2016-2017 Board of Directors

VA HIMSS is lucky to have very talented individuals who are willing to volunteer their time. We have included short biographies on each member so you may get to know them better.

President: Cherie Pardue

Cherie is the Chief Information Officer at American Hospital in Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to Dubai, in her short time as Deputy CIO at Adventist Healthcare, she was integral in implementing the Adventist HIE. She just transitioned from the CIO at Children’s National Medical Center where she developed and led the technology strategy for the organization. Under Cherie’s guidance numerous clinical applications were adopted, including EMR Solutions (CPOE, Physician and Nursing Documentation, Pharmacy, ED and Surgical Systems) and technology platforms were implemented. Mobile BYOD, Email and Network OS Upgrades, Disaster Recovery, network assessments and Security programs are examples. She conceived and implemented the Clinical Informatics Support Center to: ensure tight integration between technology and clinical workflow, and aid clinicians in timely and accurate problem resolution, education and support. Prior to Children’s National, Cherie spent over twenty years leading large scale project implementations and consulting for non-profits and law firms and has leveraged her marketing background as Director of Product Management/Marketing for several .com’s guiding their product launches. Cherie has a degree in Information Technology from the University of Canberra, Australia. Since arriving in America over 20 years ago as part of the Australian Foreign Service to head the Embassy of Australia’s Information Technology Initiative, Cherie is now a citizen of the U.S.A. and has enjoyed travelling around the United States of America discovering it’s diversity. Email: Cherie.Pardue@vahimss.org

Immediate Past President: Matt Curtin

Matt is Director, Business Strategy with Impact Makers, a Management Consulting firm and certified 'B Corporation'. Over the past 8 years, he has held roles on both payer- and provider-sides, specializing in leadership and client relationship management.

In his current position, Matt works closely with Senior Leaders and Executives to craft creative solutions for IT challenges in the Healthcare and Commercial arenas.

Prior to Impact Makers, Matt was Client Services Vice-President at Divurgent, an Account Manager within TEKsystems’ Healthcare Services division, an Analyst with Mercer Health & Benefits in their Washington, D.C. office and a Data Analyst in The University of Virginia Medical Center’s Perioperative Division.

Matt currently lives in Richmond, VA and supports clients on a national basis. He is a graduate of James Madison University’s Health Systems Administration and Business Management programs. Email: Matt.Curtin@vahimss.org

President-Elect: Keith Perry

Keith has over 30 years of information technology experience.  He currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Carilion Clinic based in Roanoke, Virginia, where he leads the alignment of information and technology services with the overall strategic objectives of the organization. 

In addition to Information Technology, Mr. Perry also leads Clinical Engineering and Health Information Management under the Technology Services Group. Prior to joining Carilion Clinic, Mr. Perry served as Administrator of Technology Services for the University of Virginia Health System.  There he led the Information Services team for the Medical Center, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, University Physicians Group and Health Sciences Library.  He previously served as Vice President and Associate Chief Information Officer for Hospital Partners of America.

Mr. Perry received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, and his master in health administration and master in business administration from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC.  He is a member of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME).  He also serves as president-elect of the Board of Directors for the HIMSS Virginia Chapter and sits on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Center for Medical Interoperability.Keith.perry@vahimss.org

Past-President, Secretary: David E. Stewart

David is a Senior Director – Population Health with Huron Consulting Group.  In the spirit of "Triple Aim", he assists Healthcare organizations and physician organization develop innovative solutions to navigate the challenging tasks of improving the quality of care and patient satisfaction at a lower cost or while reducing costs by implementing data-driven population health management strategies and transition to value-based healthcare using contemporary, customized solutions that address those organizations’ most pressing strategic and operational needs and leadership challenges.  David brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare restructuring and change management, specializing in population health, technology transfer, cybersecurity, performance improvement and margin management.  Throughout his career, he has led a range of large scale integrated engagements including clinical, business and organizational transformation initiatives within the industry. Prior to joining Huron Healthcare, David held leadership positions at CSC, IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, GE & WebMD .  David is Lean Total Quality Management (TQM), Six Sigma and Change Acceleration Process (CAP) certified.  Email: David.Stewart@vahimss.org

Co-Treasurer: McRay Simmons

McRay Simmons is a Healthcare Business Development Manager for Zones, Inc. and is responsible for healthcare accounts in NC, SC, and VA.  Residing in Fuquay Varina, NC, McRay has been married to Cathy for 35 years and they have 2 children and 8 grandchildren.  McRay has 31 years of success and expertise in Healthcare Technology and Services and is recognized by his customers for his integrity, work ethic, and consistently viewing their business through their eyes.  As a team member at Zones, Inc., an IT VAR and Systems Integrator, he is happy that these values are shared and supported.  Email: McRay.simmons@vahimss.org

Past-President & Co-Treasurer: Kim Hardesty, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMS, PMP®

