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Julia Adams-Scheurich, Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy, AHHC of NC
GENERAL SESSION: State of the State Update from AHHC's Advocacy Team
BREAKOUT SESSION A2/IDD1

Prior to joining AHHC, Julia was the Owner and Director of Government Relations at Oak City Government Relations, LLC. She was most recently the Director of Government Relations for The Arc of North Carolina for the past 10 years as well as a contract lobbyist for many interests, mostly healthcare, before the NC General Assembly; and she is ranked as one of the most influential lobbyists in North Carolina by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. Julia began her career in policy and advocacy working to promote inclusion in the arts in North Carolina. Her career spans both campaign work as a member of the field staff for Erskine Bowles in 2004 and lobbying on policy issues in the field of education, health care, housing, social justice policy for people with disabilities, ethics reform and voting rights. Julia is also pursuing her Master of Studies in Law in Health Law and Policy, scheduled to graduate in May, 2021 from Wake Forest University.

Ashley Addison, BA, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Ashley Addison BA, BSN, RN has been a nurse for 13 years, most of her experience is in Critical Care. Ashley is currently the Nurse Manager of the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care. Ashley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and graduated in 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Polly Addison, M.Ed., BSN, RN, Informatics Educator, Transitions Life Care
BREAKOUT SESSION D4
Polly Addison is a nurse educator with Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has 25+ years in mental health/management and 13 years with Transitions LifeCare. Her passion is mainly about empathy and complex behaviors in health care delivery. She is published in a major medical journal:  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Feb 2019. As a once long- distance runner, she now enjoys lap swimming, a good book, and a good dialog with someone who cares deeply.

Victor Armstrong, Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services at NC Department of Health & Human Services
BREAKOUT SESSION D5/IDD4
Victor Armstrong joined North Carolina DHHS as ‪Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services in March of 2020, with responsibility and oversight of the public community-based mental health, intellectual and other developmental disabilities, substance use, and traumatic brain injury system in North Carolina. Prior to accepting this role, Victor spent six years as Vice President of Behavioral Health with Atrium Health. Based in Charlotte, NC Victor had responsibility for operations of Atrium’s largest behavioral health hospital, Behavioral Health Charlotte (BHC). The BHC campus contains the southeast’s only psychiatric emergency department, staffed 24/7 with board certified psychiatrists, as well as 66 inpatient beds, and 10 outpatient programs. Victor has over 30 years of experience in human services, primarily dedicated to building and strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with mental illness.‬‬‬
Victor currently serves on the board of directors of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) NC. He is also former board chair of NAMI NC, and a member of American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and NASW-NC. Victor is a former member of the Board of Directors of National Council for Behavioral Health, i2i Center for Integrative Health, and RI International.
Victor’s awards and recognitions include 2019 Black Mental Health Symposium -Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2019 Atrium Health Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from East Carolina University School of Social Work, Pride Magazine 2018 "Best of the Best", and i2i Center for Integrative Health 2018 Innovation Award for "Whole Person Care", 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC, Mental Health Professional of the Year.
Victor graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from East Carolina University. He is the husband of Dr. Charletta Armstrong and the father of 3 sons, Carter, Alonzo, and Victor Jr.

Scott Ashley, MSW, LCSW, SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Scott Ashley, MSW, LCSW has worked in the social work field for over 16 years in North Carolina. Scott’s background includes seven years providing mental health counseling to clients of all ages, six years working as the Star Rating Administrator and Training Coordinator in the Adult Care Licensure Section of the NC Department of Health & Human Services, and almost four years as a Hospice social worker. Scott currently works as the inpatient social worker at the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health care (since April of 2019). He received his Masters of Social Work in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro/North Carolina A&T joint program.

Chris Attaya, VP of Product Strategy, SHP Data
BREAKOUT SESSION D3
Chris Attaya joined SHP in 2014 after spending 28 years in executive and consulting positions within the Home Health and Hospice industry. In his role, he is responsible for product development and client relationships to help organizations achieve increased operational and financial performance through the use of SHP’s industry leading analytics platform and benchmark data. Prior to SHP, Chris was the CFO at the VNA of Boston and had worked at Partners Health Care at Home as CFO and CEO. He received a B.A. in Public Health from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University concentrating in Health Care Finance.

Pamela J. Baden MSN, MBA, RN, CEN, EMT, Director of Mobile Critical Care Transport and Emergency Communications, WakeMed Hospital
BREAKOUT SESSION F3
Pamela is currently the Director of Mobile Critical Care Transport and Emergency Communications with WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC.  She has over 31-years of experience in emergency and critical care nursing.  Having received a Master in Business (Franklin University 2005) and Master in Nursing (Walden University 2013), her experience and interest in expanding community medicine has led her to expand into the Hospital @ Your Program working with critical care nurses and paramedics to provide in home care for individuals seeking an alternative to inpatient care.

Tara W. Barrett, RN, BSN, OCN, CHPN, UNC Medical Center
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Tara W. Barrett, RN, BSN, OCN, CHPN has been with hospice for 4.5 years, but with the UNC Medical Center system for 19 years. Tara has worn many different hats throughout her career. Before finding the profession of hospice, Tara worked as a Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor. She shifted gears and completed her Associates Degree in Nursing from Sandhills Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Appalachian State University. She is double certified in oncology and hospice nursing (OCN and CHPN). Tara has received numerous awards and is a member of several nursing organizations. A few of Tara’s awards/memberships are: the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award 2018, in the community where she resides; Charge Nurse of the year award 2014; induction into Sigma Theta Tau in 2014; and she is a member of the American Nurses Association and former member of the Oncology Nurse Society.

