Advisor: Jessica Melton
Jenna Anthony, MHA is originally from Collierville, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s in Health Science from the University of Memphis where she graduated summa cum laude. Jenna became interested in administration after learning about the systemic challenges and social determinants of health that direct patient care is often unable to touch. Motivated to understand these complex issues and be part of the solution, she pursued a Master of Health Administration at St. Louis University. During her time at SLU, she worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator for the SOM’s free medical clinic, where she led the first multiyear strategic initiative to create a community advisory board. She also worked with FQHCs and the St. Louis Department of Health to establish longitudinal care and remove health barriers for patients who were unable to access Medicaid. She also interned with SSM Health and led the United Way fundraiser for the St. Louis region, which raised $250K.
Since joining JHM, Jenna has been continually impressed by the humility of faculty and staff and openness to answer her questions. She has particularly enjoyed her work to assess value-based solutions with CareFirst, a large player in the region. This work has allowed her to touch system-level strategy, operations, contracting, policy and government affairs. She is excited to begin her second year with the Office of Population Health and is looking forward to opportunities to drive value to patients who are underserved and overlooked by traditional health outreach methods.
In addition to advocacy and volunteer work, Jenna enjoys hiking, traveling, and finding the best Thai restaurant in town.
1st Year Rotations: Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), Howard County General Hospital, Financial Analysis Unit (FAU), Healthcare Transformation and Strategic Planning, Johns Hopkins Hospital Office of the Chief Operating Officer, & Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Advisor: Doug Hall
Lillian Chen, MHA, is from San Diego, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in English from Westmont College. Lillian took initial interest in healthcare when she worked as a certified nursing assistant at a skilled nursing facility in Santa Barbara, CA. During her experience with direct patient care, she noticed system-wide healthcare challenges that she wanted to solve, such as short-staffing and patient safety issues. These encounters sparked her interest in health administration, as she transitioned away from the bedside and sought public health and management opportunities. Eager to learn more about health administration, she then attended the University of Washington’s School of Public Health to complete her MHA. As an MHA candidate, she discovered her love for data analytics when interning in the Clinical Informatics department at Valley Medical Center, and took special interest in strategy when competing in the 2019 NAHSE Case Competition.
Lillian feels extremely grateful to be at Hopkins, where people truly live out a patient-centered mission and embody servant leadership. Her favorite projects have involved data analytics, strategic planning, and health system operations.
In her free time, Lillian enjoys crafting, puzzling, and trying new workouts.
1st Year Fellowship Rotations: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Healthcare Transformation and Strategic Planning, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Office of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Chief Operating Officer, Howard County General Hospital, & Financial Analysis Unit (FAU)
Advisor: Kim Sherbrooke
Kechi Okocha, MS-HSM, is originally from Centerville, Ohio and received her Bachelor’s in Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism from Case Western Reserve University. During her senior year at CWRU, Kechi had the opportunity to simultaneously work on a Master’s in Bioethics and Medical Physiology. A study abroad to the Netherlands allowed Kechi to study healthcare delivery in Amsterdam, giving her a unique perspective into where the US healthcare system could transform to improve overall quality, access, and delivery issues. Motivated to become an agent of change and progress, Kechi began her Master’s in Health Systems Management at Rush University. While at Rush, Kechi interned in Patient Experience and Patient Relations, giving her a in-depth understanding of the voice of the patient and what concerns them most when engaging with a hospital system. She also interned at Northwestern Medicine in the International Health department; an experience that allowed her to contribute to standing up an ambulatory site in Doha, Qatar and understand how to successfully deliver care across differing cultures.
Upon her first encounter with the JHM Fellowship at the 2019 ACHE Congress, Kechi knew that Hopkins was truly one of kind. Since starting her fellowship she has learned that the glimpse of the collaborative, humble, and mission-driven culture she experienced at ACHE truly runs through every hall (and zoom) of Johns Hopkins Health System. Through incredible exposure to different JHM leaders, projects, and various opportunities, Kechi has been pushed to grow into a results-driven leader. As she steps into her second year, Kechi looks forward to taking on opportunities to build her skills in finance and system and departmental operations.
Outside of work, Kechi enjoys cooking Nigerian food, taking spontaneous trips, and pretending like she can sing.
