2017-2018 Board of Directors

HIMSS NCA Chapter is comprised of a Board of Directors who is dedicated to making the Chapter successful through thought leadership, stimulating and intellectual programs, and opportunities such as Charity and Scholarship, Membership and Outreach, and Advocacy activities. Please reach out to any of our Board Members if you are interested in volunteering for the Chapter.

http://img2.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Laura%20Bennett.jpgPresident: Laura Bennett is a Director of Healthcare Solutions at Ventech Solutions. Laura is a business development expert and growth executive with a proven track record in the Federal healthcare marketplace with over 10 years’ experience in marketing and business development. Before joining Ventech, Laura worked for a commercial Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) company, where she pursued and won the company’s first federal healthcare contract within the Defense Health Agency. In another previous engagement, Laura diversified a successful 8(a) company’s client portfolio by winning its first contracts within FDA and HRSA. Since 2010, Laura has been a tremendous support to the HIMSS NCA Chapter acting in a variety of volunteer leadership functions. Laura recently completed a term as the Vice President/President-Elect for the 2016-2017 season. Previously, Laura served as the Acting Programs Chair (2015-2016), HIE Liaison (2014-2015), Co-Chair for the Programs Committee (from 2012 to 2014) and is a Programs Committee Member since 2010. Laura holds a B.A. in English Literature from Goucher College and has taken graduate level classes in information technology, project management, and entrepreneurship. Laura’s LinkedIn profile: click here

Vice President / President-Elect: Mike Feeser - Michael (Mike) Feeser currently serves as the Director of Clinical/Business Informatics for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization, the organization responsible for acquiring, testing and deploying the Cerner/Dentrix Electronic Health Record to over 300 military hospitals and clinics worldwide.  In this capacity, he is responsible for leading a team of clinicians and informaticists in the development of functional success criteria for the DOD testing community, and the development and execution of a six-week Operational Assessment utilizing 19 real-life end-to-end scenarios with 50+ functional users from around the world at a testing facility in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Feeser is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Professional in HIMSS (CPHIMS), and is CHCIO-Eligible in the College of Healthcare Management Executives (CHIME).  He currently serves on the CHIME Fall Forum Planning Committee. Professionally, he has served the Armed Forces Optometric Society as the Chair of the Licensure by Endorsement Committee, and has published articles on Licensure by Endorsement in the AFOS Quarterly Newsletter. He has lectured on macular degeneration and retina at numerous national continuing education conferences including SkiVision 2011 and SkiVision 2012, and the Armed Forces Optometric Society 2011 annual conference.  He has published three clinical care articles in Primary Care Optometry News, a widely read monthly newspaper for U.S. Optometrists. Dr. Feeser served on the Navy Medicine Electronic Health Records Advisory Board, and as the Navy Regional CMIO for the National Capital Area from 2007-2012.  Subsequently, he facilitated the development of software interfaces to seamlessly integrate complex exam data into the electronic health record, AHLTA. Total procurements for Navy Optometry under this program exceeded 20 million dollars.  Man-hours saved by the modernization have been estimated in the thousands per year. A native of Pensacola, FL., Dr. Feeser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Florida State University, his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, and completed his Master’s Degree in Government Information Leadership from the National Defense University in 2015.  He is currently working on his Cyber Security certificate through the National Defense University. Mike’s LinkedIn profile: click here

