Meet the Team

Skilled Nursing Facility | Richard Cannon

Richard Cannon

Resource Utilization Director

Richard has worked in healthcare as a licensed nurse since 1980. After earning a degree in computer science, Richard joined the US Army and found an interest in nursing, thus beginning his prolific career in the world of healthcare. Richard has worked in a multi-state MDS oversight role since 1998. He also served as the senior resource utilization specialist with Life Care Centers of America and provided training and oversight of the Medicare and MDS documentation process within 38 skilled nursing facility systems. Richard was instrumental in the development, implementation, and national roll-out of software and program initiatives prior to joining Frontline Management. Richard is a licensed nurse and is AAPACN-Certified.

Skilled Nursing Facility | Austin Parnell

Austin Parnell

MDS Exchange Coordinator

Austin is an AAPACN-certified RN and has worked in skilled care since 2010. He began his nursing career in Liberal Kansas as a floor nurse. Identified as a leader early on, he quickly moved up the ranks as a charge nurse, assistant director of nursing, MDS coordinator, and finally as an interim director of nursing. Austin excelled in his role as an MDS coordinator, being chosen to lead the MDS Exchange program in Lafayette, Colorado. Austin has continued to prove himself as a leader, putting his impressive knowledge base to the test by developing procedures, perfecting methodologies, and managing the complex workings of Medicare requirements from the MDS perspective. He has been a vital participant in the development and management of the MDS Exchange program, and loves all of the clinical and technical aspects of forging this new venture.

Skilled Nursing Facility | Ashley Oubre

Ashley Oubre

RN, bsn, MDS Exchange Coordinator

Ashley has been a nurse in Colorado since 2006. She began her career as floor nurse in the long term care environment before being promoted to various other roles such as a unit manager and obtained certifications in both wound care and in forensics. Ashley’s leadership skills and attention to detail prompted her interest in working as an MDS Coordinator. Prior to joining the MDS Exchange team, Ashley worked as an MDS Coordinator and successfully managed large skilled caseloads for over twelve years. Ashley is a registered nurse and is AAPACN-certified.

Skilled Nursing Facility | Stephanie Kurtz

Stephanie Kurtz

RN, bsn, MDS Exchange Coordinator

Stephanie has worked in the long-term care setting since 2001. After honing her clinical skill-set in a variety of nursing positions including charge nurse, unit manager, MDS coordinator, assistant director of nursing, and director of nursing,
Stephanie found her passion in the MDS role. Ensuring that residents and communities alike reap the benefits of good quality measures is a goal that Stephanie strives to achieve. Stephanie is a board-certified registered nurse in gerontological nursing and is AAPACN-certified.

Skilled Nursing Facility | Melissa French

melissa french

RN, bsn, MDS Exchange Coordinator

Melissa French has been a nurse since 2003. Although she has worked in the acute care setting, Melissa found her passion in working with seniors within the long term care environment and has spent the last 10 years working in several roles including floor nurse, case management, and infection control preventionist. In 2017, Melissa began working as an MDS coordinator and has found it to be a great fit. Melissa joined the MDS Exchange team in 2019. Melissa is AAPACN-certified.

Sherri Pickett

RN, MDS Exchange Coordinator

Sherri is an RN and has worked in skilled care since 1998. She began her career as a floor nurse and MDS Coordinator. She was then promoted to various other positions, including unit manager, case manager, staff development coordinator, ADON and DON, while always keeping up to date with the MDS role and CMS changes. After refining her skills in the various positions, she became certified in wound care and legal nurse consulting. While successful in her various roles, Sherri found herself being drawn back to MDS, where her strengths and attention to detail kept her thriving.Now starting with MDS Exchange in 2019, Sherri is becoming AAPACN-certified and is excited to bring her knowledge and skills to the team.

The MDS Exchange

We discovered a need to form the MDS Exchange after going through the MDS completion process countless times within our own facilities. Some of our skilled nursing facilities are located in small, rural areas where licensed nurses that are knowledgeable and experienced in MDS management is difficult, if not impossible, to find. After struggling with the recruitment, training and retention of MDS nurses throughout these areas, we decided that there must to be a better system to ensure our MDS compliance and avoid such a complex and strenuous process. After we researched the availability of remote support and resources, we discovered that no such service existed and we decided to develop and implement the MDS Exchange to fill this void.  We have trialed the MDS Exchange remote services within our facilities and have been happy with the result. Now we are proud and excited to offer skilled nursing facilities from all corners of the country the MDS support and virtual guidance they need  (with or without and onsite MDS coordinator) to achieve MDS and PDPM compliance and success.