AHIMA Student Advisory Committee, 2017–2018

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 students@ahima.org.  Applications for the 2019 Committee will open in the spring.

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Gabriela Arroyo, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ms. Arroyo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. She is the president of the HIM class of 2019 and is currently employed as a Medical Record Technician Aide within the HIM department at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. She will pursue her RHIA certification prior to graduation. She is passionate about HIM and is looking forward to advocating for the profession. As a SAC member, she is enthusiastic to collaborate with AHIMA’s leaders, members, and staff to encourage current and prospective HIM student involvement in AHIMA.

Zoe Delozier, University of Pittsburgh
Ms. Delozier is a senior in the bachelor’s program in health information management at the University of Pittsburgh and is set to graduate in April of 2019.  She is the 2018 Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) Student Scholarship recipient, a scholarship based on academic merit. Zoe spent the summer of 2018 with UPMC (the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) working on a credentialing project with Physician Services under the HIM department. She was inspired to pursue a career in HIM by a family friend who is a HIM consultant. Zoe is looking forward to beginning a career in HIM and is excited to become a mentor to other students.

Tennea Taylor-Jenkins, Ohio State University
Tennea is a senior studying health information management and systems (HIMS) at The Ohio State University. She currently serves as vice president of Minority and Ally Students in Healthcare (MARS). In this organization, she dedicates her time to helping other students pursuing careers in healthcare to develop professionally. Through this organization, she also advocates for the HIM profession in hopes of encouraging others to pursue the field. Tennea hopes that in her work in the SAC she will bring more awareness to the opportunities students have in getting more involved with AHIMA.

Eryn Stevens, Baker College of Clinton Township
Mrs. Stevens is a sophomore at Baker College in Clinton Twp., MI, majoring in Health Information Technology (HIT). She serves as president for the HIT class of 2019 and plans to sit for the RHIT exam after graduation. Eryn is currently employed full-time with Team Rehabilitation as a Legal Biller within a newly developed division of their Revenue Cycle Management department. As a member of the SAC, she hopes to encourage and inspire other students in the same way her mentors have in pursuit of success and innovation within the industry.

Brittany Hernandez, Hutchinson Community College
Mrs. Hernandez is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science degree in health information management through Hutchinson Community College online. She obtained an Associate degree in General Studies with a focus in American Sign Language in 2016. She also serves her community by facilitating after-school programs that help develop interpersonal skills and encourage friendships. Brittany is currently employed as a Health Information Management Associate in a person-first long-term care facility in Manhattan, Kansas. She is honored to serve on the Student Advisory Committee and excited to collaborate with other student professionals in Health Information Management.

Shefali Majithia, RHIT, CPC-A, Illinois State University
Shefali is currently enrolled in the health information management program at Illinois State University and is expected to graduate at the end of 2019. She earned her CPC-A while obtaining an associate at Waubonsee Community College from which she gained her RHIT certification. She really worked hard to truly understand the HIM field, especially when taking coding classes. She interned at a multi-specialty group practice for three months within their HIM department.  She currently works for a healthcare consulting and billing company that has almost 40 clients.  Shefali is very committed to learning and keeping up with new trends within the HIM field by reading AAPC/AHIMA articles and networking. Shefali can’t wait to share her experiences as a student and hopefully become helpful to students that are studying in the same field.

Elaine O’Bleness, MBA, RHIA, CDIP, CHP, CRCR, Chair
Elaine is a current member of the Council of Excellence Committee and chair of the Student Advisory Committee.  She works as a Revenue Cycle Executive at Cerner Corporation, serving as a Subject Matter Expert in the HIM and Medical Coding areas.  Prior to joining Cerner, Elaine served as Banner Health’s Western Region Director of Health Information Services, managing the HIM operations of 11 facilities across 6 states.  Additionally, she managed her own HIM consulting practice.  Elaine has served as the President of the Colorado Health Information Association and has been sought after for multiple speaking engagements.  She also teaches ICD-10 Coding and Healthcare Reimbursement at Regis University in Denver Colorado.