About Us

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.

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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 – Open
  • 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
Treasurer – Brent Waymire, HFA, LNHA, CNHA, FACHCA
  • Responsible for the financial operations and reporting of the Chapter
  • 1707 Williams Way E. , Anderson, IN 46011, 765-640-8958
  • Brent Waymire, gbwaymire@comcast.net
Secretary – Alexis Arnold, HFA, QMCP LNHA
  • Responsible for the accurate keeping of records of the activities of the Chapter
  • Hickory Creek – Huntington, Administrator
  • 1425 Grant St. Huntington, IN 46750, 260.356.4867
  • huntington_admin@hchfi.org

Board Members

  • Tina Bernacchi
  • Josh Bowman
  • Dave Deffenbaugh
  • Amanda Green
  • Mark Prifogle
  • Sarah Starcher
  • William Watson


  • Committee Co-Chairs – Sherice Ricks and Pam Clevenger
  • 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.
  • Committee Chair – Vivian Wright-Defrees
  • Responsible to oversee our AIT and Preceptor programs to support both systems.
  • Committee Co-Chairs – Vice-President and Secretary
  • Responsible to annually review financial and compliance records to confirm accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Committee Co-Chairs – Diana Gore and Meg Clark
  • Responsible for the individual and Chapter level awards nominations and programs.
  • Committee Co-Chairs – Open – Board Support Amanda Green
  • Responsible for all aspects of Chapter communication, in all mediums, including website, social media, mass email platform.
  • Responsible to assist other Committee Chairs 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.
  • Committee Co-Chairs – Tina Bernacchi and Amanda Marquis
  • Responsible for the coordination and hosting of all Chapter-related events, including social and educational.
  • 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.
Mentorship Program
  • Committee Chair – Josh Bowman
  • Responsible for the implementation and maintenance of a ACHCA mentorship program.
Membership Development and Retention
  • Committee Chair – Sarah Starcher
  • Responsible to attract and retain Chapter members.
  • Committee Chair – Immediate Past-President
  • Responsible for nominations committee.
  • Committee Chair – Treasurer
  • Responsible to generate sponsorship revenue from vendor partners for Chapter activities.
Student Engagement
  • Committee Chair – Mark Prifogle
  • Responsible to oversee university student programs and chapters – AIT Q&A’s will be managed by the AIT Q&A Chairperson(s).

News & Events

2017 Indiana Chapter Awards

Here are our 2017 Indiana Chapter Award winners! 1. Distinguished Nursing Home Administrator Award – Brenda Lewis, HFA, FACHCA 2. ACHCA Distinguished Service Award – Mark Prifogle, HFA, FACHCA 3. New Nursing Home Administrator Award – Ashley Douglas, HFA 4. New...

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