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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.

Officers

Priyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIFPriyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIF
President
Email: president@accenet.org
Priyanka Upendra is the Senior Director of Customer Success at Asimily. Prior to Asimily, Priya served as a Compliance Program Director at Banner Health, Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare, clinical technology & biomedical engineering analyst at Stanford Health Care, and clinical engineer at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University. She is a research adviser for BME undergrad and grad students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. She is an active member of ACCE, AAMI, H-ISAC, and HIMSS; while serving on several committees. She was the recipient of BI&T Best Article Awards in 2015 and 2017, 2017 AAMI Young Professional Award, 2018 MedWrench Guru, 2020 ACCE Professional Achievement in Technology Award, and 2020 Doctoral Student Paper Award. She was awarded the Fellow status in AAMI in 2020 for her contributions to the HTM/CE community. Priya holds a MS (BME) from San Jose State University and a BS (Medical Electronics Engineering) from Visvesvaraya Technological University and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership and Healthcare Administration. She is a Certified Healthcare Technology Manager, Six Sigma Lean Professional, and Change Management Specialist. Priya has served as ACCE President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, Advocacy Committee member, and HTCC Member.
Kim Greenwood, MASc, CCE, CBET, P.Eng, FEIC, FCMBE, FACCEKim Greenwood, MASc, CCE, CBET, P.Eng, FEIC, FCMBE, FACCE
President Elect
Email: presidentelect@accenet.org
Kim started his career at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1979. Then in 1991, he joined ServiceMaster of Canada’s (later Aramark Healthcare’s) Clinical Engineering unit and led the national support and sales activities within Canada. Since 1997, Kim has been the Director of the Regional Clinical Engineering Service Program based out of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, Canada. The regional team provides external services to 19 hospitals at 29 sites in Eastern Ontario. Under his leadership, the CHEO Clinical Engineering Department was selected as the winner of the 2016 International Federation of Medical and Biomedical Engineering (IFMBE)’s outstanding Clinical Engineering Teamwork award. He has contributed significantly in the advancement of the field with international and national publications and has encouraged his team’s involvement with Biomedical Engineering programs in the local universities. As a result of his local university involvement, he has been appointed Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Kim was the recipient of the 2017 ACCE Advocacy Professional Achievement in Management / Managerial Excellence Award and was made a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2018, a Fellow of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society in 2020 and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Engineering in 2021. Kim serves on three other healthcare related Boards in Canada and holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carleton University.
Jim Panella, MSJim Panella, MS
Vice President
Email: vicepresident@accenet.org
Jim Panella is Director of Clinical Engineering/IT at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System in Chicago, Illinois. Jim received a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVRY Institute of Technology. He started his career in Clinical Engineering 36 years ago at University of Chicago Medical Center and has been a Director of Clinical Engineering for the past 29 years. During his career, he also has had responsibility for many Support Service departments; Equipment Distribution, Patient Transportation, Mail Center Services, and Medical Center Parking where he initiated many process improvements programs. Jim served as ACCE Treasurer in 2015-2019 and as ACCE Secretary in 2014-2015.
Kamecia Bruce, MSKamecia Bruce, MS
Secretary
Email: secretary@accenet.org
Kamecia Bruce has been a Biomedical Engineer with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2014 and currently works at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. She has previously worked as a Biomedical Engineer at VA Medical Centers in Philadelphia, PA and Dallas, TX. Kamecia earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University and her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Kamecia currently serves as a member of the ACCE Education Committee.
Bhaskar Iduri, MS, CCE, CHTMBhaskar Iduri, MS, CCE, CHTM
Treasurer
Email: treasurer@accenet.org
Bhaskar is currently the Vice President of Healthcare technology management & Quality Assurance at RENOVO SOLUTIONS LLC in Irvine, CA and has been in the HTM field for the past 10 years. Bhaskar is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM). Bhaskar served as chair of ACCE BOK Committee in 2020-2021. He is also a member of AAMI’s Technology Management Council. Bhaskar has published articles in AAMI peer-reviewed journal BI&T and, has co-presented at the annual AAMI conference & MD Expo. Bhaskar holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.
Ilir Kullolli, MSIlir Kullolli, MS
Immediate Past President
Email: pastpresident@accenet.org
Ilir Kullolli is Director of Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering at Stanford Children's Health. Before Stanford, Ilir worked for Kaiser Permanente Clinical Technology, where he was the Regional Director of Clinical Systems Engineering in Northern California. Ilir has also held leadership positions in Biomedical Engineering for Brigham and Women's Hospital (Partners Healthcare) in Boston, MA and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. Before making the switch to Biomedical Engineering, Ilir worked in Information Technology as Technical Consultant and Project Manager for South End Consulting in Boston. Ilir holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Suly Chi, MScSuly Chi, MSc
Secretariat
Email: secretariat@accenet.org
Suly Chi has been the ACCE secretariat since 2010. Prior to joining ACCE, she worked as a research engineer at the Brazilian Telecommunication Research Center (CPqD- Telebras) and as a project engineer at the engineering firm ESCA, both in Brazil. Suly earned a bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a master's degree in System Engineering from Boston University.

