Speaker Biographies

Michelle Back, BSRT(R)(VI), CIRCC, works as the practice coordinator for interventional radiology with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. In this role, she is responsible for timely and accurate capture of CPT charges for both the hospital and professional coding. She provides data collection for the IR department, and plays a large role in departmental growth projects. She is involved with research trials and helps manages carotid artery stenting documentation for CMS submission. She has been an AVIR and AAPC member for several years. Ms. Back has submitted articles for the AVIR quarterly publication; The Interventional Informer as well as been a speaker for the AVIR annual conference. She completed Radiology School at St. Michael’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., followed bya post graduate program in angiography, interventional radiology, and special procedures with the University of Virginia, and then received a Bachelor of Science in health arts with the University of St. Francis.

Karen Barden, BBA, is a marketing professional who uses her marketing skills and knowledge of the industry to educate, improve and grow relationships and volume with multiple audiences including patients, referring physicians, alumni and trainees. She has been fortunate to work in the radiology field for over 20 years and loves exploring new and creative ways to use social media and marketing to reach patients to showcase differentiators, strong branding, visibility and authenticity. In the ever-changing world of social, if you're not leading, you're following– and Ms. Barden likes to lead!

Tim Barrett, CPA, has 34 years of business management experience and successfully guided his practice’s growth from 12 to 29 physicians and mid-levels. He has facilitated a merger, instituted a number of new business programs and expansions, and has led a small administrative team in analyzing and evaluating opportunities to assist partners in making the best decisions for the practice. Tim spearheaded and is president of the RBMA Delta States Chapter and was the recipient of the 2015 RBMA Calhoun Award. He currently serves as the treasurer for the Louisiana chapter of MGMA and on the board of the Baton Rouge chapter of MGMA. He is active in Louisiana legislative health care advocacy matters and function in a national legislative liaison role. 

Jennifer Bash, RHIA, CPC, CIRCC, RCC, has been employed by ADVOCATE Radiology Billing and Reimbursement Specialists for 15 years. In her role as coding documentation and education manager, her primary focus is on coder and physician education. She also works with the ADVOCATE sales and development team and has been a national speaker on radiology coding and documentation guidelines. Ms. Bash is a member of the RBMA, AAPC and AHIMA. She is an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer and serves on the RBMA IT Task Force. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in health information management and systems from The Ohio State University in 2001.

Catherine Baumgardner, Ph.D., FACHE, is an experienced health care executive with nearly 30 years of day-to-day operational experience and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has worked in hospital-wide inpatient and outpatient management, including roles such as vice president of operations, oversight of hospital-wide quality and safety efforts, as well as support and clinical services (including radiology for 13 years). She is president of Catherine Baumgardner and Associates, Inc., a consulting practice focused on organization and leadership development and executive coaching. She holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in workforce education and development.

Rachel Bergmann is the director of marketing and professional relations for Gem State Radiology|Intermountain Medical Imaging|Advanced Vein Therapy. Ms. Bergmann has worked extensively in customer service, marketing, physician relations and business development. Ms. Bergmann is responsible for the oversight and management of the current marketing and professional relations departments for all three business entities. She has a health information management degree from Boise State University, a certificate in digital marketing from New York University, and is completing her MBA at Boise State University in May 2019. Ms. Bergmann is a member of RBMA, SHSMD, and AMA.

Kristen Bickel Sliwinski, CCA, RCC, has been an employee with StreamlineMD for the past three years specializing in diagnostic radiology billing and coding. She works closely with coders and physicians in order to educate and keep them compliant with documentation requirements. She is a member of RBMA and AHIMA. Ms. Sliwinski is currently serving on the RBMA Coding Subcommittee, which is geared toward furthering coding education within the radiology community.

