Michelle Comeaux capturing the audience's attention at George Mason University in the Washington, DC Area
Noel P. Comeaux, AICP, PMP
Noel Comeaux being recognized by Maritime Administrator "Chip" Jaenichen and Associate Administrator Michael Carter
Michelle Comeaux is the Director of Quality for a national healthcare provider and former Director of Regulatory Readiness and Performance Improvement for the Inova Health System. She has more than 15 years of expertise in the quality and performance improvement arena, stemming from her Masters in Science degree from the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University in Denver and her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.
In Denver, Michelle served as a Quality Management Consultant for The Children’s Hospital, earning the Children’s Choice Award for Teamwork and the Award of Excellence for Quality and Safety. Later, Michelle worked as a Management Decision Support Analyst with Colorado Permanente Medical Group before relocating to the Mid-Atlantic in 2008. Once in the mid-Atlantic region; Michelle held director of quality roles in the Medstar and Inova Health systems.
Michelle has also been a member of the Board of the National Capital Healthcare Executives, having served two years as chapter President. She has also served as a speaker or moderator for numerous events, including at the VAHQ Conference for two years, ACHE Chapter Leader’s Conference in Chicago in 2014 and as a panelist for the NCHE Diversity in Healthcare dinner in 2015. An advocate of ACHE’s belief in lifelong learning, Michelle earned her rank of Fellow in the College in 2013 and now serves as a mentor for candidates. Michelle was a member of VAHQ for 4 years and served on the Board as the Newsletter Chair.
Noel Comeaux is a 25-year certified urban transportation planner with five U.S. Department of Transportation and a U.S. Coast Guard award. He formerly helped the American Planning Association (APA) develop the Certified Transportation Planner exam, the Maritime Administration develop America's Marine Highway Program, and most recently the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to consider the future role of the Commonwealth's eight operating and three planned riverports.
Noel has led APA's largest division, the Transportation Planning Division to "Best Division Performance" and has been chairing the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) AW050 Ferry Transportation Committee for four years. In addition, he is the current TRB Marine Group Committee Research Coordinator.
Noel continues to support local communities throughout the United States, stemming from his experience with the U.S. Department of Transportation where he reviewed federal grant applications and developed the first comprehensive federal funding handbook (applauded by U.S. TRANSCOM). He has also led stakeholder outreach for corridor studies, addressed transit issues (for the Pentagon and Mark Center), and worked with communities in Florida through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program. In addition, he developed critical resources for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Program.
Noel has led numerous conference sessions; worked with State, local, domestic, and international stakeholders; and brought together resources for the development of various projects, efforts, and initiatives. His positive and outgoing personality continues to be sought to help clients achieve success.