University of Houston –Clear Lake.

Stormee Williams, M.D., FAAP, Vice President and Medical Director, Network Development and Innovation, Children's Health, Dallas

Dr. Stormee Williams is the Vice President and Medical Director at Children’s Health System. She serves as the clinical leader for the department of network development and innovation. DR. Williams is responsible for overseeing the telemedicine programs across the health system. She creates and develops relationships with network partners throughout the health system and oversees mid-level providers and other clinical staff within the department. She provides acute care to pediatric patients via telemedicine. Dr. Williams also develops clinical protocols, policies, and quality standards around virtual health. She serves as the leader for health equity, which includes the design and implementation of the organizational strategy to eliminate health disparities

Yvette Woody, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Mitchell County Hospital District, Colorado City

Yvette Woody is the Chief Nursing Officer at Mitchell County Hospital District. She is the senior leader over Infection control, employee health, core measures, respiratory, surgery, emergency room and medical surgical staff. Yvette is a COVIC-19 task force team member, working to prepare and implement process changes to meet needs of her community. She focuses on growing her team to advance education in all nursing areas by providing a grant to give each nurse interested in certifications. She has developed teamwork across the facility to manage the needs of her community through ice storms and COVID-19. Yvette assisted with creating a COVID shot clinic and infusions to adapt to the surge. She also brought on a new EMR system during the pandemic, which is going strong even with challenges. Yvette also created stress relievers for her team by providing color boards for down time.