Message from the President

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Human Resources Colleagues: 

In September of last year over 50 HR leaders gathered from our Adventist hospitals to Phoenix for a fantastic National Association of Adventist Healthcare Human Resources (NAAHHR) conference.  The attendees had the opportunity to hear from Shebani Patel at PriceWaterhouse Coopers on benchmarking data, a legal update with Sylvia Adams from AHS, the Full Plate Diet lunch/learn session and I will never forget Steve Gilliland’s talk on Making a Difference.   Every year I gain a blessing from the networking and fellowship we experience.  Pink is not my favorite color, but last year we rode Pink Jeeps and I was moved by the amazing views of Sedona. 

It is a privilege to work with your NAAHHR officers to host the 2012 NAAHHR Conference in Denver, CO.  This event will take place on September 21, 2012, so mark your calendars!  The Registration Form will be sent out shortly in a separate email. 

Scholarship Opportunities:   NAAHHR will once again offer scholarship funds towards bringing an emerging leader colleague from within your HR department to the conference.  This will be a great learning opportunity for succession planning into a leadership role respecting limited travel budgets.  The scholarships will be available for $1,000 each and we will send out more information in the near future on this unique opportunity.   

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce your 2012 NAAHHR Officers:

2012 NAAHHR Officers 

Secretary/Treasurer:  Laura Asaftei
Laura is the Administrative Director of Human Resources for Florida Hospital Zephryhills.  Laura has been with AHS since 2008 and graduated from the HR Residency program at the corporate office.  When she’s not at work, Laura loves traveling, kayaking and running.  She just ran a 1/2 marathon! 

President Elect:  Alyson Parker
Alyson Parker Gordon serves as the HR Director for Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Central Florida.  Her primary focus includes Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture.  Alyson has worked for AHS in various capacities since 2005 and has her CCP, MBA and SPHR.  Alyson has a passion for shoes, shopping and a two-year old Yorkie named Betsey.  This is her second year serving on the NAAHHR Board. 

 President:  Rick Dodds
I serve as Vice President/Compliance Officer at Sonora Regional Medical Center in Adventist Health.  I have served in various roles at two other Adventist Health locations on the West Coast since 2002.  I have a passion for promoting our mission and developing a culture that clearly connects to purpose.  My wife and I are busy at home with a three year old daughter named Adeline and an eight month old named Ryan.  In the summer you’ll find my family boating on the lake…in the winter you’ll find us skiing on the slopes. 

We each have a unique opportunity to serve and fulfill our organization’s mission within our respective communities.  I hope you will join us at the conference in Denver to gain valuable insight and renewel on how we each exhibit the mission of Adventist health care.  More information and registration form to come. 

Save the Date: 
What:  2012 NAAHHR Conference
When:  September 21-22, 2012
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