Professionals in the Classroom - Bios
Tracey Baker is a health care administration and policy, health plan operations, and project management expert.
As a 19 year federal employee, Tracey has held several positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has provided regulatory oversight of Medicare managed care plans Since 2013, she has been the project manager, government task lead (GTL), the contracting officer’s representative (COR) for the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug (MARx) enrollment and payment system. In this role, Tracey provides technical guidance and direction on the maintenance and development of this system’s software and operations, which manages the enrollment of nearly 50 million beneficiaries and processes payment for nearly 700 plans. She is also responsible overseeing the contract and procurement actions for this system. Prior to joining CMS, Tracey worked in the private sector for several managed care plans in the northeast US.
Aside from her professional life, Tracey is an active member in the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA). She was the president of the PSAA African American Alumni Organization of Washington DC as well as co-chair of the 2016 and 2018 Black Alumni Reunions. Currently, she sits on the executive board of the PSAA’s Alumni Council, the governing body of the organization. In 2017, she was awarded the K. David Weidner Diversity Award by the PSAA. She has also been a mentor and speaker for the College of Health and Human Development.
She holds a BS in Health Policy from Penn State University, an MBA in Health Care Administration from Baruch College, and an MS in Information Systems from Drexel University. In 2019, she began pursuing a JD at Widener University - Delaware School of Law.
Robert B. Burleigh, CHBME
Bob Burleigh has over forty-six years of healthcare financial management experience. His career has included eight years of hands-on and executive level hospital patient accounting for a 500-bed community hospital and an international chain of for-profit hospitals, eight years with Shared Medical Systems (SMS) [now Cerner] in both the Hospital and Physicians Services Division related to systems sales and delivery, project management, billing service management and consulting, and twenty-eight years as founder and President of Brandywine Healthcare Services.
Bob has conducted hundreds of engagements in medical practices, billing companies and hospitals in all fifty states, including: practice performance reviews; assessment of billing operations; interim management and turn-around management of billing operations; compliance program development and audits and more.
In 2003 and early 2004, Mr. Burleigh served as President and CEO of Alpha Thought Global, Inc., (ATG) one of the largest medical billing companies in the U.S. In late February 2004, he resumed the consulting practice he founded in 1988, Brandywine Healthcare Service. From 2009 to 2011, Bob served as Program Director for the RAC (Recovery Audit Contractor) Validation Contractor – Provider Resources, Inc., overseeing the initiation and operation of RAC oversight of CMS’ four RAC Contractors, including review and approval/denial of RAC audit proposals, assessment of RAC audit performance, and RAC policy development.
He has testified before Congress and NCVHS regarding patient privacy and the healthcare billing industry, as well as advising HCFA/CMS regarding billing company and physician compliance, the 4010 and 5010 transaction code sets, ICD-10 CM, provider enrollment, certificates of medical necessity (CMN), and physician documentation guidelines. He is a nationally recognized authority on billing services, professional service coding and fees, regulatory compliance, medical practice management, physician contracting, and more. Bob has been advising CMS on policy development and changes for over 15 years.
Bob is a frequent lecturer and author for numerous organizations including the Healthcare Billing and Management Association, Medical Group Management Association, Health Care Compliance Association, and many others.
Bob is an Advanced member of HFMA and was an Advisory Board member of their PFS Forum; HBMA – serving as consultant to and member of their Board of Directors and Chaired the Ethics and Compliance and Government Relations Committees and as HBMA’s President for 2003 – 2004. He is a Certified Healthcare Billing and Management Executive (CHBME) and active member of HBMA and HFMA. He is a graduate of Penn State University (B.S. Business Management) and serves as a Mentor for Penn State’s Graduate Program in Health Planning and Administration.
Jacqueline Caniglia is the executive director, project management office (PMO), biopharma commercial strategy for PPD, a contract research organization.
Jackie has broad experience in project management and leadership, with specialized expertise in leading drug development teams including strategy, planning and execution, with the goal of global agency submission and approval. She has worked in complex, matrixed projects to drive global and cross-functional teams to success, including multi-organizational coordination. Jackie has also worked as a consultant within the industry and held increasing positions of responsibility at Sanofi, serving as senior project director until 2013. She has experience in the government sector through employment at National Institutes of Health.
