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Summary

My background in audit and compliance has helped me to become an expert in assessing and improving business processes and controls, along with a keen understanding of the healthcare regulatory environment and best practices.

Skills

Audit

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

Compliance

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

Finance

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

Client and Resource Management

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

Technology

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

Work Experience

2017Present

Senior Vice President of Compliance

Healogics, Inc.

In this role, I directly report to the CEO and the board of directors as the leader of the company's compliance program. Responsibilities include the management of all staff within the compliance department, alignment with corporate strategic initiatives, and ensuring the company's compliance with healthcare rules, regulations and best practices, with a focus on 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, Inc.

Designed, created and implemented the compliance program in alignment with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines’ seven elements of an effective compliance program. 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.

  • Led the implementation of the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program, including managing the company’s co-sourcing partner for 2017 filing;
  • Instituted a comprehensive audit of the company’s physician practice’s billing and coding, exceeding OIG guidelines;
  • Sole responsibility for the management of the company’s regulatory auditing and monitoring program, focused on the False Claims Act and other aspects of physician practice management;
  • From 2015 to 2016, led the company’s privacy program as Privacy Officer, including multiple HIPAA Risk Assessments, investigation of all potential incidents, and reporting to the Office of Civil Rights as needed.
20132015

Director of Internal Audit

Healogics, Inc.

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 focuses 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; and
  • Managed two separate professional firms in reviews of physician coding and billing.
20112013

Finance, Systems and Controls Consultant

Cuthbertson and Associates (Healogics, Inc. consultant)

Contract position with a healthcare service provider (Healogics, Inc.) 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.

▪ Led, as project manager, the company-wide implementation of a 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 (the CDR form) for the collection of daily transaction information from the company's 500 domestic centers. 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; and

▪ 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

Internal Audit Consultant (ICX Group) 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

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.

Transferred to the Corporate Controller’s group in March 2004. 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.

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

Thomson Corporation

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, PricewaterhouseCoopers, to complete the year-end financial audit at a corporate level.

19961998

Audit Supervisor

Price Waterhouse

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.

19941996

Audit Senior

Deloitte and Touche

Audit Senior (Moscow, Russia) 1996 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.

Staff Auditor (Memphis, Tennessee) 1994 - 1996 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

Certifications

Professional Organizations and Speaking

▪ Board of Governors, Northeast Florida Institute of Internal Auditors, 2015 to present

▪ Secretary of the Board of Governors, Northeast Florida Institute of Internal Auditors, 2016-2017

▪ Financial Executives Networking Group, Chairman, 2012-2014

▪ Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, member

▪ Healthcare Compliance Association, member

▪ ISACA, member

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

▪ Speaker, 2016 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Forum, “Integrating Technology Into Your Compliance Program To Improve Effectiveness And Efficiency”

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