Marti Barrow, CFRE, Vice President of Client Services, Pride Philanthropy
BREAKOUT SESSION G1
Marti Barrow has more than 15 years of fundraising and non-profit management experience.  She provides dynamic training, customized education and ongoing support for teams launching new philanthropy programs and existing fund development programs looking to re-energize their campaigns.  Specializing in healthcare and hospice fundraising, Marti leads community-based philanthropy efforts for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.  Marti manages and moderates the weekly PRIDE Virtual Forum, featuring education on various fundraising topics and information sharing from a collection of non-profit thought leaders from across the country.  Her leadership launching the PRIDE virtual forums to keep philanthropy programs across the country moving forward during quarantine and stay at home orders from the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to more than $1.2 million raised in COVID relief funds in just over three months. 
She has served as Director of Annual Giving for St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations and Executive Director of the Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council, both in Savannah, Georgia. Marti is also a member of the Coastal Georgia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and holds her Certified Fundraising Executive designation (CFRE). Having raised more than $16 million in her fundraising career, she has much experience with board and volunteer management, strategic planning and training teams for optimal success.
Prior to entering the non-profit and development world, Marti managed luxury spas in Washington, D.C. and Honolulu. A passion for delivering high quality service and motivating individuals for success have served her well throughout her career. A graduate of the University of Hawaii’s School of Travel Industry Management, she enjoys utilizing her strengths in leadership, public speaking and project management.

Gerard Barsoum, Director of National Accounts, AMN Language Services
BREAKOUT SESSION E4/IDD5
Gerard Barsoum has extensive experience in Language Services. He served as Director of Interpreter Services at Boston Medical Center where he directed a team of 71 interpreters and a $3.7 million budget. He then joined Stratus Video (Now AMN Language Services) where he has helped hundreds of hospitals and health systems develop their Language Services solutions, in order to provide the best possible service for the LEP patient population.

Jennifer Blake, BSN, MS, RN, Clinical Systems Specialist, Thornberry, Ltd.
BREAKOUT SESSION B2/IDD2
Jennifer Blake BSN, MS, RN has been a nurse in hospice care for eight years. She is currently working for Thornberry LTD. as a Clinical Systems Specialist for their EMR solution. She is also pursuing a PH.D. in Counselor Education and Supervisor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her areas of interest and experience include clinical staff education, home care nursing in the geriatric population, and narrative therapies in the geriatric population.

Maggie Cannon, CSSBB, Senior Quality Leader, UNC Office of Quality Excellence
BREAKOUT SESSION A1

Nicole Clagett, Director of Community Development, Duke HomeCare & Hospice
BREAKOUT SESSION F4/IDD6
Serving as an advocate for individuals afflicted with chronic, severe, and life-limiting illness is a lifelong passion of Nicole’s. She is trained as a social worker and has worked with older adults and their caregivers for over 20 years. Serving individuals both personally and professionally has helped her understand the social emotional, and economical toll that caregiving has on families.  In her current role, Nicole is the Director of Community Development for Duke HomeCare & Hospice.

Rebecca Collins, MSN, RN, OCN, CHPN, NE-BC, CENP, Director of Care Transitions, Pure HealthCare

BREAKOUT SESSION C1

Rebecca Collins is a certified nurse in care management with over 25 years of nursing experience. Rebecca has lead teams in disease management, program development, leadership development and community outreach. Rebecca is currently the Director of Care Transitions at Pure HealthCare.

Larry Dawalt, M. Div., BCC, CT, CTSS, CHPCA, Senior Director of Spiritual Grief Care Services, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
GENERAL SESSION: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Opportunities Ahead for Home Care, Home Health & Hospice
Larry Dawalt is Senior Director of Spiritual and Grief Care Services for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been in hospice care since 1993 and been at HPCCR since 1997. As an invited speaker, Larry has addressed national, regional and local organizations on topics dealing with spirituality, comparative religion, compassionate communication, end of life care, and grief. He has been a presenter for the NHPCO Clinical Conference, the Health Care Chaplaincy Network’s national Caring for the Human Spirit Conference, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the Association of Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina. He has also served as the primary workshop presenter at the annual education conferences of both the North Carolina and South Carolina Chaplains’ Association.
Larry is a Board Certified Chaplain and has received the designation Certified in Thanatology from the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, Certified Trauma Services Specialist from the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. 
In 2018, he received the Professional of the Year Award from the North Carolina Association for Home and Hospice Care.
Larry lives in Charlotte and is the father of a son and two daughters- and grandfather of four.
   
William “Bill” A. Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
GENERAL SESSION: Update from Washington for Home Care, Home Health & Hospice
Bill Dombi is the President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. He previously served as the Vice President for Law at NAHC. As a key part of his responsibilities, Bill specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care. With nearly 40 years of experience in health care law and policy, Bill Dombi has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution on Medicare PPS for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. With litigation, Dombi was lead counsel in the landmark lawsuit that reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, challenges to HMO home care cutbacks for high-tech home care patients, lawsuits against Medicaid programs for inadequate payment rates, along with current lawsuits challenging the Medicare home health face-to-face encounter rule and the Department of labor changes to the overtime rules under the Fair labor Standards Act.
In addition to litigation, Bill offers extensive community and professional educational services through lectures, publications, teleconferences, and videos. He is the Editor and lead author of Home Care & Hospice Law: A Handbook for Executives, the only comprehensive legal treatise on the topic. His lectures include market trends in home care, compliance, risk management, patient rights, fraud and abuse, health care reimbursement, legislative and regulatory reforms, and legal issues in telehealth services.

Amber Dowdy, CST, SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Healthcare
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Amber Dowdy CST currently works as a clinical support technician at the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Healthcare (inpatient unit). Amber provides administrative support for the hospice home. Amber began her career at UNC 10 years ago and has gained a great amount of experience throughout her years with the organization. Amber attended college at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC. When Amber is asked to describe herself, she doesn’t hesitate to say that she is dedicated, dependable and confident.

