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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 Roundtables Leader:

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

Clinical Track Leader:

Melissa Leone, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing Operations, Coram CVS/specialty infusion services, West Barnstable, MA

Leadership & Management Track Leader:

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

Reimbursement Track Leader:

Marianne Buehler, EDI/Data Maintenance Reimbursement Manager, Walgreens Infusion & Respiratory Services, Deerfield, IL

Sales & Marketing Track Leader:

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

Idea Exchange Poster Session Leader:

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

Staff Liaison:

Nancy Kramer, RN, BSN, CRNI®, Vice President Clinical Affairs, NHIA, Alexandria, VA

Committee Members:

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

Pammi Farren, RPh, PhD, Branch Infusion Manager, Coram CVS/specialty infusion services, Columbus, OH

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

Telanna Jeffers, Director of Operations, Professional Reimbursement, Inc., Orlando, FL

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

Lynette McFarland, Implementation Consultant, Home Care Solutions, Mediware Information Systems, Inc., Kansas City, KS

Martha Michael, RN, CRNI®, Nurse Manager, Walnut Home Therapeutics, Philadelphia, PA 

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

Bill Noyes, Vice President Health Information Policy, NHIA, Alexandria, VA

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

Kevin Ross, RN, BSN, Vice President of Nursing Services, Soleo Health, Sharon Hill, PA

Felicia Schaps, RN, CRNI®, OCN, CNSC, National Director Clinical Nursing Operations, BioScrip, Annandale, VA

Scott Sorenson, MBA, Director, Medicaid and Government Services, BioRx, LLC., Cincinnati, OH

Louise L. Tuchin,  MSW, Regional Sales Manager AZ/NM, Sirona Infusion, Chandler, AZ


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: Dana Walker, Walgreens Infusion and Respiratory Services, Deerfield, IL

Staff Liaison: Bill Noyes, NHIA, Alexandria VA

NHIA DAC Representatives:

Jurisdiction A: Susan Francis, Coram CVS/specialty infusion services, Denver, CO

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

Jurisdiction C: Dana Walker, Walgreens Infusion and Respiratory Services, Deerfield, IL

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 CVS/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, Paragon Healthcare, Inc., Dallas, TX

Mary Eckstein, Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin, Middleton, WI

Tammy Higgins, Horizon Healthcare Services, Lancaster, PA

Len Holman, RPh, Allina Health, Saint Paul, MN

Jeanne Lugli, Advantage Reimbursement, Andover, MA

Cheryl Pare-Ikley, AxelaCare Health Solutions, Havertown, PA

Paula Roth, Reimbursement Concepts, Weirton, WV

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, Hurst, 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, Walgreens Infusion and Respiratory Services, 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

Mala Crossley, PharmD, Consultant, Davis, CA

Kaci Elmore, RN, BSN, IV Care Options, Macon, GA

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

Eric Ho, PharmD, Paragon Healthcare, Dallas, TX

Charles Lager, RPh, MBA, Medico Rx Specialty Pharmacy, Scottsdale, AZ

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

Colt McKinney, RPh, BioScrip, Morris Plains, NJ

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

Barbara Prosser RPh, Soleo Health, Nashua, NH

Wanda Rogers, RPh, MS, Coram CVS specialty infusion services, Denver, CO

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, Consultant, East Greenville, PA

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

Willis Triplett, PharmD, HQAA, Waterloo, IA

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

Interest Groups pertaining to the NHIA Data Initiative (data surveys) continue.  Contact Connie Sullivan, RPh, NHIA’s Senior Director of Education & Data and NHIF Vice President of Research, at connie.sullivan@nhia.org.

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