Contributors

Anton J. Gunn, MSW, CDM

CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY HEALTH INNOVATION
MEDICAL UNIV. OF SOUTH CAROLINA HEALTH
KEYNOTE SPEAKER/AUTHOR/LEADERSHIP COACH
CHARLESTON, SC

Anton Gunn is a keynote speaker, healthcare expert and author showing individuals and organizations how to develop leadership, embrace change, improve communication and thrive in diversity. Previously, he served as one of President Barack Obama’s top spokesmen on the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Gunn also served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2009-2011, becoming the first African American in South Carolina history to represent House District 79. He has lectured at more than three dozen colleges and universities and is also former adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina.

Heriberto “Eddie” Cruz, FACHE

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
ACCESS COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK
CHICAGO, IL

Eddie Cruz is an experienced senior executive with extensive health care background, who currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Access Community Health Network.  ACCESS is one of the nation’s largest federally qualified health center organizations. With 36 community health centers, ACCESS provides primary and preventive health care services for more than 176,000 patients throughout Chicago, as well as Cook and DuPage counties.

Eddie’s career reflects his diligence and tenacity.  He began his career in health care immediately after high school, working as a hospital orderly and then as a patient care technician in his hometown of Milwaukee, WI.  After moving to Chicago and holding a support position in a hospital’s critical care unit, Eddie accepted a position at Advocate Medical Group, where he increasingly assumed greater levels of responsibility and rose to the position of Practice Manager.

Eddie joined ACCESS in 2003 as a regional operations director to assume responsibility for the operations of 16 ambulatory, multi-specialty health centers including several support departments. In 2009, he was promoted to the newly created position of Deputy Operations Administrator.  In his current role as Vice President of Operations, Eddie is responsible for all health center operations.

In 2013, Eddie was selected as one of six scholars for the inaugural American College of Healthcare Executives Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program and received the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives 2013 Emerging Leader Award. Most recently, he was recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives with its 2014 Regent Healthcare Leadership Award.

Eddie is bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from National-Louis University.

Chisun Chun, FACHE

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS
RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SAN DIEGO
ACHE REGENT-AT-LARGE FOR DISTRICT FIVE
SAN DIEGO, CA

Chisun S. Chun, FACHE, is the Director of Clinical Operations at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego and oversees operations of ambulatory services and clinics throughout Southern California. Some highlights of her 27 year career include serving as Deputy Commander for Healthcare Operations before, during and after the merger of the largest Army and Navy hospitals resulting in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Ms. Chun has also held the position of Director of Population Health and Clinical Quality at Naval Medical Center San Diego. At the national level, Ms. Chun is active in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as its Regent-at-Large for the Western U.S. Region. Ms. Chun earned her Master of Public Health from Yale University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Medical Sociology from Boston University.

Etheline Desir

PRESIDENT
DESIR GROUP EXECUTIVE SEARCH & PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
HOUSTON, TX

In 2002, Etheline Desir founded Desir Group based on input she received from a variety of sources along with her own firsthand observations, which included an American College of Healthcare Executives survey revealing that minorities held less than 2% of the executive positions in the healthcare industry. Under her guidance, Desir Group has made significant contributions in that regard, placing many qualified minorities in key leadership positions across the country. Building on her Fortune 100 experience in banking, finance and technology as well as her experience working with top-tier, C-suite search firms, Ms. Desir has developed a highly respected healthcare search and performance management firm with an enviable client roster.

John E. Green, Jr.

PRESIDENT & PARTNER
AEGIS GROUP SEARCH CONSULTANTS, LLC
DETROIT, MI

John E. Green, Jr. is President, CEO and owner of Aegis Group Search Consultants LLC, a Michigan based consulting firm specializing in executive level search services for healthcare organizations. Through his many years as a health care executive Mr. Green has established an extensive and diverse network of Healthcare and Physician executives. His background lends assistance to his clients’ efforts to achieve diversity in the recruitment of management teams’ leaders. Mr. Green is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Michigan Healthcare Executive Group and Associates (MHEGA) and the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE).  Mr. Green has received an American College of Healthcare Executives Regents’ Early Career Award and  is a board member of Gift of Life Michigan.

Peggy Harris, FACHE, CDM

In her role as Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Carolinas HealthCare System, Ms. Harris is responsible for advancing and supporting the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Guided by her passion for advancing cultural competence and equity, Ms. Harris has been a leader in system diversity initiatives since 1998. Previously, she served in various leadership positions within the company; including Nurse Director, Vice President and Assistant Vice President. Ms. Harris received a BSN from Florida State University, a Master’s Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in Healthcare Administration and a Certificate in Diversity Management (CDM) from the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Simmons College in Boston, MA. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earned the certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and is the chair of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare. She is a past recipient of the Diversity in Business Award from the Diversity Council of the Carolinas and the Charlotte Business Journal. She is married to an OB/GYN physician and has 4 lovely and accomplished daughters.

Jhaymee Heinlein

Jhaymee Heinlein, MS, MBA, PMP is the Director of Strategy Management and Growth for the Strategic Services Group of the Carolinas HealthCare System. She serves as an internal strategy consultant for service line development, focused on Pediatrics and Cancer care. Her areas of expertise include healthcare strategy development and execution, project portfolio management, and business transformation.
Prior to joining Carolinas HealthCare System, Jhaymee was a healthcare consultant and leader with Deloitte Consulting’s Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice. During her tenure with Deloitte, she led C-suite executives at hospitals and healthcare systems across the U.S. to develop roadmaps, business plans, and governance structures to advance strategy. She was recognized as a U.S. Global Office Fellow in 2012 which provided a unique opportunity for top talent to gain global experience.
Jhaymee is a recognized civic leader, and currently serves on the boards of the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG) and the Carolinas Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (CSHSMD). She is also an active leader in the Junior League of Charlotte and the Women’s Impact Fund, two organizations that are focused on growing female leaders in the community. Jhaymee received the Women in Technology Rising Star Award and the Women of Color Rising Star Award in 2009. As a lifelong learner, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Virginia Tech, a Master’s Degree in Project Management from the George Washington University, and an M.B.A. in General Management from Emory University.

Lily Henson, MD, MMM, FAAN

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, PIEDMONT HENRY HOSPITAL
STOCKBRIDGE, GA

Transitioning from Clinician to Executive

A big challenge for me transitioning from being a physician to a health care leader is to stop trying to fix things myself. Physicians are trained to be autonomous and to make quick decisions in order to save lives. As a healthcare administrator, I work in a team. I do not always have the right answers, nor am I expected to. I have learned to collaborate with others so that we can come up with a plan that is sound and sustainable. I have also learned that what appears to be a simple problem frequently is just the tip of the iceberg, and as I try to make changes, there are impacts elsewhere that may or may not be intended or predicted. I actually have enjoyed making this change, as I feel supported and comfortable that a solution may be better thought out with the help of others.

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