Kim is currently a Technical Program Manager with Anthem and has over 30 years in the healthcare industry including positions within physician practices, hospitals, healthcare systems and payer environments. She has received her MBA with a concentration in Project Management as well as her PMP and CPHIMS certifications and was awarded her HIMSS Fellow in 2013. The last 20 years have been primarily in the Healthcare IT Industry involving IT implementations and management. Kim has a proven track record of successfully working with cross functional teams and creating a collaborative environment amongst the team members. She excels in working with business owners to find areas where they can reach an economy of scale of resource allocation to project task deliverables in order to have minimal impact daily operational activities. Kim has been an active member of the Virginia Chapter of HIMSS since 2006 and a board member since 2009. Email: kim.hardesty@vahimss.org

Past President & Organizational Liason : Kyle Fredette, MBA

Kyle is the General Manager for Winthrop Resources Corporation's Mid-Atlantic Region. Winthrop is a Technology Finance / Leasing firm that focuses on long-term client relationships.

Kyle started his career as a technology engineer at CMS Information Services working with clients such as Fairfax County Public Schools and the Missile Defense Agency. Next, as an Account Lead at Novus Consulting Group he headed up relationships with such clients as the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Naval Marine Corps Intranet, and Disney Worldwide Services. Most recently, in his role at Ascom U.S., Kyle sold on-site wireless solutions to Healthcare clients such as Carolinas HealthCare System, Rex Healthcare and Johns Hopkins HealthCare.

At Winthrop, he is proud to be a VHHA-endorsed (Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association) partner and serve as the Judges Chair for the Virginia Healthcare Innovators' Health Information Technology Award. Kyle also serves on the board of the Virginia / DC HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) Chapter as Programs Chair-Elect.

Kyle graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. Later he received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Email: Kyle.Fredette@vahimss.org

Chapter Advocate & HIE Liaison (CAR) / Past President: Terri Ripley, BS, MIT, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS Assistant Vice President, Project Portfolio Management

Terri Ripley is an energetic Health IT leader with 28 years of achievement leveraging technology to implement solutions leading to direct improvements in both patient healthcare and operating efficiencies. She is a talented thought leader with a reputation of success within the health IT community through exceptional communication, presentation and motivation skills. Terri serves the Commonwealth of Virginia as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Governing Body of Virginia’s Health Information Exchange, ConnectVirginia. Terri is a HIMSS Fellow, serves as the Chair of the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable, is past president of Virginia HIMSS and currently serves as Chapter Advocate and HIE Liaison for Virginia HIMSS.

Terri received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Lynchburg College and her Masters of Information Technology from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Inova, Terri was a Principal Consultant with Impact Makers assisting hospitals with the management or projects including the implementation of Epic and achievement of Meaningful Use. Prior to this she spent 26 years with Centra Health providing strategic planning and oversight for Centra’s application systems, community health information exchange. Terri is passionate about implementing solutions to improve the delivery of healthcare and also finds time enjoy family and friends. Outside of work, Terri can be found running ultras or enjoying long runs through the mountains with her husband and miniature schnauzers. Email: Terri.Ripley@vahimss.org

Compliance Chair and Programs Co-Chair: Jay Napier

Jay is charged with business development for Communications Specialists’ Health Care division. Communications Specialists has over 25 years’ experience of satisfying the many special requirements for hospital communications, life safety, security and workflow process systems. Jay received his early electronics training in the US Navy and holds a BSBA degree from Old Dominion University. Jay.Napier@vahimss.org

Education Chair: Jonathan DeShazo, PhD, MPH

Dr. DeShazo is currently an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at VCU. He earned his PhD. in biomedical informatics and MPH in Health Services Research at the University of Washington in addition to possessing over ten years of design and project management experience in the software industry and five years of clinical experience as a nurse. His primarily research area is developing innovations in user-centered information technology supporting health decision-making. Dr. DeShazo has served in various research roles including principal investigator and co-investigator on grants funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, DHHS, Massey Cancer Center, and privately sponsored applied informatics research with the goal of improving health outcomes through patient centered information technologies. As Associate Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core within the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Dr. DeShazo also leads a multidisciplinary team producing cutting edge research informatics infrastructure and providing data services for VCU and VCU Health System. Email: Jon.DeShazo@vahimss.org

Co-Sponsorship Chair: Tom Carr

Tom is Senior Vice President of Sales and Emerging Markets at SyCom Technologies. He is focused on solution development and sales for vertical markets, data center solutions, managed services, and customer briefings. Tom has also invested in SyCom and serves as a partner and member of the executive team.

During his 20-year career, Tom's primary focus has been on vertical markets, including healthcare, assisted living, legal, retail, and public sector. Prior to joining SyCom, Tom held a number of sales and sales management positions at Gambro Healthcare and then spent nine years at Cisco Systems where he was a major account manager of the year and Northeast United States Business Development Manager for the Healthcare Vertical Sector. In 1998, as Cisco's second healthcare sales manager, he worked solely with hospitals and his efforts have led to several healthcare best practices being published by Cisco.

In 2007, Tom joined Packet360 as Director of Sales and developed the sales consulting group specializing in vertical markets and advanced technologies. Packet360 was recognized as the 164th fastest growing company in the United States by Inc. magazine during his tenure.

