Board of Directors and Committee Members
Summerpal Kahlon MD, MS
Director of Business Development - US/East Division
Mr. Blewitt is an accomplished healthcare professional with 18 years of experience working with healthcare providers across North America. He brings a depth of expertise in management consulting and healthcare technology. His mission is to identify and apply technology to improve public health. He is a dedicated, thoughtful innovator who believes in the power of technology to drive positive change in addressing the health needs of the 21st Century. He is currently a partner with Gevity Consulting, Inc.
Founder and President
Johan Lidros is the founder and President of Eminere Group which provides IT Governance and Cyber Risk Management Services. He has specialized in providing IT governance, IT risk management, IT audit and information security assurance solutions for the higher education, and healthcare industries. He is a previous President of the North and Central Florida HIMSS chapter and has had different board and/or committee positions within the chapter for more than 10 years.
Johan has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Stockholm University and he is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), HITRUST Certified Common Security Framework Practitioner, and certified in IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL-F). Johan was a 2012-2014 member of the ISACA CGEIT committee, a is a current AHIA IT subject matter expert and Certification Coordinator for the ISACA West Florida chapter.
Sharon N. Harrell, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHIMS
Director of PCU, Orthopedics & Surgical Oncology
Sharon is an experienced clinician and healthcare informatics professional. She has over 20 years of experience including work in surgical ICU, medical ICU, ER, EHR training and implementation, data & analytics, decision support and population health. She has worked in various healthcare settings including hospitals, post-acute care and payer organizations. Mrs. Harrell holds a BSN and MBA in Healthcare Management. She is a member of ACHE, the HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community and the HIMSS Population Health Task Force and past Communications Chair for the Central and North Florida Chapter of HIMSS.
Joe Wagner, MPA, FHIMSS
Senior Director, US/East Division
Joe is an accomplished information services and healthcare management professional with 25 years of experience in implementing and managing healthcare information systems. He was most recently employed with the fifth largest public healthcare system in the United States. His 5 years of experience as the Vice President and CIO of a major Florida hospital district has allowed him to become an expert in the project management of a wide variety of complex and demanding projects. Joe coordinated and lead large diverse teams of professionals from the 4 hospitals, 100’s of physicians and the State Governor appointed Board of Directors to consensus on clinical and business applications and their budgets.
Joe is a HIMSS Fellow is very active in State and National HIE initiatives. Joe was selected by the HIMSS National Board of Directors to serve a two year post on the National HIE committee for the US. The Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) Steering Committee provides leadership within HIMSS in the promotion and advancement of health information exchange and related activities. He has led the creation of, and participated in, developing relative HIE white papers which can be reviewed on the HIMSS website at HIMSS.org.
Dr. Elliot Sloane is a professor and active public speaker, and is also the co-founder of the Foundation for Living, Wellness and Health (FLWH), and the former Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy (CHIRP), in Osprey, FL. He has been a HIMSS board member for chapters in FL and PA, is the Emeritus Co-Chair of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) International global electronic health record and medical device interoperability standards body, is on the IHE USA Board of Directors, and is a co-founder of the IHE Patient Care Device Domain. He was also recently elected to the HIMSS NA Nominating Committee. Sloane also designs, develops, and conducts related Health Informatics graduate and professional certificate courses, and publishes related research with South University and Villanova University. He actively presents related papers and panels at professional and academic conferences around the globe.
Sloane has spent over 4 decades in a dual career spanning IT and biomedical engineering to improve healthcare outcomes, efficiency, and patient safety. Prior to academia and non-profit agency leadership, he had 25 years of executive experience with At ECRI Institute and MEDIQ/PRN Life Support Services, with responsibilities for patient safety, medical device, drug, and IT industries. Since then, he has spent over fifteen years at Drexel, South, and Villanova Universities in related academic research and teaching areas, and has published well over one hundred and fifty peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations worldwide.
In 2008, he founded the non-profit Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy (CHIRP), and subsequently, in 2017 he launched the Foundation for Living, Wellness, and Health. Both are devoted to ensuring medical and information technologies are efficient, effective, patient-centric, safe, and secure. As President of CHIRP and FLWH, Sloane has assisted the US Government, the World Health Organization, and national, state and private healthcare agencies develop and improve their EHR, HIE, HISP and medical device interoperability, safety, security and technology management policies, programs, and standards.
Dr. Sloane is active on many HIMSS, AAMI, ACCE, and IEEE committees in addition to his IHE leadership roles. His HIMSS activities continue to Federal and Florida HIT Advocacy and Legislative Review projects, Professional Development, Professional Certification, Local, Regional, and National Conference Education Programs, Regional and National HIE planning and collaboration, mHealth/PCHA standards, and both medical device and EHR Security and Privacy standards, threats, and compliance.
