MI HIMSS Chapter - Board Slate for Member Review and Remote Learning Opportunities


Please find the Board slate for 2020-2021 and review. In addition, there is a new remote opportunity planned for September about artificial intelligence and a reminder for the webinar scheduled for June 9th.

Board Slate: Please Review by June 12, 2020

The Michigan Chapter of HIMSS presents the slate of candidates for the 2020-2021 annual year.  The candidate and the respective position are identified below:

  • President: Dara Barrera
  • President-Elect: Lee Marana
  • Past President: Angela Vanker
  • Secretary: Jim Kamp
  • Treasurer: Mark Szmigiel

Please review the slate and return any comment via email to the Chapter by COB Friday, June 12th.


Remote Learning for June and September, 2020

Remote Learning Opportunity: New for September 16, 2020

Webinar Title: The Use of Artificial Intelligence Models in Predicting COVID-19 Clusters

Date: September 16, 2020; 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Speaker: Linda Nikpour, DNP, RN-BC, CAHIMS

Registration: Information to follow in the next newsletter

About Our Speaker:

Ms. Linda Nikpour, DNP, RN-BC, CAHIMS, is the Director of the Undergraduate Health Science Program and Assistant Profefessor at Madonna University. In her role, she directs two tracks in Health Science: Population Health Management and Health Care Informatics and Quality Systems Management. She graduated from Waynesburg University with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, a master’s degree in Health Care Informatics from The University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from The University of Iowa. Also, Ms. Nikpour obtained a graduate certificate in Population Health Science from Jefferson University in 2018. She has worked extensively in infection prevention roles in acute care settings before transitioning to academia.

Reminder: Learning Opportunity This Week, June 9, 2020

Webinar Title: “It’s All About the Data” : A discussion about telehealth and security with

Date / Time: June 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Speakers: Ms. Betsy Freeman, CEO of the Radius Advisory Group, LLC, and Dr. Trevor Smith, Clinical Consultant, Verana Health

Registration: Click here to register for the free webinar.  After registering, you will receive an email confirmation that contains information to join the webinar.

About Our Speakers:

Betsy Freeman is CEO and Founder of the Radius Advisory Group, LLC, a Management Consultancy focused on cybersecurity and cyberspace issues of national importance.  She had been Vice President, Regional Operations at Ascolta, LLC, an emerging data analytics company, based in Herndon, Virginia. There she began development of a cyber portfolio and leveraged data analytics and business intelligence to fuel efforts in a rapidly growing cyber market.  Ms. Freeman has both industry and Department of Defense experience that includes time at PricewaterhouseCoopers as Chief of Staff for the Americas Utility Industry Practice as well as Senior Director for Marketing and Business Development.  While at the Department of Defense (DoD), Ms Freeman had the role of Deputy, CIO for Business Process and Systems Review.  She initiated the creation of a data analytics function to provide more transparency on Information Technology (IT) costs and potential efficiencies across the DoD.  In addition, Ms. Freeman also served in the Executive Office of the Secretary of Defense where she was a member of the Defense Efficiencies Task Force (EFT) under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Dr. Trevor Smith is a Clinical Consultant, at Verana Health, a leading data health company that has exclusive partnerships with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Neurology as well as a working at his eye surgery practice. The consulting position involves a number of roles including UX/UI, data analysis, data security, software development, telemedicine, and strategy. Most recently, he was involved in the final development of a recent iPhone application, "Verana Vision Test," which is available on the iTunes store. While at the University of Michigan Medical School he developed and co-founded the Innovation curriculum and participated in multiple startup accelerators. He then went on to train in Ophthalmology at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was accepted into an advanced oculoplastics training program before redirecting his clinical career toward Comprehensive Ophthalmology, focusing on cataract surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.

Chapter Sponsors

We would like to thank our Chapter Sponsors who make our events and efforts possible through their generous support. For any questions or information about Sponsorship opportunities, contact Mr. Lee Marana