Meet the NORM Board Members

Nancy Ellis, President

Nancy Ellis, President

Piedmont Arthritis Clinic | Greenville, SC

The daughter of a physician and a nurse anesthetist, Nancy Ellis was destined for a career in medicine. Rather than practice it however, Nancy chose to manage it.

Nancy’s education and certifications include a Masters in Health Administration and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a BA in Psychology from the University of Tampa. Additionally, she is a board Certified Healthcare Executive from the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2018, she earned her certification as a Certified Rheumatology Coder through sponsorship from NORM.

Since August 2009, Nancy has served as the Practice Administrator for Piedmont Arthritis Clinic in Greenville, SC where she has overall operational management of the five-provider rheumatology practice and infusion center. Her diverse background experience ranges from being Vice President of Alternative Delivery Services at Coosa Valley Baptist and Citizens Baptist Medical Centers in Talladega County, AL to Office Manager of a solo OB/GYN practice.
Nancy also has served as Financial Manager over nine business units for Anmed Home Care Services in Anderson, SC. Her career has included being Practice Manager for Cancer Centers of the Carolinas and Orthopaedic Center of the Carolinas, both of which operated multiple practice sites in the Upstate.

Nancy’s passion is to achieve the ideal medical practice model through continuous process improvements in administrative efficiencies, quality of care, and doctor/patient relationships.

Alicia Sullivan, Vice-President

Alicia Sullivan, Vice-President

Rheumatology Associates | Glastonbury, CT

Alicia accidentally stumbled into a small rheumatology practice in 2005.  She caught her balance while overcoming many changes and challenges along the way, and she found steady footing over the years.  You’re just as likely to see Alicia at check-out or in the infusion suite as you are to see her in her office.  She loves problem solving and learning, and she thrives when challenged to find creative solutions.  Alicia does not care for referring to herself in the third person, and she is relieved this paragraph is almost over. Alicia is CERT certified, trained to help first responders in case of an emergency, she has a Shelter Management certification from the Red Cross, and is also a certified Reiki practitioner and teacher.  Alicia is passionate about kindness and helping others, and she has helped with and created many projects giving back to different groups and causes.  Alicia loves new experiences and adventures, and especially loves when she can share these experiences with her young children, other family, and friends.

Jay Salliotte, Past President

Jay Salliotte, Past President

Advanced Rheumatology | Business Manager | Lansing, Michigan

Jay Salliotte (pronounced like Sally-yacht) comes to rheumatology practice management via a road less travelled. Before moving toward a career in medical administration, Jay worked as a professional fundraiser for non-profit organizations including hospice, higher education and social services. Before that he worked in the information
technology profession and has the Y2K battle scars to prove it. Despite this unorthodox path, Jay relies heavily on his past experiences in organizational administration, process improvement, strategic planning, accounting and human resources to manage the medical practice he co-owns with his wife Dr. Monika Mohan.Jay continues to get more involved with rheumatology initiatives around the country and is determined to give back to organizations like NORM which have given so much professional help to him. Last year, he joined both the Board of NORM Ventures as well as the Editorial Board of the Rheumatology Practice Management Magazine. He is also a member of a few pharma-sponsored practice management speaker’s bureaus.Jay has served on many non-profit boards & committees in both the professional and community realms. He is no stranger to volunteer boards and understands the great responsibility elected leaders accept…to be good stewards of the organization. With this charge in mind, it is always his goal to work with other volunteers to build a better and stronger tomorrow for the organization.Jay has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Organization Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He lives in Okemos, Michigan with his wife and daughter, Maya. Jay enjoys: travelling with his family, watching college sports and trying new culinary experiences.

Greg Thompson, Secretary

Greg Thompson, Secretary

Saint Louis Rheumatology | Saint Louis, MO

Greg Thompson is the Practice Administrator for Saint Louis Rheumatology in Saint Louis, MO. He has been working in the same Rheumatology practice for 16 years and has helped expand the practice into an 11,000 square foot facility with 9 providers and 12 infusion chairs. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Truman State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Missouri Baptist University. He obtained his CMPM through NORM in 2019 and is currently working toward the CRMS through NORM. Along with being on the NORM Board, Greg is also serving on the NEC and Finance Committees. Greg served as the President of the Greater St. Louis MGMA in 2019 and in other various MGMA board roles over the years. He is on several manufacturer speaker bureaus and participates in industry advisory boards. He is honored to serve the membership of NORM as a board member.

