About The Team

Expert Oncology Consultants

The Oncology Group understands the challenges clients face as they expand, update, and upgrade their cancer care services and technology.  Change—necessary to support growth and provide a 21st century integrated patient experience—is difficult.  And each client’s circumstances are unique.  Launching new processes and practices—or just reorganizing effective processes—requires highly specialized skills, leadership, and planning tools.

That’s where The Oncology Group comes in. Our team of cancer care consulting professionals consists of nationally recognized advisors with broad fields of experience, including business and clinical backgrounds. Let us apply our knowledge to develop a custom cancer program for your institution, patients and physicians.

Steven L. Black, MBA
President
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Steven L. Black, MBA

President

With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration, Steve has created and led an impressive range of multimillion dollar, multidisciplinary projects designed to enhance and streamline hospital programs and worked with physician-based practices to develop mutually beneficial models with hospital partners. He worked with clients to benchmark physician and staff productivity as well as the throughput and efficiency of programs.

Steve has worked with TOG clients on a variety of projects including feasibility analysis for adding services, assessment of operations and Certificate of Need (CON) applications. He is able to be the project manager or a member of the team depending on the type of engagement. His expertise includes evidence-based planning, data analysis of both clinical and financial information, accreditation of programs by the Commission on Cancer and the American College of Radiology and the formulation of strategies that apply and integrate cutting-edge technology and treatments.

At Georgia Regents University (GRU) Cancer Center in Augusta, he served as the Administrative Director for the Oncology Center of Excellence and was the Associate Center Director of Clinical Affairs, MCG Cancer Center. During his tenure, Steve led the completion of the $31 million, 60,000 square foot MCGHealth Cancer Center with 30 exam rooms, 30 chemotherapy chairs and 6 private treatment rooms.

The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) was one of the first academic medical centers to embrace patient-centered care and every aspect of the planning, design and construction of the MCGHealth Cancer Center was influenced by input from cancer survivors and family members of patients who had lost the battle with cancer. He developed the organizational structure for multi-disciplinary teams that focused on the top 10 cancers treated at GRU while working with physician and nursing leadership to create new nurse navigator positions to coordinate care for all newly diagnosed patients.

Steve holds an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Terry Massey, MBA, CPA
Vice President
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Terry Massey, MBA, CPA

Vice President

For more than 20 years, Terry has played a key role in helping oncology programs increase profits and grow their operations. Known for his sharp analytic skills, innovative approach to solving problems, and broad knowledge of oncology, he specializes in helping The Oncology Group clients operate more profitably.

Terry’s career includes controller and CFO roles at a major, publicly traded physician practice management firm as well as privately owned oncology practices. His specialties include introducing new sources of revenue, cutting unnecessary costs, and implementing tools and systems that significantly improve efficiency and financial health. Working closely with revenue cycle teams, he identifies and corrects financial issues and process weaknesses, yielding significant improvements in income.

In the late 1990's, Terry pioneered the Revenue Recovery and began immediately enhancing practices' profits at no risk. Many practices have significantly increased their profits and improved their operations as a result. Revenue Recovery was developed in response to income lost from oncology billing complexities and human errors.

For example, he guided one client (a radiation practice) through successful integration with medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiology. Terry's expertise was instrumental in the evaluation, successful integration, and the operations of new service lines, radiation treatment modalities, locations, and physicians. His leadership and initiative led to the practice being selected to participate in a Medical Home program and grant.

A CPA, Terry earned his MBA in finance from the University of North Texas and his bachelor degree in accounting from Harding University.

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Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP
Senior Consultant
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Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP

Senior Consultant

Dr. Trump's career includes cancer research, executive leadership, board service and clinical practice at some of the country's most esteemed institutions. As a Senior Consultant with The Oncology Group, he assists clients by applying his insights and firsthand experience navigating the National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center designation process. During his career he has served as a clinician, a principal investigator for multiple Cancer Center Support grants, President and Chief Executive Officer for Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and an External Advisory Board member for NCI-designated cancer centers as well as programs pursuing NCI designation.

He has held clinical positions at The Johns Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin, Duke University, University of Pittsburgh, State University of New York at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. His multidisciplinary experience juggling the many responsibilities of clinician, scientist and administrator imparts a comprehensive, practical approach to challenges and solutions.

Dr. Trump's knowledge of the survey process during site visits for programs applying for a Cancer Center Support Grant allows him to provide insight on ways organizations should prioritize and promote specific programs in order to achieve NCI designation. He has been involved all aspects of the application process and understands all that the site visit involves: reviews of treatment, research, education and outreach efforts as well as the expectations the NCI has for each of these respective areas.

He has also been a Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on multiple grants that have supported his clinical and basic research efforts. As the PI for Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Cancer Center Support Grant, he was involved in all aspects of developing the grant application. His firsthand knowledge of the application process enables programs pursuing NCI-designation to understand how the NCI reviews applications.

