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​Thanks to the energy and dedication of the following individuals, ACCE is able to meet and exceed the expectations of our members.

Committee Chairmen

James Caporali, MS, CRES, SASHE
Membership Committee Chair
Jim Caporali is the Director of Clinical Engineering at Erlanger Health System. Erlanger Health System is the seventh largest public healthcare system in the US, which also serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine. His responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of the Erlanger Clinical Engineering program, including maintenance for biomedical and imaging equipment, medical equipment/IT infrastructure and support, contracts management, and regulatory compliance. 
Jim is a proven operational leader with over 30 years of experience in the field of Clinical Engineering. His experience includes technical delivery, hospital and regional Clinical Engineering management, as well as corporate level positions supporting operations, sales and all other aspects of a national clinical equipment management program. Jim held the position of Vice President, Program Development and Support with Sodexo Clinical Technology Management and Patriot Medical Technologies. In this role his responsibilities included creation, evaluation, and improvement of systems used to evaluate new and ongoing clinical equipment maintenance opportunities, along with responsibilities for management and oversight of teams tasked to create program offerings for potential customers.
CHoldenClarice M.L. Holden
Advocacy Committee Chair
Clarice M.L. Holden is the Chief Biomedical Engineer at Dallas VA Medical Center. Ms. Holden oversees daily shop operations in the Biomedical Engineering Section, assists with project management and serves on several hospital wide committees. She is an editorial board member of 24x7 Magazine, a member of AAMI, serves on AAMI’s HTM/IT Bridge Roles Committee and was named the 2017 VHA Biomedical Engineer honoree. Before joining VA Greater Los Angeles, Ms. Holden worked as a technical career field intern at the VA Central Texas, and has previously worked for the Louisiana Health Science Center, Tulane University, and the NASA Langley Research Center. Ms. Holden is a graduate of Tulane University’s Biomedical Engineering Program.
Danielle Cowgill, MSc
Education Committee co-Chair (partial year)
Danielle Cowgill is a Manager of Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering at Stanford Children's Health. In this position she is responsible for operations at ambulatory clinics, technology assessment and planning, and help with growth strategies. Danielle previously worked at Kaiser Permanente as a Clinical Engineer for National Clinical Technology and has been a member of the ACCE Education Committee prior to this role.
AustinAustin Hampton, MSBmE, MLSO
Education Committee co-Chair
Austin Hampton graduated with magna cum laude honors from NC State University for both bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and master’s degree in rehabilitative engineering. He is member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He was a division 1 American Coast Conference scholarship athlete for NC State University from 2005-2009 and current record holder in the 3 meter event for the NC Swimming and Diving team. He obtained Eagle Scout honors. Currently, he serves as the Chief of Biomedical Engineering at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh and a member of the Education and Communication workgroup for the VA real-time location system project.
RodneyRodney L. Nolen
Education Committee co-Chair (partial year)
Rodney is the manager of Biomedical Engineering for the University of Minnesota Health in Minneapolis, MN which consists of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, University of Minnesota Masonic Childrens Hospital, Maple Grove Medical Center and the Mhealth Clinics and Surgery Center. He has more than 26 years of clinical engineering experience in both the public and private sectors and his experience has led to positions in hospital operations as well as consultant project manager positions on healthcare construction projects.
Antonio Hernandez, EE PE.
International Committee Chair
Antonio Hernandez is a founding member and Board of Directors member of GHIA – Global Health International Advisors. He is retired from the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as Senior Advisor on Health Services Physical Infrastructure and Technology after 29+ years of service. He has more than 40 years of experience in the health technology field and has served as an At-Large Board Member for ACCE.
Dave SmithDavid A. Smith, BSEE, MSBME, MBA
Advertising Chair
Dave Smith is a Medical Equipment Planner with Mitchell Associates.
Petr Kresta, MHSc, PEng, fCMBES
Nominations Committee Chair
Petr Kresta is the Chief Operating Officer, Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM). DSM operates approx. 80 public medical laboratories throughout the province of Manitoba and all diagnostic imaging services in rural Manitoba. He is the past chairperson of the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission that manages the certification program for clinical engineers throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Kresta is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Equipment Protection Plan. Mr. Kresta is a fellow of the CMBES. He has participated as a faculty member on 5 Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshops in Latin America. Mr. Kresta is a registered professional engineer in the province of Manitoba, holds a Master of Health Sciences Degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Steve GrimesStephen Grimes, fACCE fAIMBE fHIMSS
CE-IT Committee Chair
Mr. Grimes has more than 40 years’ experience with hospitals, shared service organizations, and healthcare consulting firms. He is a recognized authority on topics ranging from future challenges facing clinical engineering and healthcare technology integration to medical device security and risk management. He is a Fellow of the HIMSS, AIMBE and ACCE. In 2011 he received the ACCE/HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering & Information Technology Synergies Award. In 2015 he received ACCE Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 he received AAMI’s Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Leadership Award. Mr. Grimes is a graduate of Purdue University’s Biomedical Engineering Program.
KNavarroKatherine Navarro, CCE
Body of Knowledge Committee Chair
Katherine Navarro is a Biomedical Engineer at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas, where she supports the Biomedical Engineering department as a project manager. She currently manages high-cost, high-tech medical equipment installations and new networked medical equipment implementations for the VA healthcare facilities in South Texas. Katherine has been with the VA in the Healthcare Technology Management field for eight years.
Gerald Goodman, DrPH, CCE
Mentoring Committee Chair
Gerald Goodman began his career as a clinical engineer in 1972. He is a founding member of the ACCE. His clinical engineering work has included hospital-based clinical engineering and consulting. He is presently a professor and program director for the health care administration program at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Goodman served many years as a program evaluator in biomedical engineering technology for ABET. Presently he is a principal member of the NFPA 99 Technical Committee on Medical Devices.
Pipper White, MSc, CCE
Healthcare Technology Certification Commission Chair
Pipper White is an Information Technology and Services Analyst with AbleVets LLC.

