Paul J. Long

Keynote Speaker

What’s GOOD?! How do today’s best companies accelerate business results? By engaging their employees, celebrating all that’s GOOD and creating a culture of experience that empowers their workforce to create joy, FUN and fulfillment.

Paul Long is a speaker, author, podcaster and master of shenanigans. He has developed a concept called Fundamism, simply defined as the FUNdamentals of a F.U.N. and optimistic lifestyle. When implemented, Paul’s philosophy has been proven to reduce attrition, attract great talent, improve customer experience and drive employee engagement. Paul is not only great in discussing operational growth theory, but in his corporate leadership experience he’s also seen success putting his FUNdamentals into practice.

As the author of Fundamism: Connecting to Life Through F.U.N. Paul guides you on how to live your whole life—at work and at home—with joy, FUN and fulfillment as the driving force. The book does so through Paul’s entertaining real-life stories, researched-based recommendations, and practical exercises.

He travels the world delivering high-content keynotes and training to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and trade associations. His engaging, inspirational and unbridled energetic style is unlike any speaker you’ve experienced before. Paul’s thought-provoking content, tactical solutions for growth and humor that rivals that of a stand-up comedian consistently generates outstanding feedback from participants.

Paul challenges audiences to move beyond the traditional avenues of achieving happiness — money, title, status — and develop their own core values that create fulfillment both at work and home.


Drew Voytal, MPA

Associate Director, Government Affairs

Drew serves as an Associate Director of Government Affairs for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) in Washington DC. In this role, he informs and advises MGMA members on multiple federal health care policies and programs and assesses their impact on group medical practices. He is also responsible for helping MGMA advocate for member practices by providing guidance and insight to policymakers in Congress and the administration on how federal policies and programs impact physician group practices. Drew has previously worked for the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Drew attended Western Michigan University where he earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with a healthcare administration focus, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.


Veronica Brattstorm

Senior Risk Management and Patient Quality Analyst

Ms. Brattstrom, joined PSIC in 2010 as Senior Risk Management and Patient Quality Analyst. Veronica has 20 years of experience providing risk management consulting services to healthcare professionals. Throughout her career, she has worked with individual physicians and large clinic groups providing personalized customer service enhancing risk management compliance among clinic administrators, office managers and physicians. Veronica, a skilled facilitator, has presented several risk management seminars covering malpractice topics pertinent to physicians and their staff. A native of Chicago, IL, Veronica received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign. Veronica is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) and obtained her CHTS-PW certification which she actively uses to assist physician practices with electronic health records (EHR) workflow analysis.

John Giertz, CMPE

Vice President of Physician Services
Jersey Community Hospital

John Giertz, CMPE is currently the VP Physician Services of Jersey Community Hospital. He manages the day-to-day operations of JCH Medical Group,which employees 55 Physicians and APP’s at 15 locations serving Jersey, Calhoun, and Greene counties in South-West Illinois. He serves on the Senior Leader Team and overseas recruitment for the Health System.

In 2015, John managed the successful integration of Illini Medical Associates, SC (IMA) into Jersey Community Hospital. While at IMA, he served as Administrator of Operations a 30 provider physician-owned multispecialty medical group. The majority of IMA’s growth came from the successful merger of smaller practices. John has been a leader in medical group practice administration for over 23 years. He has a BS in Community Health from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive thru MGMA. He holds a Green Belt in Lean/Six Sigma. He has served on Illinois MGMA Board of Directors for the past 9 years. He is Past President for ILMGMA is the current ACMPE Forum Rep.

Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CHC, CEMC, CPC, CPMA, CICA, CHRC, CHPC, CCEP, CAC, CACO, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Certified Trainer

Principal Attorney
Rivet Health Law, PLC

Joe Rivet is the Principal Attorney at Rivet Health Law. He is a licensed attorney in Michigan and is also an arbitrator through AHLA . His practice specializes in healthcare reimbursement matters and third-party payor audits and appeals. Prior to becoming an attorney Joe started his career in coding. He has written 3 books on E/M auditing, published numerous articles and frequently speaks on healthcare reimbursement topics. Joe holds numerous coding and compliance credentials.

