Sheryl Cherico, President
Sheryl started Tier3MD with Steve Platnick in October 2005. Since then they have grown the company both in Georgia and around the country. Today, they have offices in Raleigh, NC, Chattanooga, TN, Oklahoma City, OK, Dallas Texas and Savannah, Georgia. In August 2014, we completed our national expansion plans and our goal is to open 60 more offices by 2016.
Sheryl’s career began in 1979 and is considered one of the top healthcare IT consultants in the country. In college, she started out in medical billing, AR collections, and practice workflow for a Thoracic surgery group, and moved into software support for Medical Manager. From there she was involved in the Y2K upgrades throughout the state of Georgia and was a recipient of the President’s Award at BCBS of GA.
In 2000 Sheryl traveled the country installing digital cardiac cath lab systems, at places like DePaul in St. Louis, Baylor University in Texas, as well as hospitals in Chicago, Nebraska, New York, Texas, and Georgia.
In 2001 she became the IT Director for the Atlanta Cardiology Group, one of the largest cardiology groups in the Southeast. In 2005, Sheryl and Steve decided to form their own IT company and began with Atlanta Cardiology as their cornerstone client.
Today, Tier3MD is one of the nations leading HIPAA compliant IT support groups for medical practices. We offer remote managed services, including 24×7 monitoring, onsite technical support, live helpdesk, total cloud services, equipment leasing and HIPAA security assessment. Our comprehensive Security Risk Assessments are helping practices all over the country obtain the security requirements to meet “meaningful use”. We are MEDICAL only and have extensive experience in Cardiology, Peds, OB-GYN, Radiation Oncology, Family Practice, Neurology, Urology, Psychiatric and more.
Frank Goldman, Treasurer
In 2006 Frank G. Goldman created his entrepreneurial law practice to serve clients in a broad array of legal areas, including litigation, employment, corporate, transactional and regulatory matters. Utilizing his lengthy “big firm” and government experience, Frank advises closely-held and family-owned businesses, their owners, executives, and employees, serving as their outside “General Counsel”. He has advised clients in various industries, including staffing, financial services, manufacturing, construction, IT-services, real estate, healthcare and food service.
Frank has extensive “first-chair” trial and appellate experience, having successfully argued cases to juries, appellate courts, and regulatory agencies. He also has assisted dozens of businesses and individuals in a variety of transactional matters, including asset purchases and sales, leases, operating agreements and employment agreements.
Rebecca Walden, Vice President
Declared Atlanta’s “Wigspert” by her appreciative clients,” Rebecca Walden is the owner and wig stylist for The Wigspert of Atlanta and Wig Gallery in Buckhead. She has trained with Aveda, Redken, Goldwell, Nioxin, Nexxus and Mirabella make-up. Formerly partnered with Bernadette’s, Rebecca has more than 17 years of experience in hair and wig styling, makeup, management and consulting. She has a passion and a flair for working with women, especially her clients with hair loss from alopecia areata and chemotherapy who just want to look like themselves again.
Rather than being noticeable, her talent is invisible as she creates the most natural, undetectable looks to make women feel comfortable and confident facing the world. Rebecca’s uncommon understanding and sparkling personality are part of her secret to success with women who experience the devastation of hair loss. Her clients, many of whom become longtime friends, have nothing but praise for her spirit and skills.
Kathy Cullen, Board Member
Kathy Cullen is an RN with an M.S. in Health Care Policy and Administration, and a career spanning 40+ years in various fields of nursing. Her specialty was nurse recruitment and retention. After being a hospital-based Nurse Recruiter for part of her career, Kathy started her own consulting business and traveled throughout the country as part of a team to open new or reorganize existing hospitals with the focus on hiring staff. As an independent consultant, she developed and taught all-day seminars on the topic of Nurse Recruitment & Retention and presented in 36 states. In Atlanta, she was part of the team opening Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She recruited and hired 50+ excellent RNs in the 4 months prior to the hospital opening.
Her most recent interim recruitment position was at DeKalb Medical where she was employed to hire Nurse Executive Directors & Managers. She was a frequent speaker for the state Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Nursing Home Quality Initiative. Throughout her career, she focused on education, believing in lifelong learning and lifelong teaching of others. She served as adjunct faculty at Georgia Perimeter College and as the Employment Manager at Shepherd Center. Her interest in Breast Cancer started as a bedside nurse and continues today as a Board Member of GABCC..
