Ms. Acharya has over fifteen years of progressive results-driven, cross-functional, inter-industry health care and marketing experience. Ms. Acharya has served in the capacity of the Director of Operations for Iowa Home Care since April 2008 where she serves as an executive leader and critical thinker regarding organizational growth, team functioning, service excellence and interpersonal skills. Under Ms. Acharya’s directorship, Iowa Home Care has doubled its coverage area from 11 counties to 22 counties with branch offices in Boone, Marshalltown, Fort Dodge and Ottumwa (summer 2012). In 2010, Ms. Acharya was recognized and awarded the agency’s first Level 5 Leadership Award which exemplifies leaders who have embodied the paradoxical combination of personal humility and intense professional will.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Acharya worked for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield (Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware and Northern Virginia) from 2003 through 2007 as a Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst where she led and developed the company’s first web-based intelligence program with “so what analysis”. She was promoted to the Pharmacy Product Manager role in 2007 where she managed over 3 million members and led the organization’s generic drug campaign leading to $5 million in savings. Prior to that, Ms. Acharya was recommended by graduate faculty to join an international marketing company located at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, Maryland where from 1998 through 2003 she led all operating activities for four profit centers and raised venture capital which lead to the incorporation of a separate investment advising company.
While in graduate school she was selected as a graduate fellow for the Honorable Governor William Donald Schaefer where she played a critical role in assisting the School of Public Policy, University of Baltimore, in the planning, organization and brochure development for the “Strategic Planning – Managing for Results” initiative by the State of Maryland. She provided research support, under the directorship of Health Policy, for a new health management undergraduate course which was approved and implemented by the University of Baltimore (University of Maryland School System) in the Fall 1997 semester. She was also awarded the Lawrence Short Scholar academic award during her graduate course work. She also worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a patient care coordinator and assisted with market research and clinical care coordination for international clients to include foreign dignitaries and foreign national representatives.
Ms. Acharya’s leadership philosophy can be epitomized in the humble words of Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.