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Administrative Fellowship Program

Learn by doing.

The ECU Health Administrative Fellowship Program is an immersive, 12-month leadership development experience designed to attract, develop and retain future executives who are prepared to meet the health care challenges in eastern North Carolina.

ECU Health is one of the nation’s most dynamic health care systems, serving over 1.4 million people in 29 counties across a large and complex geographic area. For diverse health care leadership experience and training in a field that never stops changing, this is the place to be.

Our Administrative Fellowship Program gives post-graduate health care leaders the opportunity to lead and participate in strategic and operational initiatives across the organization while gaining exposure to key functions and processes of the health care delivery system. After completing our Administrative Fellowship Program, you will have unique and valuable experience working in a robust health care enterprise, and the confidence and skills needed to excel as an emerging health care leader.

Administrative Fellowship Program - Summary

Summary

Be part of a Progressive Health Care System

The unique delivery challenges of eastern North Carolina require leaders who are prepared to serve our communities and actively support the transformation of health care in our region. We’re ready to invest in you and your future as a health care leader. As an Administrative Fellow at ECU Health, you will build relationships and develop leadership competency that will establish the foundation for an exceptional career. Fellows with ECU Health are able to:


Be part of a mission-driven team

Work side by side with administrative and clinical leaders

Participate in personal leadership development sessions

Be supported by a diverse network of team members and leaders

Experience projects in Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Quality, Population Health and other departments

Engage in executive level meetings and committees within the organization

Administrative Fellowship Program - Requirements

Application Requirements

Qualifications

Qualified applicants must be enrolled in or have graduated from a Master’s level program in health care administration, public health, business administration or other as deemed appropriate. This position is designed to serve as an extension of an academic experience to meet requirements for degree completion or for additional exposure to health care management.

Process and Timeline

Applicants are required to submit the following in one PDF document to [email protected]:

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement (Two pages maximum) including the following:
    • How your values and career goals align with our mission, vision and commitment to serving rural and underserved areas.
    • How an administrative fellowship with ECU Health will help you further your development and contribute to our ongoing efforts to serve our communities.
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • Two (2) signed letters of recommendation, (1) academic and (1) professional

Applications must be received by September 27, 2024
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Interested applicants must send the required documents above to [email protected]

Questions or concerns should be directed to: [email protected]

Important Dates

Early June - Application period opens
August and September 2024 - Informational webinars (Register here)

  • Dates TBD

September 27, 2024 - Applications are due
Week of October 1 - First round of phone interviews
Week of October 7 - Second round of video interviews
Week of October 21 - Final round of interviews with executive leadership
Late October - Selection and notification

Administrative Fellowship Program - Current Fellows

  • Current Fellows

    Brynn Schiller, MHA (She/Her/Hers)

    2024-2025 Administrative Fellow

    Originally from Land O' Lakes, Florida, Brynn received her master's in Health Administration from the University of South Florida. She has always been passionate about pursuing a career in health care. Her interest in this field comes from her grandmother's values of empathy, compassion and service as a nurse. That commitment to patient care inspired her to pursue a career where she could positively impact people's lives and contribute to improving health care systems.

    In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, baking and spending time with her dogs, family and friends. Brynn takes pride in being a lifelong learner, always eager to broaden her horizons. She is particularly passionate about learning new languages and the challenge of experimenting with new baking recipes; a hobby that allows her to combine creativity with precision, resulting in delicious outcomes.

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    Madison Stevens, MBA (She/Her/Hers)

    2023-2025 Administrative Fellow

    Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Madison received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Services Administration with a minor in English and Master of Business Administration specialized in Health Services Administration from the University of South Dakota. Growing up in a medical community, she saw the impact of patient-centered care. Previously, she was an undergraduate and graduate intern at Avera Health working on several projects in Oncology, Women’s and Children’s, and Specialties Clinics. In these roles, Madison worked with influential leaders on service line coverage, new facility planning, and large capital growth justifications.

    Madison chose an administrative fellowship at ECU Health for its commitment to serving Eastern North Carolinians. The mission and vision of the organization guides the initiatives and projects that we as fellows get to work on. The projects and valuable experiences at ECU Health help to build a strong foundation for health care leader.

    Outside of work, Madison enjoys reading and exploring the state parks and beaches surrounding Greenville. A few of her favorite spots to go in Greenville include Smashed Waffles, B’s Barbeque, and Coastal Fog.