Jason Cavallaro, MBA, CPC, serves as vice president of practice management for MBMS, LLC. Mr. Cavallaro has more than 20 years of practice management and consulting experience that includes quantitative and technical skills, operations, and extensive work in revenue cycle workflow, billing systems, accounts receivable performance audits, financial analysis, reporting, fee schedule, and reimbursement review and practice optimization. At MBMS, Mr. Cavallaro performs a key role maintaining relationships with clients and physicians by assisting them in managing and improving their business. Mr. Cavallaro has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as an MBA from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Eric Christensen, MCSE, CCNA, CHCP, is a nationally recognized speaker and author on compliance topics and practice management. Eric co-founded Healthcare Compliance Pros in 2011, bringing his 30+ years’ experience in health care compliance, IT administration and education to the organization. Mr. Christensen’s background in IT administration has been instrumental in providing a technical view of an organization's adherence to HIPAA Privacy and Security policies. His experience and expertise are highly regarded in the security risk audits he is asked to perform for hundreds of health care entities.

Jennifer Coleman, MHSA, FACHE, CMM, currently serves as the executive director for Grand Traverse Radiologists, PC, and the president of the RBMA Michigan chapter, Ms. Coleman has the privilege of working in nearly every aspect of the health care industry at the national, regional and local levels. Her vast experience includes medical group practice management, developing a management services organization, a physician hospital organization and a Medicaid consulting group. Ms. Coleman holds a BA and MHSA from the University of Michigan, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Medical Manager and a chapter officer with the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management.

Clay Countryman, JD, is a partner in the health care group in the Baton Rouge, La., office of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, L.L.P. Mr. Countryman represents clients in all areas of the health care industry, with a focus on health care corporate transactions, fraud and abuse compliance, development of health care provider networks and alternative health care payment approaches. He has assisted health care providers in structuring joint ventures and other transactions to promote business objectives while meeting compliance requirements of specific health care laws and regulations, such as the Stark Law, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement requirements, and licensure and accreditation requirements.

Pennie Craig, CRA, who has over 26 years of experience in the field of radiology, spent the first part of her career as a nuclear medicine technologist. She pursued leadership opportunities and is currently an operations manager for Radia Inc., PS, one of the largest physician owned and operated radiology groups in the nation. In her current role, she manages over 60 front office and technologist staff across two sites. In addition to her work in leadership, she has served as adjunct faculty at Bellevue College and is a Certified Radiology Administrator through AHRA. Ms. Craig holds an executive master’s in healthcare administration through the University of Washington, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear medicine. She is an active member in the AHRA, ACHE and SNM.

W. Kenneth Davis Jr., JD, is a partner in the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He counsels health care providers (with a particular focus in radiology) on the structuring, growth and ongoing operations of all types of businesses and relationships including initial business model development, analysis of regulatory, compliance and reimbursement issues, negotiation of contracts, various types of financings, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Chicago and his law degree with honor from DePaul University College of Law.

Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., is a partner with The Health Law Partners, where she practices in all areas of health care law and devotes a substantial portion of her practice to providing clients with counsel and analysis regarding Stark law and fraud and abuse. Ms. Dresevic graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.

Barbara Perez Deppman, FACHE has over 40 years in the health care industry starting first as a clinician prior to entering into leadership.  She is vice president of clinical solutions for IDS dealing with population health telemedicine. She was previously the executive director of Radiology Associates of South Florida, a multi-specialty group comprised in South Florida. Lead the practice to a merger and acquisition with Mednax. She is a mentor and adjunct professor in the BHSA program at Florida International University.

Stephanie L. Dybul, MBA, R.T.(R)(VI)(ARRT), CIRCC, started her career in 2004 as an interventional radiologic technologist at Froedtert Hospital. In 2008, she began focusing on the coding and billing aspects of the IR department. Over the next several years, her position evolved to become fully administrative, and she is currently the division administrator for vascular and interventional radiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Victoria Dupuy, MPAS-C, graduated from LSU-Health Shreveport with a master's degree in physician assistant studies in 2012. She practiced in emergency medicine along side radiology immediately post graduation. She is currently employed with Radiology Associates as a part of a 7 PA team. She works along side support staff and administration to be an advocate for the patient and provide hands on care. 