Nathan Kennedy, CHC, CPC, CPPM, CPC-I, CPB, CPMA

Outreach & Education Consultant
National Government Services (NGS)

Nathan Kennedy has worked with National Government Services for over 33 years obtaining a broad knowledge base of the entire Medicare Part B program. Nathan began his Medicare career with over 3 years in claims processing, then moving on to spend over 7 years in The Appeals area. Nathan was part of the team that initiated the Telephone Review process, helped to implement the DMERC when created, and implemented the letter writing system used at that time. Nathan also worked as the Appeals Auditor and as an Appeals Analyst. Nathan then moved on to Provider Outreach and Education, where he has been for 20 years now. Nathan has served as a liaison with state medical societies organizing communication directly with their organization, the facilitator of quarterly POE Advisory Group meetings, and has worked with other Medicare partners on many occasions. Nathan has also served as a CPC Instructor of Indian Health Services staff.

Marcia Powers

Human Resources Consultant

Marcia Powers is a Human Resources consultant with a focus on employee relations and engagement. She has many years of experience in Human Resources, the last 20+ years in healthcare.   In 2014, she took a brief detour from HR and became a Practice Administrator for four years with a large OB/GYN independent practice in the Chicago suburbs. 

Previously, she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Norwegian American Hospital for seven years, an organization that required a complete re-design of its HR function. She was formerly the System Director of Employee Relations and the Director for a number of the hospitals in the former Resurrection Health System, supporting a group of 5,000 employees directly. 

Marcia has taught Human Resources Management at the DePaul Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and Triton College. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan and her Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. She is also an employment mediator.    

Julia C. Byrd, BA, AD, RN

Manager of Patient Care Operations

Lurie Children's Primary Care - Town & Country Pediatrics

Julia Byrd is a Manager of Patient Care Operations at Lurie Children’s Primary Care-Town & Country Pediatrics. Nursing is a second career choice for Julia, and she has worked in the field for a little over 10 years. In the previous 16 years she worked at various social service agencies with at-risk populations. In her current role Julia supervises the clinical staff at two primary care clinics. At one of those clinics, she also oversees front-end operations as well as working side-by-side with providers ensuring delivery of excellent patient care.

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern

Much Shelist

Chair of Much's Labor & Employment group, Sheryl helps employers make important decisions about their employees in a way that is designed to minimize risk. She counsels employers on a wide range of employment matters, providing clear and direct guidance that promotes legal compliance, while remaining cognizant of practical workplace realities her clients face. With a focus on being responsive, accurate, and thorough, Sheryl provides legal advice designed to help her clients maintain peace in the workplace so they can focus on their business – rather than litigation.

Sheryl listens to (and truly hears) her clients so that she can develop an understanding of the unique legal and business challenges they face. She recognizes that building a relationship with a client involves more than just attending to the project at hand, and she works hard to get to know her clients – the businesses and the people – so that they can count her among their trusted advisors. Sheryl’s primary area of emphasis is employment law, but she often functions as outside in-house counsel to her clients.  She has helped countless employers navigate a variety of legal issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sheryl received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alexis Lance

Client Success Manager

Alexis Lance is a Client Success Manager with Medix. Originally from Minnesota, Alexis attended the University of Kansas. Upon graduation in 2019, she moved to Chicago where she began her career with Medix, which is a national staffing firm that specializes in Healthcare, Scientific and IT staffing. Alexis started recruiting on the IT healthcare team, and she is now on the Allied Healthcare team where she is the Client Success Manager responsible for recruiting and managing nationwide covid projects as well as local Chicago projects.