Michelle Owen, Treasurer

Michelle Owen, Treasurer

Arthritis and Rheumatology of Palm Beach | Boynton Beach, FL

Michelle Owen is the Operations Manager for Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach a ten provider Rheumatology practice in South Florida. She has been in her present role since 2008. Her responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations of the practice which include in office infusion and self-injectable medication verification and prior authorization. Michelle is a Certified Professional Coder with experience in appeals, reviews, physician chart document auditing. She also specializes in CMS’s changing payment models.

Karen Mullen, Director

Karen Mullen, Director

Dr. Thomas Susko | Santa Monica, CA

Karen Mullen is a Practice Administrator for Dr. Thomas Susko, in Santa Monica, CA and manages the infusion/injection buy-and-bill spend for Dr. Swamy Venuturupalli at Attune Health, in Beverly Hills, CA. She serves on the speaker’s bureau and advisory boards for several pharmaceutical companies and launched “NewView Medical Consulting, LLC” in 2017, a consulting business dedicated to improving human performance to drive business growth and goal achievement.

Karen has over 20 years of health care experience in both hospital and private practice settings, with the last 16 years being primarily in Rheumatology.  Karen prides herself on being a visible and results-oriented Senior Financial Officer, building top-performing organizations that have consistently outperformed revenue and profit objectives. Karen has a track record of integrity and demonstrated ability to drive change, optimize operations, ensure integrated IT strategies, and achieve balanced and profitable fiscal performance.

She is skilled in leveraging talent from multiple disciplines and enjoys focusing on profitability by establishing effective financial systems/processes. Karen has been successful in designing and implementing methods that consistently reduce operating costs, improve production yields, and increase profitability. Not only that, but she is proficient at setting, expecting, and achieving high standards of quality and building cohesive, productive teams and has knowledge of labor, OSHA, union bylaws, HIPAA, and JAHCO.

Karen is a native of California and currently resides in Canyon Country, CA. She is passionate about her work in healthcare and appreciates the NORM community for entrusting her to serve on their board of directors. She takes this responsibility very seriously and will strive to give you her very best.

Jaime Fiore, Director

Jaime Fiore, Director

Rheumatology Associates PA | Stuart, FL.

Jaime has been the practice administrator of her current group for the past 18 years.

With her current practice, she spends her time managing the daily operations which includes the financials, human resources, compliance, staff training as well as inventory management. Jaime has been a certified rheumatology health coder since 2012 and in 2019 she became a certified medical practice manager through sponsorship from NORM.

Jaime holds a degree in Health Services Administration and advanced studies in Business Management. In addition to serving on the NORM board of directors, and NORM Outreach Committee, Jaime also serves as a consultant and speaker for several pharma-sponsored practice management speaker’s bureaus. Jaime has worked with a great team at the Florida Society of Rheumatology for the past six years as part of the Practice Manager Planning Committee. Jaime enjoys working with the committee to help plan the annual conference for the Rheumatology Practice Managers across the state of Florida. Jaime enjoys painting and also plays bass guitar. On weekends, Jaime volunteers her time playing electric bass in her church band.

Kelli Kelleher, Director

Kelli Kelleher, Director

Arthritis Consultants, PA | Columbia, SC

As the daughter of two long time practice administrators, Kelli grew up with an understanding of the necessity of providing quality management for patient care and its role in patient success. Though she did not intend to become an administrator at first, eight years ago she accepted a supporting administrative role at Arthritis Consultants, PA and fell in love with the staff camaraderie and the patients at the practice. When offered the role to step up as administrator of the practice and it’s 6-chair infusion suite, she accepted gladly. Kelli holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Southern Wesleyan University. Not resting on her laurels, Kelli has additional certifications as a Physician Practice Manager and Rheumatology Management Specialist and is looking to add a few more certifications under her belt soon.  She is always looking for new ways to grow and serve the patient community who trust their care to Arthritis Consultants.

When not managing this growing practice, Kelli volunteers her time with non-profits and is an active member of the local community providing resources to those who require them and coordinating relief for people with needs.  She enjoys cooking, traveling and exploring new places with her family.  She is a jack of all trades and works hard to master as many possible.