Bradley J. Erickson, MD, Ph.D., received his MD and Ph.D. degrees from Mayo Medical and Graduate Schools and then did his residency in diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Erickson is on staff at Mayo Clinic as a neuroradiologist. He is heavily involved in implementing a filmless department and has worked with various electronic medical record projects. Dr. Erickson has been the president of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, chair of the American Board of Imaging Informatics, and board member of both DICOM and IHE standards organization.

Charles Falci, CPA, is a senior practice manager with Zotec Partners, bringing more than three decades of experience in health care practice management to hospital-based physicians. Mr. Falci graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Richard Friedland, MD, is a practicing neuroradiologist, licensed in both New York state and Connecticut. Currently, he is the president and managing partner of Hudson Valley Radiologists/DRA Imaging and CEO of a startup company called Radloop, whose mission is patient safety by communicating and tracking actionable findings while reducing administrative tasks for radiologists and referrers. He is currently the president-elect of the NYS Radiological Society and a Councilor with the ACR. Dr. Friedland received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Kristy Harrison, AAPA, LAPA, has been a physician assistant in the practice of radiology for 12 years. She holds a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from South University in Savannah, Ga. What started out as a single PA practice has grown to include an additional four PAs, rotating between several different modalities and locations. They have grown a successful PICC program that has demonstrated value not only to the hospital but also to the radiology practice. Communication with hospital staff and quality of care delivered have been the hallmarks of the services provided by Ms. Harrison and PA colleagues.

Matt Hawkins is a pediatric interventional radiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.  He is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.S.) and Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine (MD).  Dr. Hawkins was a resident and chief resident at the University of Cincinnati and served as chief fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  He has actively volunteered and served as associate editor of the JACR, chair of the ACR’s Innovation Advisory Council, CPT alternate advisor for the Society of Interventional Radiology, and co-chair of the ACR 2016 Clinical Pathway.  

Nancy Holland, MBA, MHA, is the executive director of Northside Radiology Associates, a 70+ private physician practice serving the Northside Hospital system in the Atlanta, Ga., area. She has worked in radiology since 1998, focusing on all aspects of radiology business management including financial oversight, operations, negotiating payor contracts, PACS, and billing. After receiving her master’s degrees in business and health administration from Georgia State University, she worked on the administrative leadership level for radiology practices in California, North Carolina and Texas before returning home to Georgia and her executive leadership role with Northside Radiology. Since joining Northside Radiology, Ms. Holland has worked on various initiatives and has successfully steered the group through tremendous market growth.

R. Kent Hutson, MD, CPE, is a neuroradiologist in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and completed a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics fellowship. He is a member of the American College of Radiology’s Committee on the Role of Machine Learning Beyond Image Interpretation, IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) Radiology Planning Committee, and the RBMA IT Task Force.

Sheldon Jordan, MD, graduated from Brooklyn Tech in industrial design and completed premedical studies at Harvard University. He majored in art, psychology and natural sciences at Johns Hopkins University and was mentored by one of the original leaders in American psychology, G Wilson Shaffer. Dr. Jordan was a Goldwyn Scholar and graduated from UCLA Medical School in 1977 with the Upjohn Award for best student in combined research and academics and the Gold Medal in Surgery. He was elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and became Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Pain Medicine, American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Addiction Medicine, and American Board of Interventional Pain Medicine.

Dianne Keen, BS, is the director of business development and marketing for Northside Radiology Associates in Atlanta, Ga. She has spent more than 20 years in health care education and marketing, dedicating the last 15 years to radiology practice development. With a unique skill set of clinical knowledge, practice development and relationship management, she works closely with the referring physician community in developing targeted educational programs and collaborative partnerships. With extensive experience and expertise in the field of interventional radiology, she has expanded and grown Northside's interventional oncology program and is especially passionate about uterine fibroid embolization.

