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rhea angeles

Rhea Elizabeth Angeles, PharmD, RPh

Executive Fellow, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

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Rhea Elizabeth Angeles is the 2020-2021 Executive Fellow at the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, where she works with staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to promote the pharmacy profession and gain an understanding of the impact pharmacy technicians play in medication safety and the evolving pharmacy landscape. A registered pharmacist, Angeles earned her PharmD degree from Hampton University’s School of Pharmacy in 2020. Her interests in pharmacy include working directly with patients to improve their medication needs, learning about new medications for chronic diseases, and promoting the advancement of the pharmacy profession. In her free time, Rhea enjoys traveling, exploring different cuisines, and spending time with her dogs.

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Hanna Aronovich

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Dental Assisting Board and the DALE Foundation

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Hanna Aronovich is the chief marketing and communications officer with the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the DALE Foundation. DANB is the national certifying board for dental assistants. The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, offers interactive online learning for oral healthcare professionals.

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Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer and Legal Counsel, American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

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Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, has served as CEO and legal counsel of the American Association of Medical Assistants since 1990. His primary responsibilities include protecting the legal scope of practice of medical assistants by monitoring proposed legislation and regulations on the state and federal levels, providing written and oral testimony, and offering revised language for bills and proposed rules. Balasa received both his baccalaureate and law degrees from Northwestern University, and his Master of Business Administration in economics from the University of Chicago.

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cathy bartell

Cathy Bartell, MHA

Associate Director, Cornell University, Sloan Program in Health Administration

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Cathy Bartell, MHA, began her career as a respiratory therapist at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where she served in the ER, ICU and NICU. Later, she entered the administrative field and worked in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut, area for 30 years. Positions have included director of provider relations for a start-up HMO, consultant for a boutique firm, physician practice administrator for large medical groups and CEO/administrator of Connecticut Surgery Center. In 2020, she returned to her alma mater, Cornell University, and serves as the associate director of the Sloan Program. In this capacity, Bartell’s primarily focuses on student internship and job placement.

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Coley Bennett, CMM

Practice Manager, A Plus Medical, P.C.

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Coley Bennett, a certified medical manager, has been on the front lines in healthcare administrative services for more than 20 years, with more than 13 years in leadership positions. She is currently the practice manager of a multi-office medical practice providing comprehensive healthcare to adults in suburban Maryland. Bennett is also president of the Rockville, Maryland, chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM), a member of the national advisory board for PAHCOM, and is currently chairwoman of the advisory board.

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catherine burger

Catherine Burger, MSOL, RN, NEA-BC

Advisor, NurseTogether and Founder/CEO at Nurse Leader Mastermind

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In her 30-plus years as a registered nurse, Burger has worked in myriad patient care and leadership specialties across the continuum of healthcare. Burger is the media response specialist for RegisteredNursing.org, founder and CEO of a consulting and freelance writing business (which includes a nurse leader mastermind forum,) and is an advanced board-certified nurse executive. Based in the beautiful Idaho mountains, Burger loves traveling and spending time with her husband, their five children, and raising service puppies for Canine Companions for Independence.

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patty buttner

Patty Buttner, MBA-HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CHDS, CPHI, CCS 

Practice Director of Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use, American Health Information Management Association

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Patty Buttner is practice director of Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use for the American Health Information Management Association. In her role, she provides professional practice expertise to AHIMA members, provides technical reviews on AHIMA products, and serves as an author and contributor to content on health informatics, data analytics, coding, and clinical documentation integrity (CDI). Prior to joining AHIMA in 2014, Buttner worked as a computer-assisted coding (CAC) trainer, providing instruction on the use and application of CAC as well as analytical and reporting capabilities. She has many years of management and data quality experience working in acute care as an assistant director of coding and manager of data quality and clinical documentation.

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susan camizzi

Susan D. Bentley-Camizzi

President-Elect, American Dental Assistants Association

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Susan D. Bentley-Camizzi began her career as a dental assistant and advanced to a position as a dental hygienist in private practices and public health clinics. She taught dental assisting for more than 30 years before retiring, at which time she began a second dental career at the University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, as the infection control monitor. Bentley-Camizzi is a long-time member of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), serving on committees, as a state officer, as a district trustee, and as president-elect.

