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Current & Alumni Fellows

Kimberly Fierst

Kim Fierst is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Allegheny College. Upon graduation, she worked in the laboratory at Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she assisted with administrative duties. Following this experience, Kim decided to pursue her MS in Health Care Policy and Management at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. During her time at CMU, she completed an internship in the Physician Services Division of UPMC, working in the Department of Medicine with a focus on evaluating and redesigning procedure scheduling for the Gastroenterology division. Kim continued to work with UPMC while helping two practices successfully renew their NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition and was also involved in a process improvement initiative at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. During her free time, she enjoys running, spending time outdoors, reading watching sports, and hanging out with friends and family.

Andrew Patzke

Andrew Patzke is from Madison, Wisconsin, and received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. After Cornell, Andrew made the short trip to Iowa City, Iowa, where he earned his Master’s in Health Administration and Public Health Policy from the University of Iowa. As a graduate student, Andrew completed internships in hospital administration at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa, Japan, regulatory affairs at the Cardiovascular & Ablation Technologies Division of St. Jude Medical in Irvine, California, and government relations at Advocacy Strategies in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduate school, Andrew worked as an administrative consultant at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, where his projects focused on post-acute care transitions. Andrew enjoys traveling to new places, good food and both playing and watching sports.

Joshua Snowden

Joshua Snowden is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and completed his BA in Political Science at Missouri State University. As an undergraduate, Josh founded MSU's Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network and studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and Qingdao, China. Josh then relocated to Columbus, Ohio, to complete a combined JD and MHA program at OSU. During these four years, Josh studied international law at Oxford University for a semester, worked as a law clerk both for the Ohio Department of Health and for the Wexner Medical Center at OSU, and worked as a graduate assistant for OSU Harding Hospital. Josh completed an administrative internship with Lee’s Summit Medical Center in the summer of 2012 and an administrative residency with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the summer of 2013. In his free time Josh enjoys traveling, volunteering, photography, playing and watching soccer and volleyball and spending time with loved ones.

Deanna Stovicek

Deanna Stovicek is from Willoughby, Ohio, and received her undergraduate dual degree in Finance and Healthcare Management from Baldwin Wallace University in 2012. She then went on to pursue her Master’s in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time at Virginia Commonwealth, Deanna was a Graduate Assistant at the University’s Student Health Services where she worked on various projects that focused on continuous quality improvement and enhancing the patient experience. As a graduate student, she completed her administrative internship at Cleveland Clinic in the Quality and Patient Safety Institute where she was involved in process improvement initiatives throughout the enterprise. In her free time, Deanna enjoys running, cooking, spending time with family and friends and watching Cleveland sports (especially the Browns).

Jay Thaker

Jay Thaker is from Okemos, Michigan, and earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Health Studies from Michigan State University. He then completed his Master’s degree in Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, and more recently his Master’s degree in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. During his time as a graduate student, Jay had diverse work experiences as a health economist for a medical device manufacturer, research assistant for the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholars program, and as a graduate intern in operations at UCLA Health System. Jay trained in martial arts for 17 years and taught for seven. He also enjoys running, traveling and following Michigan State athletics.

Vivian Yu

Vivian Yu is from Atlanta, Georgia, and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and Medical Anthropology, and worked in development for the Life Sciences Institute, an interdisciplinary biomedical research institute at U-M. Vivian then went on to obtain her Master’s in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed her administrative internship at Holy Family Memorial, a small integrated delivery system in Manitowoc, WI. There, her projects ranged from network-wide strategic planning and policy implementation to clinical operations and quality improvement initiatives. Throughout graduate school, Vivian was also involved in patient safety and process improvement projects at the U-M Health System. Outside of academics and work, Vivian enjoys traveling, running, volunteering and exploring Cleveland.

The Administrative Fellowship Program is supported by a network of Fellowship alumni who have a variety of experience and can provide a depth of knowledge. The strong alumni base remains connected to the Fellowship Program through project involvement, mentorship, and social activities. Alumni are available as a resource for the current Fellows during the Fellowship Program.

“The Administrative Fellowship provided me the tools, resources, and internal network to be effective in my post-fellowship roles. The high quality of the project work combined with the strong leadership and mentorship infrastructure and engaged alumni network prepared me for future opportunities in a variety of disciplines throughout the enterprise. First working with our national affiliate programs to now focusing on enterprise cost initiatives, the fellowship has been instrumental in my growth as a healthcare professional.”
–  Kathryn Schuessler, Administrative Fellow 2012-2013, Project Manager, Executive Administration

“The high impact projects I worked on as a fellow helped me understand the priorities of key Senior Executives. Those experiences, and the network I developed, have been a tremendous benefit to my career at Cleveland Clinic.”
–  Michael Westphal, Administrative Fellow 2009-2010, Department Administrator, Digestive Disease Institute

“The fellowship taught me how to look at things critically and to not be afraid to come up with creative, innovative solutions to problems. This approach has served me well both in Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and in Cleveland Clinic Regional Operations.”
–  Erick Vidmar, Administrative Fellow 2006-2007, Director of Ambulatory Operations, Strongsville & Brunswick

The Administrative Fellowship has been a valued management development program within the Cleveland Clinic for over 30 years. Over the past five years, 100% of Administrative Fellows have been offered permanent positions post-fellowship. The list below includes Alumni from the last 10 years currently working at Cleveland Clinic.

Name University Year of Fellowship Current Position at CCF Location
Auma-Ebanyat, Sharon University of Maryland 2013 – 2014 Assistant Administrator, Gastroenterology Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute
Oliphant, David University of Michigan 2013/2014 Assistant Administrator, General Surgery Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute
Rodriguez, Christopher Texas A&M University 2013/2014 Assistant Administrator, Cardiothoracic Surgery Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute
Strausser Read, Katherine Cornell University 2013/2014 Program Manager Cleveland Clinic Regional Operations
Zimmer, Theodore University of Michigan 2013/2014 Associate Strategic Planning Partner Cleveland Clinic Strategy Office
O'Rourke, Christopher University of Michigan 2012/2013 Assistant Administrator Emergency Services Institute
Schuessler, Kathryn University of Michigan 2012/2013 Project Manager, Affiliate Network Market and Network Services
Reineck, Paul Union Graduate College 2011/2012 Department Administrator Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
Zwischenberger, Andrea George Washington University 2011/2012 Project Manager Cleveland Clinic Executive Administration
Schmiedel, Justin Union Graduate College 2010/2011 Administrative Director Cleveland Clinic Nevada
Shaffer, Erin The Ohio State University 2010/2011 Administrative Director Cleveland Clinic Florida
Smith, Nehemiah University of Michigan 2010/2011 Operations Director, Center for Critical Care Cleveland Clinic Anesthesiology Institute
LaRochelle, Dominique Penn State 2009/2010 Project Manager Cleveland Clinic Quality and Patient Safety Institute
Laird, Travis Penn State 2007/2008 Director Strategic Space
Ibsen, Alison Yale University 2006/2007 Senior Director Cleveland Clinic Strategy Office
Kharabadze, Greg University of Missouri 2006/2007 Administrator Cleveland Clinic Dept. of Colorectal Surgery
Vidmar, Erick The Ohio State University 2006/2007 Administrator Stephanie Tubbs Jones FHC
Abhyankar, Dhanashree UNC-Chapel Hill 2005/2006 Administrator Cleveland Clinic Hospital Medicine
Snow, Meghan St. Louis University 2005/2006 Institute Administrator Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute