Officers and Directors

Danielle Gori - President

Danielle Gori is a Client Services Advisor with Healthfuse in Greenville, SC. She is responsible for all activities associated with effectively building and maintaining external clients' third-party partner/vendor/outsourcing relationships and responsible for establishing and monitoring the vendor SLA against contract terms for primary vendors and business partners. Danielle was previously the Manager of Audits and Appeals with Ensemble Health Partners where she oversaw all commercial and governmental retrospective post payment audits and pre-payment reviews for numerous clients within the company. She has over 20+ years healthcare related experience which includes more than 15+ years in Revenue Cycle on the provider side of healthcare as well as 3 years in Reimbursement.

Danielle joined HFMA in 2011 and as an active member of the South Carolina Chapter, she has served as chair for many of the chapter's Fall and Annual Institutes. She has also chaired Sponsorship for the last 4 years, chaired the inaugural 2020 Region V Southeastern Summit and is the chapter's CVENT guru. She is a 2014 graduate of the SC HFMA's Certified Revenue Cycle Associate (CRCA) program and earned her Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) designation in 2017. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). She is currently serving her 2nd term as President of the South Carolina Chapter for the 2021-2022 chapter year.

Danielle is a graduate of Lander University, enjoys photography, the outdoors and is a total NHL enthusiast - Let's Go Pens!! She currently resides in Easley, SC with her husband VJ and her fur baby Cardi.

Phone: 833-618-2086 ext 2086 / Email

Robert Griffin - President-Elect

Robert has more than 20 years of experience working in the Medicaid eligibility services field in both operations and client services. While working for DECO over the last 9 years, Robert was a certified Federal Navigator for the ACA helping consumers navigate their way through insurance coverage selection.

Robert has been a member of the South Carolina Chapter of HFMA for over 15 years and has served on several committees, was Program Chair for 2 years and joined the Board in 2017. Robert was Treasurer during 2019, served as Secretary the early part of 2020 and is now serving as President-Elect for the remainder of 2020 and 2021.

A graduate of the inaugural class of Francis Marion "University", he earned his degree in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Biology. Robert and his wife DeAnn have two children Ashton and William who both attend college in Clemson.

Phone: 864-534-0809 / Email

Donna Kelly Ramicone, CHFP - Secretary

Donna Ramicone has 20 years' experience as a healthcare finance professional working with hospitals and medical groups. Her work experience covers the areas of compliance, accounting, revenue cycle, financial reporting, provider compensation/contracting, business development and analytics. She is currently working as the Director of Finance/Controller at East Cooper Medical Center a Tenet Health facility in Mount Pleasant SC. Previous employers include HCA, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Prisma Health and Lexington Medical Center.

Donna is also an adjunct professor at Webster University, teaching advanced finance courses to MHA and MBA students. Donna achieved HFMA's Certified Healthcare Finance Professional designation in 2015 and HCCA's Certification in Healthcare Compliance in 2018. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Drexel University and Master's degree from Regis University.

Phone: 843-416-6709 / Email

Jen Hayes, MHA, FHFMA, CHFP - Treasurer

Jen is the Director of Revenue Cycle Integrity at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina and has more than twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Regis University and holds the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional Certification with HFMA. Jen was awarded the prestigious Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA) June of 2019.

Jen has been a member of HFMA since 2000 where she started with the Illinois chapter, joined Oklahoma chapter in 2013 and the South Carolina chapter in 2015. She has been a member on the Communication, Membership, and the Annual/Fall Institute Committees. She chaired the 2019 Annual Institute in Myrtle Beach and is the active chair for Sponsorship and CRCA Trustee Council. Jen is also involved with National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI) where she is the Chapter Leader for the NC/SC Local Chapter and participates with the Revenue Integrity Leadership Exchange and Symposium.

Jen and her husband Jon are fans of NASCAR, camping, and motorcycle riding. They reside in West Columbia, SC with their dynamic duo boxer puppies - Bella & Bullet.

Phone: 803-935-8781 / Email

Michael Jebaily - Immediate Past President

Michael is a Director in PwC’s health services Revenue Performance Management practice leading engagements and operations at PwC's Virtual Business Office (VBO). Michael has extensive knowledge of revenue cycle operations with areas of expertise including: business process outsourcing, accounts receivable analytics, cash/risk mitigation, business office consolidations, process/operational improvement/automation, and strategic planning primarily with PFS.

