Tish Towns, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and External Relations, has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, beginning her career in State Government with the Tennessee Departments of Human Services and Health.  She began her career in healthcare management in the early 1990s and has served in senior executive roles in community not-for-profit, rural and urban academic delivery settings in Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.  Tish has a strong background in healthcare management and leadership. Her administrative responsibilities have included: support services operations, human resources management, medical staff services, guest services, pastoral care and community and government relations. A Memphis native, Tish received her Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and her Master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Certified in healthcare management, Tish is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Delegate on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board 4 and member of ACHE’s Management Series Editorial Board and Memphis Rotary.  Her past service includes Chair, ACHE Examination Committee, 2009 ACHE Service Award Recipient, UAB Programs in Health Administration Board of Directors and AHA Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council Nominating Committee.