National Advisory Board, 2018 – 2021

The role of the National Advisory Board (NAB) is to advise the AAPC leadership on issues, trends and member needs and enthusiastically promote and support the mission of AAPC and the business of healthcare. The NAB works with the national office for the betterment of the entire membership and the healthcare community through active participation in nationally sponsored conferences, events, publications, educational programs and activities. The NAB members write articles and speak at local chapters, conferences and other healthcare-related events. Each NAB representative becomes an ambassador for AAPC and its members.

The NAB includes 16 members appointed by AAPC representing eight geographical regions of the U.S. and four officers elected by the NAB including president, president elect, member relations, and secretary.

  • Michael D. Miscoe


    Michael D. Miscoe, JD, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC, CEMA, AAPC Fellow

    President, Practice Masters, Inc., and Founding Partner, Miscoe Health Law, LLC

    Michael Miscoe has served on AAPC’s NAB since 2013, is a member of the Legal Advisory Board, and is chair of the AAPC Ethics Committee. He has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare coding and more than 20 years as a forensic coding/compliance expert and consultant. Miscoe is admitted to the Bar in California as well as to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts in the Southern District of California and the Western District of Pennsylvania. He has an extensive national speaking background and has been published on a variety of coding, compliance, and health law topics. Miscoe is a member and past president of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, local chapter.

  • Colleen Gianatasio


    Colleen Gianatasio, CPC, CPC-P, CPMA, CPC-I, CRC

    Risk Coding and Education Specialist, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, Inc.

    Colleen Gianatasio has 19 years of experience in the health insurance field. She has experience in customer service, claims, quality, and coding. As risk adjustment quality and education program manager for Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, Gianatasio’s primary responsibilities are provider engagement and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for accurate coding. She specializes in developing innovative coding curriculum and instruction to support compliance with federal guidelines and appropriate reimbursement processes. Gianatasio enjoys teaching a variety of coding, documentation, and auditing classes. She is a member and past president of the Albany, New York, chapter.

  • Leonta (Lee) Williams


    Leonta (Lee) Williams, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC

    Director of Medical Coding, Georgia Cancer Specialists and Healthcare Management Consultant, Karna, LLC

    Lee Williams has more than 18 years health information management (HIM) experience as a coding director, auditor, educator, trainer, practice manager, and mentor. She has provided coding leadership and oversight on programs sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission, and Industrial Economics, Inc. Lee has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, CDI, and risk management. She is founder and past president of the Covington, GA AAPC chapter and currently serves as Secretary on AAPC's National Advisory Board. Lee holds a B.S. in Health Information Management and an MBA with concentration in Healthcare Administration

  • Lori A. Cox

    Member Relations

    Lori A. Cox, MBA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CHONC, AAPC Fellow

    Regional Director, Healthicity Audit Services

    Lori Cox has 20 years of experience in multiple areas of healthcare including auditing and compliance. She has been certified since 2002 and has held the offices of vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri, local chapter. Cox earned a master’s degree in Business Management from Quincy University in 2015. She is a licensed PMCC instructor.

  • NAB Members by Region
    Region 1 - Northeast
    Stephanie Sjogren

    Stephanie Sjogren, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CCS, HCAFA

    Clinical Policy and Reimbursement Analyst at Connecticare, Inc.

    Stephanie Sjogren works with payment integrity to ensure proper claims adjudication and to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Prior to joining Connecticare, she performed provider audits and education at a women’s healthcare group.

    Sjogren has also worked with physicians and staff to integrate and use electronic health record (EHR) systems effectively and to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules and regulations. Her areas of specialty are evaluation and management (E/M), auditing, and CDI. Sjogren has served as an officer for the Hartford, Connecticut, local chapter.

  • Stephanie Thebarge

    Stephanie Thebarge, CPC, CEMC, CHONC

    Compliance Manager, New England Cancer Specialists, and Owner, Seacoast Health Compliance Consultation, LLC

    Stephanie Thebarge has worked in the healthcare field for the past 18 years. Thebarge’s areas of expertise include E/M auditing, education, compliance, payer contracting, credentialing, and revenue cycle management. In 2015, she started her own business, Seacoast Health Compliance Consultation, LLC, for educating and auditing physician practices. Thebarge is the 2018 education officer and has served two terms as president of the Portland, Maine, local chapter. She volunteers for American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

  • Region 2 - Atlantic
    George J. Blake

    George J. Blake, CPC

    Manager, Deloitte and Touche, LLP

    George Blake has more than 25 years of healthcare experience as a pharmacist, physician practice manager, coding instructor, and recovery auditor. He is a specialist in Deloitte’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice, focusing on coding compliance matters. Blake is one of the founding members of the Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, local chapter and has served as chapter education officer, vice president, and president.