1st Year Fellowship Rotations: Department of Surgery, Office of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Planning, Office of the Howard County General Hospital Executive Suite, Office of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, & Financial Analysis Unit (FAU)
Advisor: Brian Giessler
Ken Barnes, MBA is originally from Petersburg, Tennessee. He attended the United States Naval Academy where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics and was commissioned as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. After 8 years of military service, during which time he served aboard the USS COLUMBUS, Ken moved back to Tennessee to attend business school at Vanderbilt University. While in business school, he co-founded Urban Bicycle Food Ministry (UBFM) Nashville, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing food, clothing, and other resources to those affected by homelessness in the Nashville community. This experience fueled Ken’s passion for population health and healthcare access for our most vulnerable neighbors. Also during business school, Ken spent a summer working as an administrative resident in a psychiatric hospital where he leveraged his background in operations and process improvement from his time in the Navy to add value on project work related to improving the hospital staff and patient experience. For Ken, this exposure highlighted the importance of mental health both in the military and in society at large.
In addition to volunteer work, Ken enjoys rock climbing, biking, triathlons, and international travel. The summer before joining the Hopkins team, Ken hiked Mt Kilimanjaro and completed a 150-mile mountain bike race in Tanzania.
1st Year Rotations: Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Healthcare, Department of Nursing, Johns Hopkins Surgical Center Series (JHSCS), Patient Safety & Quality, Clinical Practice Association (CPA), Department of Medicine, Human Resources, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Facilities, Pharmacy, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Supply Chain
Advisor: Cheryl Koch
Jennifer Ho, MHA, MBA, is proud to be from Houston, Texas, where she graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in public health. After experiencing the barriers to health care in the Vietnamese community, Jennifer worked in Da Nang, Vietnam to gain exposure to global health efforts and alleviate the disparities that impact individuals with disabilities and HIV. She went on to obtain her Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. There, Jennifer received six scholarships, placed first in two case competitions and a semi-finalist in another, and became a co-founder for the Association of Asian Healthcare Leaders.
Jennifer became particularly passionate with strategic planning, operations, and healthcare innovation from her experiences in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. While pursuing her MHA and MBA, Jennifer worked full-time at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics and expanded her scope in phase I clinical trials, quality improvement, and grants management through her work with various pharmaceutical companies and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
You can find Jennifer at a yoga studio, watching documentaries or mukbangs, and finding the best wine to complement her charcuterie board. A fun fact about Jennifer is that she has traveled to four countries by herself and is looking to pursue more solo traveling in the future.
1st year Rotations: Nursing, Department of Medicine, Marketing, Human Resources, Department of Surgery, Development, Finance, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Strategic Planning, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Population Health, Johns Hopkins Surgical Center Series, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Advisor: Robin Ingram
Noah Mwandha, MHA, is originally from Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Noah was first interested in healthcare management after completing an internship at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where he was exposed to quality improvement in the health care realm. From there, he pursued his Master’s in Health Administration at The Ohio State University (OSU). Curious to gain experiences as an MHA candidate and delve deeper into the field, he worked part-time at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center of the James Cancer Hospital and during his second year, he served as President of the Association for Future Healthcare Executives at OSU. He became passionate in system-wide health improvement after working at UC Davis Health for his summer internship, where he developed a business plan and benchmarks for the home health division to increase productivity and provider satisfaction. It is from these experiences that Noah is eager to learn how health care system’s deliver high-quality, patient-centered care through the collaboration of its departments and staff.
Noah was first drawn to Johns Hopkins Medicine by the willingness and ability of its staff to advance the delivery of world-class healthcare. He understood this would be the best place to grow and learn as a future healthcare leader by gaining experiences in rotations, learning from JHM leaders, and having the opportunity to make an impact and contribute to the mission.
Outside of work, Noah loves watching world football, spending time with family and friends, and making playlists in Spotify.
1st Year Rotations: Department of Medicine, Supply Chain, Department of Surgery, Food & Nutrition, Finance, Johns Hopkins Home Care, Human Resources, National Capital Region, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Department of Nursing, Johns Hopkins Surgical Center Series, Development, Howard County General Hospital, and Population Health