Jackie holds a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Walden University, an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration from The Pennsylvania State University. She is also a Certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.
Jackie enjoys giving back through volunteering as treasurer for her local hospital auxiliary committee and the Penn State HPA Affiliate Program Group, Mentoring Committee Chair.
Michael A. Capehart is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, tasked with advising government healthcare clients at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He currently works as a policy analyst and content developer for the Affordable Care Act’s HealthCare.gov marketplace. In addition to his client work, Michael is a board member of the Booz Allen Brains and Hearts Campaign. The Brains and Heart Campaign is a philanthropic effort which plays a critical role in advancing Booz Allen’s reputation for service and improving employee engagement and cross-team collaboration.
Prior to Booz Allen, Michael lead commercial consulting tasks for various payer, provider and pharmaceutical clients. His experience includes data and policy analysis, systems integration, software development, and revenue management solutions.
Michael also serves as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, and hazardous materials technician for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS).
Michael has a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
Michael Corso, MBA is the Vice President of Operations for UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in Health Policy Administration from Penn State and received his MBA from Saint Francis University in 2001. He has spent the last 25 years working for the local health systems in Altoona, PA - Mercy Hospital, which became Bon Secours, which became Altoona Regional, which became UPMC. He has had multiple roles including analyst, coordinator, director, executive director before being named Vice President in 2017. He is a resident of Altoona and is married to Kelley and has 2 sons; Jacob, 16 and Joshua, 13.
Lisa Davis is the Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health where she is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the state office of rural health, including ensuring that the office meets its mission of being a source of networking, coordination, and technical assistance to organizations focused on rural health care delivery; developing and sustaining linkages with state and national partners; and seeking ways to expand the office’s role in enhancing the health status of rural Pennsylvanians.
On the national, state, and university levels, Davis serves on a wide range of boards of directors, advisory committees, and task forces focused on rural health policy, rural health research, economic development, outreach and education, and vulnerable populations and specific health issues such as oral health and cancer. She has extensive experience in the field of rural health research.
Davis is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, and an Award for Individual Contributions to Public Health from the Pennsylvania Public Health Association. The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health received the Award of Merit from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.
She holds a graduate degree in Health Administration from Penn State and an undergraduate degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in Sociology/Psychology with minors in English and Anthropology.
Kelsey Ecker graduated from Penn State University Park in 2011 with a bachelor’s of science in HPA. She originally wanted to do administration in an acute care setting such as a hospital system, however; her path took a different direction and made connections through this very “HPA in the classroom” program when she was a student and met an alumni who worked in the pediatrics department at Johns Hopkins hospital as the assistant administrator. She contacted him and interviewed with his boss and landed a summer, (paid!) internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD all from this scenario. It was a position that was never created before at Hopkins.
Kelsey finished her internship and began working at a durable medical equipment company (Hubs Home Oxygen & Medical Supplies) for equipment for those who are discharged from a hospital or nursing home and needed equipment.
Over a year later, Kelsey began working for HCR Manor Care and has been with them for five years now. She started as the Assistant Social Service coordinator and assistant business office assistant (again a position that was never created before). Kelsey then transitioned into other positions as needed within the company such as; staffing coordinator, human resource assistant, payroll clerk, admissions director, business development specialist, assistant administrator, and finally where I am now as the Administrator of Manor Care Williamsport South facility. I literally worked from the bottom up within five years with a company who promotes and supports to grow within them.
She took my PA licensing exam in February 2019. There is a state and federal exam of regulation exams that you must pass in order to receive your Nursing Home Administrator License. As the Administrator of a skilled nursing facility, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility including: chief compliance officer for the facility, financial budgeting profit vs loss, staffing regulations, clinical capabilities, abuse preventionist, infection control, therapy rehab rates of reimbursement, customer service with residents, families, and staff and much more. I never thought I would end up in long term care, but I couldn’t be happier with the direction my career has taken.
