Current & Alumni Fellows

Kanwal (Walle) Ali, MHSA
Walli Ali

Kanwal Ali is from Karachi, Pakistan and was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an undergraduate, Walle led a nonprofit organization known as Fellowship for International Service and Health (FISH) that provides free health clinics and health education in impoverished regions of Mexico. She then went on to complete her Master’s degree in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Walle worked as graduate intern with the executive team at St. John Hospital and Medical Center where she was involved in projects for teletracking, care coordination, patient satisfaction and performance improvement. She continues to work as a research consultant for a private drug research company based in Los Angeles. Walle enjoys watching and playing sports, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends.

Brian Allyn, MHA
Brian Allyn

Brian Allyn is from Cumberland, Maine, and received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. As and undergrad Brian studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and was an administrative intern at Geneva General Hospital. Upon graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Brian went on to pursue a Masters of Health Administration from the George Washington University. During his time at George Washington University, Brian was an administrative intern in the Pathology department at Massachusetts General Hospital. As an administrative intern, Brian worked on several financial analysis projects as well as an operational throughput project in the central processing laboratory. Brian enjoys spending his free time fly fishing, camping and hiking as well as playing golf and hockey.

Sing Yuen (Joey) Chan, MPH
Joey Chan

Sing Yuen (Joey) Chan is from Hong Kong, and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. He then went on to pursue his Master’s in Public Health from Yale School of Public Health. During his time at Yale, he completed two internships in Patient Experience and Operations Support of Yale-New Haven Hospital, analyzing complaint and grievance data from RL Solutions and conducting time-study to increase efficiency of chart abstraction. Joey completed his administrative internship at Cleveland Clinic in International Operations where he was involved in developing a strategic operations protocol across divisions. In his free time, Joey enjoys running, experimenting new recipes, organizing outings for family and friends, and both playing and watching rugby.

Stewart Clark, MHA
Stewart Clark

Stewart Clark is from Conway, Arkansas, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He completed his undergraduate degree in Health Administration and worked for a local orthopedic clinic as well as the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Anesthesiology. Stewart then went on to obtain his MHA at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed his administrative residency at UAMS in the Myeloma Institute and his administrative internship with UAMS CFO Bill Bowes. There, his projects ranged from writing and reviewing business plans for new ventures to establishing core functions for new service lines, and hospital wide strategic planning. Throughout graduate school, Stewart was also involved in disability policy, free clinic administration, process improvement, and quality improvement projects at the University of Arkansas Health System. Outside of academics and work Stewart enjoys golf, volunteering, and traveling.

Phylicia McCalla, MPH, CPH
Phylis McCalla

Phylicia McCalla is from Queens, New York, and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology, with a minor in Biology. After graduation, she worked with the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center where she assisted in the department’s operational and administrative duties. Shortly thereafter, Phylicia went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh. As a graduate student, she completed her administrative internship at Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. At UPMC, her projects ranged from operational and quality improvement initiatives to the creation of an outpatient clinic dedicated to serving pregnant women suffering from opioid addiction. Outside of academics and work, Phylicia enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and being an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Edwin (Elliott) Wortham VI, MHA
Elliot Wortham

Elliott Wortham is from Richmond, Virginia, and received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech. He has held several healthcare internships at various organizations, including Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Bon Secours Health System. Elliott then went on to obtain his Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where he completed his administrative residency at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. There his work involved analyzing and creating recommendations for redesigning services for cancer survivors. Throughout graduate school, Elliott has served as a consultant for healthcare projects at UnitedHealth Group and a local Federally Qualified Health Center, and has held several leadership roles for the School of Public Health. Outside of work and academia, Elliott enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

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 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 Department
Fierst, Kimberly Carnegie Mellon University 2014/2015 Analyst Strategy Office Strategy
Patzke, Andrew University of Iowa 2014/2015 Analyst CC Abu Dhabi Clinic Affairs Abu Dhabi, Clinic Affairs
Snowden, Joshua The Ohio State University 2014/2015 Payer Contracting & Pricing Specialist CC Abu Dhabi, Patient Financial Services Abu Dhabi, Patient Financial Services
Stovicek, Deanna Virginia Commonwealth University 2014/2015 Assistant Administrator Respiratory Institute Critical Care Medicine
Thaker, Jay University of Michigan 2014/2015 Project Manager International Operations International Operations
Yu, Vivian University of Michigan 2014/2015 Project Manager Executive Administration Executive Administration
Auma-Ebanyat, Sharon Maryland 2013/2014 Assistant Admin Gastroenter-ology, Hematology & Endoscopy Gastroenter-ology, DDI
Oliphant, David University of Michigan 2013/2014 Assistant Administrator General Surgery General Surgery
Rodriguez, Chris Texas A&M University 2013/2014 Administrator Surgical Operations Surgical Operations
Read, Katherine Cornell University 2013/2014 Project Manager Regional Operations Regional Operations
Zimmer, Ted University of Michigan 2013/2014 Associate Strategic Business Partner Strategy Office Strategy Office
O’Rourke, Chris University of Michigan 2012/2013 Administrator Emergency Services Institute Emergency Services Institute
Schuessler, Kathryn University of Michigan 2012/2013 Assistant Administrator Market & Network Services Emergency Services Institute
Reineck, Paul Union Graduate College 2011/2012 Director HVI Strategic Operations Heart and Vascular Institute
Zwischenberger, Andrea George Washington University 2011/2012 Administrative Director Executive Administration Office Executive Administration Office
Schmiedel, Justin Union Graduate College 2010/2011 Administrative Director Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Nevada Neurological Institute, Las Vegas
Shaffer, Erin The Ohio State University 2010/2011 Senior Director Cleveland Clinic Florida Clinical Operations, Florida
Smith, Nehemiah University of Michigan 2010/2011 Administrator Department of General Surgery Digestive Disease Institute
LaRochelle, Dominique Penn State 2009/2010 Senior Project Manager Office of Partnering & Network Integration Office of Partnering & Network Integration
Laird, Travis Penn State 2007/2008 Senior Director, Strategic Space Planning Exec Administration Strategic Planning
Cissell, Molly The Ohio State University 2006/2007 Director Regional Operations Regional Operations, Solon
Ibsen, Alison Yale University 2006/2007 Senior Director Cleveland Clinic Strategy Cleveland Clinic Strategy
Vidmar, Erick The Ohio State University 2006/2007 Director Regional Ambulatory Operations Strongsville Family Health Center Strongsville Family Health Center
Abhyankar, Dhanashree UNC- Chapel Hill 2005/2006 Administrator Hospital Medicine Institute Medicine Institute
Snow, Meghan St. Louis University 2005/2006 Institute Administrator, Administrative Director Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic ACO Medicine Institute