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Robert E. Sabina, Class of 2010

David M. King, Class of 2009

Kajal S. Benipal, Class of 2008


Since joining St. Luke’s Health System (SLHS) in 2004, Mr. Fine has grown the administrative fellowship program. Many former fellows have advanced their careers within the organization as well as in opportunities outside SLHS. A list of SLHS fellowship alumni and their current position include:

 Ashley Kimmel Ashley N. Kimmel, Class of 2012
Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
BS, Penn State University
MHA, Penn State University
Practice Operations Manager, St. Luke’s Center for Liver Disease
  • Responsible for daily operations and strategic growth of the Center for Liver Disease
  • Identify and capitalize on opportunities in quality, finance, and efficiency in hepatology and liver transplant clinics

 Chris Hunerkock Christopher A. Hunerkoch, Class of 2012
Hometown: Metropolis, Illinois
BA, Tulane University
MHA, University of Washington
Director of Operations, St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital
  •  Administrative and operational oversight of the Food Services, Environmental Services, Facilities, Laboratory, Security, and Clinical Engineering departments.
  • Strategic oversight for Cardiovascular, Women’s, and Perioperative service lines.  
  • Administrative responsibility for campus leasing and contracting. 
 Dave Lawson David L. Lawson, Class of 2012
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
BS, Brigham Young University - Idaho
MHA, University of Minnesota
Director, Medical Affairs, St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Oversees the credentialing and privileging process
  • Responsible for graduate medical education programs
  • Serves as chief of staff for medical staff leaders and acts as a liaison with executive administration

Amu Patel
Amu M. Patel, Class of 2012
Hometown: Brenham, Texas
BBA, BA, University of Texas - Austin
MHA, Trinity University
Director of Business Development, St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Assisting in the development of the hospital’s growth plans
  • Develop sales processes and strategically deploy sales staff to improve our referral network
  • Identify and act upon opportunities for operational modifications that improve patient and physician access to services
  • Improve awareness of St. Luke’s services and capabilities among the general public, employers and referring physicians
  • Integrate strategic initiatives across the hospital and the system
 Krystle Riley Krystle R. Riley, Class of 2012
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
BS, University of Notre Dame
MHA, University of North Carolina
Director of Operations, St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital
  • Authority over Food and Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, Facilities, and Clinical Technology Services
  • Develop, implement, and monitor primary care clinics associated with the CMS 1115 Waiver
  • Responsible for additional Service Line program development
Asha Geire

Asha S. Geire, Class of 2011
Hometown: Mogadishu, Somalia
BA, Augsburg College
JD, MHA, Tulane University
Health Law Attorney, Federal Government

Phi Huynh

Phi T. Huynh, Class of 2011
Hometown: Long Xuyen, Vietnam
BBA, University of Houston
MBA, MHA, University of Houston–Clear Lake
Clinical Value Analysis Coordinator, Houston Methodist

Ashley Smith

Ashley N. Alexander, Class of 2011
Hometown: Clarksville, TN
MHSA, University of Michigan
Director, Medicine Service Line, St. Luke’s Medical Center

  • Oversees administrative activities within the internal medicine service line
  • Identifies opportunities to grow the service line while focusing on quality, appropriateness, efficiency and value
Robert Sabina

Robert E. Sabina, Class of 2010
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin
MBA, MHA, University of Minnesota
Doctoral Student in Management, Policy and Community Health (MPACH) at The University of Texas School of Public Health
Director, Surgery Service Line, St. Luke’s Medical Center

  • Business development, strategic planning, and physician relations for Orthopedics, General Surgery, Urology, Otolaryngology, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Hand Surgery, and Plastic Surgery
  • Serves as member of Meaningful Use Committee, SCIP Committee, Robotics Steering Committee, Learning Advisory Council, and Block Utilization Committee


Ryan Tingey

Ryan K. Tingey, Class of 2010
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
MBA, MHA, University of Minnesota
Special Assistant to the President and Director, International Operations, St. Luke’s Health System

  • Acts as principal liaison for SLHS President & CEO
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and operation of special projects
  • Oversees international patient services including referrals, admitting, billing/collections, clinical management and outpatient services
Janna Wisniewski

Janna M. Wisniewski, Class of 2010
Hometown: Alpena, Michigan
MHA, Tulane University
Current: Ph.D. Candidate in International Health Systems Management, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Previous: Manager, Credentialing Oversight, St. Luke's Health System

Shelby Wolf

Shelby R. Meek, Class of 2010
Hometown: Cleveland, Tennessee
MHSA, University of Michigan
Analyst, Clinical Operations, Huron Healthcare
Current: Process Improvement Leader, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Previous: Clinical Operations Analyst, Huron Consulting Group; Administrative Fellow, St. Luke’s Health System

David King

David M. King, Class of 2009
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
MSHA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications

  • SLHS Service Line Director for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
  • Senior Marketing Officer and Public Relations, SLHS
  • Project Manager, SLMC/GE Healthcare Care Optimization Project
Anita Jain

Anita S. Jain, Class of 2009
Hometown: Mumbai, India
MHSA, University of Michigan
MBBS, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai, India
Pre-Doctoral Studies
India Editor, BMJ Publishing Group

Jenny Patten

Jenny R. Patten, Class of 2009
Hometown: Grinnell, Iowa
MHA, JD, University of Minnesota
Assistant County Attorney, Harris County Attorney’s Office – Hospital District Division

Kajal Benipal

Kajal S. Benipal, Class of 2008
Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
MSHA, Trinity University
Director, Physician Integration, St. Luke’s Health System

Responsible for Clinical Integration development and operations, Referral Service Center Operations, and market research planning and data maintenance.

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel A. Gonzalez, Class of 2008
Hometown: Houston, Texas
MBA, MHA, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Doctoral Student in Health Management, Policy and Bioinformatics,
The University of Texas School of Public Health
EPIC Implementation Manager, St. Luke’s Health System

  • Direct the implementation of Epic electronic medical record system at 3 community hospitals
  • Oversee the role-out of upgrades to the Epic system including the installation of new applications
Adrienne Moeller

Adrienne K. Moeller, Class of 2008
Hometown: Houston, Texas
MSHA, Trinity University
Current: Project Manager, Houston Methodist Hospital

Previous: Physician Integration Coordinator, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System
  • Supervises SLEHS Physician Referral Department
  • Supports deployment of SLEHS’ ambulatory electronic communication tool

Blake Sims

Blake D. Sims, Class of 2008
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
MBA, MSHA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Interim Administrative Director, Patient Access Services, St. Luke’s Health System

  • Operational Manager for the Epic ADT, Prelude and Cadence applications
  • Leading Health System standardization efforts in PAS