MHSA Faculty Directory

Mark Kauffman, D.O, MS Med Ed, PAMark Kauffman, D.O.
Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Family Medicine
Director Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway        
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Erie, Pennsylvania      

LECOM Faculty Appointment: Masters in Health Services Administration
Assistant Course Director - HSA-5020: Professional and Communication Skills Development

Experience:
Mark Kauffman, DO serves as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Kauffman graduated from
Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA in 1990 as a physician assistant and was a member of the Pediatric Transplant Team at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh from 1991 to 1996 when he matriculated at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie. He graduated in 2000 and is board certified in family medicine having completed his residency at Millcreek Community Hospital. He worked for four years at the Erie VA Medical Center advancing to Director of Primary Care.

Dr. Kauffman developed, implemented and taught the History and Physical Examination curriculum for LECOM, at first teaching as an adjunct faculty for the Problem Based Learning pathway and then becoming full time faculty in 2007 attaining the level of Clinical Professor of Family Medicine. Discovering teaching as his true specialty, he obtained a Master of Science in Medical Education in 2010. His curriculum thesis was implemented to create the Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway, the first medical school curriculum allowing certified physician assistants to earn a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in three years.

Dr. Kauffman has published three text books, multiple journal articles and the COMBANK COMLEX 2-PE board preparation video series. He continues to practice clinically being director of the LECOM Center for Executive Physicals and Lifestyle Assessment.  

Education:
Undergraduate Education: BS Physician Assistant Saint Francis College, Loretto, PA
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2000
Internship and Residency: Millcreek Community Hospital
Masters of Science in Medical Education: LECOM Class of 2010

 

Sonia M. Dillon, B.S., M.B.A, Ph.D.Sonia Dillon, Ph.D.
Director, Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA)

Professor of Health Services Management
Director, LECOM-PUCMM* Program (International Program)
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

Course Director - HSA 5030: Research Methodology and Application

Experience:
Dr. Dillon has extensive experience as both an academic administrator and a professor.  She has been a professor of business administration and health services administration at Duquesne University and Nova Southeastern University as well as abroad. She designed an undergraduate program in Health Services Administration for PUCMM with the sponsorship of AUPHA and the Kellogg Foundation. She did the feasibility study (market research and internal organization) of the Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS), a regional hospital of about US$80.0 million. http://www.homshospital.com/

Dr. Dillon has been working for LECOM since 2006 as a Professor in Health Services Management. She also designed the Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) for LECOM in cooperation with Dr. Mark Kauffman. She is now the Director of MHSA.  Dr. Dillon speaks four languages (English, Spanish, French and Portuguese).

Education:
Ph.D – Social and Economic Development
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Her Ph.D dissertation was recognized as one of the 8 best dissertations (United States and Canada) by NASPAA (National Association of Schools in Public Administration and Affairs) in 1996.
Master’s in Business Administration - INCAE/ Harvard Business School
Bachelors in Business Administration - *Pontifical Catholic University “Madre y Maestra” (PUCMM)

 

Pamela ArroyoPamela Arroyo, M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director - HIA-5200: Human Resources Management

Experience:
Pamela Arroyo currently serves as Program Director, Campus Programs and Recruitment Events at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  UPMC is a $10 billion, 60,000 employee integrated health care and delivery system.  As a leader within talent acquisition at UPMC, she is responsible for the recruitment, development, retention and engagement of young professionals.  Her role involves implementing an employment brand strategy on college campuses and national events, overseeing interviewing and selection, linking program development strategy to successful behaviors, and managing internal partnerships.

Pamela has held a variety of human resources related positions at UPMC; she has supported operations within the corporate and insurance services divisions along with the UPMC Cancer Centers.  She is a recipient of UPMC’s Award for Excellence in Service, and was named the UPMC Center for Inclusion Employee Partnership Council Representative of the Year in 2012.  In addition to her role at UPMC, she is also an adjunct faculty member at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Graduate Studies.

