Faculty

Dana Alexander, MBA, MSN, RN, FAAN

Dana Alexander, MBA, MSN, RN, FAAN

VP of Clinical Advisory Services, Divurgent

Dana has expertise in population health, accountable care, strategic planning, and clinical transformation. Prior to joining Divergent, she worked for Caradigm and GE Healthcare. She is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow and HIMSS Fellow and also serves on the HIMSS Board of Directors.

Holt Anderson, FHIMSS

Holt Anderson, FHIMSS

Principal, Learning Health Strategies

Holt  is Chair of the Governance and Policy Framework Initiative and serves on the Steering Committee of the Learning Health Community. He was Executive Director of NCHICA for 19 years currently serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors. He is a HIMSS Fellow.

Jonathan Baran, MS

Jonathan Baran, MS

Co-founder & CEO, healthfinch

Jonathan co-founded healthfinch to leverage the power of the EMR to improve workflows for providers and their staff, making healthcare delivery more efficient. He earned his MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Luke Borgnis

Director of User Experience Design, Sirius Computer Solutions

Luke is a Senior UX Architect with over 15 years of UX design and delivery experience. He is an expert in the practice and theory behind rapid software visualization, using tools from iRise, Adobe and Axure. He previously worked for Wells Fargo, KamTech Systems, and BlueCross BlueShield of SC. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Filmmaking from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Barbara Casey, MBA

Barbara Casey, MBA

Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Director, Cisco

Barbara leads a team of industry consultants, architects, project managers and analysts focused on digital transformation for healthcare providers, payers, and life sciences organizations. She has over twenty years of health care, managed care, insurance, life sciences, and management consulting experience. Prior to joining Cisco, she worked for HCA, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Deloitte and Mercer Management Consulting. She earned her MBA from the University of South Florida.

Tim Crittenden, RN

Tim Crittenden, RN

Nursing Informatics Technical Lead, Duke Health Technology Solutions

Tim is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a nurse at Duke. He has worked in the emergency department, the LifeFlight Critical Care transport team, and currently serves as technical lead for the OR and Anesthesia modules of Duke’s EMR. He earned his nursing degree from Lynchburg College.

Janis Curtis, MSPH, MA

Janis Curtis, MSPH, MA

Associate Director of Clinical Data Research Networks, Duke Health

Janis is responsible for managing the technical infrastructure and processes needed to respond to requests for clinical data and for recruitment of co-investigators and study participants for clinical research. She received her MSPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and MA in Liberal Studies from Duke University.

Noah Dermer

Noah Dermer

Security Officer, InstaMed

Prior to joining InstaMed, Noah was Epic’s Chief Privacy and Security Officer, managing Epic’s security R&D team. He has also been a network administrator and worked for a large financial technology services company and a technology consulting firm.

Lana Deyneka, MD, MPH

Epidemiology Program Manager, NC DHHS Division of Public Health

Lana serves as the State Enhanced Surveillance and Hospital-Based Public Health Epidemiologist Programs Director. She received her medical degree from Kharkov Medical University and MPH from USC School of Public Health. She previously worked as a pulmonologist and department chief at the Kharkov Regional Tuberculosis Hospital in Ukraine.
Cheryl Dieterle

Cheryl Dieterle

Director, Care Coordination, Experian Health

Cheryl applies her 35 years of nursing and healthcare technology experience to contribute to solution design and strategy, develop go-to market strategies, and provide guidance to clients on ideal workflows for care coordination. Prior to joining Experian Health, she worked for Zynx Health and Emmi Solutions.  She earned her BSN at Northern Illinois University.

Ryan Dobbins

Ryan Dobbins

Director, Managed Services, infoLock Technologies

Ryan has more than 15 years of experience in the information security field. Prior to joining infoLock, he worked for Sentara Healthcare. His areas of expertise include threat protection, data loss prevention, and governance risk and compliance. A graduate of James Madison University, Ryan is active in the GRC community and holds the GSLC from SANS.