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elisha deneal

Elisha B. DeNeal

President, Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP)

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Elisha DeNeal is the executive and administrative support manager for the Information Systems department at Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredricksburg, Virginia. In her position she supports the senior vice president/CEO, supervises two administrative assistants in IS, and manages office operations for 155 application and technology associates.  

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Di Findley

Executive Director, Iowa CareGivers

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Di Findley is the founder of the Iowa CareGivers and has served as its director since 1992. Findley has served on or been governor-appointed to numerous state committees, boards, and councils that focus on direct care workforce recruitment and retention. She has been a catalyst to policy and practice initiatives addressing worker compensation, education, and overall support for this high-demand segment of the workforce. Findley is a former nurse aide, a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame for her work as an advocate for direct care workers.    

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sharon galler

Sharon Galler

Executive Director, American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)

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Sharon Galler has been the executive director of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) since 2000. Galler has been responsible for the strategic development, management, and implementation of AAHAM’s exhibit, advertising, membership, certification, and marketing campaigns. She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a long-time member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the AMC Institute. Galler was elected to the George Mason University School of Business’ Women in Business Initiative and was recently appointed to the George Mason University School of Management Board of Directors. She has a degree in marketing and advertising from Florida International University.  

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bleu garcia

Bleu Garcia, CCS-P

Hospital Outpatient Clinic Coder

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Bleu Garcia has been a certified medical coder since 2008 and works as a hospital outpatient clinic coder for the orthopedic and podiatry specialties. She currently holds the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-Based certification. Garcia is the host of her own YouTube and Patreon medical coding channels where she provides information about the field and shares her adventures as a medical coder.     

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glen gard

Glen Gard, CPhT, CSPT

National Director of Compounding Compliance, Option Care Health

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Glen Gard CPhT, CSPT is the national director of compounding compliance for Option Care Health. He has more than 14 years of experience as a pharmacy technician working in diverse settings including hospitals, home infusion, retail, purchasing, and clinical pharmacy. Gard was a 2017 finalist for PTCB CPhT of the year, and currently sits on the PTCB CSPT exam development committee. He has served in a number of roles with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, including as the chair of the Pharmacy Technician Forum Executive Committee. He is a 2021 recipient of the ASHP Board of Directors’ Pharmacy Technician Excellence Award.     

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rick gundling

Rick Gundling

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Financial Management Association

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As senior vice president, healthcare financial practices, for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Gundling is responsible for overseeing the association’s technical and content direction, leading the organization’s Washington, DC, activities, and managing the association’s thought leadership efforts. Results of HFMA’s policy initiatives have been used by hospitals, rating agencies, regulatory agencies, congressional committees, accounting standard setting bodies, state hospital organizations, and other government and industry leaders. Gundling also serves as staff liaison to the HFMA Principles and Practices Board and has written an extensive number of published articles on broad topics within healthcare finance and the healthcare industry.

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christina hall

Christina G. Hall, MHA, ACC, LSSGB

Career and Leadership Coach

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Christina G. Hall is a career and leadership Coach and founder of CGH Careers, LLC. She is an improvement manager at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics (CHQA). She has been at CHOP since 2016 and worked on various projects including reducing harm, implementing a care management program, and improving the patient experience. Hall has a master’s degree in healthcare administration and is Lean Six Sigma certified. She is an associate certified coach (ACC) through ICF. Hall’s experience includes rehab management, career and leadership development, recruiting, quality improvement, regulatory preparedness, and change management.

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mark halpert

Marc Halpert

Chief Operating Officer, Monarch Healthcare Management

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Marc Halpert currently serves as chief operating officer for Monarch Healthcare management, a long-term healthcare company in Mankato, Minnesota, where he operates more than 40 buildings with 4,700 employees. Halpert created Monarch with a smile in mind, focusing on helping others love what they do and help others. Halpert has more than 15 years of healthcare experience and previously served as a vice president of business development for over 2,500 beds.

