Board of Directors

President: Ross Barber

Ross Barber is a Director for Bon Secours Mercy Health responsible for overseeing all aspects of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and the Health Aware / Health Promotion programs for the Richmond Market.  His responsibilities include 5 hospital sites, 7 departments all recognized as best practices in the health system.  He has over 20 years of experience in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and several years in Physical Therapy management.

Ross attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration while majoring in Marketing.  His passion for health, wellness and helping others saw him follow a career direction that included earning a Master of Science degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Exercise Physiology.  This propelled him on a career that has included Corporate Fitness, Physical Therapy, and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.  He has achieved National Certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and American College of Sports Medicine.

He has successfully opened from ground up, multiple hospital departments. He is recognized as a content expert in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation clinical operations and programming.  A long-time member of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab (AACVPR) and joint affiliate the Virginia Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab (VACVPR); he has had the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity and is the current VACVPR President.  He has spoken on many occasions at both State and National organizations in the field of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.  He has received numerous awards for his commitment and excellence in the field of health care including the 2020 Bon Secours Mercy Health Covid Leadership award and multiple annual fundraising awards from the American Heart Association.

Ross has successfully coached Fast Pitch Softball at both the Elite amateur and High School levels, having coached multiple D1 College fastpitch players.  His wife is a successful Architect, and his two children compete in college athletics at the University of Virginia and Washington & Lee University in softball and track & Field. 


President Elect: April Felts

April Felts is a native of the Richmond, Va. area and has worked at Memorial Regional Medical Center for 21 years. She has experience in women's health, perinatal bereavement, peri-anesthesia, and cardiac and pulmonary rehab. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation department at Memorial Regional. 

Vice President / Website and Newsletter: Tara Steadman

Tara, BS MHA, is a New Jersey native, living in Virginia for the past 5 years. Received her BS in exercise physiology from William Paterson University and subsequently spent approximately 8 years in the field working with patients in cardiac and pulmonary rehab and launched the first intensive cardiac rehab program in the northeast quadrant of the country in 2016. She also worked with Parkinson's, pre and post bariatric surgery and cancer programs. After receiving her Master in Health Administration from Rutgers University, Tara served as a Practice Manager for an accountable care organization that serviced the Richmond Medicare population, overseeing primary care house calls for home bound patients, primarily during the covid-19 pandemic. Returning to the cardiac rehab industry, Tara currently works as an Implementation Manager for Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab.

Treasurer/Membership: LeAnn McCusker 

LeAnn McCusker is an exercise physiologist in the cardiac rehab department at UVA Health Prince William Medical Center in Manassas, VA.  She holds a degree in Kinesiology from Lubbock Christian University plus various fitness related certifications including being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  LeAnn has 27 years’ experience in the cardiopulmonary rehab and medically based fitness fields.  In addition to cardiac rehab, she has coordinated employee wellness programs, led youth athletic development programs, and taught group exercise classes.  LeAnn was also director of wellness for 9 years at a health system which included managing a fitness center, cardiopulmonary rehab, employee wellness, and diabetes education programs.  She is currently serving in her first year as treasurer on the Virginia Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation board.   Most recently she earned her level 1 United States Track and Field track coach certification and completed her rookie season as a track and field coach at Metz Middle School in 2022.

Secretary: Melissa Davies

Melissa Davies graduated from Clearwater Christian College with a Social Studies (6-12) Education degree and then taught 6th and 7th grade Geography for 5 years at a public school in Largo, Florida.   Melissa returned to school, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010.  She moved to Columbia, SC, where she worked one year on a cardiovascular step-down unit.  In 2012, she moved to Virginia and was excited to begin working at Sentara Careplex’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, where she could use both her nursing and education degrees.  Since joining the Daisy-winning team at the Careplex, she has helped the program grow, remain AACVPR certified, and add a Vascular Rehabilitation program.  Melissa is excited to learn and grow professionally as she serves as VACVPR secretary. 


Past President: Jennifer Smith

Historian/CEU: Lyndsey Schaffer 

With over 13 years of experience in nursing, Lyndsey brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to the healthcare field. For nine years, she has diligently served as a registered nurse in a challenging cardiac/stroke/intermediate care unit, where she honed her skills in providing compassionate and effective care to patients facing complex medical conditions.

In the past four years, Lyndsey has transitioned to specialize in cardiac rehabilitation, leveraging her knowledge and passion to assist patients in their journey towards improved cardiovascular health. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and being a Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP), Lyndsey is committed to delivering high-quality care and support to individuals seeking to enhance their well-being.

