Board of Directors

Board Members are General Members of CMGMA who are elected at the November Annual Meeting. The Board serves from January 1- December 31 and conducts the day-to-day activities of the Association between scheduled meetings of members.

Board Membership is a great way to become more involved in CMGMA. You can help shape the future of CMGMA by volunteering for a Board position or joining one of our Committees. For more information, please contact the CMGMA Office at

President: Amy Russell, CMPE, FAADOM
Smiles for the Future Pediatric Dentistry
379 Naubec Avenue
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Phone: 860-633-5246


Ms. Russell has over 25 years in the medical/healthcare field and has been a devoted member of MGMA since 2001.

Passionate about her chosen profession in Healthcare Management, she pursued and became ACMPE Board Certified in 2008 further leading to her designation as Connecticut’s ACMPE State Forum Representative for numerous terms.   She has played an active role participating in MGMA State Leadership Conferences held yearly in CO enjoying the benefit networking and listening to key speakers from MGMA.

After a shift in hospital administration in 2010 and having to experience the ever too common result of downsizing, she joined the dental health care arena and is the current Practice Administrator/COO of a large dental practice in Glastonbury.   In 2016 she pursed her Fellowship and is now a celebrated Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM). She is an active member of one of the only Dental Management organizations in Connecticut, Connecticut Dental Practice Managers Solutions Group.

Besides holding the honor of Elected President of CMGMA for 2017, she is involved on other CMGMA Committees including Finance, Strategic Planning & Oversight and the development and re-design of the current website in efforts to enhance our Membership Resources.

She enjoys both the diversity and challenges brought forward in the ever changing medical and dental field and values each and every friendship made along the way.

President-Elect: Donna Rizzio, CMPE
Chief Executive Officer
Hartford Orthopedic Surgeons, P.C.
100 Asylum Avenue, Suite 2108
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: 860-525-4469 X124


Ms. Rizzio credentials include certification as a Medical Practice Executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She has been in healthcare for over 30 years and has had experience working in Private Medical Practice, National Medical Corporations and as a Hospital Executive. Her experience has been in OB-GYN, Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiology and now Orthopedics. Ms. Rizzio also serves on the AAOE Board, (American Academy of Orthopedic Executives), the Communications Committee of the AAOE, Executive Women in Healthcare. Ms. Rizzio has expertise in Practice Management, Operations, Compliance, Marketing and Business Development. She is a Member of CMGMA, MGMA and the AAOE and also serves on various committees at Saint Francis Hospital. Ms. Rizzio plans to continue her ACMPE Credentials in the near future and become a Fellow in the ACMPE.

Treasurer: Joanne Law, CMPE
Pediatrics Plus
13 Peck Street
North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: 203-239-4627


Ms. Law had been in HealthCare management for over 30 years.  She began her career as an Administrator for the New Haven IPA, before accepting the position of Practice Administrator for Pediatrics Plus in North Haven, where she has been for the past 20 years.  Ms. Law is an active member of MGMA, CMGMA as well as the Connecticut Chapter of Pediatric Practice Administrators.  She is certified by the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and hopes to expand her credentials by adding a Fellowship to her current certification.

In her off time, Ms. Law enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Secretary:  Jed Beaulier
Mansfield Family Practice
34 Professional Park Road
Storrs, CT 06268
Phone: 860-487-0002


Jed Beaulier is currently the Practice Administrator for Mansfield Family Practice in Storrs, CT. In addition to being a former business owner, Mr. Beaulier has over 15 years of experience in Practice Management, Occupational Medicine, and emergency care. He is a member of both CMGMA and MGMA. Since joining Mansfield Family Practice he has guided the group practice to a new electronic health record, achieved Meaningful Use, and received NCQA level 2 PCMH recognition for the practice.

He also serves on the board of directors for Newington Emergency Medical Services . As a dedicated father of three spirited boys his spare time is spent coaching their baseball teams and soccer teams.

SecretaryImmediate Past-President: Teresa Whitney, MHA, CMPE
Northwell Health
190 Goldens Bridge Road
Katonah, NY 10536
Phone: 914-401-8020


Ms. Whitney is the Vice President, COO Westchester Health at Northwell Health in Katonah, New York.  She is a Certified Member of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and serves on the COO Council of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). Ms. Whitney received her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Granite State College and her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University.

Janice Forcella, CPC, CMPE
Westchester Health Associates, PLLC.
100 Grand Street
Katonah, NY 10536
Phone: 914-401-8031


Ms. Forcella  has over 25 years of experience in healthcare ranging from hospitals, behavioral health and medical practice settings. She is currently the Director of the Business Department at Westchester Health Associates, a 120+ provider multi-specialty medical practice, located in New York's Westchester County and Stamford, CT.

Ms. Forcella is a member of MGMA and AAPC. She is certified by the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and a Certified Medial Coder (CPC).

SecretaryScott Gruder

Operations Manager
Orthopedic Associates of Middletown
512 Saybrook Rd
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone:  860-704-6021

Scott Gruder graduated from Boston University’s with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.  He worked for various colleges before moving into the private practice setting as a Physician Extender.   In this setting he implemented and ran an in-house DME program for orthopedic practices.  He has also previously worked as a Clinical Manager for 4 years before his current job as Operations Manager for Orthopedic Associates.

Mr. Gruder has been a speaker at the National Athletic Trainer Association annual symposium as well as the American Association of Orthopedic Executives annual meeting.  His topics have included using ATCs in private practice and developing DME programs for private orthopedic groups.  

Janet Kennedy
4 Canterbury CT
Goshen, CT 06756
Phone: 203-558-9190

Jan Kennedy has dedicated more than 30 years of her health care career focused on improving the clinical and financial operations of provider organizations. Ms. Kennedy has extensive expertise in the strategic development and execution of services lines and has served in senior leadership positions for multispecialty organizations and specialty practices.
Ms. Kennedy served as the CEO and President of Alliance Medical Group and Greater Waterbury Management Resources, Inc. Under her leadership and guidance, the multispecialty practice achieved its financial and operational goals due to process improvement strategies which included the consolidation of practice locations, the expansion of multispecialty service lines and the development of urgent care services adjunct to the practices.
Ms. Kennedy served as the Interim Director of Medical Professional Services, Inc. and launched an effective care coordination collaborative on behalf of the IPA organization. This initiative included the evaluation and implementation of population health informatics and development of meaningful analytics to track performance. The collaborative effectively achieved high performance for its clinical objectives including MSSP-ACO and continues to expand services to independent providers statewide.
Ms. Kennedy joined Cardiology Associates in 2007 and following major changes in specialty reimbursement, developed an integration strategy with a community based hospital. As Executive Director, Ms. Kennedy developed multiple care coordination projects with third party payers including the Anthem Patient Centered Specialty Care Pilot Program which will ultimately set the standards for care protocols aligned with specialty practices.
As a proven leader and collaborator, Ms. Kennedy has taken a team approach throughout her career and focused on patient care, quality initiatives and improving outcomes. Areas of expertise include design and implementation of MACRA, MIPS and Medicare Advantage programs aligned with provider and payer strategies and implementation of cultural change across organizations to achieve the financial and care improvement process redesign necessary to achieve success in new models of healthcare delivery.

George McGuire
Key Account Manager
Nixon Uniform Service & Medical Wear
71 George Street
East Hartford, Connecticut 06108
Phone: 203-816-7597

Senior executive with extensive experience in new business development, medical staffing, and growth initiatives for the Healthcare/Technology and Information Services industries. A specialist in the ability to identify, develop, and deploy strategic programs that transform medical outpatient facilities by increasing patient satisfaction and reduce operating costs. Proficient in implementing strategic programs that deliver measurable and sustained profit and loss results.

Currently a Key Account Manager at Nixon Uniform Service and Medical Wear which provides services to the out-patient Healthcare market for materials management. An executive leader chartered to develop and implement all facets of strategic growth plans and commercial programs. Responsible for the design and development of Sales and Marketing functions, geographic expansion, analysis, service development roadmap, and profit and loss results.

SecretaryCynthia O’Brien, BS, RN, NMF

Business Director Connecticut Children's Medical Center
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-545-8019

Cindy O’Brien is a Business Director for CCMC in Hartford, CT. She received her nursing degree from the University of Rhode Island and is a Nurse Manager Fellow from the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

A nurse for 23 years she has worked in acute care, home care and long term care before finding her passion in outpatient care where she has spent the last 14 years in management. Cindy has been a contributor for Ambulatory Care Nurse Staffing: An Annotated Bibliography published by AAACN 2005 and 2006 revision of AAACN national Ambulatory Care Nursing Administration and Practice Standards.

Her current work is focused on building the service line structure in Urology/Nephrology, ongoing development of the leadership structure, and collaborating to position the outpatient services to be in line with healthcare’s shifting dynamic towards population health.

SecretaryKelly Riccitelli B.S RT (R) (CT) R.O.T

Executive Director
OBGYN Group of Eastern Connecticut, P.C
ECHN at Evergreen Walk
2600 Tamarack Avenue, Suite 200
South Windsor, CT 06074
Phone: 860-646-1157 ext.
Fax: 860-646-9877

Kelly Riccitelli has started a new position as the Executive Director at OBGYN Group of Eastern Connecticut and previously was the Operations Manager at Comprehensive Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Care LLC. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree with a Certification in Radiologic Technology and Computerized Tomography from the University of Hartford. She is Licensed and Board Certified AART in Radiography since 1999 and Computed Tomography since 2010. She is also a Registered Orthopedic Technologist through The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals.

Mrs. Riccitelli has worked in the healthcare industry for over 17 years. Her roles have ranged from Radiologic Technologist, Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Hartford, Zone Radiology Manager for the Northeast, Clinical Manager of an Orthopaedic Practice, Operations Manager of an Orthopaedic off and currently the Executive Director at OBGYN Group of Eastern Connecticut. She is an active member of both CMGMA and MGMA. On a personal level, Mrs. Riccitelli enjoys her photography as well as spending time with her two children and husband.

Tammie Simao
Orthopedic Partners
82 New Park Avenue
North Franklin, CT 06254
Phone: 860-889-7345

Ms. Simao is CEO for the Orthopedic Partners. A 22 provider multi-specialty orthopedic group located in Franklin, CT. She is certified as a Medical Practice Executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Her major degree is in Finance with a minor in Business. She has worked in healthcare for over 25 years and has experience working in both a private medical practice and skilled rehabilitation facility. She is a Member of CMGMA, MGMA and AAOE (American Academy of Orthopedic Executives).

Peter VerlezzaPeter Verlezza
SMB Networks, LLC
451 State Street
North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: 203-815-1685

For over 27 years Peter Verlezza has architected technology solutions that make sense for medical practices, businesses and non-profits. In 2006 he started SMB Networks LLC a company dedicated to managing the technology of medical practices. Peter is the author of 2 books,"Hassle Free IT MD: The Ultimate Medical Practice Guide For Finding A Professional, Competent, Honest, Considerate, On-Time, Fairly-Priced And Dependable Computer Consultant" and "The Tech Multiplier: The World's Leading Technology Consultants Reveal In Depth Case Studies Of How the Smartest Businesses in the World Are Leveraging Technology To Increase Profits And Reduce Waste While Safeguarding Data," an Amazon Best Seller.

Christina Wagner CMPE, CPC, COC, CGIC

Billing Manger/Compliance Officer
Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, P.C.
40 Temple Street, Suite 4A
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 777-4860

Christina Wagner is the Billing Manager and Compliance Officer at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, P.C. She is certified as a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) as well as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) and Certified Gastroenterology Coder (CGIC) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Ms. Wagner has worked in the healthcare industry for over fourteen years. Her roles have ranged from Front Desk Receptionist and Billing Clerk at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, P.C., Coder Analyst, Business Manager and Revenue Cycle Manager at Hospital of Saint Raphael until she found her way back home to Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, P.C. as the Billing Manager and Compliance Officer. She is an active member of both CMGMA and MGMA and looks forward to serving on the CMGMA board. 

Diane Walczok
Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute
183 North Mountain Road
New Britian, CT 06053
Phone: 860-696-4822

Ms. Walczok's career began as an EKG Technician at the former New Britian General Hospital in New Britain in May 2002. Since then, she has worked as a project director, office coordinator, and now holds the position of Practice Manager for Hartford Healthcare Medical Group. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Science in Human Services from Springfield College. She will be celebrating 15 years of service with Hartford Healthcare this year and manages the surgical divisions of Colorectal, Vascular, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Urology and Women’s Pelvic Health, Podiatry, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, and Breast Surgery, all affiliated with The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

On a personal level, Diane is passionate about volunteering for Breast Cancer organizations and is active with The Race in The Park sponsored by The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative. You will always see her at the Race with Sophie, her pink poodle and team mascot for Hartford Healthcare.