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 2024! 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. 


Alan Cawley, B.S., MBA

Sales Director

Motif Medical

Alan Morris

SVP - Strategy

VGM Group, Inc.

Amanda Storey, MOT, OTR/L, MBCT

Director of Education

Ki Mobility, by Etac

Amanda Yavorsky

Sr Manager of Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships - HME Division

McKesson Medical Surgical

Andrea Van Hook, TBD

Executive Director


Arienne Martinez, MBA

Director of Organizational Development


Ashley Detterbeck, DPT, ATP/SMS

Regional Clinical Education Manager

Permobil Inc

Ashley Hettermann

Director of Product, Direct Supply Brands

Direct Supply

Beth Erdy, cFm

Breast Care Specialist

American Breast Care

Bret Tracy

Vice President of Sales Merits

Avid Rehab

Bryan Wattier, M.Ed., RRT

Director of Program Development


Cara Masselink, PhD, OTRL, ATP

Executive Director

Clinician Task Force

Carrie Proffitt, RRT

VP of Clinical Operations

Encore Healthcare

Chad Feinberg

Nymbl Systems

Charlotte Lawson, MD



Chris Rose

Regional Account Manager

VGM & Associates

Chris Watson


Nymbl Systems

Colleen Lance, MD

Chief Medical Officer

React React

Corey Morrow, PhD, MOT, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Medical University of South Carolina

Craig Douglas

VP of Payer and Member Relations

VGM Associates

Dan Fedor

Director of Reimbursement

VGM - US Rehab

Dana Donofree



Daniel Carlson, MS, MBA

Director of Marketing - Respiratory

Tactile Medical

David Chandler

Sr Director of Payer Relations


Denise Leard

Attorney and partner

Brown and Fortunato

Elby Beal


O2 Concepts

Harold Davis, RRT, CPFT

Director of Surveyor Services


Heather Marquez, Maxwell Leadership Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer; ThinkBuzan Mind Mapping Instructor; Certified Human Behavior Specialist and ActionCOACH.

Owner/Head Coach & Trainer

ActionCOACH Mind Links

Heather Trumm, BSN, RN, CWON

Director of Wound Care


Jared Wasserman

VP Product Marketing

Parachute Health

Jared Wasserman

VP Product Marketing

Jay Witter

Senior Vice President of Public Policy

American Association for Homecare

Jeff Kessler

Sales and Customer Service Representative of VGM Market Data

VGM Group Inc.

Jeffrey Baird


Brown & Fortunato

Jennifer Leon

Head of Brightree Patient Collections


Jenny Siegle, BA in Journalism and Mass Communications

Sports producer/advocate/public speaker

Altitude Sports

Jim Lawson

Outreach Development Manager

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics

Joey Graham, MBA

Chief Revenue Officer


John Gallagher

Vice President

VGM Government Relations

Kayla Mahler

Director of Marketing, Vendor Accounts

VGM & Associates

Kelly Grahovac, MBA

General manager

The van Halem Group

Kevin Ackerman

Vice President of Customer Success

Kim Cuce

Director of Business Optimization


Kim Radcliffe, MHA, PT

SVP Clinical and Product Strategy


Kit Shellhouse, MBA

Director of Business Development

The van Halem Group

Krista McNurlen

SVP, Marketing

VGM & Associates

Kyle Walker, ATP

Vice President of Rehab

Reliable Medical

Laura Williard

Vice President of Payer Relations

American Association for Homecare

Lindsey Sharpe, PT, DPT, ATP

Regional Director of Clinical Education


Lindy Tentinger


VGM Forbin

Lisa Wells

VP, Corporate Compliance

Med-South, Inc. & Affiiliates

Lori Potts, PT

Product and Training Specialist


Mandi Rodgers

Sr. Director of Marketing

VGM & Associates

Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Associate Professor

University of Pittsburgh

Mark Scott

National Sales Manager-North America

Munevo GmbH

Matt Gruskin, MBA, BOCO, BOCPD, CDME

Chief Operating Officer

Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)

Matt Gruskin, COF, CDME

Surveyor Process Manager

Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)

Matt Howard

Director of Domestic Sales


Mike Grillo, BS,RRT,CPFT

Clinical Director

ABM Respiratory Care

Mike Isaacson, BA Social Work and Master of Public Policy

SVP Government & Regulatory Relations


Miriam Lieber


Lieber Consulting LLC

Miriam Lieber


Lieber Consulting, LLC

Nick Dideriksen

Director of Business Technology

VGM Forbin

Paul DiMarco, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, ICF-Associate Certified Coach, Insights Discovery Client Practitioner

VP, Organizational Development

VGM Group, Inc.

Pooja Viswanathan, PhD


Braze Mobility Inc.

Ralph Lombardo, Chief Business Officer

Chief Business Officer

Elidah Inc

Raymon Gregg, BS, CRT, RPSGT

VP, Sales & Business Development

Encore Healthcare

Ronda Buhrmester

Sr Director of Payer Relations and Reimbursement

The VGM Group

Ryan Colby

Vice President, Go-to-Market Operations

Tomorrow Health

Sara Laures, ACC, PCP, ELI-MP

Chief People Officer

VGM Group, Inc.

Sarah Hanna

VP of Consulting Services


Stephanie Tanguay, OT/L, ATP

Clinical Education Specialist

Motion Concepts

Stephen Bittinger, JD


K&L Gates, LLP

Tamara Kittelson, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS

Occupational Therapist, Clinical Educator

Posture 24/7

Taylor Asher, OTR/L

Business Development

Cubby Beds

Tom Marquez

Business Development


Tyler Mahncke


VGM U.S. Rehab

Wayne Grau, MBA

Executive Director


Wayne van Halem, AHFI, CFE


The van Halem Group