Pamela graduated from Carlow University with a bachelor’s degree in Business/Communications and later obtained a master’s degree in Professional Leadership.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Carlow University Alumni Association and Get Involved! Inc.  She is a One Young World ambassador and volunteers her time with the United Way, Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Promise.

Education:
Bachelor’s in Business/Communications, Carlow University
MS Professional Leadership -Carlow University

 

Robert Calabrisi, D.Sc.Robert Calabrisi, D.Sc.
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director - HSA 5060 Information System Management and Safety Issues
Course Director - HSA 5070 Quality Assessment for Patient Care Improvement

Experience:
Dr. Robert Calabrisi, Adjunct Facility, is currently employed at Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Located in Elizabeth, PA, he has worked for the US Government for over 38 years. With 30 years in the healthcare field, Dr. Calabrisi also is retired Military and a disabled American Veteran. 

As the National VHA Program Manager for Leadership, Supervisor, Mentor and Coaching Training program he brings a vast amount of knowledge. As part of a national team, Dr. Calabrisi was critical on the VA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and worked extensively with the clinical intervention system known as the Clinical Reminders.

Dr. Calabrisi is also adjunct facility at University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and Robert Morris University.

Education:
DSc. - Information Systems and Communications, Robert Morris University
MSc. - Health Education and Promotion, The Pennsylvania State University
BSc. - Mathematics and Chemistry, University of New York Albany

 

Kathryn Collins, Ph.D., M.A.Kathryn Collins, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director - HSA-5040: Health Policy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation

Experience:
Kathryn Collins is a researcher and evaluation expert with Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.  In this capacity, she conducts and coordinates research to evaluate programs and processes within the court system and in related community programs.   She works to develop new and innovate evidence based practices and to incorporate outcomes based metrics throughout the court system.  Prior to her work here, she was a researcher with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  She worked with a complex integrated data system to evaluate programs in child welfare, behavioral health, criminal justice, education and housing.  Her primary research interests are in understanding collaboration and cooperation in designing and implementing public policies and in the use of data-driven strategies to improve services to clients.  In particular, she has examined how inter-governmental collaboration can improve the design and implementation of public health programs in the developing world.  She also examined the relationship of physical structures in communities (e.g., vacant properties) to individual health and educational performance.  She teaches courses in public policy, health administration, cost benefit analysis, and program evaluation.  She has published reports on practical applications of cost benefit analysis, disparities in outcomes for youth in human services, trends in homicides in Allegheny County, and new ways of examining poverty in local communities. 

Education:
Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
M.A. in International Development, University of Pittsburgh
B.A. in Economics, American University

 

Julie K. Freeman, M.U.R.P., M.B.A., J.D.Julie Freeman, J.D.                                         
Assistant General Counsel
Assistant Professor
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Seton Hill, PA

LECOM Faculty Appointment - Masters in Health Services Administration:
Assistant Course Director - HSA 5050:  Legal and Ethical Issues

Experience:
Julie K. Freeman is Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).  Ms. Freeman is based at LECOM at Seton Hill, the medical school site in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she facilitates Problem Based Learning groups, directs the Health Care Management and Medical Jurisprudence courses, and participates in teaching Spirituality & Medical Ethics, and Human Sexuality.  Ms. Freeman is Assistant Course Director of Legal Issues in Business and Clinical Decision-Making for the Master of Science in Health Services Administration program.   Prior to joining LECOM, Ms. Freeman was Chief Law Clerk to Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Before joining Justice Baldwin at the Supreme Court, she practiced law with the firm of Goldberg, Gruener, Gentile, Horoho, and Avalli, P.C.  Earlier in her career, she was Judicial Law Clerk to then-Judge Baldwin at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and a planner with the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning.  Ms. Freeman received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Duquesne University, where she was Managing Editor of the Duquesne Law Review and founding President of the Health Law Society, and which she later served as an Adjunct Professor of Law.  She also holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and Master of Business Administration degrees, all from the University of Pittsburgh.