Holly Moores, Director

Holly Moores, Director

Mid-Atlantic Rheumatology | Millersville, MD

Holly came to Rheumatology through Obstetrics and Gynecology and a shared office.  After working several years being a practice manager for an Ob/Gyn and running clinical trials, she changed gears and moved to Rheumatology.   She has over 30 years of healthcare experience in the private practice setting, with the last 20 years being in Rheumatology. Holly truly enjoys the uniqueness of Rheumatology and the close relationships which are made with the patients as you get to work with many of them very closely. She prides herself on developing a deep level of trust and connection with the patients to the point where they can’t wait to come in again.

Holly worked for a Rheumatologist for 15 years and helped retire her and has been with her current practice now for 5 years.  When she started, the doctor had just opened her own practice with very few patients, no infusion service, and an 1800 sq ft office.  Five years later, in January 2022, she helped move her office into a 5061 sq ft office to accommodate another physician, Nurse Practitioner, an 8-chair infusion suite, and an enormous number of patients.  Holly has been a major contributor in envisioning this and making it happen.

Besides being on the Board, Holly is also on the Advocacy Committee as well as the Ethics Committee.  On her weekends and spare time, Holly enjoys spending time with her son, doing volunteer work with mission trips to Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, Honduras, and many states across the United States and within her community.  She also helps lead Sunday morning services at her church with singing.  Holly truly values the relationships being made through NORM and looks forward to making even more.

Marie Lara, Director

Marie Lara, Director

Arthritis Center of Orlando | Orlando, FL

Marie is the Practice Administrator at the Arthritis Center of Orlando. She has been in the medical field for 28 years in both hospital and private settings. Marie is a certified surgical technologist. As the Practice administrator at ACO, she manages the day-to-day operations including the buy and billing of injections for infusions, infusion drugs, prior authorizations, appeals,  human resources, payroll, and compliance.  Ms. Lara’s staff includes 2 physicians, 1 NP, and 15 employees.

Since 2014, Ms. Lara has been an active member of the Florida Society of Rheumatology for the practice managers and is an elected leader to plan the annual conference. She has served over 4 years on advisory boards and as a national speaker for different pharmaceutical companies. For the past 3 years, she also served on the advisory board for Orange County Tech schools: MA/Adm. Program In addition to being a director on the Norm board she also volunteers on the outreach committee.

Her passion and greatest strength are “to work smart not hard” by practicing a lean operation.  She has excellent procurement management skills which came in handy during COVID because of the shortage of supplies

Liz Schultz, Director

Liz Schultz, Director

Salem Rheumatology & Infusions | Salem, OR

Liz Schultz, CMPE, Practice Manager for Salem Rheumatology & Infusions in Salem Oregon, has been working in rheumatology for 16 years, overseeing all aspects of office and infusion management. During that time, she had transitioned ownership of the practice twice and added providers.  As a small private practice rheumatology office, she knows that managing the revenue cycle, office expenses and staff is vital to the continued success of small offices.  Her greatest passion is working with her patients to help them afford their medications to achieve the quality of life they deserve. 

When not working in the office, Liz enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family.

  • As a speaker at the first ad hoc meeting of rheumatology practice managers gathered in a single small room at its infancy a decade ago, I’m amazed to see how NORM has blossomed into a high energy organization of depth and professional meetings with parallel break-out symposia between plenary sessions. NORM has truly come of age. This is where the “business” of rheumatology gets learned. The ”guildmanship” for rheumatology practice management is now strong.- Paul H. Caldron, DO, FACP, FACR, MBA, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates
  • In a time of demanding changes in the management of medical practices in the US, NORM has been a lifesaver to the community of Rheumatology practices.  NORM has allowed our practice to stay ahead of the many demands of CMS and others payors and has ensured that our practice remains cognizant of new issues that arise in HIPPA compliance, human resources and medical billing to name a few. Sending our Practice Manager to NORM's conferences has been cost-effective and beneficial to our practice because she returns to our office with an abundance of information that otherwise would have taken months to compile. Every Rheumatology practice that wishes to stay on top of emerging issues in practice management should consider sending a member of their staff to NORM's conference.- Michael S. Rosen M.D., Chester County Rheumatology PC
  • Thanks to all those wonderful people in the NORM Network who respond to emails, offering their advice, experience, time, and support ... I haven't even been a member a full year yet and I am amazed at the dedication of everyone who responds to helping via emails and the NORM Organization itself! I have barely had a chance to explore the resources and I have yet to really dive into requests for help still I am silently learning so much and do occasionally offer what I can! Thank you all!- Cheryl Piambino, Kenneth E. Bresky, DO

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