Task Force Chairs

Alan Lipschultz, PE, CCE, CSP, fACCE
ByLaws Review Task Force Chair
Alan Lipschultz is the President of HealthCare Technology Consulting LLC out of North Bethesda MD. He is a Professional Engineer (PE), Certified in Clinical Engineering (CCE), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). He was the Director of Clinical Engineering for 37 years at two different hospital systems from 1989-2011. Alan was the co-chair of the AAMI Standards Board from 1993-2015 and currently serves on several AAMI Standards Committees. Alan was the chair of the NFPA-99 Medical Equipment Technical Committee from 2007-2015. Alan was the Recipient of the 2006 Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award from Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Recipient of the 2012 Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award from ACCE and Healthcare Technology Foundation.


Arif SubhanArif Subhan, MS, CCE, CHTM, fACCE
AAMI Liaison
Arif Subhan is the Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut. He worked as Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and South Texas Veterans Health Care System. He was the Senior Clinical Engineer at Masterplan (now Aramark), an independent service organization which managed medical equipment across the United States. He is a columnist for the Journal of Clinical Engineering (JCE) and a member of the editorial boards of JCE, BI&T and 24x7 magazine. He was Chair, USCC; Chair, ACCE Education Committee; Chair, ACCE BOK Committee; and Co-Chair, AAMI Annual Conference Program Committee. He is the recipient of the 2013 ACCE Professional Development/Managerial Excellence Award and the 2012 AAMI Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award.
Steven W. Juett, PE
FMDIC Liaison
Steve Juett is a Senior Associate Vice President and Director of Clinical Systems Planning for the architectural and engineering firm of RTKL Associates in Dallas, Texas, an affiliate of ARCADIS. Steve leads the team of technology experts for RTKL’s Healthcare Technologies studio. He has over 30 years of experience in clinical engineering, Biomedical and Rehabilitation engineering design and manufacturing, integrated surgical suite design, and IT interoperability. Steve is a licensed Biomedical Engineer with an extensive background in the healthcare industry. He enjoys Connected Medical Equipment and focuses on peri-operative environment planning. He is the recipient of the 2000 ACCE/HTF Patient Safety award and an honorary citation from the FDA for his work on the US Wireless Medical Telemetry Service resulting in Federal Communications Commission laws that secured a Radio Frequency spectrum for public health.
Mario CastanedaMario Castañeda, BS, MBA
IFMBE Liasion
Mario Castañeda leads Healthitek Health Technology Consulting. He served as the National Clinical Technology Director for Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program and as Northern California Biomedical Engineering Manager for Hospital Corporation of America.
Ted Cohen, MS, CCE, fACCE
IHE Liaison
Ted Cohen is a Clinical Engineer at UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, California where he has spent his entire clinical engineering career (37 plus years). Ted is also an instructor, Electronics Technology, American River College, a Fellow of ACCE and the co-editor of the ACCE News.
Antonio Hernandez, EE PE
AIMBE Liaison
Antonio Hernandez is a founding member and Board of Directors member of GHIA – Global Health International Advisors. He is retired from the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as Senior Advisor on Health Services Physical Infrastructure and Technology after 29+ years of service. He has more than 40 years of experience in the health technology field and has served as an At-Large Board Member for ACCE.
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