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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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

Nicole Clagett, Director of Community Development, Duke HomeCare & Hospice
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


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
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
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
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.