Nebraska Chapter Leaders
Connie Ganz, MHA, BS, RN
Health Statistics Administrator
State of Nebraska
Connie Ganz, MHA, RN-BC has over 30 years of experience in healthcare technology. She is the Health Statistics Administrator for the State of Nebraska, has a Master of Healthcare Administration and Technology and is certified as both a Change Management Professional and an Informatics Nurse. She has been an active member of the NE HIMSS chapter as past co-chair of the Membership and Sponsorship Committee, assisting with the Program Committee, serving as President Elect and recently co-presenting at a Nursing Informatics Boot Camp sponsored by NE HIMSS.
She also was the Director of Clinical Informatics at Bryan Health with oversight of over 150 clinical applications, developing the Clinical Informatics specialty model that matured into support for technology system selection, build, testing, training, super user development, implementation and ongoing optimization. She has a passion for change management and adoption, mentoring and development of leaders, education, and using data and system functionality for continuous quality improvement.
Shawntea (Taya) Moheiser, CMPE, CMOM
Owner, ITS Healthcare, LLC
Taya Moheiser, CMPE, CMOM holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University where she graduated Suma Cum Laude. She is a subject matter expert (SME) in healthcare compliance, organizational governance, process optimization, and revenue cycle management. She has held senior level executive management positions in private practices, collaborative institutes, and national care coordination organizations. Taya consults on all areas of healthcare operations including performance improvement, quality improvement, risk reduction, and the shift to value-based payment methodologies.
Taya is the current President-Elect for Nebraska HIMSS and currently sits on two workgroups with MGMA that exist to provide feedback to CMS on proposed legislation. In addition, Taya is also a speaker for state and National MGMA meetings as well as several rural health associations. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Omaha and Lauritzen Gardens on various committees, boards, and events. She has a passion for physician advocacy engaging in several terms on government affairs and legislative committees lobbying for healthcare improvement. Taya's thoughts on the innovative use of people and IT was included in the HIMSS Voices of Innovation Publication in 2019 coordinated by the Cleveland Clinic and she is a 2019 Midland’s Business Journal ‘40 Under 40’ Executives & Entrepreneurs Award Recipient.
Clinical Informatics Nurse
Johnson County Hospital
Jennifer is currently the Clinical Informatics Nurse at Johnson County Hospital, her role is to make sure the EHR, for the clinical staff, works efficiently. She is also the OR supervisor, which involves patient care in the OR and PACU, Security Officer, which involves making sure the employees at JCH are using the EHR appropriately, and assistant DON.
Jennifer started career late in life, she went back to school at the age of 35 to become a registered nurse. Before this, she and her husband and ran their own Hardware/Flower shop. After becoming an EMT she decided health care is where she wanted to have a career in. Jennifer started her education at Southeast Community College to become and LPN and from there knew she wanted to become an RN. When the electronic health record became a staple in health care, she wanted to pursue becoming the go-to person for their EHR. She started by becoming the superuser for the facility, and now she makes sure the software is being used to its best performance. With knowing the software so well, she has become the security officer for JCH. This entails making sure the users are being compliant with the use of the software and the information they have available to them.
Director for Clinical Information Systems
Donna Weis is the Director for Clinical Information Systems at Nebraska Medicine/UNMC. Donna has over 30 years of healthcare experience with the last 18 years in healthcare technology management. She has responsibility for the direction, strategy, staff, and budget that support the clinical and business information systems of Nebraska Medicine.
Donna has a B.S. from University of Nebraska Medical Center and a M.B.A. from University of Nebraska Omaha. She also achieved her CPHIMS (Certified Professional Health Information and Management Systems) in 2008 and has been a HIMSS member for over 10 years.
Director of IT & Information Security Officer
Memorial Healthcare Systems
Mark W. Criner is the Director of Information Technology and Information Security Officer for Memorial Healthcare Systems in Seward Nebraska. Criner provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout Memorial Health Care Systems. Criner led the effort and achieved the goal of HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 for Memorial Health Care Systems hospital and Clinics located in Seward, Milford, and Utica Nebraska.