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kayla halvey

Kayla Halvey, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian

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Kayla Halvey, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian from New York City. She is currently starting her own practice while completing a functional nutrition practitioner certificate and certification program, focusing on mood and digestive health. Her hobbies include yoga, tennis, cycling, and reading.    

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anita hazelwood

Anita Hazelwood, Ed.D, RHIA, FAHIMA

Professor and Allied Health Department Head, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Anita C. Hazelwood, Ed.D, RHIA, FAHIMA, is a professor and allied health department head in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She served as the Health Information Management program director for four years and has been a credentialed Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) for more than 43 years. Hazelwood is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and has served on various committees and boards. She is also a member of the Louisiana Health Information Management Association (LHIMA) and was honored with the Career Achievement award in 2017.

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dvaughn house

D’Vaughn House

Medical Assistant

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D’Vaughn House is a medical assistant at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) Division of Infectious Diseases (IDRU) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been a part of this institution for nearly nine years and plays a significant role in several federally and privately funded biomedical interventional clinical trials that aim to prevent and treat threats to public health.  Prior to his work at the IDRU, House worked in the Early Intervention Program at the UCMC Department of Emergency Medicine. He worked on federally funded brief interventions and Linkage-to-HIV Medical Care services that prevented and treated HIV. His published works include several abstracts aimed at finding novel approaches to HIV testing and prevention in a Level 1 trauma hospital setting.

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laura king

Laura Rasar King, EdD, MPH, MCHES

Executive Director, Council on Education for Public Health

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Laura Rasar King, EdD, MPH, MCHES, serves as the executive director of the Council on Education for Public Health, a public health school and program accrediting agency. She has nearly 20 years of experience leading public health and higher education organizations in their quality assurance and improvement efforts. Her work and career have focused on ensuring that academic public health produces graduates that meet the needs of the public health workforce. King received an EdD in Organizational Development with a focus on higher education from Northeastern University and an MPH in health promotion and disease prevention from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She earned a BA in psychology from American University.

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robyn korn

Robyn Korn, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ

Adjunct Instructor of Medical Coding, Purdue University Global

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Robyn Korn has more than 40 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked in Indiana, Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Saudi Arabia in the areas of health information management, data quality management, hospital safety, quality management, risk management, information services, medical staff credentialing, and compliance. She has more than 10 years of experience as an online instructor for medical coding and billing. Korn received her MBA with an emphasis in healthcare administration from William Howard Taft University and a bachelor’s degree in medical record administration from St. Louis University. She became a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality in 1991.

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doug laher

Doug Laher, MBA, RRT

Chief Operating Officer, American Association for Respiratory Care

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Doug Laher MBA, RRT, is the chief operating officer of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the main professional organization for respiratory therapists. He has been a registered respiratory therapist for nearly 30 years. Prior to working for the AARC, Laher worked for the Cleveland Clinic for 17 years, both as a bedside clinician and as a department administrator. Laher graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory therapy.    

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patty licurs

Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), CPC 

Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Professional Coder, and 2021-22 American Association of Medical Assistants President

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Patty Licurs is the 2021–2022 American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) president and has been a member and a certified medical assistant since 1997. She has worked in many areas in the health care industry, mainly with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, where she was employed for 30 years. Licurs has served the Spartanburg Chapter of Medical Assistants, South Carolina Society of Medical Assistants, and the AAMA in many capacities, including as chair and member of several committees on all three levels. Licurs currently works as a certified professional coder (CPC) for the Medical Group of the Carolinas’ inpatient and emergency medicine practices and for HealthRecon.

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Lorna Frazier-Lindsey

Director, Information & Communications, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 

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Lorna Frazier-Lindsey is Director, Information & Communications for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), an organization that helps to ensure aspiring allied health professional s get a quality education. She has worked in this role for 13 years. For nearly two decades prior  to joining the CAAHEP, she  worked for non-profits and associations in the Washington, DC, area in various capacities. Originally from Alexandria, VA, Frazier-Lindsey has two adult children and lives with her husband and three dachshunds in the greater Washington, DC area.