Mark J. Kleinschmidt has 30 years of experience focused on the business of radiology. He has developed and operated imaging centers, run a mobile MRI company, managed radiology practices (including two of the country’s largest groups), and worked for the largest teleradiology company in the country.  Mr. Kleinschmidt worked as CEO for the Strategic Radiology consortium of large radiology practices. He also provided consulting services to many radiology groups regarding group governance and mergers, strategic planning, and hospital/radiology group joint ventures. Mr. Kleinschmidt is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the William Mitchell College of Law.

Jennifer Kroken, MBA, is a consultant for ImagineSoftware and has worked in the industry for 27 years.  Her experience includes revenue cycle consulting, operations management, billing, compliance and physician licensing and credentialing.  She is currently finishing out her last term as a RBMA Board member and serves on the Programs Committee.  She has authored over 30 articles for several national publications and was on the editorial team for the RBMA HIPAA workbook. She is a competitive powerlifter, an assistant high school powerlifting coach, a national-level powerlifting referee and enjoys blogging about nothing.

Pat Kroken, FACMPE, CRA, FRBMA, owns Kroken Consulting, LLC and brings approximately 30 years of management experience to her work as a consultant in the business of radiology.  She is known for her expertise in billing and collections, providing highly specific process improvement recommendations. Ms. Kroken has written more than 200 articles, is a regular contributor to the RBMA Bulletin and a frequent speaker on practice management topics.  She is Past President of the RBMA and a two-time recipient of the RBMA Calhoun Award for contributions to the national publication and profession of radiology.  She is also a competitive powerlifter with state, American/national and world record performances.  

Katharine Krol, MD, FSIR, FACR, is a retired interventional radiologist. She was in private practice for more than 30 years and was active in coding for IR through the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), including positions as chair of the Economics Committee, councilor for health policy and economics, and also is the past-president of the SIR. She is currently vice-chair of the SIR Foundation. She has been actively involved in the development of every IR code that has been developed since the mid 1990s and has done extensive education in billing and coding for IR, including numerous talks and articles. She continues to share her expertise to help practices flourish and provide excellent care to patients. She now lives in Boulder, Colo., and continues to be involved with SIR, AMA physician and patient advocacy.

Erin Lane is a researcher with Advisory Board’s Imaging Performance Partnership, which provides best practice research and strategic guidance to imaging leaders and radiologists, with a spotlight on growth, quality and operational efficiency. Her primary areas of focus include policy analysis, imaging appropriateness, and outpatient growth strategy. She has also authored and presented work on interventional radiology and financial sustainability for imaging service line leaders and radiology group executives. Ms. Lane holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Richmond. Prior to joining Advisory Board in 2013, she conducted research in Richmond’s biology department.

David Laszakovits, MBA, is the American Board of Radiology's (ABR) director of external relations. He has been with the ABR since 2005 and has occupied several leadership roles during that time. Mr. Laszakovits is a skilled presenter and has given over 20 invited presentations on various ABR programs and topics at national and regional meetings since 2010. His education includes a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in business management.

Catherine Maraist, JD, is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, L.L.P. Her principal area of practice is health care. She has extensive experience in federal criminal law procedure, federal civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, Louisiana civil procedure, health care fraud (civil and criminal), torts, appellate advocacy, trial advocacy, admiralty, employment law, civil rights, professional responsibility, asset forfeiture/money laundering, constitutional claims, and conflicts of law. Ms. Maraist is a writer and lecturer in various areas of federal civil and criminal law, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and Louisiana civil law and procedure.

