Nebraska Chapter Board of Directors 2016


Denise Mainquist
ITPAC Consulting, LLC

Denise Mainquist


Denise founded ITPAC Consulting, LLC in 2009. She has over 12 years’ experience in Information Technology related quality, standards and controls management.  Denise is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT), a Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP) as well as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).  She has experience defining and auditing IT controls, computer validation, software testing and has managed implementations of policies, procedures and systems, document management/retention and ISO 9001 quality management systems. Denise was a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) from 2007 to 2012.  Her industry experience is primarily in the private sector and has included work in commercial retail/wholesale, manufacturing, renewable energy, healthcare, security monitoring services, insurance, banking and 16 years in the pharmaceutical industry.  ITPAC Consulting is a partner to NHA Services, a subsidiary of the Nebraska Hospital Association.

President Elect

George Reynolds



George Reynolds came to Nebraska in 1996 as the first fellowship-trained pediatric intensivist in the state. He directed the PICUs at Children’s and the Nebraska Medical Center. Over the years, he became increasingly involved in healthcare IT at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha and on a national level. He became the CMIO at Children’s in 2004 and added the CIO role in 2010. George retired from Children’s in 2015 and now advises healthcare organizations on a range of Healthcare IT initiatives including analytics and data governance, population health management, patient and physician engagement, and IT governance. He has a special interest in helping organizations develop efficient, lean project leadership and staffing.


George is board certified in Clinical Informatics, Pediatric Critical Care and General Pediatrics. He also holds a masters degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been recognized as Healthcare Informatics’ Innovator of the Year for Children’s Analytics program, as well as the AMDIS Award in Applied Medical Informatics. Modern Healthcare named him one of the 25 top Clinical Informaticists and Becker’s Healthcare included him in their 25 CMIOs to know list.


He was an active participant in the creation the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) and served on its Board until his retirement. He speaks regularly at national meetings including HIMSS, CHIME, AMDIS, Epic UGM and serves on the CHIME/AMDIS CMIO Boot Camp faculty.

Past President

Jean Meiergerd
Franciscan Care Services, West Point

President Elect - Jean

Jean Meiergerd is the Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer at Franciscan Care Services in West Point, NE. She has served at Franciscan Care Services for over 38 years, starting as a dietary aide and working her way through the ranks to her current position. She is responsible for all IT initiatives at the hospital, clinics and assisted living center and is a member of the senior management team. Jean holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University. She earned the Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIMS) credentials in 2015.  She has served on the Program, Nominating, Finance and Upper Great Plains (UGP) committees for Nebraska HIMSS. 


Brian Sterud
Faith Regional Health Services




Brian Sterud received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD in 2001. In 2011, he graduated from CIO Boot Camp at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Sterud is a Certified Healthcare CIO and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. He received his Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA) with specialization in Health Services Administration in 2014 from the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, SD.

Since 2001, Sterud has built a strong knowledge of the technology needs and initiatives within the healthcare industry, including the position of Network Analyst, Remote Systems Engineer and Consultant and Data Systems Engineer.  In 2008, Mr. Sterud became the Director of Information Management at Brookings Health Systems. In 2012, Sterud accepted his current role as Vice President of Information Systems at Faith Regional Health Services.

Mr. Sterud is married and has two children.


Cheryl Tira

Director of Information Systems




I am currently in my 19th year at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska. Prior to that I worked at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Minnesota (an Allina organization) and St. Mary’s Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas.

I started in the accounting department in Kansas, doing Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and the lovely job of reconciling the Medicare and Medicaid Logs.  My education was in computers and when we implemented our first computer system I got the opportunity to start putting my education to use and have never looked back.

I moved to Minnesota, again in the accounting department, but my focus was entirely on computers. When I was hired in Columbus it was to start up the I.T. department and prepare us for the dreaded Y2K event.  And the rest as they say is history.

During my time in Minnesota and Nebraska I have served on a number of users groups as SIG chair, vice chair and conference planning committees as well as board member. These groups included President of the IBAX 3000 Users Group (a Midwest regional group), Board member of the IUA (a national group) and a founding board member of InSight (a national group).


Program Chair 

Christopher Henkenius
H4 Technology, LLC, La Vista, Nebraska


Chris Henkenius is the President of H4 Technology, LLC, a healthcare technology product development company located in La Vista, NE.  Chris’ career in healthcare technology dates back to 1996.  Since then he has worked on most major healthcare technology initiatives, including leading HIPAA initiatives at Mutual of Omaha, implementing and directing daily operations at NeHII, founding Stella Technology, a silicon valley technology startup, and implementing software to replace the technology infrastructure for the Division of Behavioral Health within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  A project manager by trade, Chris is PMP certified, and holds an MBA from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.

Membership Chair

Josh Bittman
H4 Technology

Membership - Josh

Josh Bittman is the Director of National Accounts for H4 Technology, a Healthcare software innovation company in Omaha. His responsibilities include working with international clientele ranging from hospitals to state agencies on transitioning their data needs. Working with clients Josh helps deliver the solutions that meet their target need and budgetary restraints. Josh has a degree in Business Education from the University of Nebraska and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University.