Honors bestowed upon Dr. Trump include the Distinguished Alumnus Award at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Joseph Burchenal Lectureship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, multiple years being named in Best Doctors in America and inclusion in Who's Who in America, Science and Engineering.

Dr. Trump is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, earning a degree in human biology as well as his M.D. He also completed postgraduate work and medical oncology fellowship there.

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Marsha Fountain, RN, MSN
Senior Consultant
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Marsha Fountain, RN, MSN

Senior Consultant

As a Senior Consultant with The Oncology Group, Marsha Fountain brings the experience of having worked with clients ranging from small hospital-based cancer programs to large hospital networks. Ms. Fountain brings over 30 years experience in cancer care, with expertise in strategic planning and development for community cancer programs and networks and often in collaboration with academic centers. Ms. Fountain retired as President of The Oncology Group in 2015, but will be available for special projects.

Having developed and managed numerous comprehensive integrated cancer programs during her extensive career, Ms. Fountain is considered one of the nation’s pioneers in oncology program development and operations related to cancer center design. Prior to forming The Oncology Group, she managed a branch of a large healthcare architectural and design firm working exclusively on cancer center design projects. Her expertise qualifies her in a unique way to develop a true balance between patient/family-centered design and operational efficiency necessary for the delivery of high-quality professional health care services within a changing healthcare environment.

Ms. Fountain’s expertise is strategic planning and development for community cancer programs and networks. As a consultant to hospitals, she has been influential in the development of cancer programs throughout the United States. She assists hospitals in providing and improving the continuum of cancer care services patients require in the 21st Century.

Ms. Fountain is a frequent speaker at national symposia, the author of several articles related to oncology program planning and industry trends, and the leader for The Oncology Group's esteemed focus group services. Internationally, Ms. Fountain has assisted in the design of a cancer center in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Ms. Fountain received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas-Houston. She is a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas.

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Ron DiGiaimo, MBA, FACHE
Senior Consultant
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Ron DiGiaimo, MBA, FACHE

Senior Consultant

Ron DiGiaimo brings impressive skills to the firm, including more than 27 years' experience in clinical, mid-level and executive level operational management, and a solid oncology financial management background. He is also a proven strategist in specialty practice building, medical coding and documentation for both Part A and Part B reimbursement and has broad experience with marketing, day to day operations, development, and public relations.

Ron's particular strong suit is operational management of cancer facilities. His knowledge of quality care along with referral patterns is key to assisting physicians and/or hospital administration in the selection and mentoring of staff and execution of operational goals. Goals in oncology centers can vary widely from new service line, new geographic penetration, construction, proforma or any combination of the above. Ron has experience in these areas and enjoys the opportunity to work with a team to make the plan a reality.

Ron is active with ACRO, ASTRO, SROA, ACCC, ACE, AAMD, ASCO, ACHE and several other such groups, DiGiaimo works to forward the cause of oncology care. He currently assists with the publication of the American College of Radiation Oncology Practice Management Guide, which serves to educate all National Medical Directors from Medicare to commercial insurers as well as the oncology community. The guide contains information helpful to medical coding, reimbursement, practice valuation, marketing, new technology and many other items of interest.

DiGiaimo earned an MBA from Oklahoma Christian University and a Bachelors degree in Health Administration from Weber State University. He is also a past Radiation Therapist, trained at Allen Shivers Radiation Therapy School in Austin, Texas and has an Associates Degree of Radiography from MCC in Waco, Texas.

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Dr. Pat Stanfill Edens, RN, MS, MBA, PhD, FAAMA, FACHE
Senior Consultant
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Dr. Pat Stanfill Edens, RN, MS, MBA, PhD, FAAMA, FACHE

Senior Consultant

As a Senior Consultant with The Oncology Group, Dr. Pat Stanfill Edens brings over 35 years’ experience in healthcare administration. She provides strategic oncology operational direction, clinical research oversight, financial performance and international consulting expertise to the team. Dr. Edens retired as Assistant Vice President of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) where she had corporate responsibility for strategic and operational direction and financial performance of the $3.5 billion domestic and international Oncology, Solid Organ and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical service lines. She was also the responsible business executive for clinical research oversight in the company.

Dr. Edens has worked both domestically and internationally as a consultant and speaker on cancer program development and related topics. She has published extensively in the areas of healthcare and nursing administration, leadership, biotechnology and cancer. During and following her tenure with HCA, she assisted in the development of the Cancer Centres Network in London, England and with the discussion of public-private partnerships with the National Health Service. Additionally, she developed the Radiation Therapy Business Plan for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. Speaking for the Ministry of Health in Shanghai, China, Dr. Edens addressed clinical trials and the U.S. FDA approval process for international researchers and was engaged by ProMed Cancer Centers, China to write and edit their website. She was also invited to present on the topic of Dualistic Healthcare Markets: The Impact of Boutique Offerings at The Academy of Business and Administrative Sciences’ Globalization and Emerging Economies seminar in Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Edens received an RN Diploma from Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, BA in Nursing from Stephens College, MS from University of Memphis, MBA from University of Notre Dame and PhD from Kennedy-Western University.

