AAPACN Staff Bios

Tracey Moorhead
President and CEO

Tracey Moorhead is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) in 2018. Tracey brings over 20 years of non-profit leadership to AAPACN including a background in health policy and advocacy. Tracey’s success in initiatives relating to strategic planning, communications, and partnership development combine with expertise in population health management to position organizations and healthcare providers for success in new care delivery and payment models. Tracey commutes to the AAPACN office from her metro-DC area home.

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Susan Turman, MBA
Chief Operations Officer

Susan has worked in the non-profit sector for over 25 years, specializing in operations, including facility management, human resources, IT, and staff training. While most of her experience prior to AAPACN had been with 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, she finds that many skills transfer quite easily from charities to associations. 

A native of Colorado, Susan has a BA in secondary education and an MBA. At AAPACN, Susan is responsible for financial management, human resources, facility management, and information technology.

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Kim Hicks
Vice President Business Development

Kim joined AAPACN in 2019, bringing over a decade of experience in LTPAC healthcare technology and regulatory knowledge. Prior to joining AAPACN, she worked in various sales and business development roles with both MatrixCare and Providigm. Kim will be a part of the executive team focused on maintaining and expanding business and strategic partnerships in our healthcare sector that share our mission of supporting the nurses who provide quality care.

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Domitilla Pontes
Vice President of Operations

Domitilla provides support to the staff of AAPACN through database management and data analysis. She also provides project management support by overseeing the process of developing and launching new products for members. Prior to joining AAPACN, Domitilla gained experience in operations and process improvements through several opportunities in the financial services industry. She has her BS in Business Management and her MS in Organizational Leadership and is passionate about creating efficient, successful teams through organized processes and quality leadership at every level of an organization.

She is excited to work with such a well-respected team committed to providing excellent education and resources for their members.

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Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT
Vice President of Education and Certification Strategy

Amy Stewart is the vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN. Formerly, she was a legal nurse consultant for the law firm Hall, Prangle, Schoonveld (HPS), in Chicago. She has 20 years of experience in the post-acute healthcare industry, with expertise in the areas of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI), clinical reimbursement, quality, and regulatory change.

Prior to joining HPS, Amy was the division director of reimbursement for 18 skilled nursing facilities in the Chicagoland area, part of a larger hospital system that participated in CMS innovative payment models. Previous roles include director of nursing, pharmacy quality consultant, wound care consultant, and MDS coordinator.

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Deborah White, MBA
Vice President of Membership and Marketing

Deborah joined AAPACN in December 2012, bringing more than 15 years of marketing experience, including 10 years in healthcare association management. She earned her MBA with a focus in marketing. Working in collaboration with the executive team and program managers, Deborah helps to uncover unmet member needs and to increase the value of membership through benefit development, member engagement, and marketing communications.

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Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC- MT, QCP
Curriculum Development Specialist

Jane is a curriculum development specialist for AAPACN. Having been involved in long-term care for more than 40 years, she has served as a gerontological clinical specialist, director of nursing, and nurse consultant. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is Master Teacher for AANAC. Prior to joining AAPACN, she was a principal at Plante Moran specializing in senior care operational consulting, certification compliance, reimbursement, corporate compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement.

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Jessie McGill, RN, RAC- MT
Curriculum Development Specialist

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, is a curriculum development specialist for AAPACN. Previously, Jessie worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states including nearly 300 living centers. She has more than 17 years of long-term care experience including restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialist, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement. Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care.

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Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP
Curriculum Development Specialist

Alexis is a curriculum development specialist for AADNS. She started her career as a certified nurse assistant and has served in a variety of roles including DNS, MDS coordinator, and nursing instructor. Alexis was a program manager for the QIO, Primaris, assisting skilled communities with their quality improvement efforts. During her tenure at the QIO, she developed tools, resources, and presented to various stakeholders on a variety of clinical and workplace topics. Alexis has served as a regional nurse and a clinical consultant assisting skilled communities with clinical operations, compliance, and risk management. She is passionate about post-acute care and has held a board member position with her state AHCA affiliate and her state’s board of nursing home administrators. Alexis also teaches a leadership program for the University of Missouri.

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Denise Winzeler, RN, BSN, LNHA
Curriculum Development Specialist

Denise is a curriculum development specialist for AADNS. She has over 20 years of experience in long-term care both as a clinician and an administrator. Prior to joining the team, Denise worked as a Vice President of Clinical Advisory Services at Formation Healthcare. Her work experience also includes divisional performance improvement consultant for a large multi-chain long-term care organization, regional nurse consultant, director of nursing, and licensed nursing home administrator. She has extensive experience in providing clinical oversight, monitoring, and education. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing policies and procedures for multiple long-term care organizations. Denise also has over 10 years of experience as a legal nurse consultant including review of litigation cases and trial appearances.

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Bob Droog
Director of Information Technology

Bob joined the AAPACN team in 2016. He takes great pride in solving difficult technological problems. He oversees all IT operations and technological needs of the organization.

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Karen Porter
Director of Accreditation and Product Management

As the director of accreditation and product management, Karen’s primary role supports members and students through the online content for education programs. Karen has a BS in Organizational Leadership and over 30 years of customer service experience. She believes that true customer service and member support are the most overlooked benefits within many organizations today. With a strong work ethic and background of helping others in professional development and certification, she has a commitment to seeing individuals succeed and reach their goals. 

