ACDIS is led by the following volunteer boards and committees:

ACDIS Advisory Board

Vote in the 2017 Advisory Board election!

Task: Providing leadership, expertise, and an industry voice for the ACDIS membership.

View the qualifications, responsibilities, and nomination/election process for the ACDIS Advisory Board.

View ACDIS Advisory Board Frequently Asked Questions .

Sam Antonios, MD, FACP, SFHM, CPE, CCDS
Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director Information Systems
Via Christi Health

Antonios is a board certified internist. He is a chief medical officer, medical director of information systems, utilization management medical director, physician advisor, and HIM committee chair for Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas.

In his role, he serves in planning, implementing, and managing the hospital EHR system and all required updates. In an ever-changing regulatory world, he works closely with the quality leaders to stay ahead of the operational needs to manage and tackle challenging documentation and quality requirements.

He engages with physicians in clinical documentation improvement initiatives and quality initiatives. He works closely with the CDI team across the health system in documentation efforts. He has a large focus on data stewardship and use of analytics to identify opportunities and implement changes needed to improve outcomes. Dr. Antonios is also a practicing hospitalist and sees patients in the hospital.

Elected to the board in 2016; serving through April 2019

Wendy Clesi, RN, CCDS
Director of CDI Services

Clesi is a registered nurse with 20 years of acute care and healthcare management experience, including ICU, NICU, acute and chronic dialysis. In 2009, she earned ACDIS’ “Recognition of Professional Achievement” award having successfully implemented the first CDI program for a national healthcare organization in 2004 in the first of more than 25 facilities.

She was previously the director of CDI and regulatory audit management at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, where she and her team received the “Department of the Year” award, being recognized for both the operational and leadership success that was established with the implementation of the CDI program.

She served on the 2013 ACDIS National Conference Planning Committee, has been a frequent speaker at local, state, and national association meetings, and is a member of the Louisiana ACDIS Local Chapter.

Elected to the board in 2014; serving through April 2017

Wendy DeVreugd, RN, BSN, PHN, FNP, CCDS, MBA
Assistant Medical Center Administrator--Operations, Continuing Care
Downey Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

DeVreugd has 42 years of nursing experience, 30 years as a case manager and director, 13 years in CDI program development and implementation, and earned her CCDS certification in 2009. She worked to mentor new case managers and CDI specialists through formal education program development, and is a leader with advanced practice clinical experience in family practice as an FNP.

Her CDI experience includes the implementation of new CDI programs in the West Region of Kindred Healthcare in 25 facilities and six states, while working with others within her company for CDI program expansion in the hospital division. She is now the Assistant Medical Center Administrator/Operations, Continuing Care, for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (Downey Medical Center).

DeVreugd earned a Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix in 2010. An ACDIS member since 2007, she served on the 2007-2010 ACDIS Advisory Board and has worked with several ACDIS committees and task forces to support ACDIS since then.

Elected to the board in 2014; serving through April 2017.

Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Manager, Clinical Documentation Services
DHG Healthcare, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Ericson is the Manager of Clinical Documentation Services with DHG Healthcare. To mitigate and avoid penalties under MSSP and value-based payment programs, DHG Healthcare’s CDI methodology considers implications beyond the correct MS-DRG assignment. Its focus on clinical clarity and complete diagnosis coding prepares CDI programs for accurate outcomes measurements and reimbursements under value and quality-based payment models.

Ericson has more than 10 years of CDI experience and is recognized as a CDI subject matter expert for her body of work which includes many speaking engagements and publications for a variety of industry associations including AHIMA practice briefs and ACDIS white papers. Previous positions include serving as the CDI Education Director for HCPro and Associate Director of Education for ACDIS. She currently serves on the advisory board for ACDIS and is a member of the AHIMA CDI Task Force. 

Serving through April 2017

Paul Evans, RHIA, CCDS, CCS, CCS-P
Clinical Documentation Integrity Leader
Sutter West Bay Area

Based in San Francisco, Evans holds degrees in business administration and healthcare information management. He has previously worked as a data quality coordinator, senior internal auditor, a project manager for a national consulting firm, and as the director of various HIM departments.

A member of both the American Health Information Association and ACDIS, he has published or contributed to multiple articles regarding quality and data management and has been a featured speaker for various educational seminars.