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kevin lovingood

Kevin Lovingood

Epidemiologist

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Kevin Lovingood is an infectious disease epidemiologist with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from San Diego State University and Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from New York University. He has worked at the New York City Department of Health in food borne disease control and is currently a senior consultant epidemiology specialist with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he works on global biological threat reduction initiatives. His interests lie in zoonotic diseases and the One Health framework, which is where human, veterinary, and environmental health intersect.

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David Luksenburg

Partner Development Manager

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David Luksenburg is the Partner Development Manager at Recovia – a multidisciplinary integrated program that treats patients suffering from chronic pain, general mental health, and substance use based in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally from Ohio, he is an alumnus of The Ohio State University and now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Dana and their dog Max.

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julie masters

Julie Masters, PhD

Gerontologist and Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha

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Julie Masters, PhD, is a gerontologist and professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha where she holds the distinguished Terry Haney Chair of Gerontology. Masters teaches courses in gerontology and death and dying. She also works with students on independent research topics and honors theses. In addition to teaching, Masters is involved in research related to end-of-life planning along with research on COVID-19 and its effects on aging adults. She is also active in the community serving on various advisory committees and boards focused on aging adults and is a frequent presenter on aging issues and end-of-life planning in the community.

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marcy mccarty

Marcy McCarty, MBA, RT (R) (N)

Program Director and Assistant Professor

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Marcy McCarty began working for Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in 2013. She has 17 years of health care experience, including pharmaceutical sales and management. Her most recent professional experience is as supervisor of the nuclear medicine and ultrasound departments at Memorial Hospital of York, Pennsylvania. Additionally, she worked for two large teaching hospitals: Hershey Medical Center and Lancaster General Health. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology with a certificate in nuclear medicine, earned her master’s degree in business administration at Lebanon Valley College, and is currently working toward a doctorate in education specializing in process improvement leadership.

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Lisa McNeil

Sports Massage Professional

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Lisa McNeil, a contract structural integrationist and sport massage professional, has used her knowledge and experience to work with some of the most elite athletes in the world, from Olympians to tri athletes to the NFL, and has been chosen by individuals who cannot find the results they desire through other clinicians. When she isn’t ridding the world of pain and dysfunctional movement patterns, she loves spending time teaching, mentoring, managing therapy teams, and exploring the world with her husband, and biggest cheerleader, Tom. 

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Aniqa Miazi

Medical Scribe

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Aniqa Miazi has earned her Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University, and is currently working as a medical scribe in the emergency department of a hospital in New York City. She has additional past experience scribing in an outpatient neurosurgery clinic. Miazi’s experience as a medical scribe fueled her interest in the healthcare field, and she is currently studying to be a physician assistant. Aside from her interests in medicine, Miazi is a lover of reading and writing, and is enthusiastic about traveling.

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Joy Minaya, MPH

Administrative Director of Internal Medicine and Pediatric Practice, Montefiore

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Joy Minaya holds a Master of Public Health from Monroe College in New York City, where she grew up. It was her upbringing and desire to understand reasons for health outcomes that have been the driving force in her career. Minaya’s introduction to healthcare came in the context of detention. In 2000, she joined Prison Health Services Inc., a company that provides health services for prisons and jails, and she learned that healthcare goes beyond a doctor’s appointment or inpatient hospitalization. Currently, Minaya is the director of an internal medicine and pediatric practice at the Bronx-Montefiore, part of the Montefiore Health System in New York City. In her capacity at Bronx-Montefiore, she oversees the operations and fiscal management of a practice with several support services, including health education, mental health, and community health.

