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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.


Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, CHTM, FACCE
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.
Ilir Kullolli, MS
President Elect
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.
Alan Lipschultz, PE, CCE, CSP, CPPS,FACCE
Vice President
Alan Lipschultz is the President of HealthCare Technology Consulting LLC out of North Bethesda, MD. From 1989 to 2011, he was the Director of Clinical Engineering at two different hospital systems. He is a Professional Engineer in the state of Delaware; he is Certified in Clinical Engineering, a Certified Safety Professional, a Certified Professional in Patient Safety; and a Fellow in ACCE. From 1993 to 2015 he was the co-chair of the AAMI Standards Board and currently serves on several AAMI Standards Committees. From 2007 to 2015 Alan was also the chair of the NFPA-99 Medical Equipment Technical Committee.  
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.
Elena Simoncini. MS, CCE
Elena Simoncini is the Chief of Clinical Engineering at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) and Bedford VA Medical Center. Prior to her current role, Elena has seven years of experience in the Clinical Engineering and Healthcare Strategic Planning Environments for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Elena received her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE).
James Panella
Jim Panella is Director of Clinical Engineering/IT at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVRY Institute of Technology. He started his career in Clinical Engineering 33 years ago at University of Chicago Medical Center and has been a Director of Clinical Engineering for the past 25 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 improvement programs.
PKrestaPetr Kresta, MS, PEng, fCMBES
Immediate Past President
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.
Suly Chi, MSc
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

Joan C. Brown, MBA CCE
Member at Large 1
Since 2016 Joan Brown has served as the Chief Data Officer for the Department of Surgery & Critical Care Institute for Keck Medicine of USC. Joan has spent most of her career working as a member of the clinical team driving process innovation and improved workflow efficiency within many of the top hospitals in the US, including the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian and Massachusetts General Hospital. Joan began initially as a clinical engineer leading multi-million dollar technology projects, which naturally led her towards the convergence of information technology (IT), medical devices, information management systems and informatics.
Shelly Crisler, MS, CCE
Member at Large 2
Shelly Crisler is a Biomedical Engineer at the VHA Center for Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health (CEOSH). Ms. Crisler has close to ten years of experience in Clinical/Biomedical Engineering in the hospital environment. In her current role, Ms. Crisler is responsible for providing support and guidance and assistance to VHA Central Office program offices, medical facilities, and VHA regional offices (VISNs) regarding equipment management, alerts, recalls, and incident response, continuing education, medical device safety, capital equipment life cycle management, medical technology advances, professional certification, and professional societies and organizations. Ms. Crisler is also responsible for planning, developing, and implementing a diverse portfolio of products and services to effectively support healthcare technology management professionals across VHA. Shelly is also a board member on the AAMI Wireless Strategy Task Force, and the ECRI Health Devices Advisory Board. She received the 2014 AAMI Young Professional Award.
Priyanka Upendra, MSE, CHTM
Member at Large 3
Priyanka Upendra is the Compliance Program Director of Technology Management/ENTECH at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to Banner Health, Priyanka served as the CE Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare and held several positions at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. She is a research adviser and technical adviser to the curriculum design & development committee at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. Priya is a member of the AAMI’s Technology Management Council, EQ Committee, BI&T Editorial Board, Awards Committee, and Nominating Committee. Priyanka Upendra holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering (Biomedical Devices) from San Jose State University in San Jose, California and a Bachelor’s in Medical Electronics Engineering from B.M.S College of Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University in Bangalore, India.
Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE
Member at Large 4
Samantha Jacques is the Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She works closely with Information Technology and Nursing Clinical Informatics on all device integration and alarm management activities. She is a member of the AAMI Alarm Management Consortium and AAMI Standards Committee. Prior to Penn State, she was Director of Biomedical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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