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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This group of recently graduated health information professionals collaborates with AHIMA leadership, members, and staff to create new resources and opportunities for students and new graduates. Committee members represent different career paths and journeys in health information management (HIM), and share their experiences to help others navigate the current landscape: transitioning from students into HIM professionals in a complex health information workforce, taking advantage of the career-planning resources, leadership opportunities, and professional development that AHIMA provides.
Please contact the New Graduate Leadership Committee at email@example.com.
Rebecca Teleszky, RHIA, Chair
Ms. Teleszky is a 2015 graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC), Post-Baccalaureate RHIA program. Prior to attending UIC, she received her Bachelors in Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Originally from Chicago, she now resides in Los Angeles, where she works as the Supervisor of Operations in the Health Information Management Department, at the University of California (UCLA) Health. Prior to this role, she started her HIM career as a Regulatory Audit Coordinator at UCLA Health. Ms. Teleszky has worked in the field for two years now and is an active committee member for both the California Health Information Association (CHIA) and AHIMA. She is incredibly passionate about the HIM field and aspires to be a Director of a large hospital system and a HIM educator. As part of the NGLC, she hopes she can help others find their niche in the HIM world.
Mr. Zephirin graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a Master of Science in Bioinformatics in January 2016. He is currently a statistical analyst at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He provides analytics and statistical counsel to the hospital's healthcare providers and leadership. He specializes in clinical statistics, process measurements and data management. As a member of the New Graduate Leadership Committee, he hopes to help develop leaders and educate members about the new roles in HIM.
Curran E. Eigelberger received 2016 Student Triumph Award. As a student at St. Louis University’s Health Information Management Program, Mr. Eigelberger was the VP of the HIM Student Association, and served at the local and state HIMA/CSA. In addition, Mr. Eigelberger played Division 2 hockey for St. Louis University. Most notability, Curran was one of the few students selected for the AHIMA Student Advisory Committee (SAC). Curran presented at AHIMA’s 2015 National Convention Student Academy and participated in Hill Day in Washington, DC. Curran volunteered at the Eastern Missouri Health Information Management Association (eMoHIMA) and at the Missouri Health Information Management Association (MoHIMA). Mr. Eigelberger completed his PPE at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. St. Anthony’s is a 776 bed acute care hospital. During his PPE, was offered a position prior to graduation as an electronic health record application analyst. He is committed to the HIM profession and its success. He served as an EHR application analyst after graduation, supporting Epic HIM modules for the medical center. Currently, Curran is attending the University of Missouri-Columbia, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA). He was offered a graduate teaching assistantship position at the university. The combination of HIM with an MHA degree will aid him in pursing his dream job goal of becoming a c-suite executive at a large healthcare organization.
Ms. Coughlon graduated from the University of Maryland University Campus with a Masters degree in Health Informatics Administration in May of 2017. She resides in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area where she works as an intern in the Electronic Health Record/Minimum Data Set department. As a student, she was a member of the AHIMA organization. With her new role as a member of the New Graduate Leadership Committee, she hopes to continue her involvement with AHIMA and promote engagement among her peers.
If you've been on the health care journey for even a short time, you may find it is a colorful path. My journey began in community mental health about 10 years ago. Currently, I'm the supervisor of the Admitting and Business Office team at the largest hospital in New England: Rhode Island Hospital. I'm also back in school and aspiring to become a CHDA, CPQH, and Six Sigma Yellow Belt. During my nine plus years in healthcare, I have learned that my passion lies in training and technology. It didn't take long for me to realize AHIMA is an amazing organization that brings me closer to my health care passions. Being a part of the New Graduate Leadership Council is another brightly colored step on my path to the future of HIM!
Lyudmila Prokhorova, RHIT
I am a 2017 graduate from Rasmussen College HIT program. I am from Amelia, Virginia and work for Rasmussen College as School of Health Science Tutor, helping students with coding, billing, health care laws and many more subjects. I am currently doing Bachelor degree in HIM as well as Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program. I have received RHIT credential in September 2017 and I am very excited to start my journey with AHIMA organization. I want to be able to promote AHIMA as a tutor to my students and help them with their career path.
Shanique James, RHIA
Shanique James graduated Magna Cum Laude August 2017 from Florida A&M University, with a Bachelors in Health Informatics and Information Management. As a student she was the Vice-President of the Student Health Information Management Student Association and volunteered in various events in the community to bring awareness of the HIM field. As a member of the NGLC she hopes to inspire more students to become involved and informed of the vast opportunities available in the HIM field.
Todd Norden, RHIA
Mr. Norden is a 2017 graduate from the health information administration program at Dakota State University in Madison, SD. A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native, he now lives in Sioux Falls, SD, where he serves as a charge description master analyst for the Avera Health system. He discovered his passion for health information management while working in digital communications/marketing for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and after a career in journalism spanning over 15 years. Mr. Norden is currently a volunteer newsletter editor for SDHIMA and a 2015 recipient of the Linda Kloss Honorary Endowed Scholarship. Interested in all things HIM, he is grateful for the support of family and friends during his career transition and wants to serve as a resource for aspiring HIM professionals to find resources available to them, offer encouragement to them, and realize the opportunity and potential before them.