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2020-2022 Board Elections will be open October 14, 2019 - November 8, 2019.

Jennifer Buschta, CHFM, Mayo Clinic

Jennifer is the Facilities Engineering Manager at Mayo Clinic Arizona, overseeing Plant Operations and Engineering Design at all the local campuses. She has been involved in the A/E/C industry since graduating college. She was an Electrical Design Engineer on the consulting side for the first 16 years of her career, and then at Mayo Clinic since 2005. In 2014 she was convinced (or tricked - not sure which!) to move over to the Facilities side. She’s fortunate to be able to still play with her design side and assist on project review and construction, while managing the Plant Operations at Mayo.

She has been involved in CASHE since .... “since before we were meeting at the Radisson!” Prior to being in her current role as Vice President, she served on the Education committee for two years. 

Nominee for Vice President
Patrick Kendrick, Surgical Partners

A fourth generation Arizona native with deep roots in the valley, Patrick is currently the Director of Facility Services Surgical Partners and responsible for overseeing Life Safety and Environment of Care for 20 SP hospitals and 5 ASC’s. His role includes implementation and oversight of facility maintenance and performing mock JC audits for all SP locations across the nation. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Operations for Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital (ASJH), for which he was responsible for the day-to-day operations. He brings 32 years in the field of facilities maintenance, 17 of which have been in healthcare. 

He is an ASHE member and has been a CASHE member for 4 years. He currently holds a board position with CASHE as Member at Large. His goals in running for Vice President include, but not limited to:

1) Serve / support the in-coming president and promote her agenda. 
2) Assist in the recruitment of new members with a focus on facilities personnel.
3) Create an on-line networking forum in which members can ask each other for assistance, provide guidance, share best practices, etc.

He previously served four years as Member at Large on the United States Naval Academy Parent’s Association Board of Directors. Additionally, he has dedicated his time to the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization, created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. He is also currently a volunteer firefighter for Mormon Lake Fire Department, a small rural fire department located in northern Arizona.

“I am honored to belong to an organization such as CASHE and to serve the members as a current board member. I appreciate the opportunity to run for Vice President and look forward to continuing my service to the organization. I believe my experience in healthcare facilities will be an asset to the members and the organization. Thank you for your consideration.”

Nominees for Treasurer
Kristen Howard, IMEG Corp.
Kristen Howard has two decades of experience in the A/E/C industry that includes business development, strategic planning, market research, public relations, client management, proposal/marketing materials development, tradeshow/event planning and brand management. Currently she does business development for IMEG Corp, an international consulting engineering company. Providing sustainable and creative engineering solutions for healthcare projects accounts for 40% of their project experience nationally.

Kristen has been involved with CASHE for than three years. In the beginning, she held a leadership role as Communications Committee Chair and for the past 2 years has actively served on the Executive Committee as Secretary. During her time with CASHE, Kristen implemented the current version of the CASHE AZ website, was responsible for all the publications and meeting notices sent to members, tracking registration attendance, and providing insight and direction to the current Board. She is actively involved with the golf committee in the Swing for Education Golf Event held annually. In prior years, Kristen has served as a jury member for both ENR Southwest Design Awards and SMPS Marketing Communication Awards and as a board member of a state-wide non-profit organization focused on economic development. 

“I truly enjoy being a servant leader and hope to be able to continue what the Treasurers who have come before have accomplished. My goal is to help CASHE fulfill the mission of education by continuing to bring in engaging speakers along with providing scholarships to those currently pursuing certifications for working in healthcare facilities. Thank you for your support.” 

TJ Chasty, Hobbs+Black Architects
Designing healthcare facilities is TJ’s passion – though it wasn’t always that way. Like many of his contemporaries at the University of Detroit-Mercy, he dreamt of one day becoming the next Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, or Norman Foster and design the next latest-greatest office building or museum. A shiny object that would be plastered on the cover of Architectural Record. What he found upon graduation was an opportunity to use his skills to help people and truly benefit society. The doctors and nurses whom he had the privilege to work with over these 15 years performed miracles, both large and small every day. “I’m no doctor, but as a healthcare architect I take immense pride in the fact that I’ve done my small part to help set the stage for that amazing work – for those miracles.”

Currently, TJ is Vice President at Hobbs+Black Architects and the Director of the Southwest Office located in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a registered architect with licenses in Arizona, California, Washington, and Wisconsin. He has been a CASHE member since moving to Arizona in 2011 and has participated in ASHE national events both in Arizona and in California.

