Our Team

Our team consists of seasoned professionals with diverse knowledge and experience; each of them bringing to our program at least a decade's experience in various spheres of Revenue Cycle Management, Healthcare Information Technology Services, Healthcare Consultancy, Healthcare Information Training, etc. Our team was formed with the aim of advising the Academy, its members, and other parties of interest on tactical and strategic decisions facing the healthcare community and initiate methods and actions for facing the challenges of ICD-10 Implementation and the related consequences.

Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC, CPCD, CCS-P
AHIMA Approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainer
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Deborah Grider is a Senior Manager for Blue and Company, LLC, in Revenue Cycle. With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Deborah has worked in private practice, university settings, and for a large group practice as an Administrator before beginning a career in coding education. She holds multiple coding and auditing certifications with the AAPC and with AHIMA and is considered one of the top leading ICD-10 authorities in the country. She has many coding books published through the American Medical Association including, "ICD-10 Implementation Guide, Make the Transition Manageable", "Principles of ICD-10-CM" and the "Principles of ICD-10 Workbook" She has also written "Principles of ICD-9-CM", "Coding with Modifiers"., and "Medical Record Chart Auditor". She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Instructor; has served as President of the AAPC National Advisory Board, and previously served on the AMA CPT Editorial Panel. Deborah is a dynamic speaker and has spoken nationally for over 15 years, and has developed coding curriculum for various organizations including, the American Academy of Professional Coders, and Martin University in Indianapolis, Indiana to name a few. She has testified in front of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics in 2009 on the challenges the healthcare industry faces with the migration to ICD-10. Ms. Grider was named one of the Top 10 Health Information Management Professionals in 2009.



Madeline Angela Meyer, MSHA, MBA, CMPE, CCS-P, CPC, CCS
ACMCA President, Senior Coding Consultant
AHIMA Approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainer
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Mrs. Meyer has over 25 years of experience working as a Healthcare Administrator in high level management positions. She is currently working on completing her PhD in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. She is a medical coding auditor and analyst, and an online curriculum consultant and course developer for HCA and HIM programs. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for several online Universities. She holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University School of Business, Tampa, FL, Master's of Science in Health Services Administration from Nova Southeastern University School of Business, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, B.A. in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, MN and she is a Medical Laboratory Technologists, ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) registered, Lakeland Medical Academy, Minneapolis, MN, and attended St. Luke's School of Nursing, a three year Diploma program, St. Louis, MO.


Professional memberships include: Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMCE), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). She is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE), and triple certified in medical coding, i.e., Certified Medical Coder-Physician (CCS-P) and Certified Medical Coder-Hospital (CCS) from AHIMA, as well as a Certified Professional Coder from the AAPC. She is currently developing course curriculum for ICD-10, and her dissertation is on the "Change Impact of Transitioning from ICD-9 CM to ICD-10 on Morbidity Statistics in Public Health."



Michael Alan Meyer, DO, CCS, CPC, CPC-I
ACMCA Senior Coding Consultant
AHIMA Approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainer
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Dr. Meyer is a Senior Healthcare Coding Consultant, who is a triple certified medical coder. He is licensed through the American Academy of Professional coders as a Professional Medical Coding Curriculum instructor (PMCC). He is the Chair over the medical insurance, billing and coding program and Healthcare Administration program at Everest University, South Orlando. He is also a curriculum developer for several online programs, as well as an HIM program instructor for DeVry University. He is a field auditor and has performed audit work for a variety of healthcare organizations, including hospital, physician practices and insurance companies. Prior to his consulting, coding and career as an educator, Dr. Meyer was board certified in family practice and actively treated patients for 16 years.

Dr. Meyer is a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) through AHIMA, and a Certified Physician Coder (CPC) and a licensed Professional Medical Coding Curriculum (PMCC) instructor through the AAPC. Professional memberships include the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Medical Association (AMA).



Artena M. Williamson, BA, CPC, CCS-P
AHIMA Approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainer

Artena M. Williamson graduated from NC Central University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a concentration in Business Management. After beginning her professional career path, she realized that she had another calling to pursue. Therefore, she returned to school in 1997 pursuing as an Accountant Computer Specialist in the medical field. With this new path, she worked at Interim Healthcare as a Billing and Collections Specialist in RTP; in 2005, she became a Certified Professional Coder through American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and 2007 Certified Coding Specialist for Physicians through American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and is now an AHIMA approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainer. Artena has been led down the path to impart her expertise to adult learners who are pursuing employment in the health care field by instructing Medical Coding and AHIMA/AAPC Boot Camp at Durham Technical Community College. She truly has a passion for teaching to those that want to learn. Her motto: "The more you learn, the more you earn."



Mark Murchison, CCS, AHIMA Certified ICD-10 Trainer
ICA Authorized ICD-10 Onsite Trainer
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Mark is a credentialed coder with over 15 years of Inpatient and Outpatient coding with immense IRF-PAI and LTAC experience. He is a registered AHIMA ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer and is currently holding training and speaking sessions in the Dallas, Texas Metroplex area. Along with the developing of technology in the Healthcare system, as a member of the PHI THETA KAPPA honor society Mark is pursuing his bachelor degree in Healthcare Informatics and Workplace Design. He believes that "Excellence is not an act, but a habit."



