Kentucky MGMA Education

Annual Spring Conference



Horse RaceThe Spring 2020 Conference, Triple Crown Leadership,  will be held on March 19 - 20 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - register today for Early Bird pricing!

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2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

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We are so grateful for your past support of our professional education conferences, and we want to invite you to join us again in 2020! We have many new opportunities to make it even easier to partner with KMGMA in 2020, including one payment for both conferences.

We hope you will take a look and email Maggie Barlow at or call us at 937.586.3702 with questions - sign up before the end of this year for early bird pricing.


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Conference Handouts


Workshop Descriptions

Speaker Bios


Rob Mckenna HeadshotNamed one of the top 30 I-O Psychologists alive today, Dr. McKenna is passionate about developing leaders and about transforming the way we see the people in our organizations. As he will tell you, we have the tools at our fingertips to invest in our people in ways that are meaningful to them and will get the results we need. Thirty years of research has taught us much about how people learn and grow on the job. We have what it takes to create rich learning environments for the people we lead, and all we have to do is begin to act on what we know. He is the founder and CEO of WiLD Leaders, Inc. and creator of the WiLD Toolkit, a whole and intentional leader development process and set of tools that one leader described as “A whole approach that blurs the line between who we are as ‘workers’ and ‘human beings.” His research and coaching with thousands of leaders across corporate, not-for-profit and university settings has given him insight into the real and gritty experience of leaders. His clients have included the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Heineken, Foster Farms, the United Way, Alaska Airlines and Children’s Hospital. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on leadership character, calling, effectiveness, and leadership under pressure. His latest book, Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure, focuses the specific strategies leaders can use to stay true to themselves and connected to others when it matters most.


Fullsizeoutput 4d9Nothing gets Dr. Daniel Hallak more excited than the opportunity to build authentic relationships and intentionally develop leaders. As the Chief Commercial Officer at WiLD Leaders, Daniel drives strategic commercial initiatives, and other operations, product development, and marketing efforts that support the development of whole leaders. He is known for bringing energy and thoughtful research-based practices that actually make a difference. Before WiLD, he spent 13 years developing whole leaders in business, academic, and not-for-profit settings. He’s run his own coaching practice and has had experiences as a recruiter at Microsoft, a Career Management Consultant at Right Management Consultants and in a leadership development role at Slalom, an award-winning consulting firm. He’s also served as a coach, professor, and advisor at three higher education institutions including Seattle Pacific University where he helped build a new graduate business program from the ground up. His research and writing focus on how to develop people and build authentic relationships founded on generosity. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, his B.A. in Psychology from Northwest University and achieved Eagle Scout Rank with the Boy Scouts of America. 

James Benson

Rob Strang

Rob Profl Picture 2Rob has led the Kentucky TeleCare initiative at the University of Kentucky (UK) since 1996 and has been actively involved with improving the legal, regulatory and policymaking environment, at both the state and federal level.  Rob has led telehealth initiatives to bring needed healthcare services to rural hospitals and clinics, correctional facilities and other community-based healthcare locations.  Rob has also helped position telehealth as a key component of UK Healthcare’s research mission.  Rob is currently PI, Co-PI, Investigator or has telehealth as a vital part of 9 grants with an aggregate value of over $104M.




Color Tersea CooperTeresa Cooper is the Payment System and Special Project Manager for the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) where she has worked since March 2019. She is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience and a Certified Professional Coder. Her previous experience includes 15 years working as a Nurse Consultant for the Department for Medicaid Services for their Rural Health and Federally Qualified Health Center Programs. Her experience includes such items as Medicaid policy and reimbursement.



Viren Bavishi

Carmel Jones


Steve HaffnerSteve Haffner is a professional speaker and decision performance specialist. He had a successful 30-year corporate career as a programmer/analyst, systems engineer, business analyst and executive for companies including EDS, Mercer, and Humana.
In 2011 Steve switched gears and launched his own speaking and performance business. His mentalism entertainment programs have been booked by organizations such as 3M, Amazon, and Edward Jones.

Steve’s experiences as a corporate professional, business owner, magician and mentalist give him a unique perspective on how the subconscious mind influences our decision making, affecting our personal and professional success.
Using research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience and behavioral economics, Steve’s programs focus on how to improve our performance by recognizing and overcoming the deceptive biases, shortcuts, and impulses of the primitive “lizard brain.”

Steve uses humor, personal stories, and entertaining segments of psychological and visual illusion to highlight key topics, making his presentations not only educational but entertainingly engaging as well.



KMGMA ACMPE Forum Representative

Connie Leffler3Connie Leffler, CMA, CMM, FACMPE, has over 25 years’ experience in Practice Management.

She is Board Certified and a Fellow with The American College of Medical Practice Executives.  Connie has been an active member with Local and State MGMA Chapters for over 20 Years. Connie is currently the ACMPE Forum Rep for KMGMA and an active MGMA member.  




Dayton Police Department

PawelskiOfficer Chris Pawelski has been with the Dayton Police Department since 2007 and is currently assigned as the department’s Community Engagement Officer.

He is certified as a crime prevention specialist from the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and also a member of the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association.



Centerville, OH Police Department

DavisOfficer John Davis has been with the Centerville Police Department since 1992 and is currently assigned as the Community Relations Officer.

He is certified as an Advanced Crime Prevention Practitioner from the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and is also an active member of the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association.




Associate Director, MGMA

Drew Voytal Headshot

Drew serves as an Associate Director for MGMA Government Affairs in Washington DC. In his primary role as a Government Affairs member liaison, he works to inform membership of the federal rules and regulations impacting medical group practices around the country. He works closely with MGMA state affiliate chapters to organize grassroots efforts and is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings.  

When he is not meeting with members or speaking at conferences, Drew works to create learning resources for both MGMA members as well as members of Congress and administration officials.

Drew holds a Master of Public Administration with a Healthcare Administration focus, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, both from Western Michigan University.