HIMSS Veterans Career Services Advisory Council

Caterina Lasome - Chairman
Dr. Caterina Lasome is the President and Chief Executive Officer at iON Informatics, LLC, a women and veteran owned small business that provides health management and informatics consulting services in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to her role at iON Informatics, Dr. Lasome served as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology.  She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U. S. Army Medical Department. Her career spanned 23 years and included assignments as Clinical Staff and Head Nurse roles in community and field hospitals as well as tertiary medical centers, and Chief, Nursing Informatics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  She further served as Deputy CIO for Clinical Informatics & Telehealth, Tripler Army Medical Center; Chief, Healthcare Informatics & Inpatient Requirements and Chair, NATO Chiefs of the Military Medical Services (COMEDS) Medical Communications and Information Systems (MedCIS) Expert Panel. Dr. Lasome also served as Principal Investigator for a $3.011M Congressionally directed and funded two-year study aimed at identifying usability issues associated with automated clinical practice guidelines (aCPG) and developing and testing prototype systems for speed, accuracy, provider satisfaction and clinical decision-making efficacy. 

She is credited with helping to spearhead the health and clinical systems vision for the Military Health System’s (MHS) $4.3B electronic health record supporting 9.2 million beneficiaries and 120K Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare providers in over 342 hospitals and clinics worldwide for inpatient functions. Dr. Lasome received her PhD in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  She currently holds an appointment to the National Quality Forum’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).  Dr. Lasome serves on the Board of Directors for the American Nursing informatics Association as well as the Advisory Board for the Defense Strategies Institute.  She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).


Daniel Blum
Dan Blum is the owner, Blum Consulting Group, Washington D.C.  His previous work history includes serving in and retiring from the United States Army, serving as the lead consultant to the “President’s Commission to Improve Cooperation between VA and DOD,” and as an  independent consultant working with government and industry in the areas of federal health care and research.   Dan has been active at the local HIMSS chapter level and nationally, having served as the first national Chair for HIMSS State and Chapter Advocacy. He has served on numerous national HIMSS committees and workgroups addressing policy issues and represented Diamond Member companies on the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable. He has been a presenter at numerous national meetings including annual HIMSS Conferences. At the local level he has served as Chapter Program Chair and most recently as Chapter Advocate. Dan attended the Army’s Comptrollership Program (MBA) at Syracuse University/Maxwell School of Government, in 1984, and later completed a RAND health policy fellowship. He attended the Executive Health Financing Policy Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.


Charles Boicey
Charles is the Chief Innovation Officer for Clearsense, a healthcare analytics organization specializing in bringing “Big Data” technologies to healthcare. Prior to Clearsense Charles was the Enterprise Analytics Architect for Stony Brook Medicine. In his role he is developed the analytics infrastructure to serve the clinical, operational, quality and research needs of the organization. His work for the past six years has centered on bringing "Big Data" technologies to healthcare. He was a founding member of the team that developed the Health and Human Services award winning application "NowTrending" and he developed "Saritor" a novel Healthcare Data Platform for advanced healthcare analytics.

Charles holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and is the President of the American Nursing Informatics Association. He is board certified as an Informatics Nurse and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). He is a member of the HIMSS VCS Advisory Council, a former member of the HIMSS National Nursing Informatics and Innovation Committees.


Clark Campbell
Robert “Clark” Campbell has been affiliated with the military for over thirty years, both active duty and reserve.  He served as a Navy hospital corpsman (medic), working both in hospitals and with Marines.  He is at present an Army Reserve Medical Service Corps officer, specializing in health IT.  His wife and both sons are veterans as well.

His health IT experience includes military, VA, and the private sector.  At present on active duty as the Informatics Officer working in the newly formed Defense Health Agency (DHA), he will be returning to his civilian job in the VA’s Office of Informatics and Analytics shortly.  
He received his undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, and his nursing degrees from Excelsior College.  He is a board certified informatics nurse, CPHIMS, and FHIMSS.  He has served on numerous HIMSS committees.  In his free time, he enjoys photography, bicycling, and horseback riding.


Gov. James Geringer
Gov. James Geringer is the Director at Dakota Gasification Company, Cheyenne, Wyoming and former Governor for the state of Wyoming.  He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.  Gov. Geringer served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1977, working on aerospace programs for the Air Force and NASA, including launches of reconnaissance satellites, the NASA Viking Mars Lander, and the beginning of the Global Positioning Satellite System. During this time, he also served as chief of computer programming at a ground receiving station for early-warning satellites.

He was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives in 1983 and had served for six years when he was elected to the state senate. He was first elected governor in 1994 where he pushed for higher standards, proper assessment of achievement, and effective use of technology for basic and distance learning. Governor Geringer is a past chairman of the Western Governors' Association and the Education Commission of the States. He served on John Glenn's National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century.

He has been a presenter at numerous national meetings including annual HIMSS Conferences. At the local level he has served as Chapter Program Chair and most recently as Chapter Advocate. Dan attended the Army’s Comptrollership Program (MBA) at Syracuse University/Maxwell School of Government, in 1984, and later completed a RAND health policy fellowship. He attended the Executive Health Financing Policy Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.


Jaime Parent
Jaime B Parent is Vice President of Information Technology Operations and Associate CIO at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  Among his many responsibilities, Mr. Parent is leading the technical transformation of Rush through various strategies, including the deployment of an electronic medical record and a modernization of technology infrastructure.

A native of Connecticut, Mr. Parent has 30 years of healthcare experience including 20 years in the Air Force Medical Service, retiring at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel in 2003.   A trained clinical microbiologist, Mr. Parent spent several years as a medical technologist, virology researcher and lab director, prior to becoming an Information Technology Executive and CIO.  He has held several IT and CIO related positions within the United States Air Force Medical Service, Department of Defense, and the University of Maryland Medical System.


Frank Overfelt
Frank Overfelt is the President and Owner of Delta Healthcare Consulting Group, Greater Salt Lake City Area, UT.  He has done previous work withTexas Children's Hospital, SHS, WellSpring, Berkeley Research Group, Kaiser Permanente, Intermountain Healthcare and KPMG.  Frank holds a MBA, Lifetime FHIMSS, former member and Vice President of HIMSS Board of Directors.  He has consulted with 114 hospitals throughout his career in regards to productivity and process improvement management.  Frank is a USAF veteran.


Patricia Dombrowski, Ex Officio
Patricia Dombrowski is the Executive Director of the Bellevue College Health e Workforce Consortium, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The nine college partnership was formed to advance health IT workforce development in the nation, with a special focus on military veterans.
She directs the Life Science Informatics Center at Bellevue College, directed the Northwest Region of the Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and is the principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation health IT project, creating a national entry-level health IT certification and preparatory curriculum, in partnership with HIMSS.