Board of Directors

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President
Brenda Kulhanek, PhD, MSN, MS, RN-BC
Mt. Juliet, TN
president@ania.org

Bio

Brenda is the AVP of Clinical Education for HCA and teaches graduate nursing informatics courses for both Walden University and Chamberlain College of Nursing. During her 25 years of experience as a nurse, Brenda has been involved in acute care and home care nursing, management, nursing informatics, and education roles. Her professional interests include the advancement of health care delivery through human performance improvement models, clinical and informatics competence, and the use of data to improve both the work of nurses and patient outcomes. Brenda has presented and authored multiple article on nursing informatics, the intersection of human performance improvement with health care, and informatics education, and most recently authored several units of the ONC Workforce Curriculum Development program funded under HITECH.

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President-Elect
Diane Humbrecht, DNP, RN-BC
Philadelphia, PA
presidentelect@ania.org

Bio

Diane is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Abington Jefferson Health. She has worked at Abington for 28 years and has served in a variety of nursing leadership roles. Diane created and developed the informatics department and informatics roles at Abington over the past 11 years. Additionally she is an adjunct professor at West Chester University teaching DNP students informatics. Diane has been the recipient of numerous awards including The 2010 Bayada award for Nursing Innovation and the 2011 Nursing Spectrum award for leading the profession of nursing.

She obtained her masters in nurse leadership with a minor in informatics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and her doctorate in nursing practice from Vanderbilt University in 2015.

As an ANIA board member, Diane has focused on the new development of regional chapters. She is currently serving in her second term.

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Immediate Past President
Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Jacksonville Beach, FL
pastpresident@ania.org

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Treasurer and Job Bank
Karen Zorn, MSN, ONC, RN
Atlanta, GA
treasurer@ania.org

Bio

Karen is an Enterprise Solution Architect at Emory Healthcare and Part Time Clinical Instructor at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA. Karen has an MSN from University of Phoenix in Education and Informatics MSN from Georgia State University.

After spending 30 plus years in the Orthopaedic and Nursing Education fields. In 2010 Karen moved into an informatics position bringing her clinical expertise to the role. Current projects are centered on optimizing the provider experience in the use of the EHR.

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Secretary
Cheryl D. Parker, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS
Lewisville, TX
secretary@ania.org

Bio

Cheryl is the chief nursing informatics officer for PatientSafe Solutions and is on faculty for Walden University and Rutgers University. She has over 35 years’ experience in the healthcare industry including clinical nursing, management, nursing informatics, and education both corporate and academic. She is Fellow of Healthcare Informatics Systems Society (HIMSS) where she is a section editor for the Clinical Informatics Newsletter, belongs to the American Nurses Association/Texas Nurses Association where she served the Scope & Standards of Practice for Nursing Informatics revision workgroup and to Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the international honor society for nursing, where she is the immediate past president for Phi Nu Chapter at Walden University. Her special interest is clinical workflow improvement using smartphone technology. She is a frequent speaker, educator, and author on nursing informatics topics.

She lives in Dallas, TX area with her husband of 29+ years, four cats and 12 koi fish. In her spare time, she quilts, works on genealogy, plays city building games, and loves to travel.

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Education Director
Carolyn S. Harmon, DNP, RN-BC
Columbia, SC
education@ania.org

Bio

Carolyn’s greater than 20 years of experience in health care includes mid-level and executive leadership, quality management, nursing informatics, clinical transformation, education, and data analytics. She is currently the Director of the MSN in Organizational Leadership at the University of South Carolina with teaching assignments in informatics, leadership, and evidence-based practice. Prior to becoming the education director, she served as the president of the South Carolina ANIA chapter.

She received her Doctor in Nursing Practice with a focus in Executive Leadership and a research interest in nursing informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Harmon has disseminated a variety of nursing informatics topics via local, regional, and national conference presentations as well as publications. She is also ANCC Board Certified in informatics nursing as well as certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt. In 2011, Dr. Harmon served as an item writer for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s informatics nursing exam.

In addition to ANIA, she is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Association. The Rock Hill South Carolina city council appointed Carolyn to serve as a board member on the Rock Hill Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. She lives in Rock Hill, SC, with her husband and cats. She enjoys college football, reading, and dining out.

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Northeast Region Director
Mark Heyward Johnson, MHA, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Greer, SC
northeastregion@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. Mark joined the Iatric Systems team in 2007 and served in support, implementation, development, sales and business development roles while at Iatric Systems. Currently, Mark is the Senior Director responsible for the patient and clinician portal suite along with directing a new venture in clinician workflow and analytics applications. Since joining ANIA in 2013, Mark has enjoyed contributing to the mission of ANIA through conference and monthly webinar presentations as well as serving as the chair of the Social Media committee for ANIA since spring 2015 and as the board secretary for the South Carolina SCeNIC chapter of ANIA.

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Southeast Region Director
Christy Jo St. John, MSN, RN-BC
Richmond, VA
southeastregion@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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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
Elizabeth Weeks, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN
Kansas City, KS
westregion@ania.org

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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.