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NHIA Committees

NHIA committees bring together the thought-leaders and innovators in home infusion therapy and play a critical role in driving the policies and priorities of the association. NHIA currently has five active committees which meet periodically by conference call and in person at the NHIA Annual Conference.

Education Committee
Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee
Member Relations Committee
Payer Advocacy and Relations Committee
Standards/Accreditation Committee

Application for Participation in NHIA Committees

NHIA also appoints ad hoc member Interest Groups to meet critical objectives of the association in response to changes in the field.

Education Committee Mission: To develop high quality learning and collaboration activities for NHIA members, and other stakeholders, related to the advancement of alternate site infusion therapy.

Committee Chair and Leadership & Management Track Leader:

Joanie Zavala, Account Executive, Advantage Reimbursement, LLC, Andover, MA

Committee Vice Chair and Sales & Marketing Track Leader:

Kelly Aldridge, BSW, Regional VP of Sales and Marketing, Home Solutions Infusion Therapy, Northfield, NJ

Clinical Track Leader:

Melissa Leone, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing Operations, Coram, An Apria Healthcare Company, Hamden, CT

Reimbursement Track Leader:

Lynette McFarland, Technical Trainer, Mediware Information Systems, Kansas City, KS

Idea Exchange Poster Session Leader:

Anna Nowobilski-Vasilios, PharmD, MBA,FASHP, BCNSP, Principal, Anovation, Chicago, IL

Staff Liaison: Nancy Kramer RN, BSN, CRNI®, NHIA, Alexandria, VA

Committee Members:

David Adair, MBA, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Chartwell Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA

Jennifer Charron, Vice President of Clinical Operations, New England Life Care, Concord, NH

Kim Cook, Director of Accounts Receivable, Advanced Home Care, High Point, NC

Pammi Farren, RPh, PhD, Branch Infusion Manager, Coram, An Apria Healthcare Company, Columbus, OH

Louise Goldfarb, MSW, Director of Sales, Sirona Infusion, Chandler, AZ

Frank Marr, General Manager, Walgreens Infusion Services, West Kingston, RI

Cori McHugh, District Sales Manager-Maryland, Home Solutions, Adamstown, MD

Kevn McNamara, PharmD, Director, Clinical Programs, BioScrip, Tampa, FL

Nita Meaux, RN, CRNI, Director of Risk Management &Heart Failure Program, Walgreens, Montgomery, TX

Martha Michael, Nurse Manager, Walnut Home Therapeutics, Philadelphia, PA 

Louis Mock. Director of Financial Services, Vital Care, Inc., Meridian, MS

Ashlan Oberholtzer MS, RD, LD, CNSC, Area Director of Partnership Development/Nutrition Liaison, New England Life Care, Concord, NH 

Todd Pledger, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Services, Pharmatrend Infusions, Harbin Clinic, LLC, Rome, GA

Sheryl Raley DeTellis, RN, BSN, MBA, Corporate Director of Sales & marketing, Florida Hospital Home Infusion, LLP, Altamonte Springs, FL

Kevin Ross, RN, BSN, Nursing Consultant, Bartonville, TX

Felicia Schaps, RN, CRNI®, OCN, CNSC, Clinical Resource Nurse, HomeChoice Partners, A BioScrip Company, Annandale, VA

Kelly S. Strausbaugh, MS, RN, Research Scientist, Scientific Affairs/Brand Management, Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, OH

Marianne Swank, EDI Reimbursement Manager, Walgreens Infusion & Respiratory Services, Buffalo Grove, IL

Cheryl Gast-Whitaker, Customer Services Manager, Infusion Therapy, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Baltimore MD


Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee Mission: Represent NHIA members to advocate for, clarify and communicate on Medicare Part B contractor issues, in conjunction with the industry supplier advisory councils.  (See more on the advisory councils, called DACs.)

Chair: Deanne Birch, Amerita, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT

Staff Liaison: Bill Noyes, NHIA, Alexandria VA

NHIA DAC Representatives:

Jurisdiction A: Dana Walker, Walgreens Infusion and Respiratory Services, Buffalo Grove, IL

Jurisdiction B: Michael Semon, RPh, Caring Solutions Inc., Crestline, OH

Jurisdiction C: Susan Francis, Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Denver, CO

Jurisdiction D: Deanne Birch, HICAP, Inc., Park City, UT


Member Relations Committee Mission:  To grow and maintain NHIA membership by helping to ensure that programs and services meet member needs.

