Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Connie D

Connie Demeulenaere 

Connie is the Director of Reimbursement Services for Therapeutic Rehab/Universal Michigan LLC.  For the past 8 years she has worked in this role as reimbursement Director managing the billing /collections aspects for the company along with all legal/litigation claims as they related to the Michigan No-Fault arena.  She also contributes to certain Human Resource positions along with Operation roles.   Prior to this she has an extensive background in Marketing specifically as it relates to the field of Neurorehabiliation.  Connie’s entire career has been focus in the Michigan No-Fault arena either on the Insurance side and currently on the provider side.  She enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years Perry.  Her two beautiful daughters along with her step children and six grandchildren with one more on the way!

VICE PRESIDENT

 Christy Odell

Christy O'Dell, CPC, CPMA

Christy O’Dell, CPC, CPMA, is employed as a Medical  Educator with Change Healthcare and Aurand OB-GYN.  Christy has worked in the medical auditing, coding, and billing industry for over 20 years. She has spent most of her career working in the Interventional Cardiology and OB-GYN specialties.  Although she enjoys coding and billing, she felt she had more to offer both to her peers and providers, as well as a strong desire to learn, leading her to branch out to provider education, quality analysis, and practice management. Christy has been a member of MMBA for the last 16 years and an active board member for 13 years serving as the Northeast Chapter Officer, Secretary, Director of Marketing, Director of Special Events, and most recently President.  Christy believes that if you find a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life!   

DIRECTOR of CHAPTERS

Ameji AuriasAnaliza S Mejia-Urias, CPB, CPC, CH-CBS

Analiza S Mejia-Urias is the Revenue Cycle Manager at Catherine's Health Center.  She was previously the Director of Reimbursement for Cherry Health. Analiza has 29 years of Multi-specialty billing as in Family Practice, and Transplant billing, with the last 22 years specializing in Multi-specialty in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)  which consists of billing for Internal Medicine, Family practice, Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, Optometry, Dental, Behavioral Health, Physical Therapy, Dermatology, Radiology, SUD and Methadone.

Analiza is very detailed, dedicated, and mission driven. She loves billing due to the challenges and daily learning that it brings.

DIRECTOR of COMMUNICATIONS

 

Tamara Dew, COC  Tamara Dew

Tamara Dew, COC, has worked for Henry Ford Health System for nearly fifteen years, first in Home Health Care and most recently as a Pricing Services Specialist in the Central Billing Office. She is an Instructor at Macomb Community College where she teaches Medical Billing & Coding and Medical Terminology. Tamara faithfully served as Secretary for the AAPC Detroit Chapter for seven (7) terms and is now currently serving as Vice-President. In 2021, she joined the MMBA as Director of Communications and Secretary for the South/Southeast Chapter where she is enjoying enthusiastically serving in her challenging dual role. 

DIRECTOR of SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC  Jill Young

Jill brings with her over 35 years of medical experience. This includes a diverse background in all areas of medicine from clinical to billing and she has worked with many physician specialties. Her consulting company provides auditing and the usual consulting services but additionally provides both education and training from front office to back.

TREASURER

Luisa Ortiz PicLuisa Ortiz, BSBM, MBA-HC

Luisa Ortiz was born in Chicago, Il.  she graduated from Central High School in 1985.  Soon after, she began her undergrad at DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, Il. Because of personal reasons, she was unable to finish her undergrad, but able to attend and receive certification on Medical terminology, Medical administration and Medical billing from Wright College.  She has worked in the medical field for over 30 years.  She started as a medical clerical and biller for a specialist in Chicago, Il.  After moving back to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1992, she worked for Blue Care Network as a claims adjudicator, while they were transitioning to a more sophisticated system.  Later she worked within the reimbursement department of a large Federally Qualified Health Center in West Michigan for many years, and now with Molina Healthcare for over 10 years.  Realizing the importance of education, and setting the examples for her children, she decided to continue her education, where she received her BS in Business Management, and MBA in Healthcare.  Her higher education became a focus in providing information to the communities about healthier habits, shared during the health fairs and events she volunteers for. 

SECRETARY

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Vanessa Boji

Vanessa is a founder and the COO of Red House Medical Billing.  She has worked in medical billing operations since 1998 across various specialties, practice management system and EHR's. She focuses on updating her business with new research and technological advancements in billing, coding, and electronic health care systems.  Her expertise is operational excellence and revenue cycle structural development.  She studied at Madonna University and has a bachelors of science in allied health.

