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.
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.
Senior Vice President of Health Information Management Peak Health Solutions Inc.
San Diego, CA
Cassi Birnbaum is the Senior Vice President of HIM and Consulting for Peak Health Solutions, 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 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.
Crowley Fleck Attorneys PLLP
Jennifer McManis is a consultant in the Healthcare Practice Division of Crowley Fleck Attorneys, PLLP. She has over 19 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including acute care hospital and private physician practice settings. Jennifer is an AHIMA credentialed Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), AHIMA certified ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, and an American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC) Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer (CHCO). As Speaker of the House she serves one year on the AHIMA Board.
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.
Senior Director of Industry Relations and Market Research
3M Health Information Systems
In her role as senior director of industry relations for 3M Healthcare Information Systems, Ann Chenoweth works closely with AHIMA, HIMSS, HFMA, and ACHE leadership in building relationships and thought leadership. She has been active in the Illinois HIMA and has served as a member of the Utah HIMSS board of directors.
President and CEO
Broken Arrow, OK
Dwayne Lewis is president and CEO of DML Consulting, a full-service HIM company. He has a long tenure of volunteerism within AHIMA and has served as chair of the AHIMA Foundation scholarship committee, a member of the convention program committee, and facilitator for the Diversity Community of Practice.
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.
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.
Corporate Director HIM
Yale New Haven Health
Cindy Zak is corporate director of 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 HIM Consultant for Midwest Medical Records Association, Inc. (MMRA) and Cardone Record Services, Inc. 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 Chicago Area HIMA Distinguished Member, Illinois HIMA Professional Achievement Award and Literary Award.
Senior Vice President and CIO, GetWell Network
Prior to joining GetWellNetwork, 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 chair for this group is:
2014 Speaker-elect of the HoD
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 chair for this group is:
2014 Speaker of the House
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