Jeff Maze, MBA, is the founder of Mile 5 Analytics, a company providing custom analytic solutions to health care orgaizations. His 20 years of industry experience designing innovative, high quality, advanced analytics encompasses a variety of health care environments from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Shea McCarthy is vice president and manager of DC-based Thorn Run’s health policy practice. He provides Thorn Run’s clients with deep analysis and a keen understanding of federal health care policy. and spearheads production for a wide-ranging scope of deliverables, including daily policy updates, ongoing monitoring of key Congressional committees and floor action, regulatory coverage of over a dozen federal agencies, analysis of MedPAC and MACPAC deliberations, and more.He worked as a Fellow with the digital events team for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign; ahead of that campaign, he was tapped by the RNC for the professional resource team at the Republican National Convention. Mr. McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in both economics and computer applications.

Clinton Mikel, Esq., is a partner at The Health Law Partners. Mr. Mikel is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School. He has practiced in almost all areas of health care law, but has focused his practice on compliance with federal and state health care regulations and transactional matters.

Karna Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer, is the manager of the consulting team at Coding Strategies, Inc. Ms. Morrow’s areas of expertise include billing and collections, coding and compliance, revenue enhancement, and process improvement within medical billing firms, community and academic hospitals, as well as private practices. Ms. Morrow delivers sessions at several organizations and state chapters for RBMA. Ms. Morrow holds a Bachelor of Science from Weber State University with professional certification. Karna is an active member of RBMA, serving on the Coding Subcommittee and on the Educational Materials and Products Committee.

Sarah Mountford, RCC, CPC, FRBMA, is the client services manager for Zotec Partners. She has over 15 years in radiology billing and practice management. She has spoken extensively on health care reform and billing performance improvement at RBMA and AHRA meetings. Her health care reform session from the 2012 AHRA annual meeting was featured on the Aunt Minnie and Health Imaging websites. She is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the problems that radiology practices face. 

Melody Mulaik, MSHS, CRA, RCC, CPC, is the president of Coding Strategies, Inc., and Revenue Cycle, Inc. Her areas of expertise include coding and compliance, management engineering, and operations improvement, and she is nationally recognized for her extensive radiology expertise. Ms. Mulaik speaks at national conferences on many topics including interventional and diagnostic radiology coding, internal audit program development, coding compliance, and other health care compliance issues. She holds a Master of Science in Health Systems (MSHS) degree and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (BIE), and has professional certifications including Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Coder - Hospital (CPC-H) and Radiology Certified Coder (RCC).

Claudia Murray, RCC, RCCIR, is the corporate compliance officer and executive director of quality payment programs for MSN Healthcare Solutions, a privately-held, national medical billing and practice management firm.  Prior to joining MSN she was a principal of a health care consulting firm that specialized in Medicare compliance programs, coding and compliance audits. Ms. Murray joined MSN in 2014; it was a natural fit since MSN had been a client for more than 15 years.  She currently serves on the as the treasurer for the Radiology Coding Certification Board (RCCB) and has been a member of the RBMA for more than 20 years. 

Navaneeth Nair has been in health care technology for more than 16 years, focused on patient exprience and access with the largest health care payors including Aetna, Anthem, Ascension, MD Anderson, and others. He has spent the last five years focused on the application of AI to engage patients and amplify business process improvement.

John Outlaw, CHC, CHBME, has recently joined the Strategic Radiology team as vice president for compliance. He is an accomplished health care compliance professional with over 30 years of experience in health care claims administration and proven leadership skills in a variety of capacities. He has partnered with executive leadership in large and small companies, private and public, both to develop and implement new compliance programs from the ground up and provide strategic direction, administration and oversight to improve effectiveness in existing mature programs. Mr. Outlaw is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Healthcare Compliance Certification Board.

F. Scott Pereles, MD, is currently director of MRI for Salinas Valley Radiologists Inc. and Coastal Valley Imaging Centers, as well as chief medical officer of Rad Alliance, a full spectrum imaging consulting service and teleradiology provider. Dr. Pereles was chief radiology resident at University of Arizona, where he patented a laser guidance system for CT biopsies. He founded the CardSMaRT program that taught advanced clinical MR applications to over 200 physicians and technologists from around the world. He has served as medical advisor to major medical and pharmaceutical companies including Bayer, Siemens, Berlex, and Medrad to name just a few.

