Great Lakes Chapter 

of American College of 



educational and networking opportunities 

for healthcare leaders in Western, Northern and Central Michigan.

An Independent Chapter of American Healthcare Executives                "For Leaders Who Care"


The Great Lakes Chapter was historically known as the West Michigan Healthcare Executives Group (WMHEG), which was established in 1988, with approximately 50 members. In March 2004, WMHEG was revitalized as a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), based in Chicago. Also in 2004, ACHE affiliates in the Central and Northern portions of Michigan agreed to combine efforts as The Great Lakes Chapter.

Current chapter membership includes professionals working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, health plans, medical practices, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, nursing homes, universities, and other areas of the healthcare industry.

Leadership for the organization is provided through an advisory board with representatives from the Western, Northern and Central regions of Michigan.

We are pleased to serve the Great Lakes Chapter members. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your comments and suggestions.

GLACHE Board Election in September

The election window will be open from Sept 10-Sept 21.  Members will receive a link to the poll via email on September 10.  Please remember to cast your vote!

GLACHE members will have an opportunity to vote to fill six open positions on the board. Directors will serve a two-year term from January 2019 - December 2020. 

2018 GLACHE Board Candidates:

  • Kris Drake, MHA, FACHE, Mercy Health (incumbent)
  • Barbara Goodspeed, MHA, Spectrum Health (incumbent)
  • Raymond Higbea, PhD, FACHE (incumbent)
  • Kimberly McVicar, PhD, Ferris State University
  • David Olejniczak, FACHE, Metro Health, University of Michigan Health
  • John Shull, MBA, Spectrum Health
  • Andrew Volk, PharmD, BCPS, Spectrum Health
  • Erica Waltz, MHA, Willis Towers Watson (incumbent)

2018 Upcoming Events

Save the Dates


Oct 19th Two Sessions:

Strategic Marketing: Winning the Battle for Markets and Share.  Live in Grand Rapids at (MSU College of Human Medicine) and simulcast in Petoskey, (McLaren Northern Michigan)

Successfully Leading Change in Healthcare Organizations.  Live in Petoskey, video in Grand Rapids.

Nov 9th: 

GLACHE Annual Meeting and Improving the Bottom Line by Optimizing Patient Throughput.  Lansing

Upcoming events

Contact Information PO Box 68013
Grand Rapids, MI 49516
P: 616.456.8013
F: 888.776.7457

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