Nicholas CrismaliSecretary: Nick Crismali works as a Technical Business Analyst and on the Business Development team with Ventera Corp. With a background as a full-stack software engineer, he recently joined the business side to bring insight towards federal and commercial solutions. As a young entrepreneur, Nick effectively tracked and helped Ventera break into CMS, motivate the successful pursuits of contract vehicles like SPARC and ADELE and drive project specific SCAMPI A Appraisals towards CMMIL3. Nick’s network extends to towards both commercial and federal agencies including HHS, USDA, and GSA. Prior to Ventera, Nick worked in the Senate, and later for VH Strategies on Capitol Hill. Nick brings profound organizational knowledge regarding HIMSS NCA and the various relationships amongst the Board and volunteers. His membership with HIMSS started with the Cleveland Chapter. As one of the first students studying computer science to work with John Paganini and the Global Center for Healthcare Innovation, his class later set the path for concentrations in Health IT. For the NCA Chapter, Nick’s responsibilities as the Co-Chair to the Membership and Outreach Committee has lasted 3 years under Antoinette Williams allowing Nick to directly work with, members, volunteers and the HIMSS NCA board on membership deliverables improving chapter membership. Nick grew up in the area, attending Gonzaga College High school and later graduated from John Carroll University with degrees in Computer Science, Philosophy and Political Science. Nick’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img1.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Darrin%20Washington.jpgTreasurer: Darrin Washington is a seasoned professional with 30 years of IT industry experience including over 21 years of business development experience within the DoD and the Federal Civilian sector. Darrin is currently a Vice President, Client Executive for CACI International, specializing in the Defense Health Agency and Veterans Administration. Over the last 17 years he has focused on the government healthcare industry. He has extensive relationships within most federal healthcare agencies and has developed a skilled understanding of the federal health marketplace. Darrin has also served as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Health Information Managers Systems Society, National Capital Area Chapter (HIMSS) for 10 years. He is also active in the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the Industry Advisory Council (IAC). Darrin’s LinkedIn profile: click here

Programs Chair: Mark Kasuda is an experienced executive who has supported the professional services and software needs of multiple government agencies including the IRS, HHS, SSA, and DOD for more than 15 years, Mark assists clients with pre- and post-award strategic solutions in the areas of Agile, Workforce Management and Life Sciences. Mark is currently at National Government Services (NGS).  He is responsible for identifying and developing new business within the federal health care market, develop relationships for NGS in the future by creating strategic partnerships with small and large businesses and with CMS, building customer and partner relationships throughout the industry, building and maintaining an opportunity pipeline. He also oversees teaming decisions and supporting the capture and proposal processes and develops market analysis including competitor assessments. Mark has been with NGS since 2016.Prior to joining NGS, Mark work for Eliassen Group, where he was responsible for driving and supporting major account opportunities to Federal customers through high level planning, networking, teaming arrangements and reviews and providing strategic business development through both pre and post award solutions. While at Pitney Bowes Software, he was an Enterprise Solution Account Executive within a leading Software Technology and Solutions company. He managed a team of technical solution engineers/architects who are also responsible for driving revenue and identifying appropriate solutions to meet each account’s requirements. Prior to Pitney Bowes Software, he worked for TEKsystems, Inc. where he was responsible for developing and executing account specific business development/sales strategies that drive target revenue and margin objectives within CMS and IRS. Mark managed up to 42 information technology professionals at various client sites. Mark is a graduate of the University of Delaware, and resides in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife and three kids. Mark’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img1.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Dan%20Blum.jpgAdvocacy & Community Chair: Dan Blum a retired Army officer, is an independent consultant in the Washington DC area and has been active in HIMSS since 2003. Upon his retirement from active duty he was selected to serve as the Lead Consultant to the “President’s Commission to Improve Cooperation Between VA and DOD.” After that eighteen month assignment he became an independent consultant working with government and industry in the areas of federal health care and research. While his background is in health care financing and managed care policy his passion is using health information technology to move information…not patients. Advocating for enabling HIT is his focus. He has been active at the local HIMSS chapter level and nationally, having served as the first national Chair for HIMSS State and Chapter Advocacy. He has served on numerous national HIMSS committees and workgroups addressing policy issues and represented Diamond Member companies on the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable. He has been a presenter at numerous national meetings including annual HIMSS Conferences. At the local level he has served as Chapter Program Chair and most recently as Chapter Advocate. Dan attended the Army’s Comptrollership Program (MBA) at Syracuse University/Maxwell School of Government, in 1984, and later completed a RAND health policy fellowship. He attended the Executive Health Financing Policy Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. He has received numerous military awards and was the recipient of the HCFA Administrator’s Award. Dan’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img2.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Antoinette%20Williams.jpgOutreach and Collaborations Chair: Antoinette Williams, MBA, CPHIMS, the current HIMSS NCA Membership Committee Chair has over 30 years of combined experience in Health Information Technology, Health Policy and Health Plan Operations. She has an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland a B.S. from University of Maryland Baltimore County. As Director, Managed Care for Carefirst -Blue Cross Blue Shield for over 16 years, Ms. Williams led and managed the very successful people, process and technology integration of Carefirst’s acquired Health Plans within the Mid-Atlantic Region. In that role, she was responsible for several Managed Care focused strategic IT initiatives including: the development of a “state of the art” contact center and the related technical infrastructure, a claims processing system consolidation initiative, and the selection, enhancement and the integration of several enrollment and payment processing systems. Ms. Williams has spent the past 16 years as an exceptionally successful IT portfolio management executive supporting Federal health Information technology clients for two publicly traded companies in the National capital area (CGI-Federal, formerly AMS and Northop Grumman Systems Corporation). Her primary client has during this period has been the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, CMS, Office of Information Technology Services. She has managed over 25 very successful IT programs supporting that agency. Most recently as Director, CMS accounts at Northrup Grumman Corporation, Ms. Williams has successfully led the implementation of among others the HITECH Program, CMS identity Management technologies, CMS Security, the EHR Incentive Program, the National Fraud Prevention System (FPS), the Medicare Part D program systems, Medicare.gov, and the ACA Enterprise Eligibility and Entitlement System supporting the Federal Health Insurance Exchange. Williams Consulting LLC, a Woman Owned, 8(a) and SBA Certified HUBZone Health IT and Management Consulting firm focused on Health IT and Healthcare Management consulting. Our clients have included contractors supporting CMS, CDC and SSA as well State Health Insurance Exchanges and Hospital System based Population Health efforts. As a long standing HIMSS NCA member, Antoinette has HIT experience both within and outside of Federal contracting and recognizes the importance of expanding the NCA membership base. In addition to her current role as Membership Chair, Ms. Williams is currently a volunteer on the NCA Programing Committee. Antoinette’s LinkedIn profile: click here

