AHIMA is governed by the Board of Directors. Members of AHIMA elect a president-elect and directors each year to serve in the role of governing the association, setting strategy and maintaining fiscal oversight and fiduciary responsibility. The AHIMA Board of Directors consists of 13 members including the CEO, who serves in an ex-officio role.
Director of Health Information Management and Revenue Integrity
University of San Diego Health System San Diego, CA
Ms. Birnbaum provides system-wide leadership and strategic direction for all activities related to HIM and revenue integrity for the UC San Diego Healthcare system which provides outstanding care and breakthroughs in medical research as one of “America’s Best Hospitals”. She was the Senior Vice President of HIM and Consulting for Peak Health Solutions from 2011 - 2015, specializing in providing remote coding, auditing, clinical documentation improvement, ICD-10 transition and HIM resource planning services and consultation nationwide. She was previously the Director of Health Information, CDI and Chief Privacy Officer for Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, Director of Quality Resource Management at Scripps Health. Cassi was a Director of the AHIMA Board from 2009 – 2012 and chaired the Governance Committee and the Advocacy and Alliance Task Group. She is the Past President for California Health Information Association from 2006 -2008, and received its prestigious Distinguished Member Award in 2009. She was appointed as a 2015 San Diego Connect Board Member for HIE (formerly the San Diego Beacon Community designated by the ONC in 2010). Ms. Birnbaum was appointed in January of 2015 to the State of California’s Policy Steering Committee for the California Office of Health Integrity, comprised of a diverse and distinguished stakeholder group. She was the Co-Chair of the CCHIT Privacy and Compliance Workgroup, California Healthcare Association (CHA)'s Health Care Informatics and Information Technology Group, and CalPSAB's Privacy Committee.
Chief Privacy Officer and Director of HIM
West Virginia University Hospitals
Melissa Martin is chief privacy officer and director of HIM for West Virginia University Hospitals. She is a past president and distinguished member of the West Virginia HIMA and has written and presented on work force issues.
Head and Professor, Louisiana Tech University
Angela Kennedy is the chairman of the department of health informatics and information management at Louisiana Tech University. She served two terms as president of the Louisiana HIMA. She most recently served as chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). In addition, Kennedy has served on the AHIMA Board of Directors and in 2007 chaired its business and audit team.
Chief Operating Officer
Health Information Management Shared Service Center
Parallon Business Performance Group
Laura Pait, RHIA, CDIP, CCS is Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Health Information Management Shared Service Center for Parallon and is responsible for the HIM operations at all the HCA Acute Care Facilities for the Atlanta Region (GA,SC, NV, CA). She has played an active role in the role out of a new electronic medical record that created one record for both acute and ambulatory care and has been the co-business owner for the ICD-10 Transition Project and member of NCHICA ICD-10 Workgroup. She has served as a co-chair for the House of Delegate’s Best Practice team twice and the Communities of Practice Advisory Committee. She states one of her biggest accomplishments was being elected as AHIMA’s 2015 Speaker of the House and serving as the primary liaison between the House of Delegates and the AHIMA Board of Directors. She has served the HIM profession in a wide diversity of leadership roles and has received the Distinguished Member award from NCHIMA CSA.
Chief Executive Officer, AHIMA
Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA, is a veteran healthcare executive whose experience also includes academia and a wide spectrum of association involvement. Thomas Gordon joined AHIMA after serving as associate vice president for hospital operations and director of the Children’s Hospital at Rush University Medical Center. Thomas Gordon holds active membership in AHIMA and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She serves as a Director of the Board for Association Forum; previously she served on the information management task force of the Joint Commission and as a governor on the ACHE board.
System Director, HIM
Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY
Susan Carey is the system director of HIM for Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY, a not-for-profit system including six Louisville hospitals, 101 physician practices and 11 immediate care centers. She has served as president of the Kentucky HIMA, as a member of the KYHIE Privacy Council, and as a member of the AHIMA House Operations team. Carey chaired the Privacy and Security Committee for the LouHIE and was a member of the AHIMA HIE Practice Council.
Court Executive/Clerk of Court, US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
St. Louis, MO
Dana McWay is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. In 2003, she was responsible for implementing a fully electronic case filing and management system. She is a past chair of AHIMA’s Professional Ethics Committee and a past member of the Committee on Professional Development. She received the Legacy Triumph Award from AHIMA for her textbook, Legal Aspects of Health Information Management, and the Distinguished Member Award from the Missouri HIMA.
Executive Director, Corporate HIM
Yale New Haven Health
Cindy Zak is Executive Director, Corporate HIM at Yale New Haven Health in Woodbridge, CT. Zak received the FORE CPR Breakthrough Award for implementing an award-winning electronic health record solution and spearheading the development of her organization’s information security standards. She has participated in numerous AHIMA committees and work groups, including the Council for Excellence in Education and served on the Connecticut HIMA board, representing CTHIMA twice in the AHIMA House of Delegates.
