Leadership Academy

The goal of the FSHRMPS Leadership Academy is to provide a framework for understanding and practicing leadership, while highlighting fundamental skills needed to lead risk management and or patient safety initiatives in today’s complex healthcare system. Participants receive practical strategies for strengthening leadership and collaboration skills.

Upon completion of the Leadership Academy participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the Difference Between Management and Leadership
  • Identify Leadership Qualities for Risk or Patient Safety Leaders
  • Describe Strategies for Promoting Collaboration with Internal Departments & Outside Stakeholders
  • Analyze the Role of Leadership in Developing a Safety Culture
  • Apply Leadership Theory Through an Action Learning Project


Program Agenda & Materials  2-16-19

8:30 – 9:00 AM             Continental Breakfast & Sign in

9:00-10:00 AM               Management vs Leadership

                                                 Presented by: Joshua Montemayor and William Scharf, MD

10:00- 11:00 AM            Key Leadership Qualities for Risk or Patient Safety Leaders 

                                                 Presented by: Denise Shope

11:00-12:00 PM            Panel: How to be Recognized as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Patient Safety Culture 

                                                  Facilitated by Haresh Ramjas

12:00-1:00 PM:             Working Lunch / Small Group Discussions:


1:00-2:00 PM:              Collaborating with Internal Departments & Outside Stakeholders 

                                                     Presented by: Cory Meyers & Andy Bolin

2:00 -3:00 PM              Speaking and Reporting to the Senior Team, Medical Executive Committee, and Board

                                                     Presented by:  Candace Eden & Melissa Lofton

3:00 - 4:00 PM             Discussion of Potential Projects                           

                                                      Facilitated by: Candace Eden, Mary Jo Thompson & Ken Nanni


Leadership Academy Faculty

Joshua Montemayor is the Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Transformation at Orlando Health. Josh comes with a great deal of experience in healthcare, both as a clinician and an executive.  Josh became a Certified Professional in Patient Safety over 4 years. After spending nearly 2 decades working as a respiratory therapist and a registered nurse, Josh transitioned into a risk management and patient safety roles. His career began as a respiratory therapist in 1996 at a small community hospital. Since that time, he has held a number of positions in respiratory care, invasive cardiology, CVICU, flight medicine, as well as nursing leadership roles in orthopedics, neurology and risk management.

William R. Scharf, M.D. is the Director of Patient Safety for AdventHealth since September 2018.  He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and received a medical degree from the University of lllinois in Chicago.  Dr.  Scharf received postdoctoral training in general surgery from the University of Illinois Hospital, Cook County Hospital, and the West Side Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Chicago.   He completed residency studies in general surgery at the Ohio State University. 

Denise Shope joined RCM&D in 2008 as a Risk Management Consultant. She brings 33 years of extensive healthcare experience, 25+ years of which she spent working in healthcare risk management handling risk management issues for tertiary care systems, physician groups, post acute care and enterprise-wide health care delivery systems. She is a nationally recognized healthcare enterprise risk management professional.

Haresh Ramjas is currently the Operations Manager of Risk Management and Compliance for Orlando Health.  Areas of oversight include an acute care facility, wound center, ambulatory surgery center, physician practices, and skilled nursing facility.  Haresh obtained his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration in 2004.  He currently maintains several national certificates including Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and Healthcare Compliance (CHC).  He possesses 20+ years of healthcare experience including pharmacy, risk management, claims management, quality management, and long term care.  Haresh maintains active membership with ACHE, ASHRM, and HCCA.

Cory Meyers received her  Bachelor  of  Science  in  Nursing  from Northwestern State University, and  Master of Nursing from Louisiana State University.  She’s been employed since 1985 at Baptist Health, a 5 hospital health system with over 10,000 employees and a large multi-specialty physician practices with over 350 physicians throughout Northeast Florida.  She is responsible for the comprehensive risk management program, patient safety and privacy programs for the health system.  She is the Patient Safety Officer and Privacy Officer.  Cory’s professional affiliations include National Patient Safety Foundation, FSHRMPS, ASHRM, HCCA, and FHCCA.  She was appointed to the Advisory Council on State Risk Management for Florida, the Patient Safety Improvement Corps for the State of Florida, and completed the HRET Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship.

Carol Paris has been in emergency nursing for 15 years in a trauma setting and director of risk and claims management for 20 years in a large multi-system healthcare organization.  She is the former president of Florida Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety and the Central Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council.

Andrew S. Bolin is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Partner at the Bolin Law Group. Since graduating from Stetson Law School cum laude in 2002, Mr. Bolin has dedicated his practice to representing defendants in civil lawsuits and has consistently advocated for balance and fairness in the civil justice system. In addition to handling civil trials, he has appeared on behalf of clients in all State and Federal Appellate Courts, including in the United States Supreme Court.

Candace Eden, DNP has worked in Quality, Risk and Patient Safety for the last 20 years in the State of Florida. In her 36+ year nursing career she has served in operations for new program development of a cardiac observation and post-cath unit, as the Risk and Quality Director for Kaiser Permanente and Nemours Children’s Hospital, as the Risk Manager for Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Services at Orlando Health, and in various leadership roles for cardiac and emergency care. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Central Florida in 2015 and is a board certified nurse executive.

Melissa Lofton has been a Registered Nurse for 28 years.  Her primary area of practice was obstetrical nursing.  Ms. Lofton has also been a licensed attorney for 20 years where her practice was focused on medical malpractice defense for hospitals and physicians.  Her career shifted focus in 2002 when she transitioned to Risk Management, Patient Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance.  She is currently the Vice President of Quality & Patient Safety for an acute care general hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.     

Mary Jo Thompson, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, FASHRM has worked in the healthcare profession as a Registered Nurse since 1989 with experience throughout the continuum of patient care.  In 2006 she became involved with Quality, Risk Management, and Patient Safety in her role as a facility risk manager and medical staff manager. Currently, she is the Senior Loss Control Manager in Clinical Risk Management for a large health system spanning 10 states. She has presented at the annual conferences for both the Florida Society of Healthcare Risk Management & Patient Safety (FSHRMPS) and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM). Mary Jo is active in FSHRMPS and is currently the President of the society. In 2016 she was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from FSHRMPS and earned the Fellow designation with ASHRM in 2017.

Kenneth R. Nanni, Ph.D. received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and he completed his graduate work at Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Nanni has worked in a variety of healthcare settings and completed post graduate training programs at Cornell University and Harvard University.  He has published several articles on risk management and teaches as an adjunct for Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Nanni is an active member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, the Healthcare Compliance Association and he is currently the Executive Director of the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety.

CE Credit

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Broker Trakcing # 20-689240) for the following CE Credits:

  • Medical Errors - 2
  • Legal Aspects of Nursig - 2
  • General - 3 


This meeting has been approved for a total of 7.0 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.