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Mary Hayes Finch, JD, MBA

Mary Hayes Finch, JD, MBA

President and CEO

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Mary Hayes Finch is the President and CEO of the Association and the Intelligent Care Network. Working directly with the Board of Directors, she provides leadership and vision for continued network development and advancement. Prior to joining the Association in late 2007, she served as a Deputy Attorney General for Alabama, the Chief of Staff for the Medicaid Agency, and provided leadership for Medicaid policy, transformation efforts, and a variety of programs and statewide initiatives. Mrs. Finch holds a BS in Organizational Development from Troy University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Montgomery, and was licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama in 2003.

Celestine Drayden, MBA

Celestine Drayden, MBA

Health Center Programs Manager

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Celestine joined APHCA in November 2007 and provides training, technical assistance, and community development for members in the association. She brings over 20 years of executive level administrative support and management experience, much has been within the healthcare market. Prior to joining APHCA, Celestine served as Office Manager for Montgomery’s largest cardiology practice where she was responsible for the management of office activities including the supervision staff as well as working closely with 13 cardiologists to ensure quality care was provided in an efficiently run office setting. As a member of the management team, Celestine served as the organization’s HIPAA Privacy Officer, assisted with the operational budget process, and served as the Patient Access Manager for the same cardiology group. During her tenure in this position, she began a training and in-service program for office staff, initiated a training manual, and cross-trained office employees. Celestine served in various other executive assistant roles including positions at Mississippi Valley State University, Auburn University at Montgomery, and the National Finance and Economy Ministry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from American InterContinental University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Lambda Society, and American Academy of Professional Coders, and has received recognition as an Outstanding Young Woman in America as well as community recognition. Celestine enjoys singing in her church choir, gardening, reading, and traveling. Her husband, Robert, and she have a son named Robert, II.

Tina Nixon, CPA

Tina Nixon, CPA

Finance Director

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Tina Nixon joined APHCA as the Finance Director and is primarily responsible for managing APHCA’s finance department, collaborative programs, and program support services. Tina is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has over 14 years of experience with nonprofit industries in both the public and private sectors. Tina and her husband, Ken, are proud parents of a daughter and a son. They enjoy going to the lake and spending time with family and friends.

Sharon Parker, RN, BSN, CVRN, CHTS-CP, PCMH CCE

Sharon Parker, RN, BSN, CVRN, CHTS-CP, PCMH CCE

Chief Quality Officer

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Sharon joined APHCA in November 2010. Her primary responsibility is to manage APHCA’s Coordinated Care Program (to include Patient Centered Medical Home) and to facilitate sustained primary care practice efforts that enhance health quality, health outcomes, and operational efficiency. In addition, she is very involved with the Meaningful Use Program and assisting our members in the successful implementation of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and other initiatives designed to use Health Information Technology (HIT) to enhance quality and patient outcomes. Sharon also manages several grant projects that are in direct alignment with APHCA’s overall strategic plan.
Sharon is an Alabama licensed R.N. with 25+ years experience, over 20 of those years in a management and operational capacity. She obtained her Board Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing in 2002 and in May 2011 completed the Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care Program at Harvard University School of Public Health. In March 2013, Sharon became certified as a Clinical/Practitioner Consultant – Certified Health Technology Specialist through the American Health Information Management Association, AHIMA.  In 2014, Sharon successfully completed the requirements for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Certified Content Expert.
Sharon brings valuable clinical experience, as well as operational and project management to APHCA. Prior to joining APCHA, Sharon served as the Clinical Operations Manager and later Director of Cardiovascular Services for a local hospital. She studied nursing at Troy State School of Nursing and is a member of the American College of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Jeff Andrews

Jeff Andrews

Collaborative Programs Coordinator

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Jeff joined APHCA as the Collaborative Programs Coordinator.  His primary responsibilities are marketing the association’s business services to APHCA members and developing programs and relationships with key stakeholders to support member operations and APHCA events and programs.  His commitment to the work of APHCA springs from his deep concern for the welfare of others, particularly those medically under served in his life-long home state of Alabama. Jeff offers 13 years of experience related to association marketing of member programs and 19 years of experience related to outside and inside sales in the commercial sector.  He is a graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations.

Marcia Daniel

Marcia Daniel

Executive Assistant

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Marcia Daniel joined the APHCA team in December of 2017. Marcia provides support for the APHCA team by assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Association. With over 12 years of administrative assistance experience in the legal field, she has enjoyed learning about the healthcare industry and serving its members. Marcia has been married for over 30 years and enjoys family, travel, singing in her church choir, spoiling her Siberian huskies, and cheering for the Auburn Tigers.

Mary Broadnax, MBA

Mary Broadnax, MBA

Quality Data Analyst

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Mary is the Quality Data Analyst for the Alabama Primary Health Care Association.  She is responsible for ongoing analysis of health information obtained from a variety of sources, including Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Uniform Data System (UDS).  She will collect, develop, prepare, and present information to support clinical care teams to drive clinical and operational performance improvement.

Prior to joining APHCA, Mary enjoyed a successful career leading software development projects and quality assurance testing operations in a corporate and government setting.  She has an extensive background in developing software systems for Property Casualty Insurance, Air Force aircraft maintenance, and NASA industry.

Mary attained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science from Alabama State University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy University.  She is a member of the Alabama State University National Alumni Association, where she served as the Montgomery Chapter President and National Alumni Secretary.   She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Mary enjoys participating in activities at her alma mater, ASU, listening to music, reading, sewing, gardening, and traveling.

Regina Searcy

Regina Searcy

Credentialing Team Lead

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Regina joined the APHCA team as a Credentialing Specialist. She works closely with the Credentialing Manager to coordinate, monitor, and maintain the credentialing and re-credentialing process for health professionals contracted with APHCA. She brings with her over 20 years of medical staff/credentialing experience. Regina enjoys music, theater, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching Alabama Crimson Tide football.

Lauren Gordon

Lauren Gordon

Associate Director of Policy and Operations

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Lauren Gordon is the Associate Director of Policy and Operations at APHCA. Within her role, Lauren works directly with federal and state government agencies, health center leadership, and health center staff and providers on policy and operational matters impacting access to and coordination of care within primary care, mental health, substance use disorder, and other services within Alabama’s medically underserved communities. Lauren has over ten years of experience in healthcare administration and is a graduate of Faulkner University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Savannah Pendergrass

Savannah Pendergrass

Credentialing Coordinator

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Savannah joined the APHCA team in 2021. Before joining the team, Savannah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management and Marketing. She has two years of Credentialing experience, along with 5+ years of customer service experience. Savannah enjoys spending time with her family, her three westie puppies, and friends.

Latrice Lewis, MSCP

Latrice Lewis, MSCP

Workforce Program Coordinator

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Latrice Lewis joined APHCA as the Workforce Program Coordinator in 2021 and is responsible for organizing and strengthening workforce training and technical assistance activities within APHCA’s Network. She brings over twenty years of health care experience with six years in health care grant management for the medically underserved population. Mrs. Lewis holds a BS in Psychology from Troy University and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from West Alabama. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Nicole Hernandez

Nicole Hernandez

Emergency Management Coordinator

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Nicole Hernandez is the Emergency Management Coordinator at APHCA.  Nicole will work directly with Alabama Health Centers to help them build a robust Emergency Preparedness program.  Nicole has five years of experience in the Emergency Preparedness healthcare setting.  She earned her HEPP certificate at the University of South Alabama and has a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix.  Nicole has spent several years reviewing and developing policies and procedures for the Emergency Preparedness program for hospitals.  She also stays on top of Joint Commission, CMS, and OSHA requirements related to Emergency Preparedness.

Dodey Roughton, MSN, RN, CEN

Dodey Roughton, MSN, RN, CEN

Quality Coordinator

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Dodey joined APHCA in May 2021. Dodey will build and motivate clinical and administrative Health Center teams through demonstrated leadership and practice transformation experience. She will liaise with primary care providers, administrative and support staff, government agencies, grantors, managed care, and other health care organizations coordinating quality measurement and performance activities. Additional responsibilities include quality and performance improvement activities around the UDS quality performance measures, providing training/technical assistance focused on readiness assessment for attaining Patient Centered Medical Home through The Joint Commission (TJC) and/or National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), facilitating the meaningful use of an EMR and other related quality health information technology.

Dodey received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1999 and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2020.  She has 22 years of clinical nursing experience, including in hospital and clinic settings.  In addition, Dodey has served as an educator as well as held various leadership roles.  Most of her career was spent in emergency medicine, and she holds a national certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse.

Dodey is married with two daughters.  She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, and serving in her church.