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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (NGLC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andi Hila, RHIA, Chair
Mr. Hila graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2014, with a major in health information management (HIM) and systems and a minor in economics. He is currently a product owner at IBM Watson Health, working with the interoperability, information governance, and the provider performance measurement product offerings. He has also held internships at ScopiaRx, The Cleveland Clinic, and Health Care DataWorks. Additionally, he was on the winning team at StartUp Weekend Columbus and presented his seniors’ honors thesis at the AHIMA national convention in 2014. Mr. Hila is eager to engage with recent graduates and enhance the opportunities for healthcare professionals in the AHIMA community. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and cheering on all Cleveland and Buckeye sports teams.
Annie Li, RHIA
Ms. Li graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BSc in Health Information Management in May 2015. Soon after, she joined Ernst & Young LLP as a staff consultant in the advisory services practice in Chicago, IL. She supports provider and payer clients in a variety of process improvement projects. As a student, she was a member of AHIMA’s Student Advisory Council. With her new roles as a member of the NGLC, she hopes to continue her involvement with AHIMA and promote engagement among her peers.
Ms. Fatima graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a major in health information management (HIM). She is the mother of two teens and worked as a certified pharmacy technician for 12 years as she pursued her academic aspirations. During her academic career, she held internships at Northwestern Medicine’s HIM Department in St. Charles, IL, and UIC’s Physical Therapy Department as a Research Data Analyst. She also volunteered at the UI Hospital’s HIM Department as a student. As a member of the New Graduate Leadership Committee, her goals are to further develop her skillset and network to make connections as she seeks a new position.
Charniece Martin, RHIA
Ms. Martin is a 2013 graduate of the Chicago State University HIM program. She resides in Calumet City, IL, and works for the University of Chicago Medical Center in the Revenue Cycle department as the Chargemaster Analyst. She is an active member and volunteer with both her state (ILHIMA) and regional (CAHIMA) associations. Aside from her HIM career, she enjoys reading, working out, and spending quality time with family and friends. As a fairly new HIM professional and NGLC member, her desire is to bring a new perspective and potential opportunities in order to form greater relationships between students and professionals.
Maria Catuogno, RHIA
Maria Catuogno is a 2013 graduate of the Ohio State University HIM program. Originally from Cortland, OH, she currently resides in Chicago, IL, and works for Deloitte & Touche LLP as an Advisory Consultant in the Middle Revenue Cycle practice. Outside work, Ms. Catuogno enjoys spending time traveling with family and friends, biking, and exploring the great city of Chicago. As a member of the NGLC, Ms. Catuogno would like to work with her fellow council members and better engage new graduate members by partnering with AHIMA’s component state associations so new graduates may become comfortable with establishing relationships within the HIM community.