New Mexico Healthcare Executives Newsletter

Summer 2015

In This Issue:

Letter from the President

Message from Your ACHE Regent

2014 Hospital Executive Salary Information

Exam Online Community Offers a Complimentary Interactive Learning Platform

ACHE Launches New Social Media Accounts

Upcoming Events

Chapter Information

Chapter Contact Information


Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues,

It has been an incredibly productive quarter for the chapter, and we have made great progress in a number of key initiatives. Some highlights include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: The board approved the NMHE Statement of Diversity and Inclusion at the Q2 board meeting in May, and the statement was submitted to ACHE. The new Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (Ron Aldrich, Christina Campos, Russell Stowers, and myself) drafted the statement for the board. Many thanks to Ron, Christina, and Russell for all of their efforts in drafting the statement and to the members of the board for their thoughtful consideration and feedback. The statement reflects our chapter’s diversity and spirit of inclusion, and once approved by ACHE will be posted on our web site. The Diversity and Inclusion Working Group welcomes new members—if you are interested in joining the group, please contact me at!
  • Zoom Zoom!: One facet of our diversity and inclusion focus is geographic diversity. That is, we realize the challenges of working in a frontier state, including the feeling of professional isolation some may have, and we want our colleagues across the state to have access to all that NMHE has to offer. In Q2 we subscribed to Zoom, a video conferencing and web conferencing service, and in the coming months we will implement Zoom in an effort to make participating in NMHE meetings and events a more convenient and viable option for our colleagues in the rural and frontier areas of New Mexico.
  • Annual Conference: We are happy to announce that Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE will be our keynote speaker at this year’s annual conference. Dr. Lemak is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She teaches and conducts scholarship in the areas of health care management and leadership development, with an emphasis on how leadership and organizational factors can lead to high performance in health care. Dr. Lemak recently co-authored the article “Career Inflection Points of Female CEOs” in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of Journal of Healthcare Management (find her bio here).

    The date of our annual conference has been moved to dovetail with the New Mexico Hospital Association conference. We understand the scheduling and financial pressures facing our members, and the challenge of managing these issues can be exceptional in a frontier state like ours! Our conference is now scheduled for Friday, 02 October 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Please note, there are a number of events scheduled around that time, and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta starts Saturday (03 October)—so please book your reservations now if you intend to stay overnight in Albuquerque! A schedule of events around Albuquerque at that time can be found at ABQ 365 Events.
  • Community Service: Special thanks to our Community Service Liaison, Kat Abraham, for organizing the well-attended Q2 NMHE Community Service Event to Benefit First Nations Community Health Source at El Pinto restaurant in Albuquerque. Linda Son-Stone, CEO of First Nations, spoke to the group, sharing the mission and vision of First Nations. Our members donated supplies from the FNCH wish list, and we look forward to continued partnership with Linda and her group. FNCH has some personnel and volunteer needs as well, so please watch our web site for more information on these positions. Special thanks go out to our Treasurer, Greg Nainani, for his contribution of the happy hour event at El Pinto. 
  • Communication: We have added an RSS feed to our web site to make it easier for our members to stay up-to-date with NMHE and our upcoming events. I use Feedly to aggregate my RSS feeds, but there are a number of aggregators available, and some users can even aggregate their feeds through Outlook. I aggregate RSS feeds from web sites, blogs, and even journal subscriptions through Feedly, which means the information comes to me, and I save all that time I would spend going to these sources for information (my work is very dependent on knowing information, and knowing it first). I know tech isn’t for everyone, but I highly recommend at least trying aggregation out. The very small learning curve is completely outweighed by the benefits.
  • UNM’s Student Chapter of ACHE: The student chapter elected its inaugural slate of officers, and the student chapter President, Kayla Hammond, will serve on our board during her tenure as student chapter president. We are looking forward to working with the student chapter, which is open to UNM graduate students who are members of ACHE and NMHE. Welcome, Kayla!

Last but certainly not least, welcome to our new board members! As you may have seen in the Albuquerque Journal, Kat Abraham and Debra Perez were elected to the board in Q2. Kat, in addition to serving as the chapter’s Community Service Liaison, embarked on a new adventure this month—student in UNM’s Executive MBA program. Debra serves on our membership committee and is President of Leadership Excellence Solutions. Both Debra and Kat have made amazing contributions to the chapter and bring incredible expertise, experience, and energy to the board. Welcome Kat and Debra!

