AANAC Speaker Bios



Liz Barlow currently serves as Senior Director of Quality at RehabCare, and is a Certified Rehab Nurse with over 25 years in long-term care. She started her nursing career in cardiac care and acute care rehab and soon found out that post-acute care was her passion. She has worked in a variety of long-term care roles, including director of case management and national director of quality; from a therapy perspective, she has worked as a rehab director and vice president of clinical services. Her current role involves leading a team of therapists who educate and train on quality outcomes and care throughout the country in SNF therapy departments.  Liz has presented at many professional organization conferences on LTC nursing and therapy topics. She currently serves on the AANAC Expert Advisory Panel.

Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP

Jane is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Having been involved in long-term care for more than 40 years, she has served as a gerontological clinical specialist, director of nursing, and nurse consultant. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is Master Teacher for AANAC. Prior to joining AANAC, she was a principal at Plante Moran specializing in senior care operational consulting, certification compliance, reimbursement, corporate compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement.



Judi Kulus has been a certified AANAC RAC-CT Master Teacher since 2004 and served from 2012-2019 as the vice president of curriculum development for AANAC and AADNS where she oversaw and coordinated the associations’ certification and educational content. Judi’s career began as a nursing home administrator in 1987. She holds a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on informatics and a master’s degree in education.  She has been a registered nurse since 2000. For the past 30 years, Judi has focused much of her work on supporting facilities in managing the RAI process, MDS coding, and nursing system quality improvement. She has served as an operations manager, case mix & quality assurance consultant, as well as crisis control administrator, for a variety of organizations including facilities in multiple states.

Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MT, RAC-CT, CPC

Carol Maher is a Board Certified Gerontological Registered Nurse with over 30 years long term care experience and has worked in long term care in many roles. She worked as the MDS Coordinator in large (1200 bed facility) and in facilities that had high Medicare censuses with rapid admission and discharge processes.  Carol has worked as one of the Gold Standard nurses for MDS 3.0, serving on the RAP workgroup to prepare the way for the CAAs for MDS 3.0, and participating on a number of Technical Expert Panels related to MDS, Quality Measures and care planning.         

Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT

 Maureen McCarthy

Recognized as an industry leader in clinical reimbursement for long-term care, Maureen has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years with experience as an MDS coordinator, director of nursing, rehab director, and Medicare biller. Maureen is the immediate past-president for the Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers, is the Medicare and MDS 3.0 advisor for several state affiliates, and is an advisor to the J13 Medicare contractor National Government Services Provider Advisory Group. She is also an editorial advisor for HCPro. Maureen received the ACHCA 2018 Education Award. 

Publications authored by McCarthy include Medicare Audits: A Survival Guide for SNF (2016), 5-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users Guide (2017), and a fifth publication of Medication Reconciliation (2018). 


Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Previously, Jessie worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states including nearly 300 living centers. She has more than 17 years of long-term care experience including restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialist, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement. Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care.