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Board of Directors

AAPACN Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN). Meet the dedicated post-acute care professionals who serve on the AAPACN Board of Directors and who help drive our mission of supporting the professional development, empowerment, and success of our members.

Jill Snow, MBA, BSN
Chair

Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations, Ethica, Atlanta, GA

Jill is a leader with extensive experience in long-term care. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles and has demonstrated success in conceptualizing and implementing clinical operations platforms and quality improvement programs. She is a subject matter expert in state and federal regulations.

In her current role as vice president at Ethica, she works with key stakeholders to develop system-wide internal and external strategies to ensure the organization’s success. She ensures a comprehensive and effective compliance program and provides strategic direction for clinical practice program development.

Jill received her MBA with a concentration in Health Services from Keller Graduate School of Management and her BSN from Georgia College. She is board certified in Gerontology Nursing.

Elizabeth Florczak, RN, BSN, MS, WCC, RAC-CT
Vice Chair/Treasurer

Director of Clinical Operations, Sterling Healthcare Management, Skokie, IL 

Beth has over 30 years of experience spanning the health care continuum. She started as a nurse technician and has worked in a number of settings including critical care, medical surgical, home care, hospice and post-acute care. She has held roles including staff nurse, nurse educator, and director of nursing. 

Beth received her RN degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana and MSN from St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois. She is a member of the Professional and Technical Advisory Panel for Joint Commission. She is a contributor to several professional publications and conducts presentations across the U.S. on pressure ulcer and wound management. Beth has served on the board of directors of Telligen and the Illinois Catholic Health Care Association. 

Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA
Secretary/Treasurer

President, Celtic Consulting, LLC and CEO/founder, Care Transitions, LLP, Torrington, CT

Recognized as an industry leader in clinical reimbursement for long-term care, Maureen has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years with experience as an MDS coordinator, director of nursing, rehab director, and Medicare biller. Maureen is the immediate past-president for the Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers, is the Medicare and MDS 3.0 advisor for several state affiliates, and is an advisor to the J13 Medicare contractor National Government Services Provider Advisory Group. She is also an editorial advisor for HCPro. Maureen received the ACHCA 2018 Education Award. 

Publications authored by McCarthy include Medicare Audits: A Survival Guide for SNF (2016), 5-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users Guide (2017), and a fifth publication of Medication Reconciliation (2018). 

Liz Barlow, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT

AVP of Clinical Innovation, Synchrony Rehab, Louisville, KY

Liz is a Certified Rehab Registered Nurse who has worked in the SNF industry for over 27 years, with more than 22 of those years working with therapy contract services. She has worked a variety of roles including case manager, marketing, senior director of quality, and vice president of clinical services. Her passion is training and education and she has presented at various state and national association conferences.

Liz currently serves as AVP of Clinical Innovation for Synchrony Rehabilitation where she focuses on providing quality clinical products and technology in order to best serve patients and customers.

In addition to serving on the AAPACN Board of Directors, she also serves on the Expert Advisory Panel.

 

Nancy Beecham, RN-BC, BS, CDONA/LTC, FACDONA

Continuing Life, Corporate Clinical Nurse Coach, Vista, CA

Nancy Beecham joined Continuing Life in 2014 as the Clinical Coach. She is a Certified Gerontological Nurse who has chosen long-term care as her field of practice for the past 37 years. She has worked in nursing for more than 44 years, beginning as a ward clerk and has more than 35 years of experience in nursing administration, with an extensive background in gerontological nursing. She has held numerous state and national positions within many various organizations, including receiving the 2015 Circle of Honor Award from the San Diego Health Care Association, being honored as the National Association Directors Of Nursing Administration's 2012 Nursing Administrator of the Year, serving as the President of the California Chapter for the National Association Directors Of Nursing Administration (NADONA) in Long Term Care, and is the Immediate Past President of the Nurses Council of California.

Nancy has worked as a consultant to numerous governors, senators, and assembly-persons, sharing her knowledge and advice on issues regarding the effects that pending laws and regulations will have on direct resident and patient care. Having served on the California Board of Registered Nurses for four years, she is very conscientious of how important it is to make a difference in the delivery of healthcare in our nation, and to the education of future nurses who will be working in long-term care.

Rosanna Benbow, RN, CCM, CIC, DNS-CT, RAC-CT

MDS Consultant/ Post Acute Care Consultant, TLC Management, Marion, IN

Rosanna (Rosie) has over 23 years’ experience in healthcare specializing in Post-Acute Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities. Rosie spent time in roles such as Certified Nurses Aid, Medical Records to MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Case Mix Auditor, MDS Consultant and Managed Care Specialist.