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robyn nelson

Robyn Nelson, PhD, MSN, RN

Dean, College of Nursing, West Coast University

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Robyn Nelson is a long-time member of the American Nurses Association, California chapter. She brings more than 45 years of experience in higher education from public and private nursing programs, including as Chair of the Division of Nursing at CSU Sacramento, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University in Nevada, and Dean of the College of Nursing at West Coast University. Nelson is a site visitor for the regional accreditor, WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Todd Nelson, FHFMA, MBA 

Director of Professional Practice and Partner Relationships and Chief Partnership Executive, Healthcare Financial Management Association

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As director of partner relationships and chief partnership executive at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Nelson is responsible for developing and overseeing HFMA’s partnership strategy with academic institutions, associations, and industry partners. Nelson develops collaborative relationships across all sectors of the industry for both HFMA members and non-members. Prior to joining HFMA, Nelson was the vice president and chief financial officer of a rural Midwest hospital for more than 15 years, focused on finance and operational areas. He also served in a volunteer role on the HFMA Senior Financial Executive National Advisory Committee, as well as chapter president and regional executive.

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keith olenik

Keith Olenik, MA, RHIA, CHP

Chief Member Relations and Service Officer, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

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Keith Olenik is the chief member relations and service officer at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). He has more than 35 years of experience working with healthcare delivery systems as an executive leader and a consultant. Olenik specializes in methods to streamline business operations; evaluate and implement information technology solutions; and enhance productivity through process improvement. Prior to joining AHIMA, he was vice president of revenue cycle for Pivot Point Consulting, a national healthcare technology firm. He is a well-known speaker and writer in the industry. Olenik holds a bachelor’s degree in health information management from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in health services management with an emphasis in computer resources management from Webster University.

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eyal oren

Eyal Oren, PhD, MS

Associate Public Health Professor, San Diego State University School of Public Health

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Eyal Oren, PhD, MS, is an epidemiologist interested in behavioral aspects of infectious disease with an emphasis on respiratory health. He serves as an associate public health professor at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health. Oren is interested in multidisciplinary, community-engaged approaches to addressing population health disparities and collaborative work that is innovative and emphasizes new tools and technologies. Methodologically, his focus is on the intersection between social, environmental, and spatial epidemiologic methods, and their application to both health differences and disparities.

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jeff oxendine

Jeff Oxendine, MPH, MBA

Director of Health Workplace Diversity, University of California Berkeley School of Public Health

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Jeff Oxendine has been a health executive, educator, and consultant for 27 years. He has held senior administrative positions in hospitals, medical groups, academic institutions, and his own consulting firm. He is also a leader in California health workforce and diversity efforts as co-director of the California Health Professions Consortium and the California Health Workforce Alliance. Oxendine teaches healthcare management at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and previously taught for five years at Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Berkeley, he held executive roles in leading organizations including Partners Healthcare System, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group, and Alta Bates Medical Center.

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falguni patel

Falguni Patel, RDMS, RVT, RMSKS

Sonographer

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Falguni Patel, RDMS, RVT, RMSKS, is a pediatric sonographer who has worked at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for nearly 20 years. She’s vice chair of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

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Tanya Peterson

Healthcare Career Consultant, Polish2Prosper

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Tanya Peterson is an occupational therapist turned career strategist. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2010 from Utica College of Syracuse University and also holds a bachelor’s degree in health studies. She now works as a career coach, helping healthcare professionals recognize their value, market themselves effectively, and find career fulfillment. Her company, Polish2Prosper, offers several services and resources including full resume writing, LinkedIn optimization, and career coaching. The goal of the company is to help practitioners find alignment, renew their passion, and take control over their time and income.

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Becky Goldberg Petty

Instructional Designer, Hilbert College

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Becky Goldberg Petty is a multi-hyphenate writer, educator, and academic. She is currently the instructional designer at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York, but has been teaching and working in higher education since 2009. As an experienced distance educator and leader of several online pilot initiatives, Goldberg Petty is looking forward to all of the great changes that are happening in the world of online learning. When she is not working, she can be found writing, running, or chasing her four-year-old.

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julie pursley

Julie A. Pursley, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA

Director, Health Information Thought Leadership, American Health Information Management Association

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Julie Pursley serves as director, health information thought leadership for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), where she leads and cultivates initiatives and content development within an organizational-wide strategic framework to promote AHIMA’s thought leadership position. Pursley is a published author, contributor and public speaker. She holds a Master of Science in Health Informatics and a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration from the University of Cincinnati and currently serves on the school’s Health Informatics Advisory Board. She serves in an adjunct professor for the HIM program at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, holds AHIMA’s Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) specialty credential, and has been awarded the designation of Fellow American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA).

