Western PA HIMSS Board of Directors
President: Jenny Sabol, MS, is currently a Project Manager at Highmark Inc., working for the Clinical Services division in Programs Implementation and Strategy. She previously worked as a Project Manager on the Date Integration Team in the IT Department at Allegheny Health Network, as well as for Aspen Advisors, a healthcare technology consulting firm, serving as an analyst on various system implementation and optimization projects. Prior to joining Aspen, Jenny worked for as a consultant with SDLC Partners in Pittsburgh, working for a large payer client implementing a new care management technology system. Jenny graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College with her Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management and from the University of Pittsburgh with her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science. She is also passionate about health and wellness and works part-time as a cycling and aerobics instructor. This is Jenny's 5th year on the WPHIMSS Board of Directors.
Immediate Past President: Otto Salguero, PhD, is the Director of the Health Systems Engineering Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to this, Otto was CIO of Excela Health, in Greensburg PA. He has been a member of HIMSS since 1980. He was a founding member of Western Pennsylvania HIMSS and served as president in 1983. He is active in the HIMSS Senior IT Executive Community Leadership Team at HIMSS National Level. This group addresses global issues affecting the Management Information Systems profession. He is also a founding member of CHIME and participates actively in CHIME sponsored Focus Groups. Otto has extensive experience as a computer programmer, management engineer, IT director & IT consultant. His experience includes working for IBM, Forbes Health System, Ernst & Young, Halifax Community Health Systems, Ascension Health, Bon Secours Health System and Hewlett Packard. He has done international consulting in Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador. He holds a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.
Treasurer: Scott Bachik is Senior Vice President of Healthcare at True Image Interactive, where he leads the team responsible for the design, development, market launch and oversight of the True Image Healthcare Population Health Management suite of products. True Image Interactive builds Intelligent Voice Response (IVR) and Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) solutions that helps organizations increase customer and patient engagement to drive unparalleled results. Scott has also served as Senior Vice President at Corazon Inc., a national leader in program development for cardiovascular, neuroscience, and orthopedic service lines. He is a tenured, entrepreneurial healthcare professional with over 25 years of experience and applied knowledge in leading organizations and teams to achieve results. Scott has a solid foundation in healthcare IT product development, healthcare service line development and consulting operations, and new product development and roll-out. His demonstrated strengths include defining vision and strategies to achieve organizational goals, operations oversight and fiscal management, building teams by engaging and motivating management and employee staff, innovation of business intelligence tools and operational models, and ensuring high-quality customer service. Scott received a Master of Administrative Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Secretary: Shireen Thomas, RHIA is the Staff Associate to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In her role, Shireen is responsible for managing all aspects of the Office of the CIO in the planning, organization, and execution of strategic technology initiatives for UPMC’s Information Services Division (ISD), which employs 1,500 information technology professionals. Serving as Staff Associate for nearly two years, Shireen has experience with collaborating and building partnerships with all levels of staff, executive management, and customers to facilitate strategies and operational plans for all ISD programs. Shireen began her career in the inaugural class of UPMC’s Information Services Division Rotation (ISDR) Program, which is a full-time, accelerated leadership development program where participants rotate through four unique ISD areas over two years to develop a holistic perspective of health care information technology. Upon successful completion of the ISDR Program, Shireen was selected to be the Junior Executive Sponsor of the ISDR Program by providing mentorship, oversight, and strategic direction for all ISDR Program activities and recruitment events. Shireen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh with an earned Registered Health Information Management Administrator (RHIA) credential.
Advocacy Committee Chair: John Ritter, MS, has an Expert Appointment to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. John began focusing his computer experience towards the field of health information (HIT) technology about fifteen years ago and has further refined that focus towards HIT standards for about the past eight years. As such, John has been involved with Health Level Seven, International (HL7) and ISO Technical Committee 215 – creating standards for Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems. He serves as co-chair of the HL7 EHR Work Group, PHR WG, and EHR Usability WG, and is a founding mentor of the Mobile Health Work Group. He also co-founded and continues to lead the HL7 International Mentoring Committee, whose charge is to support the creation and nurturing of HL7 Affiliate chapters worldwide. John is also actively involved in the Education WG, Marketing WG, and a Technical Steering Committee subgroup. HL7 recognized John's service to the organization with a Volunteer of the Year award in 2009. John served on the Office of the National Coordinators' (FACA) HIT Standard Committee's Consumer Technology Work Group. John holds degrees in Health Education (B.S.) from Slippery Rock University, Computer Science (B.A.) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Computer Science Applications (M.S.) from Virginia Tech.
