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I don't settle for addressing things on a one-off basis. I build systems, processes and teams that work. I hold myself to those same standards - I do original work, manage and execute alongside my teams.  I've worked in many different environments - emerging markets, Wall Street, consulting - and I use my abilities to analyze problems and find solutions to succeed every time.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017present

Senior Vice President of Compliance

Healogics, Jacksonville, Florida
  • For over six months during 2017 in the absence of a permanent Chief Compliance Officer I directly reported to the CEO and the board of directors as the leader of the company's compliance program.  My tenure successfully dealt with all compliance issues as they arose.
  • I managed all levels (staff, management and executives) of the compliance function.  During my oversight of the program, I focused on achieving alignment with corporate strategic initiatives, as well as ensuring the company's compliance with healthcare rules, regulations and best practices.  I continued to build the program on the basis of  the seven elements of an effective compliance program as defined by the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations.
20152017

Vice President of Governance, Risk and Control & Privacy Officer

Healogics, Jacksonville, Florida

Building on my work as Director of Internal Audit, my job responsibilities were substantially broadened to include the company's privacy and security controls.   I was directly responsible for the oversight of the company’s physician coding and billing auditing and monitoring, corporate policy governance, enterprise risk and privacy (HIPAA) issues, healthcare compliance and Sarbanes-Oxley preparedness.

  • I led the company’s privacy program as Privacy Officer.  During my tenure I successfully executed multiple HIPAA Risk Assessments, investigation of all potential incidents, and reporting to the Office of Civil Rights as needed.
  • I implemented the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program, including managing the company’s co-sourcing partner for the company's 2017 filing target.
  • Instituted a comprehensive audit of the company’s physician practice’s billing and coding, exceeding OIG guidelines.
  • I managed the company’s regulatory auditing and monitoring program, focused on the False Claims Act and other aspects of physician practice management.
20132015

Director of Internal Audit (Healogics Compliance Department)

Healogics, Jacksonville, Florida

Hired to form the internal audit function for Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Reporting to the Chief Compliance Officer, the position focused on regulatory compliance and Sarbanes-Oxley preparedness.

  • Created the 2014-2015 compliance auditing and monitoring plan.
    Managed and executed projects within the 2014-2015 internal audit plan.
  • Conducted the 2014 HIPAA Risk Assessment.
  • Developed policies and procedures for the company.
  • Managed two separate professional firms in reviews of physician coding and billing.
20112013

Finance, Systems and Controls Consultant (Cuthbertson and Associates)

Healogics, Jacksonville, Florida

Contract position with a healthcare service provider with revenue of approximately $180 million, directly assisting the CFO with a number of special projects:

  • Served as the interim Finance Director and Business Office Manager for Healogics Specialty Physicians, a division of Healogics. Reviewed and improved existing business processes and provided financial reporting and metrics for the group, as well as managing the coding and billing office.
  • Implemented, as project manager, the company-wide billing reconciliation project (known as the Center Daily Reconciliation, or CDR). The project consisted of the design, development, piloting and rollout of a web-based form for the collection of daily transaction information from the company's 500 domestic centers, as well as comprehensive redesigning of controls in the month-end close process.

Benefits to the company included

  • Automation of the month-end closing process for revenue, reducing the time needed to close the month from four days to two days.
  • The ability to monitor, from a corporate level, the reconciliation between the centers' clinical systems and the invoicing information collected through the CDR.
  • Collection of data for the calculation of estimations of intra-month revenue on a daily basis, which the company had previously not been able to estimate.
  • Created a number of financial analyses in support of the company’s acquisition by an investment bank and merger with another healthcare service company, including same-store growth over multiple years, analyses of customer profitability and others.
  • Creation of a detailed five-year financial model used as part of an acquisition of the company. The model included a number of sub-models for capital expenditures, acquisition of new customers, growth rates for existing centers and a detailed model for debt.
20092010

Internal Audit Consultant (ICX Group)

Lender Processing Services, Jacksonville, Florida

Contract position as an internal audit manager with Lender Processing Services, Inc.

Projects included

  • Coordinated work with the company’s external auditors in the areas of corporate close process and payroll, equity, accounts payable, SEC reporting and entity-wide controls resulting in the completion of the signoff for all areas.
  • Completed testing and reporting for a revenue review of LPS subsidiary Lender Solutions Inc.
  • Planned, managed and successfully executed the first operational audit/review of the corporate month-end financial close process.
20052009

Finance, Audit and SOX Consultant

Resources Global Professionals, New York City, New York

Contract positions; projects included AIG Corporate Comptrollers' Group financial statement remediation team; MetLife SOX PMO; Warburg Pincus process analysis and improvement; Morgan Stanley corporate internal audit; ADP Brokerage Services SOX PMO.

