Nebraska Chapter Board of Directors 2017


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.

President Elect

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.


Lianne Stevens
Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)



Lianne Stevens is a Project Manager and the Security Officer for the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII). NeHII, Inc. is the Nebraska statewide health information exchange (HIE). is an active member of the NeHII team working with hospitals and providers to implement secure exchange of health information. As Project Manager, her duties include system testing and implementation activities related to the exchange of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) with NeHII participants. In her Security Officer role, she is responsible for the organization’s compliance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Security duties include coordination of access management, risk management, security incident management and security audit activities for NeHII.

Lianne 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.


Cheryl Tira

Director of Information Systems



I am currently in my 20th 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.


Program Chair 

Wanda Kelley, MSN, RN-BC

VP of Clinical Informatics


Wanda Kelley, MSN, RN-BC draws from her rich tapestry of experiences and passions in her role as Vice President of Clinical Informatics at Praesidio Healthcare Consulting, LLC. Ms. Kelley integrates evidence-based clinical practice, information science, and management principles into strategies and tools to advance the safe application of clinical informatics in hospitals and clinics. She collaborates with clients to identify and evaluate improvement opportunities and solutions that will enhance clinical workflows and patient outcomes. Ms. Kelley engages clients in strategic and operational consulting for long-term health IT planning and compliance.

Communications Chair

Matt Rau



Matt joined Jelecos in 2015 as the Channel Sales Manager. He has over 14 years of experience in the technology industry, specifically in software, hardware, and managed service sales. He is a current member of several professional groups and takes pride in serving his community. He has volunteered with the National Kidney Foundation, and has recently started to volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation of Omaha. Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). While attending UNK Matt was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  In his spare time Matt enjoys traveling, golfing, attending sporting events, and raising his twin boys.

Membership Chair

Josh Bittman
Ettain Group

Membership - Josh

Josh Bittman is the Senior Business Development Director for Ettain Group. His responsibilities include working with hospitals on their large scale projects ranging from full scale implementation to training. Working with clients Josh helps deliver the solutions that meet their target need and budgetary restraints. Josh holds his bachelors in Business Education from the University of Nebraska and his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University.

CO - Membership Chair

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.

Past President

Denise Mainquist

ITPAC Consulting, LLC

Denise Mainquist



Denise has 15 years’ experience in Information Technology related quality, standards and controls management. is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT), a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP) and was a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) from 2007 to 2012. She was the President of the Nebraska HIMSS Chapter in 2016-2017. is the founder of ITPAC Consulting, a partner to NHA Services, a subsidiary of the Nebraska Hospital Association.