Meet the Team


TraciTraci d’Auguste

Chief Operating Officer

UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida

Traci d’Auguste is the COO for the hospitals and programs operated under UF Health Shands at the University of Florida, UF’s flagship hospital and the state’s leading health care referral organization. Patients come to UF Health in Gainesville from all 67 Florida counties and from throughout the region, nation and a dozen countries each year. UF Health has a $1.2 billion budget and employs over 10,300 people.

Traci served as vice president of clinical services at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York. Before that, she spent four years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, first as executive administrator for the department of internal medicine and then as associate vice president of strategic operations for the Rush University Medical Group. Prior roles include administrative duties at the University of Chicago and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and master’s degrees in health care administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.



Anna Michelle Brandt

VP & Hospital Chief of Staff

UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida

As Vice President and Hospital Chief of Staff, Anna Michelle provides operational oversight for several hospital departments and services.  She partners with physician and nursing leadership and provides executive oversight for a variety of hospital system initiatives and committees.  Additionally, she serves as a key liaison and executive leader supporting our external relationships and activities.

Anna Michelle joined our organization as an administrative resident in 2005 while completing her master’s degrees in health administration and business administration.  She was assistant administrator of Shands AGH (2006-2009) and director of operations for UF Health Shands Hospital (2009-2011) before becoming associate vice president of operations (2011-2019).

Anna Michelle has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Administrative Fellows

Carly  Comstock
2022-2023 Administrative Fellow

Carly graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2020. She then pursued her Master of Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan and graduated with her MHSA in April of 2022. During her time at Michigan she interned at University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine with the Department of Otolaryngology where she worked on a variety of process improvement projects. Her primary project focused on the restructuring of the department’s Faculty Time Away process system where she ultimately created and implemented a formal policy for the department, as well as aided in the restructure of an outpatient clinic’s Time Away process system. She also worked with the Audiology Division Chief to create and implement an audiology productivity measure and target goals. She served on both the Philanthropy and Social committee under the Michigan Healthcare Executive Student Association.

Contact: OR Carly Renee Comstock, MHSA | LinkedIn

Joey  Merrill
2022-2023 Administrative Fellow

Joey recently finished his didactic MHA coursework at Johns Hopkins University and will graduate from the Johns Hopkins MHA program upon completion of his Fellowship at UF Health. Joey currently serves as the secretary for the MHA Student Assembly at JHU, was inducted into the JHU chapter of the UPD National Honors Society, and is an active member of ACHE. While living in Baltimore, Joey worked on a FEMA funded project which aimed to decrease the prevalence of fire injury and death on the Navajo reservation for the Johns Hopkins Department of Health Policy & Management.

Prior to pursuing an MHA, Joey obtained a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Utah Valley University. His previous employers include Intermountain Healthcare in Ogden, Utah, and Giving Home Healthcare in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Contact: OR Joey Merrill | LinkedIn




Past Residents/Fellows:

Fellowship Year: Name: Grad School: Current Position: Location:
2021-2022 Cody Behm Xavier University Project Manager, UF Managed Care Gainesville, FL
2020-2021 Kristin Kintz George Washington University Project Coordinator, Nursing Administration, UF Health Shands Hospital Gainesville, FL
2019-2020 Kelsey Taylor University of Missouri Interim Business Manager, Surgical Services, UF Health Shands Hospital Gainesville, FL
2018-2019 Britta McCombie University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ambulatory Project Manager, WVU Medicine Morgantown, WV
2018-2019 Daniel Brock Xavier University Director, Radiology, UF Health Shands Hospital Gainesville, FL
2017-2018 Michelle Gittino University of Florida Business Manager/Clinical Systems – Cardiology Services, BayCare Health System Palm Harbor, FL
2017-2018 Nicole Rock University of North Florida Project Manager, Transformation & Strategy, Alliance Rx Walgreens Prime Orlando, FL
2016-2017 Erica Barnum Johns Hopkins University Director, Cardiovascular Services, UF Health Gainesville, FL
2016-2017 Ronald “Bo” Ginn III Georgia State University General Manager at Mawson, Digital Asset Mining and Hosting Augusta, GA
2015-2017 Claire Goodwin University of Florida Corporate Director, Strategy and Business Development, Orlando Health Orlando, FL
2015-2016 Tyler Gertz University of Kentucky Senior Operations Associate, naviHealth Atlanta, GA
2014-2015 Kevin Bogert University of Missouri – Columbia Senior Consultant, ECG Management Consultants Gainesville, FL
2014-2015 Cameron Frank Medical University of South Carolina Corporate Director of Payment Resolutions, Parallon, Nashville, TN
2013-2014 Robert Carroll Georgia State University Director of Business Operations, Continuum of Care, Kaiser Permanente Atlanta, GA
2012-2014 Mary Kate Flynn University of Florida Administrative Manager Operations, UF Health Shands Hospital Gainesville, FL
2012-2013 Ashley Kastrenakes University of South Carolina Campaign Manager, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society West Palm Beach, FL
2012-2013 Julie Richter Virginia Tech Lead Analyst, Vizient, Inc. Gainesville, FL
2011-2012 Joe Lightfoot University of Florida Health System Executive, Academic Health System South Florida
2011-2012 Grant Carlson Johns Hopkins University Strategic Initiative Analyst, Medical Home Network Chicago, IL
2010-2011 Tommy Middleton University of Alabama at Birmingham Chief Executive Officer, EmergeOrtho Blue Ridge Asheville, NC
2010-2011 Jonathan Moller University of Colorado, Denver Director of Ophthalmology, UF Health Gainesville, FL
2009-2010 Danielle (Haywood) McGee Georgia State University Assistant Director, UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration Gainesville, FL
2008-2009 Minh (Dang) Fang University of Alabama at Birmingham AVP of Finance, AdventHealth Ocala, FL
2006-2007 Constance Mims University of Alabama at Birmingham Senior Director of Performance Improvement at HCA Houston, TX
2006-2007 Holly (Jackson) Dean University of Alabama at Birmingham Chief Operating Officer, HCA Healthcare Panama City, FL
2005-2006 Anna Michelle (Cox) Brandt University of Alabama at Birmingham VP & Hospital Chief of Staff, UF Health Shands Hospital Gainesville, FL
2005-2006 Meggan (Moore) Crunkleton University of Alabama at Birmingham Founder and Creative Director, Roosevelt & Co Huntsville, AL
2003-2004 Kerry (Doyle) Oglesby University of Alabama at Birmingham Chief Executive Officer, California State Prison Sacramento, CA
2002-2003 Neerav Jadeja University of Alabama at Birmingham Chief Executive Officer, Paradise Valley Hospital San Diego, CA
2000-2001 Jim Haddock University of Florida Director of Finance, Moosehaven Retirement Community Jacksonville, FL