Trinity’s Health Care Administration Alumni Network is a valuable part of every student's educational experience and continues to be so long after graduation. With continuous CAHME accreditation since 1968 and nearly 1,800 graduates across the US, our program has one of the largest alumni networks in the nation and a 50-year reputation of excellence.

Where Are Our Alumni

Map of where to find HCAD Alumni

Invested in Student Success

Our alumni are invested in the continued growth of current students, recent graduates, and emerging leaders. Alumni can engage with the program in many ways. 

  • Guidance: Offer students personal guidance as Senior Advisors or help students explore sectors of the healthcare field. 
  • Insight: Share insight and knowledge for student projects
  • Guest Lecture: Serve as guest speakers or host students for a site-visit as part of the weekly Friday Morning Lecture Series which exposes students to the wide variety of healthcare settings and careers they can pursue.
  • Mentor a Resident: Serve as Preceptors for the 12-month Administrative Residency (On-Campus Track)
  • Networking: Provide networking opportunities for ongoing career development
  • Teach a Course: Teach a course and give students a deeper understanding of the field by sharing your first hand experiences

Alumni Board


Vanessa Saenz Smith '94, '99
EVP, Operations
Houston, TX

Immediate Past President

Heidi Pandya '00, '05
Vice President of Strategic Planning
Medical City Healthcare
Dallas, TX

Events and Fundraising

Patrick Halinski '11
San Antonio, TX


Board Members at Large

Rick Merrill '84  
President and CEO
Cook Children's Health Care System
Fort Worth, TX

Sally Hurt-Deitch '03, FACHE 
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
El Paso, TX

Chuck Spicer '95, FACHE 
President and Chief Executive Officer
OU Medicine
Oklahoma City, OK

Matt Chance '98, FACHE 
Sr. Vice President, Operations
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Dallas, TX

Mike McBride '90, FACHE 
Regional President & Chief Operating Officer
St John's Health System
Tulsa, OK

Robert Martin '01, '03 
Dept of Family and Community Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 

Alison Joseph Haralson '99
Project Manager
Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation
Houston, TX

Malisha Patel '04, FACHE 
Senior Vice President and CEO
Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospitals
Houston, TX

Monica Vargas-Mahar '98, FACHE 
Chief Executive Officer
The Hospitals of Providence East Campus
El Paso, TX