Randal J. Roat, FRBMA, is chief operating officer of Strategic Radiology, advancing its mission of quality through collaboration since 2012. An expert in radiology revenue cycle management, compliance and operations, Mr. Roat began his career in medical software development and launched The TriMed Group, a developer and provider of radiology billing and practice management software, in 1989. Mr. Roat has held national leadership positions with the Healthcare Business Management Association and the RBMA, which granted him the Calhoun Award. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational governance and management, and mergers and acquisitions.

Scott Raymond is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.  Prior to joining CDI in 2014 as their Senior Vice President and General Manager for their East Zone, Scott ran the business operations for two large radiology groups in California and Florida. He has over 25 years of extensive operations, business development and marketing experience in radiology group, hospital and free standing medical imaging operations. He currently resides in the mid-coast region of Maine.

Catherine Read joined LinkedIn in 2005 as member 364,979 of the current 500 million users.  She is a graduate of George Mason University and began her career as a government contractor in 1984 for a Navy Payroll/Personnel software development project. She has worked in data processing, Human Resources, as the operations manager for a small business, and a program director for a large privately owned real estate company. She dropped out of corporate America to found Creative Read, Inc. in 2007 to teach business professionals, companies and other organizations how to use social media tools for marketing, business development, and professional networking.

Barbara F. Rubel, MBA, FRBMA, senior vice president, marketing and client services, provides comprehensive support services for MSN Clients from the Request for Proposal (“RFP”) process through account implementation. She holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing from Mercer University Atlanta and a Master of Music from Ohio University. Ms. Rubel’s expertise is in business development, health care marketing, managed care contract negotiations, and legislative and regulatory issues. Ms. Rubel is a past president of the RBMA, and has also served on several committees. She is a past president of the Georgia RBMA chapter and is currently president of the Florida RBMA chapter. Ms. Rubel is an active member of the HBMA, a contributor to the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), the RBMA Bulletin, Diagnostic Imaging, and Imaging Economics.

Tina Rudisill brings more than 30 years of marketing, branding and public relations experience to Marketing Works, the agency she leads in York, Pa. Every day, she’s greeted with the amazing opportunity to guide, collaborate with and challenge a team of 20 left- and right-brain thinkers using two words: “what if.” Ms. Rudisill has also been featured in such leading industry publications as Executive Insight, Healthcare Marketing Report, and AXIS Imaging News and is a sought-after speaker at national health care conferences.

Patrick F. Santore Jr. joined Medical Diagnostic Imaging Group (MDIG) in July 2017 and serves as its chief executive officer. Mr. Santore is responsible for driving the strategic vision and growth of the practice and has been tasked with expanding MDIG’s geographic footprint at a national level. In total he has over 25 years of experience in the medical industry and he has held several senior leadership roles with national radiology groups as well as with private and academic medical practices. In the 16 months since joining MDIG, Mr. Santore has increased the revenue and volume by over 20 percent and has grown the on-site presence of the practice into five states nationally.

Rob Saunders, MHA, is a senior consultant at Change Healthcare. Mr. Saunders specializes in practice management services for hospital and office-based practices with a focus on financial and strategic analyses including managed care reviews and negotiations, financial subsidy evaluations, facility contracting, employment agreements, group policy development and practice evaluations. He has been with Change Healthcare and predecessor companies for approximately 29 years and has served in various roles including regional director of client services and director of client development. Mr. Saunders holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va.

Worth M. Saunders, MHA, FACHE, FRBMA, serves as chief executive officer of Greensboro Radiology and Canopy Partners. Mr. Saunders has over 26 years of experience in physician services, technology/BPO services leadership and new business development. Mr. Saunders is a fellow in the RBMA and ACHE and has served multiple terms on the RBMA Board of Directors. His educational background includes a Master of Healthcare Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian studies and international relations from the University of Virginia.

