NAHSE Florida


NAHSE Florida

Over 25 Years of Empowering the Next Generation of Health Care Leaders! NAHSE Florida is the local independent chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). It is an exciting and challenging time to be involved in healthcare leadership, and we are committed to providing a forum for advancement and excellence within our profession.

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Our History

The Florida Chapter was founded in 1995 under the leadership of Deborah Lee Eddie and Gail Bouie. Ten (10) executives met at Coral Springs Medical Center to initiate the chapter. Lee-Eddie was the NAHSE national president and used her influence to help get this accomplished. Early on, key chapter members were Ray Coleman, Roy Hawkins, Jasmin Shirley, LaRae Staples, Pauline Grant, Shyroll Morris, Adrian Parker, and Sandra (Sandy) Sears.

Our chapter hosted the NAHSE annual educational conference in Miami in 2002 and 2013 and assisted when the conference was in Orlando in 2009 and 2018.

We have hosted many events throughout the years, many times attracting over 100 people. We have had successful educational and networking collaborations with the South Florida Chapters of ACHE, HFMA, MGMA, and WHEN.

Our members currently reside and work across Florida, including Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. NAHSE Florida is a thriving chapter that gives to the community and students; we have meaningful events, the chapter is fiscally sound, and have fun.

Many of our past presidents are still actively engaged in NAHSE, some serve on committees, and some serve as case competition judges. Our past presidents include Deborah Lee-Eddie (1995), Gail Bouie (1996-1997), Ray Coleman (1998- 1999), Roy Hawkins, Jr (1999-2000), Shyroll Morris (2001-2003), Jasmin Shirley (2004-2012), Celesia Valentine (2013-2014), Christie Grays (2015-2017), Grant McGaugh (2018-2019) and Natoia McGarrell ( 2019-2021) Tabatha Ball 2021-2023.

Our Mission

The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) is a non-profit association of black healthcare executives. NAHSE was founded in 1968 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and development of black health care leaders, and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities. Since its inception, NAHSE has sponsored and participated in local and national programs and projects designed to improve quality, access and availability of health services and to expand educational opportunities in the field of health services administration.

Our Vision

NAHSE will be recognized globally as the premier professional membership society for Blacks in health care management. NAHSE strives to improve the health status, economic opportunities, and educational advancement of the communities we serve.
NAHSE is committed to the Association goals by providing: Professional Programs, Workshops, Educational Programs, A Job Bank/Mentoring Scholarship Student Internship Community Service Projects Health Policy Impact Expanding Business Contracting Opportunities.


over 25 Years

of service

Empowering the Next Generation of Health Care Leaders

Our President

Kadesha Nicholas, DrPH, 

Dear Colleagues,

It is my distinct honor and privilege to address you as the President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (N.A.H.S.E.), Florida chapter.

As we navigate the dynamic landscape of healthcare, our commitment to advancing health equity, promoting professional development, and fostering a collaborative community remains unwavering. Together, we form a formidable force dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

I encourage each member to actively participate in our upcoming events, engage in meaningful discussions, and take advantage of the networking opportunities available within our N.A.H.S.E. Florida community. Your involvement is crucial to the success of our shared mission, and your unique perspectives contribute to the rich tapestry of ideas that will shape the future of healthcare leadership in our region.

I am excited about the potential that lies ahead, and I am confident that, as members of N.A.H.S.E. Florida, we will continue to be a driving force in shaping a healthier, more equitable future.

Thank you for your dedication, passion, and contributions to our shared vision.



Kadesha Nicholas, DrPH


National Association of Health Services Executives (N.A.H.S.E.) – Florida Chapter

Board members

Empowering the next generation of healthcare leaders derives from education, life experience, and personal perspectives, making us react and think differently, approach challenges and solve problems differently, make suggestions and decisions differently, and see different opportunities. We invite you to Join a committee today to help the future endeavors of the next generation bright.


Kadesha Nicholas, DrPH
University of Miami
Director of Operations


Jayson Forbes, Ph.D.
Nova Southeastern University
Assistant Professor


Ashley Hagood, MBA, C-TAGME
Mayo Clinic
Manager – GME Education Program Coordinators


Kendra Auguste-Vincent, Ph.D.
Augere Consulting Group
Senior Consultant


Celina Holson, MHSA
HCA Florida JFK North Hospital
Chief Operations Officer.

Immediate Past President

Tabatha Ball
MCR Health, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer

Membership Committee Chair

Amber Johnson, APRN, MSN, AGCNS-BC
Mayo Clinic
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Events & Sponsorship Committee Chair

Roger Silvera, LUTCF® FSCP ® CLTC
NYLIFE Securities LLC
Financial Services Professional

Young Professionals & Student Services Committee Chair

Stefany Accime, MHSA 
Broward Health
Risk Management Claims Specialist

Advocacy & Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

LaShonda Jones, Ph.D. 
Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital
Chief Nursing Officer

Advocacy & Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

Vince Pereira, MHA
Business Development Manager

Advocacy & Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

Samuel Ali
Mayo Clinic
Administrative Intern

Social Media Committee Chair

Grant McGaugh
Chief Executive Officer

Region Ambassador

Tiana Blount, MHA 
Jupiter Medical Center
Director of Operations

Member at large

Chris Ogboke
Global Head of Talent Acquisition (KAV)

Lauren Cooper

Members Relations Committee Chair

Account Executive MASC MEDICAL

Marisa Lewis MPH & PharmD

Member At Large

Associate Professor and MHA Program Coordinator

Florida A & M University School of Allied Health Sciences

Grant McGaugh

Member At Large

Chief Executive Officer


Robbya Green-Weir, Ph.D., MHSA, CCDP

Member At Large

Assistant Professor & Consultant

Florida A & M University School of Allied Health Sciences