Staff

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jacqueline D. Bowens is the President and Chief Executive Officer of DCHA and a member of the Association’s Board of Directors. She manages the budget, staff and programs and is responsible for legislative advocacy of the Association. Jacqueline is the primary liaison with the Federal and District governments, the business community, and the American Hospital Association. She can be reached by phone at 202/682-1581 or by email at jbowens@dcha.org.

Vice President and Chief Government Relations Officer

Justin J. Palmer, MPA, assists the Interim President in activities relating to the District of Columbia government officials and those on Capitol Hill with responsibility for health care policy for D.C., and supports the Interim President & CEO in activities related to DCHA operations. He staffs the Chief Nursing Officer, Government Relations/Financial Policy, Human Resources, Medical Director Committees. Mr. Palmer supports the Chief Patient Safety Officer with the Infection Disease/Infection Control and Quality and Patient Safety Committees. He can be reached by phone at 202/289-6212 or by email at jpalmer@dcha.org.

Chief Administrative Officer

Valerie Parker manages the logistical requirements of DCHA’s office and provides support for advocacy efforts and special events. She coordinates the DCHA Membership Directory and Annual Report, and co-manages the Annual Banquet. She is the Executive Assistant to the Interim President of DCHA. Valerie can be reached at 202/289-6213 or by email at vparker@dcha.org.

Chief Patient Safety Officer

Brendan Sinatro, MPH, is responsible for activities related to raising patient safety and health care quality levels across member hospitals. He provides staff support for the Infectious Disease/Infection Control and the Quality and Patient Safety Committees, as well as supports the Vice President and Chief Government Relations Officer with the Medical Directors and Chief Nursing Officer Committees. He can be reached by phone at 202/289-6231 or by email at bsinatro@dcha.org.

Director of Member Relations and Communications

Emma C. Jellen, is responsible for activities related to member engagement and recruitment, as well as editing the DCHAdvocate and managing DCHA’s internal and external communication program. She is also responsible for the management of the Annual Awards Banquet. Ms. Jellen provides staff support for the Communications and Information Resources and Planning Committees and supports the Vice President and Chief Government Relations Officer with the Government Relations/Financial Policy Committee. She can be reached by phone at 202/289-4373 or by email at ejellen@dcha.org.

Interim Chief Epidemiologist

Nancy Donegan, MPH, RN, is responsible for activities related to epidemiological studies, research and data. She can be reached by phone at 202/682-1585 or by email at ndonegan@dcha.org.