Board of Directors

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President
Elizabeth Weeks, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN
Kansas City, KS
president@ania.org

Bio

Elizabeth Weeks, received her BSN from Missouri Western State University in 2002. She is ANCC Board Certified in Informatics Nursing and a Certified Medical Surgical RN. She has worked in informatics for 7 years. In her current role as a Clinical Informatics Specialist at the University of Kansas Hospital, she is responsible for providing professional development support to her department. As a result of her efforts, they have increased the number of informatics certified nurses within her department by 80%. She serves as mentor for the Nursing Informatics Council, ensuring the council chair has the guidance and support needed to successfully run the council. She is also responsible for facilitating education and communication related to their EHR within her organization. She has developed standardized end-user acceptance testing to ensure clinicians participate in testing new EHR functionality. Elizabeth is the founder of the Heart of America Local Chapter of the ANIA. Elizabeth has also presented continuing nursing education (CNE) related to informatics concepts and principles to her local chapter, organization, and other regional and national venues, including the ANIA conference.
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President-Elect
Kathleen Ulanday, MBA, MHA, BSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Richmond, TX
presidentelect@ania.org

Bio

Kathleen has worked within the Informatics space for over a decade with various roles from staff to Divisional Director over Clinical Informatics. She is currently a Clinical Informaticist working in Houston, TX, and participates in the clinical transformation and support of their Electronic Heath Record. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas and licensed as a Registered Nurse. She obtained her Master in Business Administration and Master in Healthcare from the University of Houston Clear Lake. In addition, she earned her Applied Health Informatics Certificate from Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing in Baltimore Maryland. Kathleen is Board Certified in Nursing Informatics (RN-BC) through the American Nursing Credential Center (ANCC) and Certified Professional in Health Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) through the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Kathleen is Past President and founder of the Houston-ANIA Chapter. She has also served on the HIMSS workgroup focusing on the Clinical Informaticist Job Description and partnering with nursing informatics schools to help with practicum placements and succession planning. This year she served on the Informatics Nursing Standard Setting Panel with the ANCC and presented at the ANIA National Conference in Florida on Creating and Sustaining an ANIA Chapter.

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Immediate Past President
Cheryl D. Parker, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
Lewisville, TX
pastpresident@ania.org

Bio

Dr. Parker has over 35 years’ experience in the healthcare industry including clinical nursing, management, nursing informatics, and education both corporate and academic. Her focus area is clinical informatics and the impact of technology on clinical workflow. She is a clinical assistant professor for the University of Texas at Tyler College of Nursing & Health Science where she is lead faculty for the informatics program in the master's and DNP programs. She serves on the board of directors for the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), belongs to the American Nurses Association/Texas Nurses Association where she serves on the Scope & Standards of Practice for Nursing Informatics 3rd revision workgroup and to Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma), the international honor society for nursing. She has been a frequent contributor to the growing body of healthcare knowledge as a presenter and author in nursing informatics.

She lives in East Texas area with her husband of 30+ years and their two cats. In her spare time, she quilts, works on genealogy, plays city building games, and loves to travel.

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Secretary
Denise D. Tyler, DNP, MSN/MBA, RN-BC
Visalia, CA
secretary@ania.org

Bio

I have been working in informatics since the late 90s as an informatics specialist, a project manager, and a consultant. I am certified through the ANCC for nursing informatics. I have worked with multiple systems, and am a certified EPIC clinical informaticist. I currently work as an informatics nurse for Trinity Health at Saint Agnes Medical Center. I am chair of the Super Users Committee and the Downtime Committee and serve on several hospital committees, including the Clinical Practice Committee, the Disaster Committee, and the Steering Committee. I am also the Epic Conversion Coordinator and Cutover Coordinator.

I received my DNP in 2017 through Chamberlain College of Nursing, my doctoral project was on developing and implementing a formal mentoring and orientation program for nurses new to informatics. I am an active member of ANIA, working as the assistant editor and regularly contributing to our organizational journal, the Journal of Informatics Nursing (JIN) and on the policy group. I have also regularly attended the annual conferences since 2002, presenting at many of them. I served on the board as secretary from 2004 - 2014 and as editor from 2009 - 2014. I was on the committee to evaluate then move forward with the merger with CARING, worked on the conference planning committee several times, and the committee to evaluate and recommend our association management company.

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Treasurer
Mark Heyward Johnson, MHA, BSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Greer, SC
treasurer@ania.org

Bio

After completing his undergraduate degree at Clemson University in 1992, Mark enlisted in the U.S. Army to gain a career perspective and earn money for graduate school. He was fortunate to receive a recommendation to pursue health information systems as a career from a lieutenant colonel who recognized his passion for information systems and health sciences and indicated that the field would soon be rapidly expanding. While working at the Tacoma/Seattle VA hospital as a work-study during nursing school, Mark started down a path towards informatics through an introduction to VISTA. Since his days as a VA work-study, Mark worked over 9 years as a bedside nurse, and succeeded as a nurse analyst and later as a clinical informatics administrator at a 220-bed regional medical center. He has maintained ANCC certification in Informatics Nursing since 2005 and CPHIMS certification since 2009. Mark was named a Fellow at HIMSS in 2017. Mark has served on multiple HIMSS committees, including the Connected Patient and Professional Development committees and was the Co-Chair of the Connect Patient Community at HIMSS for 2015. Mark served with the South Carolina ANIA chapter board of directors from 2015 to 2017 and was chair of the national ANIA social media team from 2015 to 2017. Mark also serves as an instructor for ANIA Nursing Informatics Certification Review Course (NI-CRC). Mark is a Vice President at iatricSystems. He has served at iatricSystems since 2007 in product implementation and support, product management and development as well as regional sales and business development roles.

