Meet the ACDIS Leadership Team

Brian Murphy
ACDIS Director








Responsible for overseeing ACDIS' direction, including the annual conference, industry guidance, and providing an authoritative voice in the industry.

Favorite holiday tradition: "Visiting the local tree farm with my wife Susanne and daughters Libby and Hannah, picking the right tree and cutting it down myself. MerriHill Tree Farm serves hot chocolate and cookies while you wait to have the tree shaken and wrapped. Then decorating it back home!"

Melissa Varnavas
Associate Editorial Director


Responsible for the development of books, newsletters, blogs, webinars, and local chapter networking.

Favorite holiday tradition: "Brunch on Christmas Day. When I was little we could only open our stockings until mom and dad woke and we’d all had our breakfast. Each year, someone new got to play 'Santa' and hand out the presents. Everyone watched as the present was opened before 'Santa' delivered the next gift. As the morning wore on, and relatives stopped by the opening would pause and fresh eggs would be cooked until the morning turned to afternoon. This year, we’ll be brunching at my sister’s with her five children ages 12-23 and noshing on mimosas, Greek coffee, and egg nog."

Linnea Archibald
ACDIS Editor


Responsible for ACDIS' publications, including the CDI Journal, CDI Strategies, and the ACDIS Blog, and maintaining ACDIS' social media presence.

Favorite holiday tradition: "I have a lot of favorite traditions! My husband and I go to Portland, Maine every year to do Christmas shopping and it's always magical, so that's up there in my favorites. We're also starting a new tradition this year: Jolabokaflod—exchanging favorite books and chocolate on Christmas Eve, hunkering down, and reading for the evening!"

Carolyn Riel
Associate Editor


Responsible for assisting with developing, creating, and curating ACDIS' publications, and maintaining ACDIS' website.

Favorite holiday tradition: "I love getting to see all of my (very large) extended family. We always have a gingerbread decorating party, do a white elephant gift exchange, and go around the room saying our favorite Christmas memory. My father also always insists on making quiche, which no one but him eats."

Rebecca Hendren
Senior Manager, Events


Responsible for strategic planning of conferences, seminars, and webinars.

Favorite holiday tradition: "Our Christmas Eve dinner at an Asian fusion restaurant! We didn’t intend it to be a tradition until we realized we’d been doing it so long it had become one. Now we have 20 family members gathering each Christmas Eve for a fun and festive meal with no stress, no cooking, and no clean up!"

Delaney Rebernik
Membership Manager, ACDIS Leadership Council


Responsible for maintaining and managing the ACDIS CDI Leadership Council and PROPEL Advisory Services.

Favorite holiday tradition: "Swallowing garlic dipped in honey on Christmas Eve, a Slovakian tradition meant to bring health and sweetness in the year ahead. The best part is convincing new participants (e.g., significant others, young cousins) that you have to chew the garlic to make it count."

ACDIS Instructors

Laurie Prescott,

CDI Education Director


Responsible for developing and teaching HCPro's CDI Boot Camps, and serving as a subject matter expert, speaker, and author for ACDIS.

Favorite holiday tradition: "We Prescotts have specific rules for Christmas—no traveling, no leaving the house. Christmas Eve is church and Christmas day we wear our brand new Christmas jammies all day, eat, play games, and watch movies. Most traditions are related to food—sausage balls, fudge, chex mix, cheesey ham dip, eggnog, and of course dinner with all the trimmings. There is A LOT of eating and drinking."

Sharme Brodie,

CDI Education Specialist


Responsible for teaching HCPro's CDI Boot Camps, and serving as a subject matter expert, speaker, and author for ACDIS.


ACDIS Sales Team

Carrie Dry
National Sales Manager


Responsible for sponsorship engagement, vendor relations, and advertising opportunities.

Favorite holiday tradition: "We have a multi-generational nerf gun war on Christmas Eve."