Meet Our Staff

The members of the AAHomecare staff are all dedicated to serving our members and being strong advocates for the homecare industry.

If you need to contact anyone in our government relations, regulatory affairs, communications or membership divisions, please utilize the contact information on this page.

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  • Thomas Ryan

    Thomas Ryan

    President, Chief Executive Officer

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Leadership Phone: (202) 372-0753

    Thomas Ryan is president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare), the national association that works to preserve and strengthen access to care for the millions of Americans who require medical care in their homes.

    Ryan has spent the last 25 years as president and CEO of Homecare Concepts Inc., a respiratory and home medical equipment company founded in Farmingdale, New York where he also serves as a village trustee. Ryan was a founding member and former chairman of the New York Medical Equipment Providers Association (NYMEP) and past chairman of the AAHomecare Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007.

    In addition, Tom has served as chair of the Region A Council, a multi-state council that works with the regional Medicare carriers and the Center for Medicare Services. Tom has also held board positions for the National Home Oxygen Patients Association (NHOPA) and St. Joseph’s Hospital, a member of Catholic Health System on Long Island. Tom holds a degree in Respiratory Therapy from New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital and B.S. Degree in Health Administration from Saint John’s University in New York.

    Follow Tom on Twitter; @TomRyanHME

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  • Sue Mairena, CPA, CGMA

    Sue Mairena, CPA, CGMA

    Chief Operating Officer

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Leadership Phone: (202) 372-0745 Contact Us
  • Jay Witter

    Jay Witter

    Senior Vice President, Public Policy

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Government Relations Phone: (202) 372-0751

    Senior Vice President of Public Policy Jay Witter’s background encompasses over twenty years of legislative, political, and management experience.  Since joining AAHomecare over six years ago, Jay has worked to advance the Association’s legislative initiatives on Capitol Hill, as well as coordinate its political activities.

    As the senior lobbyist for the United American Nurses (UAN), AFL-CIO, Jay oversaw the organization’s legislative, regulatory, and political policies, procedures and positions.  During the 2008 presidential election, Jay worked with a majority of the candidates on pro-nurse policies and initiatives.  He was also appointed to Obama’s Health Care Policy Committee, as well as organized a “Nurses for Obama” campaign.

    Before joining UAN, Jay worked as Vice President of Government Relations at the American Chiropractic Association, Jay successfully worked with ACA members for the passage of six specific chiropractic bills into law over the six years he worked at the Association. 

    Jay has also worked on Capitol Hill for several members of the House of Representatives.  Jay possess’ a BA in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration.

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  • Kim Brummett

    Kim Brummett

    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Regulatory Affairs Phone: (202) 372-0750

    Kim is currently employed with the American Association for Homecare (AAH) as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.  As the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Kim is responsible for interfacing with regulatory bodies; such as CMS and other government oversight agencies; the GAO and OIG on issues that affect membership. In addition, Kim has consulted as an expert witness and lobbies on interests of the industry.  Previously, Kim was employed with Advanced Home Care (AHC), a leading company providing Home Medical Equipment (HME), Infusion Therapy, Rehabilitation Equipment, and Home Health. In her seventeen year tenure she served as the Vice President of Regulatory and Contracting. She has participated in the growth of AHC from three branches to thirty in five states, managing reimbursement, non-clinical training, contracting and government relations. With a primary focus on compliance, strategic planning, contracting with institutional accounts and managed care payers, accounts receivable, order qualification, information technology (IT) and reimbursement, Kim has had direct accountability for all of reimbursement’s operational components. This includes verification, compliance through collections, coordination and implementation of software, and negotiation of managed care and institutional contracts.   

    Additionally, over the past 20 years, Kim has consulted nationally on reimbursement guidelines, operational process design, management and leadership skill development, IT solutions and utilization, and accounts receivable management. In total, Kim has been in the HME, Infusion and Home Health Industry since 1997.

    In addition to consulting, Kim is an active advocate, participant and volunteer in the industry.  Currently the Past Chairperson of the Jurisdiction C Advisory Council for CGS, she also serves as a Past President and board member of the North Carolina State Association for HME Providers now ACMESA; a member of the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) Advisory Committee, the Medtrade Educational Advisory Board; member of the Jurisdictional Councils for A, B, C, and D, member of the POE groups for Jurisdictions A, B, and D and the Past Chair of the Regulatory Council for AAHomecare. 

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  • Laura Williard

    Laura Williard

    Vice President, Payer Relations

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Regulatory Affairs Phone: (336) 451-1934

    Laura Williard is the vice president of payer relations for the American Association for Homecare. In this role, she has formed relationships with national payers including Anthem, TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency, AIM Sleep Management and CareCentrix, to have a greater impact on policy and operational changes for HME providers. She has consulted with legal staff on the impact of the CURES Bill and created reference materials and resources for the industry; and at the state level she has been a driving force to secure wins in several states who were following suit with Medicare reimbursement.

    Williard has served in the HME community for more than 24 years, most recently at Advanced Home Care as senior director of regulatory affairs, reimbursement compliance, and contracting. She has extensive experience working with managed care, Medicare advantage, MEDICAID MCOs, and state Medicaid programs. 

    Laura is very active in the state associations, serving on the board for GAMES, Vice President for ACMESA, and Vice President for ATHOMES. She also served as the Vice Chair for the Jurisdiction C Medicare Council, and is a founding member of the Mediware User Group. Williard also participated as a member of the Palmetto 16 State Coalition Committee and sat on the Public Policy Committee of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, and both home health associations during her time at Advanced Home Care. 

    In addition to her industry involvement, Williard has previous experience managing a large reimbursement department with 150 employees and was responsible for all aspects of the revenue cycle.

    Follow Laura on Twitter; @WilliardLaura

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  • David Chandler

    David Chandler

    Director of Payer Relations

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Regulatory Affairs Phone: (202) 372-0757

    Chandler brings considerable experience to the position through multiple roles in sales, operations, reimbursement, and payer relations.  He is currently Director of Reimbursement & Government Affairs for Liberty Medical Specialties, an HME supplier with ten locations in North Carolina and South Carolina.
    His service to the HME community includes a term as President of the Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Services Association (2014-15) and a current role a Treasurer of the Group.  He is also Chairman of the Medicare Jurisdiction C Advisory Council and a member of AAHomecare’s Regulatory Council and State Leaders Council.  Chandler was elected to the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy/ DME Subcommittee in 2016.

    Chandler will help AAHomecare provide more support for leaders at our state and regional HME association partners in their engagement with state legislators, Medicaid authorities, and managed care organizations to defend against rate cuts and maintain broad patient access.  His presence on the team will also allow the Association to begin to establish relationships and develop strategies for representing HME interests with Medicare Advantage plans.

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  • Michael Nicol

    Michael Nicol

    Senior Director, Membership Services

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Membership Phone: (202) 372-0749 Contact Us
  • Gordon Barnes

    Gordon Barnes

    Director, Communications

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Communications Phone: (202) 372-0759 Contact Us
  • Mina Uehara

    Mina Uehara

    Assistant Director, Regulatory Affairs

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Regulatory Affairs Phone: (202) 372-0756 Contact Us
  • Ashley Plauché

    Ashley Plauché

    Manager, Member & Public Affairs

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Government Relations Phone: (865) 567-4158 Contact Us
  • Tilly Gambill

    Tilly Gambill

    Marketing Manager

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Communications Phone: (202) 714-1256 Contact Us
  • Gina Conlon

    Gina Conlon

    Associate, Membership

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Membership Phone: (202) 372-0743 Contact Us
  • Cherie Newell

    Cherie Newell

    Staff Accountant

    Location: AAHomecare Division: Leadership Phone: (202) 372-0752 Contact Us

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