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Dianne Richardson, RN
Senior Consultant

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Dianne Richardson, RN

Senior Consultant

With four decades in the healthcare industry, Dianne Richardson is an expert in evaluating the clinical and business aspects of oncology practice operations, with special focus on the safe delivery of care.

In her role as Senior Consultant at The Oncology Group, Dianne reviews and presents recommendations for back office and infusion suite processes and patient flow. She performs chart audits for charge capture of physician and nursing documentation to support services billed, chemotherapy ordered versus treatment delivered, delivery of the correct number of units of each medication and time frame required for billing of each administration technique. She reviews EOBs versus charges billed and provides models for infusion suites to assure staffing levels are appropriate.

Dianne's multifaceted consulting expertise includes training and staff development for a range of healthcare professionals. She educates physicians on evaluation and management-level requirements and has developed a skills validation checklist for new nursing staff, including one for the chemotherapy administration process. She has also developed educational objectives for each cancer disease process, particularly for novice RN staff, and assists with leadership development for new nurses moving into management positions. To better serve patients, she has developed education tools as well as a pre-treatment chemotherapy class.

She assists practices in initiating chemotherapy admixture, advising on the use of laminar flow hood and evaluating adherence to OSHA guidelines and use of personal protective equipment when working with cytotoxic agents.

Dianne began her career as an Area Nurse Manager providing primary clinical support for a physician network covering multiple states and sites of service. She was also the primary educator for nursing staff on billing and coding. She went on to work for a network of oncology practices where, as Director of Clinical Operations, she provided clinical support for more than 2000 nurses and 500 laboratory personnel. She also developed and executed training on the business aspects of oncology care for pharmaceutical industry representatives, managers and business owners interested in a better understanding of 21st-century cancer care delivery system and reimbursement issues.

Currently a member of the National Oncology Nursing Society, Dianne is former president of the Channel Islands ONS Chapter and former president of the Dallas ONS Chapter. She won the Pearl Moore Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award and the Founder's Award from the Dallas ONS Chapter. She received her nursing diploma from Touro Infirmary School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Jennifer Dreyfus, MBA,
M. Bioethics
Senior Consultant

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Jennifer Dreyfus, MBA, M. Bioethics

Senior Consultant

With more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare, managed care and policy, Jennifer specializes in the interface between providers and payors, particularly in the areas of value-based purchasing, bundled payment and understanding financial risk. Over the course of her career, she has negotiated and managed provider-payor contracts for large group practices, community hospitals, academic medical centers and payors. Clients can rely on Jennifer’s subject matter expertise and support as they undertake risk contracts designed to offer high quality, coordinated care.

As CMS and other payors seek creative partnerships with oncology service providers, Jennifer guides clients in identifying ways to improve care, lower costs and succeed under episode-based payments. Her understanding of federal regulations and CMS financial incentives enables her to assist clients under the newly proposed CMS Oncology Care Model and other value-based purchasing arrangements. Jennifer also helps negotiate agreements with commercial insurers. Committed to care transformation, she works with providers to identify successful strategies for offering improved care at a lower cost. Jennifer designs reimbursement strategies that compensate providers for care transformation efforts.

With more than 20 years of consulting experience, Jennifer’s specialties include managed care, reimbursement, genomics, federal regulatory policy and strategic planning. Prior to becoming a consultant, she managed provider contracting for an almost 500,000 member independent practice association model HMO. She then worked with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield where she managed more than $600 million in claims expenditures. Her experience includes: establishing risk-sharing and bundled payment arrangements with specialty providers, disease management contractors and integrated delivery systems.

Jennifer has conducted extensive radiation oncology regulatory and policy analysis, working with the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) managing their economic and regulatory policy efforts. Her expertise also includes precision medicine and oncology, and she has recently completed projects for the Center for Medical Technology Policy, including reviewing how evolving genomic testing may dramatically impact oncology care. Her recent publication on clinical integration of next generation sequencing explored the coverage and reimbursement challenges of precision medicine testing. Following her work as a Fellow at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, working on the Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing Report, she lectured on the challenging questions raised by precision medicine and oncology.

Jennifer has an MBA from Wharton and a Masters of Bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She recently served as a Wharton panelist, offering insight on the impact of the rising costs of cancer care, and she was a recent lecturer at the Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson College of Population Health on the challenges raised by genomic advances. Jennifer is also a member of the Genetic Alliance Institutional Review Board.