 

EAST CHAPTER OFFICER

 

Michelle Pierson, CMRS, CMCS Michelle Pierson

Michelle has worked for Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon D Gary Wolford DDS since 1996. She started in the office as his receptionist and through the years has worked to become the surgical scheduler, referral specialist and insurance credentialing liaison. In 2014, she became the office insurance biller/coder and one year later the office manager as well. Michelle has been a part of the Michigan Medical Billers Association for over 8 years! In 2017, she completed the CMRS course and during the 2020 COVID shutdown completed the CMCS course. Michelle looks forward to serving the members of MMBA as the East Michigan Co-Chair!

EAST CHAPTER OFFICER

Lisa JacbsonLisa Jacobson, CPC-A

I would like to introduce myself, My name is Lisa! 

I am a mother to three grown children all with children of their own. I have been employed by Genesys for 22 years now. I started my career as a Medical Assistant, then worked my way into billing and credentialing within our revenue cycle department. I decided I needed more of a challenge and decided coding would be the challenge I was looking for. Boy, I was not wrong! I love the learning aspect that this field offers me!  My hobbies include powerlifting which helps keep me active not only my body but allows my mind time to rest.  I am so glad to become a part of the MMBA, and be able to assist, learn, and grow with those around me. 

MID MICHIGAN CHAPTER OFFICER

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Jill Young,  CPC, CEDC, CIMC

Jill brings with her over 35 years of medical experience.  This includes a diverse background in all areas of medicine from clinical to billing and she has worked with many physician specialties. Her consulting company provides auditing and the usual consulting services but additionally provides both education and training from front office to back.

 

 

MID MICHIGAN CHAPTER OFFICER

Rebecca W

Rebecca Whitfield, CPC 


Rebecca enjoys providing great client and patient services. As account manager for several specialties, she goes above and beyond to develop strategies to guide her teams through billing processes to increase clean claim submission rates. There is never a dull moment in healthcare only opportunities to improve.

 

NORTHEAST CHAPTER OFFICER

Cindy Micho, BSA, MSA, CPC C Micho

I started my Healthcare adventure as a Medical Assistant having obtained an associate in applied science degree.  I have over 30 years experience in the healthcare industry.  After several years of working as a Medical Assistant I returned to college to earn a Master of Science Administration.  I discovered my heart was really in coding and education, so I returned.  I have experience with medical billing, medical chart review, claim resolution and coding.  I am currently employed with CMU Medical Education Partners. After 18 years with HealthPlus of Michigan I joined the CMU team.  I have been with CMU for 3 years.  I have experience in the following specialties: Family and Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, General Surgery and Wound Care.  I am a member of AAPC and hold CPC credentials.  I look forward to being a part of this dynamic group.

NORTHEAST CHAPTER OFFICER

Lynn WilksLynn Wilks, CCS-P, CPMA

Lynn has over 20 years experience in the medical billing and coding field.  She has worked as a receptionist, biller/coder and office manager. She is currently employed  as Lead Coder for CMU Medical Education Partners.  She has been with CMU for 17 years .  She has experience the following specialties: Family and Internal Medicine, Pediatrics,  Ob/Gyn, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Wound Care, Physical Therapy.  Lynn is a member of American Academy of Professional Coders, and served as President and Vice President her local chapter.  She is also a member of AHIMA.  She is currently as Co Chair of the Northeast Chapter of MMBA. 

NORTHERN MI CHAPTER OFFICER

Cindy Hartline

Cindy Hartline, CPC, CPMA

Cindy is a graduate of Baker College in Cadillac. She started her billing career with an externship at Northern Billing Specialists and has been employed there ever since. She is now the coding specialist. Cindy has over 11 years experience in billing and coding. She is also an adjunct instructor at Baker College of Cadillac for the Medical Insurance Specialist program and has been since 2013. She is also an auditor for MACS, a member of AAPC, and a member of NAMAS. Cindy holds certifications as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA).

NORTHERN MI CHAPTER OFFICER

 

Roxanne

Roxanne DuFort, CPC, CFPC, CPMA, CPB

Roxanne owns and operates a medical billing company in the northern region of the state of Michigan.  Roxanne has been in the business since 1995 providing billing, credentialing and auditing services to Michigan providers and practices of varied specialties.  Roxanne is the founder of the Local Cadillac AAPC Chapter and has served in numerous officer positions.  Roxanne has previously been on the MMBA board and has returned again to Co-Chair the Northern Chapter. 