Senior Health information Privacy Specialist Dept. of Health and Human Services/OCR
Zinethia L. Clemmons is a health information privacy specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. She has been a member of the Florida Health Information Management Association and the Greater Atlanta Health Information Management Association. Currently, she serves as the Advocacy Project Manager for the District of Columbia Health Information Management Association. In addition to her health information and privacy professional experience, she serves on the Mayoral appointed Statewide Health Coordinating Council for the District of Columbia.
Business Analyst; Revenue Cycle Development Emory Healthcare – The Emory Clinic
Ginna Evans is employed by Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 30 years in the health information management profession with broad electronic health records experience. Her volunteer service stretches over three decades of almost continual service to the GHIMA Board of Directors, including two terms as President. Nationally, Evans has served in the AHIMA House of Delegates, workgroups, Chair of the AHIMA Nominating Committee, and most recently the Fellowship Committee and AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors. She received the 2011 AHIMA Mentor Award and over the years GHIMA has awarded her many honors including the 1996 and 2008 GHIMA Distinguished Member Awards.
HIM Consultant, Midwest Medical Records Association, Inc. and Cardone Record Services, Inc.
Colleen Goethals is an independent consultant having over 25 years of progressive and diverse HIM experience. Ms. Goethals has participated in AHIMA's State Advocacy Workgroup as chair, Consumer Practice Council, Personal Health Record Practice Council, House of Delegates Work Group, CSA Task Force and Consumer Education Committee. She served as Illinois HIMA President, Delegate, Director of Legislation and Advocacy and Community Education Coordinator. Ms. Goethals is the recipient of the Illinois HIMA Distinguished Member, the Chicago Area HIMA Distinguished Member, Illinois HIMA Professional Achievement Award and Literary Award.
Vice President of HIM
Sisters of Charity Health System
Barbara Manor, MA, RHIA, is vice president of HIM at Sisters of Charity Health System based in Denver, CO, comprised of 8 acute care hospitals and 200 clinics in Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. She has served two terms as president of the Colorado Health Information Management Association. Manor has been the recipient of the CHIMA Distinguished Member Award and the AHIMA Mentor Triumph Award. Past service for AHIMA includes many years as CHIMA Delegate in the HOD and serving on the AHIMA Nominating Committee, AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee, and eHIM Task Force. She is an adjunct faculty member at Regis University in the HIM program. She is a noted speaker and writer on subjects of HIM transformation, data stewardship, meaningful use, privacy and ICD-10.
Temporary Projects, HIM Operations
First Class Solutions, Inc
Dwan Thomas-Flowers, MBA, RHIA, CCS, 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 in many such as 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 Q&A columns..
Associate Professor, HIM and systems division
The Ohio State University
Susan White, PhD, RHIA, CHDA, is an associate professor in the HIM and systems division at The Ohio State University where she teaches data analytics, healthcare finance, and database courses and provides statistical support for researchers. She is currently a member of the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) curriculum workgroup, co-chaired AHIMA’s Data Governance and Analytics practice council and served as a member of AHIMA’s Quality Initiatives and Secondary Data Use Practice Council. Dr. White is the author of AHIMA Press A Practical Approach to Analyzing Healthcare Data and Principles of Finance for Health Information and Informatics Professionals. She presents regularly at the state and national level on data analytics, data governance and quality measurement. She is also the president and founder of Health Policy Analytics, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients in analyzing large claims databases to understand the impact of payment policy changes.
Principal, Muntz and Company
Prior to joining Muntz and Company, David worked as senior vice president/CIO at GetWellNetwork where he now serves on their Board. David served as the first principal deputy national coordinator and the chief of staff at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS. For the first 18 years of his career, he worked at the Wadley Research Institute and Blood Bank in Dallas, TX, starting as a biostatistician and ultimately assuming the role of CEO. He also served as senior vice president/CIO at Texas Health Resources and was senior vice president/CIO at Baylor Health Care System.
The House of Delegates (HoD) is a deliberative assembly comprised of delegates elected or appointed from each of the 52 Component State Associations (CSA) and the AHIMA Board of Directors. Delegates serve as a grassroots member forum of AHIMA governing the health information management (HIM) profession. The HoD is chaired by the Speaker of the House, an AHIMA official elected by delegates.
Delegates work virtually year-round, operating on a July 1-June 30 term advocating for the profession, the members, and the Association. These leaders help keep our profession strong and moving forward by contributing or recommending action on issues affecting the industry.