Lyndsey's commitment to advancing the field of nursing extends beyond clinical practice. For the past two years, she has had the privilege of serving on the Virginia Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab (VACVPR) board.

Lyndsey is deeply passionate about the impact of our cardiac rehabilitation program on the lives of her team's patients. Lyndsey finds it immensely gratifying to witness the positive transformations and strides towards better health that her patients achieve through collaborative efforts. She is dedicated to continuing to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals under her care, empowering them to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Vendors: Wendy Taylor

Wendy has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University 1995. She is a Certified EMT and a member of  Wachapreague Volunteer Fire Company. She is a Certified Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Professional, a Certified Massage Therapist, and a CPR instructor through AHA.

I started working in the field of Cardiopulmonary Rehab in 1999.  I helped establish the program for Shore Memorial Hospital which later became part of Riverside Health System.  I have worked there for 23 years with the first 16 years being in Cardiopulmonary rehab.  I have spent the last 7 years working in I.T. helping to establish the Epic EMR.  My first introduction to VACVPR came in the form of a research poster presentation at the annual VACVPR conference of which I continued to participate in that for many years that followed.  I have only missed a handful of conferences in the last 23 years.   I have been a member of the board of VACVPR for an estimated 18 years serving in various roles.  I started as member at large then moved on to research chair, awards and nominations chair, finance committee and was President from 2015-2016.  I have served the last few years as vendor chair.  I believe the VACVPR has a lot to offer the cardiopulmonary programs of Virginia and have valued all the knowledge I have gained from the annual conferences as well as being a member of the board.  I would encourage anyone who has a passion for Cardiopulmonary rehab to join the board. 


Research/Standards: Open

Nominations and Elections: OPEN

Liaison- Cardiac Rehab: Marianne Sherman

Marianne Sherman MA, CVRN- BC is a cardiac rehabilitation therapist at Inova Loudoun Hospital with over 30 years of experience including patient care in all phases of cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes education, stress testing, heart failure management and cardiac rehab program management and certification. She is board certified in cardiovascular nursing, and serves as Medicare liaison to the Virginia Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (VACVPR) and is an AACVPR - MAC Resource Group member. Professional memberships include Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES), American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and the Virginia Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab (VACVPR). Education - Bachelor of Science degree in nursing Georgetown University, and a Master Degree from George Washington University in education and exercise science.

Liaison - Pulmonary Rehab: Ashley Easter

Ashley Easter, RRT-ACCS, is a respiratory therapist at Sentara Martha Jefferson Health and Wellness in Charlottesville, Va. She has been a therapist for 9 years, working 6 years in inpatient critical care and emergency medicine and the last 3 years in pulmonary rehabilitation. Ashley joined the board as a member-at-large to learn more about the association, and after attending both state and national conferences, quickly transitioned to the role of pulmonary rehab and PAD liaison. She obtained her education in Lynchburg, Va.  Ashley is excited to continue to learn and grow professionally as she moves forward in her new role.

Bylaws: OPEN

CR Physician Liaison: Dr. Jose Rivero

Dr. Jose M Rivero is a Cardiovascular Disease Specialist in Christiansburg, Virginia. He graduated with honors in 1984. Having more than 38 years of diverse experiences, especially in cardiovascular disease, Dr. Jose M Rivero affiliates with several hospitals including Carilion Medical Center, Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, and Carilion Giles Community Hospital.

PR Physician Liaison: Dr. Johnny Wong

Dr. Wong received his medical education from University of Virginia and completed his residency at Medical College of Virginia in Internal Medicine. He completed his fellowship training at Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He has been with Pulmonary Associates of Richmond since 1993. Dr. Wong currently practices at PAR in  Mechanicsville, Va. and sees patients at Memorial Regional Medical Center.

Member at Large: Whittney Trump

Whittney Trump, MS is a clinical exercise physiologist currently working at Inova Loudoun Cardiopulmonary Rehab. Whittney holds an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from Longwood University. She then went on to pursue a Masters degree from Liberty University in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Whittney has experience in many aspects of cardiac rehab including phase I, phase II and phase III, pulmonary rehab, SETPAD program, heart failure management and stress testing. She is a member of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab (AACVPR) and Virginia Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab (VACVPR). She also holds the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP) certification through AACVPR. Whittney enjoys the constantly changing profession of a cardiac rehab specialist and looks forward to growing in this field.