Health Care MBA First Graduating Class

September 21, 2015

HCMBA Photo Collage

Earlier this week, the Simmons School of Management celebrated the first Health Care MBA graduating class.

On Monday September 21, 2015, the Simmons College School of Management School of Management celebrated the first Health Care MBA graduating class. Program Director, Cathy Robbins, along with the Dean of the SOM Cathy Minehan, congratulated 15 dedicated students on this remarkable accomplishment. 

“This day has been a long time coming. It has been four years since our Dean, Cathy Minehan, first had a gleam in her eyes about the potential for a Health Care MBA Program here at the School of Management. She knew that there was a great potential to build a program, which we designed to meet the needs of working professionals in health care providers, payers, and support functions,” said Robbins.

The 2015 Health Care MBA graduates are Erin Beloin, Heslandia Carvalho Ramos, Julie Cronin, Sean Cunniffe, Christine Fitzgerald, Johanna Georgilas, Julie Gouthro, Corinna McFarland, Kara Mellonakos, Amy Moreira, Guido Musch, Elizabeth O'Connor, Elisabeth Peucker, Tamara Pitts, Karima Ricketts.

“Each of you is a success story and deserves a moment to be acknowledged and recognized for your dedication and perseverance.  You have each done something remarkable and we are very proud of each of you,” Robbins added.

During the graduation ceremony, six of the Health Care MBA graduates were inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, an honor extended to graduates with a GPA of 3.8 or higher. Corinna McFarland was awarded the Health Care Leadership Award, which is given to a student who demonstrates superior competence and professional promise in the field of healthcare management.

Erin Beloin spoke on behalf of the first graduating class and was awarded the Academic Achievement Award. "Although our backgrounds are diverse, each of us chose Simmons because we have a passion connected in some way to health care -some as administrators and clinicians, others representing the payer community, and still others as researchers or health IT professionals," Beloin stated. "Now more than ever, effective leadership in health care requires a diverse and balanced skill set."

Congratulations to our 15 graduates on your remarkable accomplishment!