WVHIMSS Board of Directors

President

Dennis Lee
Cabell Huntington Hospital
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Dennis Lee has been Cabell Huntington Hospital's (CHH) Vice President and Chief Information Officer since August 2011. Since that time, the organization has implemented CPOE, physician documentation, and a host of other HIT functionality. CHH has attested for Meaningful Use Stage 1 and reached HIMSS Stage 6 recognition. In his remaining time, Dennis sits on both the Huntington YMCA Board of Directors and the Marshall University Health Informatics Advisory Council.

Prior to this position, Dennis held roles at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. His remaining work experience includes positions with Lucent Technologies and the United States Air Force.

Vice-President

Sonia Chambers
West Virginia Health Information Network
Chief Operation Officer

Sonia Chambers has a wide variety of heath care experience. She began her professional life working for Congressman Bob Wise, serving as Legislative Aid, Legislative Director and Staff to the House Budget Committee. In 1992, Ms. Chambers returned to West Virginia where she served in various state government capacities including Director of Policy for Governor Caperton, Special Assistant for Coordinated Health Purchasing for the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency and Deputy Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. In 2001, she was appointed to the West Virginia Health Care Authority (WVHCA). As Chair of WVHCA, she oversaw administration of hospital Rate Review, Certificate of Need, Clinical Data Analysis and Financial Disclosure. Since 2015 she has led the West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN), the state’s Health Information Exchange. In addition to public sector positions focused on health care, Chambers has worked for Marshall Health as the Affiliation Manager and Corporate Compliance Officer.

Past-President

Nathan Cantrell
Marshall Health
Director of IT Enterprise Planning

Nathan Cantrell is the current Director of IT Enterprise Planning for Marshall Health, the practice plan for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Since joining the Marshall team in late 2014, he has been leading new facility, clinic, and physician integration as the group continues to grow. Prior to Marshall Health, Nathan (only his mother calls him Nathan - Nate preferred) worked as a CareFirst BC/BS benefits coordinator where he quickly learned the carrier side of the healthcare nebulous. He later served as the Director of Information Systems at HIMG for more than seven years where he helped the group navigate the changing landscape of healthcare IT. He is doing the same for Marshall Health. His motivation is initiating strategic alignment, change management, and risk opportunities with a goal of delivering optimized workflows, seamless integration, and scalable, value-add healthcare information systems.

A native of Columbus, OH, Nate was transplanted to WV twenty years ago and attended West Virginia Institute of Technology. He holds two bachelor’s: Mathematics and History. He quickly realized there was no money to be had in either field, so he returned to Marshall Graduate College earning his Masters in Information Systems. In 2013, he attained recognition as a CPHIMS exemplifying his commitment to healthcare technology. Nate is also a current member of the AAMC Group on Information Resources, guest lectures and sits on the steering board for the Marshall Health Informatics program, and contributes to the WV HIT Planning Workgroup.

 

With a personal interest in technology’s ability to improve rural medicine, particularly in the developing world, Nate has recently revisited his college Spanish lessons to work towards future improvement and delivery of Telemedicine and in-the-field educational resources throughout South America. When he’s not tied to his desk, computer, or phone, Nate takes to running (no marathons yet), cooking, home improvement projects (to prove he is still a man and hasn’t gone soft), and spending time with his children.

 

Treasurer

Joe Weber
Quality Insights
Director of IT

Joe Weber is the Director of IT Infrastructure at Quality Insights. He has more than 20 years in the Information Technology field that includes routing and switching, servers, call center management, VoIP, programming and even desk side support. As Director, Joe and his team of Engineers are responsible for making sure WVMI’s complex infrastructure environment achieves the highest level of uptime, security protections, and technologies along with providing an annual budget strategy. This complex environment spans over five states along with a national remote workforce that require 24/7 access capabilities. The last eight years have been specific to health information technology (HIT) which has further enhanced his expertise ranging from system redundancy, disaster recovery, encryption, among many other technologies and best practices.

 

Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a degree in Business Administration. He holds several certifications in IT including MCSE, MCITP and CCNA.

 

Secretary

Wendy Ross
WVU Medicine
Senior Systems Analyst

Wendy Ross is currently working at University Healthcare in the Eastern Panhandle as a Senior Systems Analyst for WVU Medicine IT. She has worked in healthcare IT in West Virginia for over 18 years. She is well-rounded in IT, having held various positions including hardware, network, applications, and supervisor roles.

 

Member at Large

Julie Williams
Quality Insights
Practice Transformation Specialist

Julie Williams is a Practice Transformation Specialist for Quality Insights. Ms. Williams has been in Health care Management for the past 15 years. She is the past Office Managers Association President for the State of WV, during this time set sat on numerous federal, state legislative and state advisory committees. She is currently working on Quality Insights' Quality Payment Program (QPP) Support Center project that helps clinicians in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey prepare for and succeed in CMS' QPP Program. In the past she helped healthcare professional transitioning to electronic health records and reaching meaningful use standards. She is a certified Medical Coder. Her mission is to bring people and information together to improve health.

 

Member at Large

Amber Nary
UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc.
Care Consultant

As a Care Consultant for UniCare Health Plan of WV, Amber works with primary care providers on care delivery transformation efforts aimed at improving quality and reducing unnecessary costs. Amber’s background in healthcare is broad and diverse; she has been involved in Health Information Exchange (HIE) initiatives in Missouri and West Virginia. Her background in HIE includes program management, policy development and provider recruitment. Amber also has Medicaid managed care experience which includes recruiting providers to participate in innovative shared savings arrangements.

Her interest in the IT industry developed through her participation in the WV Governor’s Internship Program where she had the opportunity to work at the WV Office of Technology in 2006. Of particular interest to Amber is the potential that population health analytic tools, clinical decision support tools and health information exchange capabilities have to assist the healthcare community in moving toward a healthcare system with improved quality outcomes and reduced costs.

Amber is a magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University where she earned a B.A. Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration.

Member at Large

Aaron Yanuzo
Project Manager
Mon Health

Member at Large

Jordan Wilton
Analytic Associate
IBM Watson Health

Employed with IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) since March 2015, he works with the West Virginia Bureau of Medical Services to perform data analyses and provide consulting services relating to claims data.  Jordan’s background is in the Biomedical Sciences, and he is a 2015 graduate of the Health Informatics Master’s Program at Marshall University. Jordan has been actively involved in the WVHIMSS chapter since becoming a student member in 2014. Jordan developed an interest in health data analytics while pursuing his Master’s degree. He believes that health data analytics can be a major driver of change in healthcare by providing tangible and viable solutions to the problems that plague the health system in the US.

Member at Large

Matt Wedge
ABS Technology
Account Manager

Member at Large

Anthony Adkins
Cabell Huntington Hospital
Director of Application Services