Current Fellows

Administrative Fellows - Operations

 

Kate Broderick
Boston University

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Kate completed both her MBA in Health Sector Management and a Master of Science in Information Systems at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business this year. In the summer following her first year of business school, Kate interned with Ochsner, rotating through Ochsner Health Network, the Clinical Systems Deployment team, and the Corporate team. Prior to business school, Kate was the Director of Operations at the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest two-day rowing event in the world, hosting over 10,000 athletes and 350,000 spectators. Kate completed her undergraduate at Boston College where she studied English literature.

Ashley Crowder
Louisiana State University

Ashley Crowder graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication in 2014 and a master’s degree in business administration in 2017. While an undergraduate, she worked on various projects in public health including a marketing campaign for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency and a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. These experiences solidified her interest in pursuing a career in healthcare administration. As a graduate student, she served as the treasurer of the LSU MBA Association and worked as the graduate assistant for LSU Student Media. In her role as a graduate assistant, she was responsible for payment processing, quality control procedures and the accounts receivable for the LSU department. During the summer of 2016, she served as the Order-to-Cash intern for Albemarle Corporation, a global specialty chemical manufacturing enterprise. There she developed a new business process for measuring the performance of their third party warehouses. In her free time, Ashley enjoys playing sports, spending quality time with her family, and appreciating the Baton Rouge area with her husband. 

Suzy Lee
University of Virginia School of Law

Originally from Williamsburg Virginia, Suzy Lee graduated Cum Laude with a
Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Spanish and philosophy from the University of Richmond. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as a character interpreter, dancer, and entertainer. There she honed valuable skills in teaching, public speaking, and leadership. Following that, she attended the University of Virginia School of Law, receiving her J.D. in May 2017. She will attend Harvard School of Public Health next year as a Master’s in Public Health candidate. While at Virginia Law, she had many experiences that cemented her interest in the healthcare sector. As a summer associate at Gentry Locke she worked on many cases related to medical malpractice, contract, physician-hospital billing, and Social Security issues. She completed a Bioethics internship in Health Policy and Administration at the University of Virginia Health System, where she observed and analyzed legal and ethical issues inherent in a medical system. She was also a student attorney for the Employment Law Clinic at UVA Law, where she conducted client interviews, participated in discovery, and provided representation in hearings. In her free time, Suzy enjoys running with her dog, salsa dancing, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Colton Morrish
University of Alabama Birmingham

Originally from Bradenton, Florida, Colton graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy at Wake Forest University in 2010. While at Wake Forest University, he was selected by the professors to represent the Political Science Department on the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism Student Advisory Board. Upon graduation, he worked for the Cato Institute and Twenty First Century Group in Washington D.C. During his tenure at these organizations, he served as the point of contact for his native county in Florida, along with performing research for political coalition building, client development, and legislative strategy. Colton recently completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and upon completion of the fellowship will receive his Master of Science in Health Administration. He worked in Patient Quality and Safety at the Kirklin Clinic during his time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, reading, traveling, and watching sports.

Alex Price
Auburn University

Originally from McComb, Mississippi, Alex graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He went on to earn a Master’s degree from Auburn University. Alex received a Master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management with an emphasis in healthcare administration.

While being a student at Auburn University, Alex was an administrative intern at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. During the five summers as an administrative intern, he gained operational, in-depth knowledge of HIPAA, Stark, EMTALA, ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, HCAHPS, and many other administrative, healthcare components. Also, Alex was fortunate to work with Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center’s Laboratory, Materials Management, Pharmacy, Quality Management, Radiology, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.

Jennifer Terry-Sturgill
Xavier University

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jennifer Terry graduated Cum Laude from Wright State University with a BA in Middle Childhood Education, focused in English and History. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she worked for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) as a project specialist in Cardiology. While at UCMC, she managed divisional resources, coordinated provider onboarding, and served as a site champion for the American Heart Association. She currently attends Xavier University’s graduate program in Health Services Administration. She completed an internship with Mercy Health where she assisted in the implementation of a talent management program. She also completed an internship with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center’s James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence where she learned quality improvement and Lean culture while contributing to the implementation of the Toyota Production System.

