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Local Chapter Association Board of Directors

The AAPC Chapter Association (AAPCCA), the Governing Board for AAPC Local Chapters, is a non-profit association established to create, maintain, and sustain the infrastructure, through approachable and accountable representation, necessary to empower local chapters to function in support of the AAPC "Upholding a Higher Standard". The Board provides policy, rules, regulations, direction, and advice to the AAPC local chapters and is also charged with ensuring that the local chapters function in accordance with the mission of the AAPC.

The AAPCCA Board of Directors is comprised of 16 certified AAPC members who work collaboratively with AAPC staff and current local chapter officers. Two board members represent each region of the country. New board members are selected on an annual basis. AAPC members who have previously served as chapter officers are invited to apply to serve on the Chapter Association Board of Directors. Applications being accepted now through December 16th.

Hardship/Disaster Scholarship Funds

In 2012, a new scholarship program was created by the AAPCCA Board of Directors for the purpose of providing assistance to AAPC members who need financial support with maintaining their membership and credentials. Previously, in 2010, Project AAPC had been introduced as a way for AAPC members to help victims around the world who were experiencing natural/catastrophic disasters. These funds now are reserved for AAPC members. Those with financial burdens can apply online. The option is also available for members to nominate a fellow AAPC member in need of financial assistance.

The AAPCCA Scholarship Committee is formed of past AAPCCA Board of Directors members and is strictly a volunteer role. The scholarship funds can only continue with assistance from donations made by members; once funds run out, then scholarships given will be on hold. Learn more about these scholarships.

AAPC Chapter Association
Say Hello to Your 2016-2017 Board of Directors

AAPC is excited to announce the 2016-2017 AAPC Chapter Association (APPCCA) Board of Directors — a voting board of 16 coders and one AAPC representative. This elected board is dedicated to providing local chapters with the resources and support necessary to be successful.

Here are your new regional representatives and executive committee officers for 2016-2017:

  • Region 1 - Northeast

    Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York

    Yolanda T. Haskins, CPC, CRC, CMCO

    Yolanda T. Haskins, CPC, CRC, CMCO

    Lead Coder, Howard University Faculty Practice Plan

    Yolanda Haskins brings more than 30 years of experience to the medical billing and coding field. She has worked in many specialty offices, hospital systems, and as owner of a billing company. Haskins received her CPC® in 2006 and CRC™ in 2015. She helped establish the Alexandria, Virginia, local chapter, which now has more than 350 members. She loves mentoring and encouraging new coders.

    Contact: yolanda.haskins@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Alexandria, Virginia
    Offices held: President, vice president, member development officer

  • Kristie Stokes, CPC

    Kristie Stokes, CPC

    Facility Coding Quality Analyst & Educator, Change Healthcare

    Kristie Stokes began working in the medical billing and coding field in 1997 as a follow-up clerk for an ambulance service. From there, she went on to work as a medical biller, administrative assistant, assistant manager, manager, and coder. Stokes now works for Change Healthcare (formerly Altegra Healthcare) as a facility coding quality analyst, performing internal reviews, and as an educator, teaching coders employed by Change Healthcare. She loves to mentor new coders and those interested in making a career change to become a coder.

    Contact: kristie.stokes@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Pensacola, Florida
    Offices held: President, vice president

  • Region 2 - Atlantic

    New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC

    Maria Rita (Rita) Genovese, CPC, PCS

    Meeting Coordinator

    Maria Rita (Rita) Genovese, CPC, PCS

    Administrator, Jefferson Infusion Centers

    Rita Genovese has over 20 years of experience in billing and practice management, most recently in the areas of family medicine and medical oncology. As administrator of revenue cycle for the Department of Medical Oncology and Jefferson Infusion Centers at Thomas Jefferson University she is active in educating the physicians and staff in medical coding and compliance regulations. Genovese is a former member of AAPC’s National Advisory Board and a frequent speaker at AAPC national and regional conferences.

    Contact: rita.genovese@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Offices held: President, vice president

  • Stephanie Moore, CPC, CPMA

    Stephanie Moore, CPC, CPMA

    Auditor/Educator, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

    Stephanie Moore has over 15 years of experience in healthcare, and is an auditor/educator for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire. She started out at the front desk of a multi-physician surgical practice, and quickly learned and transferred into the coding and billing role. Moore became a patient access supervisor at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, where she developed an authorization, pre-certification and scheduling team. She specializes in evaluation and management (E/M) auditing, outpatient services, and educating healthcare professionals; her specialty experience is in cardiology, vascular, obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN), behavioral health, and palliative care. Prior to Moore’s career in healthcare, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    Contact: stephanie.moore@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Seacoast Dover, New Hampshire
    Offices held: President, vice president

  • Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic

    Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina



    Business Administrator, Anesthesia Specialists

    Judy Wilson has been in the medical field as a business administrator for more than 38 years. For the past 25 years, she has been the business administrator for Anesthesia Specialists, a group of 10 cardiac anesthesiologists who practice at Sentara Heart Hospital. She served as treasurer for the AAPCCA board of directors in 2011 and 2013. Wilson has presented at several AAPC regional and national conferences.