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John L. Wilson, MS, PhD
Senior Consultant
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John L. Wilson, MS, PhD

Senior Consultant

Dr. Wilson has practiced in private industry, academic medical centers, NCI designated cancer centers and the national office of the American Cancer Society. As a cancer epidemiologist and a member of the American College of Epidemiology for more than 30 years, he has multifaceted experience in applied epidemiology as well as clinical and cancer outcomes research.

In his work at The Oncology Group, Dr. Wilson consults on quality of care evaluation, outcomes measurement and cancer data usage in research and hospital operations. He applies his experience working with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to planning related to the Value Oriented Market, practice patterns and guideline adherence. Dr. Wilson also assists in American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditations for NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Prior to joining The Oncology Group, Dr. Wilson was a faculty member in the Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In that role, he was instrumental in establishing a network of clinical outcomes databases to monitor patient outcomes and evaluate quality of care. These projects included a multi-centered registry across several cancer centers to evaluate a specific surgical procedure.

Dr. Wilson served as Associate Director of OSU's Comprehensive Cancer Center and was the Director of Outcomes Management. He was a member of the committee serving as administrator for the Commission on Cancer-approved cancer program. He also served as co-principal investigator for the NCCN-funded project at OSU to measure and evaluate lung cancer care. The findings from these projects have been published in various peer reviewed journals and presented at various national and international conferences.

An active participant in the NCCN since its inception, Dr. Wilson has served as a member of executive committees for the outcomes projects for breast, colorectal, ovarian, lung, and neuroendocrine cancers. The purpose of this research was to collect data from multiple cancer centers in order to evaluate practice patterns, monitor adherence to NCCN treatment guidelines, and patient outcomes. As a member of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Wilson's focus is the application of cancer data in hospital operations as well as research. He continues to be involved in the use and implementation of the College's National Cancer Data Base and the Rapid Quality Reporting System.

Dr. Wilson received his master's degree and PhD in cancer epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and trained in epidemiology at the Roswell Park Cancer Center. Academic work also includes study at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and research at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Dava F. Gerard, MD, FACS, MS, MPH, CHE
Senior Consultant
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Dava F. Gerard, MD, FACS, MS, MPH, CHE

Senior Consultant

Dr. Gerard‘s extraordinary, accomplished career in healthcare spans three decades and includes clinical practice, cancer center and nonprofit leadership, academic positions, board leadership, council appointments, public education, and community service.

In her 20 years of clinical work, Dr. Gerard practiced breast surgery; general surgery with a breast surgery focus; and general, vascular and trauma surgery. In addition, she‘s an expert in accreditation: a recent few of the long list of positions she‘s held include accreditation surveyor for the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, Commission on Cancer. She has also served as administrator, cancer service line, for Presbyterian Healthcare Services; executive director/administrator, oncology service line of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare; chief operating officer and vice president of Nevada Cancer Institute; and president and medical director of the Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center.

At The Oncology Group, Dr. Gerard consults with clients who are working to obtain accreditation by the Commission on Cancer or the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), or who may need help resolving any deficiencies noted during the survey process.

Passionate about educating the public about cancer and wellness through the media, Dr. Gerard has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs, discussing everything from raising funds for cancer patient assistance to innovations in breast cancer treatment. She has written articles for a range of publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Women‘s Association, the Journal of the Texas Panhandle Physician‘s Association and the Orange County Medical Association Bulletin, and has appeared at monthly television press conferences highlighting timely topics in cancer, including PET-CT, advanced radiotherapy services, quality of life intervention during and after cancer treatments, and clinical trials.

Other notable personal appearances include the White House Conference on Aging and testifying before Congress about the benefits of mammography screening, which ultimately led to the reversal of the recommendation against mammographic screening of women ages 40-49.

Dr. Gerard has held academic positions at Texas Tech School of Medicine, West Texas A&M, Amarillo College, and the University of California, Irvine. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Physician Executives, and is a Juran Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Her memberships include the American College of Physician Executives, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Clinical Oncology, the Association of Cancer Executives, the Association of Community Cancer Centers, the Association of Women Surgeons, and the American Society of Breast Disease.

Dr. Gerard is licensed to practice medicine in Texas and California. She received her bachelor of science degree in pre-medical sciences from The Pennsylvania State University, her M.D. and M.S. from the University of California, San Diego, and her M.P.H. from the UCLA / RAND Corporation Healthcare Executive Program.

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Georgina ‘Gigi’ Price, RN, OCN, CHONC
Consultant

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Georgina ‘Gigi’ Price, RN, OCN, CHONC

Consultant

With over 27 years of experience in the field of medical oncology, Gigi has served in operational positions in medical oncology managing and overseeing the operations of the infusion center and staff, the research department and the negotiation and purchasing of pharmaceuticals.

As a Consultant for The Oncology Group, Gigi provides comprehensive oncology consulting services including operational assessments, compliance reviews, staffing assessments, medical record reviews and education to medical oncology practices in the facility and non-facility settings nationwide.

