Board of Directors and Committee Members


Summerpal Kahlon MD, MS

Change Healthcare, Value Based Payments Evangelist

Florida Health Care Plans, Medical Consultant

Veterans Administration, Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases (Part-time)


Dr. Kahlon currently serves as a Value Based Payments Evangelist at Change Healthcare, promoting adoption of technology and standards to support expansion of value based care programs.

He is also an Infectious Diseases specialist physician with a Master's degree in Healthcare Informatics from the University of Central Florida, where he continues to serve as Chairman of the industry Advisory Board for the program as well as a volunteer professor at the UCF College of Medicine. 

Past President & Community Relations Chair

Bill Blewitt

Director of Business Development 

Gevity Consulting



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.



Johan Lidros

Founder and President

Eminere Group


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 Surgical Oncology, Orthopedics, and Nursing Informatics

Rockledge Regional Medical Center


Sharon is an experienced healthcare leader with a background in critical care, informatics, data analytics and population health.  Sharon earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree a BSN and an MBA in Healthcare Management. She is also CPHIMS and Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified. In addition to serving as a mentor to new nursing graduates and Health IT early careerists, Sharon is active with HIMSS on a local and national level as a current chapter board member and a member of the HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community, the Nursing Informatics Community and served as a past member of the HIMSS Population Health Task Force.



Joe Wagner, MPA, FHIMSS

Senior Director, US/East Division

Gevity Consulting


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 


Education Chair

Elliot Sloane Ph.D., CCE, FHIMSS

Foundation for Living, Wellness and Health



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.



Kim Mitchell-El Hudson


Avance IT Solutions


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.

Advocacy Chair

Richard Rainey

Sr. Team Member Health Analyst

Audacious Marketing Solutions, CEO

Tampa General Hospital

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.


Communications Chair

Nia Bradley, CPHIMS

Senior Coordinator, Clinical Informatics

Health First


Nia is an enthusiastic supporter of IT and clinical customers. She enjoys working with end users, systems analysts, and developers to implement system changes that enhance clinician/provider workflow while also educating others to help increase change adoption. The last nine years of twenty in her diverse healthcare career have been in the IT space. Nia is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Organizational Management with a Healthcare Management specialization from Eastern Florida State College. Her passions include promoting a positive culture, inclusiveness through collaboration, nurturing talent in others, and being the voice of the clinician.


Membership Chair


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.


Sponsorship Chair


Senior Ambassador - West

Stan Liberatore

CEO, Vsummits

President of No Limit Technology

Board Chairman of Save the Kids Foundation


Stan is passionate about emerging technologies and new ways to add value. He has a breadth of experience working with the Fortune 500’s, Healthcare Providers, Higher Education, and the Not For Profit space. For the past 3 years his boutique tech firm that started off as “No Limit Staffing” morphed into “No Limit Technology”, a cloud consulting, tech staffing and virtual tech incubator. He more recently just took on a new venture as CEO of Vsummits, an augmented events management company. He has served clients and employers in a wide array of roles from business development, leadership, project management, B2B, staffing, consulting, and more. He is an individual with a true passion for technology, and the limitless opportunities it affords. Stan is a husband and devoted father of three, a wrestling coach, philanthropist and spiritual ambassador! In his spare time he likes to work out, boat, and spend time entertaining his family and friends. He has a strong passion for succeeding in anything and everything he does. He is a firm believer in honoring commitments and believes that this is the number one rule in business and in life. If you say you are going to do something, you deliver – for whomever you are making a commitment to.


Scholarship & Professional Development Chair

Sherry de Cuba

Director, Compliance and Privacy

Greenway Health


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.


Programs Chair

Sophia Batallas RN, BSN, MSN

Emids, Director of Digital Transformation Advisory Solutions



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.


Rachel Reiter

Regional VP of Sales & Operations

Innovative Consulting Group


Rachel has been a part of the healthcare and IT community for over 20 years engaging in both operational and sales executive roles. Rachel is recognized by clients and peers as being skilled at building strong internal and external business relationships to create a collaborative environment. She strives to deliver "volue-based" project solutions with organizational leadership to align and achieve a patient-centered vision of healthcare delivery. In her role as Regional Vice President with Innovative Consulting Group, she is responsible for establishing strategic goals and action plans around new and existing business development while supporting sales activities in the southeast states of SC, GA, FL, AL, MS and LA. 


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.


Senior Ambassador - Northwest (Panhandle area)

 Julie Burgoon

 ELLKAY, Director of Customer Success 

 Julie Burgoon Consulting, LLC, President


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)