Recruitment, Retention, and
Best Practices of Health Career Programs

scholar_howard_dianeDiane Howard, Ph.D., FACHE
Rush University
Department of Health Systems Management

Biography: Diane Howard, PhD, FACHE is an associate professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University where she teaches courses in insurance/managed care, health care in America, and professionalism.


scholar_howard_joanneJoanne E. Howard, Ph.D.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Stuart School of Business
Department of Public Administration

Biography: Joanne E. Howard, PhD is an Industry Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Stuart School of Business. Dr. Howard has held senior management positions prior to joining the academic corps at The University of Chicago and Northwestern University School of Law. She was also responsible for professional development with the Government Finance Officers Association and the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence.


scholar_jegier_brianaBriana J. Jegier Ph.D.
D’Youville College
Department of Health Services Administration

Biography: Briana J. Jegier, PhD is an assistant professor in health services administration at D’Youville College. Dr. Jegier teaches courses in statistics, epidemiology, research design, healthcare finance, and healthcare insurance.


scholar_scott_leodisLeodis Scott, Ed.D.
DePaul University
School for New Learning

Biography: Leodis Scott, EdD serves as part-time faculty, academic analytics coordinator, and director of Adult Men of Color Initiative, at DePaul University-School for New Learning (Chicago). Dr. Scott is an instructor in methods of statistical/empirical research at University of Illinois (Chicago) and Columbia University-Teachers College (New York).


Cassandra Willis-Abner, M.H.S.A
University of Michigan Health System
Operations and Service Excellence

Biography: Cassandra Willis-Abner is the Associate Director for Operations and Service Excellence at the University of Michigan Health System. Mrs. Willis-Abner is interested in research associated with achieving a work culture where ideal experiences are a reality for all stakeholders. She has served in many capacities related to diversity, equity and inclusion.


scholar_sanchez_isabelIsabel Sanchez
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago Department of Public Health

Biography: Isabel Sanchez is a Public Health Student/Intern with research experience in Type 2 Diabetes and practical experience in nutrition. She is working to advance health and well-being among Latino youth by promoting environmental justice research and initiatives that address barriers to health equity.