Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Committee Chair
Rea Owens-Byerly

Committee Vice Chair
Lucky Denenga
Texas Health Resources

Committee Secretary
Tanya Stinson
Leaning Towards Change, LLC/Texas Health Resources

Board Liaison
Cassandra Self, FACHE
Texas Health Resources

Board Liaison
Timothy Wilson
P3 Health Partners

Jim Allard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Medical City Arlington

Sweta Bhamidipaty

Charles Burns
North Texas Health Care System-Dallas

Jennifer Clark
Children’s Health

Jaquetta Clemons-Davis, FACHE

Felixia Colón, FACHE
SCP Health

Merle Dominguez

Viji George
Texas Health Resources

Richard Greenhill, DHA, CPHQ, FACHE
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center​

Meredith Jaiyesimi
Medical University of South Carolina

Lauren Johnson
Texas Health Resources

Tran My Le
Texas Health Resources

Aditi Nethikar

Ajith Pai, FACHE
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital SW Fort Worth

Vinee Patel
OnCare360 Inc

Napoleon Player
Texas Health Dallas

Kris Sanders
Children’s Health

Cheryl Sheets

Lorie Thibodeaux

Dr. Vaishali

Anissa Vasquez
Angelo State University

Byron Westbrook
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Committee Responsibilities

Mission & Purpose

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee strives to embed inclusivity in healthcare excellence and professional growth. Creating and sustaining an organization-wide culture that understands diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to ACHE’s mission and continued excellence. The D&I Committee promotes diversity because, as noted in the ACHE Statement of Diversity, “diverse participation can serve as a catalyst for improved decision making, increased productivity, and a competitive advantage.” ACHENTX D&I’s Committee is focused on propelling innovation by bringing together different perspectives, experiences, and ideas to the organization. Through strategic partnerships and stewardship, the D&I Committee is designed to promote intercultural dialogue in ACHE where all members, at all levels, can fully realize their potential.


Committee Member Responsibilities

  • Give adequate time and energy to being a committee member.
  • Actively participate in achieving at least one of D&I Committee’s goals for 2020.
  • Volunteer in at least one event through D&I Committee, subgroups or community partners.
  • Support D&I Committee’s subgroups and diversity-focused community partners, such as but not limited to: WHEN, ALHF, NALHE, NAHSE.
  • Find opportunities to increase a culture of diversity and inclusion across ACHE, such as assisting other committees in recruiting diverse panels and connecting with diverse leaders across DFW.
  • Have Committee representation in all ACHE Committees.
  • Provide quarterly updates to the Board (via Board Liaisons).
  • Provide committee updates to the newsletter update (determine cadence).

Meeting Requirements

  • Actively participate in the monthly meetings conducted in person or through virtual efforts.
  • If a member is on the agenda and cannot make a meeting, notify the Secretary and send a delegate when possible.


  • Member in good standing with the chapter.
  • Willingness to be engaged in Committee’s projects and deliverables.




  • Committee members are primarily supported by the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Board Liaisons, and fellow committee members.
  • Additional guidance and resources can be found on the Chapters Shared Drive.