About the Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners (BOE) is comprised of healthcare finance professional representative of industry stakeholders: providers, physician practices, and payer. The BoE is a flexible structure providing expertise in the business of healthcare, patient financial services, managed care/ payment, accounting and finance, and financial management of physician practices. BoE members serve staggered three-year terms. The longest serving members and the BoE Chair serve as members of the Executive Committee.

The BoE meets twice a year, once in conjunction with the HFMA National Institute and once in the fall. On occasion, the BoE may conduct business via conference calls as needed.

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 all certification examinations and overall exam performance.

Examination Development
The BOE content specialists approve the content for the certification examinations 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 programs.


Board of Examiners 2017-18


Anne Goodwill Pritchett, FHFMA, MPA 

Chair of the Board of Examiners

Anne is currently the Vice President of Patient Financial Services with Hackensack University Medical Center in Cream Ridge, N.J. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, earned in 1978. Ann joined HFMA in April 1992. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Patient Financial Services in June 1994 and attained Fellowship in 2000. Anne is also a recipient of the HFMA Muncie Gold (2010), Reeves Silver (2004) and Follmer Bronze (1998) Founders Awards. Anne will serve as Chair for the 2018 year.

James W. Petty, FHFMA

Vice-Chair of the Board of Examiners

James is AVP, Budget & Reimbursement, North Shore LIJ Health System, Westbury, N.Y. James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (1993). He has been an active HFMA member since 1991, holding various leadership positions at the local chapter level including Chapter Director, Certification Contact and Special Committee Co-Chair since 1997. He received his CHFP in August 20013 with a specialty in Accounting and Finance and received his Fellowship in 2004. He has received the following Founders awards: Follmer Bronze (2006), Reeves Silver (2009), and Muncie Gold (2011). James will serve on the BOEas Vice-Chair for the 2017-18 year.

Stephen G. Lutfy, FHFMA 

Steve is Managing Director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, in Columbia, S.C. An HFMA member since 1991, Steve has served on local South Carolina chapter committees since 1991 including Chapter President, Certification Chair and Treasurer. He also served a three year term as a member of the PFS Forum Advisory Council (1998). Steve received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration in 1987 from the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his CHFP in June 1989 with a specialty in Patient Financial Services and received his Fellowship in 1997. He is a recipient of the Medal of Honor (1997), Muncie Gold (1994), Reeves Silver (1991) and Follmer Bronze (1989) Founders Awards. Steve will serve on the BOE through 2018.   

Nancy J. Reiss, FHFMA

Nancy is the Senior Director of Finance for Rochester Regional Health System in Rochester, N.Y. She earned a BSBA, Accounting and Business Management Information Systems from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Nancy joined HFMA in 1991 as a member of the Rochester Regional Chapter and is a past Regional Executive for Region 2. She also served the local chapter as Chapter President, Founders Contact, Treasurer and was a member of the Managed Care Forum Advisory Council. She received her CHFP in 1996 with a specialty in Managed Care and became a Fellow of HFMA in August 1999. She has received the following Founders awards: Follmer Bronze (1998), Reeves Silver (2001), Muncie Gold (2003) and Medal of Honor (2011). Nancy will serve on the BOE through 2018.

Todd J. Sladky, FHFMA, CPA, MBA

Todd Sladky is currently the Vice President of Finance/CFO at Great River Health Systems in West Burlington, Iowa. He has Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bemidji State University, MN, and an MBA from St. Ambrose University, Iowa. Todd joined HFMA in 1992 and has been actively involved with HFMA National and his chapter ever since. He has served the local chapter in a number of different capacities, most recently as Certification exam proctor. He received his CHFP in June, 1995 with a specialty in Accounting and Finance and received Fellowship later that same year. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Follmer Bronze (2003) Founders Award. Todd will serve on the BOE through 2018.

Karen S. Fry, FHFMA

Karen is the Chief Operating Officer at Parallon Business Performance Group in Largo, FL. She joined HFMA in 1994 and has served her local chapter in a number of different capacities including Chapter President, Program Chair, Yerger judge, Director and member of HFMA’s National Advisory Council. Karen holds a BS in Business Management. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Patient Financial Services in February 1999. She attained Fellowship in HFMA in May 2005 and is a recipient of the Muncie Gold (2013), Reeves Silver (2008) and Follmer Bronze (2004) Founders Awards. Karen will serve on the BOE through 2019.

Lisa Marie Thakur, FHFMA, CPA

Lisa is the Corporate VP, Clinical & Support Operations at Scripps Health San Diego, CA. She has been an active HFMA member since 1999, holding various leadership positions at the local chapter and national levels including Chapter President, Certification Contact, National Advisory Council member and Chapter Director. She earned the HFMA Founders Muncie Gold Award in 2010 and earned the distinguished Founders Medal of Honor award in 2014. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University. Additionally, Lisa earned her CHFP in 2010 and became a Fellow of HFMA later that same year. She will serve on the BOE through 2019.  

