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

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

Two Great Ways to Support North Carolina Students

NCMGMA’s Student Outreach Committee, led by Lee Katherine Ayerhart, serves its goal to develop and maintain relationships with faculty and student leaders across North Carolina. Along with recruiting new student members, this committee assists with connecting student members with active and affiliate members to provide additional resources.

Here’s how you can help!

Offer Practice Internships

If your group is looking for summer internships, we’d like to connect you with a student! A successful internship program typically would need to meet a required minimum number of hours (varies by program) and would have the student assigned to one or more specific projects with a deliverable result that they can report back to their program. Internships are strongly encouraged to be a paid position, often with the potential to become an ongoing part-time role during the school year and/or permanent hire after graduation if desired by both sides. If your organization has an internship opportunity for this summer that you would like to share with our students, please complete the “Internship Information Form” at the button below.

Be a Resource for a Student

NCMGMA is compiling a list of managers who are willing to connect to a student. Just add your name to our list by filling out the contact form at the button below. We expect to deliver this list to programs within the next few months and welcome our members to give back and take a moment to talk to students to answer questions and encourage them.


Thank you for your consideration in participating in these offerings to our North Carolina students. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lee Katherine Ayerhart, our Student Outreach Committee Chair, at