Congratulations to Our Emerging Leaders

7 Mar 2011 by Tina Hicks, No Comments »

For the past ten years, the Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award has been given to recognize an exceptional student in the healthcare systems management concentration of the DeSales MBA program.  The Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award is named in honor of Dr. Hal Dolenga, who helped establish the MBA program in 1990, and was the first director of the MBA program at DeSales.  The award is presented by the Lehigh Valley chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives, The Eastern Pennsylvania Health Executive Network (EPAHEN).

Three finalists were interviewed for this year’s award:  Jeanne Connelly, Ashli Rusmisel and Catherine Chrapacz.  Ms.Connelly is the Vice President of Clinical Operations at OAA Orthopedic Specialists in Allentown, PA.  She has had over 20 years in the medical industry, encompassing hospital residency programs and community based practices in various fields of medicine.  Jeanne has advanced her achievements by attaining a professional certification with the American College of Medical Practice Executives while working as a full time corporate executive, a full time mother and a part time MBA student.

Ms. Rusmisel is a Radiation Therapist at St. Luke’s Cancer Center in Fountain Hill, PA.  She has done an outstanding job serving on committees and advisory groups at St. Luke’s as well as coordinating the Joint Commission reaccreditation effort.  Ashli received her Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from the University of Charlestown, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and is described by her MBA professors as a leader who is willing to help her fellow students. 

Ms. Chrapacz is an Executive Sales Consultant for Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation in East Hanover, NJ.  She began as a sales representative and, over the last ten years, worked her way up the ladder to her current position.  Catherine works closely with PCP’s and specialists regarding treatment advances for Hypertension.  She won the Sales Leadership award for her outstanding leadership skills and is very active as a volunteer for various organizations. 

All three finalists were described as exceptional and competent healthcare professionals by their associates and peers.  To say the least, the EPAHEN committee had a tough choice.  In the end, Ashli was chosen as the 2011 Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award recipient.  She was presented the award by Theresa Koller of St. Luke’s.  Ashli described being chosen as the recipient as, “Not only an honor and a confirmation of my potential, but an incredible opportunity for me as a rising healthcare leader.” 

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all three nominees and a special congratulation to the winner, Ashli Rusmisel!


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