Carol A. Friesen, FHFMA 

National ChairCarol Friesen

Ms. Friesen is the National Chair of HFMA during the 2017-18 term, beginning June 1, 2017.

Carol A. Friesen, FHFMA, CHFP, MPH, is vice president of health system services, Bryan Health, Lincoln, Neb.

A member of HFMA since 1999, Ms. Friesen’s involvement with the Association at the national level has included serving on the Board of Directors, the National Advisory Council, the Early Careerist Task Force, and as a Region 8 regional executive. Ms. Friesen has also served the Nebraska Chapter as director, treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. She has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards, as well as the HFMA Medal of Honor.

Ms. Friesen holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and an MPH in healthcare administration.

Kevin F. Brennan, FHFMA, CPA

National Chair-ElectKevin Brennan

Mr. Brennan is the National Chair-Elect of HFMA during the 2017–2018 term, beginning June 1, 2017.

He is executive vice president of finance and CFO, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.

A member of HFMA since 1992, Mr. Brennan serves on the Association’s Principles & Practices Board. He also serves as treasurer of Geisinger Health System Foundation and is a member of the board of directors of Geisinger Assurance Company Ltd. and treasurer/member of the board of directors of Geisinger Insurance Corporation, Risk Retention Group.

Mr. Brennan holds an MBA in healthcare administration and a Bachelor of Science in business administration, both from LaSalle University. He is a member of the AICPA and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Michael M. Allen, FHFMA, CPA

Secretary/TreasurerMichael Allen

Mr. Allen is the voluntary Secretary/Treasurer of HFMA during the 2017-18 term, beginning June 1, 2017.

Mr. Allen is CFO at OSF Healthcare in Peoria, Ill., and served as a Director on HFMA's National Board of Directors from 2012-15.  

A member of HFMA since 1993, Mr. Allen has served the Association as chair of the Board of Examiners and as a member of the National Advisory Council and HFMA task forces for the Value Project, Healthcare Reform, and MAP App. Mr. Allen has served the McMahon-Illini Chapter as program chair, president elect, and president. He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Mr. Allen holds an accounting degree from Illinois State University and a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota.

Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA

President & CEOJoe Fifer

Mr. Fifer is President and CEO of HFMA.

Prior to assuming this position in June 2012, Mr. Fifer spent 11 years as vice president of hospital finance at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also spent time with McLaren Health Care Corporation, Flint, Mich., as vice president of finance and with Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing, Mich., as senior vice president of finance and CFO. Mr. Fifer started his career with nine years at Ernst & Young, also in Michigan.

An HFMA member since 1983, Mr. Fifer has served as Chair of the Board of Directors, two terms as a board member, and as a chapter president.

Mr. Fifer received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University. He is an active community volunteer and runner. Mr. Fifer and his wife, Katie, have three children: Sarah, Tom, and Joe-Joe. 

Penny D. Cermak, FHFMA, CPA

National DirectorPenny Cermak

Ms. Cermak is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2015-2018 term, beginning June 1, 2015.

She is senior vice president and CFO, Central Texas Division, at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas.

A member of HFMA since 1996, Ms. Cermak has served the National Association as a member of the National Board of Examiners, and she has served the McMahon-Illini Chapter as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president. She has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Ms. Cermak, a Fellow of HFMA and Certified Public Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in accounting. 

Edward G. Chadwick

National DirectorEdward Chadwick

Mr. Chadwick is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2015-2018 term, beginning June 1, 2015.

He is executive vice president and CFO at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Mich.

A member of HFMA since 1985, Mr. Chadwick has served the National Association as a member of the Large System CFO Council and is a frequent speaker at HFMA conferences. Mr. Chadwick has held senior executive positions at some of the nation’s leading health systems, including Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Trinity Health in Novi, Mich.; Mercy Health Services (Trinity’s predecessor); and University of Chicago Hospitals.

Mr. Chadwick holds a Bachelor of Science in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Dorothy A. Coleman, CPA

National DirectorDorothy Coleman

Ms. Coleman is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2016-2019 term, beginning June 1, 2016.

She the executive vice president and CFO for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and its parent corporation, The Lifetime Healthcare Companies. 

A member of HFMA since 1993, Ms. Coleman is a 30-year veteran of the healthcare industry. She was CFO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island before joining The Lifetime Healthcare Companies in 2011. Before Rhode Island, she was at UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, and a hospital in California. 

Ms. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and is pursuing an Executive MBA from the University of Rochester's Simon Business School.