Elected to the board in 2016; serving through April 2019

James P. Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS
Vice President

Board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, Fee maintains a clinical practice in hospital medicine and has been actively involved in operations and process development of CDI programs across the country, including ground level training of physician advisors, coders, and CDI specialists. He has provided clients with specialized risk-adjusted quality and Accountable Care Organization audits. His participation in CPT (E/M) audits and physician education bridges inpatient and outpatient care delivery mirroring the future of CDI. 

Fee is also a Hospitalist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has authored articles for ACDIS, ICD-10 Monitor, Journal of AHIMA, and Advance Executive Insight targeting physician integration and collaboration in CDI and has worked to incorporate advancing technology with data analytics and ongoing physician education through a point-of-care mobile application.

He is a graduate of Tulane Health Sciences Center and is an active member in Alpha Omega Alpha, Society of Hospital Medicine, and American Association of Physician Leadership.  Fee is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and provides local, state, and national presentations for a variety of state and national associations including ACDIS, AHIMA, and American Association of Physician Leadership. 

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

Tamara A. Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCDS, ACM
Director, Clinical Documentation Excellence 
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Tamara is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience, 15 years in critical care and more than 17 years in CDI and management. She is responsible for all CDI activity at Wake Forest Baptist Health system, an 885 bed academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

She previously had management responsibility for case managers, social workers, and utilization managers. She was a founding member of the CDI team at Wake Forest in 1999, and continues to lead the team expanding its efforts into all-payer reviews, reviews related to HACs/PSIs and SOI/ROM, and the implementation of ICD-10. The team is now expanding into the outpatient arena.

She previously served as a founding member of the Advisory Board and continues to serve on the CCDS Certification Board. She has spoken at several local and national association meetings. She is also a member of AHIMA and ACMA. She is also an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.

Hicks earned a diploma in nursing from the Watts School of Nursing, a bachelor degree in nursing from Gardner-Webb University, and a master degree in health administration with a concentration in leadership and organizational change from Pfeiffer University.

Elected to board in 2016; serving through April 2019

Robin Jones, RN, BSN, CCDS, MHA/Ed
Assistant Vice President, Revenue Integrity and Clinical Documentation Excellence
Mercy Health, Cincinnati Ohio

A registered nurse, Robin has clinical experience in Med/Surg and NICU, and began her CDI career in 2004 at Mercy Fairfield, then expanded her role in 2008 to become a team lead. In 2011, she was promoted to manager over eight acute care facilities in Cincinnati, Springfield, and Paducah, Kentucky.

In 2014, her role expanded as the System Director of clinical documentation excellence (CDE) in which she has oversight of 17 acute care facilities. Robin has developed working relationships with physicians and provided education to ancillary staff regarding the value of CDE across the continuum of care. Her goal is to grow CDE into the outpatient setting including ER, and developing strategies to take CDE into the future of healthcare.

In early 2017 Robin expanded her role and is now AVP of Revenue Integrity and CE.

She received her RN Diploma from Christ Hospital School of Nursing in 2000, BSN from University of Phoenix in 2008, and MHA/ED from University of Phoenix in 2013. In addition she has received Mercy Health Compass Awards as a Catalyst (2014) and Operator (2015) in Leadership.

Elected to board in 2016; serving through April 2019

Mark LeBlanc, RN, MBA, CCDS
Director, CDI Services
The Wilshire Group

Mark has over 33 years of nursing experience including NBICU, Pediatrics, Home Care, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to his starting in the CDI arena, he was the VP of Operations for a Specialty National Mail Order Pharmacy. He began his CDI career in 2004 and went on to become the Team Lead for the program. He has led the conversion to a new CDI system at 2 different facilities. He has been a leader in the area of SOI/ROM capture, which leads to appropriate revenue capture rather than revenue capture alone.

Mark earned his nursing degree in 1980 from a Diploma program in South Louisiana. He went on to the University of Houston to obtain a BBA in Operations Management. He completed his MBA in Healthcare Administration in 2005 from the University of Phoenix. He was a co-founder of the Minnesota ACDIS chapter and served in a leadership capacity until this year. He was a speaker at the 2013 ACDIS conference in Nashville. 

