2019-2020 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.
President: Nick Crismali is a Technical Specialist within Ventera Corporation. He focuses on leading and coaching teams to implement and deliver the highest quality solutions, to achieve business outcomes. Currently, he is working with the Center for Medicaid and Medicare to build the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System. When he is not focused on software, he continues to support the Business Development team. His network extends towards both commercial corporations and federal agencies such as CMS, GSA, USDA and the VA. Prior to Ventera, Nicholas worked in the Senate, and later for VH Strategies on Capitol Hill. His involvement with HiMSS-NCA started as a volunteer working at the educational events registration table. This led to supporting the Membership and Outreach Committee as a Co-Chair for 3 years. In 2017 Nick was nominated and elected into the Secretary role, followed by the President Elect role in 2018. He now acts as the Chapters President. Nick’s LinkedIn profile: click here
Darryl W. Roberts, PhD, MS, RN, FHIMSS
During his career, Dr. Roberts has addressed a broad range of topics from public health improvement programs in psychiatry, pulmonology, and chemical exposure to impact evaluations of federal policies like HIPAA and the Violence Against Women Act—often focusing on the balance between the burdens of information gathering and the value of information gathered. After making the unusual transition from Navy Nuclear Power electrician to nurse, he strived to translate the tenets of high-reliability organizations (HROs) that he learned on an aircraft carrier—the most rigorous of HROs—into healthcare. He carried many of those tenets into his work as an informatics professor and performance improvement scientist. Dr. Roberts’s efforts have influenced multidisciplinary healthcare delivery in diverse settings across the U.S and. internationally. His current work at General Dynamics Information Technology continues to drive towards improved outcomes through higher reliability paired with lower burden.
In addition to his work on the HIMSS NCA Board, he volunteers for a variety of boards and committees, including the IEEE Standards Association P2795 Working Group, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Informatics and Technology Expert Panel, the AAN Quality and Safety Expert Panel, and others. He previously served on the mHIMSS Advisory Committee, the IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Performance Measures. He is also an avid long-distance road cyclist. Darryl's LinkedIn profile: click here
Treasurer: 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
Secretary/Past President: 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 previously held the positions of Secretary, Mentorship Chairman, and Scholarship Chairman. She is now serving as the Chapter Secretary while continuing to support the Mentorship Program. 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 degree in Nursing and Masters’ degree in Public Health. She is also an active member on the AFCEA Health IT Committee. Ms. Kenny currently works for KEPRO as the Vice President, Federal Health Operations. Ann’s LinkedIn profile: click here
Advocacy & 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
Outreach and Collaborations Chair: Antoinette Williams, MBA, CPHIMS, the current HIMSS NCA Committee Chair has over 30 years of combined experience in Health Information Technology, Scientific Research, Population/Public Health, Health Policy and Health Plan Operations. She has an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland and a B.S. from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Antoinette is also actively involved in HIMSS National. She is currently President and CEO of Williams Consulting LLC, (WCLLC), a Maryland based Woman Owned, 8a, HUBZone company supporting 5 Federal Health Agencies. WCLLC is also a CIOSP3 prime contract holder with all 10 task areas and a holder of the GSA MAS Contract for IT and Professional Services.
Ms. Williams has spent a number of years as an exceptionally successful IT P&L portfolio management executive supporting Federal Health Information Technology clients for two publicly traded companies in the National capital area (CGI-Federal, and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation). At both companies, she was responsible for the CMS accounts. She has led more than 20 enterprise software development, cyber security, fraud waste and abuse and identity management initiatives in her roles and implemented numerous Federal legislative initiatives.
Additionally, as a former Managed Care executive for Carefirst -Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ms. Williams led 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 extensive experience implementing programs and initiatives focused on health disparities, chronic disease surveillance, treatment and prevention, Indian health, and global health. Antoinette’s LinkedIn profile: click here
Past- President/Programs Chair: Laura Bennett is a Director, Federal Health at ManTech Advanced Systems International (MASI). Laura is an avid volunteer and has served on Association Boards and Executive Committees in the DMV area; such as; the Women in Homeland Security Board, The ACT IAC Executive Committee and the HIMSS National Capital Area Chapter (NCA). Since 2010, Laura volunteered with the HIMSS NCA Chapter acting in a variety of volunteer leadership functions advocating for HIT. Laura recently served as the President for the 2017 to 2018 season and as the Vice President/President-Elect (2017-2018) and other executive volunteer functions 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. Laura’s LinkedIn profile: click here
Sponsorship Chair: Janet Webb
Janet Webb leads AbleVets Federal Civilian Health practice where she helps drive and deliver the latest technology to address the needs of American Citizens across the evolving landscape of Healthcare. Ms. Webb is an accomplished federal healthcare executive with over 23 years of technical sales and management experience with Federal & State/local government, law enforcement, commercial healthcare and academic institutions. She has a track record of success establishing and creating rapid growth and delivering operational excellence.
Prior to joining AbleVets, Ms. Webb served Director of Business Development (SAIC), Vice President Health & Emerging Technologies (AECOM), and Director of Information Technology (Emory Healthcare) where she enabled successful business outcomes for the Defense Health Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Deposit Insurance Commission, Department of Veterans Affairs, International Olympic Committee, White House Communications, and the United States Senate.
Over the course of her career, Janet has been consistently recognized for leadership and revenue generation with an ability to function effectively on a strategic and tactical level. She excels in delivering profitable growth, technological innovation and operational excellence in the Federal consulting and services arenas. Laura’s LinkedIn profile. Janet’s LinkedIn profile: click here
Past President / Member-at-Large / Programs Committee Co-Chair and Charity Chair: 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
Membership Chair: Will Manel is the Business Development Representative for LCG Inc, leading new business efforts and teaming partner management in support of federal scientific, health IT, and grants missions. He is responsible for creating and growing strategic partnerships with small and large businesses, vendors, and federal agency partners; maintains and develops a forward-facing opportunity pipeline across both federal civilian and federal health markets; and provides market and competitive analyses, capture and proposal support. Will has worked with a diverse range of clients, including ED, EPA, DOC, DHA, HHS, and USDA. Prior to moving to the District, Will worked in Beijing, China in marketing and business development, and is certified by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLI-FLC) as a Mandarin linguist/translator. He has volunteered with HIMSS NCA for several years in support of the Programs Committee, and is also a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda Chapter. Will is interested in adult and pediatric health causes, and volunteers for clinical trials in support of research to protect and advance human health. He studied Business Management, with a concentration in Management Information Systems at the University of the District of Columbia, and currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and cat. Will’s LinkedIn profile: click here
Past 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
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