Gulshan Harjee, Board Member
Gulshan Harjee is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & healthcare industry. She is skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Disease Management, Physician Relations, U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Healthcare Information Technology (HIT). She is a graduate of The Emory School of Medicine.
Kari Stevison, Secretary
Kari Stevison is a Digital Marketing Specialist, Web & Graphic Designer, and Founder & CEO of Fusion Marketing and Design, based in Atlanta, GA. She has more than 19 years of marketing experience, developing and executing effective solutions to drive sales, attract and maintain customers, and build brands.
Jennifer Cowart, Board Member
Jennifer Cowart is Senior Counsel at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In her role as Senior Counsel, Jennifer has primary responsibility for advising Human Resources and Bank management on a wide range of employment-related matters, including advising and counseling management on performance and conduct issues, leave management, disciplinary matters, accommodation requests, job classification and overtime requirements. She conducts training and investigations on all manner of employment law issues, including unlawful harassment and discrimination, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She serves as legal liaison to various bank groups including the EEO office and OMWI.
In addition to serving as the Bank’s senior employment attorney, Jennifer has primary responsibility for advising Law Enforcement management on policies, procedures and other law enforcement matters and she is an FBI certified instructor in the Law Enforcement Training Academy.
A native of Atlanta, Jennifer attended the University of Virginia (B.A. Economics) and the University of Georgia (law degree). She serves on various non-profit boards including the Empty Stocking Fund, Crimestoppers, and the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.
Patti Dickey, Fundraising Chairman
Attorney and author, Dickey is very involved in the Atlanta Community. She is currently serving on the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation Board, Georgia’s Own Credit Union Foundation Board, the Odem School of Ecology Board and the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Board. She formerly served on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Foundation Board, and on the Boards of Zoo Atlanta and Make A Wish Georgia.
Additionally, she is actively involved as a member of the Atlanta Corps de Ballet, on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta History Center Members Guild, and with the Junior League of Atlanta’s League Sustaining Transfer Group (LST). She also enjoyed a turn on Emory University’s Board of Visitors.
Dickey practiced Family Law in Cincinnati, Ohio for close to eighteen years with Weber, Dickey & Bellman, prior to moving to Atlanta. She was active in the Cincinnati Bar Association and a founding member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a member in good standing in the Ohio, Florida and Georgia State Bar Associations.
She graduated from Denison University with a BA in English and earned her JD from the University of Toledo, College of Law.
Sara Hanna, Board Member
Sara Hanna is an Atlanta-based commercial and editorial photographer with a talent for bringing portraits, products (especially food) and interiors to life. Hanna’s knack for learning what makes people tick in conjunction with her extensive marketing background means she is the ideal pair of eyes behind the lens, making locals (such as renowned Chef’s Hugh Acheson and Kevin Rathbun) and celebrities (Ludacris, Zendaya, and designer Zac Posen) alike shine in photos.
She loves working closely with clients to understand the emotions the photos need to evoke and she feels proud to count the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, The Food Network, and the InterContinental Hotel among her clients. Her images have appeared in People, O, The Oprah Magazine, The LA Times, The New York Post, Food & Wine, The Local Palate, The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, Simply Buckhead…the list goes on!
Tracy Starr, Board Member
Nancy Whaley, Board Member
NANCY J. WHALEY is an attorney at law serving as a Chapter 13 Trustee for the Northern District of Georgia where she employs 39 employees and operates a trust of over $75 million dollars. She is the Chapter 12 Trustee for the Northern District of Georgia. Whaley is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She is the Past-Chair for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southeast Conference. Whaley is a member of the Northern District of Georgia Bankruptcy Court’s Bench and Bar Committee. Whaley served on the Executive Committee and Co-Chaired the Community Service Committee for the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. She is a Past Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Bankruptcy Section and a Past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Whaley served as President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and of the GAWL Foundation. From 2005 to 2011, she served on the Executive Committee for the State Bar of Georgia and since 2000 she has been a member of the Board of Governors. She is the current Chair of State Bar Finance Committee. Whaley is an active member of the Association of Chapter 12 Trustees and the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees and is their representative to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. She serves on the NACTT Foundation Board.