He has been certified by HIMSS to teach the CPHIMS and CAHIMS Review Courses, and also had a leadership role in the creation of the CAHIMS professional certification program. In addition to his dedicated service to the HIMSS community, Sloane is an active member in the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic and Engineers (IEEE).
Dr. Sloane is also an elected of Fellow of AIMBE, ACCE, and HIMSS, is an IEEE Life
Member, and is also a Certified Clinical Engineer. He has served as president and officer of many professional societies, and he has received several awards for his contributions.
As the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer for Avancé IT Solutions, Ms. Mitchell-El has over 30 years in healthcare and healthcare technology. In this role she has overseen organizational development and process refinement, complex systems implementations and streamlined application deployment, resulting in scalable user-friendly application usability and improved organizational productivity. Avancé IT Solutions partners with hospitals and physician practices to maximize reimbursement through technology.They offer management and thought leadership in support of healthcare technologies, compliance related issues, and technology adoption.
The array of organizations Ms. Mitchell-El has supported over the past 10 years include Program Management for the Department of Defense (DOD), Interim Management for large university hospitals and physician practices and Principle Consultant for community hospitals and vendors.
Business Analyst, Team Member Health & Wellness
Richard Rainey is a Healthcare Business Analyst with Tampa General Hospital and specializes in occupational health and wellness for their 8,300 team members. Richard has over 9 years of experience in healthcare, across multiple specialties and settings, performing data analysis and leading process improvement projects. He was a key player in the development of Tampa General’s Drug Diversion Prevention program analytics and reports that have successfully identified potential diversions. Richard also serves as a local chapter member for the Project Management Institute and the Business Process Improvement Professionals of Tampa Bay.
Andrea Gillotte, M.P.S, B.S., is a Marketing Supervisor for AnazaoHealth. She is responsible for establishing strategic goals and action plans for the marketing department while supporting Sales activities for revenue growth in each pharmacy division. Gillotte was previously a Project Manager with HCA's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) deployment team. She planned, monitored, and managed projects of high complexity across multiple teams, departments, and locations that had a direct impact on the organization. Gillotte earned a Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Strategic Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Relations from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She served in the United States Navy (USN) as an active duty broadcast journalist for nearly 6 years. Gillotte has more than 19 years of experience in communications, collaboration and outreach and 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry ranging from pharmacy, Health Information Technology (HIT), Health Information Exchange (HIE), wellness and primary care services.
Senior Security & Clinical Projects Analyst/Team Lead
Dee has worked in the Information Security field for over 30 years. Her experience includes Data Security, IT Change Control, Data Security Governance, Audit, IT Security Training & Awareness and webmaster functions in the nonprofit and state government spaces. Ms. Alexander is is currently a board/committee member of the HIMSS, ISACA, and ISSA organizations in good standing. She serves as the webmaster for the Central Florida HIMSS chapter.
Supervisor | AIT Epic Identity & Access Mgmt
Kevin is an Identity & Access Management Supervisor for AdventHealth with over 10 years of healthcare and technology experience in various roles surrounding hardward, software development, and access management to name a few. He received a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in Information Technology Management from Webster University. He is also certified as a Healthcare Information Security & Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP). His passions include technology process improvement, emergining technologies and personnel development. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and working on home improvement projects.
Named Account Manager
Becky is a Cyber Security/Advanced Threat Professional helping to transform Enterprise IT Security in the Healthcare Industry. She has been assisting Healthcare organizations with technology in all facets by using a consultative approach to provide value added solutions. Becky helps Healthcare organizations by providing new perspectives and ideas, avoiding potential pitfalls and displaying excellent communication skills.
Becky lives in Jacksonville with her husband and son. When she is not getting her exercise chasing her little boy, she enjoys running, pure barre, and yoga. She is currently managing Proofpoint Healthcare sales in Northern Florida and Alabama.
Scholarship Chair/Sponsorship Vice-Chair
Co-Founder and Principal
Stephanie is Co-Founder and Principal at Immersive, a healthcare data lifecycle management company. Stephanie brings 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry where she has served in program/solution development, client service and business development roles for leading firms including The Advisory Board Company, WebMD, CTG Health Solutions and CynergisTek. She has led a number of program and product launches with an emphasis on competitive differentiation, rapid adoption, client satisfaction, and strategic portfolio management. She previously as an assistant project director for a large Maternal and Child Health Bureau grantee working on the national Bright Futures and Healthy Start initiatives.
Stephanie holds her A.B. and A.M. from the University of Chicago. She completed her two-year term on the Advisory Board of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) and is an active member in many College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) work groups.
Sharon Knight, MSN, RN-BC, CHTS-CP, ITIL-F
Manager Clinical Informatics
Sharon's healthcare career began as a volunteer first aid rider with small local ambulance fully manned by volunteers. She later obtained her EMT-P and later RN licenses. She has experience in emergency departments, ICU (adults and Peds), med/surg, home health, skilled nursing facilities, transport teams and hospice. Sharon began work in Clinical Informatics 10 years ago where she can now combine her knowledge of health sciences with computer sciences.