Elected to the board in 2014; serving through April 2017

Michelle McCormack RN, BSN, CCDS, CRCR
Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement
Stanford Health Care

Michelle has 10 years of CDI experience with a clinical nursing background in a variety of areas including neurosurgery, ENT, Med/Surg and OB/Post-partum. She has lead successful CDI departments in academic medical centers, private and public institutions, including multi-hospital programs. She has expertise transitioning CDI programs to electronic health records, advanced CDI initiatives, data management and reporting, as well as remote CDI program options. Her areas of interest are CDI data management and program monitoring, leveraging technology, growing CDI staff and provider engagement.

Michelle has been an ACDIS member since 2008 and was the co-founder and chair of the Minnesota chapter until her move to California. Michelle has been active in CDI through presentations at local, state and national levels, including the national ACDIS conference.

Elected to the board in 2014; serving through April 2017

Karen Newhouser, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CCM, CDIP
Director of Education

An RN with 36 years’ experience, and a specialization in critical care, Newhouser transitioned to a role in case management in 2001 and CDI in 2004. In 2011, she earned a certificate in medical coding and billing as well as the CCDS credential. That same year, Newhouser co-presented a poster for the 4th Annual ACDIS Conference and joined MedPartners as the CDI supervisor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Having been a mentor and preceptor throughout her career, she transitioned to the position of director of CDI education for MedPartners in 2014.

Newhouser has extensive experience in quality initiatives involving patient safety indicators, hospital acquired conditions, core measures, sepsis, and malnutrition, as well as education in ICD-9 and ICD-10, query template and tip card development, auditing, data analysis, and reporting.

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC 
CDI Education Director

Prescott is the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Education Director with HCPro, a division of BLR. Prescott serves as a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert for the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement (ACDIS). Prescott is a frequent speaker on HCPro/ACDIS webinars and is the author of the CDI Complete Training Guide.

Prescott started her nursing career in 1985 as a graduate of the University of Vermont School Of Nursing. Since that time she has worked at a variety of organizations including academic, large and small community hospitals. She has worked in a number of nursing roles including as manager in the areas of medical/surgical, ICU, PACU and endoscopy. Her experience also includes specialization as a compliance officer.

She completed her MSN with a focus in nursing education at the University of Phoenix and taught nursing as an adjunct instructor to ADN students. She continued her focus of nursing education in various roles. In 2007, Prescott left this role to develop and implement a CDI program and remained in this role until joining HCPro in August of 2013.

Serving on the board since January 2017

Judy Schade, RN, MSN, CCM, CCDS
Clinical Documentation Specialist
Mayo Clinic Hospital

A nurse with more than 30 years’ Schade has experience in a variety of clinical areas, including acute and home health nursing, discharge planning, case management, utilization and denial management, medical auditing, and bill review specialist. Over the years, she has gained insight into healthcare reimbursement practices, and how complete and accurate documentation affects quality care. Her CDI experience spans more than 14 years and includes establishing the CDI program for Mayo Clinic Hospital-Arizona, where she helped lead the development of educational materials, presentations, and a CDI resource booklet.

Schade received her nursing diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, and Master of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. A member of the Mayo Clinic Arizona-Care Management Subcommittee and Mayo Clinic Health Systems-CDI Subcommittee, she served as a former board member and editor for Wisconsin Nursing Association district 5, obtained certification in case management in 2005, and her CCDS certification in 2011.

An ACDIS member since 2008, she served as co-leader of the Arizona ACDIS Chapter in 2015. In 2013, received the CDI Professional Achievement award from ACDIS.

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

VP of Revenue Cycle
R3 Health Solutions

Yuen is a health information management (HIM) and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professional who has extensive experience in healthcare and revenue cycle consulting. She has implemented and re-invigorated many CDI programs nationwide and has also provided on-site CDI support to major health systems. Yuen currently serves as the VP of Revenue Cycle for R3 Health Solutions. Along with her past consulting experience, she was previously the corporate director of CDI at Penn Medicine. In this role, she was responsible for the oversight of four hospitals and was successful in developing a unified and multidisciplinary corporate CDI process focused on improving provider documentation through specialty specific education.

Yuen is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) and the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Local ACDIS Chapter. Yuen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in HIM from Temple University where she minored in business, and is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

CCDS Certification Board

Task: Maintaining and updating the CCDS Certification Program, including the exam and its prerequisites.