Kristen Esposito graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration and a minor in Labor and Employment Relations. Upon graduation, she accepted an offer with Cerner Corporation, a leading, global healthcare IT company, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Initially hired as an Associate Consultant, Kristen traveled around the country training nurses, doctors and executives to implement technology into their daily work routines. Within two years, Kristen was promoted to Senior Analyst, where she worked elbow-to-elbow with global health system executives to customize Cerner’s products to meet fiscal and operational goals. After four years with Cerner, Kristen returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where she accepted an opportunity with St. Clair Hospital to manage the budget, employees and day-to-day operations of a busy $1M medical practice. Kristen plans on earning her MBA and is in the process of applying to business school.
Daniel J. Evak is University Relations Advisor and leads the Hosted University Programs initiative in the University Relations Division of the Professional Development Department at Saudi Aramco. Dan is responsible for helping Saudi Aramco achieve strategic goals by aligning top global university programs with specific education and talent development needs. He collaborates across the organization to develop special programs for professional development through degree and certificate options. These programs are “hosted” and delivered In-Kingdom for Saudi Aramco employees and, eventually, the community. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco he was Director of Development for executive education with The Pennsylvania State University.
As director, he served in a liaison role with the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Health, NASA, and other federal agencies where he aligned supply chain management and logistics for effective procurement, readiness and global deployment. Dan was a consultant and certified leadership facilitator for Dale Carnegie Training International. He focused on leadership development, sales, marketing and program delivery in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada. He has received international sales awards and is recognized as one of the top Dale Carnegie trainers in the world. He also served a committee member of the Homeland Security and Defense Coordination Council at Penn State University. He was Project Director for a national research and demonstration project co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. He received his Master of Science in Community Systems Planning and Development from The Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in mental health and law. His B.S. is in Health Planning and Administration also from Penn State.
Nicole Folino graduated from Penn State in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Labor and Employment Relations. Since graduating, she has worked as a client delivery (consulting) coordinator at Corazon Inc., a healthcare consulting company focused primarily on the cardiovascular, neuro, and ortho service lines. As a client delivery coordinator, she provides project support to the consulting team, assists in the development of client deliverables, conducts research to support client engagements, and runs reports to track efficiency of the team and identify areas for improvement or opportunity. For most client projects, she is responsible for generating statistics and information via databases, such as Cleverley, to provide the project team and the client a comparison of the hospital's financial indicators compared to their competitors'.
Kim Klima became a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Certified Personal Trainer after graduating high school (and worked as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility while in college). I came to Penn State (fall 2014) as a Nutrition major. After my freshman year, I decided that wasn’t the direction I wanted to go, so I switched to HPA. I ended up loving HPA right away (as well as Economics), and graduated May 2018 with a degree in HPA and a minor in Economics.
I joined Corazon in November 2018 as an Informatics Analyst. I support the cardiovascular accreditation business line by performing data analysis for quality outcomes.
Brent Fuller ’13 HPA,’19 MBA
Brent Fuller is a Manager Ambulatory Operations at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, a 786-licensed bed, not-for-profit health system with 300 physicians and 40 offices throughout the region. Brent Fuller manages a primary care office and an outpatient facility that sees more than 60,000 visits annually.
The primary responsibilities of his job role include overall coordination of practice functions, personnel management, appropriately troubleshooting problems, proactively identifying issues, understanding and implementing revenue cycle process and workflows at the practice level, and analyzing monthly income and expense reports. He is a native of South Central Pennsylvania where he started his career at the retail chain Target, where he managed logistics teams.
Zachary N. Henderson graduated with his bachelor of science from the Penn State Smeal College of Business with a major in finance and minor in Health Policy Administration. Zachary received his master's degree from Cornell University in Healthcare Administration. He is currently working in Process Improvement on Strategic Projects and other system initiatives at Mount Nittany Health with a focus on the Physician Group. Prior to this role, he was the Service Line Director for Cardiovascular Services at Excela Health. After graduating from his masters he went to work in physician practice management with Mount Nittany Health as a Practice Administrator for Medical Specialties. Prior to health care, Zachary held multiple positions in the hospitality industry within hotel and restaurant management. Zachary has previous work experience with Penn State Hershey Cancer Center, Geisinger Health System Pediatrics as well as a few consulting opportunities along the way.