Michael is a Fellow in HFMA (FHFMA), a Six Sigma Greenbelt, and a graduate of the SCHFMA Certified Revenue Cycle Associate (CRCA) program. Michael received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Francis Marion University in 2003, and his Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2008.

Michael, his wife Suzanne and his children Jack, Henry, and Eliza live in Lexington, SC.

Phone: 803-978-6421 / Email


Lawrence Laddaga - 2021-22

Founder of Laddaga- Garrett, P.A., Attorneys and Counselors at Law in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1983, the firm limits its practice to Health Law and denial management and appeals. The firm represents a variety of health care providers in litigation, mediation and arbitration against insurance and health plans; Medicare/Medicaid issues; Compliance matters; revenue cycle consulting; managed care contracting; HIPAA; discharge planning issues; licensing and regulatory issues. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston's School of Professional Studies where he teaches Health Law and Regulation. Past chair of the Health Law Section of the S.C. Bar, he is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association (HFMA) and holds their Fellow Designation with Certifications in Patient Accounts and Managed Care. He is a past President of the South Carolina Chapter of HFMA, a past Regional Executive and served two terms on the HFMA National Principles and Practices Board, and Chapter Advancement Team. Mr. Laddaga enjoys Argentine Tango, Yoga, Zumba, Running, and Barre.

Phone: 843-207-5040 / Email

Ronnie Hyatt - 2021-22

Ronnie Hyatt is the current consulting CFO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, SC, a part of Bon Secours Mercy Health. He came to Bon Secours Health System in 2001, after many years (21) at Mary Black Health System, LLC in various roles including CFO. At Mary Black, he was a key part of a team that was instrumental in structuring a sale of the private, community-based hospital to the for-profit Quorum Health Group (“QHG”), and this included forming an LLC in 1996 that included a number of Primary Care and Specialty practices as Owner/Members, along with QHG. The end result of this transaction was to form a Private foundation, in which the net sale proceeds went to this foundation for health purposes for the community of Spartanburg, SC.

He graduated in 1974 with a degree in Finance (Business Administration) from the University of South Carolina. He is very active in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (“HFMA”), both at the National and state levels. After serving in many Officer capacities in SC HFMA, he served as its President in 2011-2012, leading the Chapter to a perfect “100 Score” on the National HFMA Balanced Scorecard, which measures many metrics throughout the year. Since that time, he has earned and been recognized and awarded many HFMA accolades for his service. In 2013, he sat for and successfully passed and earned his CHFP designation (Certified Healthcare Finance Professional).

He is active in promoting Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety measures and improvements in Greenville, is a Board member of the local Greenville Humane Society, and has interests in similar civic committees and boards. Outside of professional interests, he enjoys travel, cycling, golf and most outdoor activities and spending quality time with his wife Elizabeth. He just announced his plans to retire in 2019, but intends to remain active in SC HFMA.

Phone: 864-449-4670 / Email

Tara Gibson - 2021-22

Tara is the Billing Systems /EDI Manager for Ensemble Health Partners currently coordinating EDI and clearinghouse functions for multiple clients across the eastern United States. Tara was previously a Business Office Supervisor and Billing Manager for Bon Secours Health System for over 17 years. Tara has over 25 years' experience in healthcare ranging from physicians' offices, Patient Financial Services at the facility level and also as a Vendor.

Tara joined HFMA in 2010 and has been Membership Chair as well as CRCA chair/co-chair. She is a 2011 graduate of the SCHFMA CRCA program and just recently obtained the HFMA CRCA certification.

Tara lives in Greenville SC with her husband Chris and their 4 (yes 4!) dogs Lexi, Toby, Buddy and Max. She enjoys camping, reading and anytime she can get away to the beach but she absolutely LOVES Clemson Football…Go Tigers!!

Phone: 864-270-1942 / Email

Jaime Brabb Bailey - 2022-23

Jaime Brabb Bailey is an Area Practice Manager for HCA Healthcare. Jaime has experience in outpatient physician practice management operations as well as serving a breadth of healthcare clients throughout South Carolina when she was a full time consultant. Jaime currently manages the Charleston, SC and Jacksonville, FL markets for the CareNow urgent care clinics of HCA. Her primary focus is assisting both markets with operational support and developing strategic initiatives to continue to drive the growth goals forward.

Jaime is a HFMA Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) graduate. Jaime received her undergrad degree in Health Care Management, with honors, from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011, where she also played division-1 golf, and her Masters in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University in 2018.

