Our fellows

Current

 Reilly-Chelsi

Chelsi Reilly, MSN, MHSA, RN, CPHON
2020 – 2022
First Year Fellow
creilly@chw.org

Chelsi Reilly is from Sussex, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with her Masters in Nursing (Organizational Leadership) and Masters in Health Services Administration.  Prior to graduate school, Chelsi attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Spanish.  During nursing school, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at American Family Children’s Hospital and worked for four years as a beside nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri on the Hem/Onc/BMT unit.  She also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the simulation center at the University of Kansas Medical Center and focused on understanding and improving team dynamics.  While working as a nurse, she discovered two things.  First, she found a strong desire to impact care from a higher level.  Second, she wants to help remove barriers so teams can collaborate and develop systems of care to support optimal outcomes and improve staff engagement and patient and family experiences.  Her passion for pediatrics coupled with her pride for Milwaukee makes her thrilled to work alongside a robust leadership team dedicated to making Wisconsin’s kids the healthiest in the nation.  In her free time, Chelsi enjoys spending time outside, reading, trying new foods, and exploring new places. 

Former

Marianna Valadez, MHA

Valadez

Marianna Valadez
2019 – 2020
Business Operations Specialist
Children’s Medical Group

“I truly believe that being an Administrative Fellow at Children’s Wisconsin was the best way I could have started my career. The fellowship preceptors, Scott and Juliet, were invested in my success and gave me consistent guidance to help me think critically and grow as a leader. I was able to build relationships with individuals across the system, participate in unique experiential learning opportunities, and lead projects that had an impact on the lives’ of children in our community. Most importantly, the culture at Children’s supported my learning journey every step in the way. I’m thrilled to stay at this organization and I’m grateful that this fellowship will serve as a firm foundation for me to build my career upon.”

Jenny Patterson, MHA

Patterson

Jenny Patterson, MHA
2016 – 2017
Manager, Clinical Integration
Children’s Specialty Group

"I can’t express enough gratitude and praise for the experience that I was afforded during my time as the administrative fellow for Children's Wisconsin. It’s an opportunity unlike any other offered in healthcare. I had the opportunity to “lift the curtain” and peer into every aspect of what makes this system run efficiently and effectively from operations to finance to research and beyond. And I did this all with the support and guidance of a strong, passionate leadership team. I experienced firsthand the way the mission and vision of Children’s pulses through the entire organization, from the top all the way down. I am confident that my time in the fellowship helped shape my career path and positioned me to be a successful healthcare leader in the future."

Jack Scalcucci, MS-HSM

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Jack Scalcucci, MS-HSM
2012 – 2013
Executive Director, Ambulatory Services
Children’s Wisconsin

“The Administrative Fellowship at the Children’s Wisconsin is an amazing opportunity to learn within an organization that fully supports the fellowship model. The access, opportunities, and projects aligned with the fellowship included major initiatives and organizational priorities. While the work and experience was, in itself, rewarding, the culture and support of the organization during the fellowship created an environment that truly afforded me the ability to grow as a healthcare leader.”

Mike Flaherty, MHA

Flaherty

Mike Flaherty, MHA
2010 – 2012 
Business Manager, Ambulatory Specialty Care
Children’s Wisconsin

“The Administrative Fellowship at Children’s Wisconsin provided a wonderful opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the inner workings of a health system and immerse myself in pediatric healthcare. This was accomplished through work on high value strategic projects, direct leadership opportunities, and access to learn from the teams across the system about the work that they do to better the lives of children throughout Wisconsin. The accessibility of senior leaders throughout the system furthered my understanding of leadership and all that goes into strong decision making that drives an organization forward. I would not be the leader I am today if I did not have these experiences and will continue to use what I learned during the fellowship throughout my career.”

Jenny Movrich, MSHA

Movrich 

Jenny Movrich, MSHA
2009 – 2010 
Sr. Program Manager, Health Management
Children’s Wisconsin

“The Administrative Fellowship at Children’s Wisconsin is an immersive experience where young leaders can observe the intricacies of a complex, academic health system while testing their leadership skills and different areas of interest. It’s a great opportunity to take charge on projects with the support of the leadership team, while also testing boundaries and innovation. You not only learn about the type of work that exists in a leading children’s health system, but the importance of culture and managing through change. My experience was invaluable as I still maintain close relationships across the health system and utilize and expand on what I’ve learned in my fellowship.”

Phil Kissack, MHA, MS, RD

Kissack 

Phil Kissack, MHA, MS, RD
2006 - 2007
Director, Quality Improvement and HEDIS Reporting
Children’s Community Health Plan

“A great opportunity to interact with and learn from executive leadership.”

Elisa Gricunas, MHA, RN

Gricunas

Elisa Gricunas, MHA, RN
2004 – 2005 
Pediatric Nurse II

"The Administrative Fellowship at Children’s Wisconsin was a year filled with complete immersion into the corporate and organizational culture of Children's. This opportunity promoted administrative growth, and fostered a dynamic application of my graduate knowledge in a pediatric health care setting. The projects I pursued in my Fellowship confirmed my interest in patient safety and clinical quality improvement. The fellowship experience transcended into my nursing practice in how I care for my vulnerable pediatric patients. This includes promoting safe care delivery to the patients and families I serve, and has also influenced the various council and committee work I have pursued."

Nandita Nanchal, MHA

Nanchal 

Nandita Nanchal, MHA
2003 – 2004 
Director, Clinical Operations
Children’s Specialty Group

“Looking back at my fellowship, I remember it as a year filled with learning and spreading my wings. My mentor gave sound advice that the best way to learn was to be a sponge, and not say “no” to any project no matter how big or small. I got to lead some high profile projects for the institution, with oversight, such as the bond rating. I also got to interact very closely with the senior leaders at Children's and build lasting relationships that extend to this day. The administrative fellowship is a very unique experience that allows you to learn and be mentored in the real world, while still having a safety net to fall back on.”

Juliet Kersten

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Juliet Kersten
1988 – 1989 
Vice President, Ambulatory & Regional Services
Children’s Wisconsin

“I joined Children's as the administrative fellow at an exciting time when we were moving from downtown to our current campus. Over the years I’ve been blessed to contribute and lead in many different areas of the hospital, including 20 years as preceptor for our fellowship program. What’s always been true is that Children’s values learning and training of leaders. As a fellow, I had the access and interest of all leaders in the organization to help me learn and develop as a healthcare leader. Our aim is to provide an enriching fellowship experience and find high potential talent to recruit into our organization.”