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).

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


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) Florida Chapter, welcome to what we are strategizing to be an engaging and productive new year! As your 2022-2023 President, I am honored to work alongside a passionate, talented, and laborious board of directors delivering precious opportunities for enrichment and growth during a time of uncertainties in our industry.

2020 – 2021 was a challenging year for everyone. The pandemic pushed the Florida Chapter to NAHSE Reimagine. A strategic approach on how we will function internally to support our loyal members. As we create NAHSE Reimagine, we will lean into community core values by strengthening our bonds in building relationships through embracing diversity, education, building trust, and serving humanity.

In 2022, we are looking to expand our reach to empower the next generation of healthcare leaders. We hope to provide mentorship, networking opportunities, education, leadership opportunities that are not only fulfilling but truly help develop career pathways and advancement, whether the engagement is through the virtual environment or face-to-face. The board is committed to supporting you as you lead and serve within your organization or University. We also hope to support students in their career decision and job placement. We are always looking for those who want to help by providing innovative ideas and ways to improve our chapter (please see committee details if you are interested).

I look forward to our exceptional 2022 board’s increasing breadth and depth in membership and engagement. We are here for you and each other. We want to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me at [email protected]

As I close, I would like to thank and applaud our members for the loyalty and dedication you showed during these challenging times. You all are genuinely healthcare heroes. On behalf of our Chapter Board, I want to thank you for your tremendous work and passion. We are wishing you and your families a safe and healthy 2022!

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.


Tabatha Ball, MBA ACHE

Agape Family Health Chief Operating Officer

[email protected]


Kadesha Nicholas DrPH

University of Miami Director of Business Operations

[email protected]


Trent Friar, MPA

Advent Health

Corporate Director, Performance and Provider Engagement

[email protected]


Alexis Jackson, MSHA

Mayo Clinic

Operations Administrator

[email protected]



Mariah Smith, MSHA

Baptist Health

Business Operations Manager Operations Administrator

[email protected]

Immediate Past President

Natoia McGarrell, MBA

Strategic Account Manager


Committee Chair

Cameron Chambers, BS

Clinical Systems Training & Development Manager –

Baptist Health

Committee Chair

Nestha Sil, MHA

Billing Account Manager

BioReference Laboratories

Committee Chair

Jayson Forbes, BS

Graduate Assistant –

Florida International University

Committee chair

Marc Adam, BS

Managing Partner

Masc Medical Recruitment Firm

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


Student Case Competition

The National Association of Health Services Executives expanded its scholarship program in 1996 to include
the Annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Analysis and Presentation Competition, known as the “Case
Competition”. The Case Competition is a scholarship program that utilizes the case study methodology of
teaching to provide graduate students with an educational experience that enhances their problem analysis and
presentation skills. Graduate Programs in Health Administration, Business Administration, and Public Health are invited to form a team of 1-3 students. Approximately 20-25 student teams will be given a unique case study and are charged with applying their creativity, knowledge, and experience to analyze the diverse and real situations facing the healthcare organization featured in the case. The teams are given the specific facts and raw data related to the point, from which they are expected to reach decisions as outlined in the case assignment.


Lessons in Leadership: Shattering Ceilings Without Shattering
Self, NAHSE address’s innovative and unique leadership approaches to the issues facing
our industry and our nation. Our speakers will invigorate discussions on navigating
our ever-changing environment, fostering diversity and inclusion within our
institutions, and shaping initiatives to ensure our institutions’ leadership mirrors
the communities we serve.


The NAHSE mentorship program was developed to provide an organized resource for minority healthcare leaders to coach and guide healthcare. It is designed to provide a vehicle for minorities to plan, direct effect, and deliver quality health care to all people.

NAHSE provides an opportunity for mentors and mentees to meet in open, candid, and interactive forums to share and benefit from common interest interests and needs.

-Encourage learning and the exchange of information and ideas between mentor and mentee.
-Foster growth and development.
-Help members increase their network of business contacts.