Skip to main content


The Communities of Excellence 2026 team would like to thank all those who have volunteered their time and expertise to help our organization.  We are grateful for your contributions.

Adam Cohen, President, Accelerant Performance Solutions

Barbara Jimenez, Central & South Regions Health & Human Services Agency County of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Christopher Gebhardt, TakePart, Los Angeles, CA

Denise Shields, California Council for Excellence, San Clemente, CA

Ellen Garshick, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, Gaithersburg,MD

Gary Rossi, Baldrige Consultant, San Diego, CA

Gene Dankbar, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Janice Luna Reynoso, Foothold Foundation, San Diego, CA

Jennifer Paolillo, Heartland Foundation, St Joseph, MO

Jerry Williams, Rochester, MN

Jim Rice, Management Sciences for Health, Minneapolis, MN

Josh Ettinger, Category One, Chicago, IL

Joel Ettinger, Category One, Pittsburgh, PA

Martha Davis, The Davis Group, Kansas City, MO

Max Summers, Community Foundation of NW Missouri, St Joseph, MO

Michael Goldman, Website Support, San Diego, CA

Nancy Fonte Lee, Administrative Support, San Diego, CA

Sandra Potthoff, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Soma Stout, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, MA

Steve Wenger, St Joseph, MO

Tim Kruse, Kansas City, MO

William Twardy, Graphic Design, Fort Collins, CO