Board Members

David W. Braeutigam, MBA, CBET, CHTM, AAMIF, ITILDavid W. Braeutigam, MBA, CBET, CHTM, AAMIF, ITIL
Member at Large 1
Email: memberatlarge1@accenet.org
David Braeutigam is a Healthcare Technology Management consultant, author, and educator. He previously managed a large multi-hospital system as the System Director in Texas. He published Tales of the Biomed in December 2017 about funny stories in the HTM field. He also wrote a chapter on Freelancing Opportunities in Careers in Biomedical Engineering published in January 2019 by Elsevier. David received his BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. David is a CHTM, CBET, and has several IT certifications with the most recent being ITIL. David is Treasurer of the Healthcare Technology Management Association - North Texas, has served on several AAMI's certification boards, served as the chair for AAMI's annual conference, has presented numerous times at the annual AAMI and MDExpo conferences, and has published numerous articles in 24x7 and Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology. David was awarded the AAMI/GE Healthcare BMET of the Year award in 2008, and he was recognized as a Fellow of AAMI in 2019.
James Caporali, MS, CRES, SASHEJames Caporali, MS, CRES, SASHE
Member at Large 2
Email: memberatlarge2@accenet.org
Jim Caporali is the Senior Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health. Jim’s career spans over thirty years in the HTM, beginning as a technician with the USAF and the VA. He then moved on to third party service organizations, eventually becoming the VP of Program Development and Support for Sodexo CTM. Jim also served as the Sr. Director of Clinical Engineering for Erlanger Health System, with responsibility for all aspects of the Clinical Engineering program, including maintenance for biomedical and imaging equipment, medical equipment/IT infrastructure and support, contracts management, and regulatory compliance.
Samantha HeroldSamantha Herold
Member at Large 3
Email: memberatlarge3@accenet.org
Samantha Herold is a Clinical Systems Engineer at Yale New Haven Health. With only 5+ years of experience, she has led several large projects related to alarm annunciation and mobile communications, telemedicine & remote patient monitoring, and special integration/interoperability projects. She has presented on a national scale for AAMI, ANIA, ASHE, Epic, and HIMSS. Samantha was the secretary for the New England Society of Clinical Engineering (NESCE), which won AAMI’s 2020 Best Association Award. Additionally, she was one of the technical leads on a project that won the 2019 HIMSS Davies award, led the team that was the 2016 BI&T Bright Ideas Award recipient, and was the 2014 Michael J. Miller scholarship winner. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Katherine Breffeilh Navarro, CCE, FAC-P/PMKatherine Breffeilh Navarro, CCE, FAC-P/PM
Member at Large 4
Email: memberatlarge4@accenet.org
Katherine Navarro is a Biomedical Engineer with the VHA Office of Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) where she supports the Biomedical Engineering field in the VA from a national level. Katherine has been with the VA in the Healthcare Technology Management field for twelve years. She began her career in the VA at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System in Temple, Texas as a trainee in the VA's Technical Career Field (TCF) Biomedical Engineering program. Upon completion of the TCF program, Katherine moved to San Antonio, Texas and was a Biomedical Engineer at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System for approximately ten years, supporting the Biomedical Engineering department as a project manager for new medical equipment implementations. In 2020, Katherine began her new role for the Office of HTM, working virtually from San Antonio. Katherine served as the chair of the ACCE’s Body of Knowledge Committee from 2017 – 2019 and is currently on the ACCE Board as a Member at Large. Katherine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University. She has also earned professional certification in federal program/project management and is a Certified Clinical Engineer.
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