Gigi is an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) and is certified through the AAPC as a Certified Hematology Oncology Coder. She is also active in the Oncology Nursing Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Clinical Research Associates, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American Academy of Professional Coders. Gigi received her registered nurse degree from Rose State College in Oklahoma and her marketing and computer technology completion certificate from Oklahoma City College.

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Pamela Phipps, BSN, RN
Consultant

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Pamela Phipps, BSN, RN

Consultant

Pamela is a registered oncology nurse with more than 10 years’ practical experience in hospital and outpatient oncology environments. She is a chemotherapy and biotherapy certified nurse. With a solid background in nursing and EMR plus great working relationships with industry vendors, Pamela excels at helping facilities navigate challenges such as Meaningful Use. She has provided expert technical support to hospitals across the nation, ensuring smooth transitions in migrating to EMR and redefining existing workflow to work within it. Pamela provides interim leadership for programs that need an experienced nurse manager while the organization recruits a full time employee.

Pam has experience in Nucleus inventory management, formatting regimens in CPOE, MU, PQRS, CQMs, E-Rx, Equicare Patient Portal, Centricity, G4 and electronic signature pads. She is also an EMR specialist, with more than seven years’ experience in Varian’s ARIA, both in radiation oncology and medical oncology. She is well-versed in Unlimited Systems, Sure Scripts, Camtasia, Citrix XenApp, Visio and Go-Live.

Before joining The Oncology Group, Pamela held positions in Wyoming and Tennessee as a medical oncology nurse, chemotherapy infusion nurse and EMR application specialist.

Pamela received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Scottsbluff and an associate degree in interdisciplinary studies from Eastern Wyoming College-Torrington. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Wyoming Nurse Association.

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Diane Millman, Esq.
Consultant
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Diane Millman, Esq.

Consultant

As a Consultant for The Oncology Group, Diane Millman joined Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville after having served as a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery's Washington, DC office. Ms. Millman's practice encompasses the full range of transactional, regulatory and legislative services; however, in recent years, she has focused primarily on the representation of physicians, ambulatory care providers, and professional and trade associations.

Ms. Millman represents these clients before the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services and other federal agencies as well as before Congress on various Medicare and Medicaid payment, fraud and abuse, physician self-referral, and other issues arising under federal law. She also counsels these clients with respect to state law regulation, including state self-referral, fee-splitting, corporate practice of medicine and similar issues. Ms. Millman frequently represents clients regarding various contractual negotiations, including managed care negotiations, and she has established several provider networks for the purposes of managed care contracting.

In addition, Ms. Millman represents manufacturers and suppliers of new medical technology with regard to coding, coverage and reimbursement matters arising from the introduction of new health care technologies into the marketplace.

Over the years, Ms. Millman has developed special expertise in the representation of various ambulatory care providers, including surgical centers, diagnostic imaging centers, and cancer centers. She has worked with physicians, hospitals, management companies and other entities to establish both freestanding and hospital-based ambulatory care centers, including radiation oncology centers, diagnostic imaging centers, mobile testing facilities and various other health care providers.

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville is a Washington, DC-based law firm that focuses on health care, education and the law of tax-exempt organizations.

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Cynthia Boudreaux, LPN, CTR
Consultant
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Cynthia Boudreaux, LPN, CTR

Consultant

Ms. Boudreaux has worked in the healthcare field for more than 20 years. She began her career as a License Practical Nurse and then moved to the cancer registry field, earning her CTR (Certified Tumor Registrar) in 1997.

Cynthia now offers her expertise as an independent contract abstractor and consultant for more than twelve hospitals within the New Orleans region, as well as nationally, as owner and manager of her own abstracting and consulting company.

Cynthia has served as the NCRA (National Cancer Registrars Association) Liaison to the American Joint Committee on Cancer and on NCRA's Board of Directors for the Midwest region. She served as President of the LCRA (Louisiana Cancer Registrars Association) for two terms and the Chair of LCRA's Education Committee. She is currently on the CSv2 (The Collaborative Staging Data Collection System version 2) Education and Training Team and served as leader of that team for two years. She is a member of the Standards Advisory Group under the Commission on Cancer's Accreditation program and member of the Collaborate Stage Core AJCC (American Joint Committee on Cancer) 8th edition workgroup.

Cynthia is also a Commission on Cancer-trained Independent Cancer Program Consultant with extensive training on the accreditation program patient-centered care standards.

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Mary Kathryn Clabert Rodrigue, PhD, LPC, NCC, Oncology Certified
Consultant

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Mary Kathryn Clabert Rodrigue, PhD, LPC, NCC, Oncology Certified

Consultant

Guiding people toward wellness in both mind and body-especially helping cancer patients and their families adjust to life after diagnosis and treatment-has been at the heart of Mary Kathryn's career.

