Iris J. Sewell
Amy J. Sherwood
Jeffrey Allen is a partner with BKD National Health Care Group and a member of BKD’s Center of Excellence for Community Health Centers that serves approximately 150 community health centers. He manages audit and cost report preparation services, and provides consulting services in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, federal grant reporting and operational issues. Jeff also serves as BKD’s resource regarding federal audit guidelines and their application to community health centers.
Jeff’s expertise is routinely called upon by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), state primary care associations and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) for financial analysis of issues important to community health centers. He serves as a resource to state primary care organizations and state Medicaid programs on Medicaid prospective payment system issues and the cost report submission and settlement process specific to state Medicaid programs. He also provides training to individual health center management teams and boards of directors on financial management issues.
Jeff is a frequent speaker on community health center topics for NACHC and several state primary care associations. He also conducts presentations for private and governmental organizations seeking to develop the community health center model for their communities. Jeff has co-authored articles on community health center accounting, as well as operational and reimbursement topics for BKD publications.
Jeff is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a 1994 graduate of Missouri State University – Springfield with a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting.
Judy Grant, director of community development for the Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA), provides education and technical assistance for Section 330 community health center (CHC) development. Since joining OKPCA in 1999, Ms. Grant has assisted communities throughout Oklahoma successfully secure over $18.6 million in additional annual CHC funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which has subsequently increased the number of health center sites from six to 40 statewide, as of the end of 2010. Ms. Grant also conducts an intensive two-day grant workshop, Mastering the Grants Process: Section 330 Core Competencies, at least once annually. In 2002, Ms. Grant implemented a board development program for CHCs that includes a monthly Board Bulletin (now in its ninth volume), a CHC Governing Board Guidebook, on-site board development sessions and strategic planning.
Judy participates in many statewide organizations, including the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives, and she is an Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Institute (OPHLI) Fellow. She received a bachelor of science degree in agri-business from Tarleton State University (a member of the Texas A & M University System) in Stephenville, Texas.
Michael Holton has extensive experience working directly with community health centers to improve operations and financial outcomes. He previously served as the director for financial management assistance at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and continues to provide trainings for NACHC and various primary care associations.
Iris J. Sewell is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of consulting experience in the areas of strategic planning, governing board and staff development, program assessments and more. She is a highly skilled, culturally sensitive facilitator who is frequently commissioned to conduct organizational meetings and retreats. Ms. Sewell has tailored her consulting practice to respond to the needs of nonprofit organizations and much of her work is with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Iris has a master’s of public health degree from the University of Illinois. She is the president of The Sewell Group which is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Amy L. Sherwood is a partner in the Springfield, Illinois, office of Sikich LLP who specializes in audits, reviews and special projects for tax-exempt organizations and state agencies. She is a 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with a bachelor’s of science degree in accountancy, a certified public accountant (CPA) in Illinois, and a certified information systems auditor (CISA).
Amy is involved in several professional and civic organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the Illinois Society of Association Executives and Illinois Women in Leadership. She is a past board member of the United Way of Central Illinois and the Rutledge Youth Foundation, and she currently volunteers at Springfield Christian School and as a Junior Girl Scout Leader.
Marc Wetherhorn is the national advocacy director at the National Association of Community Health Centers. Marc earned a bachelor’s of engineering degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and a master in business administration degree from the University of Virginia.
Marc spent seven years as an engineer, financial analyst and salesman in the paper and forest products industry. In 1986, Marc went to work on the U.S. Senate campaign of Congressman Wyche Fowler, Jr. (D-GA). Following Senator Fowler’s election, Marc worked on his staff in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant and in the state of Georgia as director of state operations. After leaving the Senator’s staff, Marc founded and ran Georgia Citizen Action, a grassroots consumer and environmental advocacy organization that had over 15,000 members. He then served for eight years as Southern Regional Director for Citizen Action, a national grassroots environmental and consumer advocacy organization. Prior to joining NACHC, Marc was an independent consultant, assisting both national and local organizations in advocacy, fundraising and strategic planning.
Marc joined NACHC in 1999 as its national grassroots coordinator and currently serves as national advocacy director. In that position, Marc is responsible for overseeing NACHC’s network of grassroots health center advocates and NACHC’s Community Health Vote civic engagement campaign. Marc also supervises NACHC’s field representatives and is responsible for all National Health Center Week activities.