Whaley taught as an adjunct professor of bankruptcy at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta from 2002 to 2014. She retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Whaley serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and is a past board member for the Young Survival Coalition, Atlanta Chapter. She is an Atlanta Junior League Sustainer and member of Buckhead Church serving as a Leader for Leader Development Groups and is a Community Group Leader. Whaley is a Ronald Reagan Scholar from Eureka College and she earned her Doctor of Law from Emory Law School.
Jennie Palmer, Executive Director
Jennie has lived in Atlanta for 20 years. She has over 15 years of experience managing business operations and human resources for medical practices. Since 2005 she has had her own consulting business. She has been on the board of directors for various non-profit organizations. She has been an active member of her community and volunteers her time regularly. She joined GABCC as the executive director in June of 2017 and brings experience in fundraising and patient advocacy.
Rod Mac Kenzie, Board Member
Rod Mac Kenzie is a leading expert on business, communication, and inspiration. He has dedicated the last several years developing his brand under the Freedom Performance Group name and has just recently accepted the role as President of Discovery Computers and Forensics. His experience working within the federal government contracting arena and their required security protocols, along with his passion for TRANSFORMING how people view themselves, their opportunities, and their purpose in life to fuel a REVOLUTION in America makes Rod a perfect match for this evolving company!
Mr. Mac Kenzie is a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Society for Financial Awareness 501(C)3. Rod has taught financial literacy classes at Mercer University’s after hours’ seminars, various networking groups and provides FREE Mastering Wealth Principle seminars, where he and his team can create a personal financial analysis for attendees and share with them some of the secrets used by wealthy people to take control of their futures.
Mr. Mac Kenzie’s dedication and passion to creating solutions that simply help people have to lead him to Brides Against Breast Cancer. BABC is an organization providing affordable pre-owned or sample wedding dresses to brides through a retail location in Chamblee GA. Brides Against Breast Cancer has operated as a non-profit for almost 19 years. However, the brand has filed bankruptcy three times. Mr. Mac Kenzie and his partner has acquired the brand and relaunched the brand as a for-profit, social enterprise company (“SEC”) that shares it profits and promotional resources with charity partners such as Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition for maximum effectiveness in the outreach campaigns. Examples of leading SECs include Tom’s Shoes™, BeautyCounter.com™, and Life is Good™.
Angelica Ford, Board Member
Felicia Gentry, Board Member
Felicia Gentry lives in Brookhaven and is a long-time volunteer for charitable organizations such as CHOA, Make A Wish, Zoo Atlanta, and the Junior League. She joined Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition in March 2018 as she has had many friends that have been affected by this terrible disease. Felicia has been in healthcare since 1984 and has focused her entire career on the healthcare industry and is currently the Administrator for Piedmont Ear, Nose, Throat, and Related Allergy, PC. In her spare time she enjoys walking, using her Peloton, and spending time with her fiancé, family, friends, and her cat, Sinatra.
Heidi Logan Oquendo, Board Member
Heidi Logan Oquendo is a nationally recognized educator of visually impaired and multiply handicapped children. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and her Masters degree in Education for the Visually Impaired, both from Florida State University.
Heidi began her career teaching at First District Regional Education Agency in Statesboro, Georgia. She and her family moved to Atlanta in 1999 when she began working at The Center for the Visually Impaired specializing in teaching visually impaired infants to two-year-olds. She taught them basic life skills and was responsible for introducing The Little Room, an innovative device developed in Denmark by Dr. Lilli Nielsen to the institution. She served as coordinator and adjunct professor at Georgia State University for a satellite program from Florida State University Department of Education designing and implementing a program to train Georgia educators how to teach their visually impaired students.
As an itinerant teacher for the past 12 years, Heidi trains visually and multiply impaired students in Henry County public schools in the Atlanta area integrating them into regular classrooms. Using braille and modern technologies, she ensures they have the tools and knowledge they need to navigate the public school system. She has been recognized by a number of special education organizations as an outstanding lecturer and instructor and has published several articles in professional journals.
Volunteer work includes Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation, Vice Chair of the Clay Elementary School PTA, and volunteers for many local charities.Heidi also owns and operates Westside Connection as a Realtor affiliated with Keller Williams Buckhead.