David S. Muntz, CHCIO, FCHIME, LCHIME, FHIMSS (Chair-Elect)
Principal Muntz and Company, LLC Dallas, TX
David Muntz is a Principal at StarBridge Advisors, LLC. David began his career as a biostatistician, then became CIO, and ultimately rose to the position of CEO at Wadley Research Institute and Blood Bank in Dallas, TX. He returned to health information technology at Texas Health Resources, where he functioned as SVP & CIO for 15 years. He then worked for 5 years as the SVP & CIO at Baylor Health Care System. In 2012, David accepted a White House appointment to serve as the first Principal Deputy National Coordinator and CIO at ONC (Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator) through 2013. David returned to the private sector as CIO of GetWellNetwork through 2015 and then served as a member of the Board of Directors until 2018 when it was sold.
Over the course of his career, David led teams as large as 770, with responsibility for budgets of more than $500M that helped implement many forms of health information technologies including EHRs and ERPs from all the major vendors. Under his leadership, his teams managed more than 180 project go-lives annually. Due to his teams’ efforts, he was awarded CHIME’s Innovator of the Year with two employers. His organizations were recognized nationally for innovation in information technology for more than 25 years. In 2014 the CHIME Board presented him its CIO Legacy Award.
David has served on more than 25 advisory councils and boards across business, government, education, and membership associations. He is currently a member of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council's Cybersecurity Working Group. Twice a year, he teaches a HIT-related leadership course for the Baylor University EMBA program. He has Fellow and Life status at CHIME where he served on the Board and led advocacy efforts. He has also been active with HIMSS at all levels and in conjunction with his Fellow status.
David received an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and an AB from Columbia College in New York City. David attributes all of his accomplishments to collaboration with incredibly talented people and strong support from his family.
Patty T. Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, is a senior health information management executive and leadership facilitator and coach. Patty helps organizations and individuals think about business strategy, leading change, managing self, succession planning, and adaptive organizational challenges. She applies Bowen Theory and adaptive leadership frameworks to liberate the human potential and build leadership capacity in teams and individuals.
Patty has held executive positions at Ciox Health, Care Communications, and AHIMA and is currently a faculty member for the Center for Family Consultation where she focuses on the application of Bowen Theory to leadership development.
She is a member of the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Health Information Management Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Patty is a Past Chair of AHIMA, NYHIMA and Resurrection University. Patty is a fellow of AHIMA and the recipient of AHIMA’s Distinguished Member Award and the Illinois Health Information Management Association’s Professional Achievement Award. She is a speaker and author on the topics of Bowen Theory; Adaptive Leadership; and health information management.
Vice President, HIMS and CDI Texas Health Resources Arlington, TX
Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA (Chair)
Vice President, HIMS and CDI at Texas Health Resources Integrated Healthcare System Arlington, TX
Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA, is vice president of Health Information Management Services and Clinical Documentation Integrity at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Texas, a 29-facility integrated health care system. Smith is a published author and experienced speaker on a variety of healthcare-related topics.
Smith is serving a third term as AHIMA Foundation Board Chair and served as the 2018 president/chair of the board for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Smith has served as chair on the AHIMA Professional Ethics Committee; director on the AHIMA board; president of the Texas Health Information Management Association (TXHIMA) and commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Smith earned her Master of Science in human relations and business from Amberton University and Bachelor of Science in health information management from Texas Woman’s University. She is a fellow in the American Health Information Management Association.
Smith has received several notable local and national awards including TXHIMA Distinguished Member Award; Distinguished Alumni Award from Tarrant County College; outstanding leadership awards from the YWCA of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth’s President’s Award, Leadership of Excellence Award, AHIMA Triumph Leadership Award, Mary Kay Inspiring Women Award, Mentor of the Year Award presented by Women of Visionary Influence (WOVI) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Theta Omega Chapter Woman of the Year Community Award.