Aaron R. Crane, FHFMA

National DirectorAaron Crane

Mr. Crane is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2016-2019 term, beginning on June 1, 2016.

He has dedicated his career to the healthcare industry. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1985 and immediately began working as a Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement consultant to hospitals and home health agencies. He earned his CPA designation in 1989 and moved into financial management of hospitals and health systems.

Mr. Crane is currently the CEO of Propel Health, a startup partnership between seven Oregon health systems and an Oregon payer. He served 10 years as the CFO at Salem Health prior to this position and was employed by Oregon Health & Science University for seven years prior to that. In 2010 he earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Crane has served on several boards throughout his career. He is a member of HFMA’s Chapter Advancement Team. He was the president of the Oregon Chapter of HFMA and served six years on this board. He is currently on the board of Apprise Health Insights, a part of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. He was a director on the board of the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross and served on the economic development corporation board for Marion and Polk counties in Oregon.

Mr. Crane lives in West Salem, Ore., with his wife, children, and pets. He enjoys making wine, skiing, and scuba diving.

Dennis E. Dahlen, CPA

National DirectorDennis Dahlen

Mr. Dahlen is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2017-20 term, beginning June 1, 2017.

Mr. Dahlen is a healthcare finance executive and a member of HFMA since 1985. Mr. Dahlen has served the Association on the Large System CFO Council and as Chapter President of the North Dakota Chapter. Mr. Dahlen joined one of the predecessor organizations that now form Banner Health as an internal auditor in 1983 and progressed through various roles in financial planning, facility operations, and corporate finance. He was named Vice President of Finance for Banner in 2000, Senior Vice President in 2006, and CFO in 2009. Prior to joining the Banner organization, he was an auditor for McGladrey Pullen.  

Mr. Dahlen received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of North Dakota in 1982 and an MBA from Minnesota State University in 1986. He is Board Chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and involved in many community service organizations.

Tammie L. Galindez, MHA, CHFP

National DirectorTammie Galindez

Ms. Galindez is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2015-2018 term, beginning June 1, 2015. 

She is an associate vice president, practice management, value-based care, for Conifer Health Systems in Frisco, Texas.

A member of HFMA since 2002, Ms. Galindez has served the National Association as a member of the National Advisory Council, and she served at the Chapter level as the South Texas Chapter president and as chair and member of various committees for the Gulf Coast, First Illinois, and South Texas Chapters. She has received HFMA's Medal of Honor, and the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Ms. Galindez has worked for nearly 20 years to help healthcare systems improve the health of their revenue cycle and aid in their transition to value-based reimbursement. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Health Administration from George Washington University. 

Paula Reichle, CPA

National DirectorPaula Reichle

Ms. Reichle is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2016-19 term, beginning June 1, 2016.

She is CFO and senior vice president of Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Health System. A member of HFMA since 1995, Ms. Reichle has served the Association as a member of the National Advisory Council and the Principles & Practices Board. 

Ms. Reichle holds a bachelor's degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and a master's degree from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management at Northwood University.

Marc B. Scher, CPA

National DirectorMarc Scher

Mr. Scher is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2017-20 term, beginning on June 1, 2017.

Marc B. Scher, is partner-in-charge of KPMG's US and Global Audit Healthcare Practice based in Orange County, Calif.

A member of HFMA since 1987, Mr. Scher has served the Association as chair of the Principles & Practices Board. He also was past editor of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Audit and Accounting Guide for Health Care Organizations.

Mr. Scher has worked with a wide range of major health systems, long-term care providers, hospitals, biotech companies, health plans, purchasing cooperatives, and research organizations. Several of his additional roles at KPMG LLP include SEC reviewing partner, a national instructor for healthcare professional development courses, and a member of the Global Healthcare Center of Excellence. 

Mr. Scher holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and information systems from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a licensed CPA in California, Illinois, and New York. 

T. Carley Williams, CPA

National DirectorT. Carley Williams

Mr. Williams is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2017-20 term, beginning on June 1, 2017.

He is a partner with BKD LLP and is the healthcare industry leader for BKD Oklahoma.   

A member of HFMA since 2005, Mr. Williams has served the Association as the Region 9 regional executive and as secretary, vice president, president elect, and president of the Oklahoma Chapter. He has appeared regularly as a speaker at events hosted by his Oklahoma and other chapters.  

Mr. Williams is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 42, and was named to Tulsa Business Journal's 2014 Men of Distinction and the 40 Under 40 Class of 2010. He received the 2011 Trailblazer Award from the OSCPA. Mr. Williams holds a degree in accounting from of The University of Tulsa.