Tom was named James Madison University's Alumni of the Year in 2003. Email: Tom.carr@vahimss.org

Special Interest Group Co-Chair: Tony Douglas

Tony is an accomplished healthcare IT professional with over 12 years of experience and an exceptional record of achievement in clinical IT transformation and IT Security and Privacy. A strategic partner with the Executive Team, passionate about the role of information technology in the transformation of healthcare and the possibilities it offers for improving the quality and efficiency of patient care and financial health. • Educated IT Professional (B.S. Computer Science), with 100% career focus in Healthcare IT, both clinical and operationally. • Committed to learning and understanding the various business attributes within the dynamic Healthcare environment. • Demonstrated success in developing relationships between healthcare providers, internal teams, and business partners to develop various business processes and technical solutions • Highly motivated business professional/sales manager capable of managing highly visible and critical accounts. • Experienced project manager/consultant, focused on leading healthcare providers through various Healthcare IT implementations to completion and revenue recognition. • Experienced solutions engineer, comfortable with providing pre-­‐sale demonstrations, technical implementation proposals, statement of work, and managing customer relationships including championing customer requests with internal R&D organization. Email: Tony.douglas@vahimss.org

Past President, Board Member at Large : Reuben Southall, CPHIMS

Reuben is a 20-year veteran of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) who had a desire to become involved with HIMSS out of a passion to enhance his professional knowledge and foster a “win – win” situation between VCUHS and HIMSS. In his current roles, Director - Clinical Information System and IT Program Manager, EMR, Reuben has a staff of approximately 30 Application Analysts focused on the support of a suite of Cerner technology solutions. Reuben is a leader within his organization that is often tasked with leading interdisciplinary problem solving teams that include clinicians, healthcare information technology professionals, revenue cycle staff and health system executives. Email: Reuben.Southall@vahimss.org

Past President, Board Member at Large: Laishy Williams-Carlson, CPHIMS

Laishy serves on the CIO Council for Bon Secours Health System as the Chief Information Officer for Hampton Roads, which is comprised of three acute care hospitals, nursing care centers, and ambulatory sites. In addition to her Hampton Roads CIO role, she heads up the BSHSI Enterprise Application Services Division. Laishy will lead the system-wide implementation of BSHSI’s EHR, launching this summer. She has worked in healthcare finance and I.S. for 22 years in various roles, including: Controller, Director of I.S. and Local System CIO. Laishy has attained CPHIMS certification and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. She has held various Virginia HIMSS Chapter leadership roles, including President, President-Elect, Program Chair, and Communications Chair.

Past President, Board Member at Large: Shane Danaher

Shane is Client Services Vice President for DIVURGENT. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategic service offerings, helping healthcare providers understand and follow industry trends, and compete in an increasingly intensive economic environment. Shane brings over eight years of experience to the healthcare technology field and has a proven history of establishing successful relationships with providers and healthcare organizations. Shane's strong technology background combined with a deep understanding of the healthcare market have helped him create solutions for clients that maximize their project successes.

Shane has an Economics degree from Haverford College and an MBA from Virginia Tech. In addition to HIMSS, Shane has been invited to speak regarding industry relevant topics, such as Meaningful Use, to other professional organizations including MGMA, AAHAM, Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE), and regional physician groups. Email: Shane.Danaher@vahimss.org

Past President, Board Member at Large: Colin Konschak, RPh, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Colin is the founding Partner of DIVURGENT, and was previously an Associate Partner / Client Services Leader with IBM Global Business Services. He has 18 years of healthcare technology, business operations, organizational leadership and clinical experience. He is a Registered Pharmacist graduating from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and possesses an MBA in Health Services Management from Old Dominion University. Colin is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has worked on numerous process improvement projects during his career, throughout the continuum of care. Email: Colin.Konschak@vahimss.org

Past President, Board Member at Large, Sponsorship Chair: Scott Bateman

Scott is an Enterprise Program Management Leader for Bon Secours Health System based out of Marriottsville, MD and also the founding Partner of Healthcare Project Management Partners, LLC. He has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Financial and Clinical Systems Implementations and clinical and operational leadership. He is PMP® certified and a Six Sigma Black Belt graduating from Old Dominion University with a BS in MIS and George Washington University with a Master Certificate in Project Management.

Scott lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife Susan and 4 children ranging in ages from 11 to 21 years. Email: Scott.Bateman@vahimss.org

Chair, Programs Committee, Collin Stoddard

Collin is a Healthcare focused Client Executive with Sirius Computer Solutions, supporting customers throughout Virginia. Sirius is a nationally recognized integrator of technology solutions that span the enterprise and lines of business. With a background in problem solving Collin enjoys working closely with senior leadership to align IT deliverables with the organization’s business objectives. Prior to entering the IT field Collin served eight years as an Infantry officer in the Virginia Army National Guard. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, and currently lives in Richmond with his wife and two young children. Collin.Stoddard@vahimss.org