Kurt Schoppe, MD, is a radiologist in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with Radiology Associates of North Texas. He completed his training in body imaging and interventions at Wake Forest University Medical Center before joining RANT, where he is now a board member, the chair of their Standards Committee and oversees their MACRA/MIPS program. Dr. Schoppe is also involved with coding and health care payment policy on the national level as the ACR Advisor to the Relative Value Scale Update Committee.

Gail Schwartz, vice president healthcare division at Marketing Works, has 20 years of health care and agency marketing experience, marketing everything from women's health to radiology to primary care. She has led major branding initiatives with system-wide internal and external rollouts, even managing a team of marketing professionals with a multi-million-dollar budget. Ms. Schwartz thrives on forming not just relationships with practice leadership, but two-way, strategic partnerships; also providing that occasional nudge (gently, of course!) to put on their "customer" hats when needed. A true cultural champion and patient experience enthusiast, she knows that faithful customers and an eager, cohesive staff must be the center of every client's universe.

Lori M. Shore, CPC, RCC, RCCIR is the vice president of coding and compliance for Medical Billing and Management Services where she has been employed for 32 years.  She is a graduate of Drexel University with a bachelors’ degree in human behavior and development.  She serves on the Educational Materials and Products Committee and Coding Education Subcommittee for RBMA.

Cleve Shultz Is president of Data Media Assoaciates (DMA). Balancing the structure necessary to thrive with the flexibility needed to respond and innovate, he is building on the company’s revered reputation with a focus on smart growth, channel partnerships, and leading-edge solutions. Prior to joining DMA, he held various leadership roles within Fidelity Information Systems, a global leader in financial services technology.

Eliot L Siegel, MD, is professor and vice chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, as well as chief of radiology and nuclear medicine for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System. He is the director of the Maryland Imaging Research Technologies Laboratory and has adjunct appointments as professor of bioengineering at the University of Maryland College Park and as professor of computer science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Siegel was responsible for the NCI's National Cancer Image Archive and served as workspace lead of the National Cancer Institute's caBIG In Vivo Imaging Workspace.

Zeke Silva, MD, has been a leader in the radiology reimbursement field for many years. As chair of the Economics Commission of the American College of Radiology, Dr. Silva oversees ACR economic policy. His personal involvement spans the spectrum of payment policy; as a member of the RVS Update Committee, the RUC, he helps shape fee-for-service. Dr. Silva co-chairs the CMS Acumen Clinical Subcommittee charged with shaping clinical cost episodes under the MACRA Quality Payment Program.

Laurel Skurko, MS, is a marketing professional with a health sciences background who uses marketing to educate audiences in a way that is strategically relevant to the business. She helps spread the word, online and offline, enabling business partners to reach growth objectives. Working across several industries and international markets, she has the privilege of working with top brands in their categories, including UCSF and Procter and Gamble.

Steve Stang, CPA, is a partner in CliftonLarsonAllen’s Charlotte office with over 27 years of experience, and serves as the firm’s national health care transactions practice leader. Mr. Stang previously served in a variety of health care leadership roles for the firm. He recently completed a three-year term serving on the AICPA’s Health Care Expert Panel. Mr. Stang has advised on numerous buy-side and sell-side health care transactions ranging from $5 millionto $400 million with private equity investor groups, investment bankers, venture capital funds, health care REITs, and numerous health care providers.

Sean Swarner was diagnosed with two deadly, different, and unrelated forms of cancer, once at the age of 13 and again at the age of 16. After an incredibly poor prognosis, and being read his last rites, he astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases. He realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great, no peak too high. Mr. Swarner proved his theory when he crested the peak of Mt. Everest. He has continue climbing and has since topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and North America, thus completing the “Seven Summits.”

