College of Health Sciences
My professional background is in healthcare administration and healthcare policy. I completed various training programs including administrative internships, an administrative residency, administrator-in-training, and a post graduate administrative fellowship in hospital administration, nursing home administration, and health policy. Beyond my training, I worked with two healthcare systems in various leadership capacities overseeing the ancillary services and surgical services of a medical center and the quality management function of a post-acute care division. My professional interest is addressing organizational concerns pertinent to enhancing employee morale, bolstering the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and improving the negative financial performances. In addition to working in the private sector, I worked for the government at the federal level as a health policy analyst with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At CMS, I interpreted Federal laws related to quality health care, safety, and reimbursement. I also conducted analytical studies and researched background information on issues and topics concerning enforcement and quality in long-term care facilities.
Beyond serving as a distance education professor, I serve as Director of Fulton County (Georgia) Aging and Youth Services Department. Our agency is tasked with meeting the social, transportation, nutrition, and health needs of our more than 125,000 seniors in the county and addressing the social and academic needs of both children and youths.
My professional experience is complimented by my educational background. I have a Ph.D. in Health Services from Walden University. Additionally, I received my Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University in Columbia, South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Psychology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.
I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and Certified Public Manager.