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AUA Executive Team

Mike Sheppard

Mike Sheppard, CPA, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Sheppard is a business professional with over 25 years of corporate leadership experience. As the Chief Executive Officer of the AUA, he is responsible for AUA's four corporate entities, including the Urology Care Foundation, AUA’s official foundation for urologic patient education and research. In over 23 years with the AUA, Mr. Sheppard has held several executive level positions and has served as AUA's CEO since 2005.

Prior to joining the AUA, Mr. Sheppard served in senior level business positions at USF&G Realty Advisors, Inc., as a real estate portfolio controller, and C.W. Amos and Company, LLC as a senior independent public auditor. In addition, he is a retiree of the U.S. Naval Reserves Service. He has numerous professional affiliations, including memberships with the American Society of Association Executives, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Washington Society of Association Executives and Institute of Management Accountants Association. Mr. Sheppard received his MBA from Loyola College's Sellinger School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Association Executive. Mr. Sheppard is the recipient of several awards, including many military honors. He has written a number of published articles and participates on several committees for medical-related organizations, including a past Treasurer and Board member of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.

Patricia Banks

Patricia Banks

Chief Marketing & Development Officer
Executive Vice President Marketing, Communications, Publications, Member Engagement, Industry Relations & Development

Patricia Banks leads the development of innovative strategies to fully engage and inform the AUA’s global membership and the patients they serve. Since joining the AUA in 2010, she has spearheaded the growth and expansion of the AUA’s marketing, communications, publications, industry relations and member services teams. As the Association’s Chief Marketing Officer, she draws on more than 20 years of diverse experience in the marketing, communications, industry relations and publishing sectors to ensure the AUA’s public outreach, publications and member services are the best in class.

Ms. Banks holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Barry University and a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She is a Certified Professional Coach from iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) and holds a certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from George Mason University.

Diane Bieri

Diane Bieri, Esq.

Chief Administrative Officer
Vice President & General Counsel

Diane Bieri is Vice President and General Counsel for the AUA and its related entities. In this role, she provides guidance to the CEO, board members and staff on a broad spectrum of legal, governance and health policy matters. She heads the organization's Committee & Society Affairs department, supports the association's Board of Directors, Bylaws Committee and Judicial & Ethics Committee and works closely with the AUA Quality (AQUA) Registry to help ensure the Registry’s legal compliance.

Prior to joining the AUA, Ms. Bieri was a partner at a multinational law firm based in Washington, D.C., representing clients on a variety of litigation, antitrust and FDA compliance matters. Ms. Bieri also served previously as General Counsel of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) representing the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotech companies. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) and the University of Pittsburgh (B.A. in Journalism and Political Science).

Marybeth Farquhar

Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN

Chief Scientific Officer
Executive Vice President—Research, Quality, and Scientific Affairs

As Executive Vice President of Research, Quality, and Scientific Affairs, Dr. Farquhar is responsible for working with staff and physician leaders to further advance the strategic direction and growth of the AUA's data, patient safety, practice guideline, quality improvement and research programs. Additionally, she represents the AUA to government, medical and other related organizations on matters of urologic science, quality and research.

Dr. Farquhar brings to her position more than 30 years of experience in nursing and healthcare administration, quality measurement, process improvement and research. Prior to the AUA, she spent eight years with the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC), where she served as Vice President of Quality, Research and Measurement. Prior to her tenure at URAC, she was Vice President of Performance Measurement at the National Quality Forum and was responsible for strategic oversight of the consensus development process. She received her PhD in Public Administration, Public Policy and Public Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and holds a Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University. Additionally, she is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, an Advanced Project Management Professional and holds a certificate in Population Health.

Barbara Hartford

Barbara Hartford

Chief Financial Officer
Vice President—Finance

Since May 2018, Ms. Hartford has served as AUA’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. She oversees the organization’s financial operations, including financial planning and analysis, internal controls and reporting, managing insurance policies, overseeing regulatory issues and directing the management of investments and operating cash. She is the primary liaison with the AUA Treasurer and the Finance Committee (which includes the Compensation and Audit Subcommittees). Prior to this, Ms. Hartford served as the Director of Finance where she oversaw the financial reporting, tax and audit functions.

