Rita Bowen has sat on The Sequoia Project Board of Directors and is currently an active member participating in interoperability and data usability work groups. She is also an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), currently serving on the privacy and security counsel. She served as AHIMA President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors for six years, and of the Council on Certification for three years. Bowen has also served on the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors, serving as its Board Chair. She has been honored with AHIMA’s Triumph Award in the mentor category; she is also the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA). Bowen is an established author and speaker on HIM topics and has taught HIM studies at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee Memphis. Bowen holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a focus in medical record administration and a master’s degree in health information/ Informatics Management Technology from the College of Saint Scholastic in Duluth, MN.