University Leadership

President Edwin Hernandez talking with students

President Edwin I. Hernández, Ph.D.

An energetic leader, scholar, and advocate for faith-based education, Dr. Hernández became the second president of AdventHealth University in August 2017 after serving as provost for two years. With extensive experience in philanthropic initiatives and research in sociology and religion, he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the University of Notre Dame. The author of five books and numerous papers, Hernández has been an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1991.

Strategic Plan
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2018 President's Report

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Sandra Dunbar

Provost Sandra Dunbar-Smalley, DPA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Enthusiastic about the prospects for collaboration, growth, and spiritual leadership in higher education, Dr. Dunbar-Smalley is passionate about helping healthcare and other professionals achieve their highest potential as educators. The author of three textbooks and several journal publications, she was the founding director of the Center for Academic and Professional Development at Nova Southeastern University.

Board of Trustees

Daryl Tol

Daryl Tol, MHA

Board Chair

Serving as AdventHealth University Board of Trustees chair since 2017, Daryl Tol is president/CEO of AdventHealth Orlando and Central Florida Region. Beginning in 2000, he served in leadership positions at several AdventHealth hospitals: Florida Hospital Memorial Systems, Florida Hospital Flagler, and Florida Hospital DeLand. Tol became President of the Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler Market in 2010 and added the role of President/CEO at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in early 2012. Florida Hospital became AdventHealth Orlando in 2019. Tol earned his MHA at Loma Linda University and a BSBA from Walla Walla University.

Ronald C. Smith

Ronald C. Smith, PhD

Board Vice Chair

As president of Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Ron Smith leads the work of more than 250,000 church members, pastors, educators, and evangelists. He has served in the Seventh-day Adventist ministry for 40 years, including as senior pastor of Berean Church in Los Angeles, California, and Ephesus Church in Harlem, New York. He is also a registered clinical psychologist and marital and family therapist. Smith earned his PhD in psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, a DM from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and MDiv from Andrews University Theological Seminary, and a BA from Oakwood University.

Edwin Hernandez

Edwin I. Hernández, PhD

Board Secretary

Serving AdventHealth University as president since August 2017, Edwin Hernández is charged with leading a new phase of strategic growth and development at AHU. Under his leadership as provost from 2015 to 2017, AHU sharpened its standards, embraced innovation, and expanded degree programs. Dr. Hernández has been a leading scholar and strong advocate for Christian education, leading several philanthropic urban initiatives and research studies, particularly regarding Latino/a communities in need. Notable achievements include serving as vice president of academic affairs at Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico, program officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts, and founding director of the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the University of Notre Dame.

Diane Andrews

Diane R. Andrews, PhD, RN

Director of the Nursing Leadership & Management MSN program in the College of Nursing at University of Central Florida, Diane Andrews is also an associate professor and active researcher. Her work is focused on nurse satisfaction and retention in the workplace, including environmental and worker analysis with a special focus on the transition of new nurses.

Olesea Azevedo

Olesea Azevedo, MBA

Olesea Azevedo is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for AdventHealth. In this role, she defines, develops and implements system-wide human resources strategies. She previously served as vice president of human resources for Florida Blue/Guidewell, the largest health insurance provider in Florida. Prior to that, she served as assistant vice president of HR leadership and employee communication for Baptist Health South Florida, as well as their corporate HR director. Azevedo earned her MBA from Northern Illinois University, and a BS from Andrews University.

Kathleen Clem

Kathleen Clem, MD

Kathleen Clem serves as executive vice president and chief clinical officer for AdventHealth, coming from her role as vice president and CMO for Florida Hospital East Orlando. She was the inaugural chief of emergency medicine at Duke University, and department chair emergency medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, where she was the first woman to be named a department chair. She was also the first woman to be named division chief in the department of surgery at Duke, and the inaugural president of Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. An emergency medicine physician by training, Dr. Clem has organized medical teams to support clinical care and teaching efforts in Tanzania, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Honduras, Nepal, Vietnam, the Solomon Islands, Palestine and China. She earned her MD at Loma Linda.

Daryl Dixon

Daryl A. Dixon

An experienced business executive, entrepreneur, leader and manager, Daryl Dixon is CEO and co-founder of Valintry Services LLC, a national business consulting firm focused on supporting sales with Salesforce.com CRM. He also co-founded and then managed two business lines for Reflectx Services and Maxim Health Care and served as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. Previous leadership roles included education, rehabilitation, and operations. Dixon earned his BS degree in accounting at Washington Adventist University /Columbia Union College.