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Education Director
Christy Jo St. John, MSN, RN-BC
Richmond, VA
education@ania.org

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Christy has experienced a diverse informatics career in the inpatient and outpatient arenas over the last decade. She has held informatics roles from analyst to executive leadership, allowing for well-rounded understanding of day-to-day practice, trends, and how accurate data can influence decisions at all levels of health care. Most recently, she was CNIO for Virginia Commonwealth University Health, and prior, Associate CNIO for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. She currently works as an independent consultant and serves as a mentor for Thomas Edison State University, teaching nursing informatics courses. Her clinical background includes medical-surgical, critical care, and cardiopulmonary stepdown.

Christy received her MSN from Walden University, with a concentration in Nursing Informatics. She is an ANCC Certified Informatics Nurse. She has published and presented locally and nationally on a number of informatics topics including implementation best practices, optimization, content management, usability, and meaningful use of data at the bedside.

In addition to serving on the ANIA Board, Christy also has served as an advisor for VA HIMSS Informatics Special Interest Group, and as a community advisor for local non-profits. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, HIMSS, the American Nurses Association, and the Virginia Nurses Association.

Christy loves to spend time with her husband, son, and two dogs. In her spare time, she crafts, sings in her church choir, tries new recipes, and loves outdoor adventures.

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Northeast Region Director
Kathleen Morouse, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN
Pittsburgh, PA
northeastregion@ania.org

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Kathleen earned a BSN from Drexel University in 2009 and MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role from Drexel University in 2013. She is certified in critical care and informatics and recently completed the DNP program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Kathleen has over 30 years of bedside clinical experience in a variety of roles and units but most of the time in critical care. She transitioned into the role of Informatics Nurse in 2011, and her clinical experience has helped her be the clinical voice in informatics for the staff at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh. Kathleen has worked as adjunct professor at several universities since 2013, teaching informatics as well as other courses. She is the co-founder and President-Elect for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of ANIA, which was formed in July 2015.

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Southeast Region Director
Andrew Awoniyi, ND, RN-BC, CDE
Dallas, TX
southeastregion@ania.org

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Andrew graduated from the Nursing Doctorate program at the University of Colorado in 1996. He then completed a postgraduate fellowship and stayed on to work at Partners Healthcare, providing a solid foundation for understanding the possibilities of the role of technology in healthcare. Andrew was invited to build a diabetes program that evolved into a wellness program in a rural community in the Pacific Northwest, giving him perspective on the challenges facing rural health residents and practitioners, delivery of services to the underserved, and who to use technology to bridge the divide. He gained additional insights over the last 12 years as a consultant, serving as a Nursing Informatics Specialist in the Veterans Health Administration, and most recently creating solutions at Axxess, a software technology company. Andrew's current position as a Director of Education & Research continues to provide numerous opportunities to participate at various points in the product development life cycle of the company's solutions, and learn the business of delivering sustainable solutions to the competitive marketplace of care in the home.

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Central Region Director
Nicole Mohiuddin, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Charlottesville, VA
centralregion@ania.org

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Nicole has enjoyed a broad-based informatics career that includes leadership roles in the provider, vendor and consultant arenas of healthcare. Her informatics roles have included Director of Clinical Informatics, Manager of Strategic Marketing for a medical devices corporation, and Senior Informatics Consultant with a Fortune 500 company. She has designed, implemented and supported a variety of informatics projects, including electronic medical records (EMR), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), bar-coded medication administration (BCMA) and smart infusion pumps.

Nicole’s clinical roles have included serving as a Senior Clinical Nurse and a Charge Nurse on a Medical-Surgical unit at an academic medical center. Nicole is a HIMSS Fellow and her volunteer efforts have included: Clinical & Nursing Informatics Member-at-Large for the Greater Chicago HIMSS chapter, CPHIMS Technical Committee and Speaker Committee for the HIMSS Midwest Fall Technology Conference.

Nicole has lived exclusively in the northwest Chicago suburbs. She has earned a Master of Science in Health Systems Management and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago. Nicole is ANCC board-certified in Nursing Informatics. When she's not making the world a better place for patients and their caregivers, Nicole enjoys bicycling, running, nature trails, and healthy yet flavorful cooking.

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West Region Director
Stephanie Dremel, MSN, BSN, RN
San Diego, CA
westregion@ania.org

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Stephanie's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Southern Colorado, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing Informatics from Chamberlain School of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 21 years and a nurse leader for 20 of those 21 years. Stephanie been a nurse leader at University of California San Diego for 15 years and I am currently the Associate Nursing Director for Gastroenterology. In her role, she is responsible for multiple procedural units and clinics at 2 hospital sites and my staff support both inpatient and outpatient populations. She oversees all aspects of operations, including financial, quality, safety, clinical, technology, and strategic aspects. Stephanie has been a member of ANIA since 2014 and is a founding member of the ANIA San Diego Chapter.