Our Team

LeAnn Swanson, MPH
CEO, NCHL

LeAnn Swanson is chief executive officer of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Bringing more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience to the role, Ms. Swanson is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of NCHL and works closely with the NCHL board of directors on the development of the organization’s strategic plan and direction. She oversees all financial, programmatic, and operational controls of the organization and provides oversight to its corporate members; sponsors; and stakeholders. Ms. Swanson is responsible for promoting the mission and vision of NCHL and its portfolio of collaborative programs, including the US Cooperative for International Patient Programs (USCIPP), the Leadership Excellence Networks (LENS), and the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF). Ms. Swanson works to engage and interface with member organizations, prospective members, and corporate sponsors, ensuring NCHL’s visibility throughout the industry while fostering relationships across disciplines and key stakeholders. She holds a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in health education from Northern Arizona University. She may be reached at lswanson@nchl.org.

Jarrett Fowler, MPPA
Director, USCIPP, NCHL

Jarrett Fowler is USCIPP’s director. In this role, he directs USCIPP’s strategic planning and business development initiatives, member relations, programmatic activities, and operations. He oversees USCIPP’s relationships with key stakeholders, including governmental agencies in the US and internationally, non-governmental organizations, international ministries of health and commerce, academic institutions, sponsoring organizations, corporate members, and other entities across interrelated sectors. He holds responsibility for USCIPP’s budget and directly or indirectly manages the teams responsible for its business intelligence and market research, operational benchmarking and data analytics, interorganizational learning, and event planning initiatives. Finally, Mr. Fowler co-leads international trade events and other business development initiatives for USCIPP’s members and conducts in-depth market research in coordination with USCIPP’s business intelligence team. Mr. Fowler holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Chicago. He may be reached at uscipp@nchl.org.

meghan head shotMeghan Nousaine, MPH
Director of Communications and Membership

Meghan Nousaine is the director of communications and membership at the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Ms. Nousaine serves as an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the organization and holds responsibility for the implementation of all communications and overall membership and business development activities. She has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit healthcare communications, development, health policy, stakeholder and member engagement, and legislative advocacy. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Communication from California State University Monterey Bay. She may be reached at mnousaine@nchl.org.

Callie Lambert
Research Manager, USCIPP/NCHL

Callie Lambert serves as research manager for USCIPP and its parent organization, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). In this role, Ms. Lambert leads NCHL’s research and data analysis initiatives and holds responsibility for managing USCIPP’s research agenda and business intelligence activities. Ms. Lambert coordinates and manages research workflows across multiple project teams, and she oversees the Qlik Sense data dashboard environment for the business intelligence and data analytics needs of the organization. Working closely with stakeholders across numerous USCIPP member institutions, Ms. Lambert also plays an integral role in coordinating the ongoing data benchmarking and analytics initiatives that the USCIPP program conducts on behalf of its members. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Public Policy & Management – Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University. She may be reached at uscipp@nchl.org.

Alia Ibrahim
Project Manager & Lead, Global Relationships – Middle East, USCIPP, NCHL

Alia Ibrahim is USCIPP’s project manager and global relationships lead for the Middle East. In this role, Ms. Ibrahim works closely with USCIPP’s director, events coordinator, and researchers to support a variety of member needs. She oversees a number of key areas within the association, including a collaborative initiative focused on the development a common set of experience-of-care metrics that allow for cross-organizational comparisons and the identification of evidence-driven best practices specifically tailored to international patient care; the association’s continuing education activities for its member institutions; and relationship management with key organizations located in the Middle East. Ms. Ibrahim coordinates across numerous stakeholder groups – including the US Department of Commerce, domestic and international governmental bodies, sponsoring organizations, and other global partners – to support USCIPP’s broader international trade activities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in interdisciplinary studies from DePaul University. She may be reached at uscipp@nchl.org.

Brandy Blanton
Research Coordinator, USCIPP, NCHL

Brandy Blanton is USCIPP’s research coordinator. In this role, Ms. Blanton supports a number of USCIPP projects and initiatives, including ongoing global market monitoring and business intelligence; in-depth economic, political, social, and infrastructural country analysis and reporting; USCIPP’s annual benchmarking survey and Qlik Sense data dashboard and analytics initiatives; USCIPP’s International Patient Experience Initiative; and additional research projects for USCIPP’s Premium members as prioritized by the Benchmarking & Research Subcommittee. Ms. Blanton holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) in terrorism and political violence from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and two undergraduate degrees – a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative and professional writing and a Bachelor of Arts in theater and politics – from Converse College in South Carolina. She may be reached at uscipp@nchl.org.

Nitasha Kassam
Program Manager, NCAF, NCHL

Nitasha Kassam is the program manager for NCHL’s National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF). She is responsible for overseeing the work of the NCAF Steering Committee and subcommittees, NAFCAS (centralized application service), member relations, business development, and programmatic initiatives. Additionally, Ms. Kassam leads the Graduate Education Leadership Council (GEHM) and ensures there is clear path for practice and academia to help develop early careerists. In her role, she collaborates with partners nationwide to ensure data and benchmarking initiatives are collected and analyzed to help provide the field with a realistic look at administrative fellowships. Ms. Kassam holds a Bachelor of Science in commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in public policy from DePaul University. She may be reached at nkassam@nchl.org.

Melanie P. Standish, MS
Program Manager, LENS, NCHL

Melanie P. Standish is program manager of NCHL’s Leadership Excellence Networks (LENS). She is responsible for overseeing the work of the LENS Steering Committee and Councils, LENS member relations, business development, and operations. Additionally, Ms. Standish leads the research-related needs of LENS and other leadership research on behalf of NCHL. She conducts monthly literature scans to summarize the latest in leadership and talent management research for LENS member executive briefings.  She also provides oversight of NCHL’s Health Leadership Competency Model and the biannual Best Organizations for Leadership Development Program (BOLD) and National Health Leadership Survey. Ms. Standish holds a Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the same institution. She may be reached at mstandish@nchl.org.

Soleh Dermawan
Accountant, NCHL

Soleh Dermawan is the accountant for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Mr. Dermawan brings more than 30 years of for-profit, non-profit, and administrative business experience to his role. He is responsible for NCHL’s overall financial operation and works closely with the NCHL CEO and NCHL’s programs and member organizations relative to financial matters. Soleh is responsible for NCHL’s financial accuracy and completeness and engages and communicates with member organizations to ensure they are comfortable with financial matters. He has completed many graduate programs and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Indonesia as well as a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University. He may be reached at sdermawan@nchl.org.