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Published January 7, 2022

PYA Hires Two New Principals, Announces Promotions

PYA is pleased to announce the addition of two new executives to its consulting practice, as well as the promotion of several current employees.

“As our firm continues to grow, PYA is seeking top talent to help us continue to meet the growing needs of our clients and serve them with the degree of excellence and helpfulness they can expect from us,” said Marty Brown, President and CEO of PYA. “We are pleased to welcome two outstanding women, who are respected industry executives and thought leaders, to our firm. The expertise they bring will be a great benefit to our clients and colleagues.”

Jane Jerzak has joined PYA as a Consulting Principal. Jerzak brings three decades of audit and healthcare consulting experience to her work with PYA healthcare clients in the areas of financial modeling, clinical data analytics, and strategic advisory support. Along with the PYA Business Intelligence and Managed Care service lines, she assists health systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and physician clinics to recognize appropriate reimbursement. As a recognized thought leader, she has authored articles on topics such as value-based care, strategic hospital analytics and pricing, clinical integration, population health, and more.

Jerzak is a certified public accountant and a registered nurse in the state of Wisconsin. She holds a Master of Science in Business in Healthcare Fiscal Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Deborah Biggs will also join PYA as a Principal and the Director of Academic Medicine Consulting Services. Biggs brings more than two decades of academic medicine experience to this role, having served as the chief operating officer at the University of Wisconsin (UW) and Central Michigan University (CMU). Her previous experience includes working as a founding team member of a new medical school (CMU) and working at three research-intensive universities (UW, University of Michigan, and University of North Carolina). She has extensive experience in governance models, healthcare regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic and financial planning, organizational and program development, policy and procedure development and implementation, and healthcare operations improvements. Prior to joining PYA, she most recently served as an entrepreneur and general counsel for three healthcare technology start-ups.

Biggs holds a Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Michigan State University.  

Jerzak and Biggs will join PYA in January. Both are located in Wisconsin and will expand the firm’s reach in the Upper Midwest.

PYA is additionally proud to announce the promotion of Patrick Lewis to Principal – Client Accounting Advisory Services. As a corporate accounting and financial executive, Lewis has nearly four decades of experience providing accounting and business advisory services. He oversees PYA’s accounting services team, which provides financial statement compilation and preparation services to clients.

Lewis holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lipscomb University. Lewis is a certified public accountant, licensed in Tennessee. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

The following professionals have also been promoted, effective January 1: Aaron Newcomer, Consulting Manager; Tim Partridge, Audit & Assurance Manager; Brian Raabe, Consulting Manager; Laura Sharp, Audit & Assurance Manager; Dwight Tarwater, Consulting Manager; Colby Terry, Consulting Manager; Maddy Caruthers, Audit & Assurance Senior; and Debbie Underwood, Tax Senior.

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