Directors

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Christeen Holdwick, MA, RN, BSN

Director of Clinical Services

Ms. Holdwick has practiced nursing and hospital administration for more than 30 years. Educated at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, she has clinical expertise in the areas of inpatient medicine/surgery, women and children’s services, and behavioral services. She also holds a Certification in Advanced Quality Health Care from Intermountain Health Care Institute.

In addition to her extensive clinical leadership experience, Ms. Holdwick has expertise in organizational development, employee engagement, and patient and family satisfaction. Her prior experiences in acute care include roles such as Director of Behavioral Services, Director of Nursing Operations, Patient Care Director of Women and Children’s Services System and Integration Leader, and Director of Organizational Development and Service Excellence.

Ms. Holdwick is personally committed to excellence in patient care and to creating a physical facility, a management infrastructure, and a climate of caring so every patient has the best possible health care experience. 

Ms. Holdwick has experience within the US as well as internationally. Recent projects include a new hospital commissioning project in Nigeria, a six-hospital feasibility study in Sri Lanka, director of clinical curriculum for a nursing program in Yangon, Myanmar, director of clinical curriculum for a nursing program in Yunnan, China, development of a national mental health program in the Federated States of Micronesia, and a project director for the development of a hospital-affiliated nursing college in Bangladesh.

Ms. Holdwick has received numerous awards for her excellent work in nursing and mental health, including the Top Nurses of Michigan Award – Distinguished Nurse, Intermountain Health Care, Advanced Quality Improvement Certificate, the Washtenaw Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Distinguished Community Service Award, a recipient of a grant for the Humor Project, New York, and an Employee Achievement Award from St. John Mercy’s Health System. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Rho Chapter and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Ms. Holdwick has given national as well as international presentations on a variety of nursing topics and has been published in scientific journals numerous times.


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Martha Tanicala, EdD, MSN, RN

Director of Education and Director of ANI

Dr. Tanicala has 40 years of progressive nursing experience in clinical practice and nursing education with a demonstrated record of nursing excellence. As a world-class educator with 25 years in nursing education, Dr. Tanicala aims to help others learn through shared exploration and discovery.

Dr. Tanicala holds several advanced degrees, including a Master of Nursing degree with a major in community health nursing and a minor in nursing education from the Medical College of Ohio, a Doctorate of Education in leadership studies from Bowling Green State University, a diploma in Tropical Nursing from the Liverpool School of Tropical Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo.

Dr. Tanicala has proven expertise in curriculum development, construction of student clinical experiences in diverse health care environments, and implementation and evaluation of program goals and student learning outcomes. She has strong communication skills, demonstrated in her roles of leader, mentor, advocate, teacher, consultant, and collaborator. She was previously an Associate Professor of Nursing at Eastern Michigan University and led the development of a college of nursing and allied health professions in Southeast Asia.

In addition, Dr. Tanicala has extensive international experience. She has served with the United States Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, taught as a community health educator in Kampala, Uganda and at Makerere University, Uganda, developed curriculum for a BSN nursing education program in Kampala, Uganda, served as the Director of Nursing Education for a nursing skills elevation program in Yangon, Myanmar, consulted as a nursing expert for a 300-bed hospital in Chittagong, Bangladesh, consulted as a nurse educator for Imperial College of Nursing in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and is currently serving as the Director of Nursing Education for a RN to BSN program in China.


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Claude Lauderbach, MS, BSN

Director of Hospital Operations

Mr. Claude Lauderbach is a healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience in nursing, acute care, ambulatory, behavioral, home health and hospice care settings, physician hospital organizations, and population based health management. He has lent his expertise to multiple medicinal fields, including tertiary and academic, community health, and multi-hospital systems on local, regional, and national levels.

Mr. Lauderbach is dedicated to his continuing education and is currently a student in the Wayne State University College of Nursing, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice in preparation to become a family nurse practitioner. He currently holds the following degrees:

  • Masters of Science, Medical-Surgical Nursing and Administration from the University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology from Albion College
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Creighton University

Mr. Lauderbach has held multiple prominent positions in healthcare systems throughout the US. These positions have helped form a wealth of practical and applied leadership knowledge, as well as an expansive network of health specialists. Prior to August, 2014, he was the Chief Operating Officer of St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Michigan. St. Mary Mercy Hospital, a 304-bed community teaching hospital, is part of the St. Joseph Mercy Health System serving southeast Michigan, and a member of Trinity Health. He also served as the Vice-President for Supply Chain for the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a 1,000-bed, four-hospital system in southeast Michigan. In his leadership positions, he has successfully improved organizational financial performances and process and quality improvement, in addition to his strong medical practice.