Todd Goodman

Todd Goodman

As Chief Financial Officer of AdventHealth Orlando and Central Florida Division of AdventHealth, Todd Goodman oversees financial operations of 18 hospital facilities and dozens of outpatient facilities and Centra Care urgent care locations. With more than 25 years in health care, Goodman administers net annual revenue of more than $5.5 billion for one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the U.S. During his tenure in senior finance leadership positions with Florida Hospital, the organization experienced significant growth, including the opening of three new campuses, women’s and children’s hospitals, and expanded research through programs such as the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes. Goodman earned his MBA at University of Central Florida and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwestern Adventist University.

Gerald Hubbell

Gerald C. Hubbell

After receiving a degree in Mortuary Science from Miami-Dade Community College in 1992, Gerald "Jerry" Hubbell started his career as a licensed funeral director at Hubbell Funeral Home. While working for the family-owned funeral home and crematory, he completed his education, receiving his baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 1995. Hubbell is proud to carry on the legacy of his parents, whose business was built on the values of providing compassionate service and care for those who have lost loved ones.

A. David Jimenez

An accomplished healthcare executive with exceptional operational and motivational skills, David Jimenez has served in senior leadership roles at Mercy Health, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare systems, AdventHealth, and the CEO Advisory Network. Expert in strategic, mission-based leadership, he has extensive knowledge of healthcare delivery systems and services. With a proven record in clinical transformation, Jimenez is an expert in quality, service excellence, financial performance, and mission effectiveness.

Jeffrey Kuhlman

Jeffrey C. Kuhlman, MD

As chief of quality and safety at AdventHealth, Jeffrey Kuhlman leads system clinical quality, clinical integration, population health, patient safety, clinical transformation and emergency services efforts. Dr. Kuhlman is triple board-certified in Aerospace, Family, and Occupational Medicine. In addition, he is board-certified in medical management and a Certified Physician Executive by the American Association of Physician Leaders. Dr. Kuhlman has traveled to over 90 countries reviewing their healthcare resources. His Global Health expertise includes the Certificate in Traveler Health by the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Allan Machado

Elected as the 24th president of the Florida Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2018, Allan Machado serves nearly 64,000 SDA members. Machado’s ministry has grown from the days of holding offices in his local church, to pastoral service, and then leading to administration positions on the conference level of lay ministry coordinator, ministerial field secretary, vice president of Spanish-language ministries, assistant to the president, executive secretary, and interim president.

Shannon Stewartson

Shannon Stewartson

Serving as chief executive officer at The Orthopedic Clinic of Daytona Beach since 2015, Shannon Stewartson is a dedicated healthcare professional. She has also held leadership roles at MCR Health Services in Manatee County, Coastal Orthopedics & Pain Management in Bradenton, Florida, and the outpatient imaging enterprise of AdventHealth Orlando. Stewartson holds an MHA from Ohio University and BS in Radiologic Sciences from AHU. She is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA). She is also an active member of American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA). She also serves as membership chair on the Florida BONES Society Board of Directors.

Rhonda Ward

Rhonda Ward, RN, MSN

As chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Denver, Rhonda Ward combines her passion for nursing and strong leadership to foster an environment of clinical excellence. With more than 27 years of nursing and management experience, Rhonda serves as an advocate for both the hospital's patients and staff, providing a strong voice for nurses and maintaining quality care practices and clinical efficacy. Ward began her career at Centura Health as a nurse on the medical unit at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital. Subsequently, she worked as a staff nurse on the surgical unit at Porter Adventist Hospital before assuming the role of charge nurse of that unit. She has also worked as a home care nurse for Centura Health at Home, a case manager at Porter Adventist Hospital, a home care coordinator at Littleton Adventist Hospital and as director of quality and operations for Centura Health at Home. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the director of quality, education and nursing support at Littleton. She earned her BSN from the University of Northern Colorado and holds an MSN from Regis University.

Thomas Werner

Thomas L. Werner

As president and chief executive officer of Adventist Health System from 1999 to 2006, and president and CEO of Florida Hospital from 1984 to 1999, Thomas Werner was instrumental in the growth and development of AHU. In 1993, Werner established the SHARES program through the Florida Hospital Foundation to initiate support for international medical missions. Then and now, SHARES medical teams provide life-changing services and surgeries, benefiting patients and helping medical residents develop clinical skill and human compassion. Over 26 years, thousands of children have received cleft lip and palate repair surgery through the program, known today as AdventHealth SHARES.