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.

Vice President, Government Relations

Justin J. Palmer, MPA, oversees activities relating to the District of Columbia government and Capitol Hill with responsibility for the development of Association positions on health care policy matters. Mr. Palmer currently oversees the Association’s patient safety initiatives, data programs, communication operations in addition to government relations & grassroots advocacy programs.  He also supports the 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 Director, Patient Safety with the Infection Disease/Infection Control, Quality and Patient Safety, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer Committees. He can be reached by phone at 202/289-6212 or by email at jpalmer@dcha.org.

Vice President, Operations and Fiscal Affairs

Aarti Subramanian can be reached by phone at 202/289-4925 or by e-mail at asubramanian@dcha.org

Director, Patient Safety

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, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Committees. He can be reached by phone at 202/289-6231 or by email at bsinatro@dcha.org.

Director, Member Relations and Communications

Emma C. Jellen, is responsible for activities related to member engagement and recruitment, as well as editing DCHA’s e-newsletter, the DCHAdvocate, and managing DCHA’s internal and external communication program. She is also responsible for the management of the DCHA events. Ms. Jellen provides staff support for the Communications, Information Resources and Planning and Strategic Advisory Committees. She can be reached by phone at 202/289-4924 or by email at ejellen@dcha.org.

Legislative and Policy Manager

Liam R. Steadman, is responsible for supporting DCHA’s government relations and grassroots advocacy programs. Mr. Steadman provides staff support for the Human Resources Committee, and supports the Vice President, Government Relations with the Government Relations/Financial Policy Committee. He can be reached by phone at 202/682-1584 or by email at lsteadman@dcha.org.

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO; Chief Operations Coordinator

Brenda Watson can be reached by phone at 202/289-6213 or by e-mail at bwatson@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.