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Becky Ayers, DHA, MHA, MBA, FACMPE, Orthopedic Center of Florida
Marketing a Medical Office (Handouts)
Thursday, May 20th | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Physician Recruitment (Handouts)
Friday, May 21st | 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

With 40 years of healthcare experience from the US Army, to inpatient hospital, and outpatient clinic operations, Dr. Ayers has earned a Doctorate of Healthcare Administration (DHA), Master of Health Administration (MHA), a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Fellowship in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE). Dr. Ayers is the Chief Administrator of the Orthopedic Center of Florida, Adjunct Professor at Florida Southwestern College, and performs healthcare consulting 



Jason Deshayes, CPA, CGMA, Cook Wealth Management
Understanding Physician Profitability and Driving Better Results (Handouts)
Wednesday, May 19th | 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Jason Deshayes, a seasoned Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with more than 17 years of experience providing tax accounting and consulting services to individuals, dental and medical practices, and closely-held businesses. Jason is the Director of Tax Planning for Cook Wealth Management Group, in Raleigh, NC.  His areas of specialty include personal financial and tax planning, business accounting and financial consulting, succession planning, individual financial consulting, charitable gift planning, and personal and business income tax.   Prior to joining Cook Wealth, Jason was a senior manager in the firm services team for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. And he also previously served as vice president and partner of Butler and company CPAs and Albuquerque, New Mexico based accounting firm.



Matt Devino, MPH MGMA Government Affairs
MGMA Washington Update: Political Hot Topic (Handouts)
Friday, May 21st | 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Matt serves as an Associate Director for MGMA's government affairs office in Washington, DC. In his primary role as a government affairs member liaison, he works to inform membership of the federal rules and regulations impacting medical group practices around the country. He works closely with MGMA state affiliate chapters in the Eastern and Western regions to organize grassroots efforts and is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings.



Sharon Jones, Ph.D., thedot. Consulting
10 Functions Every Excel User Should Know
Wednesday, May 19th | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Dr. Sharon Jones, Ed.D is the founder and CEO of thedot.Consulting and the Dottie Rose Foundation, where she creates, innovates, and implements cutting edge technology focused on new-age education. Dr. Jones is a highly sought after and national award-winning Computer Science educator in the public school system and for corporate training.   Dr. Jones has presented and been published nationally and internationally on data analytics, educational practices, and technology. Her book A Recipe for Success Using SAS University: How to Plan Your First Analytics Project is being used in curriculum and classrooms around the country.



Paul Long, Motivational Speaker & Author
Connecting the Workplace and Life through F.U.N. (Handouts)
Thursday, May 20th | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The Sincerity of Service (Handouts)
Thursday, May 20th | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Paul Long is a speaker, author, podcaster, and master of shenanigans. He has developed a concept called Fundamism, simply defined as the FUNdamentals of a F.U.N. and optimistic lifestyle. When implemented, Paul’s philosophy has been proven to reduce attrition, attract great talent, improve customer experience and drive employee engagement. Paul is not only great at discussing operational growth theory but in his corporate leadership experience, he’s also seen success putting his FUNdamentals into practice.



Amanda McKinney, MBA, A Woman's View & NCMGMA 2021 President
Annual Business Meeting & Closing Remarks
Friday, May 21st | 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Amanda is the Practice Administrator for A Woman’s View, a comprehensive medical practice that caters specifically to the needs of women. Amanda received her MBA from Gardner-Webb University in 2016 and has served on the NCMGMA Board of Directors since 2017 and is currently serving as President.



Steve Parker, Curi & NCMGMA Immediate Past President
2020: A Retrospective View (Handouts)
Wednesday, May 19th | 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Steve has served as an advocate for physicians, physician practices and practice administrators in a variety of roles over his 27 year career with Curi (formerly Medical Mutual). Currently, he serves Vice President, Member Services -- providing oversight of member services, stewardship and relationship management for Curi members and their practices. He is proud to have served on the NCMGMA Board of Directors since 2016 (currently as Immediate Past-President), and is also grateful to have just completed three years of service as a member of the NC Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board. Moreover, he currently sits on the Marketing Section planning committee of the Medical Professional Liability Association (MPLA).

Steve is a graduate of East Carolina University (arrgghh!) and lives in Raleigh, where he was born and raised. Most importantly, he is the father of two amazing kids who make his life better on every level.  



Kristine SimsConstangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
HR Update (Handouts)
Thursday, May 20th | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Kristine joined the boutique labor and employment law firm of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete in 1999 after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from the University of Richmond. In addition to being an equity partner in the firm, Kristine currently sits on the firm’s executive committee, compensation committee, and is the Head of the firm’s Winston-Salem and Raleigh offices. During her two decades of practicing exclusively in the management or defense side of employment law, Kristine has been involved in advising clients in every aspect of the employment relationship. A litigator by trade, Kristine also spends a significant amount of time advising clients on compliance and how best to avoid or be prepared to defend against a potential administrative charge or lawsuit. Kristine is a frequent national speaker on a wide variety of employment law topics. Kristine has also been recognized as both a North Carolina Super Lawyer and North Carolina’s Legal Elite.


Michelle Wallace, NCMGMA ACMPE Liaison
ACMPE Certification and Fellowship
Friday, May 21st | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Michelle Wallace, FACMPE is the Practice Administrator at Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont in Winston-Salem, NC.  She has been managing independent primary care and specialty group practices for more than 3 decades. She was honored to be named the NCMGMA Administrator of the Year in 2016. She earned her CMPE in 2012 and became a Fellow in 2018.  In 2017, she became the ACMPE Liaison for North Carolina.  As the NC Liaison, Michelle mentors and supports members who are on their way to becoming board certified through the American College of Medical Practice Executives and those seeking Fellowship.    She was born and raised in NE Pennsylvania and moved to NC in 1987.  She currently lives in Winston-Salem with her college-aged son, Austin.  Michelle is a certified cycling instructor and has enjoyed teaching a class regularly for more than 13 years.  She also enjoys traveling, hiking, sunshine, good pizza and spending time with friends and family.



Monica Wofford, CSP, Contagious Companies
We Didn’t Mean Forever…™: How We Now View Difficult People
Thursday, May 20th | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
It Works if You Work It™: The Power of Application
Thursday, May 20th | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Author of Make Difficult People Disappear™, Monica Wofford, CSP is a 30-year veteran of the speaking and consulting industry. Whether you’ve been a long-time leader or were promoted, but not prepared, Monica’s insights and EQ musings will allow you to motivate, interact, coach, and communicate with much greater ease, less stress, and far less drama. You may even be able to keep your sense of humor.  Complete with an in-session assessment, immediate application to actual team members, relevant examples, and a dynamic demonstration of a gracefully entertaining AND informative speaker, Monica Wofford’s session will draw you into the learning. 

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