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Business Partner Committee


Recognizing that our Business Partners play a vital role in allowing GMGMA to provide informative and educational seminars to our members, the Business Partner Committee serves as a liaison between the Business Partners and the GMGMA Board.

Responsibilities of the Committee:

  • Provide Business Partners with an array of opportunities to showcase their company, product or service to the membership;
  • Continue to grow Business Partner affiliate membership by researching and contacting organizations for membership.  These organizations will have the opportunity to support GMGMA and participate in our association, not only with financial assistance, but also through performing services and sharing their expertise.
  • Review and determine the fees associated with the various aspects of Business Partner affiliate membership;
  • Contact new Business Partners with a Welcome letter that will outline the importance of their role within GMGMA and make them aware of upcoming events and their benefits as a Business Partner affiliate member;
  • Serve as a liaison between the association's Education Committee and the Business Partners when coordinating events that require Business Partner participation.
  • Solicit monetary sponsorship and door prizes for different events from the Business Partners.
  • Evaluate the committee in conjunction with the Business Partners to determine the effectiveness of the committee.

 Business Partner Committee Chair

Brenda Messick 




 Education Committee

This committee should consist of four members in addition to the Chairperson.  New members will be chosen by the chairperson and presented to the board for approval.

Goals of the Education Committee:

  • Recruit quality, nationally recognized speakers in order to:
  • Benefit existing members - quality time
  • Increase meeting attendance by existing members
  • Increase meeting attendance by non-members and new membership
  • Promote headline speakers for the next meeting

Contracts will be handled by the Committee Chair and reviewed by the Vice President.  The Committee Chair will then send contracts with an addendum with specific deadlines for:

  • Audiovisual needs and room set-up requirements (relay to Conference Committee.)
  • Handouts to be included in the conference notebooks.  The Committee Chair will then forward to the Vice-President.
  • The Committee Chair is also responsible for forwarding a copy of the contracts to the Treasurer for record-keeping purposes.

The Committee Chair will provide the following information to the Vice-President to be included in the conference notebooks;

  • Synopsis of presentation
  • Biographies of Speakers
  • Title of Presentation
  • Cover Design

Education  Committee Chair

Kathy R.  Layne, CMPM



Third Party Payer Committee

This committee's objective is to study developing trends between members' practices and third party payers by building a communication network of GMGMA managers to identify payment activities of all third party payers, and provide this information to GMGMA, MGMA, The Medical Association of Georgia and the Insurance Commissioner's Office. 

  • They will work closely with the MAG Third Party Payer Committee.
  • They will identify, by written input from the GMGMA members, any issues related to:  Medicaid, Medicare, and any commercial insurance carriers. 
  • They will communicate issues to GMGMA members, MAG and Payers, follow-up on the results of communications with the Payers and present a report to the annual GMGMA conference. 
  • A member of each local chapter and three Members-at-Large will be invited to sit on the committee. 


Third Party Payer Committee Chair

Bruce Trickel, CMPE


Committee Member - Active Member
Deirdre Lawrence


Committee Member - Business Partner
Wade McKenzie


Committee Member - Active Member
Deb Rosenburg 


Committee Member - Active Member
Denise Romanowski, CMPE




Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall be responsible for all aspects of maintaining and increasing membership in the Association.  The committee will devise, implement and oversee a program that will add, maintain and mentor members.

  • Welcome new members with a call to answer any questions as well as invite them to all upcoming events.
  • Identify a group of established members and past leaders to help mentor new members into GMGMA.
  • Prepare, implement and coordinate new membership drive.
  • Attend GMGMA meetings to check pulse of organization.
  • Assign established members or committee members to call members who have not renewed their membership.
  • Interact with local GMGMA chapters and discuss the possibility of a collaborative membership project.
  • Receive, process and maintain applications and renewals in a database.  (Assign to Executive Coordinator)
  • Insure welcome letters are sent to new members.  (Assign to Executive Coordinator)
  • Broadcast membership information such as renewals and membership drives.
  • Complete all other requested tasks or projects assigned by GMGMA President.

Vice President/Membership Committee Chair

Tammy Gold



Conference Committee

This committee is responsible for:

  • Securing annual meeting sites at a minimum of three (3) years in advance, to include adequate number of sleeping rooms for anticipated number of participants, securing food and entertainment as required by program, adequate space for exhibit hall, lowest room rate negotiable, complimentary meeting space, complimentary exhibitor space, complimentary rooms for President, Conference Coordinator and Executive Coordinator at time of meeting, complimentary rooms based on the number of rooms paid (to be used for Speakers or dispersed to Officers in order of rank.) Annual conference will generally be held in April at a resort location.
  • Sites, social functions, luncheons, etc., to be made in coordination with the Vice President
  • Work with the Education Committee and hotel to obtain appropriate audio-visual needs of speakers
  • Hotel reservations for all Board Members at annual conference and other meetings as needed.
  • This committee will coordinate with convention services the dates and location of meetings as soon as planned, to coordinate exhibit hall plan, sleeping rooms and arrival times. 


Conference Committee Chairs

Amy Bolden

David Nye, MHA, FACMPE

Conference Committee Member

Elaine Cook



Newsletter Committee

The Newsletter Committee shall be responsible for the publication of the newsletter, Progress Notes, ensuring its timeliness and relevance to the membership. 

Responsibilities of the committee are:

  • Create a schedule of newsletters to include feature and non-feature topics.
  • Assign responsibility to write an article to committee chairs based on their educational programming schedule.
  • Solicit articles from any and all related sources.
  • Receive and maintain all articles and items for publication and forward to the approved vendor for publication.
  • Compile, organize and send to the approved vendor all publication information such as advertisements and their placement, articles, photos, placement notices, calendar updates, etc.
  • Review and proof the newsletter and approve the final draft for submission to the approved printer.
  • Complete all other requested tasks or projects as assigned by the GMGMA President.


Newsletter Committee Chair
Rita Foster 


Newsletter Committee Member
Elaine Cook      



Nominating Committee  

The Immediate Past-President will be responsible for the nominating committee. The committee will consist of the Immediate Past President, President, and Vice-President. 

  • The nominating committee will discuss and introduce a proposed slate of officers for board members to approve. 
  • The Immediate Past President will be responsible for contacting proposed new board members and committee chairpersons for commitment to the Georgia Medical Group Management Association ("GMGMA") board. 
  • Immediate Past President will provide each new board member and committee chairperson with job description approved by the board.


Committee Chair (Immediate Past-President)

Marilyn Smolinski

Committee Member - President

Kathie Joseph, CMPE 

Committee Member - Vice President

Tammy Gold      


Secretary - Liaison to the Nominating Committee

Brenda Messick





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