AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors

The AAPC Chapter Association (AAPCCA), the Governing Board for AAPC Local Chapters, was established to create, maintain, and sustain the infrastructure, through approachable and accountable representation, necessary to empower local chapters to function in support of the AAPC "Upholding a Higher Standard". The Board provides policy, rules, regulations, direction, and advice to the AAPC local chapters and is also charged with ensuring that the local chapters function in accordance with the mission of the AAPC.

The AAPCCA Board of Directors is comprised of 16 certified AAPC members who work collaboratively with AAPC staff and current local chapter officers. Two board members represent each region of the country. New board members are selected on an annual basis. AAPC members who have previously served as chapter officers are invited to apply to serve on the Chapter Association Board of Directors. 

AAPCCA Hardship/Disaster Assistance Funds

In 2012, a financial assistance program was introduced by the AAPCCA Board of Directors for the purpose of providing support to AAPC members experiencing difficulty maintaining their membership and credentials. Previously, in 2010, Project AAPC had been introduced the BOD as a way for AAPC members to donate funds to help victims around the world who were suffering from natural/catastrophic disasters. The funds from these two programs now are combined and reserved solely for AAPC members. Those with financial burdens can benefit from this program by applying online. The option is also available for members to nominate a fellow AAPC member in need of financial assistance.

The AAPCCA Hardship Committee is formed of past AAPCCA Board of Directors members and is strictly a volunteer role. The funds continue through donations made by members. Once funds run out, then awards will be on hold. Learn more about this program.

2021 AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors

  • Heather Allen, LPN, COC, CPMA

    Chair

    Heather Allen, LPN, COC, CPMA

    Region 1 Representative

    Heather has over 18 years of experience in coding, billing, auditing, management, and consulting in addition to her clinical experience. Venues including hospital inpatient, solo and group practices, insurance defense auditing as well as consulting. She has been employed the last 10 years with CorroHealth, currently with oversight of coding, auditing and client management for over 50 Emergency & Ancillary Departments and Urgent Care Clinics. She is a past Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Jefferson City Missouri Chapter.

    Contact: heather.allen@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Jefferson City, Missouri
    Offices held: President, treasurer, secretary/treasurer

  • Robin Goudy, CPC, CRC

    Secretary

    Robin Goudy, CPC, CRC

    Region 4 Representative

    Robin began her career in healthcare 28 years ago in the clinical laboratory and continues to grow in new roles. Robin has coded and audited for multiple areas, specializing in HCC and Compliance, and has created educational relationships with providers in all specialties. In her free time, she is often found being a mentor for newly certified coders. She served as the education officer in her local chapter for 2019 and again for 2020 and is currently serving as member development officer.

    Contact: robin.goudy@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Covington, Georgia
    Offices held: Education officer

  • Michele Stevens, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow

    Treasurer

    Michele Stevens, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow

    Region 1 Representative

    Michele Stevens has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Starting as a receptionist, she discovered her love of ICD, CPT and HCPCS Level II when asked to take over the practice billing and being promoted to office manager. She has worked as a coder, an auditor/physician educator, and a practice manager and is currently the Clinical Coding Manager at Maine Health in Portland, Maine. She has served as education officer twice, vice president, president and treasurer of the Seacoast-Dover, NH chapter.

    Contact: michele.stevens@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Seacoast-Dover, New Hampshire
    Offices held: President, vice president, education officer, treasurer

  • Brenda Stevens, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I. CMC, CMIS, CMOM

    Meeting Coordinator

    Brenda Stevens, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CMC, CMIS, CMOM

    Region 2 Representative

    Brenda has 20 plus years of experience working on the business side of healthcare. In her current role she stays knowledgeable on the ever-changing world of medical coding while reviewing billing, coding, and documentation practices to ensure compliance and reimbursement success. Brenda has a passion for teaching and is now teaching coding and billing at the community college level where her communication skills and knowledge help educate students on accurate and ethical coding, allowing for a successful career.

    Contact: brenda.stevens@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Salisbury, Maryland
    Offices held: President, vice president, member development officer, treasurer

  • Region 2 - Atlantic

    New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC

    Victoria Moll, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CPRC, Approved-Instructor, Fellow

    Victoria Moll, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC, CPRC, AAPC Approved Instructor, Fellow

    Victoria has been in the medical coding industry since 2007. She has multi-specialty experience in professional coding, auditing, and risk adjustment coding. Victoria has published numerous articles on coding and billing best practices and has spoken at several local, regional, and national events, including HEALTHCON, the national business of healthcare expo. She has been featured on various podcasts and has her own dynamic YouTube Channel filled with free coding tips, tricks, and tutorials.

    Contact: victoria.moll@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Offices held: President, vice president, education officer

  • Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic

    Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina

  • Samantha Patterson, CPC, CMC, CRHC

    Samantha Patterson, CPC, CMC, CRHC

    Samantha has over 15 years of experience in coding, billing, insurance, consulting, and teaching. She currently codes different specialties that include cardiology, internal medicine, family practice, rheumatology, nephrology, and urology and has coded many others. She enjoys teaching others, research, and creating tools to help other coders. She is the past member development officer as well as the current president of the Abilene Texas Chapter.

    Contact: samantha.patterson@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Abilene, Texas
    Offices held: President, member development officer

  • Region 4 - Southeast

    Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Bahamas

  • Kimberly Espinosa, CMRS, CPC, CRC, CMPA, CMPM, CPC-I

    Kimberly Espinosa, CMRS, CPC, CRC, CMPA, CMPM, CPC-I

    Kim has over 30 years of experience managing medical offices and 10 years educating medical billing and coding. She is very passionate and enthusiastic about assisting physicians’ offices, so passionate she founded the Naples Florida Chapter and often speaks at her chapter and others in Florida. Her current position is with a large Medicare Advantage carrier educating and reviewing for Medicare risk adjustment. Kim is an independent contractor for education, consulting, and auditing in Southwest Florida.

