MHSA Advisory Board

Marty Carmody, FACHEMarty Carmody, FACHE

Healthcare Account Executive, Microsoft Corporation

Executive with expertise in business transformation, value generation and delivering sustainable results. Built experience in academic, private not-for-profit, physician-owned joint ventures and for-profit hospital operations. Seek out and integrate input from all stakeholders in order to leverage teamwork, innovative insights and improve performance faster.

Served as officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Held various leadership positions around the world as a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot. Gulf War Veteran.

Board Certified in Healthcare Management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Interests include education, health and wellness, positive people, cooking and family.

Almir Karamovic, CHFPAlmir Karamovic, MPA, CHFP

is a healthcare professional with expertise in programs incubation, organization redesign, operational improvement and financial turnaround. Over time, Almir has had various work experiences in health care settings with increasing levels of responsibility, growth, and outcomes. As of 2016, Almir serves the Ascension Health Michigan Ministry Market which includes the health systems of Borgess, Ascension Crittenton, Genesys, St. John Providence, St. Joseph, St. Mary’s, and the Ascension Medical Group. The main focus of his current role grants him the opportunity to develop and lead strategic growth projects focused on establishing long-term value for Ascension Michigan organizations and the communities they serve.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Rutgers Business School Executive Education training program on Project Management. He is certified in Lean Healthcare and Six Sigma from the University of Michigan, Basic Quality & Safety by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and is a Certified Healthcare Finance Professional by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Almir is an active member of the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has sat on the Board since 2017 and volunteered since 2014. He is also active with the Detroit Economic Club, Leader’s for Kids, Project Management Institute, and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

When not working, Almir spends much of his time with family, friends, and reading. Some of his favorite authors are Fydor Dostoevsky, Mesa Selimovic, and Michael Lewis. He also enjoys exercise and is an avid fan of artisan coffee.

Shawn Levitt, BSN, MHSA, RN, FACHE, CPHQShawn Levitt, BSN, MHSA, RN, FACHE, CPHQ

Senior Vice-President, Chief Nursing Officer

was named the system's new Senior Vice-President, Chief Nursing Officer, in January 2012, a position that will allow her to continue the leadership and service she has brought to DMC over many years. With nearly 25 years in the healthcare industry, Levitt will help drive the next level of nursing service and development at DMC. Prior to this position, Levitt was Chief Operating Officer at DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan for four years. Previously, she was DMC's corporate director of medical and academic affairs and was instrumental in the successful system-wide launch of the DMC's Electronic Medical Record initiative. She was also responsible for oversight of the state-funded Children's Choice of Michigan program for special needs children. Levitt earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Wayne State University, and a master's degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Michigan Healthcare Executive Group and Associates, Inforum, and is certified in health care quality and managed care nursing.

Brian Madison, FACHE, CHFPBrian Madison, FACHE, CHFP

President/Founder of The HCS Group

The company initially began as a management service organization (MSO) specializing in mobile MRI and PET/CT services for several facilities throughout the state of Michigan. Shortly thereafter, Brian expanded the HCS Group services to include “turn-key” outpatient imaging clinic management services. Most recently, Brian founded Ultra X Imaging, which specializes in bringing state-of-the-art x-ray and ultrasound services to providers throughout the post-acute care continuum in coordination with health systems.

Before founding The HCS Group, Brian was founder and partner of Options and Resources, LLC, which was later sold to a national company. Options, as referred to by its clients and employees, provided staffing and resource management services to medical imaging and rehabilitation departments throughout Michigan.

Brian is Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Certified Healthcare Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and sales from Ferris State University. As an avid triathlete and Ironman finisher Brian enjoys competing in triathlons and races, ranging from shorter sprints to half and full Ironman distances, several times a year.

George J. Miller, B.S., M.A.George J. Miller, MA

Executive Director, The Rainbow Connection

In 2017, George J. Miller was selected as the new Executive Director for this award winning non-profit whose mission is to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical condition.  He is responsible for the day-to-day operations and has key responsibilities with fundraising, marketing, grant writing and wish granting.

