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Current & Alumni Fellows

Current Fellows

Rachel Marquez, MPH

Rachel Marquez was born at Moses Cone Hospital, and grew up in North Carolina and Arizona. Rachel was a student-athlete (basketball) and earned her B.Sc. in Biology and Master of Public Health at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. In 2014, Rachel began her career at Cone Health in the Healthy Communities Department at Alamance Regional Medical Center. Rachel led Cone Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which achieved full recognition from the CDC in March 2017. She was the first person in NC to be credentialed as a DPP Master Trainer Select, and served as the DPP liaison for nine local health departments in our region. Rachel serves on multiple community health coalitions, focusing on improvements to health environments, access to care, food insecurity, and inclusion. She lives in Burlington with her husband, Nate, and three children.

Jon DeYoung

Jon DeYoung, MHA

Jon DeYoung is originally from the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights Illinois. He then obtained his CPA certification and worked in the assurance department of a large accounting firm for three years with a focus on auditing financial statement and internal controls of publicly traded companies. Jon earned his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 2019. During his graduate studies, he did an administrative internship at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Pueblo Colorado.  He also worked on various other projects including one to develop care delivery for a tiny home pilot program to address homelessness and serving as a coordinator of an interprofessional street health outreach volunteer program.  

Alumni Fellows

Name Years of Fellowship Graduate Program Current Position
Kaitlyn Nease* 2017-2019 University of Iowa (MHA) Assistant Director, Organizational Culture
Cynthia Garcia* 2016-2018 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Quality Improvement Facilitator
Jasmin Hainey* 2015-2017 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Manager, Operational Effectiveness
Katie Danner* 2014-2016 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Practice Administrator, Oncology
Jenna Willingham 2012-2014 University of Memphis (MHA) Innovation Project Specialist, Mission Health
Robert Hensley 2012-2014 University of Kentucky (MHA) Director of Strategic Projects, Baptist 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, Neurology Operations 
Mario Singleton, MBA/MHA* 2010-2012 Pfeiffer University (MBA/MHA) Executive Director, Oncology Services & Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional Medical Center
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) President, INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami
Rebekah Driggers* 2005-2007 Wake Forest University School of Business (MBA) Director, Physician Recruitment
Shayla Higginbotham 2003-2004 UNC-Chapel Hill (MHA) Operations Manager, Deloitte
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, Cancer Education/Business Development, Baptist Saint Anthony’s Health System
Kristen Yntema 1999-2001 Xavier University (MBA/MHA) CEO, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro

(*) 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.”