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About Us

ACHL’s vision is to improve health outcomes through collaborative, impactful education.

core services

Clinical Content

Our editorial team collaborates with expert faculty to create innovative and scientifically rigorous content in a variety of therapeutic areas. Most notably, ACHL excels in developing content that not only imparts new knowledge regarding the latest data but introduces strategies for day to day application for clinicians to introduce in a real-world environment, efficiently and effectively.


Experienced in developing education in a variety of diverse and complex formats ranging from live symposia to digital applications to QI programs, our program management team spearheads the development of complex education.


Our accreditation team is experienced in developing education aligned to accreditation criteria and standards for ACCME, ACPE and others. They work collaboratively with internal and external teams to ensure the highest standards of compliance are met.

Digital Services

Our digital team has extensive experience in developing scalable, innovative and adaptive learning platforms for a continuing education environment. From sophisticated UI/UX strategies to proven data migration and integration practices, our digital customized digital platforms are responsive and effective in education delivery.

Production &
AV Services

From concepting, to setup/onsite support, to post production, our production team ensures that the videos and audio that enhance our education is purposeful, optimized and cost effective.

Our Company

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) is an independently owned and operated full service medical education company that has been developing certified healthcare education for nearly twenty years.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and supported by a staff of twenty full-time employees, ACHL actively engages and collaborates with diverse stakeholders in healthcare to improve the quality of care by developing comprehensive educational strategies reflective of the multifaceted and globally diverse healthcare environment. Through this collaborative model, we seek to transform the reach and redefine the value of IME.

Our Team


Sara Brykalski

Director of Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Sara has 14 years of experience in program management and continuing medical education (CME). At ACHL, she manages multiple accreditations, including ACCME, ACPE, CDR, CBRN, and CCMC, and ensures that ACHL activities are designed, developed, and implemented in accordance with appropriate regulatory guidelines.

Sara is also a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions (ACEHP) and the Illinois Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (IACME). Sara stays active in the CME community by volunteering with the ACPE and the IACME. She serves as a field reviewer for the ACPE, and recently was appointed the position of Secretary with the IACME board of directors.

Prior to joining ACHL, Sara worked as a senior program coordinator at Discovery Institute for Medical Education (DIME), program manager at CME Incite and Haymarket Medical Education, and an account supervisor at Discovery USA.

Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA.


Amanda Kaczerski, MS, CHCP

Senior Director, Educational Strategy and Design

Amanda brings 12 years of CME development to her role at ACHL. Her primary areas of attention have been on strategic planning, instructional design, and outcomes. Responsible for conceptualizing new ideas and offerings, she is focused on exploring new partnerships and developing solutions responsive to their needs. Some areas of attention Amanda has put emphasis on include the Quality Payment Program by CMS, Quality Improvement activities, and patient education. With a passion for improving the quality of care, Amanda is determined to partner and strategize with like-minded organizations to meet this goal. Having earned her CHCP in 2011, Amanda is committed to lifelong learning and consistently strives to plan interventions which will result in the greatest impact to clinicians and patients.

Amanda earned her Master of Science degree in Athletic Training and Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University.


Richard Keenan

Vice President, Education Development

Rich has over 15 years of CME experience focused on identifying, developing, and offering educational activities to address educational needs among healthcare professionals. Rich began his healthcare career in Pharma, with varying roles in sales, sales management and marketing providing experience across multiple therapeutic areas and healthcare channels. His marketing roles included extensive work and interaction with physician leaders in immunology, infectious disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a minor in accounting from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.


Brittany Puster

Senior Director, Education Development

Brittany brings over 12 years of CME experience to ACHL including expertise in business development, program conceptualization and execution, and tactical industry knowledge. She strategically works to provide unique and engaging continuing education activities for clinicians with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes. Brittany actively partners with patient advocates, and key patient / clinician foundations to ensure educational offerings are representative of real-world experiences. Her expertise across a variety of therapeutic areas, key partnerships, and collaborative opportunities ensure optimization of educational offerings.

Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with minors in business management and environmental population and organismic biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Don Hallagan

Chief Financial Officer

Don has significant experience with financial and operating decisions, including: strategy, workflow, systems, staffing, requests for proposal, and legal matters.

He is adept at meeting the expectations of a broad range of audiences, including clients and partners, board members, private equity owners, and commercial and investment bankers.

When involved with client and partner agreements, Don’s goal is “WIN-WIN” outcomes. He has Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Natasha Mitchner, PhD

Senior Scientific Director

Natasha has been working in medical education and communications since 2000. As Senior Scientific Director at ACHL, Natasha works collaboratively with faculty to develop educational strategies and scientific content for live and digital-based CME programs across diverse therapeutic categories. Prior to joining ACHL, Natasha worked at DIME, a full service accredited provider, for over 7 years.

Natasha completed her undergraduate work at Hampshire College and received a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Cincinnati. She began as a scientific writer after a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. She is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.


Arman Nabatiyan, PhD

Senior Medical Writer

Arman earned his master’s degree in systems neurobiology & neurophysiology at the University of Cambridge in England and his PhD also at the University of Cambridge in cancer cell biology/genetics. He formerly served as faculty at Sussex University in England then Northwestern University and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

He has authored 13 scientific papers, 5 books and is the primary inventor of several US patents. He has also served as policy advisor to the State of Illinois on science and innovation initiatives. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, oncology, immunology, neurology, gastroenterology, & molecular diagnostics/devices.


