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   Dr. David Kassmeier was born and raised in the small town of Snyder, Nebraska. It is here where he learned his hard work ethics and values. He has always had it in his heart to help people and be involved with successful organizations. He attended Wayne State College in Nebraska and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from National College of Chiropractic in 1993. While attending National he was the recipient of numerous scholarships, was elected 1 st Vice President of Student Council, and was a delegate for the World Congress of Chiropractic Students.

Dr. Kassmeier has been an active member with the Nebraska Chiropractic Physician’s Association. In August 2005, he finished his two year term as President of the NCPA. Prior to that, he had served as District Representative for Northeast Nebraska, Secretary, Vice President and President Elect of the NCPA.

Dr. Kassmeier was elected to the COCSA board as the District 4 Director in November 2005. His involvement with COCSA goes back to 2001 when he attended his first COCSA meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Even after 4 years he is still learning about all of the assets and programs COCSA has to offer. Dr. Kassmeier feels that with the nationwide issues that face Chiropractic, some of which are ACN, PT’s, PACE, and other MCO’s, communication is crucial and a unified non-political voice is of the utmost importance.



 Phone: (402) 371-6415 
email:  Dr. David Kassmeier 
   Dr. John J. LaMonica has been a Chiropractor since 1985. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New York Chiropractic College. After working as a covering doctor, he opened a private practice in 1987 in White Plains, New York, where he is still presently located. He has won many awards throughout the years for his contributions to the profession. They include the Council’s District Service Award, Willing Spirit Award, Distinguished Service Award as well as the Council’s Chiropractor of the Year-Beacon Award. He has been the host of the cable television show “Ways to Better Health”. He has been a local and national Speaker on a variety of topics that include Insurance Documentation, New York Workers’ Compensation Guidelines, Medicare and Electronic Health Records. He has served the profession for over two decades in various positions for both State and National Chiropractic Organizations. He presently holds the position of President for the New York Chiropractic Council as well as Vice-President for the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations.


 Phone: (914) 682-033
          Email: Dr. John LaMonica
   Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Dr. Cross moved to Tallahassee to work at Florida Baptist Children’s Home.   He worked in residential treatment centers for abused and troubled children and teens for over 10 years.   During a trip to Tallahassee in 1987, he and his wife were injured in a severe auto accident. It was during his recovery from this accident that chiropractic made its first major impact on his life.   After seeing the miraculous effects of chiropractic on his self, Dr. Cross entered Logan Chiropractic College in January, 1991.   Upon his graduating in April of 1995, he and his wife returned to Florida. After gaining experience working in two older chiropractor’s offices, he purchased a retiring doctor’s practice in Quincy, Fl. on January 1, 1997. He began solo practice while continuing to study and develop his training and treatment skills.

Dr. Cross has been very active in his profession.   He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Chiropractic Association in 2000. During his 12 years of service to the FCA Board, he held all elected positions including President. Dr. Cross also began teaching his fellow chiropractic physicians continuing education courses. Dr. Cross later became involved with national chiropractic issues and made several trips to Washington to lobby for various patient’s rights issues and health care issues in general.   He was recognized for his efforts by being commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 2005. He has also been honored with Fellowships from other national professional organizations as a result of his advanced training.   In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations. 

In the spring of 2012, after being in solo practice in Quincy for 15 years, Palmer Chiropractic College offered him a professor position at their Florida campus. In July of 2012, he started teaching the young doctors during their last year of their doctoral program. He still owns and manages the clinic in Quincy, and occasionally still sees patients. 



 Phone: (850) 875-1747

email: Dr. Don Cross

   A strong advocate for chiropractic for most of her life, Debbie Ryan is dedicated to the benefits and principals of chiropractic. At the age of 7, Drs. Norma and Keith Godfrey, chiropractors in Anchorage, Alaska, provided life changing care for both Debbie and her parents. That life altering care resulted in her father becoming a chiropractor in 1970.

