About the Panelists, Moderator, and Facilitator

Carla Jackie Sampson, PhD, MBA, FACHE
Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Healthcare Management Programs
New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Carla Jackie Sampson, PhD, MBA, FACHE
, is a clinical associate professor and director of healthcare management programs at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  She is the director of NYU’s online MHA program and the residential MPA programs in health policy and management.  She teaches organizational strategy, executive leadership, human resources management, and healthcare policy. Among her research interests are healthcare workforce policy, the role of structural racism on the social determinants of health, and anchor-mission strategy development. Dr. Sampson was the Vice Preside the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). With her planning and under her direction, CAHME launched several initiatives to implement and improve the quality of competency-based education, streamline the accreditation process, improve the consistency of site visits, increase transparency in the accreditation process, and develop workshops on CAHME’s accreditation for program directors and site visitors. Dr. Sampson earned an MBA healthcare management and Master of Science in healthcare financial management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and her doctorate in public affairs - health services management and research - from the University of Central Florida. She is board certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She is co-editor of the upcoming fifth edition of Human Resources for Healthcare: Managing for Success.

Denise A. Johnson, MD, FACHE
Chief Medical Officer, Meadville Medical Center

Denise A. Johnson, MD, FACHE,
is the Chief Medical Officer at Meadville Medical Center.   She joined the administrative team in 2008.  Dr. Johnson received her Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Prior to joining the leadership team, Dr. Johnson spent 13 years in private practice in Meadville.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as one of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commissioners for Women.  She has been involved in various community and regional groups focusing on the needs of women and is the current board chair of the Meadville Area Free Clinic. She is past chair of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

Mario J. Garner, EdD, MHA, FACHE
President, St. Luke's Vintage Hospital

Mario J. Garner, EdD, MHA, FACHE, currently serves as president of St. Luke’s Vintage Hospital in Houston, Texas.   He previously served as vice president and chief operations officer of the Southeast Market Hospitals of Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston (Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, and League City Freestanding Emergency Department

Garner is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Health Services Executives. He is a member of the LSU Alumni Association Global Board of Directors; holds an assistant adjunct professor appointment at Tulane University School of Public Health.  Garner has served the community as a Rotarian since 2011.  

Garner was recently named the 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year by the LSU National Alumni Association and was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction.   He was the 2016 national “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” by the National Association of Health Service Executives and received the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Robert S. Hudgens Award for the national “2015 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.”.

Garner graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. He earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University and a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston. He is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Stephan2.jpgStephan Davis, DNP, MHSA, FACHE
Director, MHA Program
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Stephan Davis, DNP, MHSA, FACHE is the director of the MHA program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He also serves as chair of the AUPHA Quality and Safety Faculty Forum. Dr. Davis is a fellow and faculty member of ACHE and serves as chair of the ACHE LGBTQ Healthcare Leaders Community. At ACHE Congress this March, he will officially transition from his role as chair to the Regent-at-Large position for ACHE District 4, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare leadership at regional and national levels. In 2020, Dr. Davis served as an invited conferee at the Macy Foundation conference on Addressing Harmful Bias and Eliminating Discrimination in Health Professions Learning Environments, which culminated in a report of recommendations released last September. He holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in healthcare leadership, systems and policy from Yale, a master’s degree in health systems administration from Georgetown, and several board certifications in healthcare management, quality, and finance.

Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE (Moderator)
Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, home to 10 academic programs in health services research, healthcare leadership, informatics, quality and safety, and simulation.  She teaches and conducts research in the area of leadership and high performance.  Dr. Lemak currently focuses on developing organizations where all leaders can thrive.  Dr. Lemak serves on the boards of Community Hospital Corporation and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.  She has been recognized for her leadership in diversity and inclusion:  as a 2021 Leader in Diversity (Birmingham Business Journal) and a 2018 National Role Model (Minority Access, Inc.).  Previously on the faculty at University of Michigan and University of Florida, Christy holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, MHA/MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and BS from the University of Illinois. 


Laurie2.pngLaurie L. Shanderson, PhD, MPA, FACHE (Facilitator)
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Northcentral University

Dr. Laurie Shanderson is the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Northcentral University. Immediately prior to this inaugural position, she served as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean in the School of Health Sciences at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. In addition, in June 2020 Dr. Shanderson was appointed to the Board of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

During her career, she has worked at a variety of health institutions including health insurance organizations, non-profit health organizations, a research institute and most recently, institutions of higher education. Her background in healthcare includes distance education, program development, accreditation, cultural competence/diversity, utilization analysis, medical economics, quality measures, and health administration/management. Her current interests include cultural competence, interprofessional collaboration, and philanthropy/fundraising. 

Dr. Shanderson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master's Degree in Public Administration/Health Administration from Pace University (White Plains, New York), and subsequently a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN). She is also a Fellow (FACHE) of the American College of Healthcare Executives.