• Luminis Health Administrative Fellowship Program

    A Message from CEO Victoria W. Bayless


    I am pleased to announce that Luminis Health will offer 2 administrative fellowships for 2022-2023, and I encourage you to apply. From personal experience beginning my career as an administrative fellow, I appreciate the value of these programs. The fellowship is a one-year immersion into a complex health care system through substantial hands-on projects. 

    This fellowship is an outstanding learning and career development opportunity for a recent health care master's graduate/candidate. Our fellows are able to apply their learning and continue to enrich their career in a vibrant and growing medical center. 

    Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (LHAAMC) and Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center (LHDCMC) formed a new, integrated health system in July 2019. Luminis Health employs over 6,500 staff, operates 741 licensed beds with $1.1B in revenue and $80M in community benefit. Grateful for its 1,400 volunteers and donors, Luminis Health continues to expand to meet community needs. In partnership with 1,800 medical staff, Luminis Health treats a region of more than 1.5M people with 34,400 hospital admissions, 155,000 emergency department visits, 32,000 surgeries, and more than one million outpatient visits. As a health system, Luminis Health provides coordinated care across the region, improved access to care close to home, enhanced quality and improved health outcomes. 

    I personally serve as mentor and preceptor to the fellows and assure that they not only have exposure to Presidents and senior executives across all functional areas of the health system, but also to governance through board, Medical Executive Committee, and executive team meetings, as well as planning sessions and retreats. Receiving intensive exposure to health care decision-making, the fellow can apply concepts and skills learned in the classroom to a dynamic health care delivery system. This opportunity includes working on special projects aligned with our strategic vision, such as our annual operating plan and budget.

    I encourage you to review the information below. If you have any questions, please contact our current administrative fellows, Jennifer Charles at jcharles1@aahs.org and Katherine McGrath at kmcgrath@aahs.org

  • Jennifer Charles

    Administrative Fellow 2021-2022

    Jennifer Charles

    Jennifer Charles joined Luminis Health in June of Fiscal Year 2022. Jennifer completed her Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University and her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration degree from the University of Central Florida.

    Jennifer is skilled in data analytics, process improvement, and health administration. Most recently, Jennifer worked as an Associate Business Manager, managing business development and operations for a clinical research organization serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Her professional tenure includes working as an Account Executive, consulting employers and their executive teams on health insurance administration and compliance. Prior to graduate school, Jennifer worked as a Senior Patient Care Specialist at CVS Health where she developed operational processes to support the patient care department and increase efficiency.

    Katherine McGrath

    Administrative Fellow 2021-2022

    Katherine McGrath

    Katherine McGrath joined Luminis Health in June of Fiscal Year 2022. Katherine completed her Master of Health Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degrees from The Ohio State University. 

    During graduate school, Katherine worked for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a Graduate Administrative Resident where she completed both hospital and system wide project-based work. Her work centered on conducting local market research, overseeing community engagement sessions, and analyzing patient forecasting techniques. Coupling the insight from this work with OSUWMC’s strategic goals, Katherine created an operating plan proposal for establishing and integrating a new sober living facility service line into OSUWMC’s addiction medicine program. Additionally, working during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Katherine analyzed service line utilization, resource distribution, and staffing allocation to help establish OSUWMC’s COVID-19 patient surge mobilization plan, resulting in the creation of an additional 220 patient beds.

    Bryan Zielinski

    Administrative Fellow 2020-2021

    Bryan Zielinski

    Bryan Zielinski joined Luminis Health in June of Fiscal Year 2021. Bryan completed his Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Richmond. As a fellow, Bryan consistently crafted correspondence and presentations for various audiences including the Board of Trustees, health system staff, and community members and frequently presented system performance during Leadership forums. He worked on several projects including assessing and redesigning the system CDI program, addressing care disparities in the Latino patient population, launching a Cardiac Surgery program, and expanding the Behavior Health service line. 

    Bryan currently serves as the Director of Health System Accounts at Zocdoc.

    Marguerite Crandall

    Administrative Fellow 2019-2020

    Marguerite Crandall

    Marguerite Crandall joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2020. Marguerite completed her Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare & Society degree from the University of Richmond. During her Fellowship, Marguerite authored several executive and governance level briefings and presentations, improved our dashboard reporting, and presented to Leadership Council on numerous occasions – keeping us apprised of our progress against our True North metrics.  Marguerite also participated in Luminis Health integration work, Vision 2030 planning, AOP tracking, McNew activation, and staffed the AAMC Cardiac Surgery Steering Committee and DCMC Obstetrics CON Workgroup.  

    Marguerite serves as the Manager of Business Development at Luminis Health.  In this role, Marguerite serves as project manager for business planning and partnerships, and assists leadership in developing and tracking of Annual Operating Plan(s), regulatory planning and response, and Certificate of Need support. Marguerite can be reached at mcrandall@aahs.org

    Marianthi N Hatzigeorgiou

    Administrative Fellow 2018-2019

    Marianthi Hatzigeorgiou

    Marianthi Hatzigeorgiou joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2019. Marianthi completed her Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Biology degree from Indiana University. During her fellowship, she worked on various projects including supporting leaders with various parts of the Doctors Community Hospital System partnership, strategic planning for cardiac surgery, preparing the second annual Health Equity Report, and authoring the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Award application.  Following her fellowship, Marianthi served as program manager to the Rapid Implementation of Strategic Experiments Unit at Luminis Health.

    Marianthi currently serves as the Manager of Innovation at Meritus Health. 

