Board of Directors – Dr. Himesh Lakhani
Dr. Himesh Lakhani was born in a suburb of Mumbai, India and at the age of 3 immigrated with his parents and younger brother to Rochester, NY. He was raised there the rest of his childhood and graduate as the Vice President of his class in 1998. He demonstrated his academic success early on and throughout High School. During his tenure in High School he was nominated to the National Youth Leadership forums on Intelligence, Diplomacy, and Medicine. He would go on to attend the University of Pittsburgh where he was the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association, Western New York Chapter, Academic Scholarship. While obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree he studied Political Science with a focus on Immigration Law. His passion and commitment to helping those that share similar backgrounds began when he started early in young adulthood. He immersed himself in education, healthcare and a desire to serve others. The passion came about with the myriad of volunteer activities he exposed himself to at local organizations like the Indian Community Center of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital. After graduating college he went on to attend Medical School abroad and received a Doctorate of Medicine in 2007 with the core focus of Infectious Disease, Healthcare Administration and Emergency Medicine. He was the first in his family to graduate High School, graduate College and graduate from Medical School. He became involved in Higher Education after he graduate from Medical School and has now spent just over a decade in a combination of Health care and Education. In 2014 he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer for Jacksonville Management & Staffing that operated as Clinical and Administrative healthcare management firm. He has served as Executive Operations President in Higher Education Institutions for over 10 years. He has been actively involved with Curriculum Development, Programmatic Reviews and sat on Accreditation and Re-accreditation committees with ACICS, NACCAS, ABHES and various State Agencies. He has been an active in both healthcare education and higher education committees with both the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. He is a two-time Federal Award recipient (2015 & 2016) from the US Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs – Southern Pueblos Agency for his integral work in the Collaborative Training Endeavour with eleven New Mexican Pueblo Tribal Education Centers. Since his relocation to Houston in 2017 he has served as Campus President of The College of Health Care Professions. While here he has been very active in the Community. He has been an advocate of access to Health Care and Education to economically disadvantaged communities and has worked with affiliates of Mayor Turner’s office and The Harris County of Department of Public Health. He has been pivotal in the collaboration between The College of Health Care Professions, Mayor Turner’s Office and Houston Independent School Districts’ Momentum Academies to provide scholarships to disadvantaged and nontraditional students with access to Higher Education. He has held Financial Literacy and Education Advocacy seminars in many of the Multi-Service Centers in areas like Denver Harbor, Acres Homes, Third and Fifth Wards. He was featured in the magazine Latinos Empresarios and has been an active volunteer with their work with the Hispanic Immigrant population. In addition to sitting as Chair of the Advisory Council with Harmony Public Schools, he was the catalyst that allowed the first ever volunteer College Camp between Harmony and The College of Health Care Professions. The camp allowed no cost access for a group of 25 High School students to spend time on the College Campus and learn not only about Health Careers but College Readiness and life beyond the home. Mostly all of the students that attended were first time College bound individuals from Immigrant Families. He continues to be a champion for Education, Diversity and works with numerous agencies to assist in the assimilation process to life in the United States. He was recently recognized as the “2019 Beacon of Light” by the University of Houston’s Immigration Law Center for his work with the immigration population in Houston, TX.