Nebraska Chapter Board of Directors

 

President

Mark Criner

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.


President Elect

Connie Ganz

MHA, BS, RN

Connie began her career in nursing at Bryan Health working within the critical care and medical/surgical areas. She entered the leadership arena serving in the roles of assistant nurse manager, nurse manager and administrative supervisor. Connie developed the Clinical Informatics specialty model that matured into support for technology system selection, build, testing, training, super user development, implementation and ongoing optimization. Systems thinking and serving as the liaison between clinical and technical experts has allowed her teams to leverage technology to improve the efficiency of the bedside clinician and physician as well as the quality of patient care.

Connie holds a Master of Healthcare Administration and Technology and has been certified as a Change Management Professional through PROSCI. Most recently she served as the Director of Clinical Informatics at Bryan Health where she had oversight of over 150 clinical applications. She has a passion for change management and adoption, mentoring and development of leaders, education, programmatic and governance structure development and using data and system functionality for continuous quality improvement.


Secretary

Lianne Stevens

Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)

 

Stevens is a Project Manager for the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII). NeHII, Inc. is the Nebraska statewide health information exchange (HIE). Lianne is an active member of the NeHII team working on project assignments supporting NeHII’s goal of implementing secure exchange of health information. As Project Manager, her duties include system activities related to the exchange of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) with NeHII participants.

Lianne held the role of NeHII Security Officer for five years, coordinating access management, risk management, security incident management and security audit activities for NeHII. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including a position as CIO at a large academic medical center. She has a master’s degree in Information Systems and has attained MT (ASCP), PMP, CPHIMS and SSCP certifications.


Treasurer

Donna Weis

Director for Clinical Information Systems

Nebraska Medicine/UNMC

 

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.


Program Chair

Wanda Kelley, MSN, RN-BC

 

Wanda Kelley, MSN, RN-BC, PCMH CCE started her informatics career with a master’s degree in nursing and then became board certification in clinical informatics. This education and credentialing has been foundational to her various informatics roles. Those roles have included being an EHR Implementation Coordinator for a hospital, Clinical Process Manager and change agent for a national healthcare system, Application Consultant for a vendor, Clinical Informaticist for a hospital, a Health IT Consultant, and now Quality Improvement Advisor.

Through this kaleidoscope of experiences, an integral part of Wanda’s role has been providing education for clinical staff, practice managers, and C-suite executives. That education has included evidence-based practice concepts, how to do current state workflow assessments and process improvement activities, and CMS regulatory reporting for EHR incentive programs. Most recently, Wanda has been certified as PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) Clinical Content Expert.


Communications Chair

Shawntea (Taya) Moheiser, CMPE, CMOM

Owner, ITS Healthcare, LLC

 

Taya Moheiser, CMPE, CMOM is a subject matter expert (SME) in health care compliance, organizational governance, process optimization, and revenue cycle management. Taya 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 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 as Chair of the HIMSS NE Communications Committee, Habitat Friends Board member and Women’s Build volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Omaha. She has spent quite some time in various physician advocacy roles including several terms on government affairs and legislative committees lobbying for physician rights. Taya's thoughts on the innovative use of people and IT was included in the HIMSS Voices of Innovation Publication in 2019.


Membership Chair

Brandon Fleharty

Clinical Informatics Lead

Nebraska Medicine

 

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.


Director-At-Large

Nickie Leeper, CPHIMS

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.


Director-At-Large

Jennifer Rogge

 

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.


Past President

George Reynolds

MD, MMM, FAAP, CHCIO, CPHIMS

 

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 of 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.