Board Members Listed in Alphabetical Order

Lilian Alevato,

Board Member

Dr. Lilian Alevato brings over 30 years experience as a healthcare provider in the fields of Compliance, Quality, Utilization Management, Case Management, and Population Health. She was a Hospital Director leading a group of over 80 physicians in Rio de Janeiro for 12 years until she moved to the U.S.A. to continue her career in Managed Care Administration.  Dr. Alevato completed her Master’s in Business Healthcare Administration at COPPEAD/John Hopkins School of Medicine and soon after began working in auditing and compliance programs for large physician groups in Florida.

Dr. Alevato holds several certifications with the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC) and other organizations, such as:  Certified Healthcare Auditor (CHA), Officer of Healthcare Compliance Certified (OHCC), Certified Case Manager, and Certified Content Expert. In the past 18 years working in the Managed Care field, she has held several leadership positions such as Chief Medical Officer, Chief Quality Officer, Compliance Officer, and Chief Operations Officer. She is proud to disclose that she helped over 40 practices transform to become Patient Centered Medical Homes recognized by NCQA. Dr. Alevato is currently the Chief Quality and Compliance Officer for one of the largest hospital groups in Central Florida.

Pawan Arya,

Board Member

Dr. Pawan Arya is a medical graduate from a foreign institution and has over 15 years experience of medical Practice in India and has an MBA (Health Care Management) from Phoenix University. He is an accomplished administrator and his forte is operational and financial benchmarking, process redesign and improvement, quality management, and compliance. Dr. Arya is a member of Government Affairs Committee of MGMA, American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC), and Gastroenterology Administration Assembly (GAA). Dr. Arya has a rich and diverse management experience. He is currently an administrator for an Endoscopy Center and the Gastroenterology Group Practice and in the past, Dr. Arya has managed a cancer center and a multispecialty group practice.


Joanne Byron,

Board Chair

Ms. Byron is CEO and founder of the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC) and chairperson of the Board of Directors. AIHC was founded after years of consulting and corporate training experience where a consistent trend was found:  most compliance problems were due to the lack of affordable and easy methods for practice managers and hospital directors to learn compliance.  She has developed many of the programs offered through this institute and has served as an instructor for these programs as well. Joanne is also CEO of Health Care Consulting Services, Inc. (HCCS) with expertise as Expert Witness, managing denials and appeals with both payers and health care providers.  She is affiliated with the following organizations in addition to AIHC: AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), HiMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society); MGMA (Medical Group Management Association); and the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialist (PAHCS).  As a graduate with honors from St. Augustine Technical Center in 1980 with a diploma in nursing, Joanne continued her education at Lake Erie College in Health Care Administration and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1998.  She is Certified in Compliance (OHCC), Certified  as a Medical  Documentation Professional, Health Care Auditor (CHA), Forensic Auditor (CIFHA), HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer (CHCO), Health Care Collections Management (CHCM), Certified Coding Associate (CCA), and Certified ICD-10 Trainer in CM/PCS.

Karen Drummond,

Board Member 
Ms. Drummond brings over 30 years of experience and multiple coding and billing certifications! She serves on the national board of Advanced Coding Specialists in Radiology and OB/GYN. Karen is a past presenter for the American Academy of Professional Coders and has worked locally and nationally educating physicians and their staff on documentation guidelines and coding concepts. Karen is a CCS and an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Instructor. She is also an American Academy of Professional Coders approved PMCC instructor, who has taught medical billing and coding at Stark State College, Canton City Schools Adult Education, and Portage Lakes Career Center in Ohio. Currently, she is a voting member of the AIHC board and has taught several of our coding exam prep and online courses. Karen has worked for two large hospitals teaching the residency program the documentation guidelines as a coding manager and as a practice manager and auditing consultant. She also worked for two years as a coder and auditor for Medicare MAC.
Gabriella Neff,

Board Member

Ms. Neff brings over 17 years of healthcare experience with a comprehensive background in coding, revenue cycle, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Neff earned her Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Management (HIM) through Stark State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in HIM from the University of Cincinnati. She holds multiple certifications through the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC) and other organizations, including: Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer (CHCO), Certified Healthcare Auditor (CHA), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) and Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC). Currently, Ms. Neff is a Research Compliance Officer for H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center and also serves as the Compliance Department Liaison to all research operations personnel, leadership, and partnering compliance professionals at the University of South Florida.

Karri Roskam,

Board Member
Ms. Roskam brings over two decades of multi-practice and Revenue Cycle Management experience to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC).  She is a Board Certified Medical Practice Executive and holds four certifications through AIHC.  Her expertise in Billing, Corporate Compliance, Auditing, Collections, Practice Administration and Consulting, enhances her ability to contribute as an active member on the Board. Karri is a member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC). She has served as a former facilitator to many of AIHC’s Classroom training programs and has provided support and guidance to many AIHC students over the years. 
Heather Skelton,
Esquire, Attorney at Law

Board Member

Ms. Skelton focuses her boutique law practice in health care law specializing in medical office compliance, practice management and representing physicians and specializing in managed care contracting. Her contributions as a Board Member relate to regulatory compliance oversight of our distance learning programs.  Her expertise includes healthcare regulations, employment law, and business law, including partnerships and dissolutions.  Heather graduated with honors from Tulane Law School and the University of Chapel Hill with a degree in business. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, and the North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys.
Mary T. Sullivan,
Esquire, Attorney at Law

Board Member

Ms. Sullivan is an attorney licensed in New York and Texas who is presently of counsel to McCue-Pauley & Associates, P.C in Dallas, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1981 with a B.S. in education and received her J.D. in 1984 from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Before relocating to Texas in 2000, Mary practiced in Buffalo, New York for 15 years, where she handled personal injury actions for plaintiffs, as well as family law and criminal matters.   Mary has practiced in the areas of medical and legal malpractice defense and health care law as well as practice criminal defense, and has represented physicians and other health care providers charged with Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

Mary is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Western District of New York, and for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. In 2003 and 2004, she was recognized by the Dallas Bar Association as an Outstanding Volunteer for her work in the East and West Legal Clinics, and was featured as one of the “Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s Finest” in the May 2004 issue of Headnotes, a publication of the Dallas Bar Association.