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Peter Rath, MPA, RT (R), ARRT

Program Director of Radiography, Pima Medical Institute

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Peter Rath, MPA, RT (R), is a radiologic technologist and longtime educator with more than 15 years in the field of radiography education. He currently serves on staff at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists where he evaluates continuing education materials as a continuing education program reviewer. 

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jenna rhoads

Jenna Liphart Rhoads Ph.D., RN, CNE

Assistant Nursing Professor, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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Jenna Liphart Rhoads is a nurse educator; freelance author and editor; and an assistant nursing professor at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Northern Illinois University. Rhoads earned a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in nursing education from Capella University where she researched the moderation effects of emotional intelligence on the relationship of stress and GPA in military veteran nursing students. Rhoads’ clinical background includes surgical/trauma adult critical care, interventional radiology procedures, and conscious sedation in adult and pediatric populations. She currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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john richey

John Richey, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Director of Academic Education Services, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

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John Richey, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA is the director of academic and education services at the American Health Information Management Association and brings a wealth of experience in health information professional practice, academic program leadership and teaching, and membership association leadership. His 37-year career features leadership and management roles in health information, coding, revenue cycle, and occupational health services. Richey is a past president and distinguished member of the Ohio Health Information Management Association. He is also a doctoral candidate in the biomedical informatics program at Rutgers University.

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Steve Roberts

Operations Manager, Lynx EMS

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Steve Roberts is the operations manager for Lynx EMS, a private emergency transportation company servicing nine cities in Ohio with a specialization in behavioral health patients. Roberts holds certifications in emergency medicine, fire science, and fire safety inspection.

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Camry Robison

Radiologic Technologist

Camry Robison is a radiologic technologist at a hospital in Utah and has been working in the field since 2018. She has an associate degree in general science and a bachelor’s degree in radiographic science. She is certified in radiography and computed tomography.

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kevin rush

Kevin L. Rush, R.T.(R)(T)(ARRT), CRA, FASRT

Senior Director of Credentialing Services, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

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Kevin L. Rush, R.T.(R)(T)(ARRT), CRA, FASRT, has been in the imaging sciences field for 26 years, working primarily in radiation oncology as a radiation therapist, department administrator, and cancer services administrator. He previously served as an administrator overseeing imaging services for a large hospital system in Ohio. In his current role as senior director of credentialing services at the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), his primary duties involve aligning the education, ethics, and examination requirements necessary to obtain and maintain certification and registration with ARRT.

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Danielle Sadighi

Founder and VP of Marketing and Sales, American Medical Certification Association

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Danielle Sadighi has more than 27 years’ experience in the allied health industry and is currently the vice president and co-owner of the American Medical Certification Association. She has a vast array of experience in the postsecondary arena, serving as school director and marketing agent. Sadighi is presently an advisory board member for seven allied health schools. She has presented at numerous conferences on stackable credentials and digital badges in the 21st century.

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sallie sarrell

Sallie Sarrel, PT, ATC, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Sallie Sarrel, PT, ATC, DPT, is a pelvic physical therapist in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Sarrel created a practice to be a safe haven for those with endometriosis after a long battle with the disease. She founded “The Endometriosis Summit” with Dr. Andrea Vidali to unite the patient and practitioner voice in endometriosis and pelvic health.

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terri sayers

Terri Sayers, CCMA, CMAA

Certified Medical Assistant

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Terri Sayers is currently a medical office manager at Woofter Family Medicine in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She is also a part-time night instructor for medical assistants at Ross College. Sayers is both a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant. She holds an associate degree in applied science and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on healthcare management.

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marie watkinson

Marie Scalogna-Watkinson, PTA, LMT

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Marie Scalogna-Watkinson, PTA, LMT is a dually licensed physical therapy assistant and massage therapist in New York. She is a 1989 graduate of the physical therapy assistant program at Suffolk Community College in Selden, New York, and a 1991 graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City. She owns and operates Spa Chicks on The Go, a mobile spa event company in New York City, as well as Watkinson Wellness, a private wellness studio in Miller Place, New York.