Education:
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.U.R.P., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., University of Pittsburgh


Kamden Hoffmann, Ph.D., M.A.Kamden Hoffmann, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director - HSA 5010: Population Health and Status Assessment

Experience:
Dr. Hoffmann is President/Senior Technical Advisor of INSIGHT: Innovative Social Change in Global Health, LLC, a consulting firm with the mission to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Hoffmann worked for the Agency for International Development and various Government Contractors. In these capacities, she provided strategic direction and liaised with senior staff as the lead for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) communications team. She served as one of the PMI Country leads for Mali, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Liberia, which included technical guidance, program management of over 15 million dollar programs each year per country and interagency coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She represented the U.S. Government among Ministries of Health, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies and other stakeholders, in key areas including maternal and child health, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases.

Dr. Hoffmann received her M.P.H. in International Health Promotion from School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University and received her M.A. in International Development with a concentration in International Health from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She focused her undergraduate studies in Biology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University.

She has over fifteen years of experience in global and public health. She is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses included fundamental concepts in Global Health, Special Topics in Global Health, and the Global Health Capstone.

Education:
M.P.H. in International Health Promotion from School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University
M.A. in International Development with a concentration in International Health from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University
Bachelor’s in Biology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University

 

Tammie Johnson, DrPHTammie M. Johnson, DrPH, MPH, BS
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration

Course Director – MPH- 5310: Principles of Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics Applied to Health Services Delivery
Course Director – MPH- 5320: Advanced Studies of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Applied to Health Services Delivery

Experience
Dr. Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.  At UNF, she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and research methods.  Prior to joining the UNF faculty in 2010, she worked for the Florida Department of Health from 1994-2010.  She was initially hired as an Environmental Specialist with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Surveillance Program. In 1998, she was promoted and began working in the area of tobacco-related epidemiology. There, her interest in public health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics began to develop.  In 1999, Dr. Johnson received her MPH degree with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  Her thesis examined tobacco use and related behaviors among Florida public middle and high school students.  In 2002, she was hired as the Administrator of the Florida Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. While managing this program, Dr. Johnson gained experience in the practical application of epidemiologic information to the development and evaluation of public health interventions. She managed this program until 2008. In 2008, Dr. Johnson completed her DrPH and was then promoted and served as a Senior Chronic Disease Epidemiologist until 2010. Her dissertation examined self- and clinical-care patterns among adults with diabetes who received self-management education.  Dr. Johnson's research interests include chronic diseases and complex survey data analyses. She has published and presented in the areas of tobacco, diabetes, chronic disease, and metabolic syndrome epidemiology. Dr. Johnson's teaching philosophy emphasizes mentoring students to pursue their own research interests and helping students develop their research and writing skills.

Education
Undergraduate Education: Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA; BS Biology, minor Psychology
Graduate Education: MPH and DrPH, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL; Concentration for both degrees- Epidemiology and Biostatistics

 

Jeffrey E. Myers, Esquire, A.B., J.D. Jeffrey Myers, J.D.                                                 
Associate General Counsel; Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments - Masters in Health Services Administration:
Course Director - HSA 5050:  Legal and Ethical Issues

LECOM College of Medicine:
Course Director of Health Care Management II
Course Director of Medical Jurisprudence
Facilitator of Ethics PBL groups
LECOM School of Pharmacy:
Course Director of Pharmacy Law

Experience:
Mr. Myers practiced law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for over 27 years with the nationally recognized firm of Blank Rome. He began practice as a member of the Firm’s Employment, Benefits and Labor practice group, representing management and executives exclusively. In his later years at Blank Rome, Mr. Myers became increasingly involved in corporate transactions, corporate compliance and governance and SOX. In 2010, Mr. Myers joined LECOM, as its Associate General Counsel. Mr. Myers has assisted in the editing of two books; has written many articles; and has delivered scores of speeches and lectures. He is a member in good standing of the bars of both Florida and Pennsylvania and is a member of and has argued before both the Third and Seventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Education:
Saint Joseph’s University, A.B. in History, summa cum laude, 1978
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1982

