Leadership

Meet our leadership team. We take great pride in continually growing and adapting our services, work products, and staff to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients. And that’s no small feat!

Administrative team at table

Jean Bourgeois, MBA, RHIA

Jean Bourgeois, MBA, RHIA

President and Founder
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Jean Bourgeois, MBA, RHIA, is the President and Founder of Excelas, LLC.  Her career spans 30+ years of leadership experience in healthcare and medical litigation consulting.  She is the former director of medical records and health information at several Cleveland area hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. As a registered Health Information Administrator, Jean provides consulting assistance to healthcare organizations, law firms and insurance companies across the country.   She speaks and publishes nationally on leadership, health information management and medical litigation support. Jean is a member of the American and Ohio Health Information Management Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, The Defense Research Institute and Vistage International.  She serves as a member of the trustee committee for the American Cancer Society.   Jean obtained a MBA from Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland Ohio and a BA in Health Information Administration from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota.


Phyllis McNicholas, RN, BSN

Phyllis McNicholas, RN, BSN

Director, Clinical Operations
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Phyllis McNicholas has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.  She started her career in pediatric nursing and has worked in a variety of areas including medical-surgical nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, urgent care, and telephone triage.   After transitioning to medical-legal work, Phyllis gained experience in medical analysis of pharmaceutical class-action cases, exposure, and medical malpractice prior to being employed at Excelas.



Cathy Napoli

Cathy Napoli

Director, Finance and Administration
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Cathy Napoli has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from The University of Dayton.  She has over 18 years of experience in accounting and finance, primarily in the financial services industry.  Cathy started her career as an Accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit and assurance department.  While working for PwC, she became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  She then transitioned to one of her clients, Progressive Insurance, as a Financial Analyst.  Cathy became an Accounting Manager in the corporate finance department at Progressive.  She was also the Treasurer of the Board for the Saint Paschal Baylon Athletic Association. 


Joshua Sherkel, RHIA

Joshua Sherkel, RHIA

Director, Health Information Management/Client Service and Compliance Officer
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Joshua Sherkel is responsible for managing Health Information operations and Client Service at Excelas, as well as acting as Compliance Officer.  Prior to joining Excelas, Josh was the Director of Health Information and Privacy Officer for two acute care hospitals in central Pennsylvania. He brings over 10 years of experience managing, collecting and analyzing patient health information, records and data.  Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management from the University of Toledo and an Associate Degree in Healthcare Professions from Lock Haven University.  He is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and is a member of both the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA).


Lynn Rausch

Lynn Rausch

Director, Business Development

Lynn Rausch has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Marketing Communications.  Before joining the Excelas team she served as the litigation manager for Golden Living for over 17 years.  There she was responsible for overseeing multiple law firms in over twenty states.  Lynn was responsible for reviewing billing, record retention and storage, reporting and the day to day handling of litigation cases and outside defense firms.


Michael Bohonos

Michael Bohonos

Manager, Information Technology
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In his role as Manager, Information Technology, Michael Bohonos manages large areas of IT infrastructure, network security, HIPAA security, and day-to-day IT operations.  He serves as Excelas’ Safety Officer.  Michael brings over 12 years of prior IT work experience from sales, disaster recovery, and IT security.  

 

Sharon Ezzone, MBA

Sharon Ezzone, MBA

Manager, Human Resources
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Sharon Ezzone has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of Wooster and a Master of Business Administration from Kent State University.  She started her career as an operations manager for Evant, Inc. where she managed residential homes for individuals with developmental disabilities.  She then transitioned into her Human Resources career with key development experiences including Human Resources Generalist and Human Resources Manager roles at Swagelok Company, and then further honed her human resources skills as a Director of Human Resources for Education Solutions, LLC (dba Sylvan Learning Centers), and Human Resources Consultant positions at the Cleveland Clinic and Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc.  Sharon has also worked as an independent consultant specializing in performance management, organizational development, and training.


Kim Henchar, MHA, CAPM

Kim Henchar, MHA, CAPM

Project Specialist
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Kim Henchar has a Bachelor of Science in Health and a Master of Health Administration from Ohio University.  She is also a Certified Associate in Project Management through the Project Management Institute.  Before coming to Excelas, Kim worked in the billing department of a medical supply company. She held various positions where responsibilities included medical insurance and prescription verification.  At Excelas, Kim started out as a Client Liaison, eventually becoming the  Manager of Client Relations.  She has since transitioned into the role of Project Specialist


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