Joy Renfro, EdD, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC
Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Joy Renfro, Ed D, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC is a professor in the Health Promotion and Administration Department at Eastern Kentucky University where she has taught classes in Medical Coding, Medical Office Administration, Medical Terminology, Introduction to the Health Science Field, and Health Services Administration. Dr. Renfro has served the department as the Program Director for Medical Assisting Technology and has served on the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Task Force for Test Construction for the Certified Medical Assistant Examination and as an AAMA site surveyor for CAAHEP accredited Medical Assisting Programs. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association, the Kentucky Health Information Management Association, the Medical Group Management Association and the American Academy of Procedural Coders. Prior to teaching at EKU, Dr. Renfro worked as an inpatient coder and Director of Medical Records for two local hospitals. Dr. Renfro has presented numerous programs related to ICD-10 Coding and Compliance issues facing physicians' offices. She was recently recognized as an ICD-10-CM/ ICD-10-PCS Trainer by the AHIMA, has been appointed as the Chair of the Kentucky Health Information Management's ICD-10-CM Task Force and is a member of the ICD-10-Coders Academy Advisory Council. Dr. Renfro also serves as a presenter for Contexo Media on issues related to coding and compliance.



Sam Salhab, MD
Radiologist, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy Dr. Salhab is a practicing radiologist at State University of New York in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Salhab instructs medical students from Ross University in general radiology and medicine. He is a subject matter expert in radiology coding and billing practices and is intimately knowledgeable in Joint Commission and CMS requirements for radiology. Prior to becoming a radiologist, Dr. Salhab worked as a manager for radiology registration and the patient access department, where he was tasked with hiring and managing many Billers and Coders for networks of hospitals, physician offices, and private clinics.

Dr. Salhab's professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, American College of Radiology and American Medical Association. Dr. Salhab has also co-authored several published radiology research publications.



Tockquany Wyatt, CCS, AHIMA Certified ICD-10 Trainer
ICA Authorized ICD-10 Onsite Trainer
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Tockquany is an AHIMA Certified ICD-10 Trainer who has collaborated with several healthcare entities to identify clinical documentation improvements needed to implement ICD-10 in the United States. With over 10 years' experience in Health Education and Coding, she holds CCS credentials and an Associates of Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree. As an Independent Coding Consultant she has gained expertise in Inpatient, Outpatient, IRF-PAI, LTAC, E&M and Day Surgery coding. Her areas of interest include provider education, RAC preparation and EHR technology. Currently, she is pursuing Informatics certification in Workforce Redesign under the ARRA/HITECH Act. Tockquany is an active member of both AHIMA and HIMSS and has partnered with various healthcare systems to improve their National Correct Coding Initiatives.



Jane G. LeBlanc, RHIT
Manager Operations (Coding), Oakwood Healthcare System
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Jane LeBlanc serves as the Manager of Coding Operations for Oakwood Healthcare System, which is a four hospital non-profit healthcare system located in the metropolitan Detroit area. She is responsible for coding operations and the management of 47 coding professionals. Jane has over 14 years experience in Health Information Management and coding. Prior to her current role, Jane has held positions as a concurrent coder, clinical coding specialist, coding consultant and Coding Supervisor. She has vast knowledge in concurrent coding, inpatient coding and clinical documentation improvement. During her career, Jane has participated in the development and management of a clinical documentation improvement program, management and re-design of a concurrent coding program, transitioning her team from paper to an electronic record, developing a remote coding program, appeal of external payer coding denials, as well as coder education and training. Jane is a graduate of Henry Ford Community College and Michigan State University. She is an active member of AHIMA, MHIMA and SEMHIMA.



Cheryl Bielecki, RHIT, CCS
Coding Manager, Tampa General Hospital
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Cheryl Bielecki is presently working as the coding manager for Tampa General Hospital, located in Tampa, Florida. Her duties include supervising and managing 25 coders, coordinating multiple contract Coders, developing policies and procedures, reviewing and auditing of IP and OP medical records for compliance, and structuring and coordinating HIM student's clinical experience. Cheryl has 24 years experience and in-depth knowledge of Health Information Technology. 12 years experience in an acute care setting with experience in management responsibilities, ICD-9 and CPT coding, E & M level assignments as well as in-depth knowledge of disease processes. Prior to her current role, Cheryl held positions as a coding specialist, medical records manager, medical records director, and a coder. She is currently attending SPC online courses progressing towards a Bachelor's Degree. She holds an Associate Degree in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and a Certified Coding Specialist from AHIMA. Professional Membership includes AHIMA.



Marla Hardison, CCS-P
Coding Manager, The Coding Source LLC.
Advisory Council Member, ICD-10 Coders Academy

Marla Hardison, CCS-P is a coding manager for The Coding Source, LLC. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry and has worked in the areas of medical billing, reimbursement, utiliization review and medicare risk adjustment. She maintains membership in both AHIMA and AAPC.



Dr. Meriyala Santosh Kumar Guptha,
CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CIMC, CFPC, CUC, COBGC, CCS-P, CCS, RMC, RMA, CMBS, CMRS, CSCS, CGIC,CSBB, FCR, FNR, FOR, CHA, CHL7
AHIMA Approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainer
Advisory Council Member (Lead), ICD-10 Coders Academy

Dr Guptha is a dynamic leader in Healthcare Information Management, an expert in the field of coding analysis, EM auditing, and ICD-10 Coding with a career span of more than a decade. He was instrumental in developing various ICD-10 coding tools, guides and has authored various ICD-10 training programs. Dr. Guptha has extensive knowledge in all areas of HIPAA, privacy and security, and the application of HIPAA requirements in physician's offices and facilities settings.