 

Timothy S. Novak, BS. MSATimothy Novak, MSA
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director - HSA 5080: Governance, Leadership and Strategic Planning
Course Director - HSA 5020: Professional and Communications Skills Development
Assistant Course Director - HSA 5030: Research Methodology and Application 

Experience:
Mr. Novak is a senior level executive with history of progressive business leadership success.  He has a deep multi-sector business experience directing corporate creation, strategic expansion, branding and business development in both public and private settings.  His business development sectors include; hospital administration, physician practice management, corporate compliance, innovative healthcare products, robotic platforms, commercial sunscreen delivery systems and gourmet foods.  He is the business model co-developer and co-author of the 4 Circles of Good Business, published in November 2006.  A former board member and treasurer of the CEO Council, Inc., a national organization of public company officers and directors providing information, advice, and counsel to the Security  and Exchange Commission (SEC) and council membership on business ethics, accountability, and policy.  Mr. Novak served as chairman and chief executive officer for two fully reporting publicly traded companies engaged in acquiring and developing innovative healthcare safety, diagnostics and wellness products.  Working directly with physician leadership, he helped direct development of new ancillary services, supervised financial reporting, and coordinated all operational aspects of a 100-member OB/GYN management services organization (MSO) with annual revenue exceeding $75,000,000.  Mr. Novak has managed the medical credentialing and contracting for a 1,400-member independent physicians association serving 500,000 patients through 13 major hospital systems and 23 payers in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Novak earned his Certified Medical Practice Executive designation through the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) in 1991. He served as business launch competition panel judge for the TIME (The Integration of Management and Engineering) and International Nano Technology forum at Case Western Reserve University.  A five year army officer veteran, Captain Novak started his professional medical career as the department of orthopedic surgery administrator at the 500 bed Tripler Army Medical Center on Oahu, Hawaii.  He was decorated for his development and implementation of innovative healthcare delivery systems both in the hospital and in the 25th Infantry Division (Light) field settings to include the Army Meritorious Service Medal. Mr. Novak is a founding member and past president of The Hardin County Educational Foundation, Inc.  In 1989 he was designated a Distinguish Alumni of the Hardin County Schools System.

Mr. Novak is currently serving as Marketing Small Business Consultant for the University of South Florida’s College of Business at their Small Business Development Center, Tampa Florida and Business Development Director for the Chocolate Pizza Company, Inc. helping to create one of the fastest growing gourmet chocolate brands in America.

Education:
Central Michigan University- Masters of Science Degree in General Administration, 1988
Bowling Green State University- Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, 1985

 

Magon Saunders, DHScMagon M. Saunders, DHSc, MS, RDN, LD
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – MPH-5300- Healthcare Services Delivery: Prevention, Wellness, Infectious Diseases,                             Chronic Diseases and Disaster Preparedness

Experience
Dr. Magon Saunders presently serves as a Program Development Consultant in the federal public health system where she provides technical assistance and support to State and territorial public health departments. Dr. Saunders also provides subject matter expertise to federal grantees in the areas of health systems improvement, public health policy, health equity, and clinical-community linkages. She has worked in the field of public health for over 30 years serving in various leadership capacities not only in the United States, but in the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica.  Additionally, Dr. Saunders owns and operates a private nutrition consulting company in Atlanta, GA, and leads her team’s efforts to provide medical nutrition therapy, self-management trainings, conferences, and other consultation services to disparate populations.
Prior to joining the federal public health system in 2007, she served as the Program Director for the Georgia Diabetes Prevention & Control and Drive for Sight Programs at the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). While at the GDPH, Dr. Saunders assessed Georgia’s capacity to address diabetes, and used the findings of the assessment to develop Georgia’s first diabetes strategic plan. A tireless community volunteer, Dr. Saunders works at the national, state, and local levels with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is the recent Past Chair of the ADA’s National African American Initiatives.  Dr. Saunders is a recipient of the 2006 Georgia Governor’s Community Services Award and a proud author of several books, and an upcoming health care provider course on Forgiveness and Health in African American Patients.

