Founded in 1962, ACHCA is a non-profit professional membership association which provides superior educational programming, professional certification, and career development opportunities for its members. Guided by the vision that dynamic leadership forges long term health care services that are desired, meaningful, successful, and efficient, ACHCA identifies, recognizes, and supports post-acute and aging services leaders, advocating for their mission and promoting excellence in their profession.

Letter from the President

Click here to read the letter from president, Vivian Wright-Defrees.

Our Vision

To be the premiere membership organization providing professional leadership development opportunities for post-acute and aging services health care administrators. Dynamic leadership forges post-acute and aging health care services that are desired, meaningful, successful and efficient.

Our Mission Statement

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the catalyst for excellence in post-acute and aging services leadership.

Our Values

Identifies post-acute and aging services leaders
Recognizes post-acute and aging services leaders
Supports post-acute and aging services leaders
Advocates for the mission of post-acute and aging services leaders
Promotes professional excellence among post-acute and aging services leaders


President - Vivian Wright-Defrees, MA, MBA, HFA, LNHA, FACHCA
Responsible to oversee the smooth operation of the Chapter, as a whole, and to develop and implement strategy for the ongoing relevance and viability of the organization
Success Development, Inc., President/CEO
9801 Fall Creek Road #417, Indianapolis, IN 46256, 317-596-0707
Vivian Wright-Defrees, vwrightdefrees@successdevelopment.biz

Vice President - Tony Stewart, MBA, FACHE, HFA, Lean SSBB, CHC
Supports the President and acts on his/her behalf, when needed, and helps oversee strategic programs and initiatives
Riverview Health, Regional Quality Director of LTC Srvs Lab Srvs Lines & Lean Process Improvement, 395 Westfield Road, Noblesville, IN 46060, 317.770.3319
Tony Stewart, astewart@riverview.org

Treasurer - Brent Waymire, HFA, LNHA, CNHA, FACHCA
Responsible for the financial operations and reporting of the Chapter
Hickory Creek Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Vice President
6081 E. 82nd Street, Suite 120, Indianapolis, IN 46250, 317-570-0266
Brent Waymire, bwaymire@hchfi.org

Secretary - Ashley Douglas, MHA, HFA, LNHA
Responsible for the accurate keeping of records of the activities of the Chapter
Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center, Administrator
2237 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809, 260.747.2353
Ashley Douglas, ashkblack@gmail.com


ACHCA Board - Board Member at Large - Mark Prifogle

Advocacy - Committee Meeting Chair - Tyler Weilbaker
Responsible to attend IN IPLA HFA Board meetings, speak on behalf of our members, if needed, and encourage active participation in the licensing/governance process of the HFA/RCA profession.

AIT Resource Center - Committee Meeting Chair - Vivian Wright-Defrees
Responsible to oversee our AIT and Preceptor programs and the materials that support both systems.

Audit - Committee Meeting Chair - Tony Stewart
Responsible to annually review financial and compliance records to confirm accuracy and thoroughness.

Awards - Committee Meeting Chair - Mindy Jones
Responsible for the individual and Chapter level awards nominations and programs.

Communication - Committee Meeting Chair - Amanda Green (ex-officio)
Responsible for all aspects of Chapter communication, in all mediums, including website, social media, mass email platform.

Compliance - Committee Meeting Chair - Brent Waymire
Responsible for all filings and documentation for maintaining ACHCA-IN in compliance with ACHCA and federal, state, and local laws.

D3 - Committee Meeting Chair - Mark Prifogle
D3 Conference Chair

Education - Committee Meeting Chair - Bill Watson
Responsible for member educational activities for the Chapter. To identify and coordinate speakers for the events as well and provide CE information to appropriate parties.

Events - Committee Meeting Chair - Robin Scott
Responsible for the coordination and hosting of all Chapter-related events, social and educational.

Government Affairs - Committee Meeting Chair - Bill Watson
Responsible to stay current on state and federal government regulations and statutes related to our profession and coordinate member engagement in the political decision-making process. Keep the board apprised with changes and/or anticipated changes.

Finance Committee - Committee Meeting Chair - Brent Waymire
Responsible for Chapter Finance Oversight

Liaisons to Trade Associations
• IHCA - Vivian Wright-Defrees
• Leading Age - Mark Prifogle

Marketing and Development - Committee Meeting Chair - Amanda Green (ex-officio)
Responsible to assist the Directors of Membership, Member Resource and Sponsorship to convey the value of membership and participation to members, potential members, students and vendor partners. The development of materials and messaging related to the value proposition and unique differentiators will be included in the ongoing Marketing Plan to be developed and implemented as part of the overarching Chapter strategy.

Member Resource Center - Committee Meeting Chair - Josh Bowman
Responsible for the maintenance of the member resources, i.e. policy and procedure library, mentorship programs and promote and increase Fellowships and Certifications.

Membership Development and Retention - Committee Meeting Chair - Sarah Starcher
Responsible to attract and retain Chapter members.

Nominations / Immediate Past-President - Committee Meeting Chair - Mark Prifogle
Responsible for nominations committee.

Sponsorship - Committee Meeting Chair - Brent Waymire
Responsible to generate sponsorship revenue from vendor partners for Chapter activities.

Student Engagement - Committee Meeting Chair - Mark Prifogle
Responsible to oversee student programs and chapters - AITs programs will be in conjunction with the Director of AIT Resource Center.