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Kate Scrivens

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

LinkedIn

Kate Scrivens is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer who works at Central Oregon Radiology. She has sonography credentials in OB/GYN, abdomen, and nuchal translucency.  

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Divya L. Selvakumar, PhD, RD

Nutrition Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Aging

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Divya L. Selvakumar is a nutrition program manager the Baltimore County Department of Aging. She has a wide variety of different experiences in nutrition that encompass global health, academia, community, and clinical nutrition. Selvakumar is also a nutrition specialist, professor, registered dietitian, and consultant with 19 years of experience. She holds registered dietitian licenses in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has lived and worked in Kuwait, India, Tanzania, and the United States. She is currently the founder of a small international charity organization, American Hindu World Service (AHWS), and a budding business, Divine Diets.     

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Nancy Szwydek, MPH, RN, RHIA, CRAT, CMAC

Assistant Dean for Accreditation, Purdue University Global

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Nancy Szwydek, MPH, RN, RHIA, RMA, CRAT, CMAC, has more than 40 years of experience working in the health care field in both clinical and administrative capacities. She is currently the assistant dean of accreditation and health information programs at Purdue University Global. In addition, Szwydek is a Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) member, an accreditation peer reviewer, an item and module writer for Ascend Learning, and serves on the appeals committee for the American Medical Certification Association. She is also the chief editor of the Kaplan Test Prep Medical Assisting Exam Review text.

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Aracelis Torres, PhD, MPH

Vice President of Quantitative Sciences, Verana Health

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Aracelis Torres, PhD, MPH, is vice president of quantitative sciences at Verana Health, where she oversees the quantitative sciences team working to develop and implement rigorous methodology to generate sound scientific evidence from real-world data. Torres is an epidemiologist with more than 10 years of academic and industry experience. Prior to joining Verana Health, she was a director of quantitative sciences at Flatiron Health, where her work focused on translation of real-world oncology data to generate evidence. She is also currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she teaches a course on large-scale data processing and analysis. Torres received a PhD in cancer epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MPH in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University’s School of Public Health, and a BS in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University.

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Teresa L. Vatterott, MAEL, R.T.(R)(CV)(CI)(ARRT)

Initial Certification Supervisor, Education Requirements, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

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Teresa Vatterott has been in the imaging sciences field for 26 years, working primarily in cardiac interventional radiology and vascular interventional radiology. After several years in research, she found a role at the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a clinical coordinator. After earning a master’s degree in educational leadership, she moved into a supervisory position with the organization. In her current role, Vatterott supervises the ARRT department that oversees education in the imaging sciences and obtaining ARRT certification and registration.

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Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT

Past President, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

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In addition to his work with NAEMT, Matt Zavadsky is the chief strategic integration officer for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas. Zavadsky has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, with a graduate certificate in Healthcare Data Management. He is also adjunct faculty for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Health Management and Policy, as well as an appointed committee member to the Joint Commission’s Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) and the Lewin Groups Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (HOQR) Program Stroke and AMI Expert Work Group.

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Anna L. Zendell, PhD, MSW

Senior Faculty Program Director

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Anna Zendell is a senior faculty program director in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She oversees graduate degrees in the health sciences and teaches regularly. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies and cultivating community for online adult learners. Her social work interests include rural community health, walkable communities, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity.

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Sareer Zia, MD, MBA

Physician and Physician Advisor, SIH Herrin Hospital

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Sareer Zia, MD, MBA, is a physician and physician advisor. She is the founder and CEO of Virtual Hospitalist, a telemedicine company that offers telehospitalist and physician advisory services. She has a special interest in improving access to affordable quality care and improving the quality of medical records by leveraging technology. She has received training in AI in healthcare from MIT and Health Informatics from the University of Chicago. Dr. Zia has served in various leadership roles, including system physician advisor, medical staff president, and medical director. She has been invited to speak at different forums including international conferences and web-based channels to discuss the role of technology in healthcare.