Gwendolyn Henderson Parker, MD, MBA, FACHEGwendolyn Henderson Parker, MD, MBA, FACHE

Senior Medical Director in Case Management, BCBSM

Dr. Parker (a board-certified radiation oncologist) has been employed at BCBSM for 25 years.  She has been the Senior Medical Director in Case Management since 2001.  She is certified in Healthcare Quality & Management, and is a fellow in the American Institute of Healthcare Quality & American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  Dr. Parker was awarded the 2016 ACHE Regent’s Award for Senior Healthcare Executive.  She is the 2018 President for the Midwest Chapter of the ACHE.

Dr. Parker has 28 years of Managed Care experience.  Her career at BCBSM began as a physician consultant in the Pre-certification and Care Management areas.   She served as the Case Management Quality Physician prior to assuming the position of the Senior Medical Director.  Her current role is to provide clinical oversight for the Case Management Program and includes experience in LEAN Management.

She was a participant on the National Institute of Health-National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Guidelines Implementation Panel (October 2005-2006) and has served as a consultant for many pharmaceutical advisory boards.  She is an affiliate of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians.  Dr. Parker is co-author of the article, “Managing Asthma in a Managed Care Setting: Strategies for Treatment and Control”, “in Managed Care, 2005 Aug.14(8).

She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan and the Michigan Cancer Consortium.

Dr. Parker is a graduate of University of Detroit (B.S.-Biology) and Wayne State School of Medicine.  She received her MBA from Lawrence Technological University and has taken post-graduate finance courses at Walsh College.

Previous work experience includes chemical engineering research for BASF and Rockwell International.

Derk ProngerDerk Pronger, MHSA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Mich.

Derk Pronger serves as Chief Operating Officer for Munson Medical Center, a 391-bed regional referral hospital and Level II Trauma Center in Traverse City, Mich.

Prior to joining Munson Medical Center in 2012, Mr. Pronger served as Vice President, Surgical and Ancillary Services at Beaumont Health System in Troy, Mich. His roles at Beaumont included Vice President, Allied Health and Director, Management Engineering.

Mr. Pronger received his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from University of Detroit Mercy, a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Mich.

Mr. Pronger is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Fellow of the Advisory Board, and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality.

Kenneth RatesKenneth Rates, MBA, MHSA

Administrative Manager, Michigan Medicine | Taubman Center Urology Ambulatory Care Unit

A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy’s MBA and MHSA programs, Kenneth Rates provides leadership and administrative management of operational objectives to the Taubman Center Urology Ambulatory Care Unit at Michigan Medicine. Prior to moving to this position in 2018, he was a behind-the-scenes staple at the University of Detroit Mercy’s McAuley Health Center for over three years. Kenneth is an active member in the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Michigan Medical Group Management Association, and the Detroit Economic Club.

Tyra Tomlin, MHSATyra Tomlin, MHSA

Director of Operations, Trinity Health Corporate Office

Tyra Tomlin is a charismatic, participatory leader with over 18 years professional health care experience.  Ms. Tomlin is Director of Operations for Trinity Health corporate office. Immediately preceding this role; she served as VP of Operations for the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Healthcare Innovations department, in Detroit, MI.

Ms. Tomlin earned a bachelors and master’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in Health Services Administration. She complemented her collegiate education with active involvement and leadership in a number of community service and civic activities.

Ms. Tomlin has worked in a variety of healthcare disciplines –marketing, strategic planning, physician recruitment and health care operations – with increasingly more responsibility over the years. In these positions, Ms. Tomlin managed capital and operating budgets in the millions and achieved increased revenues and productivity for all sites.

Ms. Tomlin’s commitment to serving and bringing about positive change in Metro Detroit has been demonstrated through active participation in the community as a leader and volunteer. She is a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a family organization providing cultural, social, civic and recreational activities that stimulate and expand the mind to enhance lives of children. She is on the Board of New Center Community Services, National Association of Health Care Executives and a mentor in Women of Tomorrow.

Tyra makes free time to enjoy her book club, travel and spending time with her family.

