Compliance and Internal Audit Staff

rogers_cindy_small.jpgCindy Rogers, CPA, CHC
Corporate Compliance Officer

Cindy joined Children's of Alabama in November 2008 as an Internal Auditor and was appointed to the position of Corporate Compliance Officer in October 2012. Initially, Cindy gained her healthcare experience from working with various healthcare clients during her employment with Ernst and Whinney. Since then, she has worked with several healthcare entities in the Birmingham area in internal audit and financial analyst positions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Auburn University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

whalen-stalker_salena_small.jpgSalena Whalen-Stalker, MSHRM
Compliance Coordinator

Salena began her career at Children's in January 2011. Formerly, she served as the Medical Personnel Coordinator in a long-term care facility and has worked as an adjunct instructor, facilitated undergraduate courses in HRM, and delivered training for public and private organizations. She earned her undergraduate in Business Administration from UAB, her Master's in Human Resource Management from Troy University, and has completed graduate courses in Health Services Administration at both universities.

SaraEwert_Pic2021.jpgSara Dade Ewert, BSN, RN, MSN, PNP-AC
Compliance Auditor

Sara joined Children’s of Alabama in November 2017 working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. She moved to Birmingham in 2017 from Dallas, TX to be closer to family. She transitioned to Corporate Compliance as the Compliance Auditor in 2021. Sara has worked in various intensive care units as a bedside nurse and nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from Centre College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Louisville, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.

weiland_peggy_small.jpgPeggy Weiland, RN, CPC
Compliance Audit Supervisor

Peggy began her career at Children's in June 2002 in Poison Control where she became a Certified Specialist in Poison Information. In 2007, she transferred to Corporate Compliance as a Nurse Auditor. She continued her nursing career as Medical Review Manager in Medical Review from 2009 to 2012, returning to Corporate Compliance in 2012. Peggy has worked at several healthcare entities in pediatric, OB, surgery and clinical auditor positions. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and is a Certified Professional Coder.

weiland_peggy_small.jpgTrent Cooper, CPA, MAcc
Internal Auditor

Trent began his career at Children's in October 2019 as an Internal Auditor. He gained his initial healthcare experience working as a senior auditor for a regional accounting firm serving various hospitals and other healthcare clients across the Southeast. Trent received his Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees in Accounting from Troy University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Robert RoystonRobert Royston, JD
Risk Manager

Robert received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He has worked with several healthcare entities in Alabama, as well as one in West Virginia. Robert began his career at Children's in 2011 in the Risk Management department and began giving dedicated time to the Compliance function in January 2017.