Mary Kathryn's expertise and teaching experience includes research, counseling theories, group counseling, family therapy and psycho-oncology, which is considered relatively new among the medical and oncology fields. In this subspecialty, Mary Kathryn has designed therapeutic supportive care treatment programs based on cancer patients' situations and diagnoses, helping them and their families navigate the psychological aspects of cancer and focus on emotional well-being and overall wellness.

Mary Kathryn founded and currently owns The Wellness Studio, LLC that specializes in mental health counseling. While serving as the director of survivorship/genetics coordinator at a cancer center, she oversaw several patient services programs, including a survivorship program and psychosocial assessments and treatment plans for patients and their families. Her patient navigation and counseling experience started early in her career-as the director of the psycho-oncology training program at another cancer center, she oversaw social work and counseling professionals.

Oncology certified, Mary Kathryn is a national certified counselor and licensed as a professional counselor by the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor Board of Examiners. She is the founder and chairman of the board of the Drew Rodrigue Foundation; co-founder of Y.A.T.S. Against Cancer; an advisor to the You Night Foundation; was a member of the Louisiana Economic Development CEO Roundtable, the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, the American Counseling Association and the Louisiana Counseling Association. She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in history from the University of Alabama and her M.Ed and Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of New Orleans.

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Christopher Sakulenzki, CHFP, CSAF
Consultant
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Christopher Sakulenzki, CHFP, CSAF

Consultant

When it comes to finance and accounting, Christopher tackles every facet with enthusiasm. As a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) and a Certified Specialist in Accounting and Finance (CSAF), he works with The Oncology Group’s consulting and finance teams in billing, financial modeling, profitability and investment analyses, client pro formas, market research and valuation analyses.

Before joining The Oncology Group, Christopher integrated his expertise in finance, data management, and administration with his 10+ years of in-patient healthcare experience. As an oncology pharmacy tech, Chris gained valuable hands-on experience reviewing doctor’s orders and mixing chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients. Concurrently, he also worked as a Health IT Program assistant before attending Texas State University.

Christopher’s body of work includes collaborating with startups to build accounting and financial models and conduct cash flow analyses. While at Texas State University, he developed and implemented an investment strategy through the Student Managed Investment Fund for the university’s endowment fund, which outperformed the S&P 500 by 70 percent. He also audited the fund’s performance to maintain compliance with investment policy and procedures.

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Julia Williams
Consultant
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Julia Williams

Consultant

Julia's unique background gives her the insight to understand the many operational challenges facing healthcare executives today, particularly within the oncology service line. With 20 years in the healthcare industry, she has experience in acute care, physician practice and home health settings.

Julia adds dimension to The Oncology Group consulting team, bringing expertise in healthcare executive recruiting, oncology recruiting, oncology organizational development services, leadership and supervisory development, organization charts and staffing planning. She works with The Oncology Group clients making interim and permanent placements for cancer center managers and executives.

Matching top-notch healthcare industry employees with employers they can best serve is Julia's forte. She has a proven track record of success specializing in healthcare executive search within the oncology service line. Clients and candidates alike seek her consulting expertise on current industry trends, methods of professional recruitment and employee retention.

Julia has been a specialist in the oncology field for 12 years, and during that time she and her executive search firm, Magee Resource Group, have worked with some of the top cancer programs in the country as well as academic facilities, NCI designated facilities, not-for-profit community-based healthcare systems and for-profit organizations.

Julia is a member of several national oncology associations and serves on the Association of Cancer Executives (ACE) Education Committee. Julia has been interviewed by the Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators (SROA), which was published in a newsletter.

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Mark A. Bowen, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
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Mark A. Bowen, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Mark brings to The Oncology Group and its affiliated companies a background that combines more than a decade of corporate, entrepreneurial and community service experience. His expertise includes small business ownership; project management; financial planning and analysis; accounting and operations; administrative and office management; recruiting and human resources; and nonprofit startup.

Before joining The Oncology Group, Mark was a consultant and owner of MAB Consulting, which provided financial and business consulting services to small to mid-sized companies. Services included expense analysis and management, AP/AR, accounting statements, budgeting, forecasting, and growth planning and management.

He was a financial planning and analysis manager for Newell Rubbermaid, responsible for the company’s financial planning, analysis, reporting & budgeting functions, and served as director of finance/controller for Bone Bank Allografts, a $5 million medical services company.

Mark’s career also includes managerial and director positions at The Limited, Inc, Western Auto and Hallmark Cards.

A significant part of Mark’s experience includes community service. Mark created a new nonprofit, Homeless, Inc., dedicated to helping the homeless obtain employment. As executive director, he led efforts that included comprehensive career and life planning; job and skill training; case management; client counseling and advocacy; and job searching, placement and retention. At the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark held a variety of leadership positions including chairman of the board, president, vice president, and treasurer.