Phil Feldman, CPA, Vice President Revenue Management
BREAKOUT SESSION F2
Phil Feldman is a CPA with over twenty years of experience in operational and financial management for large national home healthcare agencies. His experience covers financial and agency service operations, payer contracting, revenue cycle management, and workout negotiations with payers on large outstanding claims balances.
Phil is presently Vice President, Sandata Revenue Management at Sandata Technologies, LLC, where he has executive responsibility for this Sandata business unit that provides end-to-end revenue cycle management services to home healthcare care agencies to improve their revenue and cash flow.
Phil has served on the Executive Board of the Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey, as well as Chair of the Medicaid Work Group, and on the Finance Committee. He is recipient of the Carol J. Kientz Member of the Year Award for 2014 from HCA NJ. Phil is also active in the Home Care Association of New York, New York Association of Health Care Providers, and the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, where he serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee.

Ellen Fulp, PharmD, MSPC, BCGP, Director of Pharmacy Education, AvaCare
BREAKOUT SESSION: G4/IDD7
Ellen Fulp earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Science and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her Master’s Degree in Palliative Care at the University of Colorado Denver, as the only pharmacist member of the inaugural class. Ellen is Board Certified in Geriatric Pharmacy, specializing in safe, appropriate medication use in the elderly. Since 2013, she has been on staff at AvaCare, an independent hospice pharmacy benefits manager. Currently, Ellen serves as the Director of Pharmacy Education for AvaCare.  She routinely provides consult regarding appropriate symptom management, regulatory issues, and medication appropriateness at end-of-life. Ellen works closely with state hospice and palliative care organizations and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to improve medication use for patients facing serious illness. Her professional interests include pain management in the geriatric patient population, medication appropriateness, and expanding access to community based palliative care.  

Melinda Gaboury, CEO, Co-Founder, Healthcare Provider Solutions
BREAKOUT SESSION C3

BREAKOUT SESSION D1

BREAKOUT SESSION E1
Melinda A. Gaboury, with more than 29 years in home care, has over 18 years of executive speaking and educating experience, including extensive day-to-day interaction with home care and hospice professionals. She routinely conducts Home Care and Hospice Reimbursement Workshops and speaks at state association meetings throughout the country. Melinda has profound experience in Medicare PPS training, billing, collections, case-mix calculations, chart reviews, and due diligence. UPIC, RA, ADR & TPE appeals with all Medicare MACs have become the forefront of Melinda’s current impact on the industry. She is currently serving on the NAHC/HHFMA Advisory Board and is Associate Director on the Home Care Association of Florida Board of Directors. Melinda is also the author of the Home Health OASIS Guide to OASIS-D1.

Doug Golub, President, MediSked
BREAKOUT SESSION A2
Doug Golub serves as President of MediSked, LLC focusing his expertise and passion on delivering innovative technology solutions to the healthcare and human services industry. Prior to joining MediSked, Golub served as Platform Services Manager for Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group. An original member of Microsoft’s healthcare venture, Golub is an expert in health care IT security, implementations, and customer needs assessments. Golub holds a Masters of Information Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York College at Geneseo.

J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HSC-D, HSC-C, HSC-H, COS-C, President, Home Health Solutions, a Simione Coding Company

BREAKOUT SESSION: A3
J’non Griffin is a 32 year veteran of home care as an RN. She received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 2005.  She has experience as a field nurse, director and executive with home health and hospice agencies, both large and small. She has served as Director of Staff Development and Appeals for home health and hospice agencies. She has taken part in mock surveys for agencies, and prepared agencies for accreditation. She has been directly involved in accreditation surveys, acquisitions and many regulatory crises with state survey agencies and the intermediary. As Regional Director of Operations for a home care company, J’non was ultimately responsible for the operations of several branch agencies. She completed billing audits, supervised personnel, handled employment issues and trained managers. Part of her responsibilities have included risk management, acting as Compliance Officer, development of policies and forms, survey compliance, appeals of Medicare denials, writing Corrective Action Plans, start-ups of parent and branch agencies, consulting with agencies on a variety of subjects and education of staff. J’non is certified as a Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D), Certified in OASIS competency, COS-C, Certified in Homecare Coding Specialist-Hospice (HCS-H), Home Care Specialist-Compliance (HCS-C)  and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer/ambassador. J’non is an accredited ACHC and CHAP consultant. J’non is also on the board of Home Care Directions, and is a frequent contributor, along with an expert on HcPro’s Ask an Expert Panel. She has also been a frequent contributor to the Decision Health Publication, The Diagnosis Coding Pro, Published several manuals, and assisted with composition of several online modules for coding and OASIS instruction.. She has presented several webinars, and has been a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of subjects.

Devin Griffith, MPA, MSW, Vice President Development & Innovation, AuthoraCare Collective
GENERAL SESSION: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Opportunities Ahead for Home Care, Home Health & Hospice

Devin Griffith, MPA, MSW, serves as Vice President, Business Development and Innovation for AuthoraCare. In his role, Mr. Griffith leads strategic development and partnerships, service diversification, payer strategy, medical and community outreach, growth and integration strategies across the care continuum, and innovation and value-based care initiatives.  
Prior to joining AuthoraCare, Mr. Griffith was Vice President, Home Health and Regional Development for Advanced Home Care, a non-profit organization owned by twelve health systems across the southeast, and Vice President, Care Continuum and Support Services for Randolph Health.  Mr. Griffith’s health care experience spans over 28 years and includes hospital administration, hospice and home health, case management services across the continuum, palliative care, community-based long-term care, PACE, and population health initiatives.  
Mr. Griffith has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from High Point University.  He currently serves as the Board Chair for the Association of Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina and the Board Chair for the Hospice and Home Care Foundation of North Carolina. 

Vicki Hoak, Executive Director, Home Care Association of America
PLENARY SESSION 3
Vicki joined HCAOA as Executive Director in November of 2019, following a stellar 19 years in charge of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association. As Executive Director, Vicki sets the Association’s strategic direction and leads the charge for the industry on a number of key professional and policy issues. Vicki holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Shippensburg University. She has been active in several professional and policy organizations on a volunteer basis.