Kelly joined Aetna as a General Management Development Program (GMDP) Associate in June of 2019. She is currently working in Service Operations as a Sr. Business Consultant of Business Transaction Service Tools in Harrisburg, PA. Her main focus in this role is to automate one of her team’s intake processes which will provide a large ROI for the department. As part of the GMDP, Kelly will have the opportunity to explore 3 business units within Aetna while moving to various locations every 1.5 years.
Kelly graduated in May of 2019 from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration. She also has a Business Certificate from the Smeal College of Business. Prior to joining Aetna in June 2019, Kelly completed her summer internship as a member of Aetna’s General Management Summer Associate Program. Returning to Aetna after graduation has been an incredible opportunity for Kelly and she is grateful to be a part of Aetna as they begin to merge their ideals and goals with CVS Health.
Outside of her job, Kelly enjoys exploring new restaurants, wineries, and breweries, spending time with family, and doing CrossFit and yoga.
Val earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University, Class of 1986. He has also completed the Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, Leadership Track from St. Francis University. He has over 32 years of healthcare experience predominantly related to physician practice operations.
He has served as the Executive Director of a Federally Qualified Health Center, established a new hospital department as a Director of Physician Relations and has served as a Division Administrator for one of the largest health systems in the U.S.. He has served in an administrative capacity for a variety of medical practices across many specialties. His wide range of experience includes physician recruitment, medical practice start-ups, EMR implementation, physician compensation, and physician quality initiatives.
In his current position, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer of an innovative care delivery model that is unique in the United States.. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the UPMC Home Nursing Agency’s Visiting Nurses Association.
W. Russell ‘Russ’ McDaid is one of Pennsylvania’s most respected leaders and experts in health care policy, regulation, reimbursement, and planning. His career in and around Pennsylvania state government has spanned almost 25 years, serving most recently as the President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Healthcare Association, a statewide trade association representing long-term and post-acute care providers.
Russ’ extensive experience in health care policy has included service with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (now the Department of Human Services) and as the lead health care policy advisor to Pennsylvania Governor’s Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. He also has extensive experience in the legislative and political arenas, serving as a lobbyist representing the interests of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, food service companies, and statewide trade associations. Since 2003, Russ has focused his efforts in the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) space, positively impacting the LTPAC policy, regulatory and reimbursement environments. During that timeframe, state regulatory agencies and the Pennsylvania legislature utilized his expertise as part of numerous working groups, forums, and public hearings.
Driven by his strong commitment to sustainable quality care and the policy interventions necessary to achieve it, Russ founded WRMc Strategies in May 2019. In this venture, Russ continues to utilize his expertise and relationships to advise and drive value to LTPAC providers, acute care partners, clinicians, insurers serving the Medicaid and Medicare populations, and policy makers.
When not working to enhance health care quality and drive value, Russ resides in Lebanon, PA, with his wife Terri, easing his way into the ‘empty nest’ phase of life, as daughters Rose (Kinesiology ’22) and Grace (K-4 Education ’23) pursue their undergraduate degrees at the Pennsylvania State University-University Park. Dog “Molly” (Miniature Labradoodle) continues to reside at home, and has yet to announce her future plans.
Charles McDonough is an experienced healthcare professional with vast experience in operational leadership and change management within post-acute systems, focusing on in-home care. He has dedicated his professional career on establishing industry-leading methodologies in post-acute operations, specializing in process and procedure optimization, expense reduction through lean management principles, and developing/implementing technical and operational care solutions. Charles oversees all Graham Healthcare Group: Home Health and Hospice operations in Pennsylvania ensuring a high-level of care that is both patient-centered and based on clinical best practices. Prior to Graham, Charles served as the Administrative Director for Wellspan Health, an integrated healthcare delivery system in South Central Pennsylvania. Prior to Wellspan, Charles served as the systems administrator and lead analyst for Guardian Homecare Holdings, a home health and hospice operation spanning the states of Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. In 2015 Charles was featured in the 2015 Fall edition of the Remington Report for improving the cost of care whiling maintaining a high-quality level of care. Prior to this, Charles was a featured presenter on consumer driven models of care across the county for companies like Cerner Healthcare, Epic, the National Association of Home Care, and the Thomas Jefferson School for Population Health. Charles graduated from Lynchburg College in 2007 with his Bachelors in Business Administration where he played varsity basketball and recently earned his Master’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University in Health Policy and Administration in December 2018. Charles is married to his wife Kimberly and the proud father of his beautiful three children Peyton, Liam, and Ian.
