About the Program

At OakBend Medical Center, we present an Administrative Fellowship program that serves as a remarkable avenue for educational enrichment and personal growth. Our Administrative Fellowship Program spans a duration of two years, strategically designed to provide candidates with a diverse array of experiences across both clinical and non-clinical domains. This program is designed to positively impact the Fellow’s journey towards becoming a proficient healthcare leader. Fellows will engage in a range of areas, encompassing operations management, operational and financial analytics, physician recruitment and clinic operations management, process improvement, and management of complex projects. The Fellowship role functions as a foundational position, fostering an introduction to our organization while harboring the potential for evolution into a pivotal leadership role within our organizational framework.

About the Program Sponsor

Joe Freudenberger
Chief Executive Officer

Joe Freudenberger is the Chief Executive Officer of OakBend Medical Center, a $1 billion, three hospital, independent, non-profit, community hospital system serving Fort Bend County and surrounding areas. After completing his M.B.A. in finance at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, Joe began his career in healthcare, spending 10 years with Deloitte Consulting working with major healthcare systems around the country to improve their business operations, 11 years as CFO for two different hospitals and the last 15 years as CEO for OakBend.
Over his career he has, at one time or another, either overseen or reengineered the operations of almost every department in a hospital. Joe has a track record of successfully implementing operational and organizational change to help community hospitals regain their financial footing.
By shifting OakBend’s strategy to focus on service excellence, new services, community engagement, targeted marketing, physician engagement, unique partner models and financial prudence, Joe and his team have transformed OakBend Medical Center into a growing, quality local choice for healthcare in Fort Bend County and surrounding areas.
Joe is a recipient of the 2018 Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired Nonprofit CEO and the winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® for the Gulf Coast Region in Healthcare in 2017.


The focus of the Administrative Fellowship Program is on exceptional individuals who harbor a deep passion for the healthcare industry. Geared towards those desiring to acquire hands-on experience in steering and overseeing a healthcare system, the program provides a valuable platform for growth and development. Eligible applicants must have received or completed the didactic requirements for an MHA or MBA prior to start date.

Application Requirements

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2026 OakBend Medical Center Administrative Fellowship. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm CST on September 29th, 2023. Applications that are incomplete at this time will not be considered. Applicants may apply online through the “Careers” tab under “Administrative Fellowship” starting August 21st, 2023.

Please ensure that you upload the following documents with your application:

  • Resume
  • Undergraduate Transcripts (Official or Unofficial)
  • Graduate Transcripts (Official or Unofficial)
  • Personal Statement (500 word limit): Why OakBend Medical Center?

For further information about the OakBend Fellowship Program, please email vlongoria@obmc.org or ljacob@obmc.org.

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Current Fellows

2021 – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, MHA
2019 – Texas A&M University, Psychology, B.S.

Victoria Longoria, originally from Corpus Christi, TX, is a second-year Administrative Fellow at OakBend Medical Center. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2019, she pursued a career at a nonprofit hospital, specializing in case management and social services. She then received her Masters of Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2021. In her free time, Victoria enjoys traveling, Texas A&M Football, concerts and spending time with her family, friends and dog.

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2021 – Louisiana State University – Shreveport, MBA
2020 – Louisiana State University – Shreveport, MHA
2018 – University of Houston, Public Health, B.S.

Lexiah Jacob, who was born and raised in Houston, TX, is a second-year Administrative Fellow at OakBend Medical Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a minor in Biology from the University of Houston in 2018. She then graduated with a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree in 2020 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2021 from Louisiana State University – Shreveport. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, singing, attending concerts, watching baseball games, and spending time with her family.

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2024 – The George Washington University, MHA
2021 – Trinity University, Spanish, B.A.

Charlie Pippen is a first-year administrative fellow at OakBend Medical Center. Originally from Dallas, TX, he received his BA in Spanish with a minor in biology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in 2021. He then pursued his MHA from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., completing didactic coursework in May 2023 and expecting to graduate in May 2024. He enjoys spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, competing in trivia, and watching Dallas Stars hockey.

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2024 – The George Washington University, MHA
2021 – Furman University, Health Sciences, B.S.

Nina Markanda, hailing from Marietta, GA, is a first-year administrative fellow here at OakBend Medical Center.  In 2021, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Furman University in Greenville, SC.  Immediately following her tenure at Furman University, she pursued her Master of Health Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., from which she is expected to graduate in May of 2024.  In her leisure time, Nina enjoys concerts, discovering new coffee shops, doing yoga, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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