Director; Assistant Professor, Health Information Technology
Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2541
Cell Phone: 616.405.0809
Office: Academic Center, Room 159
- HIT 1100 Medical Terminology
- HIT 1200 HIT & Systems
- HIT 2000 Health Data Mgmt I
- HIT 2200 Health Data Privacy & Security
College of General Studies
Academic Advisor Roles
Health Information Technology
- M.S., Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica (2012)
- B.S., Business Administration and Management, City University of Seattle (1984)
My healthcare experience began while I was still in high school. I worked in psychiatric hospitals while in high school and continued as an adult until I earned a Business Administration degree.
In 1985 I founded a business and built revenue from zero to $1M in annual sales over 20 years. In my business, I developed all educational materials and programs. Teaching and monitoring the skill acquisition of numerous new employees and developing the abilities of permanent staff was my responsibility, and was pivotal to the extraordinary customer service that was our trademark.
- Faculty Tea Presentation on The Future of HIT, October 2013
I hold the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential and a Masters in Health Information Management & Exchange (MHIM), from The College of St. Scholastica of Duluth, MN. I have experience with Epic, NextGen, and Cerner Electronic Health Records in four healthcare systems.
After earning a Bachelors in Business Administration from City University of Seattle, I founded a business, and over 20 years built revenue from zero to $1M in annual sales. In my business I valued the management of data that electronic information systems provided. My life took a turn when my adult son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 23. He received state of the art treatment, and is healthy and vital 10 years later. This encounter with the healthcare system, however, convinced me that communications in healthcare was in the dark ages. I was incited to apply my data management skills to improve the sharing of health information to improve care delivery and outcomes.
The Health Information Management (HIM) profession, with knowledge that encompasses all phases of the patient record, dedication to the integrity, standardization, security and privacy of personal health information, and recent adoption of technology to capture and exchange information, seemed the best vehicle for my mission. I earned a Master in HIM and feel part of the movement to transform healthcare. My passion for the benefits technology brings to health information is shared with students seeking to gain entry or advance in this exciting and evolving field.
My husband and I have been married for 37 years, and we are parents to our son and two younger daughters. We raised our kids on the beautiful southwest Michigan lake-shore community of Saugatuck. I moved to Fort Wayne to teach Health Information Technology at Indiana Tech.