Maggie Keen - Vice President Strategic Initiatives, myCNAjobs
BREAKOUT SESSION D2
Maggie Keen is a national caregiver recruitment speaker and Vice President at myCNAjobs. After spending the last 7 years consulting with top senior care companies across the country, Maggie has unique insight into what innovators are doing to tackle their toughest recruiting challenges. She's on a mission to arm healthcare recruiters with more insight about Caregiver motivations to fuel the hiring and retention of a workforce plagued with high turnover.

Jennifer Kennedy, EdD, MA, BSN, RN, CHC, Senior Director, Regulatory & Quality,

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
PLENARY SESSION 1
Dr. Jennifer Kennedy is the Senior Director of Quality & Regulatory for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006.  She has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 20 years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and a doctoral degree in health care education and policy.  She is a certified healthcare compliance professional and legal nurse consultant.  Jennifer is the lead for the NHPCO hospice quality program and interacts with CMS and their contractors related to hospice quality and regulatory issues.  She serves on the National Quality Forum’s MAP Post-Acute Care/Long-Term Care Workgroup, the 2020 National Quality Partners™ (NQP™) Leadership Consortium and the Joint Commission Home Care Accreditation Advisory Council.  She serves as faculty at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers, and serves on the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group.  Jennifer also teaches Graduate Health Science courses at the University of Indianapolis.

Nick Knowlton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for ResMed, parent company of Brightree and MatrixCare
BREAKOUT SESSION F1
Nick Knowlton is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for ResMed, parent company of Brightree and MatrixCare. He leads the company’s interoperability initiatives, amongst other areas. Nick brings more than 20 years of business experience across sales, marketing, product and strategy roles for technology and health information technology businesses. Prior to joining ResMed, Nick ran strategic initiatives for Greenway Health, a market leader in the physician practice EHR space. Nick is extremely active in the post-acute industry -- he is the chair of the board of directors of CommonWell Health Alliance and is on the board of HCTAA and PDHCA, which are affiliates of NAHC. Nick has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

Kim Kranz, RN, MS, CHPCA, President, Catholic Health Home Care & Good Shepherd Hospice
BREAKOUT SESSION B4
With 30 years of hospice and home health leadership and proven results of innovation, growth, clinical and financial outcomes, Kim Kranz currently serves as President of Catholic Health Home Care & Good Shepherd Hospice in Long Island, New York. In the past, she has served as Senior Vice President for Celtic Hospice & Home Health and Allegheny Health Network Healthcare @ Home, as well as a national healthcare consultant with Fazzi Associates and The Corridor Group. She is a current member of the Legislative Affairs Committee, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, past Board Member of the Pennsylvania Home Care Association and Pennsylvania Hospice Network. She has served as part-time faculty at Pennsylvania State University.

Christine Lang, MBA, Director of Data Consulting, Simione Healthcare Consulting
BREAKOUT SESSION B3
Christine Lang joined the Simione team in 2020 as Director of Data Consulting to lead the development of solutions for data strategy, analysis and management. She has a long track record of leadership to help home health and hospice clients improve performance, drawing on her 20+ years in post-acute care to facilitate Simione’s technical, operational and sales efforts to advance data capabilities across consulting teams.An experienced business leader and frequent national speaker in our industry, Christy previously served in senior director roles with ABILITYNetwork for sales strategy, market development and product management (2015-2019). She also led product strategy and client services at National Research Corporation (2010-2015), and grew in progressive roles spanning client relations, product management, data strategy, and leadership of the home health and hospice business lines at Outcome Concept Systems, Inc.(1999-2010). Christy is a highly active member of the post-acute professional community as a presenter and author on topics that include business intelligence, benchmarking, quality measurement, customer satisfaction and value-based purchasing. Christy earned a Master of Business Administration and a B.A. in political science and mathematics from the University of Washington.

Christine Lau, RN, LCSW, APHSW-C, VP of Operations and Care Management, Teleios Collaborative Network
BREAKOUT SESSION C1
Christine Lau RN, LCSW, APHSW-C is the VP of Operations and Care Management for Teleios Collaborative Network (TCN). Christine is dually licensed as both a Registered Nurse and Clinical Social Worker who comes with 27 years of experience in both direct clinical work with seriously ill patients and operational leadership of serious illness and care management programs. TCN is a not-for-profit organization that has created a clinically integrated network that shares expert leadership, industry best practices, and resources with its member organizations, allowing community-based, not-for-profit hospice and palliative care agencies to continue their work of providing compassionate care for those facing serious illness or end of life challenges. TCN was founded in 2017 by Four Seasons and Carolina Caring and co-founded by Caldwell and Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care organizations. TCN is currently comprised of ten organizations and serves members in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Louisiana and Texas.

Mya Lewis, I/DD & TBI Section Chief, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services at NC Department of Health and Human Services
BREAKOUT SESSION D5/IDD4
Mya Lewis is the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities & Traumatic Brain Injury Section Chief with the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS). She has 20 years of experience in the field and uses this experience to help guide the policy work for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Mya has supported individuals with I/DD in various capacities and roles, including direct care staff supervisor, director, and assistant vice president of a service agency. Mya joined DMH/DD/SAS as an I/DD Program Manager in 2012 and now serves as the IDD & TBI Section Chief. In this role she supports in the development, monitoring, management, and improvement of child, adult, and geriatric IDD and TBI services statewide. Mya participated in the inaugural Advancing Strong Leadership for North Carolina DD Professionals program – a leadership development initiative funded by the NC Council on DD and operated by the National Leadership Consortium on DD at the University of Delaware.

Cooper Linton, MHA, MBA, Associate Vice President, Duke HomeCare, Duke Hospice, and Duke Home Infusion
GENERAL SESSION: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Opportunities Ahead for Home Care, Home Health & Hospice

BREAKOUT SESSION F4/IDD6

Cooper Linton has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years with a passionate focus on home and community-based care. His professional background includes strategic planning, healthcare operations, certificate of need, marketing, business development, and healthcare construction. His currently serves as the associate vice president for Duke HomeCare, Duke Hospice, and Duke Home Infusion.
Mr. Linton holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also completed his Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Cooper believes that his greatest “real world” education came through his role as a caregiver while he shared the care-journey of his parents.  When not working, Cooper is happily busy as a husband, father, and an avid outdoorsman.

