2020-2021 Candidate Statements

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Treasurer Candidate Statements

Member-at-Large Candidate Statements

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Treasurer Candidate Statements

David N. Christiansen, MBA
Director of Healthcare Administration
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville

D ChristiansenI am seeking the opportunity to serve the Academy in the role of Treasurer. Through my education, skills, and experience I believe that I can make a valued contribution. 

I have had the privilege of participating with AAAEM beginning in 2010 when it was first forming, and have benefited in countless ways from this community of specialized healthcare professionals. I have served as a member of the Benchmark Survey Committee since its inception. I am also a past Chair of the Communications Committee. 

My healthcare career spans over 25 years and has included responsibilities as Administrator in Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Urgent Care, hospitalist and primary care programs. For the past 19 years, I have focused on academic Emergency Medicine, first in Arizona and continuing now in Florida. My combination of experience both within and outside of Emergency Medicine makes me appreciate our specialty and its specific needs. 

The work of AAAEM is vital to the support of our specialty. A forum for EM Administrators to communicate, share ideas and generate solutions to common problems exists nowhere else. I hope to help continue AAAEM’s excellent work through service as Treasurer.  If elected Treasurer, I would work with the Executive Committee and At Large Board Members to:

  • Ensure the continued success of existing initiatives already underway
  • Help the Board think strategically about ways to fulfill AAAEM’s mission in the context of available funding
  • Make certain budget priorities and decisions reflect the intentions and objectives of the board
  • Continue the focus on long term financial viability and growth

Thank you in advance for your consideration. 

Steven T. Petrovic, MBA
Chief of Operations and Finance
University of Cincinnati

S PetrovicI have been with the University of Cincinnati - College of Medicine and UC Health System for 14 years in numerous roles including Registration Associate, Revenue Cycle Analyst, Nursing Operations Business Manager, and for the last 6 years as the Executive Director and Chief of Operations and Finance for the Department of Emergency Medicine. In this myriad of roles, I have had the privilege to learn a number of skills that assist in decision making on a day to day basis out of experience. I started my time in Cincinnati attending Xavier University for both my Undergraduate work and Masters in Business Administration. 

Over the past six years as a member of AAAEM I have been active in a number of committees including Membership, which I currently serve as Chair, Strategic Planning, and Benchmarking. Each opportunity to work with such talented colleagues have made me a better administrator and hopefully the academy better. It is for that reason that I would like to continue that leadership as Treasurer for AAAEM.

I am running for Treasurer to continue to build on the amazing work that has been going on for over a decade. This academy has grown and flourished to become, in my eyes, the greatest resource an academic administrator of emergency medicine has. It is our duty to continue that work and grow the group for the next generation of administrators. The academy has begun that work with initiatives such as the Certificate in Academic Emergency Medicine Administration program (CAEMA) and the expansion of membership levels to include Associate Membership status. If elected, I would work with senior leadership to continue this trend and our work around education and wellness for our current administrators so that they may also grow in their skills and the ever-elusive balance between a highly stressful career and outside life. I appreciate the opportunity of consideration for this role and look forward to what the future holds for AAAEM.


Member-at-Large Candidate Statements

Frank Jurkiewicz, MBA
Administrator, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Florida, College of Medicine,  Gainesville

F JurkiewiczFrank Jurkiewicz is a results-oriented leader with proven success in balancing operational efficiencies and business growth while implementing strategic initiatives with optimal outcomes. He has a remarkable track record of building and fostering strategic business relationships with key stakeholders, creating loyalty which resulted in increased revenues and bottom line profitability.

Frank completed a Master of Business Administration at the Krannert School of Management - Purdue University and has assembled his leadership career in healthcare over the past 15 years, which includes both academic health center and private practice groups. His experience includes Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Indiana University Health - Indiana University School of Medicine and most recently as the Administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville.

He is an active member of AAAEM and has served for the past two years in the role of Chair for the Communications Committee. This role provided exposure and opportunity to actively contribute to the success of the academy. He is running as a member-at-large to serve members, gain a better understanding and appreciation for the great work of those who have served and the academy. If elected as a member-at-large, he will be engaged and serve members in an active and transparent manner that will continue to foster and increase the momentum of success for the academy. 