    Christian Balcer

    Administrative Fellow 2017-2018

    Christian Balcer

    Christian Balcer joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2018. Christian completed his Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts in Business Operations degree from Calvin College. As a fellow, he worked on a wide range of projects, including serving on the system’s Opioid Taskforce, managing insurance denials, supporting hospital negotiations with its largest payer, developing the strategic vision for potential partnerships, and creating AAMC’s first annual Health Equity Report. He also authored AAMC’s runner-up application for the American Hospital Association’s 2018 Quest for Quality Prize. Following his fellowship, Christian Balcer served as the Manager of Nursing Operations at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

    Christian currently serves as the Manager of Telehealth & Business Development at Benefis Health System.

    Sarah Haas

    Administrative Fellow 2016-2017

    Sarah Haas

    Sarah Haas joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2017. Sarah completed her Master of Health Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Management degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). During her fellowship, Sarah worked on a variety of projects including: service line strategic planning, financial analysis for new business entities, Emergency Department process improvement, cardiac surgery program creation, and new payment model development. 

    Sarah currently serves as the Senior Director of Value Models & Programs at Luminis Health. In this role, she evaluates and manages new payment models and methodologies, such as: value-based contracts, care redesign programs, and Maryland’s all-payer rate-setting policies. She can be reached at shaas1@aahs.org.

    Valerie Lehman

    Administrative Fellow 2015-2016

    Valerie Lehman

    Valerie Lehman joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2016. Valerie completed her Master of Health Administration degree from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts in International Politics degree from Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College. During her fellowship, her projects included writing a business plan for expanding palliative care and a Certificate of Need application for a new mental health hospital at AAMC. Following her fellowship, Valerie served as practice manager for AAMC Oncology and Hematology and AAMC's senior manager for the Institute for Healthy Aging and manager for Palliative Care and Government Affairs. 

    Valerie currently serves as the Program Officer at Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

    Shakina Russell

    Administrative Fellow 2014-2015

    Shakina Russell

    Shakina Russell joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2015. Shakina completed her Master of Health Services Administration, Master of Public Health, and Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Politics degrees from the University of Michigan.

    Shakina currently serves at the Solution Portfolio Owner at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

    Brandon Rahn

    Administrative Fellow 2013-2014

    Brandon Rahn

    Brandon Rahn joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2014. Brandon completed his Master of Health Services Administration degree from Saint Louis University and his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science degree from Saint Louis University Edwardsville. 

    Brandon currently serves as the Director of Strategy and Business Development at SSM Health St. Louis.

    Zoe Hruban

    Administrative Fellow 2012-2013

    Zoe Hruban

    Zoe Hruban joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2013. Zoe completed her Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Chicago.

    Zoe currently serves as the Program Analyst at Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

    Fellowship Mission and Purpose

    The one-year fellowship program is under the direction of CEO Victoria Bayless and includes a high degree of involvement by all members of the Luminis Health executive leadership team and other members of both the AAMC and DCMC leadership teams. The fellow will take part in substantive hands-on projects that foster an understanding of overall operations of the medical center.

    The program emphasizes active involvement and becoming an independent contributing member at Luminis Health In addition, fellows are exposed to management decision-making processes though participating in leadership meetings and one-on-one time with Luminis Health executives and leadership committees. The fellow is also able to establish a professional network outside Luminis Health through contacts and involvement with professional associations.

    Luminis Health:  https://www.aahs.org/luminishealth/

    Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC):   Information, Facts & Figures

    Doctors Community Medical Center (DCMC):  Information, Facts & Figures

    Fellowship Structure

    • Meet weekly with preceptors Victoria Bayless, CEO and Hospital Presidents
    • Actively serve as a member of the Executive Team, including participation at all leadership meetings.
    • Draft the annual operating plan for the health system.
    • Recruit the next administrative fellow.
    • Work with many components of the health system, including: Operations, Strategic Planning, HR, Marketing, Quality and Safety, Finance, Nursing, Health Information Technology, the Medical Staff and Physician Enterprise, and Philanthropy.
    • Significant project work selected based on organizational initiatives and the interests of the fellow.

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Sponsorship to attend one national conference of choice per year
    • Access to all on-site leadership and development training, including lean training
    • Mentoring by leaders across the medical center
    • Competitive salary and full benefits


    • By the start of the fellowship, applicants must have earned a MHA, MHSA, MPH or MBA from a CAHME, AASB or CEPH accredited program with an emphasis in health care management or have completed the didactic curriculum of such program and need to complete a one-year fellowship for conformance of their master's degree.
    • At this time, Luminis does not sponsor international visas for its administrative fellowship program.


      To apply for the Luminis Health Fellowship, please submit applications through the  National Council on Administrative Fellowships’ Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS).


      • Resume
      • Official Graduate School Transcript (Visit the “Academic History” quadrant to submit colleges attended and to download the Transcript Request Form for your registrar’s office. Transcripts should be sent directly from your registrar’s office to NAFCAS.)
      • Undergraduate Transcript (official or unofficial)
      • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (to be requested in the “Supporting Information” quadrant): (1) ACADEMIC, (1) PROFESSIONAL, and (1) OF CHOICE (Academic or Professional)
      • Personal Statement (not exceeding 750 words) containing:
        • Brief explanation of how your interest in healthcare management developed.
        • What your career objectives are and how the fellowship will help you achieve them.
        • Why, specifically, you are pursuing a fellowship at Luminis Health.

      The NAFCAS application will launch on June 10, 2021. You must complete your application in the NAFCAS portal on Friday, Oct. 1. This deadline conforms to the Code of Good Practice set by The National Council on Administrative Fellowships. Interviews will tentatively be held on Oct. 18thand 19th.