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Advocacy and Policy Council

The Advocacy and Policy Council advises our leadership and Board of Directors on critical areas for AHIMA’s strategic engagement in advocacy and public policy that align with our mission and vision.

Council Members

Mark Newsom, MSc, Senior Policy Advisor, Medicare Advantage Program, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Washington, DC,Chair

Deborah Adair, RHIA, Executive Director, Mass General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, Vice Chair

Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA,CHP, Director, Him, CDI/Coding, & Data Governance Officer, Valley Children's Healthcare & Hospital, Madera, California

June Bronnert, RHIA,CCS,CCS-P Senior Director, Informatics, Intelligent Medical Objects, Hamilton, Ohio

Rebecca Conroy Bargfrede, M.S. Integrated Healthcare Management, BS HIM, RHIA,CCS-P,SHRM-SCP, Chief Transformational Officer & Corporate Compliance Officer, Bitterroot Health, Hamilton, Montana

Kelly Fast, MS, RHIA, Assistant Director HI, Charter Oak State College, New Britain, CT

Judith Kelly, RHIA,CHDA,CPHI,CCS,CCS-P, Sr. Director, HIM, Rochester Regional Health, Rochester, NY

Richelle Marting, JD, MHSA,RHIA,CPC,CEMC,CPMA, Attorney/Clinical Adjunct Faculty, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Laurie Peters, RHIA,CHPS,CCS, Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Director, Orion Health, Mandan, North Dakota

Glenda Rakes, MHIIM, RHIA, CHPS, Director of Health Information Management, Northern Montana Hospital, Havre, Montana

Lance Smith, MPA,RHIA,CHPS,CCS-P,CHC, CHPC, Privacy Officer, St. Peter's Health Partners, Albany, New York

Melinda Wilkins, PhD,RHIA,FAHIMA, Professor & Program Director, Health Informatics & H.I.M., Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas


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