SFLHIMSS Board of Directors
President: Kendall Brown
Kendall Brown has over 20 years’ experience in Healthcare IT and a member of HIMSS for most of her career. Kendall has worked at Xerox, McKesson, Allscripts, and most recently employed as Director of Enterprise Interoperability at ELLKAY.
Kendall served three terms as South Florida HIMSS Chapter Advocate has been a South Florida HIMSS board member for the last 6 years. In this time, she has put the chapter’s Advocacy program on the national map. As such, Kendall was Nationally Recognized and Awarded by HIMSS as Chapter Advocate of the Year 2019-2020. Under her leadership, SFLHIMSS Chapter has been awarded the Presidential Seal for Advocacy for 2017 & 2018. While Chair of South Florida HIMSS Advocacy, the chapter has won two Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) Challenges from National HIMSS State Government Affairs highlighting South Florida as an Advocacy leader at the national level. In 2020, South Florida HIMSS passed the Florida Interoperability Bill (Florida Interoperability Bill Passes! | HIMSS South Florida Chapter (himsschapter.org) In 2019, Kendall led the submission of Senate Resolution #1814 declaring Health Information Technology Week in the State of Florida (http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01814). The resolution as adopted by the Florida Senate on April 24, 2019. Kendall has been instrumental in planning three separate Health IT Days at Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee raising awareness of the importance of both HIMSS and Healthcare IT with our elected officials and government officials.
Kendall has fostered key relationships with many elected officials such as Senator Gayle Harrell, the Agency of Healthcare Administration (AHCA) and other key healthcare leaders such as Florida’s Agency of State Technology CIO, and Florida Department of Health.
Kendall has brought new ideas to South Florida HIMSS Chapter, like the creation of South Florida HIMSS Chapter Lapel Pin where proceeds created a budget for SFLHIMSS Advocacy Committee. Kendall has attended HIMSS Chapter Leader Exchange (annual HIMSS Leadership training) in Cleveland, Ohio. She regularly attends HIMSS Chapter Leadership Training at National HIMSS and represented South Florida Chapter as a speaker on a Hurricane panel at National HIMSS17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kendall sits on HIMSS Blockchain Policy & Ethics Tiger Team Taskforce.
President-Elect: Ganesh Persad
Ganesh Persad has over 10 years’ experience in Healthcare IT and a member of HIMSS for most of his professional career. He is currently the Manager of Clinical Systems & Interoperability at Memorial Healthcare System. Ganesh serves as the technical architect who manages various health information exchange and interoperability platforms and the health systems Epic Connect program with a focus on delivering clinically relevant data at the point of care to align with Memorial Healthcare Systems Population Health initiatives and to facilitate the organizations Value Based Care initiatives through the use of technology taking a holistic approach as a health IT evangelist, driving consensus building among teams and acts as a transformational leader to his organization focusing on collaboration, innovation optimization and adhering to industry best practices.
Ganesh received his Bachelor’s in Health Information Management degree from Rutgers University. Ganesh completed his Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics from Nova Southeastern University and graduated with High Honors and received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for the Biomedical Informatics program, for demonstrating the characteristics of scholarship, leadership, integrity, humanity, and loyalty to the profession.
Ganesh previously served as the South Florida HIMSS Chapter Secretary, collaborating with other board members to plan and evaluate various education and chapter events to grow and foster the chapters’ mission and vision. Additionally Ganesh has served a two year term as the Chair for the Florida Health Information Exchange and leads the Epic Interoperability Regional User Group partnering with healthcare organizations across the state to promote interoperability at the Federal, State and Local levels.
Past President: Oscar Perez
Oscar Perez is the Vice President of Information Technology for the Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida. Memorial is a six-hospital system that includes Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital, serving southern Broward County, Florida. Mr. Perez has been in healthcare IT for over 21 years. He’s a visionary and transformational leader that believes in putting people and culture first while advancing technology to enhance patient care and taking healthcare to the next level. He’s worked at various healthcare systems is South Florida including academic medical centers like the University of Miami Healthcare System and large public healthcare systems like Jackson Memorial. In addition, he’s consulted at many large healthcare systems throughout the country like Emory in Atlanta, MD Anderson in Houston, and many more. His well-rounded Healthcare IT experience has allowed him to make an impact wherever he’s been.
Mr. Perez currently lives with his family in Miami, Florida where he received a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems (MIS) from FIU and a Masters in Healthcare Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Miami. He also serves on the board for South Florida HIMSS and is a member of CHIME.
President Emeritus: Karen Ondo
Karen Ondo has 30+ years of healthcare experience ranging from VP/CIO of a multi-entity IDN (49 sites), vendor, and now Executive Vice President, KLAS Enterprises, a market research and intelligence firm specializing in healthcare IT performance monitoring. FHIMSS, HIMSS Board of Directors; national/international speaker.
Treasurer: Janine Pratt
Janine Pratt is a high energy team oriented Healthcare Information Technology professional with 19 years of experience providing strong leadership implementing enterprise information technology systems. Expertise identifying resources required to build cross functional multi-specialty project teams providing solutions which meet business and clinical objectives while establishing strong vendor relationships. Accomplished track record of successfully delivering on time and on budget enterprise projects.
Secretary: Pua Cooper
Chief Clinical Information Officer
Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Pua Cooper MSN, RN, FHIMSS, CHCIO is a seasoned nurse with over 30 years of leadership & clinical experience. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice President & Chief Clinical Informatics Officer for Boca Raton Regional Hospital where she is responsible for the oversight of the Clinical Informatics, Quality and Infection Prevention departments. She holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialty in Nursing Informatics and is a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO).
In 2017, she was recognized as a HIMSS Fellow. She currently sits on the South Florida HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors as the chapter’s Secretary. She has previously held the offices of President & Chapter Advocate. In 2020, she was recognized as the HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year recognizing an individual who demonstrates significant leadership and extraordinary contributions to HIMSS Chapters, the society, and a commitment to driving thought leadership within the industry. She has spoken at various local and national conferences on how to leverage technology to improve organizational performance and clinical practice.
Program Co-Chair: Grant McGaugh
“Integrity doesn’t have a price tag!”
Grant is a veteran information technology (IT) sales professional with over 20 years of experience and loves connecting with people with similar interests. He attended DeVry Institute of Technology where he received a degree in Electrical Electronics & Communications Engineering. Throughout the years he has racked up certifications such as Cloud Technology Associate, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, IT Business Conversations-HPE, Selling Business Outcomes – Cisco and Dell EMC certified Associate-Converged Systems and Hybrid Cloud Platforms.
McGaugh provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment for his clients. The primary responsibilities include a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, data analytics, collaboration, communication, and information technology protocols.
With his training and drive, Grant has become an accomplished and versatile sales leader with demonstrated success in managing the end-to-end consulting, engagement, and service delivery process from cradle to grave. He is also adept at leveraging deep expertise in enterprise-level business needs analysis and relationship development to deliver highly competitive service offerings and portfolios for his clients.
He has become quite skilled at identifying opportunities for sizeable gains across internal and customer-facing performance indicators, including revenue generation and customer acquisition.
Grant has worked at the expert and executive level for multiple Fortune 500 organizations such as Connection, Zones, Inc., CenturyLink, and Avaya. He has received numerous awards and special recognitions, such as, the 2019 nomination for Healthcare Leadership by Legacy Magazine, the 2018 Gold Sales Achiever, TOP SALES Achiever, Gold Award Honors, and the President’s Club.
Grant McGaugh is the CEO and owner of his own professional career. He is an accomplished business leader and entrepreneur who has served as the president and esteemed board member for several professional organizations including the National Association of Healthcare Executives (NAHSE) and South Florida HIMSS. He has also shared his expertise when asked to speak on healthcare and technology panels. Grant has also shared his knowledge via magazine articles such as the June 2017 issue of Miami Medicine.
Program Co-Chair: Nicole Bramblett
Nicole Bramblett has over 15 years of healthcare experience and is currently the Regional Client Relationship Manager for Scrivas in Miami, FL. Scrivas focuses on offering healthcare staffing most notable scribe services, COVID exposure management services, and healthcare screeners. Nicole graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University with a Master's in Healthcare Administration and has a wide range of expertise in social service and healthcare. Nicole is deeply involved as a volunteer in local and national healthcare and advocacy groups such as HIMMS, SFHHA, ACHE, SFHEF, and the Guardian ad litem program.