    Connect With Madison

    Rob Zerniak, MPH (He/Him/His)

    2023-2025 Administrative Fellow

    Rob is from Washington, NC. He went to North Carolina State University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Business. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Master of Public Health degree. What drew Rob to health care and specifically ECU Health, is that he gets to help improve the lives of eastern North Carolinians and help make a difference in the community each and every day. Rob also enjoys the fact that health care is a complex system that presents new challenges that he gets to help solve and that no day is ever the same.

    Rob has worked on a number of projects including corroborating the existing governance structure, worked on accreditation from the Surgical Review Corporation in MIS/Robotic surgery, analyzed budget data, prepared data summaries for senior leaders, worked on an HR policy change (reviewed and implemented new policy), and served as the project manager for a system-wide capacity dashboard project. The mission and vision are apparent in Rob's work through the passion and dedication he brings to the table each and every day. An unforgettable experience Rob has had while being a fellow was having the opportunity to be a part of the 10th anniversary of the Maynard Children’s Hospital celebration. It was an afternoon filled with gratitude and thankfulness from many of the individuals who helped make the Maynard Children’s Hospital what it is today.

    Rob's hobbies outside of work include playing golf, going to the beach, and spending time with his family and friends. Robs favorite restaurant in Greenville is Atavola Market Café. His favorite dish to get is a grilled chicken dish topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese over zucchini noodles!

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  • Program Alumni
    Name
    Graduate School
    Year Completed Fellowship
    Current Position at ECU Health
    Gabriella Boccia
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2024
    Current Position: TBD
    Kyanh Huynh
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2024
    Current Position: TBD
    Sawyer Brown
    Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2023
    Current Position: Director, Support Services & Operational Improvement, ECU Health North Hospital
    Koai Martin
    Graduate School: University of Memphis
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2022
    Current Position: Equity & Special Projects Consultant
    Mathew Johanson
    Graduate School: University of Utah
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2022
    Current Position:
    Brandon Bishop
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2021
    Current Position: Manager, Experience
    Monica Menon
    Graduate School: University of Pittsburgh
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2021
    Current Position:
    Rachel Roeth
    Graduate School: Ohio State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2021
    Current Position:
    Dolapo Busuyi
    Graduate School: East Carolina University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2020
    Current Position: Digital Content Specialist and Administrative Fellowship Program Manager
    Adam Willard
    Graduate School: Ohio State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2019
    Current Position:
    Jana Wong
    Graduate School: SUNY Brockport
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2019
    Current Position:
    Melissa Strock
    Graduate School: Penn State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2017
    Current Position:
    Jordan Berry
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2016
    Current Position: Senior Project Manager, Transformation Execution Office
    Kendal Thomas
    Graduate School: Louisiana State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2016
    Current Position:
    Lauren Houlik
    Graduate School: University of Rochester
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2015
    Current Position:
    Marlon Julius
    Graduate School: University of Memphis
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2014
    Current Position: Administrator, Operations, ECU Health North Hospital
    Eric Johnson
    Graduate School: Campbell University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2013
    Current Position: Administrator, Regional Operations, Medical Group
    Neil Patel
    Graduate School: The George Washington University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2013
    Current Position:
    Lyndsey Hogue
    Graduate School: Texas A&M University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2013
    Current Position:
    Bridgett Luckey
    Graduate School: Winston-Salem State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2012
    Current Position: Director, Community Hospital Grants & Outreach
    Cameron Cremeens
    Graduate School: East Carolina University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2012
    Current Position:
    Wilson Gabbard
    Graduate School: Morehead State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2012
    Current Position:
    Timothy J. Taylor Sr.
    Graduate School: Winston-Salem State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2012
    Current Position:
    David Newcomer
    Graduate School: Armstrong State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2011
    Current Position:
    Glenn Baldwin
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2011
    Current Position:
    Bradford Cayer
    Graduate School: Vanderbilt University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2011
    Current Position:
    Suzanne Kirkeby
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2010
    Current Position:
    Meredith Strand
    Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2010
    Current Position:
    Dustin Allis
    Graduate School: East Carolina University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2009
    Current Position: System Service Line Administrator, Heart & Vascular
    Sarah Frye
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2009
    Current Position:
    Ryan Raisig
    Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2008
    Current Position:
    Morgan Dezarn
    Graduate School: Xavier University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2007
    Current Position:
    Samuel Lentz
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2005
    Current Position: Senior Planner
    Jay Briley
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2004
    Current Position: President, ECU Health Medical Center
    Patrick Heins
    Graduate School: East Carolina University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2003
    Current Position: President, ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital
    Carmen W.
    Graduate School: Indiana University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2001
    Current Position:
    Andrew Holt
    Graduate School: Meharry Medical College
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2000
    Current Position:
    Examples of current roles held by former fellows include:
    • Administrator
    • Program/Project Manager
    • Manager
    • Consultant
    • Senior Manager
    • Director
    Current ECU Health Leaders:
    Name
    Graduate School
    Year Completed Fellowship
    Current Position at ECU Health
    Gabriella Boccia
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2024
    Current Position: TBD
    Kyanh Huynh
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2024
    Current Position: TBD
    Sawyer Brown
    Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2023
    Current Position: Director, Support Services & Operational Improvement, ECUH North Hospital
    Koai Martin
    Graduate School: University of Memphis
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2022
    Current Position: Equity & Special Projects Consultant
    Brandon Bishop
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2021
    Current Position: Manager, Experience
    Dolapo Busuyi
    Graduate School: East Carolina University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2020
    Current Position: Digital Content Specialist and Administrative Fellowship Program Manager
    Jordan Berry
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2016
    Current Position: Senior Project Manager, Transformation Execution Office
    Marlon Julius
    Graduate School: University of Memphis
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2014
    Current Position: Administrator, Operations, ECU Health North Hospital
    Eric Johnson
    Graduate School: Campbell University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2013
    Current Position: Administrator, Regional Operations, Medical Group
    Bridgett Luckey
    Graduate School: Winston-Salem State University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2012
    Current Position: Director, Community Hospital Grants & Outreach
    Dustin Allis
    Graduate School: East Carolina University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2009
    Current Position: System Service Line Administrator, Heart & Vascular
    Samuel Lentz
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2005
    Current Position: Senior Planner
    Jay Briley
    Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2004
    Current Position: President, ECU Health Medical Center
    Patrick Heins
    Graduate School: East Carolina University
    Year Completed Fellowship: 2003
    Current Position: President, ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital

  • Program Testimonials

    The Administrative Fellowship at ECU Health was a great learning experience for me as an early careerist. Coming in fresh from my MHA program I found the rotations to be really valuable. The rotations provided me with the chance to not only see what I learned in the classroom in action but also to get to know some of the ins and outs of the organization. Coming into the fellowship program I was unsure exactly where I wanted to land in the health care space. However, the program forces you out of your comfort zone into spaces you may have never thought of. I believe that because of this and the program’s emphasis on networking, I was able to find my niche within the organization. - Koai Martin

    The ECU Health Administrative Fellowship program was a fantastic learning experience for me. Through this program I was able to gain the confidence, skills, and knowledge to be of value in a complex academic health system. The balance of support and autonomy helped push me out of my comfort zone while supplying me with the resources to succeed. The relationships I developed through this program have shaped the professional I am today and who I hope to become. I feel very fortunate to have started my career here at ECU Health. - Mathew Johanson

    The Administrative Fellowship program was an incredible opportunity that provided a hands-on experience across our large, complex delivery system. The exposure to senior leadership was incomparable and the chance to work in various areas afforded me the opportunity to explore different career pathways. The two years I spent as a fellow gave me a strong foundation and helped jump start my career in health care strategy. - Rachel Roeth

    The Administrative Fellowship Program was an incredible experience. I had access to all the people, places and programs that a large academic health system offers and I was able to learn from incredible leaders from across the organization. The fellowship was a perfect segue from the classroom to an applied professional setting. - Jordan Berry

Administrative Fellowship Program - Benefits

Compensation and Benefits

ECU Health Medical Center fellows will receive a compensation package that is competitive with other fellowship programs. Fellows will receive the same benefits as other ECU Health Medical Center team members, including

  • Insurance benefits (medical, vision, dental, flexible spending accounts)
  • Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance
  • Option to contribute to our 401k retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off
  • Funding to attend one national conference of your choice

To access more information about the benefits, click on the link to access the All-In-Website.

Administrative Fellowship Program - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Fellowship Program - About ECU Health

 

About ECU Health

ECU Health is a mission-driven health care system with 1,708 beds across an academic medical center with two campuses affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University; seven community hospitals; and numerous outpatient facilities, home health, hospice and wellness centers. The not-for-profit health system employs 14,000 team members, including more than 1,100 providers and 4,000 nurses. The system also includes a multi-specialty physician and provider group, offering access to more than 500 providers in 180+ practice locations. Fellows are based at ECU Health Medical Center, a 900+ bed Level 1 Trauma Center and the heart of ECU Health’s system.