Founded in 1946, the House of Delegates is a long-standing, decision-making body of our professional association. Delegates have a critical role in guiding and governing the health information management (HIM) profession. In 2007, the House of Delegates implemented a structure comprised of six standing house teams representing individual facets of health information management. This structure allowed for more tactical work, engagement, and valuable contributions. Team charges were set by the AHIMA Board of Directors and accomplished over time.
In 2012, the HoD implemented a new, forward-thinking approach to the operations and configuration of the House of Delegates. Consisting of the House Leadership, Envisioning Collaborative and ad hoc Task Forces, the HoD allows for agility and diverse input for strategic planning to better address and meet the needs of our members, profession, and industry.
We gather input from the Envisioning Collaborative consisting of one selected delegate or non-delegate representative per state to help inform the Board in setting strategy. We have a House Leadership team consisting of one CSA delegate per state. Along with subject matter experts from other relevant areas, delegates not on the House Leadership Team or Envisioning Collaborative can join Task Forces. As issues come through the House Leadership pipeline and are vetted, delegates will be notified and assembled to address them. The HoD offers a variety of activities for participation and cross-collaboration, such as vetting practice briefs for Practice Councils and joining workgroups with other volunteer groups.
This approach will position the House of Delegates to move more agilely to address the issues facing our profession today, tomorrow, and in the future and will allow the HoD to make the best use of time and effort for our delegates to govern the profession.
House Leadership will serve as a steering committee consisting of 52 CSA delegates. They ensure effective House of Delegates operations through alignment with strategy. House leadership provides oversight and direction to designated task forces and operations.
House Leadership members will identify best practices, document performance, and foster innovation and agility in decision making.
The chairs for this group are:
Elizabeth Delahoussaye, RHIA, CHPS
2015 Speaker-elect of the HoD
Jennifer Manahan, MBA, MJ, MSHI, RHIA, CHTS-IM
The Envisioning Collaborative serves as a "think tank" comprised of delegates, non-delegates, subject matter experts, and industry leaders bringing forward emerging issues and trends that can impact the HIM profession.
The Collaborative charges are to conduct environmental scanning year-round by looking at our environment (internally and externally), gathering the data, consolidating and discussing the information, and validating the results. a robust exchange of perspectives, innovation, and ideas that will contribute to the strategic planning process and enable sound decision-making.
The chairs for this group are:
Laura Pait, RHIA, CDIP, CCS
2015 Speaker of the HoD
Jennifer Perez, RHIA
Task forces create a member focused objective. Task force members can be comprised of delegates, subject matter experts, and industry leaders.
Throughout the year, a call to serve will be sent to delegates on a variety of topics. Delegates may be reached personally depending on their areas of expertise. Ad hoc task forces will allow for more flexibility and agility in the completion of projects.
AHIMA is a federation with affiliated entities. We work in conjunction with these partners to provide quality healthcare through quality information.
To learn more about the relationships between AHIMA, CAHIIM, CCHIIM & CEE please view our Education FAQ.
The AHIMA Foundation improves health information management by supporting the people, research and resources that advance the HIM profession.
Through scholarships and grants for HIM students, professional education and advancement programs, research, and a comprehensive HIM resource library, the AHIMA Foundation takes the lead in advancing the HIM industry.
The AHIMA Foundation, founded in 1962, is the 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) dedicated to providing resources to support continuous innovation and advances in health information management. Today, the AHIMA Foundation is the pre-eminent foundation recognized for excellence in health information leadership, policy, education, and research for the healthcare industry and the public.
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The CEE is an AHIMA Foundation council established in 2011 as the leading force in education strategy for the profession, guiding the academic community through improvements to education, coursework, and the curricula of associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs in HIM and related studies. Through innovation, research, communication, and transparency, the Council continues to elevate and promote HIM professionals as trusted sources for accurate health information and recognized knowledge brokers.
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CCHIIM is an AHIMA commission founded in 1981, dedicated to assuring the competency of professionals practicing HIIM. CCHIIM serves the public by establishing, implementing, and enforcing standards and procedures for certification and recertification of HIIM professionals. CCHIIM provides strategic oversight of all AHIMA certification programs. This standing commission of AHIMA is empowered with the sole and independent authority in all matters pertaining to both the initial certification and ongoing recertification (certification maintenance) of HIIM professionals. Commissioners represent a broad spectrum of health informatics and information management professionals, and must be AHIMA-certified and meet certification, work experience, and leadership requirements in order to serve on the commission
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AHIMA is a federation, which includes a system of component state organizations (state chapters) in every state plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Component state associations (CSAs) provide their members with local access to professional education and networking. CSAs also serve as an important forum for communicating national issues and keeping members informed of regional affairs that affect health information management. For more information on how to connect with colleagues in your area, click your state's name below. If you are an AHIMA member, please visit the Geographic Community of Practice.
District of Columbia