Michael Duke, MBA

Michael Duke, MBA

Managing Director, KPMG

Michael has over 24 years of experience in leading large scale process improvement initiatives, improving operational outcomes, and developing best management practices within the healthcare industry. He earned his MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tommy Ellis, MD

Tommy Ellis, MD

Chief Medical Informatics Officer, East Carolina University Physicians (ECUP)

Tommy also serves as Medical Director for the ECUP Firetower Clinic. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Brody School of Medicine, where he also earned his medical degree.  He is Board certified in Family Medicine and possess the Epic EHR certification for Physician Builder.

Jake Fochetta

Senior Consultant, ECG Management Consultants

Jake focuses on managing the implementation and optimization EHR and PM applications in complex organizations across a spectrum of clinical and revenue cycle platforms. He recently assisted Cone Health in planning and managing the implementation of e-Visits and live video visits. He earned his degree in Managerial Economics from Bentley University.

Tom Foley

Tom Foley

Director, Global Health Solutions Strategy, Lenovo Health

Tom is focused on addressing interoperability, data quality/duplicate records and fraud through delivery of authoritative information management exchange. He has 30 years of IT experience, 15 of them in the health IT market. He began his career at UPS, and has also worked for Thomson Heathcare and Allscripts.

Drillious Gay, MSN

Drillious Gay, MSN

Nurse Administrator for Clincal & Quality Information, East Carolina University Physicians

Drillious oversees key clinical and quality initiatives, such as the ECU MyChart patient portal, PQRS, HEDIS, and the diabetes recognition program. She received her MSN from ECU.  She previously served as Nurse Administrator for Cardiovascular Sciences at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

Clayton Gouard

Clayton Gouard

Information Security Consultant, CynergisTek

Clayton developed CynergisTek’s social engineering programs and launched its phishing assessment program, through which he has helped train thousands of healthcare employees. Prior to this, he served in the U.S. Army and earned his BS in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Jeremiah Grant, MS

Jeremiah Grant, MS

Information Security Official, Novant Health

Jeremiah has focused on cybersecurity issues in healthcare for over ten years, and developed Novant’s Cybersecurity Program. He holds numerous IT and information security certifications, and earned his Master’s in Information Security from Appalachian State University.

Sheldon Hamburger

Sheldon Hamburger

Principal, The Aristone Group

Sheldon is also an investor with RTP Capital Associates and serves as Executive in Residence for the Poole School of Management at NC State University. He has over 30 years of experience in developing and marketing healthcare technology products and services and holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Ed Hammond, PhD

Ed Hammond, PhD

Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics

Ed also serves as Director of Applied Informatics Research at Duke Health Technology Solutions. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1967 and has served on the Duke faculty since then. He is Chair Emeritus of HL7 and serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors.

Donn Heffner

Donn Heffner

Southern Region Director, Brocade

Donn has over 25 years of experience helping customers navigate the many changes occurring in IT infrastructure.  He has had several management roles with technology organizations and has led sales organizations that focus on healthcare and enterprise customers across North America. He is a participating member of NCHICA and HIMSS, and earned his business degree at Northern Illinois University.  
David Holtzman, JD

David Holtzman, JD

VP, Privacy & Security Compliance Services, CynergisTek

David has over ten years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating health information privacy and security compliance programs from both government and private sector positions. He earned his law degree at the Western New England College of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York and Illinois.

Monica Horvath, PhD

Monica Horvath, PhD

Director of Health Intelligence, ThotWave

Monica has over 15 years of experience working with Big Data. For three years, she led a team at Duke Medicine that evaluated health IT projects and their impact on financial endpoints, care quality, and patient outcomes. She earned her PhD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences.

Yvonne Hughes, MPA

Yvonne Hughes, MPA

CEO, Coastal Carolinas HIE

Yvonne brings over 16 years of healthcare experience to Coastal Connect, which includes project management, team facilitation, strategic planning, grant writing and change management. She earned her MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.

John Jenkins, MD

John Jenkins, MD

VP of Telehealth, Cone Health

John is a practicing primary care provider and serves as Executive Medical Director of the Primary Care Collaborative—a think tank for innovation in delivery, access, and sustainability for primary care. He has led the development of E-visits through MyChart and a regional telehealth platform. He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Janet Kennedy

Janet Kennedy

President & Podcast Host, Get Social Health

Janet has over 20 years of marketing and social media experience and is the Host of the “Get Social Health” podcast sharing best practice stories and interviews about social media in healthcare. She is the founder of the Get Social Health Academy, and recently launched “Social Content Solutions” to support the healthcare practice with social media content.