Being raised in a chiropractic family that started the Alaska Chiropractic Society, she was worked actively in both the family practice since 1972 and the Society since 1992. She continues to manage a large family practice as well as dedicating herself to the Alaska Chiropractic society as Executive Director. Her goals are to advance chiropractic care in the primary care arena which is sorely needed in Alaksa as a large, remote and medically underserved state. She believes that all citizens deserve equal access to chiropractic care which can help provide not only critical care, but wellness care which is so important to a healthy society.

Debbie was elected as District 5 Director for COCSA in November, 2011 and is excited to work with an exceptional group of people, in an organization that assists in their quest to advance effective and safe chiropractic care for all.

Executive Director, Alaska Chiropractic Society



   Phone: (907) 222-2123
   email: Debbie Ryan
   The Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA) Executive Director Bharon Hoag has been a leader in the fight for fair reimbursement, teaching chiropractors the prevailing law as well as the rules of healthcare coding and documentation and how to apply them. He has worked in the chiropractic profession for fourteen years and taught for eleven, developing his unique “non-doctor” approach through ownership and management of numerous clinics. As a former consultant, Bharon has counseled hundreds of chiropractic offices, evolving a profound understanding of the professional environment. His management and consulting experience coupled with a strong background in psychology and communications has made him a compelling speaker, addressing many major events and earning accolades as “the most entertaining but educational speaker in the chiropractic profession.” Not only has he become known for his speaking style but also his regularly published articles in the various trade magazines.

His current position as Executive Director (ED) has enabled him to facilitate a new model of State Association management. In his first year as ED the OSCA say a 26% increase in membership.



  Phone:  (800) 837-6721 ext. 204

email:  Bharon Hoag

   Dr. Kate C. Rufolo DC BS DAAPM has been in private practice since 1991. She studied at Rutgers University in the pre-med program and received a BS in Physiology. She then attended Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic and received her Doctorate degree magna cum laude. Dr. Rufolo was the Physiology and Ortho/Neuro instructor for the Chiropractic College as well as instructing Part I II and III Board review course for Irene Gold and Associates. She received a Diplomate in Pain Management from the prestigious multidisciplinary group AAPM. 

She went on to serve as the first female president of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association and also held the chairman seat for Legislative Committee including testifying in front of the House and Senate, Membership Committee and Insurance Committee and also served a 2 year term as Chairman of the Board. 

Dr. Rufolo has served as Chair of Ways and Means for the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations and is currently the first female President-elect of COCSA making her the first female president of one of the three national associations – COCSA, ICA, ACA. 

She serves on a number of community boards and foundations. She has served as an expert witness and professional consultant on behalf of doctors of Chiropractic with a number of prestigious law firms in both Harrisburg and Pittsburgh with regard to audits. Her courses on documentation were one of the only courses endorsed by Highmark Blue Shield. Dr. Rufolo is a nationally known speaker whose courses on Medicare, Documentation, Risk Management, Clinical Patient Management and other Medico legal issues have been very well received. 

She is a proud military wife whose husband, also a chiropractor, is a Blackhawk pilot and operations officer with the PA National Guard. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Dr. Darren Dreher and her two daughters, Chelsie and Callie.


 Phone: (570) 385-2860 
         emailDr. Kate Rufolo

 Dr. Glen Scarpelli - New York Chiropractic Council

Phone: (xxx)  xxx-xxxx

email: Dr. Glen Scarpelli 


  Dr. Daniel D. Spencer comes from a chiropractic family. His father, brother and sister all graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and he has a brother-in-law and sister-in-law who graduated from Palmer’s Chiropractic Technologist program. Dr. Dan was high school valedictorian and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. Dr. Dan graduated in the Chiropractic Centennial class in 1995, and is named for the founder of Chiropractic, Dr. Daniel David Palmer. He earned a degree in Biology from Adrian College in Michigan prior to enrolling at Palmer. Dr. Dan has practiced his entire career in his hometown of Hudson, Michigan, as well as the community of Reading, Michigan. He has also been a member of the physician staff at the local hospital, Hillsdale Community Health Center, since 2001. 