Travis W. Schmitz, PhD, MBA
Department Administrator & Director of Operations
Northwestern Medicine 

T SchmitzI received my bachelor degree in business administration from Mississippi College and my MBA from Millsaps College. I completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013. I still teach for the University of Mississippi system in an online program for the Department of Health Sciences. I have been a member of AAAEM since 2013. Since that time, I have been an active member of the benchmarking committee. I have also previously served as an at-large member of the Executive Committee and currently serves as chair of the Education Committee. Starting in 2019, I  joined Kirsten Rounds, creator of the Certificate in Academic Emergency Medicine Administration (CAEMA) program, to co-direct the CAEMA program.

I am running to be on the executive committee as an at-large member to continue the incredible work done by the founding members of AAAEM and the most recent groups of executive leadership. It is my firm belief that their leadership has turned our academy into such a dynamic and exemplary body. In my 15+ years of academic healthcare administration, I have been a member of three professional organizations. I can say without hesitation that AAAEM is at the highest caliber in our industry. I am proud to be a member of this group of people, and proud to be associated with such dynamic leaders. If elected as an at-large member, I would hope to use my voice to advocate on behalf of the membership for new and exciting ways to provide educational opportunities, engage current and grow future membership, and provide wellness resources to our academy. 

Janet L. Sherry
Director of Management Operations
UTHealth, Department of Emergency Medicine

J SherryI am the Director of Management Operations III for the McGovern Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) where I have served as the chief business, finance, and administrative officer for the academic, research, and clinical service areas of the department since April, 2006. I earned my BS in Health Care Management from Saint Leo University and I completed the Certificate in Academic Emergency Medicine Administration program in 2018. I joined the University in 1987 spending the majority of my early years in Systems Management where I helped plan, develop, and teach technical training programs for our clinical billing and scheduling systems. I took the lead role in implementing various applications across the enterprise. Over the years I have served on several committees at UTHealth as well as a team leader on special projects for University of Texas Physicians (UTP), the practice plan’s management team responsible for the oversight of the school’s clinical operations for which I received recognition as “Best of the Bests” two years in a row for my service. I served on the University’s Revenue Cycle Operations Committee tasked with oversight of the clinical billing and collection operations from 2009-2013. I am a founding member of the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM) and served on the first Executive Committee as an Advisory Panel member from September 2008 – June 2010. I was a member of the organization’s Planning Committee in 2009 and 2010, the Membership Committee 2009 –2011, served as the Strategic Planning Committee Chair 2012 –2014 and member 2015-2016, and has been on the Benchmarking committee since 2017. As a member-at-large I hope to serve the members of the academy by representing their best interests to the executive committee and helping the academy successfully advance our mission in the coming year.

Jill Zaheer, MPH
System Vice Chair Administration and Finance Department of Emergency Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

J ZaheerI am a successful senior executive leader with over 35 years of achievements in academic health center administration, including both the hospital and school’s administration of the Emergency Department. Having been one of the co-founding members of the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM), I have held roles of President, Vice President, Member at Large and chaired various committees including the Communications committee and membership committee, I have taught a class in the CAEMA program on Acquisitions and Mergers based on my experience when Mount Sinai merged with the Continuum Health system and I’m committed to sharing all of my expertise with the rest of the members of AAAEM.

Having been a member of the administrative team who created the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1994 with the newly recruited Chairman, I am well versed in all of the unique challenges of Emergency Medicine. My management expertise also includes the turnaround profitability of 7 NY hospital Departments of Emergency Medicine and I am currently System Vice Chair for Administration and Finance for the merged Emergency Departments of Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Express Care and Mount Sinai Queens to create a single Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Service Line in New York City.

I am enthusiastic, thoughtful, and would love to continue to work with my colleagues in AAAEM and SAEM- bringing forth new ideas, initiatives and sharing in collaborative projects among my peers. 

My education includes a Masters of Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. I’ve also participated in a program in Copenhagen Denmark on the Danish Health Care System/ Welfare State while studying for my BA at Stony Brook.