Chuck Kesler, MBA

Chuck Kesler, MBA

Chief Information Security Officer, Duke Medicine

Chuck is responsible for establishing the enterprise-level strategy and coordinating operational efforts for information security across all Duke Medicine entities, including three major hospitals, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and associated organizations. He has over 22 years of IT industry experience, and earned his MBA from NC State University.

Clifford Kittle

Clifford Kittle

Principal, Healthcare Information Security, SecureWorks

Cliff has more than 36 years of experience in technology solutions and more than ten in information security, in areas such as biometric authentication, identity access management and single sign-on, privileged user access control, and information security management systems. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Christina Kyriazi, MBA

Christina Kyriazi, MBA

Product Marketing & Analytics Manager, Peak 10

Christina has nearly a decade of experience in conducting market research and analytics. She leads Peak 10’s IT healthcare research initiative, aiming to gain a deep understanding of key IT trends in the healthcare market. Christina holds a degree in Economics from UNC Chapel Hill, an MBA from UNC Charlotte and also completed the Principles of Marketing Research program at the University of Georgia.

Emilie Lamb, MSPH

Emilie Lamb, MSPH

Meaningful Use Program Consultant & ELR Project Manager, NC DHHS Division of Public Health.

Emilie is responsible for coordinating the response to the Meaningful Use public health measures as well as managing the Division’s electronic laboratory reporting project. She received her MSPH in Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases from George Washington University.

Jim Lorenz

Jim Lorenz

Territory Manager-Healthcare Solutions, Nutanix

Jim has over 20 years of experience as a sales executive in helping organizations drive change. He previously worked for VMware, Microsoft, Ciber and Inacom Information Systems. He earned his BS in Finance & Financial Management Services from UNC Greensboro.

Patricia Markus, JD

Patricia Markus, JD

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Trish represents health care clients on a broad array of regulatory compliance and transactional matters, with a special focus on health information privacy, security and technology issues. She earned her law degree from Boston College Law School. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Darryl Meeks, CDP, ITIL, PMP

Darryl Meeks, CDP, ITIL, PMP

Executive Director, NC Health Information Exchange Authority

Darryl has more than 25 years of experience in IT analysis, design, development and implementation. He previously served as Director of Health IT for the NC Department of Health & Human Services, and worked for the Duke Clinical Research Institute, SciQuest & Cardinal Health.

Jay Mervis

Jay Mervis

Regional Account Manager, CDW

Jay has been with CDW for 19 years. He was a leader within the group that launched CDW Healthcare from a $400M idea to a key contributor in a $2.5B business unit.

Jennifer Minella

Jennifer Minella

VP of Engineering & Consulting CISO, Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc.

Jennifer has more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry, in the areas of infrastructure security, access control, wireless technologies and cyber security. She serves on the (ISC)2 Board of Directors and was NCTA’s Tech Woman of the Year in 2014. She holds numerous security certifications, including CISSP, Master ASE and MCE.

Vera Newkirk

Vera Newkirk

Corporate Compliance/Privacy Officer, New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Vera has 18 years of experience in healthcare and corporate compliance. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Privacy Compliance.

David Olson

David Olson

CTO, Clinect Healthcare

David is primarily responsible for product management and engineering. He has more than 30 years of experience in the infrastructure software market, much of that in engineering, marketing and product management roles.  He  previously worked for Progress Software.

Jay Paulson, MS, MBA

Jay Paulson, MS, MBA

Data Scientist, Health and Life Sciences R&D Group, SAS

Jay focuses on developing innovative analytics solutions for the healthcare industry. He previously worked for IBM Global Services, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Merck Research Laboratories in various technical and leadership roles. He holds an MS Analytics Degree from NC State and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Chandrika Rao, PhD

Director, NC Cancer Registry

Chandrika is responsible for overseeing statewide cancer registry core business operations and administration, including implementing electronic reporting of cancer from eligible providers to meet the Meaningful Use requirements. She received her MS and PhD in Consumer Economics from Ohio State University.

