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ACHENTX Annual Women’s Breakfast

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 9:15 am

Our highly successful annual women’s event is back and this year’s program promises to be even greater than before.  This year’s panelists will be focusing on the theme of Greatness Where it Matters to You, with the structure of the event based on Stephen Covey’s book, Primary Greatness.

Registration & Breakfast: 7.30AM | Program 8.00AM | Q&A: 8.45-9.15AM

Garage Parking and Valet Available.

Registration Deadline is October 3. No refunds will be issued after this date.
Substitutions can be made at any time.

Our highly successful annual women’s event is back and this year’s program promises to be even greater than before.  This year’s panelists are being confirmed and they will be focusing on the theme of Greatness Where it Matters to You, with the structure of the event based on Stephen Covey’s book, Primary Greatness.


Kristen Jenkins JD, MBA,FACHE
President, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation
Senior Vice President, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council

Kristin Jenkins, J.D., M.B.A., FACHE has worked in healthcare administration since leaving private law practice in 1997.  She is currently the President of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation and Senior Vice President of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council.  Her work includes facilitating collaborative health improvement projects across the North Texas region and leading multiple state and federal contract and grant activities benefiting patients and the community.  She has been a guest lecturer for the University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Dallas in both Leadership Theory and Uses of Technology as a Tool for Meaningful Healthcare Reform and a Teaching Quizmaster at the University of Texas School of Law.  She is currently an adjunct professor of Health Law and Health Regulation for UT Dallas in Richardson.   She was a clerk for the Texas Supreme Court in 1993-1994 for Justice Rose Spector.

Ms. Jenkins also serves as Chair of the Tarrant County American Cancer Society Advisory Board, and is a member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Health Programming Board and Tarrant County Komen Board.  She serves as Co-Chair of the MJ Neeley School of Business Alumni Board at Texas Christian University and volunteers with many other local and state healthcare service organizations.

Ms. Jenkins is a recipient of the Modern Healthcare Up & Comer Award, the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Young Healthcare Executive of the Year award, Great Women of Texas and the 40 Under 40 award in Tarrant County, Texas.  She has published and presented at numerous national, state and regional conferences on topics ranging from healthcare compliance, quality improvement, community health design and engagement, innovation and collaboration models, health information technology, leadership and healthcare workforce initiatives.


Elizabeth Asturi
Chief Nursing Officer
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Elizabeth Asturi, M.S.N., R.N., NE-BC, is the chief nursing officer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, moving into that role in June 2015.

Prior to that, Asturi served five years as associate CNO of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where she provided direct oversight of Nursing Administration, Critical Care and Emergency Services.

She also supervised operation of the hospital’s Level II Trauma Designation program, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, Heart Failure Clinic, Women’s Heart and Wellness Clinic and Valve Clinic, among other responsibilities.

Asturi’s dedication to the Texas Health Resources mission is something to which she has devoted her career. She began as a nurse at Texas Health Dallas, where she served as a clinical nurse and charge nurse before becoming a clinical education specialist for Critical Care / Cardiology.

She also served as director of Critical Care at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls before returning to Texas Health Dallas as director of Nursing Administration for Critical Care and Emergency Services. From December 2009 to July 2010, she served as interim CNO for Texas Health Dallas.

Asturi is board-certified as a nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She was nominated by Texas Health as an “Up and Comer” for Modern Healthcare magazine in 2014, and she was named a finalist in 2013 for the Nursing Excellence in Leadership award from D magazine and for DFWHC Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 2012.

She served on the board of directors for CareFlite from 2008 to 2013, is an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing and is treasurer for the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She holds a Master of Science degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, and an associate degree in nursing from Brookhaven College.

Asturi lives in North Dallas with her husband, Michael, daughter, Hailey, and son, Parker. They are active members at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. Asturi volunteers at Seven Loaves Food Pantry, and she and Hailey are active volunteers in the National Charity League, a group for mothers and daughters that focuses on philanthropic and leadership development activities.


Lara Burnside
Chief Patient Experience Officer
JPS Health Network

Lara has been a healthcare professional for twenty years. She works with all levels of hospital leadership implementing processes and systems to create a great experience for patients, physicians, and employees. Lara is currently the Chief Patient Experience Officer at JPS Health Network in Ft. Worth, Texas. From 2008 to 2015, she worked with Children’s Health in Dallas, TX as a consultant and also as the Senior Director of Service Excellence.

Lara spent 10 years working for a large healthcare consulting firm focused on service and operational excellence. As a consultant, Lara worked with thousands of hospital leaders and physicians at over 150 health care organizations. Her concentration on employee engagement, patient experience, and creating a culture of service has led to organizations achieving their highest outcomes in service, quality, finance, human resources, and growth.  Lara has experience with large for-profit and not-for-profit health care systems, academic medical centers, and small rural hospitals.

Lara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Public Relations and is currently enrolled in the MHA program at the University of Cincinnati. She is also the author of a book titled, Believe in the Journey of Your Dreams.


Julie Menke
Vice President
Molina Health Plan of Texas

Julie has worked in Healthcare since 1980. She received her BSN from Harding University in 1980 and practiced as an RN in a hospital setting until 1992. At that time, she joined the healthplan side of health care working in Managed Care. She earned her MBA in 1995 and has been on both the provider and plan side of healthcare administration.

Julie started her healthplan career in operational development at Anthem Blue Cross, and later worked for Dignity Health as Director of Managed Care, at Kaiser as an administrator in the Continuum of Care, at Sutter Health as Director of Managed Care, and at Centene as Vice President of Network Development serving as one of five principles in the startup of a new managed Medicaid plan in California. She has worked in various markets and navigated healthcare dynamics across California, Texas, Oklahoma, and Virginia. She settled in Texas last September from her home in California.

Today she supports Molina as Vice President for Molina Health plan of Texas. She is responsible for the Dallas and El Paso Markets.  In her role, she manages Medicaid, Medicare, and Exchange products. They experienced 30% growth in 2016 and an expect additional growth in 2017. Molina expects to exceed 400,000 lives soon in their membership.

Julie is a working mom with five adult children and two grandchildren spread far and wide across the US, so she enjoys spending her weekends traveling.


Vanessa Walls
Vice President, Regional Specialty Care
Administrator of Our Children’s House
Children’s Health

Vanessa U. Walls joined Children’s Health System of Texas (Children’s Health) in 2011 as the Vice President of Ambulatory Care.  Since that time, she has had many roles at Children’s Health leading to her current responsibilities, including three years as the Administrator for Children’s Medical Center Plano.  Today, Vanessa supports the mission of Children’s Health to make life better for children by leading delivery of specialty pediatric care in sites close to home while also leading Our Children’s House, a 54 bed post-acute pediatric specialty hospital.

Vanessa received her undergraduate degree in Health Administration from Auburn University and her Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  Her career has spanned 26+ years as a leader in health administration, including positions in both urban and rural hospitals and ranging in size from 100 beds to 900 beds.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:00 am - 9:15 am
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