Current & Alumni Fellows

Current Fellows

Nicole Powers, MPH


Nicole Powers, who began her healthcare career at Cone Health as a Nurse Tech in 2015, rejoined us in March 2021 as an Infection Prevention Specialist, focusing on inpatient rehab and medical surgical units at Moses H. Cone Hospital. Prior to her role at Cone Health, Powers served as infection prevention manager at UNC Lenoir Health Care, a role she accepted just a month before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and at the beginning of a six-month window for a major Joint Commission accreditation visit. She brings a wealth of experience in the infection prevention field, having served in clinical and management roles at Vidant Medical Center (Greenville), the Department of Veteran Affairs (Durham) and East Carolina University. Nicole brings her passion for identifying and impacting health inequities and access to care to the fellowship program. Her employers and professors describe her as an exceptional talent with a diverse and comprehensive set of skills that has prepared her for success as a fellow. 

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in exercise and sports medicine from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and her Master of Public Health from East Carolina University, where she was a Phi Kappa Phi scholar. 

Sarah Lathrop

Sarah Lathrop, MHA, CPHQ


Born and raised in Texas, Sarah Lathrop earned her B.S. in Biology from Baylor University and her Master of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. During her undergraduate program, Sarah took her passions of improving the continuum of care and addressing health inequalities and interned at Baylor Scott & White as a Community Advocate. She supported emergency room patients with various social needs and local resources to address gaps in care while also achieving lower emergency room readmission rates. Abroad, she attended meetings with the United Nations and various public health organizations to discuss food insecurity and forced migration. Sarah took these same passions to her graduate program where she conducted a Medicaid 1115 Waiver cost-benefit analysis with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Center for Infectious Disease. Her employers and colleagues recognize her positivity, professionalism, and hard-working character. Sarah brings her aspirations and diverse portfolio of experiences to the fellowship program. She is excited about her new transition to North Carolina and looks forward to serving the community. 

Alumni Fellows

Name Years of Fellowship Graduate Program Current Position
Chris Logan* 2022-2022 High Point University (MBA)  Digital Front Door Program Manager
Jon DeYoung 2019-2021 University of Minnesota (MHA) Senior Consultant, ECGMC
Rachel Marquez 2018-2020 Grand Canyon University (MPH) Regional Operations Leader, Galileo Health
Kaitlyn Nease 2017-2019 University of Iowa (MHA) Human Resources Manager at KSB Hospital
Cinthya White 2016-2018 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Strategic Services Associate at Duke University Health System
Jasmin Hainey* 2015-2017 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Assistant Director, Operational Effectiveness
Katie Danner* 2014-2016 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Director, Oncology
Jenna Willingham 2012-2014 University of Memphis (MHA) Business Management & Production at Pilgrimage Professional Development Group
Robert Hensley 2012-2014 University of Kentucky (MHA) Director of Strategy: Value-Based Programs & Provider Networks at VIVA Health
Chris Brown* 2011-2012 University of Alabama at Birmingham (MSHA) Vice President, Cone Health Medical Group 
Jeremy Deaver* 2010-2012 University of North Texas (MBA) Executive Director, Neurosciences & Medical Specialties
Mario Singleton 2010-2012 Pfeiffer University (MBA/MHA) Practice Manager at Oak Street Health
Robert Hickling* 2008-2010 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Executive Director of Orthopedics, Neurosciences, & Trauma
Jordan Cash 2006-2008 University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (MHA) Chief Hospital Executive, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rebekah Driggers* 2005-2007 Wake Forest University School of Business (MBA) Director, Physician Recruitment & Provider Recruitment
Shayla Higginbotham 2003-2004 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Managing Director at FTI Consulting
Deno Adkins* 2003-2005 Georgia State University (MBA/MHA) Vice President, Ambulatory Network
Kalley Sadler 1999-2001 Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (MHA) Director, Center City Branch at Care Net Crisis Pregnancy Center
Kristen Yntema 1999-2001 Xavier University (MBA/MHA) CEO, AuthoraCare Collective

(*) indicates that the Fellow is currently employed at Cone Health.

Fellowship Testimonials

How has the Cone Health Administrative Fellowship Program helped you grow as a healthcare professional?

“The Administrative Fellowship Program at Cone Health exposed me to many different facets of healthcare. The two-year program gave me time to understand the complexities of a health system, work on meaningful projects, and find my passion before graduating and finding an area of focus.”

“The Cone Health Administrative Fellowship provided me a new lens through which to view how and why decisions are made throughout our health system for our patients, staff and community.  The breadth and depth of exposure to service lines and key operating units across the health system allowed me to explore my personal career interests and develop skill sets that have made me a more well-rounded leader.”

“I personally feel that I received about 10 years-worth of experience and learning in the two years that I was a Fellow. The scope and diversity of projects that I was exposed to helped me understand the most effective leadership techniques to produce great results. Even more valuable were the insights and coaching I received from the senior leadership team that helped refine me both as a leader and as a human being.” 

Based on your experience, why would you recommend the Cone Health Administrative Fellowship Program to potential applicants? 

“First, the vision and the culture. Cone Health aspires to be one of the best health systems in the US by always doing the right thing for patients and employees – being a part of this is inspiring. Second, the Cone Health Fellowship is two years, which provides enough time to build relationships, earn trust of senior leadership, and be able to work on significant projects. Cone Health invests in the Fellowship in order to develop future leaders of the organization and the high retention rate of former fellows still working in the organization is proof of that intent.”

“The Fellowship allows you to see how a very large and progressive health care system is operated from the top to the bottom.  You get to see how all the departments are connected and intertwined, which gives the Fellow the opportunity to see what he or she may, or may not be interested in doing.  With the ever-changing landscape of health care, the Fellowship also gives the opportunity to sit in on discussions at the senior executive level. I think it makes you well-rounded in your view of healthcare, while allowing you to be a part of something much bigger than yourself.”

“The access to learning, mentors, projects, board leadership and community involvement makes the Cone Health Administrative Fellowship, without a doubt, one of the best Fellowship Programs in the country.”