Best wishes,

Kelly Byram, MS, MBA

Chapter President


Message from Your ACHE Regent                                                                

ACHE is an organization we can depend on to help us advance in our careers. As an active member of ACHE, you have access to the best in education and networking. Plus, we share knowledge with our colleagues and encourage each other to be the best in the field. Reflect back on this year’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership and the networking experience many of us engaged in. You will not convince me that you did not learn something that you can use in your current job situation, your current academic endeavors, or even in your current job search. 

I want to remind you that ACHe-learning includes webinars and online seminars for members and their organizations to keep a pulse on topics shaping the healthcare field. Expand your knowledge, excel in your career and exceed expectations while earning continuing education credit. For example, you can enroll in 90-minute sessions presented by seasoned healthcare experts on specific issues affecting the healthcare field. Online Seminars consist of six-week sessions taught by healthcare leaders that allow you to view materials and complete assignments at your convenience. Remember, there are tuition waivers available—the application period opens 16 weeks prior to the online seminar.

I am extremely proud of the chapters’ successes this past year. It is a remarkable achievement for New Mexico Healthcare Executives to earn the Award for Chapter Excellence as part of ACHE’s Chapter Management and Awards Program. It is also rewarding to see the ever-increasing numbers of advancements and re-certifications. Good luck to all of you in your development and professional aspirations.

Rick Wallace, ScD, FACHE

Regent for New Mexico & Southwest Texas


2014 Hospital Executive Salary Information

ACHE's Career Resource Center has made available compensation data from Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc.'s 2014 Manager and Executive Compensation in Hospitals and Health Systems Survey Report. Review the results of the survey, which contains data from over 1,500 healthcare organizations across the United States on over 250 system-level jobs and over 200 hospital-level jobs. After you review the data, remember to check out ACHE's Career Resource Center for comprehensive career resources to enhance your professional development.

Exam Online Community Offers a Complimentary Interactive Learning Platform

Members preparing for the Board of Governors Examination can access the Exam Online Community as a complimentary and supplementary resource that can boost their confidence and help them succeed. The online community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other Members taking the Exam. Plus, there is the opportunity to discuss Exam topics with experts for a higher level of understanding and the option to participate in study groups. Interested Members can join the Exam Online Community at 

ACHE Launches New Social Media Accounts

ACHE Launches New Social Media Accounts

ACHE has expanded its social media presence once again by relaunching its Facebook and Twitter pages. We will now share news about healthcare management and insight from our organization year-round, in addition to news related to the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership. ACHE will post on topics relevant to healthcare leaders and share the organization’s content and resources for members and events happening within ACHE.

Join ACHE’s more than 4,000 fans on Facebook by “liking” the American College of Healthcare Executives page. You can also follow ACHE on Twitter at our recently relaunched account, @ACHEConnect


Upcoming Events

Our chapter is committed to delivering educational and networking events for our members throughout the year. You can find a current schedule of events through the end of the year on our event calendar

Chapter Information 

Kelly Byram, MS, MBA - President

Matthew Klosterman, MSHA - Past President and Programs Committee Chair

Greg Nainani, CPA, MBA - Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Claire Hilleary, CPA, MBA - Secretary and Communications Committee Chair

Rick Wallace, D.Sc., FACHE - Regent

Kat Abraham - Board Member and Community Service Liaison

Ron Aldrich, MBA, LFACHE - Board Member

Christina Campos, MBA, FACHE - Board Member

Melissa Cole, BSN, MSW, FACHE - Board Member

Mary Jacintha, MSc, MS, FACHE - Board Member

Wm. Boyd Kleefisch, FACHE - Board Member

Deb Mohesky, MS, MBA - Board Member and Mentorship and Advancement Committee Chair

Debra Perez, BSN, MBA - Board Member

Barry Silbaugh, MD, MS, FACPE - Board Member

Ryan Stevens, MBA - Board Member 

Russell Stowers, EdD - Membership Committee Chair


Chapter Contact Information

If you would like more information about the New Mexico Healthcare Executives and our events:

  • visit our web page
  • follow us on Twitter: @NM_ACHE
  • join our group on LinkedIn

For information about chapter events and communications: 

  • contact our Programs Committee at
  • contact our Communications Committee at

We are an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Members of ACHE automatically gain membership to their local chapter of ACHE. Information about membership can be found at our web site or at ACHE's membership page