2018 Board of Directors

President

Karen McCandless, MBA, BSN, RN
Administrative Director, Physician Practices

Memorial Physician Group
3329 Johnson St.
Hollywood, FL 33021

Karen McCandless, MBA, BSN, RN is the Administrative Director for the Memorial Physician Group Pediatric Specialties of the Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, Florida. In this capacity, she oversees 18 pediatric multidisciplinary group specialty practices, 59 physicians, and 200 employees spanning Broward and West Palm Beach counties. These practices generate 22,000 new patient visits per year. Karen joined the Memorial Healthcare System in 1991 as a Registered Nurse in Pediatrics. Over the course of the next 24 years, she developed 16 specialty practices, transitioned three community-based practices into employed operations, and oversaw 17 construction build-outs of new medical office suites as well as four suite renovations. Karen has secured more than $1.5 million in grant dollars for program start-ups and led her team to achieve and maintain seven national designations for various specialty services. Karen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Florida International University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with specializations in Healthcare Management, from Nova University. She has been a member of MGMA since 2011 and SFMGMA since 2014.

 
 

Treasurer

 

Vedner Guerrier, MBA,
Administrative Director, Physician Practices

Memorial Physician Group
3329 Johnson St.
Hollywood, FL 33021

 


Immediate Past President

Maggy Perez-Dickens, MBA, CMPE
VCA of Administration, Neurological Surgery

University of Miami Health System
1801 NW 9th St.
Miami, FL 33136

Maggy Perez-Dickens is the Vice Chair of Administration for the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami. In this capacity she oversees the group practice of 22 physicians for one of the country’s leading neurosurgical programs. The practice generates 4000 admissions and 14,000 outpatient visits per year. Maggy first joined the University of Miami in 2001 and had focused her career on the management of surgical group practices. Before joining Neurosurgery in 2016, she was the Administrative Director for the Miami Transplant Institute for 12 years. Ms. Perez-Dickens holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with specializations in Finance and Legal Implications from the University of Miami. Ms. Perez-Dickens has been an MGMA member since April of 2003, receiving her certifications as a Medical Practice Executive in July of 2004. 

 

Past Presidents

2016 President

Alain Fernandez, MHSA
AVP of Managed Care

University of Miami  Health System
1120 NW 14th St., Executive Offices, Suite 310-X
Miami, FL 33136

Entrepreneurial and Healthcare executive with over 20 years of leadership experience spanning across many businesses, financial, and operational aspect of healthcare, including tech, managed care, provider contracting & network development, population health, practice management, EMR, Revenue Cycle Management, Business Development, and Patient Experience. Alain has held leadership positions at several prestigious organizations, such as Miami Children’s Hospital, Physicians Corporation of America, and Cleveland Clinic.  Currently, Alain is the AVP of Managed Care at the University of Miami Health System. In this role, Alain is responsible for developing, implementing and managing overall financial responsibility for Managed Care Contracting, Medical Economics, and Single-Case Negotiations at the University. Alain and his team are tasked to develop and implement innovative contracting strategies with government and commercial payers and create and continually re-evaluate new reimbursement models, such as value-based purchasing, bundled payments, and risk-based agreements. 

2015 President

Rob Parker MBA, CMPE, CPXP
Administrative Director, Physician Practices

Memorial Physician Group
3329 Johnson St.
Hollywood, FL 33021

Rob Parker, MBA, CMPE is the Administrative Director for the Memorial Physician Group Adult Specialty Divisions of the Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, Florida. In this capacity, he oversees 20 multidisciplinary specialty divisions, 160 physicians, and 200 employees spanning Broward and West Palm Beach counties. Rob joined the Memorial Healthcare System in 2010. Rob received a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University. Rob has been a South Florida MGMA since 2011 where he served as the Treasurer and President.


Chair, Events and Education

 

Oyinkasola "Bukky" Ogunrinde, MSHSA
Principal

FUNMI Healthcare Consulting

Bukky is the principal of FUNMI Healthcare Consulting.  She provides strategic,administrative, clinical and financial operations and overall interim management services for physician & group practice, medical offices, ambulatory & outpatient centers Bukky has about 15 years of healthcare industry experience including academic research & clinical research organizations, and specifically over 7 years of healthcare management in various provider settings (hospital, practice, ambulatory and post-acute) . She has worked as the director of physician surgical operations, operation manager, planning & performance improvement leader and management fellow leading operation teams in fast-paced and result-oriented settings. Bukky holds a Masters of Health Service Administration from University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. 


 

Member at Large:

Jeff Kaplan
Chief Operating Officer 

HeartWell, LLP

Jeff Kaplan is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years’ experience in operations, finance, managed care, IT, customer service and marketing. He has experience with single and multi-specialty practices in the public and private sectors. He brings entrepreneurial experience with a focus on partnering with hospital systems, insurance carriers, specialists and PCP’s.

He is the former President of the South Florida Medical Group Managers Association and the current Chief Operating Officer for HeartWell LLP, a 24 physician, multi-location cardiology practice in the Miami Florida area. His responsibilities include managing the company’s business operations, reimbursement activities including billing and collections, its financial and information systems, and human resources. Mr. Kaplan negotiates with insurance providers and coordinates the group’s advanced diagnostic services and the sophisticated software used to manage patient information.