Carol Rigsbee

Carol Rigsbee

Quality Manager for Life Science Development, SAS

Carol has worked at SAS R&D for nearly 30 years. Prior to this, she worked for NCR and IBM. She earned her BS in Computer Science from the University of Georgia.

Ed Russell

Ed Russell

Manager, Information Security Office, Novant Health

Ed also manages the Governance, Risk & Compliance and Security Architecture & Engineering teams. He previously worked for the U.S. Marine Corps in computer network attack, exploitation and defense. He earned his degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College and holds numerous security certifications.

Iain Sanderson, BM, BCh

Iain Sanderson, BM, BCh

Vice Dean for Research Informatics, Duke University School of Medicine

Iain provides leadership in biomedical informatics, research computing and technology innovation. He also serves as Chief Research and Academic Information Officer at Duke Medicine. He earned his medical degree in Clinical Medicine from Oxford University Medical School, and MS in Advanced IT from Imperial College of Science and Technology.

Howard Solomon

Howard Solomon

Partner Account Manager, Southeast US and Caribbean, ESET

Prior to joining ESET, Howard was a Channel Manager with Oracle for six years and before that he held various sales and technical roles with Sun Microsystems for 21 years. Security has always been a passion of his and a focus of his work.

John Steffen

John Steffen

Senior Data Analyst, University Physicians Inc.

John has 38 years of IT industry experience and holds multiple Microsoft and Epic Clarity certifications. He mines a wide variety of SQL relational databases for the physicians and executives at University Physicians, University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital. Prior to this, he was a Systems Programmer for IBM’s TPF mainframe.

Jon Sternstein

Jon Sternstein

Founder & Principal Consultant, Stern Security

Jon has over 13 years of experience in the security industry, helping clients in the education, finance, healthcare, law and government industries. He teaches a class on Network Penetration and Ethical Hacking through the SANS Institute, and serves as co-chair of NCHICA’s Technology Resources Workgroup. He holds numerous security certifications.

Norm Storwick

Director, Product Management, Forecast Health

Norm leads the risk management BI software and analytic consulting operations. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare risk management analytics. Most recently he was a pricing actuary with BCBSNC for eight years. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, and holds MAAA and FSA certifications.

Randy Thomas

Randy Thomas

Solutions Manager, Data Services, Encore

Randy has over 25 years of experience in HIT with a focus on analytics and the re-use of data to support the performance improvement efforts of healthcare organizations. Previously, she worked for Premier, IBM, Healthlink and Eclipsys.

Aaron Van Artsen, MA

Aaron Van Artsen, MA

Administrative Director, Office of Value-based Performance, University Physicians, Inc.

Aaron has worked in healthcare for 19 years and has assumed numerous operational responsibilities, including Human Resources, HIPAA and healthcare compliance. He currently works to enhance population health management and the transition to value-based reimbursement. He earned his Masters degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Michigan State University.

Andrew Weniger

Managing Partner, Firstview LLC

Andrew previously worked as Product Strategy Officer for CHESS and Director of Value-Driven Health Care at Cornerstone Health Care, as Project Manager of the NwHIN Project for NCHICA, as Program Director of the eHealth Initiative, and as Director of Product Management for GlaxoSmithKline. He earned his BBA in Accounting and Logistics Management from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Vivian West, PhD, MBA

Vivian West, PhD, MBA

Associate Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics

Vivian is also a clinical associate at the Duke University School of Nursing. She previously served as the NLM Project Evaluation/Research Director at East Carolina University. She earned her MBA from Bryant University and PhD in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Roy Wyman, JD

Roy Wyman, JD

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Roy’s practice focuses on privacy, security and regulatory concerns. He represents a wide variety of health-related organizations. He previously served as Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel for TEAMHealth Inc., and as Senior Legal Counsel to CVS Caremark Corp. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

There is no other place that you can hear the critical issues happening in the North Carolina healthcare and technology world like NCHICA’s annual conference. The quality of the programming is matched only by the quality of the conversations you can have with other attendees.

— 2013 Conference Attendee

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