Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H., M.H.A.’03

Jami Haberl was recently 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 by 2016. […]

— Alumni Relations

Alumni Spotlight: Blessy Varghese Peacedale, M.H.A.’14

Blessy Varghese Peacedale was a practicing physician in Kerala, India, when her spouse’s employer transferred him to Marshalltown, Iowa. Her decision to accompany him required her to make another decision – whether to pursue an American medical license.  “To complete the USMLE and a residency would have taken three to four years,” she says. “But […]

— Barb Boose

Alumni Spotlight: Kathy Goetz, M.H.A.’12

A nurse since 1979, Kathy Goetz increasingly took on administrative and management roles in her positions with the Iowa Heart Center. She decided earning her M.H.A. degree would allow her “to bring value” to the organization. “I am a life-long learner so going back to school was a great fit,” she notes. In 2013, a […]

— Barb Boose

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

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

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

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