Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York
Jeanne Gershman, CPC, COC, CEMC, CPB
Denials Management, Lifespan, Patient Financial Services
Jeanne Gershman started working in healthcare in 1980. Her experience stems from various health information roles, coding for ambulatory clinics, and oncology medicine. Just recently, she transitioned into denials management for Patient Financial Services. Gershman was honored as AAPC's 2016 Member of the Year. She served on the AAPC National Advisory Board (NAB) from 2013-2015.
Chapter affiliation: Providence, R.I.
Offices held: President, vice president, education officer
Gina Piccirilli, CPC, CPMA
Director of HIM, Ellenville Regional Hospital
Gina Piccirilli began her career in healthcare almost 20 years ago in data entry and quickly added new roles to her resume. She has coded and audited multiple specialties and created congenial educational relationships with providers in all areas. She is also a consultant in her free time, specializing in documentation improvement and evaluation and management (E/M) auditing. Before founding the Ellenville, N.Y., local chapter, Piccirilli was vice president of the New Windsor, N.Y., local chapter.
Chapter affiliation: Ellenville, N.Y.
Offices held: President, vice president
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC
Michele Stevens, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow
HIM Coding Manager, Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Michele Stevens has over 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She started out as a receptionist and was promoted to office manager, where she discovered her love of ICD, CPT®, and HCPCS Level II when asked to take over the practice billing. Stevens has worked as a coder, an auditor/physician educator, and a practice manager. She is a member of NAMAS.
Chapter affiliation: Seacoast-Dover, N.H.
Offices held: President, vice president, education officer, treasurer
Brenda Stevens, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC -I
Lead Coder, Medkoder Brenda Stevens has 20 years of experience working on the business side of medicine. She uses her medical coding skills to review billing, coding, and documentation practices to ensure compliance and reimbursement success. Stevens has a passion for teaching, and she uses her communication skills and knowledge to educate students at the community college level on accurate and ethical coding for a successful career in medical coding and billing.
Chapter affiliation: Salisbury, Md.
Offices held: President, vice president, member development officer, treasurer
Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina
Roslyn Jones, CPC, CPCO
Compliance Specialist at Duke University Private Diagnostic Clinic, LLC
Roslyn Jones is always willing to teach, motivate, and inspire anyone who is interested in coding, compliance, or the revenue cycle. She has been working in healthcare since 1990 in all aspects of billing, coding, compliance, management, physician education, revenue cycle, including reimbursement and appeals, healthcare consultant, and auditing of physician records.
Chapter affiliation: Durham, N.C.
Offices held: President
Lynda Wetter, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGSC
Revenue Cycle Manager with United Vascular, LLC
Lynda Wetter has been working in healthcare for over 10 years. She has worked in many areas of healthcare, with expertise in E/M coding and auditing, as well as interventional radiology. As revenue cycle manager at United Vascular, LLC, Wetter oversees the billing and coding for multiple vascular clinics. She is passionate about her work with the local chapters and loves to interact and network with the members and officers.
Chapter affiliation: Richmond, Va.
Offices held: President, vice president, secretary
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Bahamas
Rik Salomon, CPC, CRC, CEDC, CEMA , CCS
Coder/Auditor, Himagine Solutions
Rik Salomon has more than 25 years of health information management (HIM) experience as a coder, auditor, educator, and documentation specialist. He is a frequent speaker and is nationally published. Salomon is a featured soloist in IMPROMPTU, an 18-person a cappella vocal group.
Chapter affiliation: "Carolina Coders," Charlotte, N.C., local chapter
Offices held: President, secretary/treasurer
Susan L. O’Loughlin, CPC, CPMA, Fellow
Director of Revenue Cycle, Medical Group Management, University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
Susan O’Loughlin has worked in the medical field for more than 30 years. Initially, she was a nurse, and then she transitioned to coding, provider education, auditing, and compliance for a large multi-specialty group facility, where she was instrumental in implementing ICD-10 as an AAPC ICD-10 trainer and developing provider education for a new residency program. Among her greatest accomplishments was founding the Plattsburgh, N.Y., local chapter in 2003. Before that, she was treasurer of the Irvine, Calif., local chapter. O’Loughlin loves meeting new members, encourages networking, and mentors members and staff to help them grow and achieve career goals.
Chapter affiliation: Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Office held: President, vice president, treasurer
Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi
Heather Allen, LPN, COC, CPMA
Coding, Auditing, and Client Management, RevCycle+
Heather Allen has more than 15 years of experience in coding, billing, auditing, management, and consulting in addition to her clinical experience. She has worked for hospital inpatient, solo and group practices, and insurance defense auditing. Allen has been employed the last eight years with RevCycle+, where she oversees coding, auditing, and client management for 40-plus emergency departments and urgent care clinics.
