Education Committee

Sheri Poe Bernard

Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, COC, CDEO, CCS-P
Area of Expertise: Coding, Reimbursement, Risk Adjustment, Anatomy

Sher Poe Bernard is one of the nation’s leading developers of medical coding curricula and referential material. With more than 20 years of experience in coding and reimbursement publishing, training, and test development, she is an expert communicator of coding concepts. Bernard is currently a risk adjustment consultant in coding, training, and clinical documentation improvement, as well as a freelance writer. She is a sought-after public speaker on topics including coding, reimbursement, risk adjustment, and anatomy. She pioneered training labs in which medical coders learn anatomy using physiologically similar organs from farm animals. She served for 15 years as a coding content developer at a company now known as Optum360 and was instrumental in the development of the Coders’ Desk Reference, Encoder Pro, and additive features of the Optum360 International Classification of Diseases and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System Level II coding books. She was vice president of training and certification at the AAPC, where she implemented processes for content quality control and oversaw the rewrite and review of certification tests and curricula for three years. Before her employment at AAPC, Bernard served as a member of the AAPC National Advisory Board for eight years, six years as an officer. She worked two years as a senior technical advisor for the Step-By-Step coding curriculum developed by Carol J. Buck, published by Elsevier, Inc.

Pam Brooks

Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC

Coding Manager
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Area of Expertise: Outpatient Facility

Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, COC, PCS is the Coding Manager at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH, where she’s been an employee for 16 years. She supervises a staff of multi-specialty inpatient, outpatient and physician coders and is responsible for the correct coding of nearly 800 million in billed charges. She has worked to develop a team of medical auditors and educators, surgical specialty coders and documentation improvement specialists who focus on coding compliance and denial management. Having worked in the medical field since 1991, she first started in a mental health billing office and moved into practice management as she oversaw the operations of an Eating Disorders practice. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Adult Education and Workplace Training from Granite State College and has her Master’s in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College of ME. She is the currently the Vice President of the Seacoast-Dover AAPC and a former member of the AAPCCA Board of Directors for Region 1. She is a frequent contributor to Healthcare Business Monthly, and speaks throughout New England and nationally regarding coding and career development topics. She lives in southern Maine with her family.

Rhonda Buckholtz


Area of Expertise: Practice Management, Billing

Ms. Buckholtz is vice president of strategic development at AAPC. She has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, working in the reimbursement, billing, and coding sector. Before joining AAPC, she was the administrator for a five-location practice in Pennsylvania as well as being an instructor for Venango Campus, Clarion University, for coding and billing. Rhonda is a lead member of AAPC’s ICD-10 training and education team, which is charged with the development and training of curriculum on ICD-10. She has authored many articles for healthcare publications, and has spoken at conferences across the country. She is a PMCC approved instructor.

Marianne Durling

Marianne Durling, MHA, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CPC, CPCO, CIC

Duke University Health System
Associate Compliance Officer

Marianne Durling has been involved in many different aspects of healthcare for over 38 years, creating a very diverse healthcare background. She is currently an Associate Compliance Officer for Duke University Health System. Marianne has her CPC, CPCO, RHIA, CDIP and CCS, CIC and Approved Trainer credentials. She has owned her own auditing company, as well as developed and instructed complete medical coding and healthcare management degree programs for local colleges. She has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences Management. She has authored articles for professional publications, speaks nationally and she provides subject matter expertise to attorneys as well as textbook editing and reviews for multiple publishers. She has served many years as an officer in her local AAPC and NCHIMA chapters, as well as on the AAPC National Advisory Board. She currently serves on the AAPC Healthcon Education Committee.

Jaci J. Kipreos

Jaci J. Kipreos, CPC, COC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC
Area of Expertise: Auditing

Jaci has been working in the field of medical coding and auditing for 28 years and has been a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) since 1994 and attained her COC for facility based coding issues in 2005. She has also obtained her credential as a Certified Professional Medical Auditor and is certified in the specialty of Evaluation and Management Coding. Kipreos has worked in a variety of practice settings and has particular expertise in coding for family practice, urgent care, OB/GYN, general surgery, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, with a particular emphasis on compliance with Evaluation and Management guidelines. Jaci has been with Practice Integrity since 2003. Here she leads a group of AAPC Certified Instructors in teaching the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum. She also manages a national client list in monitoring provider documentation and performing audits for physician practices. Jaci also provides a wide range of educational topics to assist clients in the area of chart documentation, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, surgical coding, modifier usage and basic coding skills. Nationally acclaimed for medical coding, many have called on her expertise to assist their practice in the area(s) of physician office compliance, medical chart audits, and provider and staff education. Jaci was recognized as Coder of the Year for the State of Virginia in 2006. Kipreos has been an instructor for various AAPC workshops for the past four years and is a Certified ICD-10 Instructor through AAPC for both ICD-10 CM and ICD-10 PCS. Jaci is a past president of local chapters of AAPC in both Richmond, VA and Charlottesville, VA. Jaci received her B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech. Jaci currently serves as the President for the AAPC National Advisory Board.

Peggy Stilley

Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPB, COBGC

Oklahoma Sports Orthopedics Institute
Revenue Integrity Auditor
Area of Expertise: Coding – Specialty, Practice Management

Peggy is currently employed by OSOI in Norman, Oklahoma as Revenue Integrity Auditor. She was previously employed by AAPC, a member of the ICD-10 Training and Education team, and formerly Director of Audit Services. Peggy has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry starting as a medical assistant, expanding her duties to billing and coding, and management in a teaching facility. Her knowledge is enhanced by experience in multiple specialties including OB-Gyn, Maternal Fetal Medicine, General Practice, General Surgery, Neurology, and Orthopedics.

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