Jay Ludlam, Assistant Secretary for Medicaid, Division of Health Benefits, NC DHHS
BREAKOUT SESSION E2
Jay Ludlam joined the NC Department of Health and Human Services in August 2017. Mr. Ludlam led the statewide NC DHHS Medicaid Transformation project to move Medicaid from a predominantly fee for service program to a managed care delivery system while supporting nearly 1.6 million beneficiaries. He is an attorney and executive with extensive experience in Medicaid, managed care, health care delivery reform and quality and care management innovations. Before joining the Department, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for Missouri in its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and as Missouri’s acting state Medicaid Director.

Patti Lyons, Executive Partner, Pride Philanthropy
BREAKOUT SESSION G1
Patti was Foundation Director for the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia, for five years through two successful capital campaigns. For the last 33 years, she has consulted in non-profit fundraising, initially as Vice President of Lyons Associations in Aspen, Colorado, from 1988 until 1997. Her emphases include board engagement and motivation, strategic planning, feasibility and development assessments, capital campaigns, major gift strategies for development staff and volunteers, planned gifts, and interim executive director roles. Patti has been a motivational speaker for numerous non-profit boards. Her organizational and strategic skills and an array of fundraising experiences have brought a high level of financial success to nonprofit clients for over three decades. Patti is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Fred Mangeni, M. Div., Clinical Chaplain and Grief Counselor, UNC Hospice
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Fred Mangeni Mdiv has worked as pastor, educator and a coach for church planters for over 17 years in North Carolina. Fred currently works as Clinical Chaplain and Grief Counselor at UNC Hospice and has been with UNC since 2019. He received his Masters of Divinity from ACT University in South Korea. His background includes multicultural ministries, administration and leadership education, grief counseling and pastoral care, trauma intervention, and clinical ethics and policy making. 

Shannon McCarson, Regional Director, BAYADA Home Health Care
GENERAL SESSION: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Opportunities Ahead for Home Care, Home Health & Hospice

Shannon McCarson has been working in the home health care industry for over 22 years with experience both personal care and supports and nursing services.  Through his support of operations across multiple states and countries, he has gained experience and knowledge of various operational models and innovative programs.  Shannon graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education.  Shannon previously served on AHHC’s board of Director’s and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee.

Jennifer McLucas-Ingold, MSW, MHA, LCSW, LCAS, Executive Director, WakeMed Home Health, Hospital @ Your Home and Community Case Management
BREAKOUT SESSION F3
Jennifer currently serves as Executive Director for WakeMed Home Health, Hospital @ Your Home and Community Case Management.  She has worked with WakeMed in various capacities for the past 14 years with Home Health, Personal Care, Community Case Management and Behavioral Health Services.  Jennifer additionally manages a Behavioral Health Private Practice.  Having earned a Master in Social Work (University of Pittsburgh, 1997) and a Master in Healthcare Administration (Pfeiffer University, 2016), her experience and interest is in developing community healthcare, population health and integrated health initiatives.  Jennifer has been part of the team leading the WakeMed Hospital @ Your Home implementation since May 2020.  

Lisa S. Meadows, MSW, Manager Clinical Compliance Education, ACHC 
BREAKOUT SESSION B1
Lisa has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry; from acute care hospitalization, home health, to hospice and palliative care. Lisa is currently the Manager for Clinical Compliance Education for Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) - a nationally-recognized non-profit accreditation organization that has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, Home Infusion Therapy, Renal Dialysis Facilities, and DMEPOS. Lisa is for providing comprehensive clinical, accreditation and industry education to ACHC customers and stakeholders as well as assisting providers with interpreting the ACHC Standards and Medicare Conditions of Participation. 
Lisa’s experience has allowed her to successfully prepare and lead the home health and hospice agency she was previously employed with through the ACHC Accreditation process. Lisa has also worked as an ACHC Hospice Surveyor, affording her the opportunity to assist organizations with developing best practices and compliance strategies. Lisa speaks at national and state conferences, and conducts workshops on the accreditation process as well as other relevant health care topics.

Ken Melton, Principal/Owner
GENERAL SESSION: State of the State Update from AHHC's Advocacy Team

Ken has lobbied in the NC General Assembly for more than a decade. During that time he has earned statewide recognition for successes achieved on behalf of his clients, including being named one of North Carolina’s top 50 lobbyists by the NC Center for Public Policy Research. Prior to lobbying, Ken worked in the General Assembly as a legislative staff member, serving Congresswoman Virginia Foxx when she was a state senator, the House Finance Committee and the Research Division. Ken’s tenure as a lobbyist includes four years as Director of Legislative Affairs for the NC Department of Revenue where he worked as a top deputy for Secretary Norris Tolson. Before that he spent four years as a contract lobbyist with Alley Associates – one of North Carolina’s top-ranked firms for nearly two decades. In short, Ken has worked as a staff member in the state House, Senate and Executive Branch. He has worked with both Democrats and Republicans and maintains strong positive relationships with state officials from both parties. As head of his own governmental affairs and lobbying firm, Ken has represented a diverse list of clients, including associations; medical companies; utilities; manufacturers and distributors; and local, state and federal retirees. He specializes in a number of policy areas, including alcohol and beverage control and distribution; energy; health care; taxes/finance and transportation. Ken has a Master of Public Affairs Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Carolina University. He is a North Carolina native, who grew up in New Bern and currently resides in Garner.

