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AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors

The AAPC Chapter Association (AAPCCA), the Governing Board for AAPC Local Chapters, was 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. 

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.

Welcome the 2018-2019 AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors!

  • Region 1 - Northeast

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

    Jeanne Gershman, CPC, COC, CEMC, CPB

    Meeting Coordinator

    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.

    Contact: jeanne.gershman@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Providence, R.I.
    Offices held: President, vice president, education officer

  • Gina Piccirilli, CPC, CPMA

    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.

    Contact: gina.piccirilli@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Ellenville, N.Y.
    Offices held: President, vice president

  • Region 2 - Atlantic

    New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC

    Susan L. O'Loughlin, CPC, CPMA, Fellow

    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.

    Contact: michele.stevens@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Seacoast-Dover, N.H.
    Offices held: President, vice president, education officer, treasurer

  • Susan L. O'Loughlin, CPC, CPMA, Fellow

    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.

    Contact: brenda.stevens@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Salisbury, Md.
    Offices held: President, vice president, member development officer, treasurer

  • Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic

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

    Roslyn Jones, CPC

    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.

    Contact: roslyn.jones@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Durham, N.C.
    Offices held: President

  • Lynda Wetter, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGSC

    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.

    Contact: lynda.wetter@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Richmond, Va.
    Offices held: President, vice president, secretary

  • Region 4 - Southeast

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

    Cynthia Stephenson, CPC, CRC, AAPC Fellow

    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.

    Contact: rik.salomon@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: "Carolina Coders," Charlotte, N.C., local chapter
    Offices held: President, secretary/treasurer

  • Randee Herner, CPC, CEMC, CPC-I

    Vice Chair

    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.

    Contact: susan.oloughlin@aapcca.com
    Chapter affiliation: Plattsburgh, N.Y.
    Office held: President, vice president, treasurer

  • Region 5 - Southwest

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

    Heather Allen, LPN, COC, CPMA

    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.

    Contact: heather.allen@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Jefferson City, Mo.
    Offices held: President, treasurer, secretary/treasurer

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

    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.

    Contact: joan.snodgrass@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: St. Louis West, Mo.
    Offices held: President, education officer

  • Region 6 - Great Lakes

    Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

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


    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.

    Contact: cynthia.stephenson@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Indianapolis, Ind.
    Offices held: President, vice president, treasurer

  • Letitia Patterson, MPA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CCS-P

    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.

    Contact: letitia.patterson@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Chicago – Southeast, Ill.
    Offices held: President, vice president, president-elect, education officer, treasurer, member development officer

  • Region 7 - Mountain/Plains

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

    Lynn Deaton, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

    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.

    Contact: lynn.deaton@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Billings, Mont.
    Offices held: Vice president, president, president-elect, secretary/treasurer

  • Beth Schleeper, COC, CPC, CPB, CPCO, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CEMC

    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.  

    Contact: beth.schleeper@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Phoenix, Ariz.
    Offices held: President, education officer, new member development

  • Region 8 - West

    California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska

    Sherri McDow, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CCC, CCS


    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.

    Contact: corrie.alvarez@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Mission Hills, Calif.
    Offices held: President, vice president, secretary, secretary/treasurer, education officer

  • Corrie Alvarez, CPC, CPMA, CEDC, CPC-I

    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.

    Contact: kristin.rodriguez@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Orange-Irvine, Calif.
    Offices held: Education officer

  • Marti Johnson

    AAPC Representative

    Marti Johnson

    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.

    Contact: marti.johnson@aapcca.org

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