2020-2022 Board of Directors
Russ Hessler has been involved in healthcare in both ambulatory and inpatient facilities for over 20 years. He has served on the CSOHIMSS board in various capacities in the past and is always open to assisting the board or our chapter members. Russ seeks continued involvement in HIMSS on both the local and national level.
Victor Simha, CSSBB, ITILv3, PMP- CSO HIMSS Treasurer
Victor Simha has 30+ years of experience working in IT, Data Analytics, Process Improvement, and Project Management. Victor has been a Director of Business Intelligence at The Christ Hospital as well as a consultant working at organizations such as Franciscan Health, Ohio Health, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Victor has life sciences experience from his work at Alkermes Pharmaceutical and Ethicon Endo-Surgery and has certificates in Epic Ambulatory, Project Management, ITILv3. Victor is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Victor has served in multiple positions on the CSO HIMSS board over the years.
Donna Carter, Marketing Chair
Donna is the CEO of the Carter Consulting of Ohio, LLC. Donna has a degree in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University and is certified by the Project Management Institute as a PMP. She has been a proud member of national HIMSS since 2000 as well as a member of the Dairyland HIMSS, NOHIMSS, and CSOHIMSS chapters. Donna is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Over the past 29 years in the healthcare industry, she has acquired an extensive background in health care operations and information technology.
Megan works in relationship management, strategic planning, and business operations for the Provider Network at CoverMyMeds, where she has spent the last 4 years of her career. During her time at CMM, Megan also worked in a Field Services position, acting as an ambassador to key accounts and high-value sales targets, and in a Sales Operations position, utilizing data analytics to pull together holistic market landscapes to create actionable outreach strategies. Megan obtained her CAHIMS certification in 2019 and assisted in the planning and execution of the Fall ‘19 CSOHIMSS Conference.
Robert Stillman, Program Chair
Robert (Robb) is currently the Director of Clinical & Research Informatics at The Ohio State University, James Cancer Hospital, and Solove Research Institute. In this role, he is responsible for the comprehensive oversite and vision of clinical and research informatics and the utilization of health information technology for the cancer program. With over 25 years in healthcare, Robb is a veteran of the US Army, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and a Masters in Healthcare Economics. His professional career includes the clinical care of oncology patients, clinical leadership roles as a manager and director, and over the last decade, devoted full time to the implementation and optimization of healthcare information technology in clinical and research settings. Robb serves as adjunct faculty at Capital University, teaching informatics to graduate nursing students. He is CPHIMS certified, a senior member of HIMSS, and is currently the chair of the HIMSS Global Certification Committee. When not working or teaching, Robb enjoys spending time with his family exploring Columbus, fishing, and bicycling.
Donna has over twenty years’ experience in Information Technology, Insurance, and Higher Education. Donna’s interests include all aspects of Health Information Technology and particularly how it relates to culture and ethics. Donna teaches courses in Ethics and Technology, Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology, in the Miami University Health Information Technology degree program. Donna recently took a group of students to Manchester UK to develop technology solutions for a multicultural "near to the streets" population. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in MIS from Miami University, as well as a Bachelor of Science with majors in Marketing and Finance. Donna is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and is a Senior Member of HIMSS and holds the CPHIMS certification.
Mark Lemperle, Sponsorship Chair
Mark currently works as a Multi-Cloud Technical Strategist with Cisco Systems. Mark spends time with customers to deliver business innovation through data center technologies. Many of his organizations he supports are in the healthcare industry and are located throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. His involvement with these organizations gives him a direct pulse on what many of these healthcare institutions are facing. Mark also serves on Cisco’s Americas Healthcare Advisory Board. As a member of the Americas Healthcare Advisory Board, they are building and scaling healthcare expertise for the Americas Theater. In addition, they bring thought leadership to their teams and customers by gathering and sharing ideas across multiple geographies, sectors, and disciplines. Prior to coming to Cisco, Mark was on the customer side. Mark has over 28 years of data center architecture experience with a focus of his last 11 years being a health IT leader. He had served as Director for an EMR services organization, acute care hospital facility, and clinical laboratory organization. Mark has a strong passion for healthcare because it simply has a direct impact on people’s lives and wants to help organizations leverage technology in a way that can improve patient care.
