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Brianna Ashley
Chief Financial Officer Net Revenue Associates Phone: 330-861-9395 Email:


Happy New Year! 
After everything we have been through over the last few months, wouldn’t it be great if we could hit the reset button and start with a clean slate? Our Northeast Ohio HFMA chapter has done just that as we begin our 2020- 2021 chapter year with a renewed outlook sense of excitement as we get into the summer months and begin to emerge from the fear and uncertainty of the COVID pandemic. This New Year will bring changes to our chapter with one of our resolutions to continue offering our planned education programs although in a virtual format. I hope you are able to check out our Patient Financial Services event on June 17th and Innovation program on August 13th from the convenience of your home or office. We will also be offering webinars hosted by our region in addition to the association hosting a digital annual conference being offer at no cost by the association. The Annual Conference is a multiple day event featuring over 20 hours of CPE with a typical registration of over $1,000 so I encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to hear from industry experts at no cost. 
Our New Year’s festivities included a virtual board meeting and officer installation ceremony on May 31sf. Following a bylaw amendment that was recently approved, some of our chapter leaders will remain in their roles with these elected officers serving our chapter through May 31, 2021: 
Board Chair:
Michelle Earich
Chris Maeder
President- Elect:
Brianna Ashley 
Charleen Scott 
Rachel Rychcik 
Karen Abounader 
Don Urbancsik 
Andy Emrhein 
Diane Lilko
Deb Slogar 
Greg Sanker 
The installation was performed by our Regional Executive, Will Sharp, who will be our liaison between chapter leaders and the association. Chapter member Nadia Vincenti was elected to serve Region 6 and is serving as Regional Executive III this year. In this role she will support the Ohio and Michigan chapters for the next three years while taking on progressive responsibilities culminating with a year as Regional Executive. 
If you are interested in making new connections and contributing your talents, now is a great time to become more involved with the chapter. We could especially use your help with membership recruitment and retention, social media communication education event planning. Please send me a message at if you are interested in learning more about opportunities. 
A new year is also a great time to recall our accomplishments and memories. After a distinguished career at University Hospitals and years of dedicated service to HFMA, Diane Lilko recently retired in May 2020. Diane has been a consistent leadership presence contributing to chapter committees and officer roles including most recently serving chapter treasurer since 2017. Diane brings great energy and enthusiasm to our board, chapter leaders and general members and we look forward to her continued involvement for years to come as she begins a term as a chapter director. 
For those of you who need CPEs due to cancelled or postponed events, we have a number of great virtual options being offered at no cost by both the chapter and association. We will be hosting a rescheduled Patient Financial Services event on June 17th followed by an Innovation program on 8/13. More details and registration are available on our website at We will also be working with chapters in the region to host a series of webinars throughout the year with free CPE for attendees with more details coming soon. 
At the association level, the multi-day Annual Conference has also made the transition to a digital event with six scheduled dates over the coming months. This event typically has a registration fee of over $1,000 but will be free for all registered HFMA members. The image below includes a link to the conference website with additional details. 
I look forward to another year serving Northeast Ohio HFMA and working with our leadership team and all of you as we guide our respective organizations to a brighter future. We currently have virtual events planned for the remainder of 2020 but look to see you in person at our gala in January 2021. Next spring we will be planning more live programs including Patient Financial Services and Women in Leadership followed by the postponed All-Ohio event in May 2021. I hope all of you have stayed well through the current pandemic and share my excitement for our new chapter year as we emerge from COVID disruptions and enjoy a beautiful summer! 


Chris Maeder MBA, CPA, FHFMA 
Northeast Ohio HFMA 

Dan Tadiello
Finance Director, University Hospitals Phone: (216) 844-3503 Email:

Rachel Rychcik
Treasurer, NEO HFMA Phone: 216-844-0475

Charleen Scott

Chris Maeder CPA, MBA
Finance Manager, University Hospitals Phone 216-844-5831 Email:

Michelle Earich, CPhT
Phone 330-256-5278

Diane Lilko, CPA
Accounting Manager University Hospitals Phone: 216-767-8731 Email:

Greg Sanker
Vice President, Enterprise Healthcare Banker, Key Corporate & Commercial Bank Email:

Andrew Richards

Debbie Slogar
Director 216-844-1856

Barb French
Sr Financial Analyst, University Hospitals

Rachel Vince
Assistant Treasurer
Internal Control Analyst, University Hospitals




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