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Daniel Miesle, MHA, CHE, EDAC

Director of Capital Projects

Mr. Miesle brings 39 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, with leadership expertise in the areas of facility planning, space planning, strategic planning, transition strategies, hospital operations, and ambulatory services. His professional growth has been augmented by a Masters in Health Care Administration and certifications in evidence based design and health care executive leadership.

In addition to his extensive leadership experience, Mr. Miesle has expertise in planning, programming, and opening of new facilities, facility consulting for over 45 organizations, operation development, organizational development, and employee engagement. His responsibilities include many leadership roles, including Director of Capital Improvement Projects, Administrative Director of Space Planning & Transition Strategy, Director of Facility Planning & Development, Founder and Principal of Consulting Agencies, Associate Director of Hospitals – Administrator Ambulatory Services, Associate Director of Hospitals – Strategic Planning and Marketing, Vice President of Hospital and Director of Planning and Government Affairs.

Mr. Miesle has extensive experience with major health care projects, including with Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Palo Alto, CA, the University of Kentucky – UK HealthCare, Lexington, KY, the Indiana University Hospitals, Indianapolis, IN, St. Luke’s Hospital (now Genesis Health), Davenport, IA, Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, MN (an affiliate of the Mayo Clinic), and Hennepin County Health & Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN.

Mr. Miesle has dedicated his professional career to advancing health care planning and development strategies. His goal is to create world-class physical facilities and strong management infrastructures to create efficient and sustainable health care systems.

He has received his Masters of Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the College of St. Thomas. He has numerous professional certifications, including being an Evidence Based Design Accredited Certified EDAC from the Center for Health Design and a Certified Health Executive from the American College of Health Care Executives. Mr. Miesle has produced multiple publications and given numerous presentations on facility development, lean design methodology, capacity management, hospital planning and marketing, and hospital administration. He is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a board member of the American Association of Healthcare Consultants (AAHC), a board member of the Society for Ambulatory Care Professionals (SACP), and a former Health Care Design jury member of the Center for Health Design.


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Mike Lynch, BS

Director of Equipment Planning

Mike Lynch has been actively involved in the healthcare industry for 18 years. He works closely with the client and project team to identify and understand the project’s needs – clinical, operational and financial. Mr. Lynch works diligently to find the most efficient and cost effective medical technology solutions for the client and team members. He provides the experience required to direct a successful project from conceptual budgeting to interface with architects, engineers and contractors through installation and turnover. Mr. Lynch has his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wyoming and is AutoCAD Certified and Access Certified.

In his practice, Mr. Lynch has managed multiple projects with expertise involving strategic capital equipment planning, medical equipment planning, schematic design, construction documents, procurement, design development, and construction support. Mr. Lynch has worked on health care projects internationally. His most recent experience includes a 320-bed hospital in Viet Nam, a 264-bed general hospital and MOB in the United Arab Emirates, and a 230-bed hospital, 90,000 sf nursing school, and 10,000 sf central plant in Trinidad. In addition, Mr. Lynch’s project directing experience with major health care projects in the US is extensive and impressive, including a 28,180 sf, 36-bed neurology floor build out, including ancillary spaces and a rehabilitation gym, a 16,000 sf expansion and renovation including 3 operating rooms, 1 DaVinci room 3-bay PACU and sterile core, a 400,000 sf, 12-story women’s pavilion with 30 high risk patient rooms, 48 post-partum rooms, 20 NICU rooms, LDR and C-section suites, and physician practice space. Mr. Lynch has also facilitated the medical equipment planning for a 40-bed build out, a medical office building, a 1 million sf campus master plan, 600,000 sf expansion, and 50,000 sf renovation, a 75,000 sf renovation and expansion for emergency services, a 30,000 sf new cancer center, a 16,000 sf interior renovation of the radiology and pre-op departments, including adding 2 new MRIs, replacing a MRI with a new MRI Ambient System, and renovation to the procedure area. He has also done medical equipment planning on the overall increase to the number of pre-op and PACU rooms and renovating support spaces and waiting areas, a 65,000 sf renovation, and addition, a 20,000 sf of medical office building space above the hospital area, a 350,000 sf addition and 130,000 sf renovation, including a 10-story, 192-bed tower, emergency department, laboratories, cardio-diagnostic services, and surgical suite, a 497,000 sf, 5-story, 144-bed replacement hospital, a 892,000 sf replacement hospital, a 756,000 sf replacement hospital, a 225,000 sf replacement hospital, a 12,000 sf ambulatory care and surgery center, and a 100,000 sf, 80-bed patient tower expansion.