cid:d4b7cfb3-cd88-4e75-aa1c-d084bc8a6318@VentechSolutions.comHIE Liaison: Dr. Joseph L. Ronzio started his career as an Information Technology Architect/Engineer.  He managed projects and directed implementations of new technologies for companies such as PNC Bank, Foxwoods Casino, IBM/Lotus, Rockwell, The Gillette Company and The Computer Merchant.  After a successful business career, Dr. Ronzio was able to fulfill a childhood dream and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned Medical Services Corps officer.  In 2008, he separated from Active Duty to achieve his Doctorate in Health Sciences, but still serves in a reserve capacity today.  Previously, Dr. Ronzio worked as the Regional Telehealth Coordinator for Veterans Health Administration VISN20 from 2008 to 2012 and was the Department Head for Health Information Management for the U. S Navy from 2012 to 2013.  Dr. Ronzio was deployed as the Director of Operations for the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from May to September 2015.  He returned from deployment and continues to serve as the Deputy Chief Health Technology Officer to the Chief Health Technology Officer for Veterans Health Administration, the position he has held since 2013. Joseph’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img2.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Diana%20Ceban.jpgImmediate Past President / Member-at-Large / Government Relations: Diana Ceban is a consummate business development professional with over 12 years’ experience in business development, marketing, and management. Diana currently serves as a Director, Business Development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mrs. Ceban focuses on the federal healthcare marketplace with an emphasis on Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Veterans Affairs (VA). Prior to joining SAIC, Diana held positions with other organizations focusing on Health IT, background investigations, and market intelligence. Diana also served as a Program Manager on the CIOSP3 Small Business vehicle managed by National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). Diana brings a consistent record of successes in managing projects, staff and teams. As a manager, she creates a team environment that produces quantifiable results. Diana exudes high level of energy and enthusiasm, which enhances morale. She has excellent communication and management skills in addition to setting appropriate priorities. Diana has been an active member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) and held positions on the Board of Directors and Programs Committee. Diana holds a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Cluj-Napoca Technical University. Diana lives in Oakton, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Diana’s LinkedIn profile click here