Craig S. Kalman, FHFMA, FSA, MAAA

Craig is Director, Healthcare Economics for United Healthcare in Maryland Heights, MO. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University. Craig joined HFMA in 2007 and has served as Treasurer for his local chapter three years in a row. He will also serve as Chapter Program Co-Chair for 2017. He earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in July 2009 and has been a Fellow in HFMA since 2013. Craig will serve on the Board of Examiners through 2019. 

David A. Nelson, FHFMA

David is the Chief Finance Officer at Hshs Western Wisconsin Division, Eau Claire, WI. He has an MBA in Healthcare Administration. David joined HFMA in 1991 and has served on local committees at the chapter level. He received the CHFP in 1994 with specialties in Accounting and Finance, Patient Financial Services and Managed Care. He became a Fellow of HFMA later that same year. David is a recipient of the Muncie Gold (1998), Reeves Silver (1994) and Follmer Bronze (1990) Founders Awards. He will serve as a member of the BOE through 2019. 

Deidra K. Dunagan, FHFMA

Deidra is the Business Office Director at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, AR. Deidra joined HFMA in 2000. Deidra holds a BS in Health Information Management form the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has served on many committees at the chapter level including Chapter President, Yerger Award Committee, Certification Chair, and Chapter Treasurer. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in June 2003. She attained Fellowship in 2012 and is also a recipient of the Muncie Gold (2013), Reeves Silver (2011), and Follmer Bronze (2008) Founders Awards. Deidra will serve on the BOE through 2019. 

James Travis Dowell, FHFMA, MBA, FACHE, FACMPE

Travis is the VP of Operations at Memorial Physician Services, Springfield, IL.  Travis earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1990. He joined HFMA in 1991 and participated at the local chapter and region in a number of different capacities, including: Regional Executive, Chapter President, Sponsorship Chair, DCMS Chair, Membership Chair and Chapter Director. He earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Physician Practice Management in January 2003. He attained Fellowship in HFMA in 2003 and has received the following Founders awards: Follmer Bronze (1999), Reeves Silver (2002), Muncie Gold (2004) and distinguished Medal of Honor (2007). Travis will serve on the Board of Examiners through 2019.

Bryce K. Betke, FHFMA, CPA

Bryce is Rural Division Financial Officer for Bryan Health. Bryce joined HFMA in 1990 and has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities including the following committee positions: Chapter President, Secretary, DCMS Chair, Yerger Committee and Program Chair. Most recently Bryce served on the “Chapters 2.0” Administrative Support committee. He earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in February 2003. Bryce attained Fellowship (FHFMA) in HFMA in 2005 and has received the following Founders Merit Awards: Follmer Bronze (2002), Reeves Silver (2007) and Muncie Gold (2008). Bryce will serve on the BOE through 2020. 

Leslie Claas, FHFMA

Leslie Claas is Senior Financial Analyst with Froedtert Health in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Leslie has been in the healthcare finance field for almost 30 years and a member with HFMA since 2003. She has served her local chapter in a number of different capacities for many years, including Certification Chair, Proctor and Chapter Director. Leslie earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in August 2006 and earned her Fellowship in October 2008. She also holds the Certified Specialist, Business Intelligence (CSBI) certification (2015). She is a recipient of the Muncie Gold (2015), Reeves Silver (2012) and Follmer Bronze (2011) Founders Merit Awards. She will serve on the BOE through May 2020.  

Howard Tepper, FHFMA

Howard Tepper is Senior Vice President with RWJBarnabas Health in New York, NY. Howard received his Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1984 and began his career in healthcare that same year. He joined HFMA in 1985 and received his CHFP in February 1992 with specialties in Accounting and Finance and Managed Care. Later that same year he received his Fellowship. He is a recipient of the Medal of Honor (2013), Muncie Gold (2009), Reeves Silver (2007) and Follmer Bronze (2002) Founders Awards. Howard will serve on the BOE through 2020. 

Michael E. Morris PhD, MPH, CPH

Dr. Michael E. Morris PhD, MPH, CPH, is Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mike joined HFMA in 2008. He joined the faculty of the Department of Health Policy & Management in August of 2011. Dr. Morris’ research focuses on organizational and systems level finance and operations management. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Mike had a 20+ year career in healthcare management and management consulting. He will serve as a member of the BOE through 2020. 

Kelly B. Baker, FHFMA

Kelly Baker is Vice President of Revenue Cycle Services at Novant Medical Group-RCS in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kelly earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) with focus in Health\Health Care Administration\Management in 2006. She started in healthcare in 1993 and joined HFMA in 2004. Kelly will serve on the BOE through 2020.  

 






 

Publication Date: Wednesday, June 01, 2016