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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Kelly Evans Chronister RN, MBA, COE Chief Executive Officer Southern Eye Associates 601 East Matthews Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.206.9200 Chronister has been with Southern Eye Associates & the Eye Surgery Center of Arkansas since 2012. She has 30 years of experience in healthcare and executive leadership. She is a member of the American Academy for Ophthalmology Executives (AAOE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA). Chronister serves on the ASOA Regional Meetings task force and was a long-time member of the Governor’s Strategic Development task force for the Arkansas Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. She is a nationally board Certified Ophthalmic Executive and is the first in Northeast Arkansas to obtain this designation. She has published articles in the Arkansas Journal of Medicine and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Medicines Eye Net.

Alesha D. Collins, MSN, MHA, RN Chief Nursing Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8909

www.howard Collins has worked in various healthcare settings including home health, hospital, inpatient/outpatient rehab, and long-term care for twelve years. Seven years were spent as a staff nurse and in nursing management positions in the various settings listed. For the past five years, she has been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital, as the Chief Nursing Officer. She is an RN with a MSN and a MHA. She is an active member of the American Organization for Nurse Executives and the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives where she holds the position as President-Elect. She was honored as one of the 2016 40 outstanding nurse leaders in Arkansas under 40.

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Laura Cook Senior Vice President, Foundation & Marketing CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 As CHI St. Vincent’s Senior Vice President for Marketing and the CHI St. Vincent Foundation, Cook directs all marketing and communications, and she oversees fundraising for the nonprofit foundation that supports CHI St. Vincent’s mission and ministry. Before joining CHI St. Vincent six years ago, she was senior vice president for marketing for Alltel Wireless and marketing vice president for Verizon. Cook has a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Scott S. Cooper, MD 2017-2018 Immediate Past President Arkansas Medical Society Mercy Clinic Orthopedics 1101 Horsebarn Rd Rogers, AR 72758 479-271-9607 Raised in Harrisburg, Cooper earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and political science from Southern Methodist University. He was graduated from UAMS in 1991, then trained in orthopaedics at Campbell Clinic in Memphis. He was a partner at Ozark Orthopaedics for 17 years before joining Mercy Clinics in 2014. He and his wife Cynthia have one daughter, Bowman, who is a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Patricia Cowan, PhD, RN Dean, UAMS College of Nursing University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-8493 Named Dean of the UAMS College of Nursing in 2015, Cowan has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of

nursing including academics, clinical practice and research. Cowan received a BS in nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating magna cum laude. She received her master’s degree in adult health nursing from the University of Kansas in Kansas City and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

William J. “Bill” Craig, CPA, CHFP, FHFMA Chief Financial Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8003

williamjc@ Craig is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Howard Memorial Hospital and has more than 30 years of healthcare finance experience. Prior to joining Howard Memorial Hospital in 2010, Craig worked at Mercy Hot Springs for 18 years as Executive Director/Controller and Interim CFO. Specializing in audits for not-for-profits, Craig was previously a senior auditor at Baird, Kurtz and Dodson, CPAs in Little Rock. In 2014, he earned a fellowship in Healthcare Financial Management Association and certification as a Healthcare Financial Professional.

Tina M. Creel Vice President of AHA Services, Inc. Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 Creel, who began working for the AHA in 1988, runs the AHA’s for-profit subsidiary, AHA Services Inc., where she coordinates delivery and marketing functions of all endorsement relationships including services in the areas of insurance, human resources, finance, business consulting, education, information and group pricing advantages. She also serves as the group manager of the AHA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insured Trust. Prior to joining the AHA, she worked for the Mississippi Hospital Association’s MHA Diversified Services. She earned a BS in marketing from Mississippi State University.

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