 

SOUTHEAST CHAPTER OFFICER

Shronica Thomas, MBA, CPC   Shronica

Owner of Pennacle Healthcare Consultant, LLC, I am a Passionate Healthcare Finance Professional with a history of success in Revenue Cycle and Project Management. Demonstrated proficiency to evaluate and implement lean process workflows for denial management so that every dollar not paid is addressed and followed up. I provide billing and coding services, contracting and credentialing services for a select group of customers.I am currently the Billing Manager at Comprehensive Urology where I manage an awesome team. My team consists of a Charge Entry Coordinator, Sr. Biller, Posting Team and Accounts Receivable team. I specialize in Medical Billing and Coding and regularly attend national training sessions to gain insight on the everchanging world of coding guidelines and regulations.


I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and MBA in Business Administration. I continued to
invest in education receiving credentials from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). I am a Certified Professional Coder-CPC and I am currently studying to include another certification of Certified Professional Biller (CPB) expected completion by June 2021.
I am a social buttery, some of my social activities include Treasurer of Detroit local AAPC chapter
inconsistently for over ten years, with one-to-two-year breaks in between. I am an Active Member of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for over 30 years. I am also an active member with my neighborhood
block club.I enjoy a good Netflix binge every now and then. Otherwise, I enjoy, bike riding bowling, golfing at Top Golf, baking and singing.

 

SOUTHEAST CHAPTER OFFICER

Selena Richardson, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC  Selena

Graduated from Northwestern High School.  Received my Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University.  I continued to invest in education receiving credentials from the American Academy of Professional Coders.  (AAPC)   Certified Professional Coder-CPC, Certified Outpatient Coder-COC, Certified Professional Medical Auditor-CPMA, and the Certified Risk Adjustment Coder-CRC.

Employed with Henry Ford Health System, where I intended to work for the summer only.  There I met and married my husband of 37 years.  We have one daughter and one grandson. 

At HFH I was fortunate enough to move through many departments each move upgrading my position.  I began in the Nursing department, to Communications, to Admitting, to Transplant Surgery to Revenue cycle and finally to Business Integrity.  It was in the Department of Transplant Surgery I was introduced to medical coding.  As a coder, I coded and billed surgical procedures and office visits for General, Vascular and Trauma provided professional services for the Surgical specialties with specialization to Vascular and General Surgery. My last department was with Business Integrity, as a Compliance Specialist.   In Business Integrity I used the laws affiliated with a health care system. I retired in 2019 after 44 years, of those years the last 25 was dedicated to coding, and education.  I continue to support my local chapter attending the monthly meetings and other coding and billing organizations webinars.  

WEST MI CHAPTER OFFICER

Luisa Ortiz PicLuisa Ortiz, BSBM, MBA-HC

Luisa Ortiz was born in Chicago, Il.  she graduated from Central High School in 1985.  Soon after, she began her undergrad at DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, Il. Because of personal reasons, she was unable to finish her undergrad, but able to attend and receive certification on Medical terminology, Medical administration and Medical billing from Wright College.  She has worked in the medical field for over 30 years.  She started as a medical clerical and biller for a specialist in Chicago, Il.  After moving back to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1992, she worked for Blue Care Network as a claims adjudicator, while they were transitioning to a more sophisticated system.  Later she worked within the reimbursement department of a large Federally Qualified Health Center in West Michigan for many years, and now with Molina Healthcare for over 10 years.  Realizing the importance of education, and setting the examples for her children, she decided to continue her education, where she received her BS in Business Management, and MBA in Healthcare.  Her higher education became a focus in providing information to the communities about healthier habits, shared during the health fairs and events she volunteers for. 

WEST MI CHAPTER OFFICER

Ameji AuriasAnaliza S Mejia-Urias, CPB, CPC, CH-CBS

Analiza S Mejia-Urias is the Revenue Cycle Manager at Catherine's Health Center.  She was previously the Director of Reimbursement for Cherry Health. Analiza has 29 years of Multi-specialty billing as in Family Practice, and Transplant billing, with the last 22 years specializing in Multi-specialty in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)  which consists of billing for Internal Medicine, Family practice, Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, Optometry, Dental, Behavioral Health, Physical Therapy, Dermatology, Radiology, SUD and Methadone.

Analiza is very detailed, dedicated, and mission driven. She loves billing due to the challenges and daily learning that it brings.