Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

HIA Faculty

Margaret Ledda, HIA Program Director, has worked at Stephens College in her current position since 2009 and previously was an adjunct instructor. She loves advising students, moving mountains of paperwork and teaching. She has gone from driving a semi-truck to nursing, and ended up in her last position as a Medical Records Director and then Clinic Administrator for an ambulatory care facility. She has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from St. Josephs College in New York, a bachelor’s degree in health information administration from Stephens College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y. She has been a volunteer firefighter/EMS for the last 26 years and is also a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.


LaShonda Carter, Ph.D., RHIA, CHDA, CHFP is a graduate of the Stephens College HIA program and has taught in the HIA program as a part-time adjunct instructor since 2008. She also works as a research analyst at a major public university. She is the mother of two daughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, bike riding and traveling.


Amy Bledsoe is a Stephens 2008 graduate. She is very proud to be teaching in a program that is near and dear to her heart. She earned her associate’s degree in health information management from Spokane Community College, her bachelor’s degree in health information management from Stephens College, and her master’s degree in health informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in the health information management field since 1998 in positions, including Quality Management at a county mental health facility; ROI and Coding at a state psychiatric hospital; Program Director and Instructor at a local community college; and currently Chief, HIM at a VA Medical Center.  


Ann Schlosser earned her B.S. at the University of Kentucky, her M.S. at Miami University (Ohio) and has completed post-graduate work in science education at the University of Missouri. She initially taught in both traditional and online classrooms and now focuses her teaching exclusively online. She enjoys online courses and feels the anonymity allows students who normally would be reticent in a traditional classroom to feel more comfortable and thrive online. In her personal time, she loves wood turning, pottery making, travel and a good book of fiction.


Ben Burton has a B.S. in Health Information Management from St. Louis University, an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a J.D. with a Health Law certificate from St. Louis University School of Law. He is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified in Healthcare Privacy (CHP), certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Certified Risk Coder (CRC), active member of both the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as well as the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), and member of the HCPro Editorial Advisory Board for HIM Briefings. He has written and presented on a number of different Compliance and HIM topics. He is a compliance and HIM consultant at First Class Solutions, Inc.


Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, is the Senior Director of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA. In her role, she provides professional practice expertise to AHIMA members, the media and outside organizations on coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) practice issues. She writes material for and supports AHIMA online ICD-10 coding education platforms. She also serves as faculty for the AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Academies and CDIP Exam Preps. In addition, she is a technical adviser for the Association on ICD-10-CM/PCS, ICD-9-CM, CPT coding and CDI publications. She received her B.A. in Health Information Management from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and her Master of Business Administration and Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining AHIMA in 2004, she served as the program director and lead instructor of Spokane Community College, where she still teaches in an adjunct capacity. Prior to her faculty position, she was a health information analyst at a large acute care hospital where she did both inpatient and outpatient coding. Over the past 15 years, she has been a frequent presenter on coding, CDI and HIM-related issues, both locally and nationally. She has also taught in the HIM programs at the University of Cincinnati and Loma Linda University.

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