Angelique Robateau has 25+ years of professional experience of proven success in leading and delivering complex global solutions using different methodologies for Fortune 500 firms across various industries, both as an employee and as a Principal/Independent Consultant of her corporation. With a Master's of Science in Biomedical Informatics (MSBI) from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management Information Systems (MIS) from PACE University, she spearheads many strategic initiatives that are transforming the way she serves her clients.
As a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®), she has held various business and technical positions during her career and remains passionate about research relating to emerging business models and technologies and their impact on business transformation.
Angelique enjoys serving her communities. She is currently the Health Information Management and System Society (HIMSS) National CAR Vice-Chair of the Southern Region (several states), Advocacy Vice-Chair for Central & North Florida HIMSS Chapter, Education Committee Chairperson for the Caribbean Community Association(Tampa Florida), and Community Outreach Director for Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy (Tampa Florida).
She also mentors young adults (especially girls) about the workforce of tomorrow, financial literacy, and life lessons, so they are better prepared for the challenges in their professional (and sometimes personal) lives.
Angelique is currently embracing the next chapter of her life by getting comfortable being uncomfortable. She is an avid reader, enjoys water sports, listens and dances to different genres of music, and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Education and Professional Development Chair
Sherry de Cuba
Director, Compliance and Privacy
Sherry received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Students from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sherry furthered her formal education by earning a Master's Degree in Education-Instructional Technology as well as an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Instructional Technology from the University of West Florida Pensacola, Florida.
Sherry is a HIMSS Fellow who has been actively involved in HIMSS and the Central and North Florida HIMSS over the past seven years. She is a Certified Professional Compliance Officer, AAPC certified. Sherry currently works for Greenway Health, a leading Electronic Health Records company in Tampa, FL.
Strategic Planning Chair
Strategic Planning Vice-Chair
Sophia has over 25 years of experience as a highly resourceful executive leader with experience in health care administration, nursing leadership, strategic planning, advisory consulting, project management, clinical informatics and process improvement. She has served as a change agent to promote clinician adoption of new technology, and is consulted for her leadership skills in the transformation of clinical information processes across systems and stakeholders. Fluent in Spanish, and an effective coach with strong facilitation and presentation skills, she is an RN and earnd a BSNa and MSN from Seton Hall University. She holds a certification in Quality & Patient Safety from the IHI and is currently working on getting certified in Lean Six Sigma.
Senior Ambassador - West
Regional Vice President
A high energy professional with 15 years in the Healthcare and IT community. Rachel is recognized by clients and peers as a high performing individual with a relationship-oriented sales approach. Her areas of expertise include sales, marketing, event planning, hospitality and relationship building.
Junior Ambassador - West
Senior Ambassador - Northeast/Central
(Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Volusia Brevard, south to St. Lucie County)
Mark McCrary, Senior Account Manager
Experienced sales leader and business owner with a demonstrated history of working in the technology, health/ wellness, and fitness industry. Providing professional services, data center, wired and wireless networking infrastructure and software. Mark studied Management & Leadership at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Junior Ambassador - Northeast/Central
(Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Volusia Brevard, south to St. Lucie County)
Ricardo Silva Bustillos
Ricardo Silva, PhD, CCE. Is an energetic health information technology professional, with over 20 years of national and international experience. Chief Innovation Officer for Alluriam Healthcare, a Central Florida Start Up whose mission is to "Enable High Quality Healthcare to be Delivered at the Lowest Cost to All Populations".
Ricardo is certified CA/CP-HIMSS trainer, member of the HIMSS Scientific Committee, and faculty for the Health Informatics Graduate Program (On Line) at Villanova University. He is member of multiple professional organizations, and is working with HIMSS, AAMI, and ACCE in the development of digital health technology guidelines, and curriculum for next generation health systems engineering!
Senior Ambassador - Northwest (Panhandle area)
President and Princpal Consultant
Julie is an accomplished healthcare leader and information technology professional providing management and IT consulting and advisory services for the healthcare industry. She loves helping organizations plan and implement innovation to drive value and optimize performance and quality. Julie brings 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry where she has led large change initiatives at a variety of provider, payer, and integrated delivery organizations.
Julie holds an MBA with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Ball State University. She is a certified Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). Julie is a senior member of HIMSS and has served on a number of HIMSS national workgroups. Most notably, she served as the chair of the HIMSS Provider Payer Community and was appointed by the HIMSS national Board of Directors to serve as a founding member of the HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence Committee.
Senior Ambassador - Northwest (Panhandle area)
Education and Professional Development
Hannah Nguyen is a Program Manager for Master of Science in Health Care Informatics and Executive Master of Health Administration programs at the University of Central Florida. Hannah has over 7 years of experiences in higher education specializing in healthcare education. Her areas of expertise include project management, program development, strategic planning, operations, recruitment and communication.