2020-2021 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

Darryl Roberts


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

President-Elect

Ann Wolford-Conners 



Ann Wolford-Connors is currently a Director at Guidehouse  (Prior PWC Public Sector) where she is a Change Management Consultant and Subject Matter Expert, assisting in the deployment of Cerner Millennium to the Veterans Administration and other programs. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Ann had over 37 years of Government experience, 26 years active duty as an Army Nurse Corps Officer and over 12 years as a Government Civilian.  As an informaticist, Ann's areas of expertise include personnel and organizational management, program management, risk management, change management, requirements development, business process reengineering, team building and governance.  She spent several years working with the VA on joint ventures with DoD, to include IEHR, VLER, and DoD/VA data sharing.   She was the lead for Army Medicine for the Cerner, MHS GENESIS, deployment working closely with the DHMSM program office, DHA, Air Force and the Navy.  Other roles held in her career are as follows: System Administrator/Deployment lead for DoD Inpatient EHR at Ft Benning, GA; Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Army Surgeon General; Deputy Program Manager for all Clinical Systems in the Military Healthcare System; Chair of the DoD Functional Advisory Council working directly with the 3 Services, the MHS GENESIS Program Office and the Defense Health Agency; and numerous leadership positions throughout Army Medicine.  She has been an active member of HIMSS since 2005.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University, Master of Science degree in Nursing from University of Maryland and Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration and Human Relations from Webster University. She is Acquisition Level III trained in Program management from DAWIA, attended the Federal Executive Institute and is a certified PMP and CPHIMS professional

Immediate Past President

Nick Crismali 
Nicholas Crismali

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

 

Treasurer

Darrin Washington



Darrin is a seasoned professional with 30 years of Federal IT industry experience including over 19 years of Federal Healthcare experience within the DoD and the Civilian sector. He is currently a  Client Executive for Healthcare, specializing in the Federal healthcare at the Cherokee Nation. Over the last 19 years has focused on the Federal Healthcare Industry and been a strong proponent for growth in the industry.    He is one of the most respected industry leads in federal healthcare with excellent relationships at the Defense Health Agency(DHA), all Military Health services, SPAWAR as well the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). He is often referred to by industry insiders, as the "Mayor of Federal Healthcare".

 

Secretary

Ann Kenny



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 leader 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.

Currently working at IntelliDyne, LLC, Ms. Kenny is a Senior Account Executive and also serves as the CIO-SP3 Program Manager.

Board Member-At-Large

Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett
 

 

 

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.

 

Programs Chair

Mandy Peckham



Mandy is an Account Executive/Business Development Lead/Program Manager with 15 years of professional experience supporting federal consulting, nonprofits in the healthcare and conflict resolution space, and the legal field. She continues to drive strategic growth at the corporate and account level, with a focus on new and emerging technologies and markets as well as increasing organic growth. Mandy has proven success with building winning teams that solve clients problems.   Mandy's holds a strong network within the federal market including clients, teaming and technology partners within SaaS, PaaS, CX, and Digital Services fields.  Mandy is proficient in demonstrating the art of the possible, through pilots, prototypes, use cases, and white papers.

 

Advocacy & Community Chair

Dan Blum

Dan Blum

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

Membership Chair

Amy Stowers


Amy Stowers, MS, RN, PMP, certified in BPM2, is a transformational healthcare executive, who is passionate about helping motivated enterprises optimize talent, improve operational processes, and leverage innovative technologies for intelligent business optimization.  She is known for being a thought leader, and applying a unique perspective from industry to the panorama of the issues facing healthcare.  During her intensive career, Amy has led successful healthcare system implementations and evaluations that deliver significant increases in quality, clinical effectiveness, and profitability.  As a trusted, stellar, change architect, she has led high-performance teams to create and execute clinical workflows that add value and improve patient outcomes.  

Amy has previously served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Chief Information Officer, Product Development Specialist, Strategic Account Manager, Program Manager, and expert consultant.  In her consultancy roles, clients have included academic research centers, integrated healthcare enterprises, government entities, technology vendors, and healthcare associations.   

