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MHA Residency Competition

This competition was developed to inspire creativity in our students and help them improve their podium skills. 

Each residential Penn State MHA student is required to complete a residency of 400 hours between their first and second year of study. At the beginning of the subsequent fall semester, the students share their experiences with the new first-year students and others. The presentations are judged by healthcare administration professionals. 

2023 student finalists:

Aarathi Kallur
Aarathi Kallur
Aarathi Kallur - First Place
Residency location: KPMG, Health Solutions, Advisory Sector, New York, NY
Preceptor: David Becker, Managing Director in Customer Operations with Health and Government
Courtney Manns
Courtney Manns
Courtney Manns - Second Place
Residency location: UNC Health, Chapel Hill, NC
Preceptor: Dr. Barbara-Ann Bybel, Director of Psychiatry Services
Nicholas Vicidomini
Nicholas Vicidomini
Nicholas Vicidomini - Third Place
Residency location: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Health, Hershey, PA
Preceptor: Julie Nickell, VP and CFO, Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Medical Group, Academic Practice Division
Hannah Earley
Hannah Earley
Hannah Earley - Fourth Place
Residency location: NYU Langone, New York, NY
Preceptor: Tringa Maslinka. Senior Project Manager, Outpatient Revenue Cycle Operations
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We extend our gratitude to the finals judges:

  • Abby Menna, MHA, Improvement Consultant, Geisinger
  • Jacqueline Velilla, MHA, CMPE, CEO, OnShore Revenue Cycle and Practice Management
  • Lisa Davis, MHA, Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
  • Joey Boyles, MHA, Executive Director, Asbury Heights, UPMC
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  • Jessica Bressler, MHA, Project Manager, UPMC Altoona
  • Bill Burmeister, MHA, Operations Director, Geisinger
  • Joe Dionisio, Professor of Practice, Penn State Health Policy and Administration
  • Jennifer Feeman, MHA, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Business, Penn State Health College of Medicine
  • Maria Dawson, MHA, Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State Health Policy and Administration
  • Kara Fox, MHA, Senior Nurse Recruiter, Geisinger
  • Emma Hannan, MHA, Value Based Project Manager, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Jefferson Health
  • Jenn Inman, MHA, Mental Health Division Manager, Jackson County, Oregon
  • Erica Kahl, MHA, Director, Growth and Business Development, WellSpan
  • Erin Rissler, MHA, Clinical Project Manager, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Morgan Soster, MHA, Director, Practice Administration, Guthrie Health System
  • Ed Tracey, MHA, Research Assistant, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health