  • Rhonda Buckholtz

    Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CDEO, CMPE, CHC, COPC, CGSC, CPEDC

    Owner, Coding and Reimbursement Experts

    Rhonda Buckholtz is a leading authority in managing and improving the performance of physician practices. Rhonda 30+ years of experience in healthcare, working primarily in the management, compliance and reimbursement/coding sectors, has provided her with insights to how physician practices can achieve operational excellence. As a VP at AAPC, Rhonda was responsible for developing comprehensive ICD-10 training materials ensuring AAPC membership and their employers were prepared for the monumental changes facing the industry. Rhonda has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC, AMA, HIMSS, MGMA, AAO-HNS, AGA and ASOA. She is a past co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup, Advanced Payment Models Workgroup and has provided testimony for ICD-10 and standardization of data for NCVHS and is on the National Advisory Board for AAPC. Rhonda is a John Maxwell Team Executive Director where she fulfills her life’s purpose by adding value to other people.

  • Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic
    Astara N. Crews

    Astara N. Crews, MJ, CHC, CPC

    Director of Regulatory Affairs, ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP

    Astara N. Crews is a member of ENT and Allergy Associates’, LLP senior leadership team. She manages the Corporate Compliance Program and maintains and is responsible for adherence of the organization's policies, procedures, protocols, and practices of local, state, and federal healthcare compliance regulations. As part of Crew’s duties, her department provides coding and documentation education and training for physicians and clinical support staff. She has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry from CUNY Lehman College and a Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Crews is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA) and serves as the vice-president of the Lower Westchester, New York, local chapter.

  • Dianne Estes

    Dianne Estes, CPC, CPB

    Anthem Provider Reimbursement Administrator Sr.

    Dianne Estes has been in healthcare for 18 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked in many areas of coding and billing: provider reimbursement, professional fee, surgical, diagnostic imaging, behavioral health, and hospice billing, coding, and credentialing. She is a member of the Danville, Kentucky, local chapter.

  • Region 4 - Southeast
    Kiosha T. Forston

    Kiosha T. Forston, MASS, RHIA, CPC, CHTS-TR

    Regional Coding Manager, Hospital Corporation of America – Physician Services Group (HCA-PSG)

    Kiosha T. Forston holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management and a Master of Applied Social Sciences in Public Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Forston has more than 15 years of experience as a coding specialist, Medicaid fraud and abuse investigator, and compliance manager. She has served as program director for a medical coding program, as adjunct faculty member, and on advisory boards for coding certificate, associate, and baccalaureate level programs. Forston is actively involved in professional associations and her community. She serves as secretary of the Tallahassee, Florida, local chapter, and has served as member development officer and education officer.

  • Norma A. Panther

    Norma A. Panther, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CHONC, CIRCC, CPMA, CCS-P, CHC

    Compliance Professional Auditor, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

    Norma Panther is an experienced professional coder, auditor, and educator with more than 25 years of healthcare experience. She has developed and delivered a variety of educational materials to coders and healthcare professionals. As part of Panther’s dedication to educating the coding community, she has mentored many coders through the certification process and provided classes to educate aspiring coders. She speaks at HEALTHCON and for professional organizations such as the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM), Oncology Managers of Florida (OMF), and others, and she regularly presents at AAPC local chapter meetings. Panther has served as a Lakeland, Florida, local chapter officer multiple times and is the 2018 vice president.

  • Region 5 - Southwest
    Vanessa Moldovan

    Vanessa Moldovan, CPC, CPMA, CPPM

    Revenue Cycle Expert, Medic Management, LLC

    Vanessa Moldovan’s focus for more than 17 years has been on education and the physician revenue cycle. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University. Moldovan has worked as a revenue cycle assessor, a revenue cycle manager, an executive account manager, and a consultant. She served as president of the Des Plaines, Illinois, local chapter from 2014-2017, and is the educational officer.

