Master of Healthcare Administration
Faculty, Staff & Advisory Committee
Kim L. McDonald, PhD
Director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program
Dr. McDonald is the Program Director for Mary Baldwin University / Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences' online Master of Healthcare (MHA) program.
Dr. McDonald received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from State University of New York at Empire, a Master of Science in Health Psychology from Capella University, and a PhD in Public Health with a specialization in epidemiology from Walden University.
Dr. McDonald worked as a research and data coordinator and prevention educator in a comprehensive behavioral health hospital with various patient populations as well as with community leaders, schools and coalitions. In 2012 she accepted a position as the Senior Coordinator for Quality Management with New York State’s largest healthcare provider, the nation’s 14th-largest healthcare system, with 21 hospitals and more than 550 ambulatory and physician practices.
From 2010 through 2017 Dr. McDonald has held various faculty and adjunct faculty appointments with Ashford University’s MHA Program, Kaplan University, teaching courses in public health, epidemiology, and health information management and working as lead faculty for development of the MHS, health information management program. She has also served as course developer and subject matter expert for Carrington College.
In 2015 she accepted the position of Department Chair of the Healthcare Administration department at Briarcliffe College. During her tenure at Briarcliffe College she developed the College’s first graduate degree program, a Master’s in Health Care Administration as well as revised the undergraduate Health Care Management Internship course.
As a member of the Briarcliffe College academic leadership team, Dr. McDonald worked extensively on the Periodic Review Report for Middle States credentialing and played an active role on the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. In 2016 she was awarded the Board of Trustees Employee Excellence Award and assumed an expanded leadership role within the College, serving as the Associate Dean of the Patchogue Campus, and Special Assistant to the College’s Chief Academic Officer.
Janet P. Mangun, MSA, MT (ASCP), CPHRM
Consultant to the program
Janet Mangun was Founding Director of the online Master of Healthcare Administration program and now serves as a consultant to the program.
Prior to joining MBU, she worked for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA). At the VHHA, she initially served as Executive Director for Quality and Patient Safety primarily as project lead for a number of the patient safety improvement initiatives associated with the CMS Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network. She later transitioned to the role of a Patient Safety and Performance Improvement Consultant coaching nearly 20 hospitals in their quality and patient safety improvement toward the goals of a Partnership for Patients campaign. She also assumed the role of interim director for the VHHA’s Virginia Hospital Research and Education Foundation. In that role, she coordinated the educational offerings of the VHREF and was project lead for the VHHA’s 2015 Spring Meeting which hosted close to 300 attendees and approximately 20 sponsors.
Ms. Mangun has more than 20 years of experience in health care administration encompassing quality, patient safety, risk management, medical staff governance, infection control and patient advocacy. Prior to joining VHHA, she served as Vice President for Medical Administration with Augusta Health in Fishersville, VA, a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital and Everest Award winner in 2011 and 2012, and Health Grades Distinguished Hospital in Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety for five consecutive years.
Ms. Mangun is also a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and the Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management, for which she is a member of the Board. She is a master TeamSTEPPS trainer, certified in Just Culture, received certificates in Patient Safety from John Hopkins and the IHI Open School. She is also a board member for several local civic organizations.
MHA Faculty Bios
Peter Ronayne, Ph.D.: Organizational Management and Leadership
Dr. Ronayne is a Senior Faculty member and Portfolio Manager at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). At CCL, Dr. Ronayne works with organizations of all types, sizes, and sector and leaders at every level from newly minted supervisors to C-Suite executives to help create and support peak performing individuals and teams. He focuses much of his effort on neuroleadership, resilience, innovation, and navigating change. His leadership development work also consistently incorporates “leadership expeditions”, partnering with organizations like The American Shakespeare Center, The US Holocaust Museum, and Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School. He earned a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and has a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University. He has served as consultant to a wide range of organizations including the Redford Center and the Richardson Center and has taught online courses for The University of Virginia and American Military University.
He is co-author of the soon to be released Toxic Boss Survival Guide, co-edited The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work, a collection of essays on values-based and collaborative leadership in the public sector, and he authored Never Again: The United States and the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide since the Holocaust
Mark Erath, MBA, CPA, CPHQ: Financial Management, Planning and Control
Mark Erath is the Health Practice Strategist and a Principal with SmithGroupJJR, Planners, Architects and Engineers. His role is to engage the firm’s offices throughout the U.S. and China in serving customers by applying the disciplines of strategy, innovation, and performance excellence, help transform health organizations to the top of their game in their environment.
