EXPLORE - Winter 2015 - (Page 20)
An Interview with Jamie Cadenas, CHESP, and
Dan Beaver, MBA, CHESP, CHFM
Jamie Cadenas, CHESP
Director of Operations
Jani-King of Phoenix
Cadenas currently holds the position
of director of operations/healthcare servicers advisor for Jani-King of Phoenix.
Her previous experience includes environmental services director, regional director,
and operations manager, and her most
recent professional accomplishment was
successfully completing the AHE CHEST
Train the Trainer certification course.
How long have you been a member of AHE,
and when did you become CHESP-certified?
What prompted or interested you in pursuing
Jamie: I rejoined AHE in 2011 with the support of my employer,
and in July 2012 obtained the CHESP credential.
Dan: I have been a member of AHE since 2010 and became
CHESP-certified that year as well.
Jamie: A desire to test my knowledge of the industry and
gain a better understanding of where I should be focusing my
continuing education efforts.
Dan: I needed to establish credibility as a professional in
Dan Beaver, MBA, CHESP, CHfM
Aramark's Healthcare Sector
Beaver has held various operations
leadership positions and has a proven
track record for driving HCAHPS performance, reducing bed turn times, as
well as improving labor efficiency and
employee engagement metrics. He
also oversaw several successful Joint
Commission surveys and managed large
constructions projects for facilities.
Jamie: I prepared for the test using the AHE study guide and
took the practice test at the recommendation of colleague who
had previously taken the exam and found the practice test to be
an excellent preparation exercise for the actual exam.
Dan: I took the online preparation course and leveraged onthe-job experience. The most difficult aspect in preparation for
the exam was balancing my time with work, family, and setting
aside time to study.
The CHESP and work experience has opened
career opportunities for me. It had helped
me in promotions and scope of responsibility
within my organization. -Dan Beaver
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How did you prepare for certification? What
was the hardest aspect in preparing to take
What was your experience like in taking
Jamie: While the testing process is clearly explained prior to
the examination, it was still a little nerve-wracking for me as this
was my first time taking an exam at a testing center. I appreciated that results were provided at the completion of the test and
there was not a lengthy waiting period to get the test results.
Dan: Full of nerves! Did I study the right material? Did I study
enough? Do I know the material? Do I guess if I don't know the
answer? A lot of worry for no reason. The online preparatory test
and personal experience prepared me appropriately.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Winter 2015
Textiles that Heal
Partners in Textile Hygiene
Quick Tips for Critical Partnerships
Selecting the Best Products
Plant, Personnel, and Process
2015 AHE Recognition Awards
Enhancing Professional Competence
EXPLORE - Winter 2015