DFW HIMSS Board of Directors
Shana Berger is the Director for Information Technology Business Operations for Children's Health Center of Texas. She has over twenty-five years of healthcare financial operations experience ranging from a non-profit Hospice, Healthcare Asset Management and Healthcare Technology Management. Shana has been with Children’s, a 557 bed, multi-location pediatric hospital, for more than twelve years. Her responsibilities include Planning, directing and managing business operations for all departments within Information Services ("IS") including Biomedical Engineering, Health Information Management (HIM), all IT functions including Clinical Application Services, Business Application Services, Technical Services, Customer Service and the IT Project Management Office (PMO), as well as newly created accounting units to support Population Health including Physician Electronic Medical Records (PEMR), Telemedicine, and the Health Plan. Shana leads efforts to design, develop and implement programs and practices to improve efficiency of key business processes, reduce unnecessary expenses, and identify opportunities to help the IS organization deliver improved services with greater cost effectiveness. Shana’s role also includes budgeting (multi-million dollars), contract review and compliance, staffing and contract labor engagement for the Information Services Department as well as managing the Asset Management Team, Change Management team, and IS Communications and leads organizational efforts for Change Management, Asset Management, Capital Planning, the Change Advisory Group, and IS Communications.
Shana has served in several capacities with the DFW HIMSS Board for 5 years and has been a member of HIMSS National for 10 years.
Anita Karim is currently at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas as an IS Architect in the Information Technology Department. She is also a professor at Brookhaven Community College and Colorado Technical University (CTU). She has a master’s degree in Health Information Management (HIM) and has a passion for helping students learn more about healthcare and technology. Anita has over ten years of experience in the Healthcare Industry and Information Technology.
Tammy Phillips, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Tammy Phillips is currently a Regional ITS Director at Texas Health Resources for Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Kaufman. She is an accomplished IT professional with proven success and expertise in providing quality customer service, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance. Tammy has extensive project management experience and an implementations background with demonstrated ability to deliver complex projects on time and within budget. She is a diplomatic leader with over 20 years of progressive operational management experience in the healthcare industry. Tammy is CPHIMS certified as well as Project Management Professional certified and a Fellow of the HIMSS organization.
Tammy is member of HIMSS National since 2001 and has been on the DFW HIMSS Board for 3 years.
Deanne Phillips is a Healthcare Solutions Specialist with ProComputing. She has over 15 years’ experience as a business development manager working for some of the top software companies: Informatica, Symantec and Computer Associates. She has served on the DFW HIMSS Sponsorship Committee over the past three years and has contributed to the success of our first annual golf tournament and record sponsorship sales during 2012. Her passion of working in the healthcare industry will help drive success for our members and sponsors.
Nick Kagal, FACHE
Nick Kagal is the Southwest Informatics Senior Region Director with Premier Inc. He has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, and has held leadership roles with several major DFW provider organizations including Parkland Health & Hospital System, HealthSouth & Medical Center of Plano. In his role at Premier, Nick has oversight for supporting Premier member hospitals achieve breakthroughs in operational & clinical process improvement and engagement in healthcare quality & safety collaborative efforts, including QUEST and the Partnership for Patients initiative. Nick also supports various Premier offerings with Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare organizations focused on population health improvement and care management.
Nick has extensive experience working with multiple healthcare providers supporting their technology and informatics strategies. He has served as Vice President of Business Development for an electronic medical record vendor and for a healthcare focused enterprise resource planning organization. Nick received his BA in Biology & Psychology from Austin College and an MBA from the Texas A&M University. He is an ACHE Fellow, is a Senior Member of HIMSS. Nick is also a national reviewer and moderator for the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition education sessions. Nick lives in Plano, Texas with his wife and two children. He is an avid sports fan, a weekend warrior athlete and an extremely amateur musician.
VP Professional Development
Joseph Painter received his Bachelor of Science in HR and Technology from the University of Texas at Tyler, and resides in North Dallas with his wife Hillary and two sons, JT and Ethan. He has over 5 years of healthcare experience, and is currently working as a Client Relationship Manager at Kforce, Inc. where he specializes in placing quality Healthcare IT professionals to the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas. Some of his other responsibilities include mentoring oncoming sales and recruiters through Kforce’s mentoring program. He is a big believer in building relationships, and credits most of his success to developing long lasting relationships, as well as strengthening existing ones. HIMSS is an important to Joseph because it provides an opportunity that allows him to transfer his knowledge to healthcare professionals’ so they can advance in their overall development and career.