Education:
DHSc: Health Sciences with concentration in Global Health, A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ
Nutrition Residency- Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
MSc- Allied Health with concentration in Nutrition Education-Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
BSc- Community Nutrition, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

 

David S Spencer, BS, MHADavid Spencer, MHA
Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration               
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida       

LECOM Faculty Appointment: Masters in Health Services Administration

Course Director - HSA 5000, “Health Organizations and Administration”

He is also involved in the organization and management of the MHSA internships and participates in the development of the student’s final research paper Mr. Spencer also prepares Executive Briefings for the LECOM students, sharing his experiences as a healthcare chief executive officer, helping the student better understand how the management theory taught, is applied in the “real world”  of executive practice. 

EXPERIENCE: He recently left a long career in the management of large hospitals and other healthcare provider organizations to join the LECOM faculty, teaching in the Master’s in Health Services Administration Program on a full-time basis. Mr. Spencer served as Chief Operating Officer of the University of Florida  Teaching Hospital,  Gainesville, Florida .Responsibilities for the management of the 500-bed teaching  hospital including budgeting , staffing and strategic planning , as well as  working with the Colleges of Medicine,   Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions to provide clinical training for students in the teaching hospital.  He concurrently served on the faculty of the University of Florida Master’s Degree Program in Health Services Administration, teaching a number of courses related to the management of academic health centers. Subsequently, he worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of a for-profit hospital management company, managing 139 general acute hospitals located in 29 states.  .  During this time, he developed and taught an introductory health care management course for the Vanderbilt University School of Business. For fifteen years, Mr. Spencer served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lean Insights, LLC. a health services  technology and educational services company, working with hospital CEO’s, implementing the proprietary Excalibur Patient Safety Net System .  The Company won the national McGraw-Hill – Henry Ford Heath Care Informatics Award for  innovations in measuring quality of care. He also served as a full-time preceptor on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Graduate Program in Health Services Administration, working with students  while  writing their theses for completion of  the  requirements for  their Master’s degree in Heath Services Administration. Most recently, Mr. Spencer served as Senior Vice President of a hospital ownership company  in Texas in which he implemented   the Toyota Production System (“Lean”) in several hospitals in Texas  and West Virginia, reducing the incidence of medication errors by 67% over  a two-year period.

Education: Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration; Recipient of the University of Minnesota Award for Highest Academic Achievement in Health Services Administration; University of Illinois, Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Economics, Honors.

 

Richard Terry, DO, MBA, FACOFPRichard Terry, D.O.
Assistant Dean of Regional Clinical Education
Chief Academic Officer Lake Erie Consortium for Medical Training (LECOMT)
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Erie, Florida

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director - HIA-5220: Financial Analysis and Risk Management

Experience:
Dr. Richard Terry is a 1988 graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship in Brooklyn New York at Interfaith Medical Center and then a Family Medicine residency at the University of Rochester.

In 2010 Dr. Terry received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He currently serves as the assistant Dean of Regional Clinical Education and the Chief Academic Officer for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Lake Erie Consortium for osteopathic medical training. Dr. Terry also serves as the Director of Graduate Medical Education at Arnot Health in Elmira New York.

Dr. Terry lectures nationally on the topic of obesity as well as various other medical and educational topics.  He is also the co-author of the book “Tomorrow's-Weigh:The No-Diet Way to Lose Weight.”

Dr. Terry is married and has five children ages ranging from age 22 to age 2.

Dr. Terry is an avid runner and downhill skier. He has completed nine marathons and one half marathon.

Education:
Master of Business Administration with a focus on Healthcare Management, University of MA Amherst.  2004-10
Doctor of Osteopathy, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY 1984-88
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Alfred University, Alfred, NY 1980-84