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, FHFMA, PMP

Almir Karamovic 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 healthcare settings with increasing levels of responsibility, growth and outcomes. Currently, he serves McLaren Health Care which is an integrated, non-profit, healthcare organization serving Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The focus of his current role as administrator for Cardiovascular Services grants him the opportunity to lead and support operations for McLaren Oakland Cath Lab, Non-Invasive Testing, Cardiac Rehab, EEG and ambulatory clinics serving Oakland County communities. 

He has a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from 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 holds the globally recognized Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute. He is certified in Lean Healthcare and Six Sigma from the University of Michigan, Basic Quality and Safety by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is a board-certified fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

 Almir serves on the board of the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions’ MHSA Advisory Board and the Detroit Economic Club - Young Leader Board of Directors. He also makes time to lead as chair of University and Student Relations for the Eastern Michigan Chapter of Healthcare Finance Management Association and is active with Leaders for Kids, World Medical Relief and Project Management Institute.

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

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 The Rainbow Connection, an award winning non-profit whose mission is to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions. 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

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 and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). 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.

Parker has 28 years of Managed Care experience. Her career at BCBSM began as a physician consultant in the precertification 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. 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.

Parker is a graduate of University of Detroit (B.S. in 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.

Kenneth RatesKenneth Rates, MBA, MHSA

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

A graduate of 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 Detroit Mercy’s McAuley Health Center for more than 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 more than 18 years professional healthcare experience. Tomlin is director of operations for Trinity Health corporate office. Immediately preceding this role, she served as vice president of Operations for the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Healthcare Innovations department.

Tomlin earned a bachelor's and master’s degree from 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.

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

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 Healthcare Executives and a mentor in Women of Tomorrow.

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

Yvonne King, MAYvonne King, LPC, MHSA, MBA

Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Innovation, University of Detroit Mercy

Yvonne King is responsible for advancing the education, research and outreach mission of the College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing. She manages and leads external relations for the college, pertinent to the creation and implementation of initiatives integrating diversity and inclusion, equity, strategic growth and marketing and recruitment of students.

Yvonne is mission-driven and takes a person-centered approach to efforts surrounding inclusive excellence.

 


Chantal Cornfield, MHSAChantal Cornfield, MHSA

Regional Director of Operations at American House Senior Living

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)

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

Prior to her current role, Ebony served as the operations manager, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, launched the region's 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), 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 and brand development, project management and analytics. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, Master of Business Administration degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and Master of Health Services Administration degree from University of Detroit Mercy. 

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.

Tasha German headshot.Tasha German

Senior Human Resources Specialist at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Tasha German is a passionate and dedicated human resources professional with more than 13 years of experience. German is a senior human resources specialist at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and adjunct professor in the Health Services Administration program at University of Detroit Mercy. She previously held roles at Trinity Health and Beaumont Health for more than 10 years combined.

German earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Detroit Mercy and her Master of Public Administration with a minor in Organizational Development from Oakland University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Human Resources Management.

German has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, employee relations, training and development, diversity and inclusion, team building, succession development and management, HR policies, recruitment and retention, corporate compliance and performance management.

She has a strong commitment to developing leaders and serving the community through leadership and volunteerism. She is a member of MHSA Advisory Board, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), National Diversity Council, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Federal Court Clerks Association (FCCA), Federally Employed Women (FEW), American Cancer Society and American Society for Public Administration.

Tasha enjoys mentoring, career coaching, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.