Communications Co-Chair: Ana Agostini
Ana Agostini has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare IT and is currently the Administrative Director of IT Services over the IT PMO, Service Desk, and Identity and Access Management teams at Memorial Healthcare System. Ana started her career at Accenture as a healthcare consultant and has implemented electronic health records, identity access management, and service management systems that have transformed organizations. Ana is a Chemical Engineer by trade. She received her MS in Industrial Engineering, focused on project management, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She's also a certified PMP, ITIL V3, and holds three Epic certifications.
Communications Co-Chair: Jesus Diaz
Jesus Diaz is a collaborative healthcare leader with over 16 years of progressive hands-on experience caring for diverse and complex patient populations across various settings. In his current role as Director of Nursing Clinical Informatics at the Memorial Healthcare System, Jesus supports the bedside by partnering with clinical stakeholders and implementing innovative technology that engages patients while enhancing care delivery practices. Jesus started his healthcare career working as an EMT and has served in several leadership roles in the correctional, forensic, and hospital settings while also leading various technology-driven initiatives.
Jesus earned his MBA in Healthcare from FIU, his MSN/BSN with High Honors from Nova Southeastern University, and his RN degree from Broward College. Jesus also serves as the Health IT Committee Chair for the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association.
Education Co-Chair: Marilyn Rousseau
Marilyn Moise Rousseau is a Speaker, Coach, Trainer, Information Technology Leader, and Entrepreneur who has made a career of empowering and motivating professional and business men and women to step into their power, discover their purpose and passion, and make aligned choices and decisions that lead them to envisioning and actualizing successful and fulfilling lives.
Her mission is to empower women of color in technology and support them to move through Fear, tap into Faith, and live a life of Power, Passion and Purpose. Marilyn enjoys working with business and corporate professionals and leaders who are ready to transition from feeling “stuck” to feeling “free”.
As Founder and CEO of “From Fear to Faith Coaching”, Marilyn has created a simple, easy to follow, and proven methodology to guide her clients through manifesting the life they want. Marilyn’s breakthrough system called “Fear To Faith Formula”, is based on her own professional journey as a woman of color in technology. She supports her clients with overcoming life’s obstacles, adversity in the workplace, so that they can achieve their most ambitious goals. Through her coaching and training programs, she inspires her clients to stand in their sovereignty, and rise up towards success and abundance in life.
A breast cancer survivor, Marilyn's goals are to Live Fearlessly, Faithfully, and Freely. A major outcome of these goals has been her founding and leading Right to Learn Global Literacy Project, a Florida-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to the eradication of illiteracy in underserved communities in the United States, and in Haiti.
In addition to her professional and philanthropic endeavors, Marilyn has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry as a data professional, helping Fortune 500 companies to design, implement and manage complex database systems. She currently leads a team of senior level database administrators at one of the largest private healthcare system in South Florida.
She is a sought-after expert on matters of personal and professional development, effective communication, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, and self leadership. She leads engaging and transformational workshops and retreats for women, and is a regular presenter at industry conferences, seminars, and educational events across the country.
Marilyn holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Ministry, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor in Computer Science (BSCS), and an Associate in Computer Engineering (ACE). She earned her Professional Coaching Advanced Certificate from the University of Miami.
Marilyn is a native of Haiti, who is tri-lingual and speaks: English, French, and Haitian Creole. She resides in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, dance, and spend quality time with her children and grandson. She can be reached at http://www.marilyn360.com.
Education Co-Chair: Alicia D'Empaire
Membership Co-Chair: Leon Green
Director of Project Mangement Office
Leon Green is Director of the Project Management Office (PMO) at VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, with over 25 years of experience in Health Information Technology (HIT). His work experience include multiple corporations in healthcare, transportation & logistics, consulting and systems integration. He has extensive experience working within the provider, consulting and vendor spaces of healthcare. He has a passion for advancing HIT, by serving the interests of healthcare practitioners and non-practitioners with an interest in improving the delivery of medical care and public health, while lowering cost, increasing efficiency and improving patient experience.
