Melinda S. Hancock, FHFMA, CPA

National ChairHancock

Ms. Hancock is the voluntary Chair of HFMA during the 2015–16 term, beginning June 1, 2015.

She is partner-healthcare at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP in Glen Allen, Va.

An HFMA member since 1994, Ms. Hancock has served on the Association's National Advisory Councils, the Regional Executives Council (including a term as its chair), the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee. Ms. Hancock also served the Virginia Chapter as director, secretary, president-elect, and president. She has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Ms. Hancock received her bachelor of business administration in accounting from the College of William & Mary and her MBA in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix.

Mary Mirabelli, FHFMA

National Chair-ElectMirabelli

Ms. Mirabelli is the National Chair-Elect of HFMA during the 2015–16 term, beginning June 1, 2015.

She is vice president, Global Practice-Healthcare, HP Enterprise Services LLC, Plano, Texas. 

A member of HFMA since 2003, Ms. Mirabelli has served on the Association's Board of Directors, Governance Committee, National Advisory Council, Morgan Award Judging Committee, Healthcare Leadership Council, and Strategic Planning Committee. She is also a recipient of the Follmer Bronze Award. She also has had governance positions with the HCA Foundation Board and Vision Consulting, and she serves as chair of the Federation of American Hospitals Health Information Technology Task Force.

Ms. Mirabelli received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master's in management certificate in finance and marketing from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Carol A. Friesen, FHFMA 

Secretary/TreasurerFriesen

Ms. Friesen is the voluntary Secretary/Treasurer of HFMA during the 2015–16 term, beginning June 1, 2015.

She is vice president of health system services, Bryan Health, Lincoln, Neb.

A member of HFMA since 1999, Ms. Friesen has served on the Association's National Advisory Council and as a Region 8 Regional Executive. She 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.

Ms. Friesen holds a bachelor of science in business management and a master of public health in healthcare administration. 

Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA

President & CEOHFMA President & CEO Joe 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. 

Martin Arrick, MBA, MPH

National DirectorArrick 201415

Mr. Arrick is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2014–17 term, beginning June 1, 2014.

He is managing director in the corporate and government ratings group at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, New York.
A member of HFMA since 1997, Mr. Arrick has served on the Association's Principles & Practices Board. Mr. Arrick has been ranked in Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare sector and named by Smith's Research & Gradings to its all-star research team. He has authored numerous publications and special reports on the healthcare sector.

Mr. Arrick received his bachelor's degree from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA and master of public health degrees from Columbia University.

Kevin F. Brennan, FHFMA, CPA

National DirectorBrennan

Mr. Brennan is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2013–2016 term, beginning June 1, 2013.

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.

John J. Byrnes, MD

National DirectorByrnes

Dr. Byrnes is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2013–2016 term, beginning June 1, 2013.

He is founder and senior partner, Byrnes Healthcare Group, Grand Rapids, Mich.

A member of HFMA since 2005, Dr. Byrnes is an avid HFMA speaker and author, regularly contributes to industry publications, and frequently speaks nationally and internationally. He is recognized for his work in quality, safety, and outcome reporting and has contributed to seven books, which include The Healthcare Quality Book, Global Fees for Episodes of Care, The Health Care Professional's Guide to Patient Centered Care for the 21st Century, The Physician's Guide to Disease Management, and Redesigning Healthcare Delivery. Dr. Byrnes is nearing completion of the first of two books in a set titled The CQO's Playbook. Prior to joining SCL Health System as chief medical officer, he held senior executive positions at leading healthcare systems, such as Spectrum Health System, Sharp HealthCare, Catholic Healthcare West, and Lovelace Health Systems.

Dr. Byrnes received his bachelor of arts and doctor of medicine degrees from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, including Texas Children’s Hospital, The Texas Heart Institute, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann Health System.

Penny D. Cermak, FHFMA, CPA

National DirectorCermak

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 degree and master of science degree in accounting.

Edward G. Chadwick

National DirectorChadwick

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 degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Michael J. Dewerff, FHFMA, CPA, MBA

National DirectorDewerff

Mr. Dewerff is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2014–17 term, beginning June 1, 2014.

He is president and CEO of UnityPoint Health–Fort Dodge, and senior vice president of UnityPoint Health. He is based in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

A member of HFMA since 1997, Mr. Dewerff has been involved with HFMA as Regional Executive for the Association’s Region 8, and has served as director, treasurer, secretary, vice president, president-elect, and president for the Iowa Chapter. He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards. He is also a recipient of the HFMA Medal of Honor.

Mr. Dewerff received his bachelor of science in accounting from Minnesota State University Moorhead and his MBA from Wayne State College. 

Carole T. Faig, CPA

National DirectorFaig

Ms. Faig is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2014–17 term, beginning June 1, 2014.

She is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP, Houston.

A member of HFMA since 1991, Ms. Faig's involvement with the Association includes serving on the Principles & Practices Board and speaking at national events, and past service as a chair and chapter director for the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. She is a Founders Bronze and a Silver Award recipient. Ms. Faig has served on the Women’s Home governing board, BioHouston advisory board, and Rice University's Alliance for Entrepreneurship advisory board.

Ms. Faig is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and a member of AICPA and TSCPA.

Tammie L. Galindez

National DirectorGalindez

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

She is vice president, client management, for Conifer Health Solutions 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 the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Ms. Galindez holds a bachelor of business administration in finance from Florida Atlantic University.

Jonathan B. Gavras, MD, FCCP

National DirectorGavras

Dr. Gavras is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2013–2016 term, beginning June 1, 2013.

He is president of Avalon Healthcare Solutions, Tampa, Fla.

Dr. Gavras has been a member of HFMA since 2012 and currently serves on the board of directors for the American Lung Association of Florida. Throughout his career, he has been active in community and professional organizations. Prior to joining Avalon Healthcare Solutions, Dr. Gavras held leadership positions at Guidewell Health Inc., UnitedHealth Group, and Prudential Healthcare. Before assuming administrative roles, he was in the private practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine in Jupiter, Fla.

Dr. Gavras, a Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians, holds undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and an MD degree from New York Medical College. He completed his training in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases at the University of Rochester, where he also served as chief medical resident and clinical fellow.