KarryAnne Belanger, PhD

Senior Medical Writer

KarryAnne completed her undergraduate work at Wheaton College and received a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She began working as a freelance medical writer while in graduate school and served as a medical writer in the biotechnology industry before joining ACHL. She is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.

KarryAnne has over 5 years of medical writing experience. She has 4 research publications in press with another 4 in preparation. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, oncology, diabetes, pulmonology, and cardiology.


Nicolle Rochino, PharmD

Associate Scientific Director

Nicolle has been in the continuing medical education field since 2016. As an Associate Science Director, Nicolle works with faculty and ACHL team members to create creative, strategic, and scientifically sound content for a wide variety of platforms across a multitude of therapeutic areas. Nicolle is also involved in the development of grant proposals that identify educational needs in healthcare.

Nicolle completed her PharmD at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy of Rutgers University and continues to maintain her pharmacy license (and continuing education credits).


Ritesh Kothari

Vice President, Digital Solutions

Ritesh has 16 years of CME experience with a focus on identifying and implementing emerging technologies in ever-changing digital environment. Ritesh has vast experience building enterprise-level learning solutions (i.e. Learning Management System), client-server applications, mobile applications (i.e. iOS/Android) and digital applications (i.e. green screen technology, 3D composition, 3D animation, animated medical illustration, AR/VR).

Ritesh earned a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Electronics and Communications, and a Masters' degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.


Priyank Tamboli

Senior Technical Project Manager, Digital Solutions

Priyank has over 12 years of successful experience in designing and implementing multi-tier applications and system integration solutions in roles as application architect. Priyank has good understanding of application analysis and design concepts. Ability to apply proven design patterns to the system design, employ extreme programming and SCRUM techniques for robust implementation.

Priyank earned a Master of Computer Application (MCA) from Gujarat University, Gujarat, India.


Katlyn Cooper

Associate Program Director

Katlyn has contributed in various capacities to the development of ACHL’s CME activities since 2012. She has experience developing and implementing education for both live and enduring programs, including complex curricula and a variety of digital products and platforms. Katlyn’s other responsibilities include instructional design support and enhanced outcomes reporting.

Katlyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University.


Karen Catino

Senior Program Manager

Karen is currently a Senior Program Manager and has worked in the medical education field for 15 years in a variety of professional roles. She manages all aspects of CME activities from inception to completion. Karen is responsible for the development of all project activities, including faculty recruitment and ongoing communication, audience generation, logistics management, registration/participant communication, production of materials and supplier performance, budget development, maintenance and reconciliation.


Michelle Forcier, MS

Senior Program Manager

Michelle has provided logistical support, project management, and onsite staffing for CME activities for over 6 years, including development and implementation of extensive activities in the areas of cardiology, ophthalmology, multiple sclerosis, and oncology. She has experience in executing education in hospitals, specialty clinics, and association conferences.

Prior to joining ACHL, Michelle held various internship positions at Joint Commission Resources, Huntington ’s Disease Society of America, and Alexian Brother’s Medical Center. She continues to provide onsite convention support at McCormick Place for large medical conventions, tradeshows, and conferences.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Dayton, Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from Kendall College, and a Master of Science in Health Communication from Northwestern University. She has had the opportunity to guest lecture at Kendall College and holds the Certified Meeting Professional designation (CMP).


Katie Hacias

Associate Program Director

Katie has over 14 years of medical education experience that includes implementing complex educational platforms in varied media. As an Associate Program Director, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with educational stakeholders/ collaborators (eg, associations, payers, hospitals, faculty, etc), and presenting innovative solutions to meet educational objectives and drive improved quality of care.

Katie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Illinois State University with a minor in Psychology.


Charles Peterson

Senior Program Manager

Charlie started working in the medical communications sector approximately 15 years ago and most of those years have been in continuing medical education. From traditional live meetings to creative patient education to complicated online formats, Charlie has run the gamut of educational activity types and scopes, regional, national, and international. Some of the more common therapeutic areas for Charlie have been autoimmune neuromuscular, women’s health, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and infectious diseases.

With an AB, cum laude, in Anthropology with heavy coursework in Economics and Political Science from Harvard University and studies abroad in both Paris, France and Mexico City, Mexico, Charlie brings a unique background and perspective to the table.


Laurie Novoryta

Associate Program Director

Laurie has worked in medical education since 2003, and has been involved with CME program development since 2012. At ACHL, Laurie has managed programs covering multiple therapeutic areas, which are more commonly incorporating patient interviews and providing resources on shared decision making between a patient and their multidisciplinary team. Laurie was recently involved in the launch of an interactive digital infographic format that allows learners to navigate at their own pace through animated content and commentary videos.

Laurie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Illinois State University, and a Master of Organizational Leadership from North Park University in Chicago. She is currently working towards a Master of Business Administration.


Vanessa Senatore

Senior Program Director

Vanessa has over 14 years of medical education experience that includes implementing complex educational platforms in varied media. As Program Director, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with educational stakeholders/collaborators and presenting innovative solutions to meet educational objectives and drive improved quality of care. Vanessa is a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions (ACEHP) and the Illinois Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (IACME).

Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Illinois State University.