Leon serves on the HIMSS South Florida Chapter Board as Co-Chair of Membership committee for the last 2 years. In this time, he has raised the levels of member experience and awareness with the monthly New Member Welcome Letter, established the Quarterly New Member Orientation and Recruitment Breakfast events for Organizational Affiliates. The welcome letter and orientation ensures a great onboarding experience for new members, and serves as a connection with the chapter Board members, as well as, their peers from various local healthcare organizations. The new member orientation provides new members a path to chapter engagement and a valuable onboarding experience, which is key in providing an exquisite first impression for retention. The chapter increased membership over the previous 2020-2021 year, and the Membership committee 2021-2022 goals is to provide a more exquisite member experience that keeps the chapter in the top tier at the national level.
Membership Co-Chair: Jim McKeen
Jim McKeen is with 24By7Security, Inc. and has over 20 years focusing on Healthcare Information Technology. 24By7Security ensures that clients comply with HIPPA regulations by helping them create and implement HIPAA Privacy and Security Policies and Procedures and conducting a comprehensive annual Enterprise-wide HIPAA Security Risk Assessment. 24By7Security, Inc. also offers HIPAA training as needed by law. We believe that any education program must have different components depending on the size, budget, business, and procedures of the company. 24By7Security has completed over 1500 HIPPA The company assists businesses in remediating gaps against multiple standard industry security frameworks such as NIST-CSF, ISO27001, HITRUST, PCI-DSS, SOC2 and others. We also provide p By acting as your enterprise’s part-time CISO, you can focus on your business and clients, while we assist you in managing your cyber risks. We will work with you and your executives on your information security, governance, cybersecurity, and compliance strategy and help you execute it.
Sponsorship Co-Chair: Lou Mendez
Sponsorship Co-Chair: Otto Sidan
Otto Sidan is the South Florida Healthcare Manager for Nutanix. Nutanix is the industry leader in providing datacenter solutions that unify private, public and
distributed clouds. Otto is a South Florida native and has spent the last 20 years helping customers achieve their business objectives with innovative and transformative solutions with a passion for unwavering customer service. Otto is a Miami-Dade College graduate, studied MIS and Computer Science at Florida International University and has a degree in Organizational Leadership from Trinity University.
Student Co-Chair: Dr. Steven Bronsburg
Dr. Stephen E. Bronsburg is an Associate Professor, Academic Advisor and Practicum Course Director at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM), Department of Health Informatics, Biomedical Informatics Program, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to teaching graduate level courses, Dr. Bronsburg actively conducts collaborative health information technology (HIT) research with other healthcare professionals. In his research, he often uses telemedicine strategies including Health Technologies to address chronic disease and addiction. He has presented and published nationally and internationally on HIT. He is an active editorial review board member for the Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management, he is a peer reviewer for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the International Knowledge Management Conference.
Student Co-Chair: Ruth Marquez
Advocacy Co-Chair: Paul Salmon
Paul Salmon joined Envision Physician Services/Sheridan Healthcare in 2015 as the Vice President of IT Project Management Office and was accountable for successful management and oversight of all strategic programs and projects creating value for Sheridan’s physicians, operators, and stakeholders. He has moved over to assume the role of Vice President of Quality Analytics. In this role, he is accountable for clinical quality analytics and reporting covering regulatory, contractual, and physician incentive-based reporting. Paul is responsible for creating the Physician Quality Registry (PQR) a CMS authorized and approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). His team is responsible for all MIPS/MACRA CMS Reporting and supporting the Envision Health Patient Safety Organization and Clinical Research areas.
Mr. Salmon has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry serving in senior management roles for one of the largest hospital operators, physician-driven medical groups, national health plans, and top tear consulting firms. He led to phase 1 and phase 2 of the Meaningful Use program for a large hospital system covering over 70 hospitals, certification of internally built EHR, deployment of certified modules across the network, and successful CMS incentive reporting. Paul has been instrumental in advancing systems integration, managed care population health analytics, strategic innovation and clinical process improvement in healthcare throughout his career. He has served as a board member of three HIMSS chapters and continues to be very involved in innovation and advocacy. He is Six Sigma / Lean certified holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and studied at the University of La Verne in the Masters of Health Administration Program.
