These speakers represent the top in their field and will be discussing some of the biggest issues affecting the industry today.

Education geared towards every member of your staff.

We have a fantastic lineup for Heartland Conference 2023! Learn more about Heartland Conference's handpicked presenters and the topics they’ll be discussing below.





2023 Keynote Speaker: Adam Markel, CEO and co-Founder

Title/Position: Resilience researcher, keynote speaker, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author

Company: Adam Markel 

About Adam markel:Adam Markel is a recognized expert in professional and personal reinvention. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, transformational leader and business mentor, he guides individuals and businesses to capitalize on change and magnify their impact. 

After building a multi-million dollar law firm, Adam became CEO of one of the largest business and personal development training companies in the world, overseeing more than $100 million in sales. 

His unique expertise is in combining practical business tactics with accelerated learning strategies to embrace change, encourage innovation and increase sales for people and organizations worldwide. Adam Markel inspires, empowers and guides people to achieve massive and lasting personal and professional growth, whether it be as a keynote speaker, facilitating corporate workshops or mentoring individuals. 


Adam Markel

Speaker, Author, Business Mentor

More Love Media

Alan Morris

Director of Research and Strategy

Amanda Yavorsky

Sr Manager of Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships - HME


Anand Mhatre, PhD

Assistant Professor

Ohio State University

Ashley Detterbeck, DPT, ATP/SMS

Regional Clinical Education Manager

Permobil Inc.

Ashley Hettermann

Director of Product Management, Direct Supply Brands

Direct Supply

Audra Watt, MBA

VP Marketing

Permobil Americas

Bobby Lankford

Director of Sales- West

Tactile Medical

Boone Lockard

VGM Respiratory

Bret Tracy

Director of Sales

Merits / Avid Rehab

Brian Wicker, RRT , NPS

Director of Respiratory, Sleep, Wound, Cardiac, Pulmonary Rehab Services & Hyperbaric for McLaren Lapeer Region

McLaren Lapeer Region

Brooke Kraft

Director of Talent Acquisition

VGM Group, Inc.

Cara Bachenheimer

Brown & Furtado

Carmen DiGiovine, PhD ATP/SMS RET

Rehabilitation Engineer and Professor - Clinical in the Occupational Therapy Division

The Ohio State University

Carrie Hylton-Proffitt, RRT

VP of Clinical Operations

Encore Healthcare

Chad Feinberg

Chief Operating Officer

Nymbl Systems

Cheryl Needham, BA, RRT-NPS

Sr. Clinical Marketing Manager


Christy Liss

Claim Counsel VGM Insurance Services

VGM Insurance



CHAS Consulting, LLC

Collin Donoghue

Vice President/General Manager

ABCO Medical Supply

Craig Douglas

VP of Payer and Member Relations


Curt Prewitt, MS, PT, ATP

Director of Education

Ki Mobility

Dan Fedor

Director of Reimbursement

U.S. Rehab

Daniel Carlson, MS, MBA

Director of Marketing

Tactile Medical - AffloVest

Dave Lyman

SVP, Sales

VGM & Associates

Denise Leard, Shareholder, Brown & Fortunato (Health Care Group)


Brown & Forunato

Dr. Mary Sand, PhD


Sand Consulting

Dr. William Noah, MD



Elliot Campbell

Chief Commercial Officer

Trace Medical

Emily McCormack

VP of Operations

VGM Insurance Services

Eric Kulikowski, Certified Professional Coach

Leadership Coach and Owner

Dare To Be Amazing, LLC

Ethan Tanner

Marketing Coordinator

VGM & Associates

Heather Trumm, BSN, RN, CWON

Director of Wound Care

VGM & Associates

Isaac Lintz

Regional Program Manager

VGM Insurance Services

Jared Eardley, MBE, RRT

Director of Education and Communication

Norco, Inc.

Jay Witter, BA, MPA

Senior VP of Public Policy


Jeff Kessler

Sales & Customer Services Representative

VGM Market Data

Jeffrey Baird

Chairman, Health Care Group

Brown & Fortunato

Jennifer Leon

Vice President, Patient Collections


Jeremy Kauten


VGM Group, Inc.

Jim Greatorex


VGM Live at Home

Joey Graham, MBA



John Gallagher, BS, MA

Dir. of Operations - Govt and Regulatory team


John Peterson

Director of Business Development and Respiratory Sales

Tactile Medical

Joseph Ault

Sales Manager

GEMCO Medical

Judie Roan

Provider Relations Senior Analyst

CGS Administrators

Katie McClure

Digital Experience Director

Two Rivers Marketing

Kelly Grahovac, MBA

General Manager

THe van Halem Group

Kelly Long, RRT, CCT, LMT, RYT-500, C-IAYT

Respiratory Navigator, Program Manager

McLaren Lapeer

Kim Bemus

Facilities Manager

VGM Group, Inc

Krista McNurlen

SVP, Marketing

VGM & Associates

Laura Williard

VP of Payer Relations


Linda Braden

Senior Vice President

VGM Insurance

Lindy Tentinger


VGM Forbin

Lyn Falk, W.R.I.D.


Retailworks, Inc

Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Associate Professor / Vice-Chair for Education & Training

University of Pittsburgh

Mary Reineke-Ferguson

Provider Outreach and Education Consultant

Noridian Healthcare Solutions

Matthew Capots, MBA, RRT

Regional Clinical Director

ABM Respiratory Care

Miriam Lieber


Lieber Consulting

Molly Chicchelly

VGM Insurance Services

Paul DiMarco, ICF-ACC, APTD, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach

VP, Organizational Development

VGM Group, Inc.

Pooja Viswanathan, BMath, PhD


Braze Mobility Inc.

Ramona Wink, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Therapist/Motivational Public Speaker

515 Therapy and Consulting

Ray Gregg, BS, CRT, RPSGT

VP of Sales & Business Development

Encore Healthcare

Reid Berman

Director of Business Development

Parachute Health

Ronda Buhrmester

Sr Director of Payer Relations and Reimbursement

VGM Group

Ryan Ball

Vice President

VGM Market Data

Sara Laures, ACC, PCP, ELI-MP

Chief People Officer

VGM Group, Inc.

Sarah Hanna

VP of Consulting Services

ACU-Serve Corp.

Stephanie Tanguay, OT/L, ATP

Clinical Education Specialist

Motion Concepts

Steven Duggan, CPA

Managing partner

Hogan - Hansen, PC

Tanya Gillies

Provider Outreach and Education Consultant

Noridian Healthcare Solutions

Ted Metcalf

Regional Account Manager

VGM & Associates

Terrence Ho

Head of Global Sales Operation and Education

Braze Mobility

Tom Borcherding

Senior VP Business Development


Tricia Garven, PT, ATP

Sr Manger Clinical & Technical Training


Ty Bello


Team At Work

Vijay Kedar


Tomorrow Health

Wayne Grau, MBA

Executive Director


Wayne van Halem, CFE, AHFI


The van Halem Group

Wendy Harris

VP of Claims

VGM Insurance Services