   

Finance Fellows

 

Leigh Cook
Tulane University

Leigh graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a minor in French. She was recognized as a Tulane University Founder’s Fellow for her community service and academic leadership. In July 2015, she returned to Tulane to pursue a Master of Finance with an Energy Specialization. Leigh received state-wide recognition for her volunteer work at the Sierra Nevada Veterans Affairs Medical Center and is excited to return to her roots in healthcare.

“The fellowship has contributed to my professional growth by exposing me to countless facets of a successful healthcare organization. From observing executive leadership during strategy sessions, to analyzing real-time cost optimization problems, to simulating difficult conversations with future employees, the fellowship offers a wide array of experiences to build professional (and personal) skills that could otherwise take years to develop.”

Matthew Craig
Louisiana State University

Matthew is originally from Friendswood, Texas and graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in International Trade & Finance. During his time as an undergraduate, he was actively involved in his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. He served on multiple committees and the chapters’ executive board as the Treasurer. He obtained a Flores MBA degree specializing in Energy and Supply Chain Management in May 2016. He also served as the Treasurer of the MBA Association. In his position as the Fiscal Graduate Assistant for LSU Student Media, he was responsible for monitoring the day-to-day operations of the Advertising Department and the eight sources of media run within LSU Student Media. Working as the Asset Management Intern for NRG, He performed market research to expand the EVGo charging infrastructure. Research he provided allowed the NRG South Central team to advance in the expansion process. During the first year of his Administrative Fellowship, he has continued to develop his business acumen through project work and participating in various leadership training programs. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, hiking, traveling, and watching sports, particularly the LSU Tigers.

“The Fellowship has offered me unique insight to a major health system. The scope of project work is diverse, challenging, and exciting. Current projects consist of monitoring the utilization of Emergency Department Observation Units, investigating new approaches to track Clinical Pharmacist Labor productivity, and group projects focused on optimizing dashboards to enhance Patient Access.”

Avery Johnson
William Carey University

A native of Bassfield, Mississippi, Avery obtained his Associates Degree from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi and he later graduated from William Carey University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Afterwards, he instantly pursued a Master’s in Business Administration. During undergraduate and graduate school, Avery worked full-time as a Housing Coordinator and Assistant Manager at The Hattiesburg Housing Authority where he operated diligently to ensure that individuals who were in need could receive housing. Within the organization, he excelled and worked closely with the Executive Director where he assisted with creating financial reports and strategic planning in order to establish new housing projects and initiatives.

On week-ends, Avery volunteered at the Edwards Street Fellowship Center. The center provided a helping hand by offering food and clothing to the less fortunate, the underserved, and the suffering in the great Hattiesburg area. In his free time, Avery enjoys writing plays for programs at his church and loves assisting with the drama club at his old high school.

Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Jr.
University of New Orleans

Originally from Mandeville, LA, Patrick graduated from the University of New Orleans in December 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Management. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s Degree, Patrick entered the Graduate Program at the University of New Orleans. In May 2013, he completed the program and earned his MBA with a Finance concentration. After completing the Graduate Program, Patrick began working as a Financial Analyst for Postlethwaite and Netterville. During that time, he developed an understanding of financial reporting across a variety of industries, gained valuable experience in working within a team setting, and utilized accurate and balanced decision-making, resulting in total award payments exceeding tens of millions of dollars. In December 2014, he was promoted to a leadership position as a Senior Financial Analyst, after consistently exceeding the production and quality expectations of his previous position. As a Senior Financial Analyst, Patrick worked with a team of six analysts, focusing mainly on non-profit organizations. It was during this time, he developed an interest in healthcare financial reporting. As a fellow, Patrick hopes to expand upon his current understanding of healthcare financial reporting and further develop within a leadership role. In his free time, he enjoys working out, playing golf, and spending time with his wife, Stacy, and their family and friends.

Revenue Cycle Fellow

 

Christina Rich
Columbia University

Christi is originally from metro Atlanta and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communication. She then attended Columbia University to pursue a Master of Health Administration in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the business of health care. Christi completed a variety of internships, including work with a government affairs firm in Washington, D.C.; a large marketing firm in New York City, where she worked primarily on health and pharmaceutical client accounts; and Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology. She was also extremely involved in student groups at both Alabama and Columbia, serving on both schools' student government executive boards.