E. Bahati Mutisya, JD, Associate, Parker Poe
BREAKOUT SESSION C4/IDD3
Bahati Mutisya represents health care providers in legal proceedings and helps them navigate complex regulatory requirements. Her clients include hospitals, behavioral health providers, hospice providers, and assisted living facilities.
Bahati has experience with Medicaid and Medicare regulations and audits, including defending clients who have received recoupment and termination notices from those programs. She has also represented providers before managed care organizations and the Office of Administrative Hearings on issues related to licensure, pre-payment review, and post-payment review. In addition, Bahati advises psychiatric hospitals on compliance with state and federal rules related to caring for the mentally ill and guardianship issues. She has represented hospitals in involuntary commitment hearings in district court.
Bahati is currently an adjunct professor teaching health care compliance in the Master of Studies in Law program at Wake Forest University School of Law. Her course covers health care compliance topics and laws, progressing from the basics of a compliance program to specific issues facing the health care industry.
Outside of health care, Bahati has counseled private businesses and local governments in regulatory issues and civil litigation. Bahati has significant experience representing clients before governing bodies and elected officials to persuasively advocate for her clients’ positions. She has also assisted municipalities with land use regulation, advised real estate developers on compliance with local zoning laws, and defended developers in real property litigation.
Before joining Parker Poe, she clerked for the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, who is currently the chief judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Bahati is a previous summer associate at Parker Poe. She also served as a summer law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review and as a summer law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation.
Bahati earned her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy, president of the Immigration Law Society, and secretary and mock trial team member for the Black Law Students Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration with honors from Carnegie Mellon University.
Before attending law school, she taught calculus supplemental instruction sessions for freshman calculus students at Carnegie Mellon University in Doha, Qatar.

Brandy Nordan, RN, UNC Hospice
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Brandy Nordan RN began her nursing career in 2002 on a medical-surgical unit where she worked for approximately five years. In 2005, an opportunity came for Brandy to become a case manager with a local hospice agency. From 2005 to 2019 Brandy worked at that hospice as a case manager, was promoted to supervisor and then to director. During that time she assisted in opening a hospice inpatient facility (in 2007). In 2019 she started working with UNC Hospice a case manager and was promoted to her current role of nurse coordinator. Brandy is furthering her education at Chamberlain University and is completing coursework toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Joe Osentoski, BAS, RN-BC, Chief Reimbursement Recovery Consultant, Gateway Home Health Coding & Consulting
BREAKOUT SESSION E3

BREAKOUT SESSION G3
Joe specializes in additional documentation request (ADR) responses and appeals.  As a registered nurse for more than twenty-five years, his career has included clinical consulting in home health and hospice specializing in clinical quality assurance and regulatory compliance. He also has extensive experience with all types of Medicare audits and probes from the variety of Medicare contractors.  Joe has completed over 5,000 ADRs in home care and hospice, filed thousands of appeals and has attended hundreds of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings on behalf of clients.  He is a contributor to industry newsletters Home Health Line and Eli’s Home Care Week.  Joe is also author of the book The ADRs and Appeals Handbook, First Edition, from Decision Health.

Sherell Palmer, RN, Team Lead, Wake Med Hospital @ Your Home Program
BREAKOUT SESSION F3
Sherell has been a nurse for a total of 14 years, 5 years as a LPN and 9 years as a RN. She received her Associates degree in Nursing from Community College of Philadelphia in 2012. She is currently working on her Bachelors of Science, in nursing, at Wilmington University (Delaware) with plans to graduate in 2021. She started working with WakeMed Home Health in April 2020, and was recently promoted to Team Lead for the Hospital at your home program. Sherell has worked in multiple health settings including medical-surgical, long term care, hospice, inpatient rehabilitation for post-surgery patients as well as addiction treatment. She is very passionate about public health and educating the public on the management of acute and chronic medical conditions.

Sue Payne, MBA, RN, CHCE, Home Care Strategies Advisor, Corridor
BREAKOUT SESSION D3

Sue has 30 years of experience leading home care provider operations including home health, skilled care, and non-skilled private duty.  Her most recent role was Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President at Corridor. Her experience includes leadership of hospital based, SNF based and privately held home care companies. Sue has a BS in Nursing from Radford University and MBA from UTC.
In her current role at Corridor, Sue is a Home Care Strategies Advisor with an eye on industry trends. She presents nationally on clinical and operational topics that support home care providers success. Sue has presented nationally on topics such as value-based purchasing, payment model changes, early careerist mentoring, and preventing avoidable re-hospitalizations.

Steve Pellito, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Sandata Technologies
BREAKOUT SESSION F2
Steve Pellito is responsible for the Provider Sales and Marketing teams, including Sandata’s national go-to-market strategy, business development, marketing plans, and overall growth of the provider market. Steve has eighteen years of healthcare industry experience in various markets and client segments.
Steve started in the home healthcare industry in 2000 when he joined Maxim Healthcare Services, a large national provider of home health care, medical staffing, and wellness services. In his last role as National Director of Maxim Health Systems, Steve led sales, strategic partner relationships, and overall service delivery of a $40M+ business unit.

Michael Pepe, Director of Solutions Engineering, Synzi
BREAKOUT SESSION A4

BREAKOUT SESSION E4/IDD5
Michael Pepe is a healthcare technology professional with over 13 years of experience in leading high performing teams, conducting clinical analyses and implementing innovative customized clinical information systems. Prior to joining Synzi, Michael was at CareCloud as the Manager of Implementations & Professional Services.  He has also served as an Implementation Leader at NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and BioReference Laboratories.

William G. (Tres) Pittman, MD, MBA, CPE, SFHM, FACP, EMD Hospital and Specialty Medicine, Raleigh Campus Department of Medicine Chair, Associate Program Director WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency, President of the Board of Transitions LifeCare
BREAKOUT SESSION F3
I strive to be a servant leader with an authentic style and inspiring energy.  I focus on the mission and vision of the organizations that I serve and strive to make strategic decisions that move forward those goals.  I have significant experience in non-profit board governance and leadership as President of the Board at Transitions Lifecare for the last several years. I also have significant leadership knowledge and skills in managing the medical staff both through both influence and management in my many roles at WakeMed. Finally, I have change management skills through my work with the WKCC accountable care organization (ACO) board. In that role, I have worked with our private practice partners to develop our ACO successfully through leadership changes, platform changes and have had significant financial success with shared savings programs with both private payors and Medicare.