Chapter affiliation: Jefferson City, Mo.
Offices held: President, treasurer, secretary/treasurer
Joan Snodgrass, CPC, CRC, CPB
Coding/Billing Manager, County Obstetrics & Gynecology
Joan Snodgrass has been in the medical field for over 20 years and has worked in several areas for hospitals, private physicians, and centralized business offices for physician groups. She enjoys every aspect of serving the chapter and representing AAPC and finds networking very gratifying. Snodgrass enjoys planning local chapter events as a team with fellow officers and members.
Chapter affiliation: St. Louis West, Mo.
Offices held: President, education officer
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
Cynthia Stephenson, CPC, CRC, AAPC Fellow
Self-pay Collections, R1RCM
Cynthia (Cindy) Stephenson has worked in healthcare for 17 years. Her background is in accounts payable for 10 of those years, followed by patient financial services, and then physician business services. Stephenson enjoys networking with coders, billers, and other healthcare professionals to hear about their work accomplishments and struggles.
Chapter affiliation: Indianapolis, Ind.
Offices held: President, vice president, treasurer
Letitia Patterson, MPA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CCS-P
CEO, A Coder's Resource
Letitia Patterson has been in healthcare industry for 23 years. Throughout her career, she has refined her expertise in the areas of practice management, training, consulting, auditing, medical billing and reimbursement, and diagnostic and procedural coding. Patterson has developed educational materials for coders and healthcare professionals and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in healthcare. She founded the Chicago – Southeast, Ill., local chapter and has served in multiple positions.
Chapter affiliation: Chicago – Southeast, Ill.
Offices held: President, vice president, president-elect, education officer, treasurer, member development officer
Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa
Lynn Deaton, CPC, CPMA, CEMC
Auditing Consultant, Privia Healthcare
Lynn Deaton began her career in the healthcare industry more than 30 years ago. She has worked remotely for 10 years, auditing and coding for clients. Consulting, auditing, and educating are Deaton’s passions. She is active in her local chapter and has served in many officer positions.
Chapter affiliation: Billings, Mont.
Offices held: Vice president, president, president-elect, secretary/treasurer
Beth Schleeper, COC, CPC, CPB, CPCO, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CEMC
Owner/Operator, T & T Consulting Firm and Advanced Coding Services
Beth Schleeper has been in the medical billing and coding industry for more than 20 years. She owns and operates T & T Consulting Firm, a full service medical billing service, and Advanced Coding Services, a coding school using AAPC curriculum. Schleeper started her career as a front desk receptionist at an internal medicine physician practice and worked her way up to practice manager. She has experience in durable medical equipment, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, infertility, and family practice. She enjoys teaching, meeting members, and mentoring.
Chapter affiliation: Phoenix, Ariz.
Offices held: President, education officer, new member development
California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska
Corrie Alvarez, CPC, CPMA, CEDC, CPC -I
Manager of Revenue Operations, Optum 360
Corrie Alvarez has more than 25 years of professional experience in medical billing, coding, and auditing in various practice settings. She earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge, and a teaching credential while teaching courses at the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is the founder of the Mission Hills, Calif., local chapter. She was a member of the AAPC NAB from 2009-2011.
Chapter affiliation: Mission Hills, Calif.
Offices held: President, vice president, secretary, secretary/treasurer, education officer
Kristin Rodriguez, CPC, CEMC, CPC-I, CPMA, COC, C RC
Coding Operations Lead, Alignment Healthcare
Kristin Rodriguez works as the coding operations lead for Alignment Healthcare, a company focused on providing population health management services to health systems and provider groups across the country. She has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Rodriguez has owned and operated a billing service company and served as office manager, coder, compliance auditor, educator, and documentation improvement specialist for various companies and practices over the years. She has worked at private offices, consulting firms, and health plans, giving her exposing her to all areas in the industry. Rodriguez contributes to blog posts and articles regarding hierarchical condition category (HCC) coding. Holding six AAPC credentials, she still pursues more education and credentials in her future.
Chapter affiliation: Orange-Irvine, Calif.
Offices held: Education officer
Director of Local Chapter Support, AAPC
Since 1994, when Marti Johnson joined AAPC, the number of chapters has grown from 30 to just under 500. Her tenure has been dedicated to establishing and supporting AAPC members and local chapters.