College hires new HR Director and promotes staffer to lead PI effort

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), recently announced that the College has filled two key positions on its executive team.

Ms. McGovern

Michelle McGovern joined the College on July 30 as Director of Human Resources (HR). Ms. McGovern has 20 years of experience in human resources and most recently served as senior vice-president of human resources at Mesirow Financial, Chicago, IL, where she was responsible for all of the company’s human resources activities. She previously served as vice-president of human resources for General Growth Properties, a real estate leasing company. Ms. McGovern’s experience also includes employment as a senior employee relations manager for Claire’s Boutiques and a human resources generalist for the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Ms. McGovern holds a master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from Loyola University in Chicago and serves on the board of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Dr. Hoyt noted that Ms. McGovern’s breadth of human resources experience—from employee recruitment and retention and benefits administration to leadership development and performance management systems—will be crucial in developing the College’s world-class workforce.

Mr. Chapleau

Will Chapleau, who has managed the College’s Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program for six years, assumed the newly created position of Director of Performance Improvement (PI), although he will continue to oversee the ATLS program until his replacement is hired. In his new post, Mr. Chapleau will lead the transition from a GE-led PI initiative at the College to an internal program. He brings to the position a unique background as a licensed nurse with experience in emergency and critical care and 36 years as a licensed paramedic, including his work as chief of the Chicago Heights, IL, Fire Department, and its director of emergency medical services (EMS) and the Emergency Management Agency.

Mr. Chapleau has lectured on EMS and trauma topics in more than 40 countries and has been an EMS educator for 28 years. He has written four published EMS textbooks as well as numerous journal articles. Mr. Chapleau serves as chair of Prehospital Trauma Life Support and has participated with boards of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the National Association of EMS Educators, and the Society of Trauma Nurses. Since 2000, he has worked as an instructor and as a member of the executive council of Advanced Trauma Care Nursing. He earned an associate degree in fire science administration from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights as well as an associate degree in nursing from Western Illinois University, Macomb.

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