Dr. Dan served as President of the Michigan Club while at Palmer, and has been active in state associations ever since. He held numerous leadership positions in the Michigan Chiropractic Society (MCS), and served on the transition executive committee during the historic merger of the MCS and the Michigan Chiropractic Association in forming the Michigan Association of Chiropractors (MAC). Dr. Dan served as President of the MAC in 2011-2012, and was named MAC ‘Chiropractor of the Year’ in 2012. Currently, he is MAC Chairman of the Board, serving over 1600 MAC members. During his leadership tenure, Dr. Dan has had the opportunity to testify before members of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate, and meet with both Governor Granholm and Governor Snyder.

Having received his first chiropractic adjustment at birth, Dr. Dan has personally experienced the healthy lifestyle that chiropractic care offers. He feels that all people need to have appropriate access to chiropractic care, as it focuses on true health. He also feels that DC’s should be reimbursed fairly for their vital services. Dr. Dan’s goal is for all chiropractic organizations to be as successful as possible so that society can realize the benefits of safe, effective and affordable chiropractic care! Dr. Dan currently resides in Hillsdale, Michigan with his wife, Michelle and their children, Nathan, Katelyn and Nicholas.


 Phone:  (517) 448-3791

email:  Dr. Dan Spencer

Mrs. Tiffany Stevens, 
Tennessee Chiropractic Association, 
Executive Director


Phone:  (615) 383-6231

email:  Tiffany Stevens 


   Dr. Kendall Payne, 
Kansas Chiropractic Association,


Phone:  (913) 685-0022

email:  Dr. Kendall Payne 



Penny Cunha, California Chiropractic Association, Executive Director.  Penny Cunha knew nothing about the chiropractic profession when she started working at California Chiropractic Association in 1988, but it didn’t take her long to become a chiropractic patient and a chiropractic fan.

Penny graduated with honors from Carroll College, Helena, Montana, with a double major in Speech Communications and English/Writing. In her years at CCA, she has filled the positions of Membership Assistant Director, Member Services Director, Insurance & Industrial Relations Manager, Associate Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director.

Penny is pleased to see the continued increased involvement of doctors of chiropractic in athletics – especially football. Her husband Larry is Roseville High School Varsity Head Coach, and their son Zac is starting Quarterback at Minot State University.


Phone:  (916) 648-2727 ext. 138 

email: Penny Cunha


 Ms. Dowell has been the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors (MAC) since the merger of the state’s chiropractic associations in 2007. Prior to the merger, she had served as Executive Director of the Michigan Chiropractic Society since 1995. She works with the Board of Directors and is responsible for the development and implementation of all organizational policies and programs. She supervises all personnel, executes contracts, administers the legal, legislative, fundraising, advocacy and membership agendas, and oversees all other aspects of the MAC.


 Phone: (517) 367-2225

email: Kris Dowell


   Amy Hardin has been the Executive Director for COCSA since 2008.  Her main focus has been to grow COCSA into a professional, organized cohesive resource for the State member associations.  She brings a wealth of marketing, organizational, and public relation skills to the table to help further enhance COCSA on its road to being the central resource for the Chiropractic State Associations across not only the entire United States but also the US Virgin Islands. 
 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Phone:  (316) 613-3386
email:  Amy Hardin

Sheri Ryan came on board to Congress of Chiropractic State Assocations in 2011 to assist in realizing the goal of sharing information amongst ALL the state associations - from such serious issues as best practices, sample legislative language and attorney opinions to mundane things such as forms.  It is my goal to assist both large and small associations in reaching their goals of providing the best level of service to our memberships. 


  Phone:  (907) 903-1350
email:  Sheri Ryan 


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