Mark graduated with highest honors with bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1988 from the University of Memphis. He received his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990.

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Zach Ziegler
Financial Analyst III
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Zach Ziegler

Financial Analyst III

With expertise in financial reporting, analysis and planning, Zach consults with clients of The Oncology Group and its affiliated companies to develop ROI models, create dashboards and KPIs, and produce feasibility and practice integration analyses.

Prior to joining The Oncology Group, Zach worked as a financial analyst for an Austin-based firm specializing in online compliance training. In that role he developed and implemented reports on sales pipelines, commission statements, key performance indicators, cost allocation, variance analysis, cost of sales, budget allocation, sales metrics, marketing channel effectiveness, lead generation and client usage of products. Based on findings, he made recommendations for improving workflow and productivity.

Zach is also well-versed in managing CRM systems, implementing applications and streamlining processes. He has researched 10-Ks, 10-Qs, news reports and other financial documents to analyze business metrics.

Zach graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor of science in business administration with dual majors in finance and economics.

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Pelin Atesoglu
Financial Analyst
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Pelin Atesoglu

Financial Analyst

With a career that spans two continents, Pelin has solid experience in finance, accounting and technology.

Pelin applies her wide-ranging skills across all companies. She supports Revenue Cycle Inc.'s corporate consulting division with client pro formas, financial modeling and financial and investment analyses. For The Oncology Group, she conducts market research and analysis and builds cancer center financial modeling. She supports RC Billing with advanced client profitability analyses, including assessment of Time Clock time tracking software. She also provides financial modeling and analytical support to Infinity Oncology, including cancer center pro formas and valuation analyses.

While living in Istanbul, Turkey, Pelin worked as a senior portfolio manager and an investment consultant at companies such as Citibank, where she managed an $11 million portfolio of stocks, treasury bonds, derivatives, structured products, dual currency and foreign exchange transactions on domestic and international markets.

Her experience also includes asset valuation, business valuations, risk evaluation, 10K and stock valuation and industry analyses.

Pelin has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Kocaeli University in Kocaeli, Turkey, an MBA/capital markets and finance from Bahcesehir University in Istanbul and a certificate degree with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, in accounting for financial and business analysts.

Pelin is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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Company and Office Operations Team


Joel Barragan
Marketing Associate
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Joel Barragan

Marketing Associate

An accomplished creative director and graphic designer, Joel manages marketing strategy and execution for Revenue Cycle Inc., The Oncology Group, Revenue Cycle Billing, and Infinity Oncology. He assists with the design and production of the companies’ websites as well as brochures, e-blasts and all other collateral. At the top of his priorities, however, is client service. Joel works closely with clients as well as attendees of Revenue Cycle Inc.’s year-round seminars, webinars and special events and ensures that the companies’ online Client Resource Center is up to date and working at peak performance.

Joel’s design portfolio features an impressive range of work, from logos and identities to websites, wayfinding systems, books, and environmental projects. Prior to joining the Revenue Cycle Inc. team, Joel served as creative director of a consumer product company. Responsible for the overall look and feel of the brand, he directed everything from branding, graphic design and photography to advertising and marketing collateral. Under his watch, the company’s visibility increased sixfold.

Joel graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor of arts degree in applied arts and sciences and an associate of arts degree in graphic design from San Diego City College.

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Mike Brightly
Corporate Office Manager
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Mike Brightly

Corporate Office Manager

Mike serves as Corporate Office Manager and acts as senior executive liaison for The Oncology Group and its affiliated companies: Revenue Cycle Inc., Revenue Cycle Billing and Infinity Oncology. He is responsible for coordinating business operations and providing superior client service and executive support. Mike manages the corporate office facility and its environment. He is in charge of the client management system and the creation of monthly reports and company documents through research, writing and editing. Mike also acts as a lead in regard to shipping and receiving, office administration, security, document destruction and vendor negotiations.

Before joining The Oncology Group, Mike worked as a marketing and administrative coordinator for a financial firm. In that role, he successfully organized client events and marketing campaigns, and created company handbooks and brochures. Mike also maintained the company’s client database and oversaw FINRA compliance. His other duties included IT support and office management.

Mike graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University, where he majored in Mass Communications and Media Arts and minored in Sociology.

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Jennifer Cooper
Senior Accountant
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Jennifer Cooper

Senior Accountant

With more than a decade of experience, Jennifer is well-versed in all aspects of accounting and finance. In her role at Revenue Cycle Inc. and associated companies, she manages the day-to-day activities of the accounting department, including budget and financial statement preparation, audit assistance, client invoicing, and contracts.

