Leonard Friedman is a Professor and Director of the MHA programs in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Oregon State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, School of Public Administration where his dissertation examined technology acquisition in hospitals in Southern California. Dr. Friedman’s scholarly work concentrates on the mechanisms of organizational change and strategic decision-making in healthcare deliver organizations. His research explores building the resilience of health care organizations to respond to environmental jolts, using systems approaches to reduce medical errors and most recently, helping understand the roots of organizational excellence in health care. Dr. Friedman’s teaching responsibilities have included graduate and undergraduate classes in health care management, organization theory and behavior in health care, health care law and regulation, strategic management, and leadership in health care organizations. His work is published in a variety of journals including Advances in Health Care Management, Health Care Management Review, Frontiers of Health Services Management, Journal of Health Administration Education, Managed Care Quarterly, Journal of Healthcare Management, Hospital Topics, Physician Executive and the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. Dr. Friedman was the Chairman of the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2003-04 and Chairman of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration in 2005-06. He is a member of the StuderGroup’s Fire Starter Hall of Fame. Dr. Friedman is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is currently President of NCHE.
A retired Armed Forces Veteran of the United States Navy, Edward Daniel is an experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Healthcare Administrator with over 23 years of proven leadership in facilitating evidence-based performance programs and driving process improvement within corporate for-profit and non-profit healthcare organizations around the world.
Mr. Daniel’s expertise is sought by other nationally recognized providers of experimental developmental programs to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the services. His work often includes strategic planning and execution, process improvement, and accreditation and regulatory compliance of various programs for clients utilizing Lean Six Sigma methodologies.
Mr. Daniel currently serves as an active chapter member of the American Society of Health Care Executives (ACHE), the National Association of Health Science Executives (NAHSE), the American Hospital Association (AHA), American Society of Quality (ASQ) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
He is currently a doctoral candidate at North Central University, Prescott, AZ, focusing on business management in healthcare management. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from American Intercontinental University, Schaumburg, IL, and a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, Washington, DC, in clinical laboratory sciences. Additionally, he has also completed an Executive Leadership Certification for Healthcare Executives from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Benjamin Deady is the project lead for VA Pulse, the Department of Veterans Affairs' internal collaborative platform designed to help VA employee connect, communicate, and collaborate.
Ben's career in health administration began with the Department of Veterans Affairs as an administrative fellow at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. During his tenure at the hospital, Ben managed the customer service department, led implementation of Student Group principals across the organization, and ran clinical operations in the mental health service line. To support a VA Central Office organizational realignment, Ben joined the Veterans Health Administration's Clinical Operations team in Washington, DC as a Health Systems Specialist. In this capacity, Ben provided Executive Assistant support to the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Operations, coordinated the national clinical restructuring program, and facilitated intensive care unit performance improvement efforts at VA Medical Centers. Prior to joining the DC Group, Ben supported VistA Evolution - the VA's effort to modernize their electronic medical record - as an information technology project manager.
Ben graduated from Indiana University with masters in health administration, a bachelor of arts in political science, and minors in Spanish, history, and journalism. Ben holds the project management professional designation from the Project Management Institute.
In addition to his work with the DC Group, Ben is the director for marketing and communications for National Capital Healthcare Executives, a local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Michelle Comeaux, MSHA, CPHQ, FACHE is the Director of Regulatory Readiness and Performance Improvement for Inova Health System and has over 15 years of expertise in the quality and performance improvement arena. Michelle holds a Masters in Science
degree from the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University in Denver and earned her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine at San Diego State University. While In Denver, Michelle served as a Quality Management Consultant for The Children’s Hospital, earning the Children’s Choice Award for Teamwork and the Award of Excellence for Quality and Safety. Later, Michelle worked as a Management Decision Support Analyst with Colorado Permanente Medical Group before relocating to the Mid-Atlantic in 2008.
Michelle is the Immediate- Past President of the National Capital
Healthcare Executives and has been a member of its Board since 2009. She has also served as a speaker or moderator for numerous regional and nationalevents, including at the VAHQ Conference in 2013 & 2015, ACHE Chapter Leader’s Conference in Chicago in 2014 and most recently as a panelist for the NCHE Diversity in Healthcare dinner in September 2015. An advocate of ACHE’s belief in lifelong learning, Michelle earned her rank of Fellow in the College in 2013 and now serves as a mentor for candidates in the region.
Yilin Zhang is a health care consulting manager at Grant Thornton. Ms. Zhang has worked across the commercial and public sectors in health care strategy and transformation. She is passionate about working with health care systems to deliver accessible high-quality, patient-centered, and cost-efficient care. Ms. Zhang holds a master's degree in Health Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics.