Board of Directors 2019-2020

Michael M. Allen, FHFMA, CPA, MHA

NATIONAL CHAIR

Mr. Allen is the National Chair of HFMA during the 2019-20 term, beginning June 1, 2019.

Mike 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, he 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. Mike has served the McMahon-Illini Chapter as program chair, president-elect, and president. He has received HFMA's Medal of Honor and the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Tammie L. Galindez, FHFMA, MHA

NATIONAL CHAIR-ELECT

Ms. Galindez is the National Chair-Elect of HFMA during the 2019-20 term, beginning June 1, 2019.

Tammie is an associate vice president, value-based care, for Conifer Health Systems in Frisco, Texas. She has worked for nearly 20 years to help healthcare systems improve the health of their revenue cycles and aid in their transitions to value-based reimbursement. 

A member of HFMA since 2002, Tammie has served the 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.

Aaron R. Crane, FHFMA, CPA, MHA

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Mr. Crane is the Secretary/Treasurer of HFMA during the 2019-2020 term, beginning on June 1, 2019.

Aaron is CFO and vice president of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance which is consistently named one of the top 10 hospitals for cancer by US News and World Reports.  Previously he was the CEO for Population Health Alliance of Oregon and CFO at Salem Health. 

Aaron’s involvement with HFMA includes serving on the National Board of Directors during which time he was Regional Executive Chair.  In addition, Aaron held various chapter leadership positions including president of the Oregon Chapter and served as a Chapter Advancement Team Member.  He has received HFMA's Medal of Honor, and the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA

PRESIDENT & CEO

 Mr. Fifer is President and CEO of HFMA.

 

Prior to assuming this position in 2012, Joe 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. Joe started his career with nine years at Ernst & Young, also in Michigan.

An HFMA member since 1983, he served as Chair of the Board of Directors, two terms as a board member, and as a chapter president.  He has received HFMA's Medal of Honor, and the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards. 

Abby Birch, CRCR

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Ms. Birch is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2019-22 term, beginning June 1, 2019.

She is the Director of Business Development at Revint Solutions; an industry leader in revenue recovery and consulting services.  Prior to joining Revint, Abby was the Vice President of Client Development at Advanced Patient Advocacy managing five states in the Southeast region. 

An HFMA member since 2009, Abby served on the HFMA National Early Careerist Task Force and has been in various leadership roles in the Florida Chapter including Secretary, Regional Director of the Central Region, Director of Innovation, Chair of Women in Healthcare Leadership, and Program Chair.  She has received the Follmer Bronze merit award.

Dennis E. Dahlen, CPA

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

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

Dennis is CFO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In 1983 he started as an internal auditor at one of the predecessor organizations that now form Banner Health and progressed through various roles in financial planning, facility operations, and corporate finance. Dennis 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.  

An HFMA member since 1985, Dennis has served the Association on the Large System CFO Council and as president of the North Dakota Chapter.  He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

James L. Heffernan, FHFMA

NATIONAL DIRECTOR 

Mr. Heffernan is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2018-21 term, beginning June 1, 2018.

Jim is senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Massachusetts General Physicians Organization in Boston.  He is responsible for all financial functions and co-chairs system-wide committees for analytics, trend management, and health benefit redesign. He is a member of the MGPO executive team and a member of the Partners senior financial management team.

Jim was president of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter and has served on the Board of Examiners and National Advisory Council. He is a recipient of the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Cindy Price, FHFMA

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Ms. Price is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2018-21 term, beginning June 1, 2018.

Cindy is CEO of HCA Parallon Shared Services in Houston. She leads an executive management team including COOs, CFO, CIO, HIM, HR, directors of education, compliance, payor and regulatory compliance, credentialing, and client relations with 3,000 employees at 26 facilities. Cindy leads the efforts to elevate patient and physician experience including improving quality outcomes, service level agreements, and client satisfaction. She oversees the development of strategic direction for the revenue cycle process.

Cindy was a president of the Gulf Coast Chapter and has served as Chair of the Board of Examiners. She has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Jeffrey T. O'Malley

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Mr. O’Malley is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2019-22 term, beginning June 1, 2019.

Jeff is the Vice President, Partnership Integration at Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area.  This group aligns with service area leadership to identify new partnership opportunity which advance Dignity Health’s mission and address strategic needs, including integrated delivery network gaps and value-based care priorities. 

An HFMA member since 1999, Jeff held various positions in the Arizona Chapter including president in 2014-15.  He was the Regional Executive for Region 10 and served on the Chapters 2.0 Steering Committee including co-chair of the Defining Local Task Force.  He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Marc B. Scher, CPA

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

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

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

A member of HFMA since 1987, Marc 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.  He has received the Follmer Bronze and Reeves Silver merit awards.

Mimi Taylor

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Ms. Taylor is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2018-21 term, beginning June 1, 2018. 

Mimi is corporate vice president, information technology and CIO for Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables, Fla. She oversees a $210 million operating budget, $50 million capital budget, and 600 technology professionals. She directs clinical, business, technical, and analytics subject matter expert teams to ensure successful execution of complex IT projects to meet the organization's strategic objectives. 

Mimi was president of the Florida Chapter and has received the Follmer Bronze Award.

T. Carley Williams, CPA

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

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

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

A member of HFMA since 2005, he has served the Association as the Region 9 regional executive and as secretary, vice president, president-elect, and president of the Oklahoma Chapter. Carley has appeared regularly as a speaker at events hosted by his Oklahoma and other chapters.  He has received HFMA's Medal of Honor, and the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Carley 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.

Margaret L. Schuler

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Ms. Schuler is a voluntary Director of HFMA during the 2019-22 term, beginning June 1, 2019.

Margaret is the System Vice President of Revenue Cycle for OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio.  OhioHealth is a seven-time recipient of the HFMA MAP Award.  She is responsible for leadership and strategic direction of Patient Access Services, Health Information Management, Coding and Central Business Office for the health systems 10 hospitals, approximately 1,000 employed providers, eight urgent care centers, 10 free-standing EDs, reference lab, home health, hospice, HME, and infusion services.

An HFMA member since 1997, Margaret held various positions in the Central Ohio Chapter, including president in 2007-08.  She is a member of the Large System Revenue Cycle Council and has served on the National Advisory Council and on the National MAP Keys Taskforce in 2016-17.  She has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.