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 student@ahima.org.  Interested in being a member of the SAC? Applications for the next term (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019) will open in the spring of 2018.

Jackie Entzminger, University of Kansas Medical Campus

Ms. Entzminger is a senior in the bachelor’s program in health information management (HIM) and serves as the president of the HIM student organization at the University of Kansas Medical Campus (KUMC). She is also currently working on earning a Master’s in Health Services Administration at KUMC and will graduate in the spring of 2019. She resides in Kansas City and works for an OB-GYN practice, assisting in the transition from paper to a hybrid EMR system. She serves as a mentor for the Kansas City chapter of Kids for Peace, a global nonprofit organization aimed at creating peace through youth leadership, community service, and thoughtful acts of kindness. 

Nicole Mansfield, Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Mrs. Mansfield is enrolled in the health information management technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rock Spring, GA; she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2003, and a Master of Arts in Leadership in 2010. She has always had a passion for health and wellness and is excited to make this career transition after spending 12 years working in the criminal justice field.  She is honored and excited to be selected to serve on the SAC and looks forward to encouraging others to be the best version of themselves, promoting the development of strong work ethics and leadership skills.

Elizabeth Morgenroth, Clarkson College

Mrs. Morgenroth is a junior working toward her Bachelor’s in Health Information Administration in the Healthcare Business program at Clarkson College in Omaha, NE. She also serves on the Executive Board of Sigma Alpha Pi, National Society for Leadership and Success, as the online liaison, and is currently employed as a senior consultant for Culbert Healthcare Solutions. She is passionate about the future of HIM and demonstrating how HIM professionals are in the right place at the right time to influence all areas of healthcare. As a member of the SAC, she hopes to encourage and influence other students in their HIM careers as she has been influenced by HIM professionals.

Afolake (Kanye) Olakanye, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ms. Olakanye is a senior at University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in health information management (HIM). She holds an Associate’s in Life Sciences and is the president of the HIM class of 2018. She has served as a liaison to the Illinois Health Information Management Association, and participated in the New Leadership Illinois program, a nonpartisan, week-long residential program to increase women's representation in all elements of public life, including elected office. She works with ChicagoCHEC as a fellow researcher to promote cancer equity in the Chicago area. She is looking forward to helping fellow AHIMA student members develop their careers in the HIM industry.

Arikka Standafer, Eastern Kentucky University

Ms. Standafer is a senior in the health services administration program at Eastern Kentucky University and plans to sit for the RHIA exam prior to graduation. She was recently selected as a student ambassador for the Kentucky Health Information Management Association and she hopes to one day pursue her Master’s in Health Informatics. She resides in Richmond, KY, and works for the Eastern Bridge program, a support program for freshmen, and served as a Tutor Counselor for the Upward Bound Math Science program at Berea College. As an SAC member, she is eager to bring student awareness to AHIMA's Career Prep Resources and encourage student involvement in AHIMA.

Cymone Turner, The Ohio State University

Ms. Turner is a senior at The Ohio State University, majoring in health information management and systems under the College of Medicine. She is the president for the HIMS class of 2018. She is also an Executive Board member for the African American Voices gospel choir and an Ambassador for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She will pursue her RHIA certification upon completion of her degree. She wants to be an advocate for students desiring to pursue a degree in HIMS to help find resources to equip them to be successful during their college careers.