In additional to his work at SmithGroupJJR, Professor Erath serves as a Senior Examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, established by Congress as the nation’s highest Presidential honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Board Treasurer of Cynosure Health, a non-profit organization that promotes advances in quality and safety throughout the United States healthcare system.
He earned his MBA in Healthcare Leadership, with honors, from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his BS degree in accounting from Louisiana State University. He is Board certified as a Fellow in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and in healthcare finance by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Professor Erath has over 35 years of diverse, nationwide experience in strategy, operations, performance improvement, and finance across multiple industries, concentrated in the healthcare sector, including academic medical centers, provider, payer and government organizations.
Notable career roles include his service as a Healthcare Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PwC) where he founded and led the firm’s healthcare consulting practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, among other accomplishments. Much of the work of his team focused on solving complex strategy, operations and financial planning, analysis and control challenges for major healthcare clients of our local region and across the country.
His experience also includes service as Chief Financial Officer of Geisinger Medical Center and VP-Finance – Clinical Service Lines for the Geisinger System in Pennsylvania, and the EVP/Chief Financial Officer of the Parkland Hospital and Health System in Dallas.
Betty Lucente, RN, MSN, Ph.D.: Research Methods in Administration
Dr. Lucente has over 30 years’ experience as a healthcare leader where she served as chief nursing officer and vice-president for professional services for a regional medical center. As a healthcare leader, her accomplishments included involvement in design and implementation of a new hospital, redesign of nursing care delivery model, decentralizing services to improve patient care flow, implementing computerized medical record and electronic bar code scanning for medications. In addition, she participated in initiatives to improve effectiveness and efficiency to improve safety and reduce costs.
Dr. Lucente received her Ph.D. in Health Care Organization and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently teaches for Eastern Mennonite University’s Masters in Nursing program.
Rodney Adams, LL M, JD: Healthcare Ethics and the Legal Environment
Rodney K. Adams is a health care trial attorney at LeClairRyan. He has been advising and defending health care providers for over thirty years. Mr. Adams has a unique niche in patient care issues and has published two books on various aspects of the topic, Virginia Medical Law (now in its 4th edition) and Clinical Trials and Human Research: A Practical Guide to Compliance (co-authored with F. Rozovsky). Mr. Adams also contributed to Rozovsky & Woods, The Handbook of Patient Safety Compliance: A Practical Guide for Health Care Organizations. His guidance, whether during a strategic discussion or during a crisis, is based on practical experience before juries and government boards.
He currently counsels and defends hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, and other health care providers in court and administrative forums throughout the Commonwealth. Virginia Business Magazine lists Mr. Adams in the “Legal Elite” among Virginia lawyers, and Virginia Lawyers Weekly has repeatedly recognized his work in its annual “Largest Defense Verdicts.” Mr. Adams is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Practice  and is included in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Benchmark, Martindale-Hubbell AV and other elite listings for healthcare attorneys.
Mr. Adams has taught health law at Kent College of Law in Chicago and trial advocacy at University of Richmond School of Law. Currently, he is teaching healthcare litigation at College of William & Mary Law School and bioethics / healthcare law at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Health Administration.
For more than five years, Mr. Adams co-chaired an American Bar Association sub-committee on medical ethics. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Mr. Adams has served on a hospital system bioethics committee and on the board of directors for a non-profit assisted living residence, a free clinic, a non-profit group funding human research, and a charity funding home health services for the indigent. He is a frequent speaker at state and national health care meetings.
Nathan Johnson, Ph.D.: Healthcare Analytics and Decision Support
Dr. Nathan Johnson serves as the Director in the U.S. Department of Defense’s Center for Laboratory Medicine Services. He leads development and issuance of DoD laboratory policies and standards, as well as orchestrating the execution of laboratory accreditation directives and guidelines that affect more than 400 clinical labs, 8,000 employees, and 9.3 million beneficiaries.