Kate Rowley

Kate Rowley, MBA

Project Management

Ms. Kate Rowley is the marketing manager and a main project manager for GHSN. She specializes in developing and executing successful projects and programs while focusing on the important connections between research, a strong web presence, and creative business development solutions in international business. She has participated in projects in the United States, Viet Nam, Myanmar, China, Nigeria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to this role, Ms. Rowley was a small business manager and held several leadership and research positions within University associations. Ms. Rowley is a Michigan State University alumnus, holding her Bachelor of Arts in German and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is also an Oakland University alumnus, holding her Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in international business.

Ms. Rowley is fluent in German and English and has been published in psychological research journals. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta, the Honors Society for International Scholars, Delta Phi Alpha, Delta Mu Chapter, the National German Honor Society, and Psi Chi, the Psychology Honors Society.


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Okey Nwanyanwu, PhD

Senior Executive, Africa

Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu is a world-class Epidemiologist with over 35 years of experience in public health, infectious diseases, executive management, and organizational development. He has worked with governments on both national and international levels and has over 100 scientific publications.

Dr. Nwanyanwu strives to build capacity of local organizations and host governments for sustainable disease control and improved healthcare outcomes. He has focused on building sustainable health systems in several countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Under his leadership, public health and disease control efforts have improved in these nations. He currently lends his expertise to improving healthcare policies, market strategies, project implementation, and infrastructure developments. The areas of focus are in public health, hospital and healthcare management and training, capacity building, and economic development. Dr. Nwanyanwu has an internationally expansive network of industry experts and suppliers. He strives to implement strategies which are applicable to cultural standards, sustainable solutions, and efficient protocols. Dr. Nwanyanwu has lived internationally and brings a unique perspective to all projects by utilizing his experiences in cross-cultural settings. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, Igbo, and Creoles – Pidgins.

Dr. Nwanyanwu has wide-ranging experience internationally. He has served as a Strategic and Medical Planner for hospitals and medical universities Nigeria. He has acted as the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) Country Director in Nigeria, South Africa, the Chief of Party for the CDC Global AIDS Program in Guyana, the USAID Chief of Health, Population, and Nutrition in Mozambique, and the Technical Advisor, Government of Malawi Ministry of Health and USAID in Malawi. In addition, Dr. Nwanyanwu has extensive experience with major health care programs within the US. Dr. Nwanyanwu has served as the Senior Advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Epidemiologist Director for the CDC, an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the CDC, the Chief Epidemiologist for the County Health Department in Texas, an Epidemiologist for the Health Department in Texas, and the Operations Manager for the University of Texas, School of Public Health.

Dr. Nwanyanwu has also lectured and taught in several universities within the US and internationally, including Texas A&M University, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Houston Community College. Dr. Nwanyanwu earned his Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas – School of Public Health and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina. He is also a certified Center for Disease Control Epidemic Intelligence Officer.


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Anele Nwaynyanwu, JD

Senior Executive, Africa

Anele O. Nwanyanwu, Esq., is a Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania trained attorney and counselor at law in New York. He started his legal career in a Wall Street firm in which he specialized in helping foreign companies access the United States capital markets for fundraising primarily through the listing of their shares on the New York Stock Exchange and by structuring the private placements of their securities with institutional investors.

After working on Wall Street, he enjoyed a successful career in real estate and as a civil litigator who brought lawsuits against hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals on behalf of patients injured as a result of negligent medical care and treatment. His success as a medical malpractice attorney earned him admission into the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Currently, he concentrates his work primarily on cross-border transactions, involving the representation of governments, companies and entrepreneurs in commodities trading, including oil and gas products, mining and minerals, agriculture, energy, maritime, aviation, security, healthcare, construction, project developments and finance, between the emerging markets of Africa and the rest of the world.

As CEO of Anele & Associates, P.C., Mr. Nwanyanwu holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.


Michael Obiefune

Michael Obiefune, MD

Senior Executive, Africa

Dr. Obiefune brings 29 years of medical practice and research experience to GHSN – Africa. Specializing in infectious diseases, Dr. Obiefune has served as:

  • Africa Regional Director for the University of Maryland Institute of Virology
  • Country Director for the AIDSRelief program of Catholic Relief Services
  • Executive Director for PeTR-Global Solutions

Dr. Obiefune received his medical degree from University of Lagos College of Medicine.   Currently he is an Assistant Professor and Regional Technical Director and Advisor at the University of Maryland and is affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. In addition, Dr. Obiefune has been published extensively for his research on HIV and AIDS.