Current and Past Fellows
Current HSHS Administrative Fellows
Alyssa Zessin – Alyssa graduated in 2019 with her Master of Health Administration from Texas Woman’s University and is currently in the second year of her fellowship, Alyssa supports the System laboratory function and COVID-19 vaccine implementation. Alyssa can be reached at Alyssa.Zessin@hshs.org.
Eric Merkley – Eric graduated in 2019 with his Master of Health Administration from the University of Utah and is currently in the second year of his fellowship supporting various service lines at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, including: ambulance and EMS, environmental and food nutrition services, volunteer staff, community outreach and business growth initiatives. Eric can be reached at Eric.Merkley@hshs.org.
Past HSHS Administrative Fellows
Taylor Otis – Taylor graduated in 2018 with her Master of Health Administration from University of Iowa and currently serves in human resources as the colleague service center supervisor. Taylor can be reached at: Taylor.Otis@hshs.org.
Katie Mueller – Katie graduated in 2016 with her Master of Health Administrative from University of Iowa and currently serves the HSHS Illinois Division as a business development manager. Katie also leads the telehealth function for the division. Katie can be reached at: Katie.Mueller@hshs.org.
Heather Gray – Heather graduated in 2015 with her Master of Health Administration from University of Iowa and currently serves the HSHS Medical Group as medical staff manager. Heather can be reached at: Heather.Gray@hshs.org.
Terri Ligon – Terri graduated in 2010 with her Master of Health Administration from University of Iowa and currently serves in revenue cycle as the insurance financial systems division director. Terri can be reached at: Terri.Ligon@hshs.org.
Aaron Puchbauer – Aaron graduated in 2009 with his Master of Health Administration from University of Missouri and currently serves as president and CEO of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville, IL. Aaron can be reached at: Aaron.Puchbauer@hshs.org.