Valentina Gokenbach, DM, MBA, RN

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    Valentina Gokenbach

Administrator Mitch Albom Charities

President Val Gokenback "Leading Leaders" Consulting Group

Grosse Pointe, MI

Dr. Val Gokenbach has a true passion for leadership and has been in administrative healthcare positions for over thirty years. She has managed an expansive span of responsibility, which included Nursing and several support departments such as radiology, respiratory therapy, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, oncology services, neurodiagnostic services, employee health, integrative medicine, schools of allied health, patient service departments and the emergency services. Her greatest accomplishment has been leading the nursing team to the receipt of the prestigious Magnet accreditation awarded on January 14, 2004 for nursing and organizational excellence and re-accreditation in 2008. She also is on faculty at American Sentinel University.

As a professional dancer and fitness instructor for over 40 years, Val has led a dual life as a fitness presenter, consultant and dance instructor. She worked for Aerobics Fitness Association and traveled extensively presenting health and wellness programs for fitness instructors and the general public. This exposure led her to the opportunity to work with companies such as Omron and Oregon Scientific as a spokesperson for health and wellness products and serve as a guest host on the popular QVC sales network and Shopping Channel in Ontario. She also developed a line of exercise videos called “You Can Do This” which were also sold on QVC.

Val is also involved in several community initiatives and served as the co-creator of Safety City USA, the first free standing, non-profit interactive learning facility for the community, dedicated to the reduction in pediatric trauma and is helping as the administrator for Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. clinic for homeless moms and kids in Detroit and his orphanage in Haiti. In her past time she lectures on health and wellness topics and is active on several advisory and leadership boards throughout the community. A well-known author, she recently released her own wellness book “Tap Dancing Through Life: Seven steps to finding your rhythms and the life of your dreams,” and is featured in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: A second dose and Nurse Executive: The four principles of Management from Springer Publishing. She is a public speaker with National Speaker's Association and consults in the areas of organizational design and executive development.

She possesses a doctoral degree in management and organizational leadership, a master degree in business administration and a bachelors of science in nursing and is a RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow.