Chris E. Clasen, BS, RRT, RCP
Director of the Ventilator Unit at Blue Ridge Health Care Center
Chris Clasen is the Director of the Ventilator Unit at Blue Ridge Health Care Center in Raleigh, NC. He also serves as the Director of Respiratory Care Services for Summit Rehab Solutions in Raleigh. His 28 years of health care experience includes hospitals, home care, and consulting. Chris has been a member of the ACHC Board of Commissioners since 1999.
Mr. Clasen's educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Services and Respiratory Therapy Technology.
Senior Consultant, Quality Systems Engineering
John Barrett has more than 25 years experience with a broad background in different industries. He has worked in telecommunications, factory automation, appliance manufacturing, and has over 15 years in the medical device industry with experience in quality assurance, quality systems, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Barrett is currently a Senior Consultant for Quality Systems Engineering where he helps clients to improve business processes and quality system processes.
He has multiple certifications from the American Society for Quality and has been selected as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Mr. Barrett currently resides in New Jersey where his wife is a high school calculus teacher.
Denise Leard, Esq
Attorney at Brown & Fortunato
Denise M. Leard, joined Amarillo, Texas law firm Brown & Fortunato, P.C. in 1997 and serves as a contributing member to the firm's Health Care Group. Ms. Leard represents numerous HME companies, pharmacies and other health care providers throughout the United States. She has authored numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer throughout the country. She is licensed in Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, and is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Ms. Leard earned a B.A. from the University of Washington and received her law degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.
Rick Ferris, PharmD, ND, MPH, MBA, BCNSP, CMT, Diplomate of Holistic Iridology
Consultant, Denton Prescription Center
As the Clinical Consultant at Denton Prescription Center, Rick Ferris focuses on everything from natural hormones, weight loss/body composition, toxicity, thyroid, food allergies, methylation mutations, and neurotransmitter abnormalities. Mr. Ferris also continues to publish Policy and Procedure Manuals through MED-PASS, and to consult in the area of intravenous nutrition.
Mr. Ferris received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and his PharmD degree from Idaho State University. He also received his doctorate in naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health, and has started another master's degree program in functional medicine at the University of Western States. Additionally, he was recently awarded a patent on a novel needleless infusion bag.
Mr. Ferris is currently a member of ASHP and ASPEN.
Gregory Bentley, Esq
Principal, The Bentley Washington Law Firm
Gregory Bentley is Principal of The Bentley Washington Law Firm in Washington, DC. The firm concentrates on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, intellectual property licensing, commercial, contracts, employment, credit and loan agreements, corporate governance & Sarbanes-Oxley matters, and SEC '34 Act filings.
Mr. Bentley also has an extensive background in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, having been General Counsel of two pharmaceutical companies between 1999 and 2011 and Vice President, Regulatory and Quality for Siemens Medical Systems Inc., a major medical device company, between 1994 and 1999. Between 1977 and 1994, Mr. Bentley practiced corporate and antitrust law at Shearman & Sterling, a major Wall Street law firm, and as Associate General Counsel for Siemens Corporation, the U.S. holding company for Siemens AG, a major multinational corporation.
Mr. Bentley earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School, a Masters in Economics from Tufts University, and a Bachelors in Applied Physics from Tufts University.
Mr. Bentley has been a member of the ACHC Board of Commissioners since 2012.
Floyd Boyer, BS, RRT, RCP, FAARC
President, Affordable Health Care Consultants, LLC, Autryville, NC
Floyd Boyer has over 40 years experience in multiple areas of Respiratory Care including Adult, Pediatric and Neonatal experience at NC Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC; Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, NC; Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL; and Bladen County Hospital, Elizabethtown, NC.
His experience includes 8 years in Respiratory Care Education as an Instructor and Program Director at Forsyth Technical College, Winston-Salem, NC, and as an Adjunct Instructor at several other local colleges. He has over 12 years of hospital experience serving as Director of Hospital Respiratory Care Departments. His experience in Home Health Care spans over 21 years and includes Respiratory Care, HME, Rehab Technology, and Fitter Services. Mr. Boyer served as a Board member and Chairman of the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board from July 2000 to July 2002, and Executive Director of the Respiratory Care Board form July 2002 to July 2014. He has been a Surveyor for the Accreditation Commission for Health Care since 1996 and currently serves as a member of ACHC¹s Board of Commissioners and the Standards Review Committee. Mr. Boyer is the President of Affordable Health Care Consultants and the author of Accreditation Simplified policy and procedure manuals.
Regina Schaaf Dickens, EdD, LCSW
Dr. Regina Schaaf Dickens, founder of RSD Consulting, has over 35 years of human resource practice in both the public and private business world. Her career as a systems change professional began as a psychiatric social worker specializing in work with children and families.
In 2009, she became the Director of ICARE, a program of the NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs, a collaborative by 4 core partners; NC Psychiatric Association, NC Pediatric Society, NC Academy of Family Physicians and Southern Regional Area Health Educational Center.
In 2010, with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Perdue, the project became the NC Center of Excellence for Integrated Care. Dr. Dickens led the staff in expanding the focus of the integrated care movement beyond primary care practices into hospital emergency departments, bi-directional settings in the behavioral health field, and implementation of practice change through technical assistance.
Dr. Regina Schaaf Dickens joined ACHC’s board in the summer of 2013.
Barbara Stover Gingerich, RN, MS, FACHE[R]
President, Advantage Consultants, Inc.
Barbara Stover Gingerich, an internationally and nationally recognized consultant, author, editor and presenter, is president of Advantage Consultants, Inc. She taught at the collegiate level, served as the Editor of Home Health Care Management and Practice, a national peer-reviewed professional journal for over 20 years and continues publishing involvement by being designated Editor Emeritus for the journal. Her firm, based in York, Pennsylvania, provides services in many different areas related to health care. As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is knowledgeable in management and operations of diverse healthcare settings and well versed in accreditation, licensing and corporate compliance activities. Additionally, she attained home care and hospice certification, i.e. Certified Home/Hospice Executive through the National Association for Home Care and Hospice at the time of its initial offering.
Ms. Gingerich has published extensively with 16 published books and over 200 published manuscripts and educational resources. Her entrepreneurial approach and problem solving expertise, in combination with her effective coaching and communication skills, achieves a win-win combination to consulting and project management.
Geri Hempel, RN, BA
Compliance Officer and VP Administration, AeroCare Holdings, Inc.
Geri Hempel is the Compliance Officer and VP of Administration for AeroCare Holdings, Inc. a national DME company specializing in respiratory and sleep therapy. She has over 40 years’ experience in health care specializing in community services, including home health, hospice, home infusion and DME. Prior to joining AeroCare she worked with Ernst & Young as a health care consultant in the Health Care Advisory Services.
Leonard S. Holman, Jr., RPh, CHC
Director – Home Infusion Therapy Services - Allina Health Home Care Services
St. Paul, MN
Len is a seasoned healthcare ancillary services executive, as well as a Registered Pharmacist and a graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. His 40 years in healthcare include 34 years working for, managing, owning, and/or operating companies that prepare sterile pharmaceutical products, and 28 years in the home infusion arena. He also holds the designation of Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). His career comprises experience in retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and home infusion and Specialty Pharmacy.
As Director of Allina Health Home Care in St. Paul, Minnesota, Len is re-launching the Home Infusion Therapy Services in an executive business development position. Prior to this, Mr. Holman founded, owned, and operated Option Care of Northeast Ohio (OCNEO), a regional Home Infusion Therapy Provider serving three states headquartered in Ohio. He also served as its President and CEO for 23 years. After the acquisition of OCNEO in 2009, he served as the Vice President of Governmental & Regulatory Affairs and as the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) for CarePoint Partners.
Holman previously served the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) as Chairman, a Board Member for nine years, and as a member of the Association since its inception in 1991. In April 2011, Len received the NHIA Gene Graves Lifetime Achievement Award, the Association’s highest honor, for his service to the NHIA. Len is also the 2006 Ohio recipient of the Wyeth Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award presented at the Ohio Pharmacy Association’s Annual Meeting.
Len currently serves as the Board Member Liaison for all ACHC Pharmacy Accreditation Programs. He is also on the Ethics Committee, Bylaws Committee, and the Standards & Accreditation Review Committee for ACHC. Additionally, he is the Co-Chairman of the Sales & Marketing Committee.
Len has served on the ACHC Board of Commissioners since the summer of 2011.
William R. Letendre, Sr., MS, MBA
VP Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc.
William Letendre is Vice President of Pharmacy Management Services for Professional Compounding Centers of America, (PCCA) Inc. in Houston, TX, where he has served for more than 20 years. His extensive background over 30 years in the compounding pharmacy industry includes Vice President of Professional Relations for PCCA, and President and Board Member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association. He also worked as Pharmacist-in-Charge in the retail and hospital pharmacy sectors, and served academic appointments at numerous schools of pharmacy. He has given presentations at colleges on the subjects of niche marketing in compounding; legal aspects of compounding; and contemporary, veterinary, and prescription compounding.
Among Mr. Letendre’s affiliations are Faculty Liaison, University of Houston; Board Member and Research Committee Member, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists; the Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity; and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His many awards include the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Faculty Liaison Recognition Award, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmaceutical Services, and the Texas Pharmacist of the Year Award.
Mr. Letendre earned a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix, a Master of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Marshelle Thobaben, RN, MS, PHN, APNP, FNP
Professor, Humboldt State University
Marshelle Thobaben is professor of nursing at Humboldt State University (HSU) in Arcata, CA. For nearly 30 years she has taught community and public health nursing, as well as chaired the HSU Department of Nursing and the HSU and CSU academic senates. Marshelle has published more than 150 articles and chapters in leading nursing journals and textbooks, co-authored a textbook and presented at national conferences on nursing related issues. She has been nationally recognized for her work in elder abuse prevention and home health psychiatric nursing. Ms. Thobaben has been credited for developing the first home health psychiatric program in the nation, and has consulted with over 50 home health agencies about beginning a similar program.
Marshelle has been honored as HSU’s Scholar of the Year for her extensive research and publications. She received the Women of Achievement Award from the Humboldt County Branch of the American Association of University Women for her ongoing commitment to nursing education. She was honored by the California Nurses’ Association, North Bay Coastal Region for her outstanding contributions to nurses, nursing education, and the community. She has received the Senior Friends' Award from the Humboldt-Del Norte County’s Area I Agency on Aging for her work on elder abuse prevention and recognition.
VP Sales and Marketing, Attentus Medical Sales, Inc.
Tom Tucker is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and a partner in Attentus Medical Sales, Inc. based in Houston TX. He has 29 years experience in health care in engineering, technical support, and sales & marketing. Mr. Tucker started his healthcare career in design of Oxygen and sleep systems for Mountain Medical in Littleton, CO. Then moved on to be the first President of Medline Homecare. Tom focuses on helping manufactures and distributor develop new solutions that bring real value to its clients. His passion for the value of home health keeps him motivated to work with providers to increase profits and improve service for the patient.
Richard M. Wetherell
Richard Wetherell has over 25 years of supervisory and leadership experience that includes process improvement, knowledge management, quality, training, and regulatory interface with the FDA. He has provided healthcare organizations with leadership solutions through the Strategic Planning and Balanced Scorecard Program focused on methods to stimulate continuous improvement and improve customer satisfaction. Additionally, he has led operations, design, and quality groups within the industry, and has worked on multiple committees with the FDA and the U.S. Government. He was also one of five people in the state of Tennessee who submitted a proposal to the Governor which was subsequently implemented as the state’s quality award to help improve business performance within the state (it is considered a model).
Mr. Wetherell has both B.S. and M.S. degrees and is also a Certified Quality Engineer. In addition to the numerous technical papers he has written, he was recognized for writing the best technical paper at three major conferences on how to communicate and get results that add value to the customer. He was awarded the Taguchi Leadership Award and has also written a book about lessons learned on how to implement ISO standards within your firm.
Brigadier General, US Army (Retired)
Matthew J. Whittington is serving his second term on the ACHC Board of Commissioners. Mr. Whittington is a career technology engineer and consultant. He served for over 30 years in the military and retired with the rank of Brigadier General, US Army (Retired). Matt holds college degrees from universities in Michigan and in Vermont. He and his wife, Beth, live in Tempe Arizona. Their hobbies include international travel and scuba diving.