2019 Board of Directors


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.


President Elect

Vedner Guerrier, MBA, RTT, LSSBB
Vice President Oncology Services
Memorial Healthcare System
3329 Johnson St.
Hollywood, FL 33021


Vedner Guerrier is the Vice President of Oncology Services of the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida.  He has 20 years of experience working in healthcare as a care giver and administrator.  He is the administrative lead for the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) at the Memorial Cancer Institute.  Past scope of responsibilities have included neurosurgery, head and neck surgical oncology, endocrine thyroid surgery, adult physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult endocrinology, and integrative medicine.  In his role, he applies his clinical knowledge to help guide patient-centered care to an array of process improvements and quality care initiatives.  Mr. Guerrier has led a variety of process improvement projects in Medical Oncology focused on reducing oncology patients’ emergency room visits, patient triaging, and improvement of chemotherapy patient flow.  In addition, he also has completed projects in Radiation Oncology centered on patient safety, treatment delivery, and patient satisfaction.  Mr. Guerrier is experienced in directing multidisciplinary teams using both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to achieve collaborative resolution for an assortment of quality patient care initiatives.

Mr. Guerrier holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare from Florida International University.  Certifications include Registered Radiation Therapist (RT. T) from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist and Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) from Florida International University.



Christopher A. Cook, MBA, FACHE, LSSBB 
Director of Satellite Practices
Community Health Delivery Systems (CHDS)
University of Miami Medical Group

Christopher A. Cook, is the Director of Satellite Practices for the University of Miami Health System. He has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and 15 years managing healthcare facilities. Mr. Cook has worked both as a caregiver and administrator in the hospital and ambulatory care settings.  He is passionate about healthcare and providing patients with an outstanding experience in a medical facility that provides the highest quality of patient care.  Mr. Cook specializes in the medical practice management of multi-specialty physician practices, surgery and diagnostic centers.  He has experience in a broad array of specialties including, cardiology, general and endovascular surgery, nephrology, neurology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, sleep medicine, primary care, and much more. 

Mr. Cook earned his Masters of Business Administration with specialization in healthcare from Florida International University. Mr. Cook is dedicated to continual process improvement and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB). Mr. Cook is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). A highly regarded designation representing excellence in healthcare administration.

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.



Oyinkansola "Bukky" Ogunrinde, MHSA
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. 



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.


Jeff Herschler

FHI Communications

Jeffrey Herschler is currently the President of FHIcommunications, a digital media and marketing consulting firm serving Florida’s health industry. Key accounts include Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, BDO, Accountable Care Options, Mag Mutual Insurance Company and Danna-Gracey. Launched in January of 2010, FHIcommunications serves healthcare clients in the areas of digital branding, e-mail marketing, events and media buying. The firm publishes the digital newsletters Week in Review, Specialty Focus, Updates in Pediatrics, FHIweekly and Game Changers in addition to producing the website FloridaHealthIndustry.com. The company is the creator of the Healthcare Roundtable, an ongoing series of healthcare business panel discussions held at various South Florida venues throughout the year.

Mr. Herschler is a current sponsor and former board member of the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum. He is also a board member of the South Florida Medical Group Management Association. He has actively served as a member the American College of Healthcare Executives for many years. Mr. Herschler graduated from the University of Maryland in 1986 with a B.S.in Finance and a B.A. in Economics. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. An avid motorcycle enthusiast and amateur chef, Mr. Herschler resides in Coral Gables, FL.