Highlights include

  • Reporting directly to the Assistant Corporate Controller of AIG, investigated and cleared 44 journal entry remediation issues identified by AIG's external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Managed and directed worldwide SOX issue management and tracking at MetLife; increased the speed of the reporting cycle from once per month to a daily report.
  • Led two internal audits and two SOX compliance projects at Morgan Stanley, acting as a project lead, as well as leading the pilot implementation of electronic audit workpapers for Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Internal Audit Group.
20042005

Senior Manager, Corporate Finance

Coty Inc., New York City, New York
  • Reported directly to the controller while leading a company-wide finance system implementation, and also leading special projects initiatives.
  • Implemented Hyperion Strategic Finance at Coty Inc., including user requirements assessment and presentations to senior management to inform and educate them about the system.
20002004

Senior Manager, Internal Audit

Coty Inc., New York City, New York

As senior manager, reported directly to the Chief Audit Executive. Duties included supervision of a staff of 7 and oversight of 10-20 co-sourced PwC consultants concurrently. 

Major projects

  • Led fraud investigations which resulted in terminations and criminal convictions.
  • Managed and led a worldwide review of key business controls for company subsidiaries in Europe, South America and the Far East. Directly managed reviews in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Russia, Romania, and Turkey.
  • Led the implementation of an integrated electronic workpaper environment for the internal audit department, using TeamMate.
19982000

Audit Manager

The Thomson Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Reported directly to the Chief Audit Executive and led the Stamford (New York) office of the Audit and Operational Analysis Department.
  • Managed a staff of seven and performed a variety of internal consulting services for the corporation. Performed operational analyses, internal audits and consulting engagements for various Thomson subsidiaries, as well as working with the company's external auditors, PwC, to complete the year-end financial audit at a corporate level.
19961998

Audit Supervisor

Price Waterhouse, Moscow, Russia

Hired as an audit supervisor to manage audits under a number of accounting standards:

  • International Accounting Standards, Russian Federation statutory accounting requirements, US GAAP, UK GAAP, and others.
  • Reported directly to partners on most engagements. Supervised both Russian and expatriate staff, negotiated contracts with Russian clients, sold audit and consulting services to Russian companies, trained new staff in Moscow and Kiev (Ukraine).
  • Management experience included supervision of audit/tax teams of up to 20 staff. 
1996

Audit Senior (Moscow, Russia)

Deloitte & Touche
  • From February to June of 1996, served as a senior in the Moscow and Vladivostok offices of Deloitte & Touche Russia.
  • Position was a temporary loan staffing arrangement with the Memphis office of D&T. Lead senior on International Accounting Standards audit of multiple Russian banks.
19941996

Staff Auditor (Memphis, Tennessee)

Deloitte & Touche
  • Hired as audit staff on graduation from the University of Mississippi's Master of Accountancy Program.
  • Received D&T in-house training in audit methodology. Clients included public and private companies.

Education

19941996

Master of Accountancy

University of Mississippi

UM School of Business

19921993

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics

University of Georgia

Not completed

19871991

Bachelor of Arts

University of Mississippi, Mathematics

Graduated cum laude

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND SPEAKING

2015present

Board of Governors

Northeast Florida Institute of Internal Auditors
20162017

Secretary

Board of Governors, Northeast Florida Institute of Internal Auditors
20122014

Chairman

Financial Executives Networking Group
2016

Speaker

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Jacksonville, “SOX and Ethics”
2016

Speaker

Corporate Compliance & Ethics Forum
  • “Integrating Technology Into Your Compliance Program To Improve Effectiveness And Efficiency”
2013

Speaker

Federal Depositary Insurance Corporation’s Career Management Program
  • “Networking Know-How”
2013

Member

Healthcare Compliance Association
2016

Member

Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors
2016

Member

ISACA

LANGUAGES AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)
  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC)
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified
  • Conversational ability in Russian and German

KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Compliance

  • FCPA  
  • Ethics
  • Stark Law
  • Investigations
  • HIPAA/HITECH
  • False Claims Act
  • Coding and Billing
  • US Healthcare Compliance
  • Physician Practice Management and Oversight
  • Expert in the design of the 7 Elements of an Effective
    Compliance Program

Audit

  • COSO   
  • IT Audit
  • Internal Audit
  • Fraud Reviews
  • Risk Assessment
  • External (Financial) Audit
  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act
  • Business Process Analysis and Improvement

Finance

  • Due Diligence
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Project Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

Client and Resource Management

  • Mentoring     
  • Team Building 
  • Staff Development
  • Staff and Client Training     
  • Selling Consulting Services                                      
  • Client Relationship Management                                     
  • Client Coordination and Communication                        

Technology

  • Expert in Excel
  • Pivot Tables and Visual Basic (macros)
  • Expert in Microsoft Access design
  • Implementation, training and application
  • Enterprise Level System Design and Implementation
  • Audit Electronic Workpapers system design