    Contact: judy.wilson@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Chesapeake, Virginia
    Offices held: President, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, education officer

  • Cindy Stephenson, CPC, CRC

    Cindy Stephenson, CPC, CRC

    Self-pay Collections, Nat’l Revenue Service Center, St. Vincent Health

    Cindy Stephenson has worked at St. Vincent Health for 14 years. She worked in accounts payable for 10 of those years before venturing into patient financial services and then physician business services. Stephenson earned her CPC® in 2011 and her CRC™ in 2015. She enjoys networking with coders, billers, and other healthcare industry professionals to hear about what works for them and the struggles they encounter.

    Contact: cindy.stephenson@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Offices held: Vice president, treasurer

  • Region 4 - Southeast

    Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Bahamas

    Holly Brown, CPC, COC, CEMC, CPCO, CCS


    Holly Brown, CPC, COC, CEMC, CPCO, CCS

    Coding Quality Analyst, Optum360

    Holly Brown has worked in medical billing and coding for over 10 years, starting out at the front desk of a multi-physician cardiology practice. She quickly learned the billing/coding side and transferred to the billing office, where she scrubbed charges and helped to code office visits and procedures. Brown specializes in quality/training and auditing E/M and outpatient services for physicians and hospitals. She helped to start the St. Augustine, Florida, local chapter in 2009, and she worked with other coders in 2012 to start the Orange Park, Florida, local chapter.

    Contact: holly.brown@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: St. Augustine, Florida and Orange Park, Florida
    Offices held: President, president-elect

  • Randee Herner, CPC, CEMC

    Randee Herner, CPC, CEMC

    Certified Medical Coder, Cleveland Clinic Florida

    Randee Herner has been in the medical field for over 23 years. Her present line of work is coding and auditing for multi-specialty physicians. Herner obtained her CPC® in 1997 and her CEMC® in 2011. She is very involved in her local chapter, which has more than doubled its membership during her presidency. Herner strives to create the ideal place for coders to thrive through networking, education, and employment. She is a very goal-oriented, team player who empowers everyone around her.

    Contact: randee.herner@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Weston, Florida
    Offices held: President, president-elect, treasurer

  • Region 5 - Southwest

    Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi

    Sarah Wechselberger, CPC, CPB, CPMA

    Sarah Wechselberger, CPC, CPB, CPMA

    Clinic Coding and Reimbursement Manager, Baxter Regional Medical Center

    Sarah Wechselberger started her medical coding career in 2002 with a multi-physician OB/GYN practice. She later went on to work for a multi-specialty billing group, and now works for a healthcare system. Wechselberger’s role as clinic coding and reimbursement manager with Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC) began as a professional coder; she manages the first physician coding department for BRMC’s 16+ multi-specialty outpatient clinics.

    Contact: sarah.wechselberger@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Offices held: President, secretary/treasurer, education officer

  • Najwa N. Liscombe, CPC, CMA, BHSA

    Najwa N. Liscombe, CPC, CMA, BHSA

    Coding and Reimbursement Analyst III, University of Florida Community Health & Family Medicine

    Najwa Liscombe has been working in the medical field for more than 30 years. She has coded and taught coding for multiple specialties, including anesthesia, radiology, OB/GYN, family medicine, and orthopedics. Liscombe has worked in the private sector and as a consultant. She was instrumental in starting the Gainesville, Florida, local chapter, and was the first president. Liscombe works in an academic practice, and is a valuable resource for coding and reimbursement issues among many practices in Florida and Georgia.

    Contact: najwa.liscombe@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Gainesville, Florida
    Offices held: President, treasurer, member development officer, education officer

  • Region 6 - Great Lakes

    Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

    Chair Candice M. Fenildo, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CENTC, CPC-I


    Candice M. Fenildo, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CENTC, CPC-I

    Associate Consultant, Acevedo Consulting, Inc.

