Message from the NCMGMA Past President Matt Johnson

Dear Members,

Serving as the NCMGMA President this past year has been a great privilege. Without question, the highest reward has been developing new relationships with so many talented leaders and strengthening relationships with old friends. An organization is only as good as its members, and NCMGMA truly stands out with so many giving individuals that are always generous with their time and knowledge.

It isn’t easy to pull together volunteers to sit on committees, be engaged, and share their talents. We are fortunate to have so many willing to serve as chapter officers, committee chairs and members, and board of director officers. It is a time commitment that can pull you from regular day-to-day responsibilities, and your sacrifice to serve is extraordinary. Thank you for your servant leadership and for being an example for us all.

For those yet to serve on a committee or as a chapter officer, I encourage you to do so. Your ideas will be welcomed, and you will be supported regardless of your experience. This is a wonderful way to learn and give back. Please consider this as you progress as an NCMGMA member.

2022 was filled with accomplishments; too many to name them all. Let me highlight a few of them that stand out.

We had an incredibly successful Spring Conference at the Wilmington Convention Center. As meeting in person returned and gained momentum, we had a strong turnout for the event. Our affiliate members and Alliance sponsors showed up in full force, allowing us to host a fantastic experience for participants. Beyond the talented slate of speakers, the networking and roundtable activities provided many excellent exchanges. The conference closed with solid representation from our Advocacy Committee and our friends from the NC Medical Society.

A first for our organization took place later in the Spring when we held our first-ever Master Class in Winston-Salem. Sandra Jarrett and the Education Committee went to great lengths to put together an incredible two-day event featuring renowned speaker Mary Kelly, who knocked everyone’s socks off. This event was so successful that we decided to do it again in 2023. Registration is open so don’t wait long to enroll, as this event will sell out fast!

The final big event of the year was our Fall Conference, held in Cherokee, NC. The newly renovated convention center at Harrah’s Casino made for the perfect venue to meet. Todd Pittman and the Conference Committee once again outdid themselves with the slate of speakers and activities at this conference. The vendor hall was packed, and lots of fun was had by all. The work for the 2023 conferences started almost immediately after the Fall Conference, so stay tuned for more.

In a time when we have seen the competition for employees at its most significant in recent history, we have leaned on each other for ideas for attracting and retaining talent. The listserv has been an incredible resource for us. Additionally, there may not be a more critical time than now to have an up-to-date Salary Survey as we evaluate our current payroll. We are fortunate to have this tool, as many states do not. Participation is crucial for it to continue and to remain relevant. Thank you to Frank Chitty and that Committee for putting this together, and thank you to all who have supplied data.

I thought I could be brief with this update, but there were just too many accomplishments that needed acknowledging, and I’m sure I’m leaving some out.

Another one that stands out for me was watching the growth of our Student Outreach Committee. John Clement and Lee Katherine Ayerhart led this committee to see a greater increase in student participants than we have had in years! We have also seen a resurgence of the Wilmington Chapter, which is very exciting. I can’t wait to see what’s next for our organization.

None of these achievements would be possible without the sage leadership of our Executive Director, Melissa Klingberg. She is a tireless worker and the glue that keeps us all together. Serving beside her was an honor and privilege.

I’ve had the luxury of seeing some previews of things ahead for 2023. With NCMGMA’s 2022-23 president, you can count on a fantastic year with Chad Ghorley at the helm. Please support him, as so many of you have helped me, as we continue to be the “leaders for tomorrow’s healthcare.”

Respectfully Submitted,

Matt Johnson, MA, MBA
NCMGMA Immediate Past President

Fall 2022 Practice Management Career Panel

Fall 2022 Practice Management Career Panel
Presented by the Student Outreach Committee

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 7:00 PM EST | Zoom Meeting

Presented by NCMGMA’s Student Outreach Committee, make plans to join us at 7:00 PM on November 15th for a valuable virtual panel discussion with North Carolina healthcare leaders. Q&A session will follow the discussion.


There is not cost to sign up for this event. To register online today, please follow the link at the button below.


For questions and more information, please contact John Clement at, or Lee Katherine Ayerhart at

NCMGMA Well Represented at this Year’s MGMA State Leaders Conference in Boston

(L-R): NCMGMA Board Member Carrilee Andreu-Neel, Governance Committee Chair Steve Parker, NCMGMA Executive Director Melissa Klingberg and NCMGMA President-Elect Chad Ghorley

Earlier this month, representatives from NCMGMA travelled to Boston to attend the 2022 MGMA State Leaders Conference, October 8-9, at the Westin Boston Seaport District.  The State Leaders Conference was held in conjunction with the Medical Practice Excellence: Leaders (MPEL) Conference.

While at the Conference, NCMGMA Executive Director Melissa Klingberg and NCMGMA President-Elect Chad Ghorley participated in the State Leaders Panel Session: Making Great Ideas Happen.  Melissa and Chad sat on the panel with Rebekah Francis, Executive Director, Missouri MGMA & Tennessee MGMA, and discussed several of NCMGMA’s more successful initiatives, including the annual Impact Report and the inaugural Master Class series.

On Sunday, NCMGMA hosted a Meet & Greet with other NC delegates attending MGMA’s MPEL Conference and with over 15 in attendance, it was great to meet all our new friends and welcome back old friends. Thank you to everyone who ventured to Boston with us on behalf of NCMGMA.

