I am very excited to be sitting here writing my first entry into AVISO as your current President of the HCAD Alumni Association. Trinity University is very special to me as it provided me fond memories, cherished friendships and the foundation to my career in health care. The opportunity to serve as President for the next two years is an honor and one I promise not to take lightly.
At our annual Dean Duce Award dinner, I briefly spoke about Jim Bohnsack '97, '99 and his outstanding leadership over the past two years. I must take a moment to thank him again. Jim has led our Alumni Board and Association through significant changes to our annual giving which, with your continued support, will allow the HCADAA to continue to invest in the HCAD Program and its students for many years to come. His are, without a doubt, large shoes to fill.
That evening, we also had the great pleasure of celebrating Bruce Lawrence '82, FACHE on his significant contributions to health care as well as Trinity’s HCAD Program. Bruce has not only dedicated his career to serving the communities in which he has worked but has also dedicated his time in mentoring the Trinity University students for which he serves as a preceptor. His mentoring has groomed the next generation of successful health care leaders.
Our time together in Chicago is always a fun time full of energy and excitement as we catch up with both old and new friends, meet the students and hear about what lies ahead for both Trinity University and the HCAD Program. During our Board meeting, we also took some time to set goals for the next few years and are committed to giving back to you, the alumni. We are planning to have more market events and finding additional ways to drive our connectivity as alumni of this outstanding program.
Lastly, please mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend which will be held October 12-15 where we will be celebrating the third Momentum Award recipient. Please be on the lookout for the registration for what is sure to be a fun event. And, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime to share your thoughts, ideas, memories and feedback. Looking forward to connecting soon!
Heidi Pandya '00, '05
President, Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association