As executive director of Hospital and Specialty Medicine at WakeMed, in a dyad relationship with the service line executive director, we manage the Hospital Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Transitional Health and Psychiatry divisions of WakeMed Physician practices. We manage over 150 physician and advanced practice providers at 4 locations in Wake County, NC.  In addition, I serve as the Associate Program Director for the WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency and Chair of the Department of Medicine at WakeMed Raleigh. 

I believe in connecting physicians with amazing educational opportunities in leadership and management as well as working with industry, payers, entrepreneurial organizations, hospitals and health systems to improve the health of our community. I also have an interest in telemedicine and have co-led our health system to start an acute care at home care model, WakeMed Hospital @Your Home.   We started this program in May 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and have served over 100 patients, reducing patient census in the hospital and serving patients cost effectively and safely while they recover in their home.

My clinical interest is in hospital medicine and acute care at home programs.  I am active on the medical staff at all WakeMed locations in Wake county and practice as an inpatient hospitalist and attending physician at WakeMed Raleigh campus working with residents and medical students. I manage patients with a variety of presenting problems from hip fractures, acute stroke, myocardial infarctions and a variety of infections, including Covid-19.

Specialties: Hospital medicine, Internal Medicine, ABIM certified
Interests: graduate and undergraduate medical education, physician leadership, hospice care, and accountable care organization development, hospital at home

Amber J. Popek, CPA, Partner, BKD’s National Health Care Group
BREAKOUT SESSION G2
Amber is a member of BKD National Health Care Group and provides an array of audit and consulting services to home care, hospice, long-term care and other health care clients nationwide, including many with private equity ownership.  Her experience includes leading audits, reviews and compilation engagements as well as providing other consulting services, such as financial due diligence, budgeting, cost reporting and other various special projects for home care and hospice providers.  Amber also oversees the accounting outsourcing services for BKD’s Southern Missouri home care and hospice team. She is a regular contributor to BKD Thoughtware® publications and is involved in training and recruiting new associates. Amber is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Missouri Society of CPAs.  She is a member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), NAHC’s Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) and serves on the Young Professionals and Women in Leadership committees of the HHFMA.  She also is a member of Missouri Alliance for Home Care. She is a member of the board of directors for the Springfield, Missouri, chapter of Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and is a former member of the Board of Commissioners for the Public Housing Authority for the City of Springfield, Missouri. Amber is a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, with a B.S. degree in accounting and a 2006 graduate with an M.Acc. degree.

Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary for Medicaid, Division of Health Benefits, NC DHHS
BREAKOUT SESSION E2
Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid, where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, person-centered and innovative Medicaid program for more than two million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of state and its residents, he is committed to the fundamental goal of improving the health and well-being of all residents. Richard believes the right way to achieve success is to work closely with stakeholders in all aspects of Medicaid. 

Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Richard joined DHHS after leading The Arc of North Carolina, an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its Executive Director for 24 years. 
Richard has a bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State University.

Jessica Rockne, Senior Product Manager, MatrixCare by ResMed, formerly Brightree Home Health & Hospice
BREAKOUT SESSION F1
Jessica Rockne is a Senior Product Manager with MatrixCare, a Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care EMR. She has been in the post-acute healthcare industry for over 13 years first as a Business Director of a home health and hospice organization and on the software side of the house as an Implementation Project Manager and Senior Product Manager. Jessica's experience working with hundreds of organizations all over the country gives her a unique perspective into the challenges organizations face with increased regulatory oversight, changes to the reimbursement landscape, and impact of the public health emergency. Over the past year, Jessica's focus has been on researching and implementing solutions for Palliative Care into the MatrixCare product.

Mark Sharp, CPA, Partner, BKD’s National Health Care Group
BREAKOUT SESSION G2
Mark is a Partner with BKD’s National Health Care Group and serves as the firm-wide leader of BKD’s Center of Excellence for Home Care and Hospice Services.  He has more than 25 years of experience assisting home care and hospice providers with strategic planning, financial management, audits, accounting, cost reports, operating budgets, agency start-up and mergers and acquisitions.  As a nationally recognized home care consultant, Mark serves on the board for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and is the immediate past chair of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association’s Advisory Board.  He frequently presents workshops on various home care and hospice topics at national, regional, and state home care conferences.  He has authored many industry articles and is regularly quoted in industry periodicals such as Eli’s Home Care Week, Hospital Home Health, and Home Health Line.

Michael Simione, MBA, Director, Simione Healthcare Consultants
BREAKOUT SESSION B3
Michael is a Director with Simione Healthcare Consultants and has been an employee since 2011. Michael leads Simione’s cost reporting team and has in-depth knowledge of both Medicare and Medicaid cost report regulatory requirements.  Simione prepares the more than 1,500 home health and hospice cost reports each year and is the industry leader in this space. In addition, Michael has wide-ranging experience in budgeting, strategic planning, , operational analytics, and benchmarking.
Michael’s extensive work with Simione Healthcare Consultants includes the development of comprehensive financial, clinical, staffing and marketing analysis tools to improve efficiencies and financial performance for various home health, hospice and private duty companies. In addition, Michael has in-depth experience providing interim management services, accounting, financial feasibility studies, competitor analysis, strategic planning and regulatory compliance assistance to both freestanding and hospital-affiliated organizations. 
As an active participant in his profession and community, Michael is a member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association, the Young Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association and the Arizona Association for Home Care and has spoken at several national and local conferences on a wide-array of topics. 