Virtual Event: Practice Management Career Panel on March 1st

2022 Practice Management Career Panel
Presented by the Student Outreach Committee

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 7:00 PM EST | Zoom Meeting

Presented by NCMGMA’s Student Outreach Committee, make plans to join us at 7:00 PM on March 1st for a valuable virtual panel discussion with North Carolina healthcare leaders. Q&A session will follow the discussion!

Virtual Event Panelists

  • Cameron Cox
    Chief Executive Officer, e3c3 Consulting
  • Chad Ghorley
    Chief Executive Officer, Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
  • Mike Lunceford
    Administrator, Kernodle Clinic, Dept. of Private Diagnostic Clinic
  • Amanda McKinney
    Director of Operations, CaroMont Health

Panel Moderators

NCMGMA Student Outreach Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Lee Katherine Ayerhart, MHA, CMPE
    Principal Consultant, AltNV Solutions LLC
  • John Clement
    Revenue Cycle Manager, Coronis Health
    MHA Candidate, UNC Wilmington


There is no cost to register for this Zoom event. To register, follow the “Register Online Today” link at the button below. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with complete event details.


If you have any questions, please contact the NCMGMA offices at

Annual Conference Award Winners, Service Project News and Photos

Winning at the Game of Healthcare?
These individuals and organizations most certainly are!

The 2019 NCMGMA Annual Conference came to a close at the Embassy Suites in downtown Wilmington on Friday, May 10th, and we’re happy to report another successful healthcare leadership event. During the Annual Conference, guests attended educational sessions and heard from presenters such as Jeff Butler of JB International, Mark Werner of Healthy Blue (BCBSNC), Representatives Dr. Gregory Murphy and Josh Dobson, and William C. Ray, NC Dept. of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management. Please Click here to view our full event schedule and to learn about all of our presenters.

We also presented our 2019 annual awards, recognizing outstanding leadership and performance within the healthcare industry and NCMGMA. Congratulations to the following winners:

2019 Annual Award Winners


(L-R) Steve Parker, Curi VP Member Services;
Jag Gill, FACMPE, CEENTA CEO and 2019 Administrator of the Year; and
Jane Lutz, NCMGMA President

2019 NCMGMA and Curi – a Medical Mutual Co. Administrator of the Year
Jag Gill, Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates P.A. (CEENTA), was named the 2019 NCMGMA/Curi – a Medical Mutual Co. Administrator of the Year during the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association’s Annual Conference networking reception on Thursday, May 9th. The Administrator of the Year award honors a medical practice administrator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management proficiency, and who has helped enhance the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in North Carolina. Click here to view the complete award press release.


NCMGMA and First Citizens Bank present CEENTA with a $3,000 check to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte

2019 NCMGMA and First Citizens Bank Practice of the Year
Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates P.A. (CEENTA)
Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates (CEENTA) was named the 2019 Practice of the Year at the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association’s (NCMGMA) Annual Conference. The Practice of the Year Award recognizes a medical group practice that makes significant contributions to its community, patients and staff through volunteer work, fundraisers, staff wellness programs, community clean ups and community screenings and education. Click here to view the complete award press release.


(L-R): Steve Parker, NCMGMA president elect and the 2019 NCMGMA President’s Award recipient, and NCMGMA President Jane Lutz

2019 NCMGMA President’s Award Winner
Steve Parker
Steve Parker, the Vice President of Member Services for Curi – a Medical Mutual Co., and our NCMGMA president elect, is the 2019 NCMGMA President’s Award recipient. The President’s Award is given to a member of NCMGMA for outstanding service and contribution to the association, its members and medical practice management.


(L-R): NCMGMA President Jane Lutz and the
2019 Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer Award recipient
and NCMGMA immediate past president,
Sandra Jarrett, FACMPE

2019 Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer Award Winner
Sandra Jarrett, FACMPE
Sandra Jarrett, NCMGMA’s immediate past president and the practice manager for Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates, PA., is our 2019 Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer Award winner. The Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer Award highlights the true meaning of volunteerism for NCMGMA and we are proud to present it to Sandra, a member whose continuous service and commitment to our organization truly embodies the spirit of this award.

NourishNC Service Project


(L-R) NCMGMA board members Tessa Wolfarth and Chad Ghorley collect food supplies for the snack packs that were assembled at the 2019 NCMGMA Annual Conference and provided to NourishNC and GLOW.

This year, NCMGMA chose to perform a service project at the Annual Conference: building snack packs for NourishNC, a 501-c(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide healthy food to hungry children, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community. NCMGMA staff, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors collected and packed 135 lbs. worth of snack packs. In all, 200 lbs. of snacks were donated to NourishNC. The snack packs will be going to GLOW (Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington) for their college visit field trips. GLOW is an all-girls charter school that is designed to prepare young ladies to be the first generation of their respective families to attend college. The field trips will allow these young ladies to get a glimpse of college and hear about the opportunities available to them.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this service project a success!

Thank You Conference Participants

Thank you to all of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors who came out to Wilmington last week to be a part of our 2019 Annual Conference. We greatly appreciate your support of NCMGMA. Watch for details on more exciting NCMGMA events coming soon.

Event Photos

To view our 2019 Annual Conference Flickr photo album, follow this link.