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Stephanie Behring

Contributing Writer

Stephanie Behring is an east coast-based freelance writer who specializes in healthcare, education, and insurance. Prior to making the move to writing, Stephanie worked in healthcare and social services for many years. Her experience in the field has taught her how to break down and explain complex topics in a way people can understand and use. She uses this experience in her writing, creating engaging and highly readable content, no matter the subject. Behring is always looking to expand her writing resume. She’s recently completed a journalism certification from Michigan State University and is looking to pursue a grant writing course.

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Sheila Cain

ASD Writer/Editor

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Sheila Cain is a writer/editor at All Star Directories. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer. She has extensive experience in the technology and feature writing realm, having written dozens of sponsored content stories as well as lifestyle pieces for a variety of local and national publications. Cain is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lives in Seattle with her husband and son.

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Joe Follansbee

Contributing Writer

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Joe Follansbee has written professionally since 1986, when he started as a cub reporter for a small-town newspaper in Ashland, Oregon. From there, he moved on to radio, streaming audio and video, magazine writing, non-fiction books, and lately, science fiction and fantasy. Look for his work on Amazon under the pen name, J.G. Follansbee. He lives in Seattle.

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Catherine Ryan Gregory

Contributing Writer

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Catherine Ryan Gregory writes about health, technology, and—her favorite—family travel. She is also the author of Virtual Travel Activities for Kids and Road Trip Games & Activities for Kids, both #1 Amazon bestsellers. She and her husband live outside Portland, Oregon, with their two daughters and two senior rescue dogs.

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Lisa Jaffe

Contributing Writer

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Lisa Jaffe has been a freelance writer for more than 30 years, specializing in issues of health, the healthcare industry, and health policy. A native-born Washingtonian, she received her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and her master’s degree from University College London. She lives in Seattle with her son and a strange and ever-barking dog who gets by on her looks.

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Teresa Kenney

Contributing Writer

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Teresa Kenney is a freelance writer, editor, and independent bookstore owner living just outside of Houston, Texas. Originally from Indiana, Kenney made her way to the Lone Star State by way of Seattle.

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Hana LaRock

Contributing Writer

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Hana LaRock is a freelance writer and content strategist who works in various industries, from tech and marketing, to real estate, higher education, and personal finance.

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Sheila Mickool

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Sheila Mickool is an award-winning journalist in Seattle, Washington, and a freelance editor and writer. She covers a wide range of topics—from healthcare, research, technology, and business to lifestyle trends, travel, and education. Mickool is a recipient of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Philip S. Weintraub National Media Award. A former telecommunications company CEO, she also served as the Kuolt Distinguished Executive-in-Residence Professor for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Central Washington University.

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Sara J Nguyen

Contributing Writer

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Sara J. Nguyen is a freelance writer specializing in content related to B2B SaaS, healthcare, and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations. When she’s not writing, you can find her traveling the world (almost 30 countries and counting.)

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Mimi Polner

Contributing Writer

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Mimi Polner is a career and education expert based in New York City. After struggling to break into her dream industry, she became passionate about paving the way for those looking to change fields. Her writing and research helps connect job seekers with the programs and resources they need to make informed choices. In addition to writing for All Allied Health Schools, Polner’s work can be found on The Balance Careers and Free Fashion Internships.

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Niki Stojnic

Contributing Writer

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Niki Stojnic has been covering personalities, places, and trends in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for 20 years as a writer and an editor, specializing in health for several years. She’s the cofounder of Parts & Labor, a bimonthly newsletter about women and their impacts on the city and region.

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Terry Ward

Contributing Writer

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Freelance writer Terry Ward has reported for such outlets as CNN Health, BBC, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times during more than two decades as a journalist. She speaks Spanish and French and enjoys scuba diving and traveling, especially to the Nordic countries. She lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and their two kids. 

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Randy Woods

Contributing Writer

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Randy Woods is a seasoned magazine editor and writer specializing in business, the trade press, aviation, local news, and the film industry. With more than 30 years of experience, he has written about topics such as global trade, the environment, property/casualty insurance, entrepreneurism, process improvement, photography, and cinema.

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