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Kristin M. Halvarson, M.H.A.’10

Kristin Halvarson is the executive director at Community Health Services Inc. in Moorhead, MN. She recently received the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni honor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

— Alumni Relations

Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H.’03, M.H.A.’03

Jami Haberl recently was named executive director of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness. The community-focused effort is using the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® to measure progress toward the goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation […]

— Alumni Relations

William H. Koller, M.H.A.’14, M.S.Ed.

Mr. Koller accepted a position as a decision support analyst with Marshalltown, IA, Medical and Surgical Center. He was previously working as a senior functional analyst with General Dynamics Information Technology in West Des Moines.

— Alumni Relations

MHA faculty earns prestigious credential

Richard Belloff, D.B.A., assistant professor in DMU’s master of health care administration (M.H.A.) program, recently was awarded fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential to signify board certification in health care management. Ann York, Ph.D., P.T., associate professor […]

— Barb Boose

Blessy Varghese Peacedale, M.H.A.’14

Blessy Varghese Peacedale was named risk and compliance coordinator at the Marshalltown, IA, Medical and Surgical Center. For her MHA capstone project, she had worked on projects with a department leader at the center; she then completed a three-month internship there, working on a variety of projects in different administrative areas. Previously a practicing physician […]

— Alumni Relations

M.H.A. and M.P.H. programs praised as “pioneers” in utilizing Desire2Learn Insights

It’s no news that Des Moines University’s master of health care administration and master of public health programs continue to provide high quality education, but now they have another feather in their caps. According to John Gilhuly, senior project manager at Desire2Learn (D2L), these programs are “pioneers” in utilizing D2L’s curriculum mapping and student learning […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Kyle T. Pearson, D.P.M.’11, M.H.A.’11

Kyle T. Pearson recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center foot and ankle surgical residency program. He plans to join Rezin Orthopedics in Morris, IL, as a foot and ankle surgeon.

— Gretchen Johnson

Ryan J. Smith, M.H.A.’13

Ryan J. Smith works for Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James, MN. The organization, recently named a “Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace” by the Minnesota Hospital Association, has gone through a culture transformation that has improved employee and community engagement and the lives of the patients it serves. Its efforts to build a culture of […]

— Gretchen Johnson

Nishit K. Nirmal, M.H.A.’09

Nirmal works for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in southeast Wisconsin, where he manages strategic planning and provides consulting, business and operation development for neurosciences. He also handles referral management and downstream revenue for the medical group, partnered physicians and hospitals. 

— Gretchen Johnson

James S. Foreman, M.H.A.’93

Foreman accepted the position of chief financial officer with On With Life, a nonprofit organization and a Midwest leader in brain injury rehabilitation. Foreman plans to start the position on March 31, 2014.  

— Gretchen Johnson

Bradden T. Cannon, M.H.A., M.P.H.’08

Cannon accepted a position as the director of cardiovascular services at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville in January. He and his wife, Sunny, are raising their three children, Hyrum, Olivia and the newest, Madalynn Fae, who joined their family in August 2013. 

— Anna Hudson

Ryan T. Dow, M.H.A., M.P.H.’12

Dow is a safety, health and environmental consultant in the administrative branch at DuPont Pioneer for all its lab and research operations in the Des Moines, IA, area. He oversees safety for more than 1,000 people; some of his efforts are going toward global implementation. 

— Anna Hudson