NCHICA Board Elections

CANDIDATES

Pursuant to the Bylaws of the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA), the Nominating Committee hereby puts forth the following list of eight candidates for election for the seven open positions in the Board of Directors Class of 2019. We also have a Class of 2018 Mid-term replacement candidate. This ballot is being sent to the primary representative of each NCHICA member organization that is in good standing as of June 30, 2016. Each member organization is entitled to one ballot.

Click here to vote.

Your vote must be received by 5:00 pm on August 17, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the voting process, please contact Jennifer Anderson at 919-558-9258 ext. 305, Jennifer@nchica.org.

Jean Foster, RHIA, CHPS

Jean Foster, RHIA, CHPS

Adjunct Instructor, Edgecombe Community College

Jean previously served as the Privacy Officer and HIMS Administrator for Vidant Medical Center/Vidant Health where she worked for 34 years. Jean has a B.S. degree in Health Information Management and was recently certified in HealthCare Privacy & Security (CHPS). She has been an AHIMA and NCHIMA member for 34 years.  Jean has actively served the NCHIMA as President, President-Elect, Director, Vice President, Delegate, Alliance Liaison and in other capacities.  In addition, she has served on AHIMA’s Privacy & Security Practice Council.  Jean currently represents NCHIMA on the NCHICA Board of Director’s and serves as Secretary. As an experienced HIM professional and now through education, Jean has a true passion for HIM and values sharing this with colleagues and future HIM professionals.
Ed Hammond, PhD

Ed Hammond, PhD

Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics

Ed has extensive experience in the design and implementation of electronic health records, starting in 1970.  His academic and industry leadership include: past president of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and AMIA Board member; President and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics; three terms as Chair of Health Level Seven and HL7 committee; two terms as the Convenor of ISO Technical Committee 215; and Working Group 2 and Ambassador to Developing Countries and chair of the Joint Initiative Council of ISO/CEN/HL7. He has served on a number of NIH review committees, testified on a number of occasions for NCVHS, and presented to several IOM committees. He holds FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA and FHL7 certifications. He serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors and is active on the Workgroup Oversight Committee.

Clyde Hewitt, CISSP, CHS

Clyde Hewitt, CISSP, CHS

Vice President, Security Strategy, CynergisTek

Clyde’s background in information systems and security includes more than 25 years of CIO, CSO, and executive-level program management experience for both the public and private sectors. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Healthcare Security (CHS) from HIMSS, and is an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. Clyde is a past President and current member of the NCHICA Board of Directors, and an active member of the NCHICA Privacy and Security Officials Workgroup.

Chris Jones, DrPH, MHA

Chris Jones, DrPH, MHA

Assistant Director for Quality and Informatics, Wake Forest Baptist Health & Northwest AHEC

Chris is responsible for managing the distance learning healthcare education platforms and the Technical Outreach Center consulting services. He also serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors and co-chairs the Education Committee. He earned his DrPH and MHA degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Geoff Lawson

Geoff Lawson

Executive Director of Technology and Customer Service, Cone Health

Geoff is accountable for the creation and maintenance of an innovative yet rock-solid technology infrastructure as well as delivering world class customer service to support Cone Health staff in their mission to care for patients.  He joined the health system 2012. He is also a past President and current board member of NCHICA, and co-chairs the Workshop Oversight Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained submarine officer.  After his military service, he has worked in various IT leadership and management positions across multiple industry verticals.

Mike Samuhel, PhD

Mike Samuhel, PhD

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Mike has nearly 30 years of experience leading large health research units performing contracted projects both domestically and internationally. His technical expertise includes social sciences, health IT, and statistics.  His current portfolio of research projects includes studies of the effectiveness of healthcare programs being rolled out under the Affordable Care Act as well as studies of mental health among veterans, and healthcare access by active duty military.  He has also held senior positions with other organizations including the Battelle Memorial Institute and the Research Triangle Institute.  He earned his PhD in Statistics from American University. He serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors and is active on the Education Committee.

Susan Steagall, MBA, PMP

Vice President Application Delivery, Novant Health

Susan has 31 years of IT experience. She leads the application services, project management, data and medical device integration, and service management teams at Novant Health. She is responsible for the enterprise application technology roadmap, project and portfolio governance, and IT standards related to change management. She is the senior IT leader responsible for a successful multi-year enterprise wide implementation of an electronic health record completed in 2016 with a $600M budget. In 2004, Susan was responsible for the creation of the Project Management Office which has led to more effective project management, governance and delivery of IT projects for the organization. She earned her MBA from Queens University.

Heather Thornton, RHIA, MBA

Heather Thornton, RHIA, MBA

Program Director, Healthcare Informatics, New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Heather has worked in healthcare since 1994 and healthcare information technology since 1996, with a focus in IT applications. She spent ten years implementing McKesson products before her promotion to Epic Program Director in 2011. She led a large team through the 15-month implementation that was very successful. She is now the IT Enterprise Applications Director and works with all levels in the organization. She earned her undergraduate degree in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh and MBA from UNC Wilmington. She serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors and is active on the Membership Committee.

Class of 2018 Mid-term Replacement -- Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi

Class of 2018 Mid-term Replacement -- Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine

Arlene is a clinical informatician, physician scientist, internist, and pediatrician who maintains an active primary care practice at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Healthcare. She is triple board certified in clinical informatics, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and general internal medicine. She serves in multiple roles at UNC Healthcare, including the digital health advisory committee, lead informatics physician council, research informatics workgroup, and the patient and family engagement committee (patient portal). She has extensive experience with the design, implementation, and evaluation of patient-facing technologies, and the development of user-centered software applications

NCHICA has created a collaborative organization that no other State has achieved. It includes vendors, providers, payers, physicians, nurses, clinicians, attorneys, information technologists and other professionals, working together to improve healthcare within North Carolina in every way, from the use of technology, to public policy considerations, to patient privacy, and more. Belonging to, and participating in, this organization helps you to not only keep up with the changing healthcare environment, but to have some influence on those changes.

— David B. Dillehunt
VP, CIO, FirstHealth of the Carolinas Inc.,
Pinehurst, NC

Join our alliance of more than 300 organizations dedicated to transforming healthcare through information technology, informatics and analytics.

Learn More