Business Development Committee Chair: Matt Carbonara
Communications Committee Co-Chair: Vincent D’Itri, PMP, is a Manager with The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm that provides strategic planning, accountable care, clinical transformation and information technology consulting services to the country's leading healthcare providers. He has over 13 years of project management, business analysis, and analytics experience in healthcare operations and information technology. He has worked with Medicare Advantage and national health plan clients, Population Health/Accountable Care Organizations, an independent blood transfusion center, as well as various hospitals, academic medical centers and research institutes. In 2015, Vincent was selected by Consulting Magazine for their "Rising Stars of the Profession - 35 Under 35" issue. He is a graduate of Bucknell University ('03), with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Communications Committee Co-Chair: Diana Cugliari is an accomplished entrepreneur with expertise in managing and providing strategic counsel to portfolio start-up companies. Her experience in guiding portfolio companies, coupled with her sharp business acumen, has served her well during her time at Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG). Cugliari has been instrumental to the continued success of the company after coming on board in April 2012, and has filled many crucial roles within the business, having assisted in grant proposal writing, branding and marketing, incubator management, IT network management and controller duties among other tasks. Cugliari, who currently serves as Senior Executive Associate and Associate Director of the Accelerator Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on high impact investments in the life sciences and health care sectors, joined PLSG in 2012 as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Office Manager. In her current role, she is responsible for providing strategic and tactical guidance during a company’s crucial formative stages while also assisting in the fundamental business strategy for PLSG’s growing portfolio company roster. In addition, she is also tasked with identifying funding strategies and sources of potential capital among other tasks. Prior to her time at PLSG, Cugliari ran a successful startup company from 1999 to 2009; The Money Tree Financial Corp., a provider of mortgage banking products and solutions. During her time with the Money Tree Financial Corp., she expanded the company footprint from a one-state licensed mortgage broker to a 10-state mortgage banking operation, generating annual sales in excess of $170 million. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Masters in Business Administration both from the University of Pittsburgh.
Communications Committee Co-Chair: Stephanie Wallace
Programs & Education Committee Chair: Kristin Biedinger is an licensed patent attorney at Tucker Arensberg. Kristin’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. In addition to traditional intellectual property matters, Kristin regularly counsels clients on legal issues in emerging technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT), data security and protecting confidential information in cloud-based IT environments. Kristin is active in the Pittsburgh arts community and has served as a member of the Soiree Committee for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Kristin has also served as a special awards judge for the Intel Science and Engineering Fair and has done pro bono work through Neighborhood Legal Services. Kristin earned her Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She also completed a clinical program offered by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, was selected for the Louis L. Manderino Honor society and was the recipient of the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs award for Achievement in the Study of Intellectual Property Law. She also served as Secretary for the Duquesne Intellectual Property Law Association and was a member of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court team. Kristin’s B.S. was earned at the University of Pittsburgh in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Political Science. She was named to the Dean’s List. Prior to joining Tucker Arensberg, Kristin worked as in-house counsel at a Pittsburgh-based chemical imaging company where she advised senior executives on wide range of legal issues.
Board Member At-Large: Ryan Brown is a Solutions Architect with FormFast, a healthcare technology company focused on improving efficiency and quality of care in hospitals with electronic signature and workflow automation solutions. He is responsible for providing consultative assistance to C-Level and key IT leaders to identify solution needs and best integration options into the hospital EMR. Brown contributes to the FormFast solution roadmap and overall strategy through representation of the technical buyer’s needs and marketplace direction. He has over 10 years of healthcare IT experience and previously served as a Senior Technical Account Manager at Vocollect Healthcare by Honeywell. Brown earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.