Neha Matta, JD is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at The Health Collaborative, leads the organization’s legal and risk management activities including HIPAA compliance, contract drafting/negotiation, and employment law. She also leads the Data Governance Committee, composed of regional providers, payors, and employers, and serves as Government Relations liaison to the area’s major hospital systems. Neha strives to advance common strategic goals, working collaboratively with stakeholders and their privacy officers across the region.
Andrew Nixon, HIE Liason
Andrew Nixon has worked with multiple health care operations over the last 5 years. The last 3 have been with Premier Health in Dayton within the Physician Network. Currently, he is the Director of Ambulatory Epic Support and the Physician Network Informatics group Here he is supporting the network by providing a hybrid team of business analysts and IT developers to support the business. He has worked within Revenue Cycle Analytics at Mercy Health and was a consultant with other health care companies. He has also spent time working for and consulting with Retail and Insurance firms to help drive IT to change projects and initiatives using data as the foundation of those programs. His focus is on big data and helping leadership solve business problems using data and information to help drive successful change management programs.
Caitlin Graham, Board Member at Large
Caitlin Graham leads the Core Network business unit at CoverMyMeds, where she is responsible for working with providers, pharmacy chains, system vendors, and industry partners. Caitlin has been part of the CoverMyMeds team for nearly 10 years, having previously led the Provider Account Management, Implementation, and Analytics teams. During that time, she advised some of the top health systems in the U.S., launched CoverMyMeds’ first EHR partnerships, and helped grow the CoverMyMeds platform to more than 600,000 users.
Jeff Haas, Board Member at Large Candidate
Jeff is responsible for the Inpatient Clinical Application environment at Premier Heath, which includes Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South, Miami Valley Hospital North, Atrium Medical Center, and Upper Valley Medical Center. Jeff leads a team of 60 clinical application members, ranging from Team Leaders, Project Managers, and Programmer Analysts supporting the Emergency Departments, Cardiology, Surgery/Anesthesia, Laboratory, Medical Imaging/Radiology, Pharmacy, and Inpatient Clinical Documentation and Orders. Prior to this role, Jeff was responsible for establishing the implementation and support teams to execute Premier Health's Ambulatory “Community Connect” outreach solution to employed and affiliated physicians in the South West Ohio market.
Prior to this, Jeff served as a Medical Imaging consultant, PACS Administrator, and Project Manager. Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development and Change from Kent State University.
Samantha McCarthy, Board Member at Large
Samantha McCarthy is the Sr. Manager, Marketing Operations & Events for CoverMyMeds, focused leading CoverMyMeds’ industry tradeshow strategy and team operations. Sam has been with CoverMyMeds for six years. Previously, she was an account coordinator where she assisted users on how to navigate the CoverMyMeds portal to submit electronic prior authorization requests. In addition, she has spent time as a marketing coordinator where she worked with large payer partners to drive provider adoption.
Ajay Sharma, MBA, CSSBB, FHIMSS, Past President
Ajay Sharma has been a member of the CSO HIMSS Board since 2007. He is a HIMSS Fellow and has served in various capacities since his start on the board; from PR Chair to Program Chair, Treasurer, and President in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and Program Chair until 2017 when he served as President-Elect and President from 2018 to 2020. He works as an IT Project Manager for UC Health in Cincinnati and previously has been in IT consulting since 1997, working with healthcare providers such as an Ambulatory IT Project Manager at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, an IT Program Manager at Palomar Health and Mercy Health in Cincinnati supporting and managing their projects and programs across the enterprise. Ajay lives in the Greater Cincinnati area with his wife and two children and is an amateur historian. In addition, he shares his musings in a WordPress blog focused on Healthcare IT and also hopes one day to finish his fiction adventure book.