HME Woman of the Year Selection Committee Revealed

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By Mike McGill, VGM Marketing

VGM Group, Inc. has released the names of the five members who will serve on the HME Woman of the Year Honorary Selection Committee.

The 2017 selection committee includes the inaugural HME Woman of the Year, Dr. Kirsten Davin, president and owner of Precision Seating Solutions, LLC. Joining Davin is Rose Schafhauser, president and owner of Association Management, LLC and executive director of MAMES and SWMESA; Quinton Hart, mayor of Waterloo, Iowa, where VGM is headquartered; Rick Rector, executive vice president of United Publications, Inc. and publisher of HME News and Home Health Technology news; and Joan Eliasek, president of Extended Care Sales at McKesson Medical-Surgical.  

“An opportunity to recognize trailblazers who bring diversity to our industry can help encourage new, creative thoughts and ideas and help evolve our industry,” said Eliasek. “I feel honored to be on the selection committee with such remarkable industry leaders. This is important work, and I’m lucky to be a part of it.” 

Woman of the Year to be Announced at Medtrade

With more than 90 years of combined experience in the home health care arena, the honorary selection committee will review all of the nominations and submit three semifinalists each. Upon reviewing the semifinalists, VGM will select three finalists to attend the awards ceremony on October 24 at Medtrade. During the VGM-sponsored ceremony, the 2017 HME Woman of the Year will be announced.      

Nominations are open to all women who work within the HME industry. Nominations are due by August 14 and can be submitted by visiting Industry stakeholders are encouraged to nominate a peer or consider nominating themselves for the award.   

“Last year, 37 women from over 20 states were nominated with Dr. Kirsten Davin named the HME Woman of the Year,” said Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates. “She continues to educate and inspire others in an effort to promote innovation within the industry. Let’s build on this success by giving another woman the recognition she deserves and a platform to assist in furthering her cause.” 

For more information about the award or to nominate a deserving woman, visit  

About the Honorary Selection Committee

Dr. Kirsten Davin

Davin is owner and president of Precision Seating Solutions, LLC, which is dedicated to providing the rehab industry with the first affordable pressure mapping systems for clinical use. She conducts workshops nationally on the topic of wheelchair seating/positioning and assistive technology and has authored numerous articles and hosted webinars on seating and positioning.

Rose Schafhauser

Schafhauser is owner and president of Association Management, LLC, which provides the administrative support and services for the Jurisdiction A Council, Jurisdiction B Council, the Jurisdiction C Council, and the National Supplier Clearinghouse Advisory Committee (NSCAC). She serves as the executive director for both the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services & Supplies (MAMES) and the Southwest Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (SWMESA). She currently serves as the vice chair for the AA Homecare State Leaders Council and is a member of the People for Quality Care (PFQC) Advisory Panel. Schafhauser brings nearly 40 years of experience in the HME/DME arena.

Joan Eliasek

Eliasek is the president of Extended Care Sales at McKesson Medical-Surgical. During her more than 20-year tenure at McKesson, she has held positions in various disciplines including operations, sales, marketing, and supplier management. In addition to her role at McKesson, Eliasek is an active leader and member of the Healthcare Industry Distributors Association (HIDA). She is also a charter member of the Professional Women in Healthcare organization and a member of the Global Healthcare Exchange Board of Directors.

Rick Rector

Rector is executive vice president of United Publications, Inc. and publisher of HME News and Home Health Technology News. He joined the company in 2000. Rector currently serves on the boards of the Points North Institute and the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting as well as the Personnel Board for his town.

Quentin Hart

Hart is the first African American elected to the office of mayor for the City of Waterloo, Iowa. Prior to the election, he was the associate director of Multicultural Affairs for Hawkeye Community College and Ward 4 city councilman. Hart is involved in many organizations including National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, State of Iowa Commission on Aging, Iowa Department of Education’s Equity Leadership Team, Future Ready Iowa, Black Hawk County NAACP, Metro Coalition of Cities, Leader Valley Council, Social Action Inc., the MLK Center, and Heart-Waterloo Home Enhancement Project (founder and director).