Advancement Committees

Committee Roster

Committee Chair
Nick Kagal, FACHE
Senior Region Director
Premier Inc

Committee Vice Chair
Ajith Pai, PharmD, MBA, RPh, FACHE
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital – Cleburne

Board Liaison
Fraser Hay, FACHE
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Raja Abid
Boston Scientific

Patrick Brown, FACHE
Professional and Support Services Officer
Texas Health Resources – Allen

Jennilee Caffey
Baylor Scott & White Sports Surgery Center at The Star

Denise Canales
Director of Bioinformatics
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jessica Fiske
Department Administrator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Stephanie Gary, CPA MBA
Vice President of Finance
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Marva Goins
Director of Pharmacy
Texas Health/Harris Methodist Hospital – SW Fort Worth

Lacy Matsler
UTexas Southwestern Medical Ctr

George Peng, BS
Patient Access Specialist

Melissa Threlkeld, FACHE
Regional VP of Oncology Services
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute/Medical City Healthcare

Michael Vinson, FACHE
Director of Service
GE Healthcare

Committee Responsibilities

The Advancement Committee Member provides support to the committee chair in identifying members who are eligible to advance to Fellow, coordinating educational activities, identify educational resources, and evaluate member satisfaction to achieve annual advancement goals.

Committee Member Responsibilities:

  • Promotion of the Fellow Credential to eligible healthcare executives.
  • Recognize individuals who have achieved Fellow status in the Quarterly Newsletter and local website
  • Serve as a reference for eligible Fellow candidates
  • Coordinate annual programs to prepare members for the Board of Governors Exam
    • Face-to-face seminar
    • 10 Week Webinar
  • Determine creative marketing initiatives that encourage eligible candidates to complete the application and take the BOG exam
  • Work with ACHE National for resources and guidance to achieve established national goals
  • Provide quarterly committee updates (promotions, articles, recognition, etc.) to the newsletter editor

Meeting Requirements:

  • Attend quarterly committee meetings
  • Assist with the webinar as needed


  • Committee members are primarily supported by the Chair, Board Liaison and fellow committee members
  • Additional guidance and resources will be provided through the Chapter Shared Drive


  • Familiar with ACHE Fellow requirements, databases, and resources
  • Member in good standing with the chapter