Recently, Amy worked with the VA leadership to develop modern approaches and communication channels that maximized strategic messaging and stakeholder engagement.  In working with the new Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) eMedicine/Virtual Health Program Office at NAVMEDWEST, Amy applied her extensive program management, healthcare, and technology expertise to support Navy Medicine.  She facilitated activities that ensured the Navy Medicine's Virtual Health Program objectives were met in relation to the MHS Triple Aim and Navy Surgeon General priorities.

Amy earned her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Informatics and Administration from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Washington Adventist University.  She is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Amy has served as President of the American College of Healthcare Executive Association National Capital Chapter. She is a peer nominated member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, a nonprofit organization housing the premier network of female executives across the health care industry.  She resides at the Wharf, in DC., and is passionate along with her oldest daughter, Amanda Rodriguez, Esq. to prevent and serve those abused through human trafficking. 

 

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

 

Communications Chair

Carol Miller




Carol S. Miller, BSN, MBA, PMP, is the President of Miller Consulting Group, a longtime member of HIMSS National and HIMSS NCA, a HIMSS National Fellow, a Past President of HIMSS NCA and a current Board member of  HIMSS NCA since leaving office as President.  Currently, Carol is the Chair of Communications for HIMSS NCA providing information to our social media followers on programs, events, and notices; to HIMSS National for their web site; to other marketing venues, and also reviews all communication documents before being released to the membership.  Carol has over 25 years of industry contracting experience with multiple government agencies that include the services of business development, capture, proposal writing, strategic planning, and program operations, and as well, private sector consulting to hospital systems and providers.  She has supported both large and small business firms.  Carol holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Bachelor of Science in Business from St. Joseph's University, and a dual Masters in Business and Finance from Marymount University. 

Outreach & Collaboration; Chairty

Barry Dickman



Barry Dickman has been an active member of the HIMSS NCA Chapter since 2008. He is an active leader within HIMSS and awarded the FHIMSS designation, recognized at the Global Conference, and asked to participate in special taskforces or workgroups. Barry is 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. He 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 record of accomplishment for leading major business and technology initiatives. Barry is 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. His volunteer community interest include the role of Vice President, Washington DC Community Youth Foundation Inc. Barry's entire career has been in the healthcare arena. He served as a Senior Executive Consultant numerous DC area companies including: SAIC, Battelle Memorial Institute, AEGIS.net, Inc., MITRE Corporation in addition to many others. 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. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia. When not at work you can regularly find him on the basketball or tennis court. Barry's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barrydickman.


Mentorship/Scholarship Chair

Joan Bishop

Joan Bishop

Joan Bishop is a Director in KPMG's Federal Healthcare Advisory practice and KPMG's Account Lead for the Military Health. She works with Federal clients to provide expertise in the areas of the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Bishop joined the firm in 2017 with over 30 years of Military and Veterans Health consulting experience. Her background in Military Health and executive-level roles at other firms provide Ms. Bishop with the relationships and strategic understanding to work closely with Military Health clients. Additionally, Ms. Bishop leverages the opportunity KPMG provides to Federal Healthcare clients across Health and Human Services, Defense, and Veterans Affairs portfolios to pitch the opportunity for collaboration across the patient journey. Her passion for helping active duty, veterans, and their families is not only limited to Ms. Bishop's client work with Navy Bureau of Medicine and the Defense Health Agency. She has been working closely with The Elizabeth Dole Foundation on their military and veteran caregivers programs. She is also actively involved in the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an American not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care in quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through the best use of information technology and management systems. She is active in the National Capital Area (NCA) chapter, leading the Mentorship Program.  Recently, Ms. Bishop reflected on the KPMG value she most appreciates and provided advice to young associates. "For first and second year associates, I would say to get involved in firm and/or industry events, network, and seek mentors. Mentorship is pivotal for success and so is learning from the network you build throughout your career."  Outside of work, Ms. Bishop enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters, holds community leadership roles in her community in Fairfax County, VA, and mentors graduate and undergraduate Health IT students. She was recently awarded "Citizen of the Year" for her years of community service in her neighborhood and region.

 


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Michael Romero, CEM, CVEP
Chapter Manager/Administrator

 


Trevor Borie, CVEP
Chapter Coordina
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