Prior to joining Memorial Healthcare Systems in 2010, Criner performed as Director of Information Technology for Lincoln Surgical Hospital, Lincoln Nebraska (2008 – 2010) and Brookings Health System, Brookings South Dakota (2000 – 2008). Criner holds an AS in Information Technology from Lincoln School of Commerce and a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bellevue University. Criner also holds CHCIO, CPHIT, CPEHR and CPHIMS certifications and has been an active member of HIMSS since 2007.
Wanda Kelley, MSN, RN-BC
Clinical Integration and Population Health Manager
Bryan Health Connect
Wanda Kelley, MSN, RN-BC, PCMH CCE started her career as a labor and delivery nurse. With an interest in informatics, Wanda completed her master’s degree in nursing and became board certified in nursing informatics. This foundation has served her well in her various informatics roles as coordinator, manager, consultant, and change agent. Most recently, Wanda has been certified as PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) Clinical Content Expert. Wanda currently brings this combined expertise to her position as Clinical Integration and Population Health Manager for Bryan Health Connect.
Through this kaleidoscope of experiences, Wanda leads the Program Committee in efforts to provide worthwhile educational opportunities for Nebraska HIMSS.
Clinical Informatics Lead
Brandon Fleharty is a Clinical Informatics Lead at Nebraska Medicine. Brandon is a nurse by background and has worked in healthcare IT since 2014, where he has gained experience managing projects, analyzing workflows and implementing complex technologies to improve patient safety and quality of care. He is board certified in Nursing Informatics, PMP certified and recently received his MHA and MSN from Clarkson College. Brandon is passionate about using technology to enhance interactions between patients and clinicians in a manner that promotes collaboration and continuous improvement.
Jill Reeves, MHA
Altus Architectural Studios
Jill Reeves has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked exclusively in the fields of market research, statistical analysis and healthcare interactive/digital marketing. Before joining Altus, Jill served as a marketing manager for CQuence Health Group and was director of communications for PRC, a nationwide health care marketing research organization. Jill earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from Bellevue University and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. She is a published author and avid student of health IT, social media and emerging communication trends.
Nickie Leeper, CPHIMS
CIO and Security Officer
Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center
Nickie Leeper is the Chief Information Officer and Security Officer for Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow, NE. Working for a Critical Access Hospital fits well into her work ethic, bringing a lot of focus to teamwork and diversity. She is responsible for maintenance, security and the day to day IT activities, along with planning long range initiatives, budget objectives, and IT project management. Nickie has been a NE HIMSS member for many years and served on various committees both within the Nebraska HIMSS Chapter and HIMSS.
Nickie is a Nebraska native and passionate about the outdoors and spending time with her family. Being raised on a farm and working long hours has helped instill her hard-working approach to life. She has a strong background with over 19 years of experience in IT and healthcare. She started out as a Radiologic Technologist with a BS in Medical Imaging from Clarkson College and then transitioned to Information Technology in 2009 after she completed her BS in Systems and Networking Administration from Bellevue University. Most recently she attained Certified Professional in Health Information Management (CPHIMS) status.
Cynthia Arnold, MSN RN-BC
Director, Quality Assurance
Beatrice Community Hospital
Cindy Arnold is the Director of Quality Assurance at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in Beatrice NE. Cindy is responsible for ensuring the organizational Quality initiatives; Regulatory, Reporting, and Safety measures are upheld. Cindy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Informatics; ANCC Board Certification in Informatics; Six Sigma Green Belt; a Post-Master’s Degree as a Nurse Educator; and is an Adjunct Faculty member in Informatics at Nebraska Methodist College of Health Sciences in the MSN and MBA programs.
Cindy is experienced in leading software implementations, clinical workflow analysis, process improvement projects, and Quality and Safety initiatives. She has worked in a variety of Informatics roles in Critical Access Hospitals, Regional, and National Healthcare organizations; Vendor Consulting; and in the Academic setting. Cindy was a member of the initial re-charting committee for Nebraska HIMSS and continues to serve on the Program Committee.
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