National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Councils (NAC) provide professional perspective to the Association on thought leadership topics important to HFMA members. The structure for these councils is flexible and may change somewhat each year depending on HFMA’s strategic needs. Appointments will be made to each of these three councils from individuals who are active in their profession as well as HFMA volunteers who are knowledgeable in the executive, payment and reimbursement, or patient financial services/revenue cycle subject areas.

The NAC consists of directors from the National board and 24 appointed members who serve staggered two-year terms who focus on key issues facing the healthcare industry and the Association. These councils meet two times a year.

Strategy & Innovation Council

James L. Heffernan, FHFMA

SVP Finance & Treasurer
Mass General Physicians Org
Boston, Mass.

Colleen M. Blye, CPA

Executive Vice President, CFO
Montefiore Health System
Bronx, N.Y.

Martin J. D’Cruz, FHFMA, MBA
Vice President – Managed Care
Baptist Health System
Louisville, Ky.

James Travis Dowell, FHFMA, MBA, FACHE, FACMPE
President & CEO
Memorial Physician Services
Springfield, Ill.

Aren Laljie, FHFMA, CPA, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Health System
Miami, Fla.

Jeff Mincher, FHFMA
VP Revenue Cycle Operations
Texas Health Resources
Arlington, Texas

L. Shawn Nelson, FHFMA, CPA
CFO, Lifelong Health
Riverside Health System
Newport News, Va.

Richard R. Rhine
Executive Vice President/CFO
Grady Health System
Atlanta, Ga.

Monica Schmude
Cigna Mid-Atlantic
McLean, Va.

Christina Steiner
Director – Healthcare Industry Group
Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC
New York, N.Y.

Payment Models Council

Jeffrey T. O’Malley

System Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Governance
CommonSpirit Health
Phoenix, Ariz.

Matthew E. Cox, CHFP

Senior Vice President/CFO
Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Fahd Benjalil, FHFMA, MBA
Chief Financial & Operating Officer
Sharp Coronado Hospital
Coronado, Calif.

Vanessa M. Couch-Laguana, CPC
Director, Revenue Cycle
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region
Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Lee J. Handke, PharmD, MBA
Nebraska Health Network
Omaha, Neb.

Maria Jayoussi, FHFMA, MBA
Executive Director of Finance
Wakemed Physician Practices
Cary, N.C.

Billie Jean Mounts, FHFMA, CRCR, CSMC
Chief Revenue Officer
Bon Secours Mercy Health
Cincinnati, Ohio

Bryan W. Redick, FHFMA, CPA, MBA
Vice President of Operations/Finance
Norton Healthcare Medical Group
Louisville, Ky.

Richard M. Russo
Vice President, Finance
Atrius Health
Newton, Mass.

Barbara S. Viskochil (Retired)
Salt Lake City, Utah

Revenue Cycle Council

Cindy Price, FHFMA

Parallon Business Performance Group-Houston
Houston, Texas

Abby Birch, CRCR

Regional Director, Business Development
Revint Solutions
Davie, Fla.

Shelly N. Crunk
Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Kettering Health Network
Dayton, Ohio

Michelle T. Farrell
AVP, Revenue Management
Orlando Health
Orlando, Fla.

Shawn K. Gretz, FHFMA, CRCR
Americollect Inc.
Manitowoc, Wis.

Kelli J. Harbert, PMP
Vice President, Healthcare Solutions
Sandy, Utah

Nikki S. Harper, FHFMA
Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Trinity Health
Livonia, Mich.

Rhea Heath, MBA
Senior VP of Revenue Cycle Management
Nashville, Tenn.

Dan J. Phippen, FHFMA
Atlanta, Ga.

Ryan E. Thompson
Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Irving, Texas