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Advisory Board

Laura Fohn is an Improvement Advisor II in the Performance Improvement Department at the Seton Healthcare Family under the Center for Experience and Excellence. She received her BHA and MHA from Texas State University. Laura previously worked at Dell Children’s Medical Center in various roles include operations, accreditation, and performance improvement before taking her current role. Laura is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, General Electric Change Management Change Agent, and currently working on becoming a certified Lean coach. She currently resides in Bastrop with her husband Justin and two boys.

Laura Fohn
Ms. Laura Fohn

Mr. Mark E. Goldstein, BS, MHA, FACHE is the VA Liaison at the TRICARE Regional Office (TRO) South, San Antonio, Texas.  In this capacity, he provides VA expertise and guidance to TRO leadership, serves on many VA/DoD workgroups, develops guidelines for future VA/DoD collaboration initiatives and facilitates partnering of VA and DoD medical facilities. He graduated from the VA’s Executive Career Field Leadership Program in 2012.  From February 2003 to July 2008, he was the Medical Sharing Coordinator and acting Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), San Antonio, Texas.  He began working for the STVHCS in 1998 as an administrative resident and held several positions in the Primary Care Product Line prior to February 2003.

Mr. Goldstein received his civilian undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his graduate degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for over 25 years and retired March 31, 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; his last position was as the Deputy Commander of the 433d Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Joint-Base Lackland, TX.  He deployed to Iraq in 2003 and was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and Navy Presidential Unit Citation.  He returned to Iraq in 2009 and served as the Night Duty Officer for the Joint Base Balad hospital.  He is a graduate of the Air War College.

He came to the VA after employment at the 59th Medical Wing (Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center) in the Emergency Department and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.  He has presented at numerous conferences on VA/DoD collaboration to include VA/DoD Sharing Program, VA/DoD Joint Incentive Fund, VA/DoD Demonstration Project and TRICARE.  Mr. Goldstein has worked on numerous VA/DoD workgroups in support of Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and their families.   

Mark Goldstein
Mr. Mark Goldstein

Joel Helmke is the Corporate Vice President, Oncology Services for the WellStar Health System in Marietta, GA. He is charged with managing the oncology operations and developing the business strategy for the WellStar Cancer Network, which serves @ 1.3 million people who reside in the NW Atlanta market and into the communities of NW Georgia. Prior to this position, Joel spent fourteen years with the MD Anderson Cancer Center in progressively larger roles, culminating in his role as Executive Director for the Division of Internal Medicine. He received his MSHP from Texas State University in 1996, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently resides in Marietta with his wife Crissy, and their two children.

Joel Helmke
Mr. Joel Helmke

Sam Huenergardt has served as the President and CEO of Central Texas Medical Center since 2010.  He has spent his entire post graduate career with Adventist Health System in varying capacities, beginning with finance and accounting. 

Sam graduated from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.  After passing the CPA exam, he began his finance residency at Florida Hospital, Adventist Health Systems’ flagship hospital.  He has been given increased responsibility in finance roles in the company in North Carolina and Kansas, before his executive role as CFO, then COO at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, Georgia.

Sam’s passion is for driving positive change into healthcare.  If it’s good for the patient, and community, he is looking for a way to make it sustainable.  At each stop in his career, growing a productive, engaged, employed physician group has been a priority.  Productivity improvement and service expansion have dotted his work history, but his favorite talking points center around the patient experience as it relates to helping Central Texas Medical Center meet its mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.

Sam loves helping others, and has served his church as an elder.  He chairs the board of San Marcos Hays County EMS and he also serves on the executive board of the Greater San Marcos Partnership.

Sam Huenergardt
Mr. Sam Huenergardt

Teresa Prigmore is the Director of Employee Health, Safety and Wellness at University Health System in San Antonio, Texas. Teresa served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard before enrolling at Texas State University where she received both her BHA and her MHA. She was hired as the Director of Employee Health and Wellness in May of 2006 and was promoted to her current title in May of 2009. Teresa is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the San Antonio Rodeo Calf Scramble Committee. She resides in San Antonio with her husband, Scott, and their four children, Tyler, Jacob, Gabrielle and Taylor.

Teresa Prigmore
Ms. Teresa Prigmore

Dr. Jessie L. Tucker III is the Executive Vice President and Hospital Administrator of Harris Health System's Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Regent for Southeast Texas. Prior to joining Harris Health in March of 2009, Dr. Tucker retired from the Army after a 24 year career progressing from Private to Lieutenant Colonel. In the Army, he served in Army health leadership and policy positions culminating with his appointment as the COO of one of the Army’s largest health systems. From 2006-2012, Dr. Tucker served as a Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) Commissioner, was a member of the ACHE Healthcare Executive Editorial Board from 2008 to 2011, and from 2004 to 2008 he served as the ACHE Regent for the Army.

Dr. Tucker holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in Management from Bowie State University, an MBA from Troy State University, and a Ph.D. in Administration-Health Services from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed a two year Fellowship with the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration in 2001 and a National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems Fellowship in 2012. Dr. Tucker is a board certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified corporate Financial Manager (CFM) and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He is the 2007 recipient of the ACHE's Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and upon his retirement from the Army in 2009 he received the Legion of Merit, the second highest award for service. His research interests and publications include patient satisfaction, financial management, physician engagement, and healthcare quantitative research methods.

Jessie Tucker
Dr. Jessie Tucker III