Asa B. Wilson, Ph.DAsa B. Wilson, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Healthcare Management, Methodist University

Dr. Wilson is Associate Professor of Healthcare Management in Methodist University's, College of Health Professions, Fayetteville, NC. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor in the Health Administration Division of Central Michigan University.   

Dr. Wilson completed his Ph.D. in psychology from Bowling Green State University and practiced as a clinical psychologist for a number of years. His focus was on family, couples and group therapy. He worked in a variety of clinical-academic settings before transitioning into health administration. He served as a Vice President or CEO of hospitals in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. 

In support of his professional development, he completed an MSA and a DHA degree from Central Michigan University. His background in psychology provided a foundation for understanding, designing, and implementing organizational development initiatives; interventions that led to improved facility performance. Dr. Wilson has a number of publications in marital, family and group dynamics as well as health care administration. His healthcare management research interests are in performance improvement of health service organizations, health policy, and health administration course design and delivery. Dr. Wilson and his wife Rebekah have two grown children and three grandchildren. He enjoys B&W photography, cycling, and writing.

Gina Diakonov, RDH, BSGina Diakonov, RDH, BS

Clinical Instructor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Gina Diakonov is a Clinical Instructor for the Clinical Service Learning course for senior year dental students and the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. She is the co-director of the Community Based Dental Education Program. Additional responsibilities include organizing community based programs like, Give Kids A Smile and organizing Detroit Mercy’s participation in Men’s Health Event and community health fairs. Her interests focus on dental public health and tobacco cessation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy and is pursuing a Masters of Health Service Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. She joined the University in 2015.

Yvonne King, MAYvonne King, MA

Director of Student and Academic Affairs-CHP, University of Detroit Mercy

Yvonne King is Director of Student and Academic Affairs in the College of Health Professions at Detroit Mercy. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Developmental Psychology from Detroit Mercy. She also holds a graduate certificate in Addiction Studies, and a certificate in Clinical Supervision. She is finalizing a degree in Master of Health Services Administration.

Yvonne is passionate about learning and serving the community.


Chantal Cornfield, MHSAChantal Cornfield, MHSA

Regional Director of Operations at American House Senior Living

Chantal is known throughout the Senior Living industry as a successful leader and an efficient operator, Chantal consistently delivers results.  She has dedicated her career to providing outstanding client experiences rooted in customer service.  She has a passion and deep appreciation for the seniors she serves.

Chantal has been recognized by American House for her corporate leadership.  In 2016, she was the youngest person to be awarded "Assistant Director of the Year" by American House.  Chantal was promoted to Regional Director by American House in 2017, the youngest ever in that role.

A native of Toronto, Chantal played college basketball at the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of South Florida. She received her Master of Health Services Administration degree with honors from University of Detroit Mercy in 2014. She currently sits on the Waterford Aging Board and is an active member of the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce.

Chantal and her husband Max reside in West Bloomfield and are the proud parents of their daughter Sydney, and dog Lennox.

Ebony Rivers, MBA, MHSAEbony Rivers, MBA, MHSA

Service Line Administrator for Digestive Health and Manager of Hospital Telecommunications at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital (Bon Secours Mercy Health), Lorain, OH

Ebony Rivers is responsible for the strategic direction, overall growth, financial and business performance of the Digestive Health and Hospital Telecommunications departments.

Prior to serving in her current role, Ebony served as the Operations Manager, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, launched the regions first Lung Cancer Clinic and completed her Administrative Fellowship program with Mercy Health.  Ebony also leveraged her expertise in strategy, operations and business development to implement the first mobile mammography program at St. John Providence Hospital (Ascension Health), Detroit, MI; to help increase access to mammography screening for women throughout the Detroit Metropolitan Area.

Before entering the healthcare industry, she spent 13 years in the consumer packaged goods industry as a brand manager specializing in strategic planning, product & brand development, project management, and analytics. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, Master of Business Administration degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and Master of Health Services Administration degree from University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI. 

In 2015, Ebony was a recipient of the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40 Award for the implementation of the Mobile Mammography Program.  She is currently a member of American College of Healthcare Executives and National Association Healthcare Service Executives, and served on several advisory councils, including Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and currently serves on the MHSA Program’s Advisory Board in the University of Detroit Mercy.