  • Sherrie Remphry-Anderson

    Sherrie Remphry-Anderson, MS, CPC, CPC-I, CPPM, AAPC Fellow

    Manager Patient Accounts, Washington University Neurology

    Sherrie Remphry-Anderson has 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, including managing coding, billing, and compliance, and aspects of the revenue cycle. She received a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Lindenwood University. Remphry-Anderson’s specialty experience is in pediatrics, orthopedics, and neurology. Her passion is to help individuals achieve their goals. Remphry-Anderson serves as president of her local chapter, and has served as an officer for the past six years.

  • Region 6 - Great Lakes
    Jean R. Pryor

    Jean R. Pryor, CPMA, CPC, CPB, CPC-I, CRC, CIMC, CCS-P, CHAP, AAPC Fellow

    Administration of Coding and Education, St. Elizabeth Physicians

    Jean Pryor has more than 34 years of medical coding and billing experience, and she has been a CPC since 1994. Pryor was a master coder and auditor reviewing Medicare Advantage data for hierarchical condition categories, Risk Adjustment Processing System, secondary payments, and duplicative payment activities. She is a member of Cigna Government Services Provider Outreach Education Advisory Group. Pryor is the president of the newly rejuvenated Northern Kentucky local chapter.

  • Pamela Tienter

    Pamela Tienter, CPC, CPC-P, COC, CPMA, CPC-I, CCS-P, AAPC Fellow

    Certified Coder, Medical Policy/United Clinical Services, UnitedHealthcare

    Pam Tienter has more than 25 years of experience in the physician and payer settings in the areas of coding, medical records, management, E/M auditing, medical policy, and training. She is on the coding team in the medical policy area at UnitedHealthcare and previously worked on the UnitedHealth Group ICD-10 transition as an ICD-10 coding manager. Tienter is the education officer of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, local chapter, and has previously served as the member development officer, vice-president, and president.

  • Region 7 - Mountain/Plains
    Robert A. Kiesecker III

    Robert A. Kiesecker III, BSHA, CPC, CPC-I, CCC, AAPC Fellow

    Corporate Coding Manager, Cardiovascular Consultants

    Robert A. Kiesecker has more than 15 years of revenue cycle experience and several years’ experience as an instructor and auditor. As coding manager at a large cardiovascular practice in Arizona, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the coding team, and provides leadership and guidance to help the revenue stream and internal compliance. Kiesecker has spoken nationally on various medical coding topics. He designed and implemented a leadership program to promote mentorship and growth among the local chapters of Arizona, and he served as member development officer in 2017 for the Mesa, Arizona, local chapter.

  • Pam Brooks

    Pam Brooks, MHA, COC, PCS, CPC, AAPC Fellow

    Coding Manager, Wentworth Douglass Hospital

    Pam Brooks is currently the Manager of Billing Compliance at MaineHealth, the largest health care organization in both Maine and Northern New England. She is responsible for the corporate auditing and compliance program, serving 9 hospitals and several other healthcare facilities. Previously, she led a team of professional and technical fee coders and auditors for an NH community hospital. She is active in both the Seacoast Dover NH Chapter as well as the Portland, ME chapter, and currently serves on the HealthCon Education Committee. She is a Region 7 Representative for the National Advisory Board and is a frequent contributor to Healthcare Business Monthly. She speaks regionally and nationally on coding, auditing, and career development topics. Pam holds her bachelor’s in Adult Education and Workplace Training from Granite State College, and her Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She and her family live in southern Maine.

  • Region 8 - West
    Michael J. Warner

    Michael J. Warner, DO, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, AAPC Fellow

    President, Patient Advocacy Initiatives

    Michael J. Warner has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy from Villanova University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) from Des Moines University, where he also served a one-year undergraduate Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine teaching fellowship. Warner completed his internship and family medicine residency at Atlantic City Medical Center, New Jersey. He is board certified in family medicine (ACOFP) and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (AOBNMM). Prior to heading non-profit Patient Advocacy Initiatives, he practiced family medicine for more than 20 years in the Ebensburg/Johnstown, Pennsylvania region. Warner is a member of the American Osteopathic (AOA) Bureau of Socioeconomic Affairs Committee, an AOA alternate advisor on the AMA Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), and a 2016-2017 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Health Policy Fellow. He is a former level I chair of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Warner is 2018 president of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, AAPC local chapter.

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