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.

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 - Mark Prifogle - 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

Vice President - Vivian Wright-Defrees - supports the President and acts on his/her behalf, when needed, and helps oversee strategic programs and initiatives

Treasurer - Brent Waymire - responsible for the financial operations and reporting of the Chapter

Secretary - Carol Wilkins - responsible for the accurate keeping of records of the activities of the Chapter


Director of Education - responsible for member educational activities for the Chapter

Director of Awards - Tony Stewart - responsible for the individual and Chapter level awards nominations and programs

Director of Chapter Events - responsible for the coordination and hosting of all Chapter-related events, social and educational

Director of Communication - responsible for all aspects of Chapter communication, in all mediums

Director of Sponsorship - Dave Deffenbaugh - responsible to generate sponsorship revenue from vendor partners for Chapter activities

Director of Student Engagement - responsible to oversee student programs and chapters - AITs programs will be in conjunction with the Director of AIT Resource Center
• IUPUI Student Chapter Mentor - Mark Prifogle
• IUPUI Faculty Advisor - John Dattilo
• IPFW Student Chapter Mentor - Dave Deffenbaugh
• IPFW Faculty Advisor - Dr. Koichiro Otane

Director of Membership Development - Ashley Douglas - responsible to attract and retain Chapter members

Director of the Member Resource Center - Greg Fassett - responsible for the maintenance of the member resources, i.e. policy and procedure library, mentorship programs and promote and increase Fellowships and Certifications

Director of the AIT Resource Center - Vivian Wright-Defrees - responsible to oversee our AIT and Preceptor programs and the materials that support both systems

Director of Government Affairs - 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

Director of Advocacy - Sarah Starcher - responsible to attend IN 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

Director of Marketing and Development - Amanda Green - 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.