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ILHIMA e-Alert 

May 20, 2022

Inside this Issue:

Announcing the AHIMA Ballot Candidates For:

(Information from AHIMA Special E-Alert – May 13, 2022)
  • President/Chair-elect
  • Board Directors
  • Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information (CCHIIM) Commissioners
  • Council on Excellence in Education (CEE) Council Members
  • Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates

As you see every day, health information is complex, nuanced, and ever-changing. That’s why it’s vital that AHIMA has agile, dedicated leaders who can help the organization remain the leading voice and authority in health information—even in an age of uncertainty. The AHIMA Nominating Committee met this week to identify candidates with the specific traits and expertise needed to advance our strategic goals. They chose the following members to be considered for leadership positions.

President/Chair-elect (1 open position)

  • Mona Calhoun, PhD, MEd, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA
  • Jami Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA 
Board Directors (3 open positions)
  • Aurae Beidler, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, CHC
  • Elizabeth Delahoussaye, RHIA, CHPS
  • Tanya Earle, RHIT, VHA-CM
  • Abel Guevara, MHIM, RHIA, CPHT, CDME
  • Rachel Podczervinski, MS, RHIA
  • Dasantila (Tila) Sherifi, PhD, MBA, RHIA
CCHIIM Commissioners (1 open position)
  • Thomas (TJ) Hunt, PhD, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA
CEE Council Members (2 open positions)
  • Jennifer Holland, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CIRCC
  • Noni Jefferson JD, RN, CCS, CCDS, CPHQ
  • Mechel McKinney, MBA, RHIA
  • Crystal Reed, RHIT (added May 16)
Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates (1 open position) 
  • Tonya Bates, RHIA
  • Deb Boppre, MSM, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
The entire AHIMA professional membership, with the exception of students, may vote by electronic ballot beginning July 11 at 8 a.m. CT through July 25 at 5 p.m. CT on the candidates for President/Chair-elect, Board of Directors, CCHIIM, and members of the CEE. Members of the 2022–23 AHIMA House of Delegates will vote separately beginning on August 1 for the Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates. Information on these elected roles and their duties is available under Who We Are. Information about the candidates for these positions will be posted on

You can view the election timeline on our website.

Special thanks to the 2022 AHIMA Nominating Committee:

Chair: Dianna M. Foley, RHIA, CHPS, CDIP, CCS

Committee Members:
  • Virginia (Ginna) Evans, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CRC, FAHIMA
  • Jennifer Garvin, PhD, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ, CTR, FAHIMA
  • Erin E. Head, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, CCS, CHTS-TR
  • Emmy Johnson, HIM, RHIA
  • Lakesha Kinnerson, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ
  • Karen C. Searcy, RHIA, CPC
  • Shannan Swafford, DHA- IS, RHIT, CHDA, CCS
  • Valerie J.M. Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA
Ex-Officio Member—AHIMA CEO: Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE
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