President's welcome

Dear Michigan Great Lakes member,

As we approach the end of the first year as one Michigan HFMA chapter, the Michigan Great Lakes board and I wanted to take a moment to thank you, our members, for your continued membership and engagement throughout this past year.  It truly has been a year like no other and I am grateful for the continued investment made in our chapter and chapter happenings.

We recently held our elections for next year’s board and I am delighted to announce the results of the election.  Based on ballots cast, the following individuals received overwhelming support to serve on the 2021-2022 Michigan Great Lakes board.

  • Jason Williams, President
  • Josh Richards, President Elect
  • Ariana Raymond, Vice President
  • Nancy Smith, Past President
  • Doug Banks, Director
  • Jarrett Hopper, Director
  • Nichole Niesen, Director
  • Courtney Guernsey, Director
  • Nancy Rocker, Director

Please join me in congratulating each of them and thanking them for their volunteerism. 

These newly elected individuals join the following individuals who will be completing their second year of their two-year term during the 2021-2022 chapter year.

  • Debbie Wiley-Crossen, Treasurer
  • Hayley Koetje, Secretary
  • Mike Connelly, Director
  • Michael Felczak, Director
  • Michelle McElhinny, Director
  • Jason Roher, Director

I also want to encourage you to check out our new Michigan Great Lakes chapter web-site which can be found at  This was part of a pilot program with the association with the goal of integrating our chapter information with national’s information and to provide a similar look and feel to the web-site.  When you go to the site, you will notice that the ribbon at that top will take you to national sites and our chapter specific links are listed on the right-hand side under the “In this chapter” section.  I encourage each of you to check it out and explore the new site.

Finally, I just want to reiterate that we are continuing to assess when we will offer in person meetings again.   However, at this time, I wanted to provide a brief summary of our upcoming virtual events.  Over the next two months, we have the Michigan Great Lakes Revenue Cycle Conference which takes place during the afternoon of April 19th and we have a region 6 webinar that focuses on the 340B Pharmacy Drug Pricing Program on April 28th.  On May 7th we will have another Early Careerist event and on May 18th, we will be holding a ½ day Spring Conference virtual event.  We hope you can join us for at least one of these informative events.   

Yours in Good Health,

Nancy L. Smith

President, Michigan Great Lakes HFMA

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