Sumaya M. Noush, JD, MA


Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

Sumaya M. Noush counsels health care clients on strategic and operational matters including transactions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. She helps her clients navigate the daily challenges of running their operations while identifying opportunities for growth in today’s rapidly evolving and highly competitive health care market. Sumaya is an active contributor to the Discerning Data blog, where she regularly publishes material on a wide range of health care information privacy issues, including HIPAA enforcement efforts and government-issued cybersecurity guidance. Sumaya also authored the Illinois section of the American Health Lawyers Association’s current Health Care Fraud Law 50-State Survey. 

Sumaya serves on the 2021 Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Board of Directors and Co-Chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Sumaya is a 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder and actively works on diversity and inclusion matters at her law firm. 

Sumaya is admitted to practice law in Illinois, and she holds two Bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology, a Masters in Bioethics and Health Policy, and a J.D., all from Loyola University Chicago.

Greg Fosheim, JD, MPH

Senior Associate, Health Care Industry and Advisory Group
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Greg Fosheim provides counsel on a wide array of corporate, transactional and regulatory compliance matters across the healthcare and life sciences industry. He advises clients on healthcare fraud and abuse risks, Medicare, Medicaid and private payor billing, clinical research and laboratory compliance, nonprofit corporate governance, and nondiscrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. He also represents hospitals and health systems in a variety of transactional matters, particularly those with regulatory, licensing, accreditation and policy considerations. Leveraging his vast public health background and insight as a former microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Greg addressed numerous national and international hospital outbreaks. Now, he is actively involved in counseling healthcare and life sciences clients in their COVID-19 response and emergency preparedness from a legal perspective.  Greg also writes and speaks regularly on diversity and inclusion in health care, particularly as related to quality, access and equity of care in the LGBTQ+ community.

Lesley R. Arca, JD


Roetzel & Andress

Lesley’s practice focuses on health care law, with an emphasis on representing and counseling health care providers and companies. Her clients include physicians, home health care agencies, non-medical home service agencies, and medical spa start-ups, addressing issues ranging from federal and state-level health care compliance, corporate formation and compliance, share and interest purchase transactions, contract drafting and negotiation, employment issues, and litigation on administrative, state, and federal levels. She has also given presentations on HIPAA/HITECH, False Claims Act, and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance and federal investigations to home health care agencies and individual healthcare providers. She knows first-hand the challenges of operating a health care-related company as a former general counsel and shareholder of an Illinois non-medical home services agency.

Mike Nowak

Senior IT Account Manager
Andromeda Technology Solutions

Mike serves as Senior IT Account Manager at Andromeda Technology Solutions. He’s helped healthcare practices and professionals implement secure and efficient technology solutions for 7+ years. He seeks to understand the real issues your practice faces and how he can help your technology function so that you can spend more time on practice management and less time troubleshooting tech issues. In his free time you’ll find Mike coaching high school hockey, staying active, and most importantly, spending time with his wife, Jessica, and two sons, Landon & Dex.

Rebecca Lahey, MSW, LCSW

Manager, Mental Health, Social Work & Community Health
Rush University System for Health

Rebecca Lahey, LCSW is the manager of mental health in the Department of Social Work and Community Health and the manager of operations in the Center for Clinical Wellness at Rush University System for Health. Rebecca received her MSW from Loyola University Chicago, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her BSW and a BA in Spanish. She has spent her ten years at Rush engaging with and growing many care management, community engagement, and mental health initiatives, with a strong commitment to improving access to needed services for marginalized populations and to engagement of older adults in their health and mental health.

Currently, Rebecca oversees and supervises the psychotherapy services being provided by her team of clinicians to Rush community members, employees and students. In her work, she leverages her training as a psychotherapist with expertise in trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment to major life transitions, acculturation, and interpersonal or relationship difficulties as both a clinician and leader. She is the Chair of the Mental Health and Aging Network leadership council with the American Society on Aging and is active with many statewide coalitions focused on mental health and trauma-informed practices. She is also an Instructor for Rush University's College of Health Sciences.