Our Consultants

Meet Our Team

Our outstanding team of consultants has been assembled based on their skill sets to address industry challenges and opportunities. Meet the talented associates who embody the MHS advantage.


Jeremy Kauffman, Managing Director of MHS Consulting, IN
Jeremy Kauffman is a licensed nursing home administrator and has over 25 years of experience working in senior living.  He has held several senior and executive positions with a focus on long-range planning, effective organization culture, process improvement, and service line development with an emphasis on person-directed care.  Jeremy's responsibilities with MHS Consulting include operations reviews, strategic-planning facilitation, and providing interim executive leadership.
Contact Jeremy: 330-204-5764
Karen Lehman, MHS President/CEO, IN 
Karen has more than 25 years of leadership experience in both senior living and in the acute care arenas. She has a track record for successfully leading organizations through transitions and campus re-positioning to achieve financial viability. Her capacity to be both visionary and "hands-on" operationally when needed, along with effective communications skills, has resulted in her ability to recruit and develop strong senior leaders and provide both stability and new strategies to organizations.
Contact Karen: 574-538-8214

Heather Plunkett, Consultant / Business Manager, MHS Consulting, GA
Heather has 20 years experience in project management and marketing solutions both in the not-for-profit and for-profit arenas. Her responsibilities with MHS Consulting include market studies and research/analysis, strategies for the workplace, and executive search and interim engagement support. A detail and process oriented professional, Heather focuses on improving efficiency and team communication to ensure excellent customer service.
Contact Heather: 540-293-4949

Alisa Miller, Consultant​, VA
Alisa has nearly 25 years of experience in serving senior living organizations and other health and human services providers. She is responsible for the oversight of services provided by MHS Consulting to members and clients. Has served a variety of clients located throughout the country with experience as an auditor, consultant, and chief financial officer. Works closely with senior leadership and boards on various projects including strategic planning, executive searches and interim placement, and financial modeling and project planning. Has spoken before several professional and educational groups on various industry topics.
Contact Alisa: 703-389-1438



Denise Koppelman Harris, Associate, PA
Denise specializes in home-based services, assisting clients in developing programs and best practices for optimum clinical, administrative and financial outcomes. With more than 30 years of experience, she assists home health, hospice, and home care/private duty organizations with operational assessments, market, and financial feasibility, expansion, and new business ventures.
Contact Denise: 717-790-0473

Emerson Lesher, Associate, PA  
Emerson works with organizations to support them in advancing their strategic direction and organizational health. He has more than 30 years of executive and clinical experience in nonprofit aging services and behavioral healthcare. Emerson is skilled in helping organizations identify what they are doing well, determine how to meet needs, and move forward in a way that fits their mission and values.
Contact Emerson: 717-903-84

Lee Schmucker, Associate, KS 
Lee consults with health and human service organizations, focusing on executive team development, workplace culture, governance development and strategic planning. Lee's areas of expertise include customized supervisor/manager training programs, assessing employee satisfaction and developing strategies for a healthy workplace culture, integrating values into organizational practices and coaching boards.  She also brings expertise in both leadership assessments and in developing customized assessment tools.
Contact Lee: 316-258-444

Tim Stair, Associate, IN 
Tim assists organizations with market assessment, marketing plan development, and strategic positioning. With more than 25 years of experience, Tim works with clients to complete market feasibility analyses, facilitate focus groups, integrate values into market positioning and engage in strategic planning.
Contact Tim: 574-534-9689

LaVern Yutzy, Associate, PA
LaVern's expertise includes governance, leadership development, strategic positioning and collaborative relationships among nonprofit organizations. He has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience, including 17 years as CEO of a nonprofit organization. He assists boards in developing their capacity, strategic planning and exploring affiliation and provides executive coaching.
Contact LaVern: 717-575-2870

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