Kathie Smith, BSN, RN, Vice President of Home Care and State Relations, AHHC of NC
BREAKOUT SESSION C2
Kathie Smith, RN, has been with the Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC since 2004 and graduated May 12, 2018 with her BSN from Barton College. Prior to her employment at the Association, she worked with the NC DHHS Division of Medical Assistance, the state Medicaid agency, in the Home Care Policy section. Kathie has extensive experience working with the Division of Health Service Regulation on Home Care licensing rules, laws and regulations as well as NC Medicaid policy and billing requirements. She provides technical assistance on a number of regulatory and operational issues to AHHC members. Kathie is certified in integrated chronic disease management, is a master training in Coaching Supervision and served on the North Carolina management team for the Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST) grant which has developed Home Care Specialty training for NC home care aides. She also served on the NC Better Jobs Better Care partner team that developed the NC New Organizational Vision Award (NC NOVA), a workforce development program for direct care workers. Kathie is a frequent state and national speaker on topics related to Home Care Licensing rules, regulations, laws, and payer source policies. She is the Editor of 4 member newsletters including the In-Home Aide Partners in Quality Care newsletter with a national viewership. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the North Carolina Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

Apollo Stevens, DNP, RN, CHPCA, Director, UNC Hospice
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Apollo Townsend Stevens DNP, RN, CHPCA has been a nurse for over 34 years and has experience in oncology, neurovascular, mental health, ambulatory care, education, and hospice nursing. Apollo has a passion for end of life care and is a Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Administrator. The provision of outstanding hospice services, within the context of patient-centered care, is the daily focus of Apollo’s work. The expertise of over 30 years’ progressive clinical experience, coupled with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa), is the foundation for her strong belief that “good” health care always has the potential to be made better. Apollo is the Director of UNC Hospice and her office is in Pittsboro, NC.

Katie Wehri, Director, Home Care & Hospice Regulatory Affairs, NAHC
PLENARY SESSION 2
Ms. Wehri has over 25 years of experience in home health and hospice, holding several executive-level positions, with extensive and direct knowledge of industry operations, regulation, accreditation standards, interpretation and compliance, quality assessment, and performance improvement programming and compliance programs. She is the Director of Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Affairs for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and is educated with a bachelor's degree in health care administration and human resources from the Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Audrey Whitacre, RN, MSN, Director of WakeMed Home Health
BREAKOUT SESSION F3
Audrey has been with WakeMed Home Health since 2017 as the Director of Home Health.  After Graduating from East Carolina University, she entered the United States Air Force Nurse Corp where she worked as the Cardiac Rehab nurse, Adult Critical Care Nurse, Clinical Administrator and Field Hospital nurse.  After leaving the Air Force, she remained as a Capt. in the USAF Reserves.  Audrey has been a Nursing Department Administrator at Kaiser Fontana and an ADN at Kaiser Oakland. Her Kaiser Oakland experience includes acting as the House Supervisor the day of the Oakland Firestorm.  After moving back to North Carolina, Audrey taught CCRN review courses, Emergency Preparedness presentations and began a new career as a PICU nurse and eventually a pediatric/adult Home Health nurse in the Raleigh area.  Caring for those who elect Home Health care has been a focus for Audrey for 24 years. 

Michelle White, DNP, RN, CNL, Director, Home and Transitional Care, Cone Health HomeCare Providers
GENERAL SESSION: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Opportunities Ahead for Home Care, Home Health & Hospice

Michelle White, DNP, RN, CNL:  Dr. Michelle White has worked within our industry for over 24 years.  During this time, Michelle has implemented various new home and community care programs ranging from in home aide services to community based syringe exchange.  Michelle has served in faculty roles at UNC Chapel Hill and Alamance Community College.  She has served as an educator for AHHC, was the author of PCHAST and the newest on-boarding model for new students and new graduates into home care and hospice.  Her years of experience clinically has helped to drive performance improvement projects and insight into the learning needs of staff have helped to create exceptional care models that yield exceptional outcomes.

Marketta Williams, BS, MS, CAVNC, Coordinator, Volunteer Services & We Honor Veterans, UNC Hospice
BREAKOUT SESSION A1
Marketta Williams is the Volunteer Coordinator at UNC Hospice and CEO/Owner of  Volunteer Solutions, LLC with a history of profitability in volunteer management, community relations, and program and project development. She has consulted with several organizations ranging from healthcare, education, seniors, and more.

She received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management and a minor in Economics. She also obtained a Master's degree in  Human Relations and Business and a graduate certificate in Conflict Management and Resolutions. 
Marketta Williams has over 11+ years of experience in the volunteer management industry while being a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina and a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified.  She is a confident professional with an infectious enthusiasm for recognizing excellence in individuals.

Matthew W. Wolfe, JD, MPP, Attorney, Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
GENERAL SESSION: State of the State Update from AHHC's Advocacy Team

BREAKOUT SESSION C4/IDD3

Matt Wolfe is an attorney at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Mr. Wolfe advises and represents national and regional health care providers on a wide spectrum of legal issues including licensure, Medicaid and Medicare enrollment, reimbursement issues, privacy, government investigations, prepayment and postpayment reviews, managed and accountable care organizations, and regulatory interpretation. He formulates comprehensive political and public relations strategies on a broad range of federal and state policies. Mr. Wolfe earned his law degree and Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.  He has been named a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Government Relations (2014), Health Care (2015), and Administrative Law (2016).  Mr. Wolfe serves as legal and legislative counsel to the Association. Matt Wolfe is an attorney at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Mr. Wolfe advises and represents national and regional health care providers on a wide spectrum of legal issues including licensure, Medicaid and Medicare enrollment, reimbursement issues, privacy, government investigations, prepayment and postpayment reviews, managed and accountable care organizations, and regulatory interpretation. He formulates comprehensive political and public relations strategies on a broad range of federal and state policies. Mr. Wolfe earned his law degree and Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.  He has been named a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Government Relations (2014), Health Care (2015), and Administrative Law (2016).  Mr. Wolfe serves as legal and legislative counsel to the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina.