Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA (Chair)
Vice President, HIMS and CDI at Texas Health Resources
Integrated Healthcare System
Smith is Vice President of Health Information Management Services and Clinical Documentation Improvement at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, TX, an integrated health system with 29 hospitals. Smith develops and executes system-wide standardization, efficiencies, and strategies that support the overall performance and quality improvement for Texas Health. She is a published author and experienced speaker on a variety of healthcare-related topics. She has served as chair of the AHIMA Professional Ethics Committee, a director on the AHIMA board, president of the Texas Health Information Management Association (TXHIMA) and commissioner of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Smith earned a Master of Science in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Texas Woman’s University. She is a fellow of AHIMA.
Smith has received several notable local and national awards including the TXHIMA Distinguished Member Award, outstanding leadership awards from the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas, the AHIMA Triumph Leadership Award, the 2016 Inspiring Women Award, and most recently, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Xi Theta Omega Chapter, named Smith the 2017 Woman of the Year community award recipient, of which she is also an active member.
On a more personal note, Smith is a proud breast cancer survivor and was the 2015 Ambassador for the American Cancer Society (ACS) North Texas Region. Smith’s daughter, Dee, succumbed to breast cancer in 2017, and Smith remains a strong supporter of breast cancer research and awareness. She currently serves on the ACS Advisory Board of Tarrant County, Texas.
David S. Muntz, CHCIO, FCHIME, LCHIME, FHIMSS (Chair-Elect)
Muntz and Company, LLC
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 (Past Chair/Director)
Sheridan Leadership Consulting
Patty is a health information executive and leadership facilitator and coach. She 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. She 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.
Ginna Evans, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CRC, FAHIMA (voting ex officio– AHIMA Board President)
Coding Educator, Internal Medicine Specialties Division
Ginna Evans is Coding Educator, Internal Medicine Specialties Division, at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Emory, she was Assistant Director of Medical Records at Dekalb Medical Center. She served on the AHIMA Board of Directors from 2014 – 2016 and was Chair of the Board Governance Committee in 2016. She has also served in many other roles for AHIMA including AHIMA Foundation Board in 2013, Chair of Triumph Awards Committee, Chair of Nominating Committee, member of Nominating, Fellowship and Bylaws Committees, and other groups. GHIMA service includes President twice in 2007 and 1993/1994 as well as many other leadership positions. She served on the HIM Advisory Boards for DeVry University, Augusta University (formerly MCG), and Dalton State College.
She received her Master of Business Administration from Mercer University, Bachelor of Medical Records Administration from Emory University, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory College; Emory University. She is a Fellow of AHIMA.
She is the recipient of the 2018 Trust HCS Trust Builder Award and the 2011 AHIMA Mentor Award. In addition, she has received numerous awards from the Georgia Health Information Management Association including the Distinguished Member Award in both 2008 and 1996, Mentor Award in 2009, the Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and the Clinical Site Award in 2006.
Danika E. Brinda, PhD, RHIA, CHPS, HCISPP (Director)
The College of St. Scholastica
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.
Jill S. Clark, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA (Director)
Knowledge Officer and Senior Consultant
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.
Ellen Shakespeare Karl, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA (Director)
Academic Director, Health Information Management Programs
City University of New York School of Professional Studies
New York, NY
Ellen Shakespeare Karl is the Academic Director for HIM Programs and distinguished lecturer at the City University of New York which includes a BS program in HIM as well as a Medical Coding Certificate program. Prior to entering academia, Ellen was the director and assistant director of HIM departments at hospitals in NY, NJ and FL, after starting in the profession with CDC working on the SENIC project. She was the chair, chair-elect, and past-chair of AHIMA’s Council for Excellence in Education. She also served as a member of AHIMA’s HIE Practice Council. Ellen served as treasurer, president-elect, president, and past-president of the NJHIMA and is now a member of NYHIMA.
Tim J. Keough, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA (Director)
Vice President, Health Information Services
New Jersey Hospital Association, Healthcare Business Solutions
Tim Keough is Vice President at the New Jersey Hospital Association, Healthcare Business Solutions where he leads the health information services consulting division. He has been chair of AHIMA’s Nominating Committee, co-chair of the HOD’s Environmental Scan Team, and a member of the Program Committee. Within NJHIMA, Tim served two terms as president, chaired the Membership and Industry Recognition Task group, served as CoP facilitator and received the 2002 Distinguished Member award. Over the past three years, he has been workgroup co-chair of the NJ Division of Banking and Insurance – NJHA Task Group on ICD-10 Implementation. Tim is an advocate for education and has supported the educational programs around the state by acting as an advisory member.
Sally Sidwell (Director)
Senior Vice President Client Engagement
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.
Karen S. Scott, MEd, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA (Director)
Senior Training Specialist
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.
Malio West, DBA, PMP, CMA (Director)
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Dwan Thomas-Flowers, MBA, RHIA, CCS
Interim Administrative Director of Medical Information Management at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Dwan Thomas-Flowers is an independent contractor, offering expertise in coding, management, HIM operations, quality management and revenue cycle. Currently, she serves as an ICD-10 consultant and co-chair of AHIMA’s Clinical Terminology and Classification practice council. Other AHIMA activities include past Professional Ethics and Triumph Award committee member, HOD Best Practices and Standards and Operations teams and ACE designation. Involved in several professional associations, she’s held positions with AHIMA, FHIMA, HIMSS, NAHSE and NFAHQ. She is former chair of the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force, past-president of FHIMA and recipient of multiple industry awards including two AHIMA Triumph Awards for Leadership and Mentoring and two FHIMA Distinguished Member designations. A frequent instructor for CCS preparatory workshops and sought-after presenter within healthcare, her publications are found in industry magazines such as “Advance for HIM Professionals” where she serves on panels for Coding and Management and a contributor for Q&A columns.
Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE (ex-officio)
Chief Executive Officer
Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Ph.D. joined AHIMA as CEO in February 2018. Dr. Harris serves as an ex-officio member of the AHIMA 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 enlivening the national organization. Working with her Board of Directors, she created and led an organizational transformation strategy to increase the impact, relevance, and visibility of the LWVUS and its 700+ affiliates. Prior to her work at LWVUS, Dr. Harris held senior executive positions at the American Nurses Association, including as Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Harris was 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 also 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 certified facilitator for leadership assessments through the Center for Creative Leadership. Dr. Harris was nominated for the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT by Health Data Management in 2018 and 2019.
Anisa Tootla (ex-officio)
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.