Board Members: Deborah Biskner, Karen Bridgeman, Sharme Brodie, Margi Brown, Gary David, Tamara Hicks, Fran Jurcak, Melinda Matthews, Mary McGrady, Laurie Prescott, Irina Zusman.

2017 Conference Committee

Task: Selecting all speakers and sessions for the 2017 conference; selecting the 2017 ACDIS Achievement Awards Winners.

Committee Members: Karen DiMeglio, Teri Ryan, Susanne Warford, Jeanne O'Connor, Brandy White, Deidre Barnett, Valerie Bica, Jessica Fetterley, Faisal Hussain, Lynn Sisler, Kara Masucci, Shelia Bullock (nurse planner).

Forms & Tools Review Committee

Task: Reviewing materials donated to the ACDIS community for publication in the Forms & Tools Library for accuracy, compliance, relevance, and effectiveness.

Committee Members: Sharme Brodie, Mark Dominesey, Paul Evans, Robert Hodges, Jane Hoyt, Judy Rochelle, Annie Wells.

Chapter Advisory Board

Task: Serving as liaisons between local chapter leaders and ACDIS national administration by participating on chapter leadership conference calls, promoting best practice, and providing guidance to leaders across the country.

Board Members: Judi Bates from eastern Pennsylvania, Katherina Burleson from North Carolina, Sherri Clark from Tennessee, Emily Emmons from California, Bonnie Epps past Georgia leader, Rita Fields past Kentucky leader, Susan Haley from Michigan, Suzanne Whiteford from New Hampshire, Aimee Van Balen from Massachusetts, and Julie Bell from Georgia.

CDI Practice Guidelines Committee

View the purpose, composition, and scope of work of the CDI Practice Guidelines Committee.

Task: To define and publish best practice for the CDI profession and provide commentary to the appropriate coding authorities and/or medical specialties.

Committee Members: Amy Gerhart, Angelisa Romanello, Julie Geiger, Emmanuel Damalie, Allen Frady, Cathy Farraher, Patricia Hartman, Karen Carr, Cynthia Stefl, Cheryl Ericson, Mark LeBlanc (Committee Chair), Karen Newhouser (ACDIS Advisory Board Liaison).

Previous Advisory Board Members

  • Dee Banet, RN, BSN, CCDS (2011-2013)
  • Cindy Basham, MHA, MSCCS, BSN, CPC, CCS (2007-2010)
  • Susan Belley, M.Ed., RHIA, CPHQ (2011-2013)
  • Timothy N. Brundage, MD (2011-2013)
  • Gloryanne Bryant, BS, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCDS (2007-2010)
  • Shelia Bullock, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS (2009-2011)
  • Donald Butler, RN, BSN (2013-2015)
  • Jean S. Clark, RHIA (2007-2010)
  • Wendy De Vreugd, RN, BSN, PHN, FNP, CCDS (2007-2010)
  • Garri L. Garrison, RN, CPC, CMC, CPUR (2009-2011)
  • Colleen Garry, RN, BS (2007-2010)
  • Robert Gold, MD (2007-2010) (2011-2013)
  • William E. Haik, MD (2007-2010)
  • Tamara Hicks, RN, BSN, CCS, CCDS (2007-2010)
  • Sylvia Hoffman, RN, CCDS, CCDI, CDIP (2013-2015)
  • Robin R. Holmes, RN, MSN (2009-2011)
  • Walter Houlihan, MBA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA (2013-2015)
  • Thomas W. Huth, MD, MBA, FACP (2015)
  • Fran Jurcak, RN, MSN, CCDS (2011-2014)
  • James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS (2010-2012)
  • Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI (2010-2012)
  • Trey La Charité, MD (2011-2013)
  • Pam Lovell, MBA, RN (2007-2010)
  • Gail B. Marini, RN, MM, CCS, LNC (2010-2012)
  • Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CPC-I, CCDS (2007-2010)
  • Lynne Spryszak, RN, CCDS, CPC (2007-2012)
  • Colleen Stukenberg, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCDS (2009-2011)
  • Heather Taillon, RHIA (2007-2010)
  • James E. Vance, MD, MBA (2014)
  • Donna D. Wilson, RHIA, CCS, CCDS (2011-2013)
  • Lena N Wilson, MHI, RHIA, CCS, CCDS (2010-2012)