Information Security Officer Fulcrum Health, Inc Plymouth, MN
Danika E. Brinda, PhD, RHIA, CHPS, HCISPP (Director)
Associate Professor The College of St. Scholastica Duluth, MN
Danika Brinda is an Associate Professor in Health Informatics and Information Management at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She is also the owner of TriPoint Healthcare Solutions which provides privacy and security consulting services to healthcare organizations. Danika has been extremely active in the Minnesota Health Information Management Association, holding multiple volunteer positions, including President in 2013-14 and Advocacy Co-Chair in 2014-15. Danika has also volunteered on a variety of committees for AHIMA, including the Professional Practices Experience (PPE) workgroup. Danika serves as an expert in healthcare privacy and security. She is a local and national speaker on all topics related to healthcare privacy and security. She is the recipient 2010 recipient of AHIMA’s Rising Star Triumph Award.
Project Manager, Business Development Sharecare Hampstead, NC
Jill S. Clark, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA (Director)
Knowledge Officer and Senior Consultant E4 Hampstead, NC
Jill S Clark is Knowledge Officer and Senior Consultant at e4. In her role, she supports large healthcare initiatives, contributing to program and project management for large EHR projects and HIM organizational strategy. Prior to joining e4, she was Director of HIM Solutions at AHIMA, where she provided professional expertise to members. Her career includes management in a variety of healthcare settings, as well as an engagement manager position for a large software vendor.
Mrs. Clark has served in various leadership roles and on committees as a member volunteer of AHIMA, PHIMA and the Central Pennsylvania HIMA. She has contributed to numerous professional articles, has been a technical reviewer for HIM publications, and has served as a part-time instructor for DeVry University, Health Information Technology Program.
Jill received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and earned her Fellow designation from AHIMA.
AHIMA Board President/Chair and Director HIM SME/Speaker Dallas, TX
Katherine G. Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA-President/Chair, AHIMA Board
Katherine formerly served as the chief health information management and exchange officer for Children’s Health, Dallas, Texas. As an Active AHIMA member, attention is focused on patient identity, interoperability, clinical documentation improvement, standards development, and innovative uses of technology. She has served as the president of the TxHIMA, on the AHIMA House of Delegates, and on multiple workgroups. Lusk received TxHIMA’ s Legacy Award in 2018 and AHIMA’s Pioneer Triumph Award in 2012. Children’s received the AHIMA Grace Award, Most Wired, and HIMSS Level 7 Analytics and Davies Awards under her leadership. Nationally she has served on Epic’s Care Everywhere Governing Council for multiple years with the honor of co-chair 2019-2020, eHealth Exchange Coordinating Committee, Office of National Coordinator, Patient Identity Work Group and a participant on the Da Vinci Project. She had the great honor of leading the Texas Interoperability Collaborative where ~30 worked to increase electronic exchange from 2017 – 2020. She is a recognized HIM subject
Vice President Oncology and Cardiovascular SCL Healthcare Broomfield, CO
Donna Bowers, JD - Vice President, Oncology and Cardiovascular, SCL Health
SCL Health is comprised of ten hospitals, multiple ED community medical centers, and numerous joint ventures spanning three states. SCL Health is a $3-4BB healthcare system with $450M in gross revenues associated with Oncology and $1.1BB in gross revenues associated with the Cardiovascular service line. She has been responsible for establishing the five-year strategic plans for both service lines, establishing an aligned capital budget, and directing and deploying the needed organizational structures and infrastructure to support the vision and mission for each. The 2017 goals were to focus on operational excellence and financial stewardship with the 2018 goals to focus on quality, driving out costs, and developing new payment models for both service lines. Revenue cycle integrity and compliance, along with standardization of compliance-related projects were critical.
Prior to joining SCL Health, she was the Senior Vice President of McKesson Specialty Health (MSH), with responsibilities for the cancer service lines and various affiliated business units. This included profit and development responsibility for radiation therapy, proton therapy, radiology and imaging, lab, precision medicine, hospital development and support, clinical services, and the affiliated businesses that included med fusion/ClearPoint laboratories, the Texas Proton Therapy Center, and Oncology Rehabilitation Partners. MSH included over 5,000 employees and contributed an estimated 10B in revenues. The parent company of MSH is McKesson Corporation with over 122B in revenues, recently becoming a Fortune 7 company, doubling the revenues and number of employees globally. Donna joined MSH in 2012 as a Senior Vice President of Hospital Development and within the first year, assumed the additional role of overseeing the cancer service lines and subsequently several of the affiliated business units.
Prior to assuming her role with MSH, Donna lived in Dallas and was the Chief Operating Officer for the newly built T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital and Sammons Cancer Program within the Baylor Health Care System. She was with the Baylor Health Care System in various roles for approximately 30 years. For the last seven years at Baylor, Donna developed and implemented the vision and strategy to build a new 500,000 square foot cancer center and a dedicated, 120-bed cancer hospital. At Baylor, she led the initiative to implement HIPAA across all 15 hospitals and 800 physician practices and helped establish the Corporate Compliance Program. She actively participated on the Corporate Compliance Committee.
Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from Texas Woman’s University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Texas A&M Law School (previously Texas Wesleyan School of Law). She is a Registered Health Information Administrator, a licensed attorney, certified in Health Care Privacy, and received her certificate in mediation.
Karen S. Scott, MEd, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA (Director)
Senior Training Specialist TruCode Bartlett, TN
Karen Scott is Senior Training Specialist at TruCode and owner of Karen Scott Seminars and Consulting. She has been an educator for many years, teaching in the HIM programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Arkansas Tech University. She has worked as an HIM director in an acute care hospital setting, training director for a national transcription company, and reimbursement specialist for a regional physicians group. She is past president of the Tennessee and Arkansas Health Information Management Associations, past chair of the AHIMA Council on Certification, and recently completed a six-year term as commissioner for CAHIIM.
Vicki Wheatley is a health information management executive with demonstrated ability to lead a profitable business unit, organize operational activities, engage employees, delight customers, and successfully integrate technology into operations. Her professional mission is enabling health care delivery through quality, accessible data.
Vicki works as Executive Director at athenahealth, a healthcare technology company that provides revenue cycle management, electronic health records, and patient relations & referral systems. Vicki is the leader of the electronic data interchange (EDI) team providing financial transactions between providers and payers. She is responsible for strategic and operational leadership of business enablement, professional services, customer support, and clearinghouse operations. Prior to joining athena, Vicki was the Executive Vice President of the Master Patient Identity software and services business in the US Healthcare division of Harris Computer Systems. She has over 30 years of experience in health IT and hospital-based health information management.
Vicki is a member of the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She serves on the Board of Directors of Reading Works, an adult literacy program. She holds a B.S. in Medical Record Administration from the University of Illinois, and an M.S in Management and Administrative Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. Vicki lives with her husband and a 13-year-old rescue dog near Albuquerque, where she enjoys beautiful views of the mountains and fantastic New Mexico sunsets.
Andrew Fehlman - CEO, EDCO Health Information Solutions
Andrew Fehlman joined EDCO in 2008 and currently serves as CEO. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Andrew held the title of Senior Vice President of Regional Sales. In his current role, he leads EDCO’s sales function and oversees the strategic path of the Company. Andrew also provides oversight to the Company’s operations, technology, finance, and human resources functions.
As CEO, Andrew leads more than 400 employees with offices in St. Louis, Springfield, and Sioux, Missouri.
Senior Vice President Client Engagement Optum Atlanta, Georgia
Sally Sidwell (Director)
Senior Vice President Client Engagement Optum Atlanta, Georgia
Sally Sidwell is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Client Engagement with Optum, leading regionally located Client Success Executives to engage and delight some of Optum’s largest and most complex clients. Sally worked on the UHC side of the house within Uniprise from 1994 through 2001. She left UnitedHealth Group and worked for ADP, leading the beyond payroll businesses of Health & Welfare, COBRA, and FSA. She later joined Kaiser Permanente as the Chief Operations Officer for Georgia before returning as an Optum employee in January 2011. Sidwell has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare with companies including ADP, Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealth Group.
President and CEO Health Record Services Baltimore, MD
Wendy Coplan Gould - President and CEO, Health Record Services
Wendy founded Health Record Services (now known as HRS) in 1979, the same year that ICD-9 became the inpatient coding standard in the United States. Using her status as an approved ICD-9 trainer, she built a consulting and outsourced coding business from the ground up. Today, HRS is a health information management and clinical revenue cycle solutions company that provides consulting and outsourcing services to hospitals and healthcare organizations. It specializes in outsource coding services, clinical documentation improvement, HIM consulting, and ICD-10 preparedness and training.
Wendy provides strategic leadership and business development for HRS, bringing a wealth of expertise in the area of HIM operations, clinical documentation and coding. She has been published in the Journal of AHIMA and other industry publications, as well as conducted scores of professional educational presentations.