Prior to joining Revenue Cycle Inc., Jennifer served as staff accountant at an Austin-based CPA firm. Her client work included defense contractor accounting, labor allocations, and cash flow and contract management. Her career experience also includes accountant, controller and financial analyst positions at a number of Austin and Central Texas-area companies including a firm specializing in management training and consulting as well as a tax, accounting and business consulting practice.

Jennifer’s digital aptitude is strong, with an impressive working knowledge of more than 15 types of accounting and project management software. Streamlining clients’ accounting operations for optimum efficiency is her specialty.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Phoenix with both a bachelor of science in accounting and a master of science in accounting. She is actively pursuing her CPA.

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Jana Cox-Barron
Human Resources Generalist
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Jana Cox-Barron

Human Resources Generalist

Jana works in all aspects of day-to-day human resources operations, including recruitment, on-boarding, training, HR services and HRIS administration for The Oncology Group, Revenue Cycle Inc., RC Billing and Infinity Oncology.

Jana‘s career experience in office administration, human resources and healthcare spans 20 years. As a branch coordinator for a specialty home healthcare services provider, she served as the go-to contact for personnel inquiries regarding company policies, procedures, employee benefits and other HR issues. As a human resources helpline representative, she provided her company‘s staff and executives expert direction and support in LOA, FMLA, STD, ADA, CFRA, CaPFL, PDL, performance management and compliance.

In addition to experience managing all accounting tasks for budgets topping $1,000,000, Jana has creative talent, as well. One of her most notable accomplishments is the creation of a monthly newsletter distributed by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to joining The Oncology Group and its affiliated companies, Jana served as the executive assistant to the president of an Austin-area university. A member of the executive leadership team, she managed accounting, HR, student affairs and vendor issues.

Jana graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of arts degree in studio art. She is HIPAA and SOX certified.

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Catherine Aline DiGiaimo
Director of Accounting
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Catherine Aline DiGiaimo

Director of Accounting

Catherine currently serves as director of accounting and finance for The Oncology Group and has a talent for building organizations, having created the financial division of both Revenue Cycle Inc. and RC Billing from scratch. Catherine is an active managing director and co-founder of Revenue Cycle Inc. and RC Billing, and created the human resource divisions for The Oncology Group and its affiliated companies.

With a clinical background in patient treatments, simulations, and day-to-day operations of cancer centers, she has held operational positions in management and has served as a staff therapist.

Catherine attended The University of Texas School of Business. She also attended the University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters College Radiation Therapy Program. Catherine has been a registered radiation therapist since 1995. She is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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Ron Goebel
IT Supervisor
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Ron Goebel

IT Supervisor

As the IT supervisor for The Oncology Group and its affiliated companies, Ron keeps the technological aspects of the offices running like clockwork. In addition to managing the efficient function of computers, servers and network infrastructure, Ron keeps the staff current with the most up-to-date software. His skills include graphic design, image manipulation and video editing.

Ron is certified in CCNA Security, but with 15 years of experience working on computers has found himself to be his own best teacher.

The right side of Ron’s brain is as powerful as his left, evident from his creative pursuits. He is a photographer, artist, musician and loves films and games of all kinds.

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Mary Racino
Director Of Marketing
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Mary Racino

Director Of Marketing

Mary serves as Director of Marketing for The Oncology Group and its affiliated companies. In this role Mary is responsible for developing and executing marketing strategy, messaging and branding in addition to event marketing. She built and leads the marketing team, overseeing all aspects of marketing including online marketing, collateral, social media, events and the department budget.

Gaining maximum exposure of all four companies to best reach and serve oncology physicians, clinical staff, facilities, and other oncology-related entities is the goal that guides Mary and her team’s efforts. Always creating ways to ensure that her companies stand out among competitors, Mary builds programs using media that range from print to digital to event marketing.

Mary graduated from Concordia University in Austin, Texas with a bachelor of arts in elementary education and a minor in English.

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Sue Reichert, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPP
Human Resources Manager
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Sue Reichert, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPP

Human Resources Manager

Sue oversees all aspects of human resources including recruitment, payroll and benefits for The Oncology Group and and its affiliated companies.

With more than 20 years of HR management and leadership experience, Sue is well-versed in healthcare as well as the financial and software development industries. Her forte is problem-solving: present a challenge and Sue will respond with an expert, practical solution. A hands-on leader, she inspires team performance and excels in employee training and development.

Sue's expertise includes developing HR and payroll programs and procedures for compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. She advises both executives and employees on interpretation and application of policies, provides technical expertise on management-related issues and develops staffing plans, budgets and training programs.

Most recently, Sue served as HR/Payroll Manager at an Austin-area firm providing staffing, employee placement and government services to clients throughout the U.S.

Sue graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and speech from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)/HR Certification Institute and a certified Payroll Professional, American Payroll Association. She is also a Human Resource Business Partner, UT Professional Development Designation.

Sue is an energetic native Texan and a part-time motorcycle safety instructor.

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