Residency and Fellowships

Administrative Fellowship

Main entrance administrative fellowship imageSeattle Children’s Hospital – ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report – serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. For over 100 years, we have cared for children with illnesses and injuries. Though much has changed in pediatric medicine during the past century, we are proud that Seattle Children’s has often been at the forefront of these advances.

Seattle Children’s is dedicated to caring for our young patients, training healthcare professionals, pursuing research and clinical innovation and serving our community. To achieve our vision of being an innovative leader in pediatric health and wellness, one of our strategic plan goals is to develop the next generation of pediatric healthcare leaders.

  • The two-year fellowship program is tailored to the administrative fellows’ specific interests, as well as to organizational initiatives, during their tenure at the hospital. Fellows will also gain valuable mentorship and professional development opportunities from Seattle Children’s senior executives.

    In the first year, fellows will focus on project-based work in different areas of the organization. In the second year, they will obtain line management experience in a preferred department.

    Key areas of focus in the first year may include (but are not limited to): 

    • Hospital operations, inpatient and ambulatory
    • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
    • Strategic planning
    • Financial management
    • Patient safety
    • Information technology
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Physician partnership

    Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds and thoughts because this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Each of us is respectfully encouraged to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes diversity and inclusion at all levels.

  • The primary objectives of the Administrative Fellowship Program are to: 

    • Support fellows in developing a comprehensive understanding of pediatric hospital operations
    • Prepare fellows to assume a contributing role on a healthcare management team
    • Provide fellows an opportunity to enhance important managerial competencies such as customer service, financial stewardship, operations management, change management and performance management
  • The fellows will directly report to Russ Williams, senior vice president and chief operating officer. Williams serves as the fellows’ direct supervisor and provides exceptional professional guidance, mentoring and support during the two-year fellowship.

  • 2020–2022

    Makenna Sewell
    MHA, University of Washington
    First-Year Administrative Fellow

    Rahma Osman
    MHA, University of Oklahoma
    First-Year Administrative Fellow


    Shanelle Lalor
    MHA, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    Interim Ambulatory Manager, Clinical Nutrition, Seattle Children’s
    Second-Year Administrative Fellow

  • 2018–2020

    Keahi Higa
    MHA, MPH, University of Utah
    Business Operations Manager, Imaging Services, Seattle Children's

    Melvin Smith
    MPH, Brown University
    Program Manager, IT Core Operations, Seattle Children's
    Supervisor, Desktop Support Team, Seattle Children's


    Scott Sonntag
    LICSW, MPA, MHA, University of Utah
    Manager of Integrated Behavioral Health, SCCN, Seattle Children's


    Kelsey Hyatt
    MHA, Tulane University
    Manager, Administrative Services, Seattle Children's North Clinic in Everett

    Snigdha Paruchuri
    MHSA, University of Michigan
    Executive Project Manager, Office of the CEO, Seattle Children's


    Vince Chiu
    MHA, University of Pittsburgh
    Practice Advisor, CUMG, Seattle Children’s


    Jamie Wood
    MHSA, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    Senior Lean Consultant, Sutter Health


    Jesse Favre
    MSW, MBA, Washington University in St. Louis
    Quality Manager, Belton Regional Medical Center

    Amy Jones
    DNP, Old Dominion University
    MPH, New York Medical College
    Director of Operations, Nicklaus Children’s Health System


    Whitney Murphy
    MHA, University of Washington
    VP, Surgical Services, Seattle Children’s


    Elliott Bosslet
    MHSA, Georgetown University
    Director of Surgeon Education, NuVasive


    Aaron Dipzinski
    MHPA, Washington State University
    JD, Gonzaga University School of Law
    Director of Lean Transformation, PeaceHealth


    Alison (Starks) Bender
    MHSA, University of Kansas School of Medicine


    Michael Lo
    MHA, University of Washington
    MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas – Austin
    Director of Medical Specialties, Seattle Children’s

    Sapna Dhruv
    MHA, University of Houston – Clear Lake
    Regional Director of Business Operations, Memorial Hermann Medical Group

  • Fellows are paid a competitive salary. In addition, they receive the benefits available to full-time employees, and are able to select one national conference per year to attend during the fellowship.

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    • Current résumé
      • Three letters of recommendation (only one from a faculty member of your graduate program)
      • Please have the recommenders email letters directly to with a subject line of “Last Name, First Name: Letter of Recommendation,” e.g., “Doe, Jane: Letter of Recommendation.”
    • Official transcript or unofficial transcript of completed graduate school courses
    • Narrative statement (less than 500 words) that addresses:
      • How your interest in healthcare management developed
      • Goals you would like to accomplish during the administrative fellowship
      • Your long-term career objectives
    • A short essay (less than 250 words):
      • Choose one of our organizational values (integrity, compassion, equity, innovation, collaboration, excellence) and describe why it is integral to healthcare leadership.

    Please submit all application materials, other than the letters of recommendation, in one PDF document with your name, email and phone number in the header of the first page by September 22, 2020.


    f you are interested in an informational interview with current administrative fellows, we are having an informational webinar on August 19, 2020, from 12–1 p.m. Pacific time via WebEx. Please log on early to ensure you have downloaded the necessary applications before we begin. For more details, please email us.

    Mail and contact information

    Applications are currently being accepted. Please email us your application in one PDF document, with a subject line of “LastName, FirstName: Admin Fellowship Application,” e.g., “Doe, Jane: Admin Fellowship Application.”

    For questions, please email the current fellows, Makenna Sewell, Rahma Osman and Shanelle Lalor.