AHIMA Student Advisory Committee, 2016–2017

Members of this group reflect the diversity of backgrounds and educational paths of thousands of students in health information management (HIM) programs. The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) collaborates with AHIMA’s leadership, members, and staff to create new resources and opportunities for students as they transition from students into HIM professionals in a complex health information workforce. SAC members: plan and present at the Student Academy at convention; advocate for the profession during Hill Day; support their fellow students in the Future HIM Leaders community in Engage; and assist AHIMA in creating the member resources to help students build the careers they want.

Please contact the SAC at student@ahima.org.

Dorsey Bellanger, RHIT, DeVry University

Ms. Bellanger is a sophomore in the bachelor’s program in technical management; she earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Technology, with honors, in December 2015. She hopes to one day pursue her Masters in Health Informatics. She resides in Baton Rouge, LA, and works for The Spine Hospital of Louisiana in the HIM department as a health information analyst, where she serves as a leader on committees and as a superuser within the Meditech system. As a member of the Student Advisory Committee, she is eager to present new ideas to encourage student involvement within AHIMA. 

Alexa Kilfoy, St. Louis University

Ms. Kilfoy is a senior in the Health Information Program, and serves as vice president of the Health Information Student Organization at Saint Louis University (SLU). She also serves on the First-Year Experience Team within the student involvement center as a transfer student mentor on campus. She is a leadership chair for her sorority and a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at SLU. She is excited for this opportunity to further grow the student network within HIM as the field continues to expand, and will work with the Student Advisory Committee to focus on connecting HIM students and professionals.

Adele Kroeger, MBA, University of Washington

Ms. Kroeger is enrolled in the certificate program at the University of Washington (UW) and is working to earn her RHIA once she's completed her second-year courses in HIHIM.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University and an MBA from UW.  HIM is a second career for her, as she worked professionally for several years in systems analysis and marketing, and for several years as a stay-at-home mother. She is most interested in using data to improve patient outcomes, patient advocacy, and population health. Adele would like the Student Advisory Committee to educate students about new roles in HIM beyond traditional careers.

Gina Martinez, Loma Linda University

As a former Pre-Nursing student, Ms. Martinez knew she wanted to utilize her years of management experience while still working in the healthcare sector. As a senior in the bachelor’s program in Health Information Management at Loma Linda University, she feels she has finally found her passion. She currently serves as the Class Treasurer and works as a freelance transcriptionist/editor. She looks forward to connecting HIM students with one another and with AHIMA's Career Prep resources as a member of the Student Advisory Committee.

Raziel Rivera, University of Illinois

Mr. Rivera is a senior in the bachelor’s program of Health Information Management and the president of Omega Delta, a professional-oriented fraternity, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He serves as a mentor to disadvantaged children, focusing on lifelong learning and building skills, and would like to engage more HIM students in developing mentoring relationships with leaders and professionals in the field. He will work to offer more leadership development for HIM students as a member of the Student Advisory Committee.