He has held office with the Huron Valley (MI) chapter of the American Institute of Architects as both Associate Member Director and New Member Director. He is currently the Financial Secretary for his local church. In addition to a Masters Degree in Architecture, he also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration both from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Nominee for Secretary
Holly Tully, Guthrie General, Inc.

Holly is currently the General Manager at Guthrie General, Inc. She has been working with the Guthrie’s for 28 years and as the General Manager since 2007.  Guthrie General is Commercial Design Build firm specializing in the Healthcare Industry since 1975.  Holly is an Arizona Native with a background and education in Accounting. She received my Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University.

She has been a member of CASHE since 2009 and is also an ASHE member. She has served many roles at CASHE as an Education Committee member since 2011, Board Secretary 2013-2017, Hospitality Chair 2017-2019, and a sponsor on behalf of Guthrie General, Inc. She has experienced the CASHE Board make great strides in the last few years with its growing membership and success in providing scholarship funds to multiple organizations throughout Arizona. “My goal as Secretary will be to continue to use my strong management skills as well as previous experience with CASHE to support the overall improvement and success of the organization as a whole.”

On a personal note, she is a wife and the mother of two boys (18 & 14), and heavily involved in youth hockey in the Valley. She is the Tournament Director for the Arizona Cactus Cup International Hockey Tournament held each year during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. This tournament brings in 100+ youth hockey teams (approximately 2000 families) each year from all over the United States and Canada.  Due to the expensive nature of the sport of hockey (especially in AZ), their main focus is to provide scholarships to kids whose parents struggle to pay for them to play the sport they love as well as support for the new One Step Coyotes program, which is an adult special needs hockey league in Arizona. They are proud to donate 40% of the proceeds from the tournament to this cause.

Nominees for Member at Large
Rome Arguelles, Aurora Behavioral Health System
Rome is an Arizona native, yet also has professional working experience in Texas and Southern California. He has been working in Healthcare Facilities Management/Housekeeping/EVS/Dietary Departments since 1998, and has a great respect for these departments and what they do for the patients they serve. He is currently the Director of Facilities Management for Aurora Behavioral Health System and Aurora Behavioral Healthcare-Tempe, and is responsible for overseeing the Facilities Department, Housekeeping and Dietary. He also ensures compliance in Life Safety and Environment of Care for two Behavioral hospitals and two Outpatient Services Clinics. In his role, he also assists the corporate office with continued compliance and implementation of all TJC/CMS/NFPA Standards. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Plant Operations for Global Rehab. 

He has been a member of CASHE for two years. “It has been an honor to be a part of such a great group. I am seeking to become a Member at Large. Thank you for your consideration.”

Karen Ratliff, Advanced Structural Engineering, Inc. (ASE)
Karen has been in the A/E/C profession in the business development and marketing role for over 30 years. Since 1995, Karen has been the marketing and business development representative for ASE (formerly the Phoenix office KPFF). Her responsibilities include attending A/E industry professional and networking events, client meetings, proposal meetings, and conferences and workshops. She works with the ASE project managers to identify new clientele, maintain the existing client base, and research potential markets. She’s involved with strategizing the approaches to developing relationships and pre-position ASE to win work. The direct business development efforts for the office is focusing on public and private sectors including energy/utilities, aviation, educational, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, civic, and public works sectors. In addition, she’s also the Office Manager responsible for administrative oversight. 

Karen has been a member of CASHE for seven years and has served on the CASHE Sponsorship and Membership committee since joining the organization. In addition to CASHE, Karen is a member of AAED (Arizona Association for Economic Development) and Valley Partnership – Currently Chair of Events Committee. Karen has been in the Phoenix area since 1983 and graduated with a BS in Business Administration with emphasis in marketing in 1986 from Arizona State University.

Mark Murell, American Fire Equipment

Mark has worked for American Fire Equipment for over 22 years, starting as a field technician and working his way up to the current General Manager. He has worked around the Healthcare Industry for these 22 years at American Fire, and has built strong relationships with many of the facility directors who regularly attend CASHE. An active member of CASHE for over 10 years, he believes he would bring a unique perspective to the leadership team. He is the current Vice President for NIFAD (National Independent Fire Alarm Distributors), a group of fire alarm companies from all over the US that meets once a year to discuss the

“At American Fire, we have always been a leader in our support of the Healthcare Community. We are active participants in Facilities Week by providing lunch to several campuses. We sponsor golf outings, fundraising events such as Candlelight Capers & Lou Grub Friends for Golf and, we have been a premier sponsor for CASHE for the last several years. I don’t mention these things because I believe we have paid for a position on the board but rather to show how deeply involved and invested we are and I am to CASHE and the Healthcare Community. It would be an honor to serve as Member at Large for this amazing group of professionals.”

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