Candidate Profiles: SHS President-Elect and Board of Directors 

Isaac Mitchell Name: Isaac B. Mitchell
Profession: Director of Business Analytics
Name of Company: East Tennessee Children's Hospital
City, State: Knoxville, TN



Objectives

I will work cohesively with the board and members to fulfill the goals of our organization and to further advance our profession. I will seek to understand and support the needs of our membership by continuing our three-tiered approach of tailored offerings to young professionals, mid-careerist, and experienced professionals. 

Professional Experience

  • East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Director of Business Analytics, May '17 - Present
  • Director of Lean Continuous Improvement, October '14 - May '17
  • Lean Process Coordinator, September '09 – September '14 
  • Rotek Incorporated (a ThyssenKrupp Company), Lean Systems Engineer, June '07 - September '09
  • Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing Of North America, Production Control Service Parts Engineering Specialist, September '05 - June '07

Education

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, BS in Industrial Engineering, May 2005
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, MBA, May 2009

SHS Activity

  • SHS Director, Board of Directors, 2015-2018
  • SHS Conference Committee, 2014-2016
  • SHS Conference Day Coordinator, 2015
  • Lean Six Sigma (Projects) Track Chair, 2014

Other Professional Society Activity

  • Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) Tennessee Society for Organizational Improvement, Board of Directors, 2014-Present
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, East Tennessee Affiliation Communications Committee, 2015-Present
  • Lean Coffee Knoxville Networking Group www.leancoffeeknoxville.com, Founder, 2014-Present
  • Tennessee Promise College Scholarship Program, Mentor, 2015-Present
  • Leadership Knoxville, Introduction Knoxville Graduate, 2016 
  • National Association for Healthcare Quality, Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), 2016
  • Project Management Institute, Project Management Professional (PMP), 2015
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems, Diplomate (DSHS), 2015


Mary Ellen Skeens Name: Mary Ellen Skeens 
Profession: 
Director of Solution Architecture
Name of Company: Philips
City, State: Johns Creek, GA



Objectives

If honored to be elected President of SHS, my objectives will be to further expand the reach of the society to attract improvement professionals that are passionate about making a difference in healthcare and to gain visibility for the potential impact of improvement work on solving heathcare's toughest challenges.  

Professional Experience

  • Philips
    • Director of Solution Architecture, Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions Jul 2015 to present
    • Director of Solution Consulting, Healthcare Informatics, Jan 2013- Jul 2015
    • Sr. Manager of Solution Consulting, Healthcare Informatics, Apr 2009- Dec 2012
    • Senior Solution Consultant, Healthcare Informatics Jul 2004- Apr 2009
    • Technical Consultant, Clinical Informatics Sep 2000- Jul 2004
  • VHA Georgia Healthcare Improvement Consultant, Aug 1998- May 2000
  • Northeast GA Health System Management Engineer Co-op, Aug 1996- May 1998

Education

  • Georgia Institute of Technology BS Industrial Engineering May 1999
  • Georgia Institute of Technology MS Health Systems May 2000

SHS Activity

  • Secretary for Board of Directors 2017-2018
  • Board of Directors 2014-2017
  • Past Conference Chair 2012-2013
  • Conference Chair 2011-2012
  • Conference Chair Elect 2010-2011
  • Track Chair for HSPIC 2008-2010

Other Professional Society Activity

  • Project Management Institute member since 2006
  • HIMSS member since 1999
  • CPHIMS Committee 2010-2012
  • Georgia HIMSS Chapter Past President 2004
  • Georgia HIMSS Chapter President 2003
  • Georgia HIMSS Chapter President Elect 2002
  • Georgia HIMSS Program Chair 2001


Lauren Cooper Name: Lauren Cooper
Profession:
Business Process Improvement Consultant
Name of Company: Wake Forest Baptist Health
City, State: Winston-Salem, NC 



Objectives

  • Build education, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities for all members
  • Promote the value of the SHS membership within the healthcare profession

Professional Experience

  • Mary Washington Healthcare, Industrial Engineer, May 2011 – April 2013
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health, April 2013 – Current
    • Process Improvement Advisor
    • Capital Planner (contracted employee through Aramark)
    • Business Process Improvement Consultant 

Education

  • Elon University, B.S. Engineering Mathematics, 2010
  • University of Florida, B.S. Industrial Engineering, 2010
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. Health Systems, 2011 

SHS Activity

  • Member since 2009
  • Student Committee Chair, March 2010 – February 2012
  • Conference Committee Day Coordinator, March 2014 – February 2015
  • Conference Committee Chair, March 2016 – February 2017
  • Conference Committee Co-Chair, March 2015 – February 2016, March 2017 – February 2018
  • Communications Committee Chair, March 2017 – February 2018