Rosie is a Registered Nurse and is certified as a Resident Assessment Coordinator and Director of Nursing Services through AAPACN. She is also a Certified InterACT Champion and a Certified Case Manager. She provides education in partnership with LeadingAge Indiana. She serves on several subcommittees for LeadingAge Indiana and Indiana Health Care Association.

Rosie is seasoned in teaching accurate assessment in accordance with CMS RAI Manual guidelines, managing Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement for up to 20 Skilled Nursing Facilities in Indiana/Florida, and coordinating Managed Care relations/contracts. She is currently providing MDS training, MDS Interim Services and MDS Consultation through Leading Transitions Post Acute Care Consultation and Staffing.

Mary Ellen Dellefield, PhD, RN

Research Nurse Scientist, VA San Diego Healthcare System, Clinical Professor, Haun School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Mary Ellen has been actively involved in long-term care nursing since 1985. She has worked as a charge nurse, MDS coordinator, director of nursing, director of staff development, and infection control nurse. Her experiences have been in governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.

Because of her deep commitment to improving the practice environment for nurses working in long-term care settings, she furthered her educational preparation. This included a MS, PhD, post-doctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and a Career Development Award from VA Health Services Research and Development. Mary Ellen has published papers on topics relevant to the practicing nurse, including care planning, the MDS, QAPI, and RN staffing. She has conducted research studies with a focus on prevention of pressure ulcers and nursing practice. 

Adrienne Ellison, MA-CCC/SLP, RAC-CT

Regional Vice President, Broad River Rehabilitation, Mocksville, NC

Adrienne has dedicated over 24 years of experience to the skilled nursing industry. She holds a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and started her career as a clinician in skilled nursing facilities. Since, Adrienne has held many leadership roles within the SNF setting, including Rehabilitation Director, Area Manager, and Senior Director of Operations.

Adrienne is currently a Regional Vice President for Broad River Rehabilitation where she supports skilled nursing facilities in North Carolina.  In her role, Adrienne works with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the quality provision of therapy care to all of the residents in the SNFs she serves. Adrienne also holds a RAC-CT, which she obtained in 2017; and specializes in improving access to quality therapy services while maximizing reimbursement for the skilled nursing facilities she serves.

Janet K. Feldkamp, JD, BSN, RN, LNHA, CHC

Partner, Benesch Attorneys at Law, Columbus, OH

Janet focuses her law practice in the area of healthcare law, including long-term care survey and certification, state and federal regulation, physician and nurse practice, and fraud and abuse involving hospitals, suppliers, insurers, and physicians.

She retains active licenses as a registered nurse and nursing home administrator. Janet is a member of the editorial board of Caring for the Ages, a monthly newspaper for long-term care practitioners, and is a frequent writer and speaker on health law and related topics, particularly in the area of long-term care. She is a coauthor of Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, 2015, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

Janet was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and her BSN from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Columbia Bar Association, and Ohio State Bar Association. She is the past president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. 

Jeanne Gerstenkorn, RN, BSN, MSN, DNS-CT, RAC-CT, QCP

Senior Vice President of Health & Wellness, Presbyterian Manors of Mid America, Wichita, KS

Jeanne been in long term care for almost twenty years, serving in multiple nursing roles from charge nurse to executive, including QA nurse, DON, clinical reimbursement, and informatics. Over the course of her career, she has worked in ICU, private practice, and long-term care. Jeanne has both a BSN and a Masters in Nursing. She became a nurse to make a difference and hopes to make a difference to nurses in long-term care by serving on the board of directors. 

Scott Heichel, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, DNS-CT, CIC, QCP, IPCO

Director of Clinical Reimbursement, LeaderStat, Powell, OH

Scott is the director of clinical reimbursement for LeaderStat and brings over 25 years of healthcare experience and is recognized for his expertise in the RAI process and clinical reimbursement. Scott’s consulting work includes performing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement reviews and educational programs for skilled nursing facilities and multi-facility operators. Scott has experience in and has testified as an expert witness in a large Medicare dispute case and has also assisted in Corporate Integrity Audits and corporate compliance reviews. Scott is a member of AANAC’s (American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination) Expert Advisory Panel, recognized as a Master Teacher through AANAC for their RAC-CT MDS certification courses, and sits on the board as the President of OANAC (Ohio Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators).

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