Advocacy Co-Chair: Krista Riveron
Krista M. Riveron, PharmD, JD, MS, currently serves as the Medication Safety and Quality Coordinator at Boca Raton Regional Hospital where she works in a leadership role to institute models that promote medication safety and as a resource for regulatory requirements related to medication use. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and her Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in 2019. Prior to attending pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Miami in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and minors in chemistry and political science. She received her Juris Doctor degree from NSU in 2009 and subsequently practiced patent law, where she prepared and prosecuted patent applications for various clients prior to entering the healthcare field.
Dr. Riveron became involved in the South Florida chapter of HIMSS (SFLHIMSS) after attending the IntegraTe event in 2016. She became a member of the Advocacy Committee where she assisted in coordinating the Florida HIT Advocacy Days in Tallahassee, FL. She served as the Communication Co-Chair prior to taking on her present role as the Advocacy Co-Chair. In addition to her role in the SFLHIMSS chapter, Dr. Riveron serves as the Vice Chair of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Council of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP). Additionally, she serves as a member of NSU’s Biomedical Informatics Advisory Committee. She presently resides in Wellington, Florida, and is the mother of four young children.
Member at Large: Tala Mirzaei
Assistant Professor / Program Director
College of Business, Florida International University
Dr. Tala Mirzaei serves as an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Master of Health Informatics and Analytics program in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics in the College of Business at Florida International University. Dr. Mirzaei has established a line of research at the intersection of information systems and health informatics, focusing on the impact of health information technology on the performance of health systems, improving the quality and efficiency of the delivery of care, and enhancing the engagement of patients in managing their care. Her work appears in premier Information Systems and Health Informatics journals such as Information and Management, International Journal of Medical Informatics, and Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Dr. Mirzaei has also engaged in significant service to her professional community. In addition to serving as a reviewer for a wide variety of journals and conferences for the Information Systems and Health Informatics communities, she has also taken on roles with greater responsibility, serving as Associate Editor for the Electronic Commerce Research journal and International Conference on Information Systems – Health Informatics Track. She had also served as a bord member of Southern Association for Information Systems.
Member at Large: Shalini Chauhan
Shalini Chauhan is multilingual and hails from India, the country with great diversity. She received her Bachelors in Commerce and Masters in Computer Applications in New Delhi. She is an experienced Information Technology Consultant who worked with many prestigious organizations such as Deloitte, Waste Management, Johnson & Johnson, Covance, and GE. Chauhan has an incredible passion for data analytics and informatics. She was several times accoladed for her skills in data management tactics and quality assurance.
In her free time, Chauhan loves to paint, create artistic projects, write children stories with her daughter and cook Indian delicacies. She highly promotes social responsibility and equally divides her time volunteering for community development programs.
Her zeal to learn is never-ending. Chauhan recently graduated in Health Information Technology from Palm Beach State College and obtained her RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential in May 2021. During her internship, she helped curate solutions for remote work strategy for HIM department, whereas, several of her articles were published by her employer. Her ultimate mission is to apply her leadership and technical skills to help bridge the technological gap in current healthcare industry. Continuing growth is part of her daily routine. As she says,
“Continue the best, Improve the rest.”
Member at Large: Desiree Griffiths
Desiree Griffiths is a dedicated healthcare professional with 15 years of experience. She currently works for Baptist Health South Florida as a NICU nurse and recently assisted in the organizations COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Her passion for healthcare and technology has allowed her the opportunity to participate on multiple EHR projects such as Epic and Cerner. Desiree obtained her Master’s in Nursing Informatics with high honors from Chamberlain University. She has also earned an ANCC Informatics Nursing board certification. She hopes efficient use of healthcare information technology can improve the lives of patients across communities and around the world. She is also involved in a nonprofit organization, Women on a mission mentoring and making a difference (WOMMMAD), that supports children and their families in Jamaica.
Administrative Support: Venessa Bannon
Boca Raton Regional Hospital