http://img2.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/Barry%20Dickman.jpgPast President / Member-at-Large / Advisory & Organizational Guidance: Barry Dickman has been an active member of the HIMSS-NCA Chapter since 2008. He’s a tech-savvy business executive with 25+ years of success in organizational leadership, organizational improvement, and general management in government, business, education and not-for-profit sectors. Barry is a cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets. He has an established track record of leading major business and technology initiatives. He’s an effective communicator, trusted advisor and confidante who has demonstrated his ability to train and mentor future technical/program leaders and drive improvement in human capital performance. Barry’s volunteer community interests include the role of Past President, formerly Immediate Past President, Board of Directors for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Washington Field Office (WFO) Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA). Barry’s entire career has been in the healthcare arena. He served as a Senior Executive Consultant with AEGIS.net, Inc. Barry is a hands-on leader with deep experience in a variety of business, healthcare and information technology (IT) projects. He has held senior-level positions at various organizations helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry's top challenges and brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments. He has authored numerous articles and newsletters. Barry holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, as well as a Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two daughters, two cats and two fish. When not at work you can regularly find him on the basketball or tennis court. Barry’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img1.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Tony%20Meyer.pngPast President / Member-at-Large (Toys for Tots Fundraiser): Tony Meyer is a seasoned professional with years of experience working closely with the Federal Government collaborating on health IT sharing initiatives, healthcare-related IM/IT projects, and working on policy issues concerning information technology and information systems, including strategies to foster teamwork between Federal Agencies, Industry and Academia. Mr. Meyer has been responsible for advising C-level government officials on how Federal healthcare policies would affect all facets of the Military Health System (MHS) and for developing strategies to work with Government officials to craft solutions that would benefit Service members and their families. Post DoD, Mr. Meyer has become a leader in developing qualified pipelines of Federal and Civilian opportunities; taking ownership of business development review processes, conducting reviews, and participating in bid/no-bid decisions. Mr. Meyer is highly skilled in bringing and developing industry relationships and leveraging them to qualify business opportunities; initiate capture activities and develop campaign plans outlining vision, objectives, strategies and tactics to ensure a competitive proposal. As an active leader in multiple federal healthcare volunteer communities, he has solidified a significant network of key industry relationships with federal customers, large and small businesses, and academic institutions. Tony’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img3.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/Marcia%20DeFalco.jpgPast President / Member-at-Large / Membership Chair: Marcia DeFalco is the Vice President of Business Development for Federal, Civilian Health for Cognosante focusing on expanding business across HHS and other agencies with HIT needs. She has held a number of federal civilian health, leadership positions responsible for the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) with an emphasis on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For more than 25 years she has had management, strategy and implementation experience in health and technology industries at companies serving national and international commercial, US federal military and civilian clients. Prior to joining Cognosante, Ms. DeFalco was a senior business developer for Accenture Federal Services for more than six years. She also held that role at General Dynamics IT helping to build their civilian health practice for nearly five years. In military and VA health she lead strategic initiatives for Military OneSource, the Military Severely Injured Center, and Tricare Management Activity (TMA). In commercial health, Ms. DeFalco managed sales and growth for two regional healthcare systems. Her department provided support to numerous product lines in the third largest US healthcare market.
In addition, Ms. DeFalco was the senior marketing executive for two international teleconferencing companies where she stood up a product development department which developed products for the health care industry. Ms. DeFalco is a current board member & past president of the HIMSS, National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter serving as the Membership Chair; she has been on the PSCouncil Vision Conference HHS Team for many years and was the past chair of the CMS committee; current elected Secretary of the NCMA, Woodlawn Chapter board; Served for many years on the AFCEA Bethesda Chapter, HIT Day Planning Committee in a variety of leadership roles. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell College in Iowa, a MBA from Indiana University and a MFA from Governors State University in Illinois. Marcia’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img1.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Ann%20Kenny.jpgPast President / Member-at-Large / Mentorship Program: Ann Kenny, MPH, RN has been active at both the HIMSS NCA Chapter and National levels since 2005. Prior to being elected to President, Ms. Kenny served as the Vice President. She also held the positions of Secretary and Scholarship Chairman. Ms. Kenny is a senior healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in the federal government/Department of Defense sector. She is a Veteran and retired military nurse with more than 21 years of service, holding key positions, including the Director of Strategic Planning for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, and the Executive Officer for the U.S Army Public Health Command. Ms. Kenny has a Bachelors’ of Science in Nursing and Masters’ in Public Health. She has also been an active member on the AFCEA Health IT Committee. Ms. Kenny currently works for Telligen as the Executive Director, Federal Health Solutions. Ann’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img2.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Carol%20Miller.jpgPast President / Member-at-Large / Communications Chair and Bylaws: Carol S. Miller, BSN, MBA, PMP is the President of Miller Consulting Group. Ms. Miller consults with several firms supporting their operational growth, business development and capture/proposal efforts. Ms. Miller has been an active supporter and participant with the HIMSS NCA area for over fifteen years, supporting the Board on Sponsorship, Bylaws and Policy/Procedure updates and other special projects assigned by the HIMSS President. She has also served as Program Chair, Sponsorship Chair, Vice President and President of the NCA Chapter. Currently, Ms. Miller is the Chair of the Communication Committee supporting and updating the web site, and social and digital media. In addition, Ms. Miller is currently a Fellow in the HIMSS National Organization, the Director for the Ambassador Sponsorship Program for the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), and Past Vice Chair at-Large on the ACT-IAC Executive Committee. Carol’s LinkedIn profile: click here