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Leigh Anne Elkins
Accounting Manager

As the accounting manager, Leigh Anne is responsible for all accounting functions. She has a BS in Accounting and over 20 years of nonprofit accounting experience. She loves sitting at her desk crunching numbers, as well as helping others understand them.

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Scott Hammond
Member Service Manager

Scott joined AAPACN in 2015 as the member services manager. He has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working with members and volunteers. Scott manages the member service team and works to maintain high levels of customer service and strengthen AANAC’s member engagement. Making sure member needs are met and that they have a great customer service experience is his priority. Please feel free to reach out to him with suggestions for ways to continue to improve the member experience.

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Aileen Holland
Membership Development Manager

Aileen brings over 20 years of association experience, having worked for a variety of associations including the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) which represents post-acute and long-term care administrators. Her professional experience has entailed her to achieved measurable success in developing profitable membership programs as well as tangible benefits for members.  Aileen is also an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives.

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Marquita Jones
Conference and Exhibits manager

Marqita has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and has over 10 years of experience in corporate event planning. Marqita joined the association in 2018 as the conference and events manager. She has a BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Theater.

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Carrie Ripes
Marketing Manager

Carrie brings over 20 years of marketing and media experience to the association. Her background includes 18 years working at a local Denver television station, during which time she managed the marketing budget, as well as the community outreach initiatives where she treasured her time spent working with local nonprofits creating programs to better our community.

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Taylor Norris
Graphic Designer

As AAPACN’s graphic designer, Taylor aims to clearly communicate the AAPACN mission through all things visual. Taylor received her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication Design. Her background in design includes five years of full-time and freelance design positions, creating print and digital projects. Taylor is passionate about supporting the nonprofit sector.

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Alix Murrell
Senior Educational Events Coordinator

Alix specializes in registrations and logistics for all AAPACN training partner workshops held throughout the country. She serves as a main point of contact for workshop inquiries and provides quality customer service for the Education team. She also contributes to the quality assurance program for workshops.

With a BA in Family and Consumer Sciences and years of customer service experience, specifically in an education setting, Alix has a true passion for helping others and a strong desire for providing support and guidance.

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Carolyn Gibson
Membership Service Coordinator

Carolyn is a senior membership service representative on the AAPACN team, providing you with attention to your membership needs. When you call AAPACN, you may very likely speak with Carolyn, as she also helps with member/student information as a member service representative. 

According to Carolyn, "There’s a lot of variety in each day, and it’s good to hear from members to help access the database to ensure accurate, complete, and reliable information. Especially in the long-term skilled facility workforce, time is very limited and when you call with a service question, it’s good to have a member services representative ready to answer your call." 

Buffy Maron-Gray
Member Services/Organizational Memberships Coordinator

Buffy has more than 30 years of customer service experience, with over 10 years in the nonprofit sector.  She joined the association in 2019, and has developed a passion for listening to members and supporting their needs. 

Tamara Rimpley
Business Development Coordinator

As the Business Development Coordinator, Tamara supports our relationships with our business partners, exhibitors, and sponsors. Tamara brings over 20 years of research, education, and customer service experience to the team and has a deep understanding of the medical and science-based fields.

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Thomas Connell
Professional Development Coordinator

Thomas moved to Colorado in 2013 from Florida. He is the Professional Development Coordinator and has over six years of nonprofit experience and provides outstanding customer service for the Education team. 

Christie Griffith
LMS/Education Administrative Coordinator

As the LMS/Education Administrative Coordinator, Christie supports all facets of the AAPACN education programs. This includes supporting members and staff, and creating transparencies within the education programs. Christie has over 30 years experience working in the health care industry in roles ranging from marketing and membership to customer service and data analysis. She believes that the foundation of business is strong customer service and member support.

Teresa Summers
Executive Coordinator

Teresa brings 20+ years of customer service experience to the AAPACN team. From the medical industry where she served as a certified billing and coding specialist to direct interactions within the restaurant arena, Teresa has a tremendous background in assisting others and contributing to a positive member/customer service experience. As the Executive Coordinator at AAPACN, Teresa supports the CEO and Executive Team. Her caring nature and concern for others make her an incredible representative of AAPACN and part of the team. 

Emily Neufeld
Marketing Assistant

As marketing assistant, Emily coordinates the email and digital marketing strategy for the association.  She has a BS in Marketing, and is passionate about working in the nonprofit sector.

Holly Carrico
Data Analyst

As the data analyst, Holly supports the other departments through database management, key reporting, and analytical projects. She loves that she can apply her passion for organization, data, statistics, and software to serving the long-term care community. Prior to joining AAPACN, Holly worked as a Certification & Accreditation Specialist at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and as the Promotions and Events Manager at The Gilpin Casino. She has an AS in Mathematics and BBA in Management.

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Chris Mondragon
IT Support Specialist

Chris joined AAPACN in 2020 as the IT support specialist. He brings over 16 years of IT support experience to the organization, having spent much of that time working in the healthcare industry at Kaiser Permanente and Craig Hospital. Chris has Bachelor of Science degree, and enjoys researching new technologies.

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Kaye Sanders
Member Services/Office Assistant

As the member services/office assistant, Kaye spends much of her time assisting our members. She has a Masters in Healthcare Administration, and spent several years working in education as an academic counselor, as well as an adjunct faculty.

Ginger Moore
HR Generalist

Ginger started her HR career at a Fortune 50 energy company in Houston, Texas and took a job transfer with them to Denver in 1994.  She has worked in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and has over 25 years’ broad-based, multi-state and international human resource experience.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/HR Management and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the SHRM-SCP certifications.

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