Current Fellows

Current Fellows

Curry Cates

Curry Cates | Cleveland Clinic 

Curry Cates grew up in Oxford, Alabama, and attended Auburn University. Curry had an opportunity to intern at University of South Alabama Health during his undergraduate education at Auburn. In this role, he was involved with authoring a Certificate of Need application for a Level I Trauma Center expansion and renovation at this organization. The experiences gained from this project helped ignite his passion for healthcare. Curry then moved into a Special Projects Coordinator role with a physician-owned primary care practice in his hometown. Curry managed varying projects for this practice, including the annual Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recertification and the migration from on-premise servers to a cloud-based environment. After these experiences, Curry attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he obtained his Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. While attending UAB, Curry served varying roles throughout the health system, most notably in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine. Curry also had the opportunity to spend his summer internship with University of North Carolina (UNC) Health, where he worked in the strategy department. In this department, Curry researched successful 24/7 virtual urgent care models and made recommendations on how UNC Health could successfully staff such a model with their own physician network. Through these collective experiences, his interest in healthcare administration, population health, and community outreach was born. Curry enjoys watching Auburn athletics, hunting, fishing, and spending time with loved ones in his free time.

Darby Davenport

Darby Davenport | Cleveland Clinic 

Darby Davenport is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree at The University of Alabama where she was chosen as a member of the University Fellows Experience, a small cohort of academic scholars committed to servant leadership, and received degrees in Public Health, Spanish, and Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership. As a result of personal patient experiences, Darby was passionate about the healthcare field. After studying abroad in Ecuador and performing research in Cuba, Darby’s interests in global healthcare rights and patient advocacy blossomed. During college, Darby worked for BTC Inc., a Nashville-based Bitcoin conglomerate, where she helped produce a number of Bitcoin conferences and focused on advancing access and increasing knowledge about the cryptocurrency space by performing research on the intersections of Blockchain technology and Healthcare. Darby then pursued a dual Master’s in Health Administration and Health Informatics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). While working as a graduate assistant in the UAB Health System, Darby assisted the Chief of Surgery with Press Ganey research and worked in UAB’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics. During the summer of 2020, Darby interned at The University of Chicago Medicine in Patient Care Services where she utilized her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and helped streamline UChicago’s blood transfusion process. She hopes to act as a “triple threat” in healthcare through her patient, administrative, and technical perspectives in order to enhance interoperability on both the patient and provider sides through her ability to speak multiple healthcare languages. During her free time, Darby enjoys cheering on the Crimson Tide, listening to Taylor Swift, learning about European monarchies, traveling, and playing with her dog, Skittles.

Benjamin Grothe

Benjamin Grothe | Cleveland Clinic 

Ben Grothe was born and raised in Iowa and earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Iowa. Ben developed a passion for supporting healthcare teams and systems as a volunteer in diverse communities. During his undergraduate studies, he managed student volunteers at a local academic medical center and led a group of peers in setting up free mobile clinics for low-income Peruvian families. Upon graduation, Ben applied business best practices and helped young adults gain a value-based college experience as a chapter leadership consultant for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Ben then merged his interests in healthcare and business by earning a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. While in graduate school, Ben worked as a nurse staffer, helped teams build data dashboards and analyze operational efficiency at the Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute of Cleveland Clinic and consulted local healthcare organizations on starting up and expanding new service lines. In his free time, Ben enjoys running, spending time with family and cheering on the Hawkeyes!

Casey Lawrence

Casey Lawrence | Cleveland Clinic

Casey Lawrence grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, Casey worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Washington, D.C., honing her passion for policy issues, patient safety, quality and process improvement, and nurse retention. These interests led Casey to pursue a Master of Health Administration (MHA) at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. While in graduate school, Casey continued to work full-time as a nurse. She completed a summer internship at Cleveland Clinic in the Pediatric Institute. Among other projects, she analyzed employee and physician engagement data, and collaborated with physicians and administrators to compile and publish data on pediatric outcome measures. In her free time, Casey enjoys eating at new restaurants, traveling, and reading.

Kayla Robinson

Kayla Robinson | Cleveland Clinic

Kayla Robinson is from a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, and received her BS in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of Southern California and most recently earned her Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University. During her undergraduate career, Kayla worked in a variety of healthcare sectors, including research in adolescent obesity at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and associated clinics, advocacy in LA County healthcare policy at the Children’s Data Network, and volunteering as a health educator to K-12 students throughout central Ohio and Los Angeles. In addition to doing a residency at the Clinic last summer, during graduate school Kayla worked at a local nursing home while also juggling providing consulting services to various health equity firms that serve health systems across the nation. Now conferred with an MHA, she is excited to be joining this year’s class of Administrative Fellows and further expand her knowledge across the many domains the enterprise has to offer. Outside of school and work, Kayla loves to find new restaurants, go to stand-up shows, travel, and spend time with friends and family over a meal. She is thrilled to learn more about healthcare, Cleveland Clinic, and the city of Cleveland this year!