Lee Tkachuk is the founder and current CEO of four companies, one of which has made the Inc. 500/5000 lists a record-breaking seven times (so far). She has personally closed over $2.4 billion in sales since starting her companies 20 years ago, and with current annual revenues of $23 million, she is on a mission to help entrepreneurs and executives speak better – the fastest way to leadership development, business growth, and career advancement!

Donna Vible, CPCU, senior vice president and health care practice leader for Willis, specializing in servicing health care clients throughout the East Coast.  Since 1992, Donna has been developing alternative risk financing structures for her clients including captives, risk retention groups, and deductible programs. She has established medical professional liability captives throughout the US and international domiciles. Ms. Vible has traveled extensively to Bermuda and London and negotiated deals with the underwriters, whose primary focus is highly specialized health care risks.  She is specifically focused on mergers and acquisition activity with physician groups across the country.

Janinne Walker is a seasoned radiology marketing and operations professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the health care field. She has worked as both a radiology operations manager and a radiology marketing director, in hospital settings as well as for private practice radiology groups. Ms. Walker is currently the marketing and business development director for Radia Inc., PS, one of the largest privately owned and operated radiology groups in the nation. In her role she oversees all marketing, social media, advertising, foundation donations/partnerships, PR and business development.. She works closely with the Radia imaging center operations teams and with the operations and marketing teams at Radia's 50+ partner sites. Ms. Walker is an active RBMA member, having served on both the marketing and programs committees. She is the current co-chair of the RBMA marketing committee and the VP of Healthcare for the WA state AMA.

Dan Wassilchalk, MHSA, RHIA, is a health care professional with operations management experience and skills that span across integrated health care delivery systems. Mr. Wassilchalk has been the chief operating officer of the department of radiology and medical imaging, University of Virginia Health System since 2016, . Previously was the executive administrator of the department of radiology, physician services division, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, from 2007 to 2016.

Eric Weber, MBA, is articulate, confident, and a successful team-builder, with the ability to motivate and communicate at all levels to achieve exceptional business performance. He has sound strategic appreciation and financial acumen with the ability to design, build and implement successful business plans and processes. He is multi-talented and driven to achieve short and long-term business goals, dedicated to improving the overall performance of team members, third party business partners, and improving strategic hospital system relations.

Michael Whitney, COO began his radiology career in 1989 as an x-ray technician and transitioned to performing MRI in 1992. Throughout his early career, he observed the operational and technological shortfalls of existing outpatient imaging centers that affected their efficiency and workflow, which led to the formation of a radiology management services company in 1993. Mr. Whitney is the chief operating officer of Rad Alliance, Inc., and is a leading technological expert in functional MRI. Mr. Whitney has provided radiology management services for numerous radiology groups and outpatient imaging centers, including facility ownership.

Kelly Whittle, MS, is a passionate strategist and expert in value-based health care. As the founder of Whittle Advisors, she shares client successes through international speaking engagements and publications. With 20 years of leadership experience, she specializes in developing business strategies based on data-driven evidence with expertise in strategy, data management and solution implementation across the health care ecosystem. Ms. Whittle is also a founder of the International Society of Digital Medicine, which is focused on international collaboration to improve health care outcomes through the use of technology.

Linda A. Wilgus, CPA, CMPE, is the executive director/CFO of Northwest Radiology Network. Ms. Wilgus currently services as the Federal Affairs Chair for the RBMA and has held other board positions with:  Executive Women in Healthcare, Indiana Medical Group Managers Association, Indiana Radiology Business Managers Association and the Cancer Support Community.  Linda previously volunteered with Gennesaret Free Clinics and the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study. She is a 2013 graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Leadership Program.

Bill Ziemke, JD, LLM, MBA, CPA, has served as chief executive officer for three of largest radiology practices and is currently CEO of Covalent Radiology and chairman and CEO of Intrinsic Imaging. He has worked in over 25 countries and has significant manufacturing, distribution and litigation experience.