Jaime joined SC HFMA in 2017 and has been actively supportive of the chapter and has also helped coordinate the physician roadshow educational series in spring of 2018. Jaime and her husband Will live in Mount Pleasant, SC where they enjoy being active and outdoors.

Phone: (m) 321-947-1955 / Email

Brian Earnest - 2022-23

Brian Earnest is the Vice President of Revenue Cycle for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Brian grew up in Greer, SC and attended Auburn University for both his undergraduate and Masters degrees. Auburn is also where he met his wife of 13 years, who also works for SRHS as an Oncology Nurse. Brian joined SRHS in 2003. When not working, Brian enjoys traveling to the beach and woodworking.

Phone: 864-560-6569 / Email

Melissa Stutz - 2022-23

Melissa Stutz is the Director of Cash Applications and Customer Service at Lexington Medical Center. She oversees the call center, financial counseling, bad debt, resource center, cash posting, and refunds. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare.

Melissa has been a member of HFMA since 2012. She currently serves as the Communication Chair for the chapter.

Melissa and her husband, David live in Elgin, South Carolina along with their two dogs; Chloe’ and Gizmo.

Phone: 803-939-8702 / Email

Eric Summers - 2023-24

Eric has been involved with HFMA since 2007. He started relationship with HFMA with the Wisconsin Chapter where he volunteered for several roles including chapter Certification chair for 4 years. He later joined the South Carolina chapter during the Jude Crowell era and have been working with the chapter since. Eric also has several years of revenue cycle and contact center experience. Starting with American Express, where he held the title of President of Diversity for the Northern Region Operational Center (NROC), a 4000-seat call-center. As National Financial Services Director for U.S Cellular, he managed two customer service sites with 450 FTE where he implemented internal/external customer experience policies rooted in his diversity training. Currently, Eric works for RevSpring organization in the RCM space as Sr. Director of Sales and Channel Relationships, managing the Southeast and parts of the Northeast region of the country.

Phone: 608-628-2315 / Email

Taylor Searfoss - 2023-24

Taylor currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Ni2 Health. His focus on ensuring sales strategy alignment with overarching business goals has resulted in considerable increases in productivity, company revenues, client satisfaction, and employee engagement. Taylor brings a critical eye to redefining company sales management processes, with an emphasis on cultivating partnerships between the companies and organizations he works closely with.

Taylor has a broad healthcare background with deep experience spanning administration, sales, leadership, and marketing. His wide-ranging knowledge, especially in sales and management positions, has allowed him to become a key asset within growing organizations. Taylor began his healthcare career in revenue cycle services for mid-size hospitals, and subsequently leveraged his provider operations experience to move to the vendor side of revenue cycle.

Taylor holds his CHFP certification through the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) where he has been a member for 6 years. He has a Master of Science degree in Public Health Administration from Meharry Medical College, located in Nashville, Tennessee and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University. Taylor also continues to extend his industry contributions, holding leadership & board positions across multiple professional organizations and their state chapters.

Taylor is married to wife Jessie and they are proud parents to 3 little boys (*send help 😊). Taylor holds a longtime passion for training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan where he travels to multiple games every year with his family.

Phone: 256-508-1445 / Email

Heather Thomas-Crowell - 2023-24

Heather Thomas-Crowell is the Vice President of National Accounts at RevSpring Inc. She is responsible for the various partner relationships that RevSpring has across the country. Heather’s 21-year career in the healthcare industry began on the provider side. She utilizes her industry knowledge, experience and expertise coupled with continuous educational opportunities to hone her contributions to the ever-evolving healthcare industry. She is an active member of South Carolina’s HFMA Chapter and has served on several committees before joining the Board in 2020. Heather has a degree in Communications from the University of Arkansas.

Phone: 479-957-3942 / Email

Barney Osborne, FHFMA - Ex-Officio Member

Barney Osborne has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare Finance. Barney is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), certified as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) in Advanced Technical Study in Accounting and Finance.

Today, Barney is putting his many years of hospital financial and administrative experience as a hospital chief financial officer to work for all South Carolina hospitals as vice president of finance and reimbursement for the South Carolina Hospital Association. He is responsible for education, evaluating state and federal regulatory and procedural changes and evaluating the related risks at the hospital state and federal level, and advocating for the good of all South Carolina hospitals. Barney is a long-time member of the South Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is currently a member of the chapter’s Board of Directors. He also serves on a number of other boards and taskforces at the state and federal levels.

Phone: 803-796-3080 / Email

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