http://img1.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/medium_Steve%20Erd.jpgActing Sponsorship Chair/ Past President / Member-at-Large / Charity: Steven ("Steve") Erd, MPA brings to LexisNexis decades of government, policy, and industry experience. He has served in state legislative and executive capacities, and worked as a legislative assistant to a member of the US House of Representatives. Steve has focused on healthcare for the past 15 years. His public service began as an aide to an Ohio state senator while completing his B.A. in Political Science at Ohio State University. Steve has also managed highly competitive and visible state and federal political campaigns. Following his Congressional service, Steve was awarded a Fellowship to complete his MPA at George Washington University. Steve’s healthcare industry focus coupled with his policy and political background offer deep insight that inform policy discussions and the implementation of government policy including the use of information technology. Steve serves as LexisNexis Director of Government Programs. Ohio born, Steve and his family reside in Maryland. Steve’s LinkedIn profile: click here

Chapter Task Force Lead / http://img2.cdn.himsschapter.org/sites/himsschapter/files/ChapterContent/nca/Suzanne%20Charleston.jpgMember-at-Large / Advisory and Special Events: Suzanne Charleston is a senior federal government business development and capture professional with LexisNexis Risk Solutions and has over 15 years in healthcare. Her primary focus is on Federal Healthcare for Lexis with a focus on: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) to include the NIH, CDC, FDA; the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA); the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Suzanne currently serves as the Secretary for the HIMSS NCA ​Board of Directors and previously served as the Sponsorship Chair and is active in both local and national HIMSS events and activities. She also serves as Vice President/President Elect for the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Woodlawn Chapter that focuses on contract areas pertaining to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other government agencies. Suzanne’s background also includes strong legislative and regulatory representation in the states and on Capitol Hill as a government affairs professional for the Pharmacy Benefit Management and Generic Pharmaceutical industries. Suzanne’s LinkedIn profile: click here


Chapter Task Force Lead / Member-at-Large / Advisory and Government Relations: Kenneth Bonner currently currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Federal Growth for Unissant focused on the overall growth of the company across the Federal Government.  He keeps abreast of the needs in the Federal Health related to electronic health records; health IT, data analytics/data warehousing technologies; research in advanced healthcare technologies such as Telehealth, Mobile, and Remote Monitoring; warrior wellness and wounded warrior programs; and cybersecurity.  He is responsible for the development and management of growth strategies, as well as managing all business development, pursuit, capture, and proposal activities. Mr. Bonner joined Unissant in October 2017, coming from Standard Technology, Inc. (STI) where he was the VP, Federal Health. Prior to joining STI, Mr. Bonner was the Military Health Lead for Accenture Federal Services focused on the growth of their Military Health practice and pursuit lead for the DHMSM Program. He has been involved in healthcare for over 35 years. Mr. Bonner retired as a captain in the Medical Services Corp from the U.S. Air Force in 1997, with more than 17 years of health care administration experience. Following military retirement, Mr. Bonner spent much of his career in health IT directing clinical product lines within the healthcare software industry and working for health IT firms. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE). Mr. Bonner is currently the Chapter Task Force, having served in the same role last year. Mr. Bonner has also served as the Co-Chair for Sponsorship and has been active I the Chapter for many years. Mr. Bonner also serves as the PSC MHS Vision Team Chair and is the Member Services Coordinator for the USAF MSC Association. Ken’s LinkedIn profile: click here


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Michael Romero, CEM, CVEP
Chapter Administrator


Trevor Borie, CVEP
Chapter Administrative Coordinator