    Contact: kimberly.espinosa@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Naples, Florida
    Office held: President, vice president, secretary, secretary/treasurer

  • Region 5 - Southwest

    Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi

    Heather Allen, LPN, COC, CPMA

    Rhonda McCaskill, CPC, COC

    Rhonda has been in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. She began in a pathology laboratory that later opened opportunities to learn all aspects of the revenue cycle. She has since worked in billing, coding, auditing, and compliance including outpatient hospital. She started her own billing and coding company and mainly does consulting. She served in the Memphis Tennessee chapter as member development officer and found her passion in being a mentor to newly certified coders. Among her greatest accomplishments was founding of the Horn Lake Mississippi chapter where she currently serves as President.

    Contact: rhonda.mccaskill@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Horn Lake, Mississippi
    Offices held: President, vice president, education officer, member development officer

  • Region 6 - Great Lakes

    Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

  • Denise Garrett, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPPM, CSFAC, CHA

    Denise Garrett, COC, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPPM, CSFAC

    Denise has been in the Healthcare field just over 22 years. She is the 2021 treasurer for the Bay City Michigan chapter and prior to that served as the president and secretary. She has filled in for member development as an added responsibility over the years as well. She currently works for a billing company and focuses on denial management, auditing, coding, and client support services. She is proudly serving region 6!

    Contact: denise.garrett@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Bay City, Michigan
    Offices held: President, secretary, treasurer

  • Tammy Vannatter-Berger, BHSA, CPC, CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT)

    Tammy Vannatter-Berger, BHSA, CPC, CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT)

    Tammy has 24 years of experience in healthcare and has been with the same healthcare system, in the metro-Detroit area, for 23 years. In 2005 she became a certified coder and began working as a backend medical coder, in revenue cycle. She has since held positions as a physician educator, coding coordinator, supervisor and currently a coding manager for nine emergency rooms and five trauma centers, along with the observation charging. Tammy also has experience in billing, medical assisting, and as an educator. She is a current member of the Macomb Township Michigan Chapter, where she has held officer positions, as president, new member development officer, and education officer.

    Contact: tammyvannatter-berger@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Macomb Township, Michigan
    Offices held: President, member development officer, education officer

  • Region 7 - Mountain/Plains

    Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa

  • Tabitha Iverson, CPC

    Tabitha Iverson, CPC

    Tabitha has been in healthcare for over 15 years, most recently as a provider relations manager. Previous experience includes work in compliance, practice management, and provider coding education. Her passion lives in bridging the gaps between the multidisciplinary teams within healthcare, working with denial management and building relationships. She hopes to support chapter members in Region 7 by being a resources and support system in their own local chapters. 2021 marks her third year as president.

    Contact: tabitha.iverson@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Fargo, North Dakota
    Offices held: President, secretary, member development

  • Tricia Tuttle, BS, MM, CPC, CPB, CPB-I, CEMC, CRCR, CHFP

    Tricia Tuttle, BS, MM, CPC, CPB, CPB-I, CEMC, CRCR, CHFP

    Tricia has almost two decades of experience in medical billing, coding, auditing, consulting, and teaching. She started her career in workers compensation as an adjuster and transitioned to coding after almost ten years. Tricia has been working as a coder and auditor for Providence St Joseph Health since 2015, as well as working as a billing instructor for a local technical college teaching the future generation of billers. She lives and works in Alaska and is president of the Anchorage Alaska Chapter.

    Contact: tricia.tuttle@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Anchorage, Alaska
    Offices held: President, treasurer

  • Region 8 - West

    California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska

  • Cynthia Stephenson, CPC, CRC

    Cynthia Stephenson, CPC, CRC

    Cindy has been in healthcare for over 18 years in a hospital system working in various areas, currently in Patient Facing Shared Services. She’s been involved on the local level in Indianapolis since 2012 and is a former BOD member where she served as treasurer, vice chair, and chair from 2016-2019. She has had many great experiences with chapter members and officers alike. She said there is nothing like the connections she has made in her affiliation with AAPC.

    Contact: cynthia.stephenson@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Offices held: President, vice president, treasurer

  • Cynthia Stephenson, CPC, CRC

    Julia Mitchell, MHA, CPC, CDEO, CRC

    Julia has over 25 years of experience in coding, billing, practice management and consulting, and quality improvement. Venues include hospital, ambulatory services, private solo and group practices, and health plans. She is also the owner of her own physician medical billing service. Currently she is employed by a health plan as a quality improvement project manager, responsible for HEDIS, risk adjustment, and provider and member engagement. Julia is the current president for the Hilo Hawaii Island chapter.

    Contact: Julia.mitchell@aapcca.org
    Chapter affiliation: Hilo, Hawaii Island
    Offices held: President, vice president, secretary, secretary/treasurer

  • Marti Johnson

    AAPC Representative

    Marti Johnson

    Director Local Chapters

    Marti Johnson and her team are responsible for making each of AAPC’s 500 local chapters a place where members can hone their expertise and grow their careers. To accomplish this aim, she believes in focusing on empowering chapter officers to be capable leaders. A successful chapter has officers who are there for their members, and boldly look for solutions to the unique problems the chapter and members face. Marti believes the future promises many new and vibrant local chapters.

    Contact: marti.johnson@aapcca.org
    Offices held: AAPC National Office



Region 1 - Northeast
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York

Region 2 - Atlantic
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC

Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic
Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina

Region 4 - Southeast
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Bahamas

Region 5 - Southwest
Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi

Region 6 - Great Lakes
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

Region 7 - Mountain/Plains
Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa

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