Staff Development

J. Ryan Lindsay’s feel-good article published in local newspaper

September 1, 2020 4:29 pm

J. Ryan Lindsay, CHFP, CPA, CGMA, regional executive for HFMA’s Region 4 and West Virginia’s Chapter past president 2016-17, had an article published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Charleston, West Virginia.

The article highlights the positive aspects of working from home with young children during the COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate.

To read the article, visit

Medical College of Wisconsin promotes Cornell

Thomas Cornell, CHFP, MBA, a Wisconsin Chapter member, was recently promoted to manager, strategic financial planning at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa. Cornell’s previous role was senior financial planning strategist.

Schaff becomes founding principal at Intentionate Healthcare Advisors

Stuart J. (Stu) Schaff, FHFMA, CVA, has transitioned into a new role as founding principal of Intentionate Healthcare Advisors in Chicago. He most recently served as director of physician compensation at Rush University Medical Group in Chicago. Schaff has almost 15 years of experience as a consultant to healthcare providers, with a focus on physician compensation, physician-hospital transactions and medical group performance improvement. Also, Schaff is a programming vice chair in HFMA’s First Illinois Chapter.

Giovani’s launches not-for-profit foundation

Ted Giovanis, FHFMA, MBA, is now president and CEO of the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy in Highland, Maryland. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt foundation, currently conducting research targeted on metastatic breast cancer and health policy issues.

Giovanis, a Maryland Chapter member since 1977, previously owned two healthcare consulting firms in Highland, Maryland: T. Giovanis & Company LLC since early 1990, a consultancy focused on Medicare payment policy and TGC, LLC since 2006, an entity litigating the rural floor budget neutrality (RFBN) appeal. Prior to that, he was a system and ho spital CFO at Memorial Health System in Cumberland, Maryland.

Batherson accepts new role at Healthcare IT Leaders

Colin J. Batherson of the Georgia Chapter is now the associate director of revenue cycle operations at Healthcare IT Leaders in Alpharetta, Georgia. He was previously a consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Atlanta.

Hastings starts as executive director at CompleteCare

Stanley Hastings, of the Arkansas Chapter,  accepted the role of executive director of business development at CompleteCare Inc., North Little Rock, Arkansas.

His previous position was vice president at Commercial Mail Service Inc., Little Rock.

Guidehouse hires Spehar as associate director

Mark Spehar, FHFMA, CPA, PMP, was hired as an associate director for healthcare revenue cycle practice at Guidehouse in Delray Beach, Florida.

His previous role was executive vice president, financial and revenue integrity services at Panacea Healthcare Solutions in Pittsburgh.

Spehar is a former past president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter and a current member of the Florida Chapter. He also currently serves on HFMA’s National Advisory Council’s Payment Models Committee. 

Remembering Northern California Chapter’s Dauner

C. Duane Dauner, FACHE, died on July 13, 2020, in Palm Desert, California. He was 80. Dauner’s accomplishments include: 

  • Starting his hospital association career at the Kansas Hospital Association in 1966
  • Becoming president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association in 1975
  • Publishing “The Health Care Solution” book in 1994
  • Receiving the American College of Healthcare Executives highest honor, the Gold Medal Award in 2002
  • Holding the title of former president and CEO at the California Hospital Association from 1985 until his retirement in 2017
  • Receiving the American Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor in 2018
  • Lecturing at several California university graduate programs

Dauner’s article, “5 ways hospitals should prepare to access COVID-19 disaster funding,” which he co-authored with Tom Dougherty, was recognized for the Helen Yerger/L. Vann Seawell Best Article Award for outstanding editorial achievement in fiscal year 2019-2020. It was published in the May 2020 issue of hfm magazine.

“It was an honor to work with Duane,” said Tom Dougherty, principal at COPE Health Solutions in Los Angeles and co-author with Dauner in winning the Best Article Award. “In addition to his unparalleled expertise, he was also deeply passionate about improving healthcare.”

He was an exemplary leader in his ability to inspire, listen with compassion and empathy, and treat others with respect and appreciation.”

In memory of Tennessee Chapter’s Matheney

William (Bill) C. Matheney, CPA, died on July 19, 2020, in Hixson, Tennessee. He was 62. Matheney’s accomplishments include:

  • Earning the Follmer Bronze Founders Award in 1994
  • Earning the Reeves Silver Founders Award in 1997
  • Earning the Muncie Gold Founders Award in 2000
  • Earning his HFMA Fellowship in 2000
  • Serving as Tennessee Chapter president 2001-02
  • Receiving the HFMA Tennessee Chapter’s Medal of Honor in 2003
  • Serving as Region 5 executive 2015-16

Outside of work, Matheney was a history buff who loved reading books. He also enjoyed watching the University of Tennessee Vols football, playing golf and spending time with his family.

“Bill was a dear friend and colleague who I’ve known for over 35 years,” said Martha Calfee, Tennessee Chapter president 2015-16, Tennessee Chapter Parliamentarian to Board of Directors 2020-21 and senior manager at Myers & Stauffer, LC.

“HFMA was the avenue that brought us to a great friendship.” Calfee said. We served in many capacities in the Tennessee Chapter. It was my honor to be Bill’s treasurer during his 2001-02 Chapter president’s year. We served together at many events at the state, regional and national levels. And, he leaves a great legacy of service to HFMA at these levels and will be missed. I served with Bill as floor manager at a couple of ANIs, with the last one being the “NashVegas” ANI in 2010. Bill supported me in my HFMA leadership roles, and I was honored to have Bill as the regional executive during my president year of 2015-16. I miss my friend dearly, but I know that I will see him again one day.”  


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