VP of Sponsorships
Peter Ravalico is a Business Development Manager with Taylor Healthcare. He has over 15 years of experience working in the Healthcare Technology industry. Peter is responsible for supporting and developing client relationships in Texas and all across the Southwest. He has been involved in the DFW HIMSS Chapter for a number of years and was just recently on the Committee to support the DFW HIMSS Golf Tournament.
My involvement in the HIMSS organization is fueled by the positive impact that it’s efforts has on the healthcare community on both the national and local level. To be able to contribute to those efforts is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to being a part of it going forward.
Donna Montgomery, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Donna Cook Montgomery is the Vice President for Nursing Informatics & Clinical Excellence at Baylor Scott & White Health system in Texas. She is dedicated to ensuring technology solutions are delivered in a manner that supports evidence based practice and clinical workflow. She is the responsible leader for nursing/patient care informatics efforts in the health system and leads the EHR facility adoption and standardization teams across 14 hospitals. She is also responsible for helping set the strategy for HIT solutions for clinicians and the operational leaders. Donna has spent over 30 years as a healthcare leader in varies roles including nursing practice, nursing management, IT management, product line development, process improvement and the last 10 years spent in clinical informatics.
Serving as DFW HIMSS VP of Advocacy has been a wonderful experience and has enabled me to network and learn for so many new HIT colleague. Healthcare is complex, costly and difficult for patients to navigate. The clinicians taking care of patients are the closest advocates to assure safe passage through the health system. I believe that leveraging technology is critical to solving complexity & support clinicians as they care and serve as a patient’s advocate.
Presley Collins is an Account Executive with Modis Health IT responsible for the Southwest Region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Presley’s specialty involves establishing trusted relationships with customers to fully understand their strategy, growth goals, and business requirements to provide the quality talent required to successfully execute.
Presley has been a leader in the Healthcare industry for over five years with a focus in HIT, revenue cycle, and coding. Throughout his career, he has placed over 250 talented resources within 30 major healthcare facilities throughout Texas and surrounding states and has been the #1 producer in sales with both his current and previous firms. Presley currently manages over 65 Health IT consultants in the field across four national offices with Modis.
Presley has played pivotal roles in innovative pilot programs to support large-scale enterprise electronic health records implementations and has served as an advisor for best practices in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and retention in a fiercely competitive market with a shortage of qualified, highly-skilled talent.
Presley received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Texas Tech University, and lives in Houston with his wife and children. Presley is a donor and volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels as well as a donor at MD Anderson Cancer Research Center.
Greg has over fifteen years of experience working in Healthcare Information Technology, in various aspects of the EHR, from Security to Clinical Documentation, for hospital organizations and vendors. He is currently serving Baylor Scott & White Health as Senior IS Operational Consultant for the Quality Management team. Greg has a BA from Steven F. Austin State University and is ITIL certified.
Pro-Tem Board Member
Joe Jackson, sales executive and mentor, is a dedicated leader of DFW HIMSS whose volunteering efforts includes the honor of serving as Chapter President and advisor to the DFW American Nursing Informatics Association. Joe has held a multitude of executive leadership positions for both public and private companies, and is currently leading Lone Star Communications as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is tireless when it comes to taking on complex healthcare technology issues and is the author of the North Texas Healthcare Thought Leadership blog. Www.healthcaretl.com helps clinical and IT leaders collaborate and focus on key issues, what’s working, and what isn’t. He is humbled to consult regularly with the top healthcare organizations in North Texas, helping them reach the nation’s highest levels of patient safety and satisfaction. Joe's passion is to help provide the best levels of patient care through innovation while reducing the overall cost of healthcare.
A. Lee Lavergne, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Board Member Pro Tem
Lee Lavergne is a Manager for EHR Applications at Baylor Scott & White Health. Lee’s current role is focused on the management of the EHR and ARRA at all Baylor Scott and White North Texas facilities. He has over 35 years of healthcare experience and has held positions ranging from roles as Hospital Director Information Technology, Corporate Director, Consulting and Project Manager for revenue cycle and clinical systems. During his career, Lee has worked for Tenet, HCA and IBM before joining Baylor in 2007. Lee is a certified trainer for PROSCI Change Management, CPHIMS and CAHIMS.