First Year Student Profiles

First Year M.H.A. Program Student Profiles

Xi (Catherine) Chai


E-mail: xuc118@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in hospital administration, nursing home managment, and healthcare consulting.

Undergraduate Institution: Quingdao University, China

Jong Whan (Calvin) Choi


E-mail: joc5506@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I have both a professional and personal desire to support thedevelopment of organizational capacities that are sustainable, so that organizations can effectively address the challenges of ever-rising costs and an increaslingly complex regulatory environment. With my graduate training in thefields of organizational psychology and health administration, I look forward to leveraging my understanding of teams, organizaitons, and systems to improve the effectiveness of health systems and the quality of services that they deliver.

Undergraduate Institution: Clark University

Graduate Institution: Columbia Teacher's College

Melissa Coate


E-mail: mac636@psu.edu

Professional Interests:My interests lie in health care quality, process improvement, evidence-based practice, preventative care, community health, and pay for value/pay for performance programs.

Undergraduate Institution: Marquette University

Blaise DeLuca


E-mail: bwd5101@psu.edu

Professional Interests: My interest is to work in healthcare/life sciences consulting..

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Alexandra D'Innocenzo


E-mail: amd5806@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in hospital administration, quality improvement, and organizational behavior.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Amulya Khajuri


E-mail: axk5217@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in hospital administration, specifically in operations, strategic planning, and quality improvement in the delivery of care for high patient satisfaction.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Bryan Kreider


E-mail: bzk5116@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I want to pursue my interest in healthcare finance and quality improvement as a healthcare consultant or an administrator in a health system.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Derek Hartman


E-mail: dkh153@psu.edu

Professional Interests: It is exciting to be preparing for a career that directly benefits people and their lives for the better. I enjoy business and combining it with the work of improving others' lives is fulfilling. At this point, though early, I see myself involved in Hospital Administration. My undergraduate intership covered that and it is what holds my interest now.

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University - Idaho

Eric McLean


E-mail: rem298@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in hospital management, specifically in the areas of quality care, population health disparities, and strategic planning.

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University - Idaho

Cayla Meinert


E-mail: cdm5299@psu.edu

Professional Interests: My interests include hospital administration and operations, strategic planning/development, and quality improvement.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Julianna Nat


E-mail: jmn5336@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I first became interested in Health Care Administration when I realized it would allow me to combine my passions of healthcare and business. My goal is to obtain an administative job in a hospital after I finish my education, in strategic planning or quality improvement.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Emilie Niemann


E-mail: een122@psu.edu

Professional Interests: My interests are focused on hospital administration, quality of patient care, and process improvement.

Undergraduate Institution: The University of North Dakota

Andrei (Chris) Nistor


E-mail: acn5068@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in hospital administartion and integrated healthcare systems, as well as financial/operational management, promotion of patient-centered care, and strategic alignment with communities to address population health concerns.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

James Packer


E-mail: jcp289@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in hospital operations management. I am excited about finding new solutions to our current health care challenges. I want to focus on improving the patient experience while maintaining a healty balance of a profitable organization. I look forward to establishing a culture of hard work, innovation, and empathy in the organization I end up working for.

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University - Idaho

Anna Raptosh


E-mail: avr5192@psu.edu

Professional Interests: My interests are centeredaround healthcare administration and management, hospital operations, and physician practice management.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Michael San Roman


E-mail: mcs5483@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I aspire to work in healthcare finance for a large health system.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Priya Sharma


E-mail: pqs5131@psu.edu

Professional Interests: My professional interests include quality improvement methods and improvingthe efficiency of every day processes in hospitals.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Kaitlin Spangler


E-mail: kas761@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I would like to work in human resources in a smaller hospital. It is my goal to make sure the people responsible for patients are also well taken care of. Human resources gives me a wonderful outlet to work with people in a health care setting.

Undergraduate Institution: Juniata College

Dexter Truman


E-mail: dbt132@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in marketing, human resources, finance, and hospital administration.

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University - Idaho

Victoria Ulmer


E-mail: vru5001@psu.edu

Professional Interests: I am interested in improving efficiency within health care and would like to pursue opportunities in consulting and insurance.

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University