Who We Are

Frank D. Combs, M.B.A.
Executive Director
Children's Practicing Pediatricians

CPP (Children's Practicing Pediatricians) is an independent nonprofit medical association established in 1985 by pediatricians on the medical staff of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. With 30 years of operating experience, CPP has become a preeminent "chamber of commerce" offering services and advocating on behalf of primary care physicians.

The CPP all physician board of private practice physicians has guided the organization to achieve many successes. True to its roots, CPP has continued to advocate for physician members through activities such as a national buying group, CPT coding initiatives and the pursuit of legislative relief from managed care inequities. CPP also supports initiatives of the American Academy of Pediatrics with CPP physicians being active on a number of AAP committees. In addition, three key non-physician CPP management staff are AAP members in the Section on Administration and Practice Management.

Board of Directors, Officers and Administrative Staff


William W. Long, M.D. President
Richard Petrella, M.D. Vice President
Miller Sullivan, M.D. Vice President
Bruce P. Meyer, M.D. Secretary
Ray S. Wheasler, M.D. Treasurer
Darryl A. Robbins, D.O. Past President


Mary Beth Cass, M.D. Chairman of the Board
Eileen C. Bolton, M.D.
Melissa Parsons, M.D
Larry M. Shepherd, M.D.
Lauren Bar-Lev, M.D.
Lawrence Watkins, M.D.
Lisa A. Kelch, M.D.
Nicholas Stevens, M.D.
Rebecca Slaunwhite, M.D.
Richard Breen, M.D.
Stephen R. Bauer, D.O.
Virginia DeVerteuil, M.D.
Wanda C. Boudinot, M.D.


Steven J. Allen, M.D. Chief Executive Officer, Nationwide Children's Hospital
John A. Barnard, M.D. Interim Physician-in-Chief, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Richard Brilli, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, Nationwide Children's Hospital


Frank D. Combs, M.B.A. Executive Director
Jennifer Koerner Buying Group Administrator
Christina Drakulich Practice Administrator
Aimee Burbacher, M.B.A Business Manager
Rhonda Tallman Administrative Coordinator
Jeannie Lilly Administrative Support