“My fellowship experience with Ochsner has shown me a new side of health care in the revenue cycle that has proven to be complex and exciting.  The fellowship will continue to provide a strong foundation for a future career in health care.”

Supply Chain Fellow

 

Jessie Bowen
Loyola University

Jessie Bowen is a Michigan native and a graduate of Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business where she received her undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management. After graduation Jessie held progressive procurement roles for Monsanto and Albemarle in St. Louis, MO and south Louisiana. In these roles she made an impact by realizing large cost savings, making process improvements, and successfully managing procurement for multimillion dollar capital projects. In May of 2014, Jessie graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans with her Master’s in Business Administration. Jessie’s MBA focused on project management, systems leadership, and entrepreneurial development which she hopes to leverage in her fellowship at Ochsner.

“Working with the Ochsner supply chain team has given me a new innovative perspective and broadened my out of the box thinking. The executive leadership is outstanding and it is an honor to work so closely with such a dynamic team.”

Rene Gurdian
Loyola University

Originally from Kenner, LA, Rene graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2013. After earning his Bachelor’s degree, he worked at Chevron Oronite for the past three years within Chevron’s Supply Chain. From logistics to inventory planning, Rene’s focus was dealing with Chevron’s third party facilities involving tasks that varied from SAP execution to Quality Assurance. In his former role, Rene managed the planning for Americas Region drumming production while aligning with Chevron’s lean Global Inventory targets. This role included planning for over 121 oil-additive materials for various customers across the industry. In addition, he worked closely with Global Master Data Organization teams to streamline Chevron SAP/APO application structure that minimizes operational planning risk. During his years at Chevron, Rene became an SAP power user within the PC3 and POS21 environments used by Chevron. In May 2017, Rene received his Master’s in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Loyola University of New Orleans. In his free time, Rene enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing recreational sports such as soccer and basketball. 

   

PGY2/Pharmacy Resident

 

Emily Allen-Vieira
Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee. She then began working as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens to gain experience in community pharmacy. She continued working for Walgreens as an intern while she earned her PharmD at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Post-graduation, Emily moved down to Louisiana, where she recently completed her PGY-1 at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. The past year provided multiple leadership experiences for Emily, such as policy writing and contract negotiation, which led her to further pursue health-system administration as a PGY-2 at Ochsner. She is eager to gain additional experience in these areas, and discover what other opportunities are available for her in health-system leadership. Her long-term goals include developing her own non-profit organization to provide healthcare to those with limited access in third world countries. Aside from residency, Emily enjoys experiencing different cultures and spending time outside in her pool.

   

Nursing

 

Jlynn Westley
University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill

Originally from Marrero, Louisiana, Jlynn graduated Valedictorian from Louisiana Technical College in Metairie, LA where she received her Practical Nursing Diploma. After completing her Practical Nursing program in 2005, she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at West Jefferson Medical Center and continued her educational endeavors by pursuing her Associate of Science in Nursing Degree. In December 2009, Jlynn graduated from Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA with an Associate of Science in Nursing. She relocated to North Carolina in 2010 where she worked as a Registered Nurse at Duke University Hospital. While employed within the Duke University Healthcare System, Jlynn helped lead the implementation of an electronic health record system, which allowed real time documentation of medication administration. In 2012, Jlynn began working as a Clinical Nurse at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital. During her time at UNC, she was promoted to charge nurse, and clinic preceptor. In addition, she was an active member of the hospital’s Nursing Staff Retention Committee. In this role, she served as a voice for nursing staff and operated as a liaison between administrators and clinical staff. Jlynn is passionate about staff retention, safe scheduling practices, and optimizing patient care outcomes and served as a speaker and presenter for UNC Hospital’s Lunch and Learn Series. Topics presented include fatigue, shiftwork, shift work coping strategies, and staff retention. In May 2017, Jlynn obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her fellowship, she hopes to collaborate with other fellows to lead improvement in nursing staff retention and patient care outcomes on a national level. In her spare time, Jlynn loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and to cheer on her favorite football team, the New Orleans Saints.