Chair: Gary Dangerfield, PharmD, Access I.V., LLC, Marina CA

Staff Liaison: Patricia Adair, NHIA, Alexandria, VA

Lynn Kelley, R.Ph. Cox Home Parenteral Services, Springfield, MO

Judy Lewis, RN, MedOne Healthcare, Tempe, AZ

Vicki McConnell, PharmD, Florida Hospital Home Infusion, LLP, Longwood, FL

Paul Wettengel, PharmD, Omaha, NE


Payer Advocacy and Relations Committee Mission: Through outreach to private and government payers, analyze, educate and advocate on reimbursement and coverage for provision of infusion and specialized pharmacy products and services to alternate site infusion patients; maintain NHIA’s coding standard.

Chair: Rachel Ewell, Reimbursement Concepts, Weirton, WV

Secretary: Julie K Runyon, Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Sacramento, CA

Staff Liaison: Bill Noyes, NHIA, Alexandria VA

Cookie Agne, OptionOne, Oklahoma City, OK

Jennifer Curtis, Amerita, Inc., McKinney, TX

Warren Deppong, PharmD, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Home Care Services, Ann Arbor, MI

Cynde Derryberry, MCG Resources, Nashville, TN

Mary Eckstein, Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin, Middleton, WI

Tammy Higgins, Horizon Healthcare Services, Lancaster, PA

Len Holman, RPh, Youngstown, OH

Jeanne Lugli, Advantage Reimbursement, Andover, MA

Francine Mastin, InfusionPRN, Richmond, VA

Paula Roth, Reimbursement Concepts, Weirton, WV

Julie Runyon, Coram, Denver, CO

Pearl Shores, Shores Enterprises, Escondido, CA

Jody Strain, Nutrishare, Elk Grove, CA

Jeanne Walker, Chartwell Pennsylvania L.P., Pittsburgh, PA

Rodney D Wright, taNyR healthcare, Southlake, TX


Standards/Accreditation Committee Mission: To facilitate the effective communication of information on behalf of the NHIA Board of Directors and its members, related to accreditation, industry practice standards, and organizational benchmarking.

Chair, ACHC and ASHP Liaison: Barbara Petroff MS, RPh, FASHP, Critical Care Systems, Wixom, MI

Staff Liaison: Nancy Kramer RN, BSN, CRNI®, NHIA, Alexandria, VA

TJC PTAC Rep: Fred Choy MS, RPh, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Baltimore, MD

TJC PTAC Alternate: Mitra Gavgani, Pharm D, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Baltimore, MD

Carolyn Carlson RN, Horizon Healthcare Services, Lancaster, PA

Grace Fletcher MSN, CRNI®, CPHQ, Vital Care Inc, Tampa, FL

Don Filibeck PharmD, MBA, AxelaCare Health Solutions, Dublin, OH

Kim Heagy RPh, Vital Care, Inc, Tampa, FL

Darla King RN, BSN, MTS, Home Intensive Care, San Antonio, TX

Jackie Leverson, RN, BSN, PHN, CRNI®, Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Mendota Heights, MN

Steve Pate DPh, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Tony Powers PharmD, Medical Alternatives, Millington, TN

Barbara Prosser RPh, Critical Care Systems, Nashua, NH

Tom Rout BS, RPh, Walgreens Infusion Services, Buffalo Grove, IL

Patricia Sirois, PharmD, BCNSP, Home Med, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

Marc Stranz, PharmD, BioScrip, East Greenville, PA

Mike Sweeney, RPh, MBA, Jefferson Home Infusion Services, Philadelphia, PA

Samuel Wachsman, RPh, Horizon Healthcare Services, Lancaster, PA



If you are interested in participating in the above committees, please fill out the committee application. Either submit it online or fax it to the NHIA office at 703-683-1484. Current NHIA membership is required.

Interest Groups

NHIA is contemplating establishing a Legislative Affairs Advisory Panel Interest Group.  Contact info@nhia.org or 703-549-3740 with your interest.

NHIA is contemplating establishing a Technology Interest Group.  Contact Russ.Bodoff@nhia.org or 703-838-2678 with your interest.

Interest Groups pertaining to the NHIA Data Initiative (data surveys) continue.  Contact kristen.santaromita@nhia.org or 703-838-2661 with your interest.

NHIA has formed a TRICARE/VA Interest Group.  Contact Bill.Noyes@nhia.org or 603-736-0308 with your interest.