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AAPC 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. 

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

    Stephanie Moore, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow

    Stephanie Moore, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow

    Auditor/Educator, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

    Stephanie Moore has more than 17 years of experience in healthcare. She works as an auditor/educator for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H. She started out at the front desk of a multi-physician surgical practice, and quickly learned and transferred into coding and billing. 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. Prior to Moore's career in healthcare, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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

  • Jeanne Gershman, CPC, COC, CEMC, CPB

    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

  • Region 2 - Atlantic

    New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC

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

    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, then transitioned to coding, provider education, auditing, and compliance for a large multi-specialty group facility. As part of her responsibilities, O'Loughlin 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 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.
    Offices held: President, vice president, treasurer

  • 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. She started 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. Piccirilli now works as the HIM director at a critical access hospital in the lower Hudson Valley. She is also a consultant in her free time, specializing in documentation improvement and E/M auditing. Before founding the Ellenville, N.Y., local chapter, Piccirilli was vice president of the New Windsor, N.Y., local chapter. She feels her key role in the AAPCCA is to learn it, and then to give it away. Piccirilli's motto: "We are only as strong as our weakest link, so we must educate and empower everyone who is willing."

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

  • Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic

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

    Roslyn Jones, CPC

    Roslyn Jones, CPC

    Compliance Specialist at Duke University Private Diagnostic Clinic, LLC

    Roslyn Jones has more than 25 years of experience in coding, billing, management, mentoring, training, auditing, consulting, and compliance. She is also a certified ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. She held the position of president for the Durham, N.C. local chapter from 2015-2017.

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

  • Lynda Wetter, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGSC

    Secretary

    Lynda Wetter, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGSC

    Coder, UASI Solutions

    Lynda Wetter has been working in healthcare for more than 10 years. She focuses on multi-specialty E/M coding and auditing. Wetter is passionate about staying active in her local chapter and loves to interact and network with new members and officers to guide them into their path of success.

    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

    Vice Chair

    Cynthia Stephenson, CPC, CRC, AAPC Fellow

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

    Cynthia (Cindy) Stephenson has worked at St. Vincent Health for 16 years. She worked in account payable for 10 of those years before venturing into Patient Financial Services and then Physician Business Services. She 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

  • Randee Herner, CPC, CEMC, CPC-I

    Randee Herner, CPC, CEMC, CPC-I

    Certified Medical Coder, Cleveland Clinic Florida

    Randee Herner has been in the medical field for more than 23 years. She performs coding and auditing for multi-specialty physicians. She is very involved in her local chapter, which has more than doubled its membership during her presidency. Herner creates a place for coders to thrive through networking, education, and employment. She is a team player whose goal is to empower everyone around her.

    Contact: randee.herner@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Weston, Fla.
    Office held: President, president-elect, 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, with clinical experience as a nationally certified endoscopy nurse. Venues include hospital inpatient and solo and group practices, and she has expertise in insurance defense auditing and consulting. She has been employed the last eight years with RevCycle+, where she has oversight of coding, auditing, and client management for over 40 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

    Meeting Coordinator

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

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

    Melody Irvine has 38 years of experience in the medical profession. She is the founder of Career Coders Online Medical Billing and Coding School with a specialty in physician auditing. Irvine’s background includes director of coding and billing, auditing, compliance, urgent care, and billing for a 48 multi-specialty physician practice, as well as a previous contract auditor for the state of Colorado attorney general. She is a past member/officer of the AAPC NAB and serves on the American Medical Billing Association NAB. Irvine’s passion is teaching, and she is motivated by career challenges. 

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

  • Region 6 - Great Lakes

    Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

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

    Chair

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

    Coding and Compliance Manager, Suburban Radiology

    Ruby Woodward spent 30 of her 40+-year career in nursing and the business of healthcare. Her expertise is in coding, education, auditing, and compliance. Until 2017, Woodward’s primary focus was in orthopedics and foot and ankle care, for which she remains passionate. In June, she transitioned into physician practice radiology as the coding and compliance manager.  Woodward has presented at AAPC regional and national conferences, as well as local level engagements. She is active in her local chapter and passionate about AAPC members, and she has been selected twice as Member of the Year for the Minneapolis, Minn., local chapter.

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

  • 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: letita.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

    Auditor and Consultant, Privia Healthcare

    Lynn Deaton began her career in the healthcare industry more than 30 years ago. She has worked remotely for nine years auditing and coding for clients. Consulting, auditing, and educating are her 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

    Treasurer

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

    Northern California Regional Process Director of Coding Operations, Kaiser Permanente

    Sherri McDow has worked in healthcare for 30 years, beginning her career as a biller at a home health agency. She has since worked as a coder, biller, auditor, coding manager, and operations director for both small physician groups and large medical centers. McDow enjoys teaching, mentoring coders, and being involved in her local chapter.

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

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

    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 degree from California State University, Northridge. Alvarez earned a teaching credential while teaching courses at the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is the founder of the Mission Hills, Calif., local chapter, where over the years she has held a variety of officer positions. 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

  • 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