    Candice Fenildo conducts coding and compliance audit projects; provides consulting services to clients’ management, physicians, and staff; and provides input for developing each client’s annual audit plan. She has more than 17 years’ experience in coding and billing for multi-specialty physicians, with a focused interest in otolaryngology and rheumatology. Fenildo enjoys mentoring and guiding others to fulfill their career goals.

    Contact: candice.fenildo@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Stuart, Florida
    Offices held: President, secretary

  • Teresa (Terri) Bartrom, CPC, CPB

    Teresa (Terri) Bartrom, CPC, CPB

    Billing Manager, Aspire Plastic Surgery, LLC

    Terri Bartrom has more than 25 years' of billing and coding experience in the specialties of plastic and reconstructive surgery, OB/GYN, pain management, and podiatry. She has been instrumental in organizing multiple programs and ICD-10-CM boot camps in her local chapter, where she inspires officers and members to perfect their professions in the medical field. Bartrom has been an AAPC member for 13 years and a certified coder for 12. She is a lifetime member of the American Business Women’s Association and Girl Scouts, and she holds an associate’s degree in Digital and Computer Electronics from Indiana Vocational Technical College and business certifications from Indiana Business College.

    Contact: terri.bartrom@aapcca.org
    Chapter affliation: Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Offices held: President, vice president, education officer

  • Region 7 - Mountain/Plains

    Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa

    Treasurer Ruby Woodward, BSN, CPC, CPMA, COSC, CSFAC, CPB


    Ruby Woodward, BSN, CPC, CPMA, COSC, CSFAC, CPB

    Clinical Technical Editor, Educator Decision Health

    Ruby Woodward has over 40 years of experience in the medical arena, serving 30 of those years in both nursing and the business of medicine. She has expertise in coding, education, auditing, and compliance, and has been heavily involved in orthopedic regulations. Woodward has presented at AAPC conferences, both regional and national, as well as at the local level. She was a member of the AAPC ICD-10-CM training team. She has been twice selected as the Member of the Year for the Minneapolis, Minnesota, local chapter. Woodward is passionate about orthopedics and obsessed with feet.

    Contact: ruby.woodward@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Offices held: President, vice president, member development officer

  • Melody S. Irvine, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, CPB, CPC-I, CCS-P, CMRS

    Melody S. Irvine, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, CPB, CPC-I, CCS-P, CMRS

    Consultant, Certified Auditor, Education, Curriculum Development, Career Coders

    Melody Irvine has more than 30 years of experience in the medical profession. She is the founder of Career Coders Online Medical Billing and Coding School; and she specializes in physician auditing, education, curriculum development. Irvine is in the process of publishing a Basic Physician Auditing book and guidelines. Her past responsibilities have included director of coding, auditing, compliance, and urgent care for a 48 multi-specialty physician practice, and contract auditor for the State of Colorado Attorney General. Irvine started the Loveland, Colorado, local chapter, and is a former officer of the AAPC National Advisory Board.

    Contact: melody.irvine@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Loveland, Colorado
    Offices held: President, president-elect, education officer

  • Region 8 - West

    California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska

    Linda Martien, CPC, COC, CPMA

    Vice Chair

    Linda Martien, CPC, COC, CPMA

    Reimbursement Business Manager, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.

    Linda Martien began her career more than 30 years ago — starting out as an emergency medical tech. She then went into coding, billing, practice management, hospital outpatient revenue cycle management, and consulting. She served and held office on the AAPC National Advisory Board from 2005-2009. Martien has also served in several officer positions with the Jefferson City and Columbia, Missouri, chapters.

    Contact: linda.martien@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Jefferson City, Missouri
    Offices held: President, president-elect, education officer

  • Sherri McDow, CPC, CPMA, CCC, CCS

    Sherri McDow, CPC, CPMA, CCC, CCS

    Director of Coding Operations, Kaiser Permanente

    Sherri McDow has worked in the medical field for 27 years, beginning her career as a biller at a home health agency. She has since worked as a coder, biller, and an auditor for both small physician groups and large medical centers. McDow is the Northern California regional process director, coding operations at Kaiser Permanente. She enjoys teaching, mentoring coders, and being involved in her local chapter.

    Contact: sherri.mcdow@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Sacramento, California
    Offices held: President, president-elect, treasurer

  • Marti G. Johnson

    Marti G. Johnson

    Director of Local Chapter Support, AAPC

    Since 1994, when Marti Johnson joined AAPC, the number of chapters has grown from 30 to more than 500. Her tenure has been dedicated to establishing and supporting AAPC members and local chapters.

    Contact: marti.johnson@aapcca.org

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