Janine leads Marketing and Business Development for Inside Rx, a new subsidiary of Express Scripts and Cigna. Janine has 17 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, including B2B and B2C marketing. At Inside Rx, Janine leads a digital marketing strategy designed to attract uninsured and underinsured consumers to its prescription drug discount card program and is responsible for developing relationships with organizations interested in promoting Inside Rx to its constituents. Website visits on insiderx.com have grown 3,000% in 2019 as a result of the company’s digital strategy; and the card program is now the third largest in the country. Prior to joining Inside Rx, Janine spent 15 years marketing pharmacy benefit management services to corporations, health plans, unions, and public sector groups for Express Scripts, one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers. She was responsible for marketing strategies and plans that supported new sales, upsell, and client retention. Janine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey, is a 2018 graduate of Penn State’s MHA program; and she recently completed a Mini-MBA program in digital marketing at Rutgers University. Janine and her husband, Bob, live in northern New Jersey and have two sons. Michael is a 2018 graduate of Penn State and is pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner. Eric is a sophomore at Penn State and, at through the gentle urging of his mother, is considering a career in healthcare administration.
Maureen Carter Scanlon
Maureen Carter Scanlon provides overall leadership, direction and administration to the medical practices within the Washington Physicians Group. Administrative functions include financial and operations management, planning, human resources, program development, resource allocation and fostering growth opportunities within the physician network.
Ms Scanlon is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association. She has extensive leadership experience directing primary care and specialty medical practice networks at Allegheny Health Network and Excela Health. Ms Scanlon received a Bachelor of Science in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Patrick Spurlock works at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he assists on healthcare fraud cases and administration work. Patrick has been successful in creating a leadership course for employees, in presenting evidence to case agents, and in helping lock up the bad guys. Before Patrick started at the FBI, he received his undergrad degree in Health Policy and Administration at Penn State. During his time at Penn State, he was a part of Onward State, THON, the HPA Club and the photo club. He was also the 2018 recipient of the HPA APG Emerging Professional Award. Outside of the Bureau, Patrick is a part-time wedding and couples photographer. He also loves to spend his Saturdays watching Penn State Football and volleyball. In his free time, Patrick loves to travel to Penn State to watch the Nittany Lions play at Beaver Stadium.
Kat Stupar graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in HPA in 2013. Following graduation, she joined the junior leadership team at a medical billing company in Eastern PA, where she wrote orientation programs, streamlined training processes for billing staff, and coached collections employees towards higher revenue goals via call-center workshops. Desiring to continue her professional life in Happy Valley, Kat joined the Marketing and Business Development team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, located in Pleasant Gap. There, Kat directs all local media activity, coordinates community outreach events, collaborates with local healthcare leaders about community health initiatives, and develops marketing efforts around hospital key performance indicators. She lives with her husband and their spoiled cat in Bellefonte, PA.
Megan Switzer is a 2012 graduate of Penn State’s Health Policy & Administration BS/MHA program. Since graduation, she has held positions with Central Pennsylvania health care organizations in both human resources and clinic operations capacities. She is currently the Operations Manager for Geisinger Community Medicine sites in Centre County, supporting family and internal medicine clinics in Bellefonte, Philipsburg, Port Matilda, and State College.
Jeri Morrow Thomas
Jeri has over 30 years of experience leading commercialization strategies for pharmaceutical compounds in various stages of development. These efforts resulted in multiple successful product launches across numerous therapeutic categories including HIV, diabetes, pain, oncology, cardiology and anti-infectives.
She is a results-oriented leader with extensive global experience successfully building and leading sales, marketing and business development organizations.
Jeri’s experience includes small start-up companies along with global health care organizations like Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She has worked internationally responsible for strategic planning, launch execution, pricing and market access in Latin America, developing market entry strategies in India and preparing commercial strategy and Phase 3 product development in Japan.
Jeri has a BS in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State along with an MBA from Georgetown University and Esade School of Business in Barcelona, Spain.