Wendy built a successful business despite having to balance home and family for years as a single mother. In 2009, in honor of HRS’s 30th anniversary, Wendy endowed an AHIMA Foundation scholarship in her name for working women or single parents.
Chief Executive Officer Global Accounting Washington, DC
Malio West, DBA, PMP, CMA (Director)
Chief Executive Officer Global Accounting Washington, DC
Dr. West is a US Navy Veteran that served during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Kuwait City. After the US Navy, Dr. West spent time in Singapore, Tokyo, Auckland, and Hong Kong working in international accounting focused on the financial services industry, at an executive level.
Dr. West is a senior financial leader with 22 years of expertise in capital markets, debt markets, IPO readiness, and global mergers & acquisitions (M&A). He is dedicated to the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the organization. In this capacity, he leverages experience in fiscal and operational strategy, metrics, and control system monitoring to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.
Hailed as an innovative leader with a vision for transformative growth, Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, is the Chief Executive Officer for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the leading voice for health information management, impacting one billion patient visits each year through health data integrity and best practices.
Dr. Harris joined AHIMA as CEO in February 2018, developing the organization’s strategic plan, and advancing its mission and vision, nationally and internationally, to position AHIMA as a global leader. Dr. Harris serves as an ex-officio member of the AHIMA Board of Directors, AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, Council for Excellence in Education, and Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management.
Prior to AHIMA, Dr. Harris was CEO at the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters Education Fund. While at the LWVUS, Dr. Harris was responsible for elevating the national presence of the organization, strengthening brand and impact. Working with the Board of Directors, she created and led a transformation strategy to increase the impact, relevancy, and visibility of the LWVUS and its 700+ affiliates. Prior to her work at LWVUS, Dr. Harris served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Nurses Association, executive director of the Center for American Nurses, and executive director of the Maryland-based Sister to Sister Foundation -- a national organization supporting women’s health issues and heart disease education. Dr. Harris served as senior vice president and executive director at the American Heart Association.
Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in organizational development from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a master of management degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; and both a bachelor and honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She is an ASAE-certified executive director, and a member of HIMSS, ACHE, ASAE, Association Forum and other organizations.
With an interest in authentic and transformation leadership, Dr. Harris coaches and mentors leaders interested in pursuing C-suite opportunities. She is a member of the Associate Board Council for the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. Dr. Harris was nominated for the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT by Health Data Management in 2018 and 2019.
Anisa Tootla is a nonprofit executive with extensive experience in organizational growth, modernizing membership organizations for operational excellence, and building strong teams for success. Anisa has spent much of her career at the intersection of social impact and member value.
Most recently, Anisa served as the Chief Operating Officer of the League of Women Voters (LWV). LWV is a non-partisan membership organization committed to the informed and active participation of individuals in government, increasing the understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. As COO, Anisa directed strategic planning, finance, human resources, compliance, risk management, information technology, member services, and administrative functions of both the League of Women Voters of the United States and its affiliate, The League of Women Voters Education Fund. Anisa also served as interim CEO in 2018, working closely with the boards of directors in advancing the organization’s modernization initiatives and providing stability and support to staff through change.
Before joining the League in 2014, Anisa spent twelve years at AARP Foundation in a variety of roles. As Vice President of Programs, she led the creation and development of AARP’s work on hunger and its signature ‘Drive to End Hunger’ cause marketing campaign, aimed at solving the issue of senior hunger in America. Prior to her VP role, Anisa served as Senior Director of Strategy and Operations, where she worked with the President of AARP Foundation in the strategic repositioning of the organization. This included identification, development and implementation of the organization’s new vision, mission, and social impact areas.
Anisa currently serves as a director, Treasurer, and finance/audit committee chair of the board of Kakenya’s Dream. Kakenya’s Dream is a non-profit dedicated to providing life-changing education to empower girls, end harmful traditional practices, and transform rural communities in Kenya. Anisa’s global view and deep appreciation of other cultures and points of view has influenced her professional journey. Her outlook is shaped by her birthplace and roots in South Africa, as a young exchange student through Youth for Understanding in Japan, extensive travel, and notably her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria focused on health information systems. Anisa is a graduate of DePaul and Johns Hopkins Universities and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Masters in Business Administration.