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Board of Directors

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

Officers

Ilir Kullolli, MSIlir Kullolli, MS
President
Email: president@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.
Priyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIFPriyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIF
President Elect
Email: presidentelect@accenet.org
Priyanka Upendra is the Compliance Program Director of Technology Management at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona. She works closely with Information Technology and Environmental Health & Safety on medical device cybersecurity, clinical engineering quality & compliance, and ISO certification efforts. She is a member of AAMI's Technology Management Council, EQ Standards Committee, BI&T Editorial Board, Awards Committee, Nominating Committee and H-ISAC's MDSISC and PSIC. Prior to Banner Health, Priya served at Intermountain Healthcare, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children's Health and is a research adviser for BME undergrad and grad students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. Priya holds a master’s degree in Engineering (Biomedical Devices) from San Jose State University and a Bachelor's in Medical Electronics Engineering from B.M.S College of Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Health Administration.
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.
Samantha Herold, MS, CCESamantha Herold, MS, CCE
Treasurer
Email: treasurer@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
Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, CHTM, FACCEArif Subhan, MS, CCE, FACCE, AAMIF
Immediate Past President
Email: pastpresident@accenet.org
Arif Subhan is the Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is a VA TCF Preceptor for clinical engineers and BMETs and an Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut. He is on the Editorial Boards of BI&T, 24x7 Magazine, and Journal of Clinical Engineering (JCE) and a regular columnist for JCE. He was Chair, USCC (predecessor to ACI). He has been on the ACCE Board for over a decade and has been the Chair of Education Committee and BOK Committee. He was Co-Chair, AAMI Annual Conference Program Committee and has been a faculty member for CCE and CBET exam review courses and for international workshops. He has authored book chapters for the “Clinical Engineering Handbook”, “Encyclopedia of Medical Devices and Instrumentation” and “A Practicum for Biomedical Engineering and Management Issues.” He was the Senior Clinical Engineer at Masterplan, and Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Nebraska and VA South Texas. In 2013, he received the ACCE Professional Development/Managerial Excellence Award. In 2012, he received the AAMI Leadership Award.
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, ITILDavid W. Braeutigam, MBA, CBET, CHTM, 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, CHOP, SASHE, FACCE, AAMIFJames Caporali, MS, CRES, CHOP, SASHE, FACCE, AAMIF
Member at Large 2
Email: memberatlarge2@accenet.org
Jim Caporali is the Principal of JC Services, an independent management and consulting firm specializing in Healthcare Technology Management, executive and administrative management services, and strategic planning. 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.
Kim Greenwood, MASc, CCE, CBET, P.Eng, FEIC, FCMBEKim Greenwood, MASc, CCE, CBET, P.Eng, FEIC, FCMBE
Member at Large 3
Email: memberatlarge3@accenet.org
Kim started his career at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1979 then, in1991 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 current team provides external services to 18 hospitals at 23 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 the local universities Biomedical Engineering programs. 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. Kim serves on three other healthcare related Boards in Canada. Kim holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carleton University.
Katherine NavarroKatherine B. Navarro, CCE, FAC-P/M
Member at Large 4
Email: memberatlarge4@accenet.org
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 graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and has been with the VA in the Healthcare Technology Management field for eleven 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 to her current role at the South Texas VA. Katherine has been actively involved in the ACCE's Body of Knowledge (BOK) Committee from 2015 and served as the chair of the ACCE BOK committee from 2017 - 2019.
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