Annual Conference Education Committee

Get involved with the Annual Conference Education Committee!

The Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC) is responsible for identifying and programming high quality educational opportunities at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition. The ACEC consists of a group members who each represent an industry, profession, or community within HIMSS. The planning year for the ACEC runs July 1 to June 30.

In order to apply to this committee, you must be a HIMSS member and have served as a HIMSS Conference proposal reviewer for at least two (2) years.

The information below will provide you with an overview of the responsibilities of the Annual Conference Education Committee, and illustrate the importance of the committee to the success of the Annual HIMSS Conference educational programming.

ACEC Structure

ACEC Committee Structure:
Purpose: To identify and program high quality educational opportunities at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition.

Committee Chair:

  • A volunteer from the ACEC may be named by the HIMSS Board Chair
  • Serves 2 years on the committee by end of chair term
  • Must be a HIMSS member

Board Liaison:

  • The HIMSS Board Chair or designee who will be in office at the upcoming Annual Conference

ACEC Members:

  • 16 volunteers appointed by the HIMSS Board Chair (selections based on geographic location, topic category expertise, and years of experience within industry)
  • Must be HIMSS members and have participated as an Annual Conference proposal reviewer for two years
  • ACEC members must not submit annual conference proposals during their term of service

Reviewers:

  • Volunteers approved by the ACEC Chair
  • Must be HIMSS members
  • A HIMSS member must be a reviewer for at least two years, but not necessarily consecutively, before they may be selected as a member of the ACEC

ACEC Liaison:

  • Continuing Education Accrediting Agency Representative (PIM).
  • PIM provides a Staff Member to attend the ACEC planning meeting, optional.
  • The PIM representative is a non-voting member that serves in a continuing education consultant role.

HIMSS Staff Liaisons:

  • Harold “Hal” Wolf III, President and CEO
  • Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, Executive Vice President
  • JoAnn W. Klinedinst, MEd, CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, Vice President, Professional Development (jklinedinst@himss.org)
  • Gail L. Rice, MA, Senior Director, Professional Development (grice@himss.org)
  • Deb Clough, Manager, Annual Conference Education (dclough@himss.org)

ACEC Schedule

  • Monthly committee conference calls
  • Conference calls in August with Reviewers to discuss and recommend proposals as conference sessions
  • Supplemental committee conference calls as necessary
  • A face-to-face meeting in August or September timeframe prior to the upcoming conference
  • A face-to-face meeting at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition

ACEC Definition of Responsibilities/Benefits

Annual Conference Education Committee Chair

ACEC Chair Responsibilities

  • Works with HIMSS staff to develop agendas for the ACEC meetings and conference calls after consulting with the staff.
  • Assures that committee members are apprised of all committee business, adhere to assigned projects and meet target dates.
  • Provides feedback and counsel to HIMSS staff and committee members.
  • May be asked to represent HIMSS on "goodwill" collaborations with other organizations, or serve on HIMSS special plan and scope projects.
  • Attends the Incoming Committee Chair meeting for the year of their term.
  • Reports out to other committee chairs during quarterly steering committee conference calls.
  • Serves a one-year term under current HIMSS bylaws.

ACEC Chair Benefits and Rewards

  • Earns 15 points for advancement to HIMSS Senior Member and Fellow Status.
  • Receives a complimentary conference registration.
  • Receives recognition on the web site and on-site.
  • Receives hotel and travel costs to attend the Incoming Committee Chair meeting.
  • Provides educational value by broadening the knowledge base of conference participants.
  • Has the opportunity to play a key role in developing the conference curriculum and direction.
  • Increases their peer networking opportunities.

Annual Conference Education Committee Members

Committee member responsibilities:

  • Two year term
  • Participate in all conference calls and attend two face-to-face committee meetings during the year.
  • Review proposals within their assigned topic category.
  • Monitor work and review/evaluate results of the Reviewers.
  • Act as primary representatives for assigned topic area(s) to Reviewers and HIMSS staff.
  • Recommend proposals to schedule as sessions per assigned topic category.
  • Provide suggestions on speakers and topics for consideration at the conference.
  • Moderate sessions at conference, if needed.
  • Attend sessions during the conference to evaluate them.
  • Participate in conference calls to assist in the identification of Topic Categories for the conference to be held the year following the year of the conference for which they plan.  

Committee Member Benefit and Rewards:

  • Earn 7 points for advancement to HIMSS Senior Member and Fellow Status.
  • Receive a complimentary conference registration
  • Receive recognition on the web site and on-site.
  • Receive educational value by broadening their knowledge base.
  • Play a key role in developing HIMSS Annual Conference curriculum and direction.
  • Increase their opportunities for peer network.

Current ACEC Members

Keri Christensen, MS

Keri Christensen, MS
Director, Research Innovation
National Committee for Quality Assurance

Chair

 
Raymond D. Aller, MD

Raymond D. Aller, MD
Emeritus Professor
University of Southern California

 
Melissa Bullock, MHA-HI, RT (R)(M), RDMS, CHTS-IM, CHTS-PW

Melissa Bullock, MHA-HI, RT (R)(M), RDMS, CHTS-IM, CHTS-PW
Manager, Training and Content
Ascension Medical Group

 
Laura Dorenfest

Laura L. Dorenfest, MBA, PMP
Adjunct Instructor
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

 
Crystal Heath, BSN, MS, RN, RN-BC, CPHIMS

Crystal Heath, BSN, MS, RN, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Clinical Program Manager
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

 
Sue Houston, MBA, RN-BC, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Sue Houston, MBA, RN-BC, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Chief, Portfolio Office
Department of Clinical Research Informatics
NIH Clinical Center

 
Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones, MS, CPHIMS
Assistant Director, Information Technology
Adjunct Professor, Health Information Management Systems
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

 
Gail Kocher, Director, National Standards, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Gail Kocher, MPA
Director, National Standards
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

 
Thomas Martin

Thomas Martin
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director
Temple University

 
Debbie Mikels, OTR/L

Debbie Mikels, OTR/L
Information Security Program Manager
Partners Healthcare System, Inc.

 
V. Sean Mitchell, RN, APRN-BC, CPHIMS, CHC, CRNA

V. Sean Mitchell, APRN-BC, CRNA, CPHIMS, MSN
Governmental Policy and eHealth
Colorado Nurses Association

 
Erich P. Murrell, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CISSP, PMP

Erich P. Murrell, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CISSP, PMP
Chief, Medical Device Management PMO
Office of the Air Force Surgeon General

 
Anne Marie Robertson

Anne Marie Robertson, MPA
Director of Operations
Coastal Connect HIE

 
Charles S. Sawyer, MD, FACP

Charles S. Sawyer, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Information Officer
Mission Health System

 
Eli Tarlow, CHCIO, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Eli Tarlow, CHCIO, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center

 
Lori Yackanicz, MBA

Lori Yackanicz, MBA
Administrator, Enterprise Analytics
Lehigh Valley Health Network