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Sonja Vientos, MBA, MHA
On October 19, Sonja stepped into the newly created role of senior director, educational programming. In this role, she will oversee and lead part of the Professional and Organizational Development team, responsible for designing and delivering high-quality educational in-person learning experiences for PAEA members (Education Forum, PAEA Workshops, education meetings, etc.). She brings with her a diverse work background having served in various roles within higher education, including Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Center, as well as additional experiences within the health care industry, most recently with Cigna HealthSpring.
Sonja earned her bachelor’s degree at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina followed by a dual master’s degree in business administration and health administration from Pfeiffer University, also in North Carolina. Additionally, Sonja received her Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt certification from Purdue University in Indiana. She has also served as a 2016 and 2017 board examiner with the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, which speaks to her interest and commitment to process improvement and improving overall performance.
In her spare time, Sonja enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as fulfilling her passion for advocating for children with dyslexia.
Dylan recently joined PAEA as the administrative associate for the Operations and Outreach team. In this role, he will be primarily supporting the chief financial officer, human resources, and the IT team. Dylan comes to PAEA from an asset management firm that worked with investors owning properties that owed back taxes; before that, he was with a federal contractor firm working on procurement issues. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a degree in political science and was also part of the Citizen Leader program of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
Originally from the Jersey shore, he goes back often, since that is where most of his family still lives.