Director & Associate Professor of Health Information Management
Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2541
Cell Phone: 616.405.0809
Office: Keene Building, Room 233
- Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- HIT 1100 Medical Terminology
- HIT 1200 Health Info Tech & Systems
- HIT 2000 Health Data Management
- HIT 2200 Health Priv and Sec
- HIM 4950 Professional Practice Experience
College of Arts and Sciences
Academic Advisor Roles
Health Information Management, Health Information Technology,
- M.S., Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica (2012)
- Masters Certificate in Health Information Exchange
- B.S., Business Administration and Management, City University of Seattle (1984)
- Wilkins Hardware Co. President and Co-Founder 1/1997-2007
Assembly on Education 2016: HIM Curricular Competency Domain I: Data Content, Structure & Standards
Benefit to Program of Attendance at AHIMA AOE Conference (1/12/17) to Indiana Tech Faculty In-Service Online Retention and Success (2016). Indiana Tech Faculty and to Administration Innovation in Professional Practice Experience (2014). AHIMA Faculty Development Institute (FDI) Educating the Future of HIT (/24/13). Indiana Tech Faculty Tea.
My healthcare experience began while still in high school. I worked in psychiatric hospitals after school and continued as an adult until earning a Business Administration degree. In 1985, I founded a business and built annual revenue from zero to $1M over 20 years. I developed all educational materials and programs, taught and monitored the skill acquisition of numerous new employees, and developed the abilities of permanent staff.
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.
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. I experienced up close and personal the lack of communication in the sharing and transmittal of vital health information. I found this to be injurious and appalling. I was aroused to apply my data management skills to improve the sharing of health information to improve care delivery and outcomes. I earned a Master in HIM and feel part of the movement to transform healthcare. I share my passion for the benefits technology brings to health information with students seeking to gain entry or advance in this exciting and evolving field.
My husband and I have been married for 41 years, and are parents to our son and two younger daughters. We raised our kids on the beautiful southwest Michigan lake-shore community of Saugatuck. I love yoga and hiking in the dunes as frequently as I can. I moved to Fort Wayne to teach Health Information Technology as a full-time, resident instructor at Indiana Tech in 2013. July 2014-October 2016, I was Director of the HIT/HIM Program and piloted the HIT A.S. to CAHIIM accreditation. I developed the Health Information Management Bachelor degree program which launched in the 2015-2016 academic year. I’m very active in the Indiana Tech Sustainability Council. I’m now Director working onsite at the Fort Wayne campus full-time with the HIT/HIM programs as an Associate Professor and student advisor.
As a member of the professional national and state organizations of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), I stay current and contribute to my profession on task forces. 2014-2017 I was an elected member on the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) of the AHIMA Foundation for Research and Education in HIM and Co-Chaired the Educational Programming Workgroup. I’m continuing membership on the Educational Programming Workgroup 2018-2020.