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Gannon Welcomes Master of Healthcare Administration Experts

Center for Business Ingenuity at Gannon University

Center for Business Ingenuity at Gannon University

Gannon University proudly welcomes three new adjunct teaching professionals to its Master of Healthcare Administration Program. 

Jason Roeback, Michelle Robertson, ’87MBA, FACHE, CMPE, and Geoffrey VanderPal, DBA, CFP®, CLU, CTP, will teach courses in the spring, summer and fall 2020 semesters. 

Rick Stachel, Ph.D., director of the MHA program, said these individuals will bring a rich level of experience from their professional career experiences to students at Gannon. 

“Since the program focuses on project-based learning, all of these career professionals will be able to add valuable insight to enrich our students’ work and overall experience with the program,” Stachel said. “Mr. Roeback and Ms. Robertson have both been very active in healthcare in Erie, and since the MHA is now delivered in an online format, we can attract professionals like Dr. VanderPal. He has a great deal of experience globally and teaching finance in an online format.” 

These new faculty are profiled below: 

Jason Roeback will teach healthcare management and leadership at Gannon beginning in March. 

Roeback serves as the chief operating officer for AHN Saint Vincent Hospital, a role he was appointed to in July 2017. Roeback is responsible for the overall operations of the hospital and related business entities, including Saint Vincent Medical Group. Roeback joined Saint Vincent from Sharon Regional Health System, where he has served as president and chief executive officer. 

Roeback has more than 25 years of experience in leading for-profit, nonprofit and academic healthcare institutions. His previous roles include president of UPMC Northwest Hospital and president of UPMC Hamot’s employed physician network. Before UPMC, Roeback was CEO of HMA Hernando Healthcare in Spring Hill, Fla., and CEO of HealthSouth locations in Florida and Arizona. He began his career as a fiscal and administrative officer at the United States Navy Medical Service Corps’ Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. 

MHA, The Pennsylvania State University, State College (1988) 

BHS, Health administration, University of Kentucky (1986) 

Michelle Robertson, ’87MBA, FACHE, CMPE, will teach healthcare policy during the summer semester. 

Robertson first joined Gannon as an adjunct professor in 2015 and has taught graduate-level fiscal management, strategic planning, and grant writing courses in the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. She has been employed with Hamot Health Foundation as a grants officer since 2012. Her work experience includes more than 30 years with UPMC Hamot where she has held numerous positions, including vice president of the Hamot Physician Network and vice president and director of Planning and Managed Care. 

Robertson has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Certified Medical Practice Executives and Pennsylvania MGMA, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and Leadership Erie. She has remained an active member of the Erie community throughout the years. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Erie Homes for Children and Adults and St. Paul’s Free Clinic since 2015 and 2016, respectively. She has been a member of Erie Rotary since 1998. 

MBA, Health services administration, Gannon University (1987) 
B.A., Mathematical sciences and managerial studies, Rice University (1985)

Certified Marketplace Navigator (Since 2013) 

Geoffrey VanderPal, DBA, MBA, CFP®, CLU, CTP, will be teaching healthcare finance in the fall. 

VanderPal has extensive experience in the business and finance industries. He has held positions as co-founder and chief investment officer of Elite Financial Planning Group of America, Inc., vice president of First Union Securities, Inc., and senior financial executive of Citicorp Investment Services and Citibank. He has worked as a securities arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. since 1998.  

VanderPal has worked as an ambassador-at-large and economist on behalf of the government of the Republic of Guinea since 2017. In this position, VanderPal spearheaded successful economic analysis, management and oversight to provide economic advice, research and potential business relationships. He worked a dual position as interim CFO, strategy advisor and co-founder of Alexia Kay Design LLC in Las Vegas and Bangkok, Thailand. 

VanderPal has taught more than 300 online and classroom courses and seminars in the disciplines of finance and business at universities in the U.S., France, Bermuda, Ghana, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. As former program chair for the Graduate School of Business at Argosy University, VanderPal drove a 49 percent reduction in student attrition and 81 percent increase in enrollment in one year. VanderPal has also facilitated training and mentoring to faculty and students while designing quality-driven programs and building local business partnerships to develop effective classroom education. 

VanderPal has authored nearly 20 peer-reviewed research articles centering on accounting and finance, leadership, and business and economics. In 2017, VanderPal published his book, Invincible Investing, which focuses on the proprietary method of managing money that he developed during his two decades in wealth management.  

Post-Doctorate of Management, Global leadership, Colorado Technical University (2014)
DBA, Finance, Nova Southeastern University (2006)
MBA, Webster University (1997)
B.S., Business administration, Columbia College (1995)
Certified Financial Planner® (Since 2001)
Chartered Life Underwater (Since 2002)
Certified Treasury Professional (Since 2005) 
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Level II Candidate

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