Jeri participates on the following boards: Good Grief Board of Directors, College of Health and Human Development Philanthropic Board, Penn State University Board of Visitors, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation Board of Trustees, where she was president of the board for three consecutive terms.
Allie Tiano recently graduated from Health Policy and Administration in 2018. Upon graduation, she was honored to receive the HPA Mockingbird Award. She grew up in Washington, PA outside of Pittsburgh, and moved to West Chester, PA to pursue a career as a Financial Analyst in Underpayment Recovery with Revint Solutions after graduating. Soon after, Allie found that this field of work was not for me, and fell into a position as an Operations Manager with a small family company, PRN Staffing Inc. She find this job to be extremely rewarding and I love working somewhere where I am able to touch every aspect of the business. In my free time, I like going to Sea Isle City Beach, participating in Volleyball leagues and working out, and playing with my cats Tigger and Malibu.
Curtis Udell graduated from the HPA program in 1986 and had the pleasure of wearing a Penn State Uniform on the field at Beaver Stadium – he was in the Blue Band Drumline! Curt was also founding student member of PSU affiliation with the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE).
Curt currently serves as the Director of Compliance with the Centers for Vein Restoration (CVR) in Greenbelt, MD. CVR is the largest surgical vein practice in the US with 80 Centers in 14 states and approx. 500 employees. Curtis has worked in Home Health, Ambulatory and Hospital systems – including Johns Hopkins and Medstar Health, and he provides independent consulting and expert witness support to attorneys and providers in the areas of compliance, coding, reimbursement and cost-of-care cases.
Curt received his Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification in 1997 and is engaged to identify or defend providers in billing fraud and abuse cases. In 2012 Curt served as Project Manager and Lead Auditor with the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General Office of Evaluation and Inspection (OIG-OEI) to audit physician documentation, coding and billing, and assisted in development and delivery of the OIG’s Improper Payments for Evaluation and Management Services Cost Medicare Billions In 2010 report. Curt also provides compliance program support services for healthcare providers and cannabis businesses through ILoveCompliance.biz.
Doug Wolfberg (’87 HPA) is a health care attorney and founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth. He counsels clients on federal health laws, Medicare and Medicaid compliance, reimbursement and health care fraud and abuse issues. He has represented health care clients in state and federal courts across the United States and has worked on the defense of numerous cases filed under the federal False Claims Act. He also works on many kinds of business transactions in the health care field, including contracts, joint ventures and the purchase and sale of companies. Doug also trains health care practitioners on the legal aspects of proper documentation. Prior to law school, Doug was a health care provider, serving in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field, including working for several years at University Ambulance Service at Penn State. After leaving Penn State, he also focused on health care policy issues while working at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
William Yarde, MD, MHA
William Yarde is a retired United States Navy Neurosurgeon. He retired after 25 years of military service and over thirty-four years of practicing medicine. His education consist of BSc Biology: Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York, MD: Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta, Georgia, MHA: The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development, Department of Health Policy and Administration. Certificate: Acupuncture, Helms Institute, San Diego California. His Neurosurgical and Surgical training was done at The University of Kansas School of Medicine, The University of Miami, and Harlem Hospital, New York City.
His professional Experience and accomplishments includes Neurosurgical and acupuncture practice at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Hospital Okinawa Japan, Southern Crescent Neurosurgery P.C. Atlanta Georgia, Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta Georgia and the NATO Role 3 Hospital Kandahar Afghanistan. His administrative roles includes Department Head, United States Naval Hospital, Okinawa Japan; Neurosurgeon/Director of Surgical Services Kandahar Role 3 Hospital, Afghanistan; Board of Directors Kandahar NATO Role 3 Hospital, Afghanistan; Adjunct Professor, (Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy) Morehouse School of Medicine, and numerous boards and committees while on active duty.
His awards are numerous and includes Dean’s List, Long Island University Brooklyn, New York: Outstanding Student Graduating One Year ahead of class, Long Island University: Army and Navy Commendation and Achievement medals; Sharpshooter Ribbon; Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
He is currently running for the position of Commissioner at Large 5th District Fayette County, Georgia, and is considering a Medical Administrator position in the VA system.