Other Professional Society Activity

  • IISE Member since 2009
  • ASQ Member Since March 2014


Elizabeth Gentry Name:  Elizabeth Gentry
Profession: 
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering/Director of the Engineering Mgmt. Program
Name of Company:  University of Louisville
City, State: Louisville, KY  



Objectives 

  • Increase YP membership (especially work on student retention after they graduate)
  • Increase communication and activities between members of all levels of their career
  • Have more webinars focused on topics of soft skills and certifications
  • With more people having to pay for professional memberships on their own instead of their company, make sure that we have the benefits that are worth it and that everyone knows about those benefits

Professional Experience

  • University of Louisville Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering/Director of the Engineering Mgmt. Program April 2016 – Present
  • IISE Six Sigma Black Belt Consultant December 2016 – Present
  • CHRISTUS Health Data Science Consultant April 2016 – Present
  • CHRISTUS Health Program Manager of Data Science January 2016 – March 2016
  • University of Louisville Online Lecturer August 2014 – March 2016
  • CHRISTUS Health Industrial Engineer August 2013 – December 2015
  • University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Team Academic Intern August 2009 – August 2013

Education 

  • University of Louisville PhD in Industrial Engineering August 2013
  • University of Louisville Masters in Industrial Engineering December 2009
  • University of Louisville Bachelors in Industrial Engineering August 2008

SHS Activity

  • SHS Young Professionals Chair March 2016 – Present
  • SHS Young Professionals Vice Chair March 2015 – Present
  • SHS Conference Presenter March 2017
  • SHS Poster Presenter February 2015 and February 2011

Other Professional Society Activity 

  • IISE Young Professionals Board of Directors August 2015 – Present
  • Junior League July 2014 – Present
  • Sigma Kappa Scholarship and Housing Oversight Committee July 2014 – Present
  • Alpha Phi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society May 2013 – Present

Jarvis Gray Name: Jarvis Gray MHA, ASQ CMQ/OE, PMP, CLSSB 
Profession: Corporate Director of Nursing Quality Analytics, Improvement, and Strategic Initiatives
Name of Company: Emory Healthcare
City, State: Atlanta, GA


Objectives

Having served as a committee chair, I'm aware of the importance of aligning goals from the board through our committees and reaching the team of healthcare improvement professionals that we serve. I welcome the opportunity to continue supporting SHS’s progress as a board member and working to exceed expectations for the society. 

Professional Experience

  • Emory Healthcare Corporate Director of Nursing Quality Analytics, Improvement, and Strategic Initiatives 04/2016 – Present
  • Piedmont Healthcare Performance Improvement, Director 10/2013 – 04/2016
  • Lakeland Regional Health Industrial Engineering, Manager 06/2012 – 10/2013
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sr. Management Engineer 03/2011 – 06/2012
  • Duke University Medical Center (DUMC), Management Engineer 02/2007 – 03/2011
  • Synergetic Design Engineering Consultants, Inc. Project Engineering Specialist 11/2005 – 02/2007
  • Florida Power and Light Co., Customer Project Manager 01/2004 – 11/2005

Education

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) 08/2012
  • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC Master of Project Management (MPM) 08/2008
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering (BSIE) 12/2003

SHS Activity

  • SHS Member since: 12/2012
  • Education Committee: 
    o   General Member: 2014
    o   Committee Chair: 2015/2016/2017

Other Professional Society Activity

  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) General Member: 2012
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) General Member: 2013
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) General Member: 2007
  • Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) Examiner: 2017


Jordan_Peck Name: Jordan Peck                              
Profession: Sr. Director – Center for Performance Improvement
Name of Company: MaineHealth
City, State: Portland, ME



 Objectives

  • Identify novel opportunities for partnerships
  • Increase the level of professional identity for health systems engineers and improvement specialists
  • Further spread awareness and interest in the health systems engineering skill set

Professional Experience

  • Veterans Health Administration, Sr. Staff Engineer, 1/2013- 6/2014
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Boston University 8/2013- 8/2014
  • MaineHealth Value Improvement Program Manager, 6/2014 – 8/2015
  • MaineHealth Sr. Director – Center for Performance Improvement, 8/2015 – Present 

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA, PhD Engineering Systems. Feb. 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA, MS Technology and Policy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2008 
  • Binghamton University (State University of New York) – Vestal, NY BA Physics / BS Mechanical Engineering, May 2006

SHS Activity

  • SHS Diplomate Feb. 2017
  • Member for 8 years
  • SHS Board Treasurer Feb. 2017- Feb. 2018
  • Outgoing Chair of the Academic and Students Committee Feb. 2014 - Feb. 2015
  • Chair of the Academic and Students Committee Feb. 2013 - Feb. 2014
  • Assistant Chair of the Academic and Students Committee Feb. 2012 - Feb. 2013

Other Professional Society Activity

  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) 
  • Health Care Informatics and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

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