Dr. Johnson began his military career in 1985 by enlisting in the Louisiana Army National Guard where he served as a logistics technician. After earning a degree in medical technology, Dr. Johnson was selected for a commission in the United States Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps as a laboratory officer. During 26 years of service, Dr. Johnson has held a variety of positions in clinics, hospitals, research facilities, and served as Squadron Commander. Dr. Johnson is a member of the ASCP CheckPath Clinical Pathology Committee and previously served on the ASCP Leadership Exchange Committee. He has been recognized with an ASCP Mastership and received the ASCP Member Excellence in Management Award. Dr. Johnson holds four ASCP certifications and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
He has taught as a graduate associated faculty in the healthcare administration program for Central Michigan University.
Jeff Ritter, DBA: Strategic Planning and Management
Dr. Ritter has over 25 years’ experience as a healthcare executive working in the hospital, managed care, and insurance industries. Dr. Ritter holds a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Long Island University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Baruch College in New York City. He has served as a Faculty Senator and is a leader in the community in which he lives and serves.
Dr. Ritter is a board member of the South Florida Health Care Executive Forum (SFHCEF) which is known nationally as the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). He has also led the student case competition for the MSHSA program for a number of years which is sponsored by the SFHCEF. Additionally, Dr. Ritter is the National Chair for the Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD) Honor Society which is part of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
Dr. Ritter is a former health care executive and has years of management consulting experience in healthcare marketing, strategic planning, and leadership. He has spoken at conferences, locally, regionally, and nationally on topics including health care reform, health care strategy, and leadership. He has also co-authored chapters in textbooks and has published articles in a number of publications.
William Murray, Ph.D.: Health Policy and Economics
Dr. William L. “Bill” Murray is currently the Senior Public Policy & Electric Policy Director for Dominion, a Fortune 200 energy company doing business throughout the mid- Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest.
He previously served as Legislative Director for Governor Tim Kaine and as deputy director of policy for Governor Mark Warner. Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, Bill was Vice President for Policy at the Virginia Hospital Association and a senior staff member for the Virginia General Assembly.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in public policy from Virginia Tech. He is an adjunct professor of health policy at the VCU School of Medicine and is active in health policy consulting. He serves on the boards of the State Council of Higher Education, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Oral Health Coalition, the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.
Rick D. Wallace, DSc, FACHE: Healthcare as a Sociotechnical System
Dr. Rick D. Wallace is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration, Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is seasoned executive with over 30 years in health care administration in both the private and public sectors.
Prior to his tenure with Northeastern State University, Rick served in a variety of CEO and COO positions with Hospital Corporation of America, including CEO at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid, Oklahoma; CEO at Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, Tennessee; and COO at Parkville Episcopal Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado. His most recent CEO position was the community-owned; tax exempt San Juan Regional Healthcare System in Farmington, New Mexico. His key focus areas have always been employee engagement, physician leadership, safety, and performance improvement.
Rick is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Services, starting as an enlisted medical corpsman with combat service in Vietnam serving through activation for Desert Storm. He has participated in numerous humanitarian deployments providing medical relief and support for foreign disasters and civil conflicts.
Rick holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, and a Doctorate in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and most recently served as the Regent for New Mexico and Southwest Texas District. Rick was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Task Force contributing to the creation of the State’s Health Insurance Exchange, and served as an appointed member of the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners.
Our curriculum started with leaders in the healthcare field.
The MHA at Mary Baldwin University was created with the insight and guidance of leaders in healthcare quality and value. Employers are looking for patient-centered professionals who can lead and drive excellence in healthcare delivery. These are just a few of the professionals involved in the development of our exciting new program:
John Duval, MBA
CEO, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (Retired)
Chris Bailey, MHSA
Senior Vice President, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
Michael Lynch, MD
CMO, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Susan Cabell-Mains, MBA
Systems Director, Physician Leadership – Sentara Healthcare
Priscilla Shuler, RHK, BSN, PhD
Nurse Leadership Consultant
Mary Malone, JD
Health Law Attorney, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C.
Jonathan Falk, MPH
Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health-Central Shenandoah Health District
Jeff Goldsmith, PhD
Consultant, Health Futures
Penny Cooper, DHSc
Manager, Decision Support – Augusta Health
Sue Collier, RN, MSN, FABC
Clinical Content Development Lead, American Hospital Association
Tracy Hoke, MD, MSc, FAAP
Chief of Quality and Performance Improvement, UVA Health System
Thelma Baker, MSHA
Executive Director, Health Quality Innovators
Dave Deering, MHA
Executive Director, Valley Community Services Board
Vicki Lewis, PhD
Human Factors Engineer, Healthcare Safety Strategies, Inc.