About the Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners (BOE) consists of content specialists in the following content areas: Patient Financial Services, Managed Care, Accounting and Finance, and Physician Practice Management. One member of each group serves as a member of the Executive Committee. All members of the BOE serve a three-year term.

The Executive Committee has six members, one from each specialty area and the chair of the BOE. Appointments are made by HFMA’s Chair of the Board of Directors.

The BOE meets twice a year; one meeting is coincident with the ANI, the other takes place in the fall. There are times when work is required between meetings.

BOE Responsibilities

The Certification Process
The BOE ensures that the certification process is working properly, both for the member and the Association. They are also the first body that evaluates requests from members for variances or interpretations of the stated rules.

Certification Maintenance
The BOE ensures that the certification maintenance requirements and processes are both appropriate and effective. The BOE also evaluates variance requests from members in this area.

Examination Scoring
The BOE works with a specialist in testing and measurement to set and monitor the pass points for the examination and overall exam performance.

Examination Development
The BOE content specialists approve the content for the CHFP examination based on guidance provided by the Executive Committee.

Question Evaluation
The BOE content specialists approve questions for inclusion in the question pools and re-evaluate question performance on a regular basis.

Study Materials
Under the guidance of the Executive Committee, the BOE members work with HFMA staff and content experts to create preparation aides for the certification program.


Board of Examiners 2013-14

Michael J. Neuman, FHFMA, CPA

Chair of the Board of Examiners 

Mike is Senior Vice President, Finance/CFO at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Md. Mike holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore and is a practicing CPA in Maryland. Additionally, Mike attained Fellowship in HFMA in 2001 and has served his local chapter in a number of capacities, including the following committee positions: Chapter President, Treasurer, Yerger Award Committee, Membership Chair, and Chapter Director. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Medal of Honor (2008), Muncie Gold (2003), Reeves Silver (2001), and Follmer Bronze (1997) Founders Awards. Mike will serve as Chair on the BOE through 2014.

Cindy Price, FHFMA

Vice Chair of the Board of Examiners

Cindy is the Chief Operating Officer at the Houston SCC/HCA in Katy, Texas. Cindy has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Houston. Cindy joined HFMA in 1990 and has served her local chapter in a number of different capacities including the following committee positions: Chapter President, Membership Chair, and Chapter Director. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Patient Financial Services in 1993. She attained Fellowship in HFMA later that same year and has received the following Founders awards: Follmer Bronze (2003), Reeves Silver (2007), and Muncie Gold (2009). Cindy will serve on the BOE through 2015.

Michael Alwell, FHFMA, MPA

Mike is the Vice President, Revenue for Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, N.J. He has been an active HFMA member since 1995, holding various leadership positions at the local chapter level including Chapter President, Certification Contact, and Director. He earned the HFMA Founders Muncie Gold Award in 2008. Mike holds a master's degree in public administration from Farleigh Dickenson University in Madison, N.J. Additionally, Mike earned his CHFP in 2004 and became a Fellow of HFMA in 2005. He will serve on the BOE through 2015.

Jill I. Batty, FHFMA, CPA

Jill is Senior Vice President and CFO for Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. Jill holds a master's degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois. Jill joined HFMA in 1986 and has served as Director for her local chapter. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in June 1995. She is also a CPA and has been a Fellow in HFMA since 2003. Jill will serve on the BOE through 2016. 

Terry M. Brennan, FHFMA

Terry is Controller at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, Ariz. Terry earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977. He joined HFMA in 1981 and has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities including the following committee positions: Chapter President, Vice President, Newsletter Chair, Certification Chair, Program Chair, Membership Chair, and Chapter Director. He earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in 2007. He attained Fellowship in HFMA that same year and has received the following Founders Merit Awards: Follmer Bronze (2001), Reeves Silver (2006), and Muncie Gold (2008). Terry will serve on the BOE through 2014.

Lee Ann F. Burney, FHFMA, CPA

Lee Ann Burney is the Vice Director of Reimbursement at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn. Lee Ann joined HFMA in 1986. She has served her local chapter in a number of different capacities including Chapter President, Yerger Award Committee, Certification Proctor, and Chapter Treasurer. Additionally, she served as a Regional Executive in 2011. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in June 1996. She attained Fellowship that same year and is also a recipient of the Medal of Honor (2006), Muncie Gold (2003), Reeves Silver (2000), and Follmer Bronze (1994) Founders Awards. Lee Ann will serve on the BOE through 2016. 

Penny D. Cermak, FHFMA, CPA

Penny Cermak is currently the Senior Vice President, Financial Services at Scott & White Healthcare, Temple, Texas. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Accounting from Illinois State University. Penny joined HFMA in 1997 and has been actively involved with HFMA National and her chapter ever since. She has served her local chapter in a number of different capacities including Chapter President, Director, and Chapter Secretary. She received her CHFP in 2008 with a specialty in Accounting and Finance and received her Fellowship later that same year. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Muncie Gold (2011), Reeves Silver (2010), and Follmer Bronze (2007) Founders Awards. Penny will serve on the BOE through 2016. 