Kyle Underwood

Kyle Underwood | Cleveland Clinic

Kyle Underwood was born and raised in San Diego, California. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Health and minored in Business from the University of California, San Diego. During his undergraduate studies, Kyle worked in strategy, operations and human resources as an administrative intern for a local community health system in San Diego. As an undergraduate, Kyle also joined a health care startup called Patient Partner and supported its growth into a digital, patient-driven community and telehealth platform. Kyle went on to receive his Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California. While in graduate school, Kyle completed an administrative residency at Providence Health, where he worked on value-based contracting, network development, and strategy for the enterprise. Kyle’s passion for health care stems from his patient experience as a child and his desire to bring the patient perspective to the forefront of health care decision making. Kyle frequently participates in patient advocacy opportunities, most recently advocating on Capitol Hill for rare diseases on behalf of the National MPS Society. During his free time, Kyle enjoys trying new food, traveling to exotic destinations and spending time with family and friends.

Rhianna Wardian

Rhianna Wardian | Cleveland Clinic 

Rhianna is originally from Washington State and lived in six different cities across the Nation prior to her fellowship in Cleveland. Rhianna earned both her Doctor of Law and Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The University of South Florida. Prior to law school, Rhianna brings six years of combined professional experience in business management and healthcare. She opened and managed three of the largest corporate yoga studios in the Midwest and also worked for McKesson Corporation overseeing specialty drug distribution in their Plasma and Biologics Division. During school, she spent one academic summer as an associate at Squire Patton Boggs and her final academic summer interning at The Cleveland Clinic in Regional Operations. Her pursuits in health law and policy support her goal to better address patient advocacy and access to health care for all people. Rhianna volunteers for a nonprofit organization that provides empowerment programming and professional career development for girls K-12. She spends her spare time with her three amazing brothers and nephew. Outside work, Rhianna teaches yoga, emcees weddings, and travels the world in search of new cuisine and adventure.

Alumni Fellows

Alumni Fellows

Fellowship Program through project involvement, mentorship, and social activities. Alumni are available as a resource for the current Fellows during the Fellowship Program. connected to the Fellowship Program through project involvement, mentorship, and social activities. For the current Fellows during the Fellowship Program.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.

“As a native of New York City, living in the Midwest never crossed my mind. But shortly after moving here, I fell for Cleveland’s charm. The city has something for everyone’s social preferences – you just have to find the right crew and you’re good to go! Over the last year, I have had the chance to check out some of Cleveland’s best restaurants and patios, see some of my favorite artists in concert, and watch Lebron’s last games as a Cleveland Cavalier. Most importantly, Cleveland is a place where I have made some lifelong friendships. I am truly thankful for the experiences that I have had thus far and look forward to making more memories!.”
–  Michele Acheampong

“As someone who was born and raised in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for graduate school, I was never supposed to like Ohio. I moved to Cleveland 5 years ago to serve as an Administrative Fellow for the organization and couldn’t see myself leaving until I had the opportunity to join our Cleveland Clinic London team and further our mission internationally. Having lived in Central London for a few months, I am enjoying it to the fullest yet missing all of the friendships, activities, scenery, and entertainment that Cleveland afforded me during my time there. Cleveland is an incredibly energetic and thriving city to start one’s career. There are countless restaurants, parks, breweries, sporting activities and night life. I look forward to one day relocating back to the city that has given me so much!”
–  David Oliphant