Ms. Hartford began her career in public accounting with KPMG and held other finance and consulting positions in the healthcare field throughout her 34 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Baltimore and a Master of Science degree in Accounting Forensic Studies from Stevenson University. She has professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the AICPA NFP Section and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Raj Manocha

Raj Manocha

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Raj Manocha has joined the organization as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer, Michael T. Sheppard, CPA, CAE.

Mr. Manocha is responsible for developing and driving the Association’s global technology roadmap and agenda, including the introduction of new programs relating to infrastructure and security, online and digital strategy, business analysis and project management, as well as information systems and application development.

Mr. Manocha, who brings more than 20 years of technical expertise and innovation most recently served as Director of Applications for the Maryland Department of Human Services where he developed, deployed and implemented the public facing Total Human-services Integrated Network (MD THINK), a first-in-the-nation cloud-based platform that enables multiple state agencies to deliver integrated health and human services programs to the state’s most vulnerable residents. Prior to working for the State of Maryland, Mr. Manocha led the global technical services, delivery and operations, at Iron Bow Technologies and for Ciber at American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Kathleen Shanley

Kathleen Shanley, PhD, CAE

Chief Policy Officer
Executive Vice President—Public Policy and Advocacy

Kathleen Shanley joined the AUA in 2012. She serves as the Executive Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy with almost 30 years of executive-level association experience. Prior to the AUA, she spent 16 years at the American Medical Directors Association and 6 years at the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Shanley’s primary focus is on strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, government relations and policy analysis. She has managed societies’ House of Delegates, AMA RUC and CPT strategy, public relations, publications and state and component relations.

She previously served as both a consultant and a Deputy Director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she was awarded the CMS Administrator’s Award for exceptional performance in implementing the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. She is an International Coach Federation credentialed associate coach and a certified association executive.

Janet Skorepa

Janet Skorepa

Chief Education Officer
Executive Vice President—Education and Meetings

Janet Skorepa joined the AUA in 2003 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Education & Meetings. Ms. Skorepa oversees the strategic direction of the AUA’s Office of Education, Conventions & Meetings and International Programs departments. She provides strategic and operational oversight for the AUA’s Annual Meeting, which attracts more than 16,000 attendees. She is responsible for site selection, hotel and convention center negotiations, contractual arrangements with suppliers and overall implementation of all annual meeting activities including registration, logistics, social and scientific programs. Ms. Skorepa also oversees AUA’s Office of Education and International Programs’ initiatives, including but not limited to CME live programs, eLearning and enduring materials. She oversees the administrative management services for Urology Management Services (UMS)’ client, the Endourological Society and executes its annual international congress.

Prior to joining the AUA, Ms. Skorepa worked for GES Exposition Services for 13 years as Director of Sales of the San Francisco Bay Area’s $52M operation, Senior Sales Manager and Account Manager in the Washington, DC area. She has an extensive background in event management, planning and operations, account management and sales. Ms. Skorepa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. She is currently an active member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the Medical Meeting Directors Roundtable (MMDR), the Chicago Customer Advisory Board and the New Orleans Customer Advisory Council.

Sharon Stover

Sharon Stover, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief Human Resources Officer
Vice President—Human Resources

Sharon Stover is the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer for the AUA. In this role, she is a member of the Executive Team responsible for executing the strategic objectives of the organization. She leads a team of Human Resources professionals whose goal is to create a positive employee experience to increase employee engagement by partnering with leadership to foster a strong company culture driven by AUA’s Guiding Principles and creating and leading workforce management strategies to support the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.

Before joining the AUA in 2018, Ms. Stover spent eleven years as the President and CEO of LifeLogics, Inc., a nonprofit software development company that provides solutions to the organ and tissue recovery community. Prior to LifeLogics, she was the Director of Human Resources for The Living Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit Organ Procurement Organization. Ms. Stover holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. She holds a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resource Management and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute. She is a member of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. She serves as a volunteer mentor for Everwise and LinkedIn, and as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Harford County, Maryland.



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