Laura C. Comer, FHFMA, CPA

Laura is the Director of Finance at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Donna joined HFMA in 1998 and has served her local chapter in a number of different capacities including Chapter President, Program Chair, and Chapter Director. Donna has an MBA, Focus in Healthcare, from the Our Lady of the Lake University. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in 2003. She attained Fellowship in HFMA in 2005 and is a recipient of the Muncie Gold (2009), Reeves Silver (2007), and Follmer Bronze (2005) Founders Awards. Laura will serve on the BOE through 2016. 

Robert J. Ellertsen, FHFMA

Bob is currently the Interim Vice President Finance/CFO with Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Organization in Waban, Mass. Bob holds an MBA. He has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities including Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Secretary, and Membership Directory Chair. Bob is currently also serving on the HFMA National Traditions Committee through 2014. He earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in 1982. Bob attained additional specialties in Managed Care (1996), Patient Financial Services (1998), and Physician Practice Management (2005). He attained Fellowship in HFMA in 1982. Bob is a recipient of the Medal of Honor (1999), Muncie Gold (1994), Reeves Silver (1991), and Follmer Bronze (1987) Founders Awards. Bob will serve on the BOE through 2014.

Christine Fontaine, CHFP

Christine is the Vice President of Revenue Cycle Solutions for Ingenix in Annaoplis, Md. Prior to joining Ingenix, Christine was the Director of Revenue Cycle Operations for Shore Health System, a member of the University of Maryland Medical System. Christine has been in the healthcare finance field for over 20 years, in both physician and hospital business offices. She has served on her local chapter's Program Committee since 2005, and she served a three-year term as a member of the HFMA PFS Revenue Cycle Forum, where she was the 2008 committee chair. Christine earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in 2010. Christine is a recipient of the Reeves Silver (2009) and Follmer Bronze (2008) Founders Merit Awards. She will serve on the BOE through 2014.

Jeffrey R. Helton, PhD, FHFMA, CMA, CFE

Jeff is the Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Jeff holds a PhD in Health Care Management from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He joined HFMA in 1990 and has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities including Certification Chair, Membership Co-Chair, and Certification Proctor. Jeff earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in 2010. He attained Fellowship in HFMA later that same year and received the Follmer Bronze Founders Merit Award (2012). Jeff will serve on the BOE through 2016.

Samuel (Sam) J. King, FHFMA

Sam is a faculty at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Sam earned his MBA in 2000. He joined HFMA in 2004 and has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities including the following committee positions: Chapter President, Certification Chair, Program Chair, Chapter Secretary, and Chapter Director. He earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in 2008. He attained Fellowship in HFMA in 2009 and has received the following Founders Merit Awards: Follmer Bronze (2008), Reeves Silver (2009), and Muncie Gold (2010). Sam will serve on the BOE through 2015.

Ronald J. Kintz, DHA, FHFMA, MBA

Ron is Senior Vice President and CFO for Arnot Health in Elmira, N.Y. Art holds a doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Ron joined HFMA in 2000 and has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities. He earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in 2004. Ron attained additional specialties in Patient Financial Services (2004) and Physician Practice Management (2006), and received an HFMA Certification Exam National High Scorer Award in 2006. He attained Fellowship in HFMA in 2006 and has received the Follmer Bronze Merit Award (2007) and the Reeves Silver Merit Award (2008). Ron will serve on the BOE through 2013.

William C. Matheney, FHFMA, CPA, MBA

Bill is Director of Matheney, Stees & Associates P.C. in Chattanooga, Tenn. An HFMA member since 1991, Bill has served on his local chapter's committees since 1994 including Chapter President, Program Chair, and Treasurer. He also served a three-year term as a member of the HFMA National Advisory Council Revenue Cycle Forum. Bill holds an MBA. He received his CHFP in 2000 with a specialty in Accounting and Finance and received his Fellowship later that year. He is a recipient of the Medal of Honor (2003), Muncie Gold (2000), Reeves Silver (1997), and Follmer Bronze (1984) Founders Awards. He also twice won the President's award from the Tennessee chapter. Bill will serve on the BOE through 2015.

Craig Nesta, FHFMA

Craig is an independent consultant and interim executive and serves academic medical centers, hospital systems, community hospitals, as well as faculty practice plans and independent physician groups. Craig's focus is on practice management, hospital operational performance improvement, physician revenue cycle enhancement, and issues pertaining to new program development, service line management, and physician integration. Craig received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He also holds two master's degrees—an M.S. in Management and an MBA. Craig joined HFMA in 2004 and has been actively involved with HFMA National, most recently serving on the Physician Practice Management Committee in 2010. He received his CHFP in 2010 with a specialty in Physician Practice Management and received his Fellowship later that year. Craig will serve on the BOE through 2014.

Su S. Tucker, FHFMA

Su is the Director of Provider Network Management for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. She has an MBA in Management from California Lutheran University. Su joined HFMA in 2003 and is a past Board member of the Arizona chapter. She also served as Co-Chair on the Arizona Chapter Membership Committee. She received her CHFP in 1995 with a specialty in Managed Care and became a Fellow of HFMA in 2008. Su is a recipient of the HFMA Follmer Bronze Founders Award (2009). She will serve as a member of the BOE through 2015.

Publication Date: Saturday, June 01, 2013