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
Position at
Location Department
Guo, Xinyue Northwestern University 2020/2021 Program Manager II CC Lou Ruvo Neurological Institute
Haffner, Andrew Saint Louis University 2020/2021 Program Manager Regional Operations Regional Operations
Kabambi, Joséphine (Josie) Columbia University 2020/2021 Contract Manager CC Abu Dhabi Global Mobility
Kaleel, Robert Cornell University 2020/2021 Assistant Administrator Respiratory Institute Respiratory Institute
Tipper, Bradley University of Alabama 2020/2021 Program Manager II CC Florida Hospital Weston Executive Office
Okie, Whitney University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2019/2020 Administrator Florida Hospital Medicine Institute & Clinical Operations
Anstine, Nicholas Ohio State University 2019/2020 Administrative Director Regional Operations Regional Hospital Administration
Adu-Brimpong, Joel University of Michigan 2019/2020 Program Manager CC Lou Ruvo Center Admin Neurological Institute
Johnsen, Elisabeth Ohio State University 2019/2020 Program Manager Chief of Staff Chief of Staff Division
Clare, Brianna Saint Louis University 2018/2019 Assistant Administrator DPSi DPSi
Hook, Andre Cornell University 2018/2019 Project Manager CC London International Operations
Loeger, Julia University of Michigan 2018/2019 Project Manager Innovations Innovations
Koickal, Shanna Rush University 2018/2019 Project Manager CC London International Operations
Martins, Alexis George Washington University 2018/2019 Project Manager Regional Operations Regional Hospital Administration
Acheampong, Michele Yale University 2017/2018 Project Manager CC Community Care CC Community Care
Beinkampen, Sarah The Ohio State University 2017/2018 Project Manager Chief of Staff Clinical Affairs
Colvard, Cachet University of Michigan 2017/2018 Associate Administrator Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Emergency Medicine
Houser, James University of Alabama at Birmingham 2017/2018 Assistant Administrator CC Community Care CC Community Care
Migliore, Nicholas University of Minnesota 2017/2018 Project Manager Market & Network Services Market & Network Services
Zerbini, Steven Boston University 2017/2018 Assistant Administrator Hospital Medicine Medicine Institute
Beutler, William University of Pittsburgh 2016/2017 Project Manager International Operations International Operations
Bogues, Renee Cornell University 2016/2017 Project Manager CC London International Operations
Crisp, McKinley Yale University 2016/2017 Project Manager Chief of Staff Clinical Affairs
Rader, Ashley University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2016/2017 Administrator Medical Operations Operations
Wesolowski, Paige George Washington University 2016/2017 Manager Medical Operations Operations
Allyn, Brian George Washington University 2015/2016 Administrator Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute Department of General Surgery
Chan, Sing Yuen (Joey) Yale University 2015/2016 Administrator Nursing Institute Nursing Administration
Patzke, Andrew University of Iowa 2014/2015 Interim Manager Cleveland Clinic Canada
Sports Health
Orthopedics &
General Operations
Snowden, Joshua The Ohio State University 2014/2015 Director Global Patient Services Operations
Stovicek, Deanna Virginia Commonwealth University 2014/2015 Administrator CC London Critical Care Medicine
Yu, Vivian University of Michigan 2014/2015 Administrator CC Community Care Primary Care & Internal Medicine
Oliphant, David University of Michigan 2013/2014 Administrative Director CC London International Operations
Read, Katherine Cornell University 2013/2014 Department Administrator Emergency Services Institute
Emergency Medicine
Zimmer, Ted University of Michigan 2013/2014 Director Market & Network Services Market & Network Services
O’Rourke, Chris University of Michigan 2012/2013 Institute Administrator Emergency Services Institute Emergency Services Medicine
Schuessler, Kathryn University of Michigan 2012/2013 Department Administrator Emergency Services Institute Emergency Services Medicine
Zwischenberger, Andrea George Washington University 2011/2012 Senior Director Executive Administration Executive Board Office
Smith, Nehemiah University of Michigan 2010/2011 Institute Administrator Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute
Laird, Travis Penn State 2007/2008 Chief Business Operations Officer CC London International Operations
Cissell, Molly The Ohio State University 2006/2007 Director Regional Operations Beachwood Family Health Center
Ibsen, Alison Yale University 2006/2007 Senior Director, Cancer Programming Taussig Cancer Institute Taussig Cancer Administration
Vidmar, Erick The Ohio State University 2006/2007 Administrative Director Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Nevada Neurological Institute, Las Vegas
Abhyankar, Dhanashree UNC- Chapel Hill 2005/2006 Senior Director CC Community Care CC Community Care
Kinnan (Snow), Meghan St. Louis University 2005/2006 Executive Director CC Community Care CC Community Care
Life in Cleveland

Life in Cleveland

Once a haven for immigrants and a powerhouse of industry, Cleveland's cultural identity springs from its past and includes a vibrant mix of families, young professionals, entrepreneurs and college students – all with different ethnicities and backgrounds.

Historically, Cleveland has been roughly broken into two parts, the east and west, split by the Cuyahoga River. The West side is home to the Gordon Square Arts District and attractions like the popular Great Lakes Brewing Company, while the East side houses the trendy East Bank Flats waterfront district and Progressive Field, home to the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

In recent years, Cleveland has been enjoying a renaissance. Today, this metro area on the banks of Lake Erie is experiencing growth and revitalization. With continued development, opportunities abound for construction workers and electricians, as well as for professionals in the medical and IT sectors.