The best way to learn about the Administrative Fellowship Program (AFP) is to ask someone who's immersed in the program. Below are brief profiles of our current fellows.
Submit your questions to MayoATP@mayo.edu to learn more about his or her experience.
Class of 2016-2018
Mario A. Cuartas was born in Bogota, Colombia, and was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor's degree in Health Administrative Services and from Rush University with a Master of Science in Health Systems Management.
During graduate school, Mario worked as an administrative project assistant in the Rush University Medical Center Quality Department and the Rush University Children's Hospital. Mario is passionate about improving health care quality, reducing costs and increasing access.
Mario now resides in Peoria, Arizona, with his beautiful wife, Destri, and their son, Logan. Outside of work he enjoys attending sporting events, playing sports, camping, fishing, traveling, snowboarding, playing board games and spending time with his family.
Praneetha R. Elugunti, M.B.A., graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in biology. Her experience as a volunteer at Grady Memorial Hospital led her to pursue a career in health administration, as it exposed her to the challenges that hospitals face in the current health care environment.
Praneetha is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she pursued a dual master's degree in health care administration and business administration.
As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, and given her previous health care experiences, Praneetha looks forward to meeting new people and evolving with the latest trends in health care.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, and traveling.
Stephen M. Fischer, M.H.S.A., is a graduate of the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, Stephen worked as a research technician in a genetics laboratory at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB), where he obtained degrees in biology and biochemistry.
Following graduation from IUB, Stephen held various research positions at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he managed a research laboratory and helped design preclinical pharmacotherapeutic treatments for alcoholism.
While at the University of Michigan, Stephen worked at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital as an administrative intern.
In his free time, he spends time with his family, gardens, and is an avid outdoorsman.
Andrew D. Keimig, M.H.A., received a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics in 2009 and a Master of Healthcare Administration in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).
After receiving his undergraduate degree, Andrew spent several years in Baltimore, Maryland, working in community affairs and development for a nonprofit behavioral health provider.
During graduate school, he completed an administrative internship at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Georgia, and was on the third place team at the 2016 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health Administration Case Competition.
Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, hiking and watching UNC basketball.
Rachel A. Rutledge, M.H.A., graduated from Ohio State University. She obtained her undergraduate business and Master of Accounting degrees in 2012 and her M.H.A. in 2017.
In between, Rachel lived in Boston and worked as a CPA on PwC's health care audit team. As an M.H.A. student, she completed internships at The James Cancer Hospital (Ohio State) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston).
Outside of work, Rachel enjoys baking, running, traveling and spending quality time with people.
Rachel H. Uitti is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and received her Bachelor of Finance and Marketing degree from Florida State University.
Her interest in and passion for health care administration was realized after completing two summer internships at Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, Florida, during her undergraduate studies.
While in graduate school, Rachel worked part time as the quality coordinator for Twin Cities Orthopedics and was a teaching assistant for a graduate-level problem-solving course. Additionally, she served as a board member for CLARION, an interprofessional health care organization.
Rachel enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and watching FSU football.
Jean-Claude Velasquez, M.H.A., is a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York. During his studies at Columbia, he spent a year working in project management at the Mount Sinai Health System in the areas of health system engineering.
He completed his graduate administrative residency at Intermountain Healthcare in quality improvement and public relations. Jean-Claude also has an interest in reducing health disparities in the health care system and spent a year at the Office of Health Equity in NYC Health + Hospitals.
He holds an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from Stony Brook University. While in school both at Columbia and Stony Brook, Jean-Claude taught English as a second language to recent immigrants of the Washington Heights and Harlem communities.
He is an avid traveler and a nature photographer and has a goal to visit all seven continents by age 30.
Sarah R. Yeakel, M.B.A., is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also earned a bachelor's degree in marketing, with a minor in public relations from Berry College in Georgia.
Various internship opportunities fueled her desire to work in health care and led to her pursuit of a master's in health care administration and business administration.
In her free time, she enjoys being active outside, running and playing with her black lab, Luca.