GIC HIMSS Board of Directors

2016 - 2017 Board of Directors


Laura Bagus
University of Chicago Medical Center

Laura has over 20 years of Healthcare IT experience. She has her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and has an MBA from Benedictine University. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Technology Services for the University of Chicago Medicine. Laura has been on the GCCHIMSS board since 2010; she was a member at large in 2010 and has served as the treasurer since 2011.


Janet Guptill
Scottsdale Institute 

Janet Guptill is Executive Director of the Scottsdale Institute (, a not-for-profit membership organization of prominent healthcare systems whose goal is to support its members as they move forward to achieve clinical integration and transformation through information technology. The Scottsdale Institute facilitates knowledge sharing by providing intimate and informal forums that embrace the organization's "Three Pillars": Collaboration, Education, and Networking.

Janet offers a unique perspective of leveraging information technology to make better strategic decisions based on her background in knowledge management, data-driven healthcare decision support software, healthcare strategy consulting, and interim executive management. Janet's most recent experience includes strategic healthcare practice leadership with Tatum, a national interim management and advisory firm and Witt/Kieffer, in their national healthcare technology search practice. Starting in 2001, Janet developed a boutique healthcare consulting firm, Knowledge At Work Inc., bringing a disciplined and systematic approach to managing the intellectual capital of organizations and businesses. Previously, Janet was the Vice President, Knowledge Management for Partners First, a subsidiary of Ascension Health, focused on managing effective physician hospital partnerships where she developed a system-wide benchmarking survey still in use today to track employed physician performance.

Her career history also includes serving as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Care Science (now part of Premier Informatics), where she successfully developed the national launch of a web-based clinical performance improvement system for integrated health delivery systems; and as Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Sachs Group (now Truven Analytics, at IBM Watson Health), where she was instrumental in growing the company's presence to become a leading national resource on healthcare utilization. Before joining Sachs, Janet was a Manager in the health care strategy consulting practice of Ernst & Young based in Chicago, Administrative Associate to the Chief Operating Officer with the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, and Administrative Resident at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.

Janet holds a bachelor's degree in health administration from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in health systems management from Tulane University. She serves on planning committees and boards of a broad range of healthcare professional associations and healthcare related non-profits, and most recently has been elected President-Elect of the Greater Chicago Chapter of HIMSS.

Past President

Raymond Gunn
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Raymond Gunn has over 20 years of healthcare experience and is currently employed as a Director in the Information Services department at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. He supports the Information Technology relationship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and supports his customers through regular communication on their IT priorities, issue escalation, project management and strategic planning with a goal of improving the efficiency of their operations and enhancing patient care. His areas of expertise include customer service management, strategic planning, project management and technology design and delivery. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell & Structural Biology in 1993 and obtained a Master of Jurisprudence degree in Health Law and Policy from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law in 2006.

GIC HIMSS Goals: Raymond Gunn’s goal for the 2016-2017 term is to support efficient chapter operations through delineation of roles and responsibilities, foster collaboration with like-minded organizations that support the HIMSS Mission and manage special projects that improve the tools used by the Chapter to supports its membership.



Michele Piazza Schroeder
Midwest Physician Administrative Services (MPAS)

Michele Piazza Schroeder is a Healthcare IT professional with 20 years of experience in program management, training, development, and process improvement. She currently serves as a Director of IT with Midwest Physician Administrative Services. Michele is responsible for leading the IT systems for Patient Access, Professional Billing, Managed Care Services, and Clinical Ancillary Applications.

Michele earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Francis and her Master of Arts in Secondary Education from National-Louis University’s National College of Education. Michele holds two Epic Systems Certifications.

GCCHIMSS Goals: Michele’s goals for the 2015-2016 term are to continue to foster the collaboration, communication and documentation integrity efforts of the Board and Committee Members through the use of the web-based portal, to manage the electronic election process, and to maintain the historical records of the chapter


Guava Group, Inc 

JV is a Management and IT Consultant with two decades of consulting experience across industry verticals Transportation, Automobile, Consumer Products, Financial Services, Energy, and Healthcare. JV is the founder and CEO of Guava Group, Inc. a Management and IT consulting practice primarily focused on Healthcare sector. His focus areas include Business Strategy & Transformation, Benchmarking and implement Best Practices, Financial Performance, Cost Optimization, Operational Performance, Process Improvements, and M&A. JV is a graduate of University of Michigan, Ross School of Business and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India

GCCHIMSS Goals: JV’s Goal as Treasurer is to keep GCC HIMSS fiscally sound by managing revenue and expenses, filing taxes and regulatory forms with state agencies, and assist board members prudently spend organization’s funds. JV will provide monthly financial reporting to the board.  

Membership Chair


David L. Miller, CHCIO, MHSA, FHIMSS 

Dave Miller joined Optimum Healthcare IT as its Chief Information Officer in 2014. Dave is a nationally recognized health care information technology leader with more than 35 years of experience in healthcare and over 25 years in information technology.  He previously served as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Prior to that assignment, he held technology leadership positions at University of Chicago Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital. While at Carle, he led the organization in 2007 to become one of the very first entities recognized as Stage 6 on the HIMSS EMR Adoption Scale. Including that implementation of Epic, he has now successfully led three different healthcare organizations in full-scale implementations of the Epic Systems suite of products.

GICHIMSS Goal: The membership committee plans to increase membership by 5% through programs to retain existing members as well as actively promoting the Organizational Affiliate to increase memberships within existing OA members as well as signing up new OA members in our chapter area.

Advocacy Chair

Sue Sarhage 
Xerox Healthcare Solutions

As a solutions-focused and results-oriented Health IT strategist, Sue Sarhage has spent over 20 years working with healthcare providers and healthcare facilities for growth, operation excellence, billing enhancements, and IT to achieve strategic objectives and improve profitability. She currently serves as Regional Vice President of Xerox Healthcare Solutions, working with physicians and hospitals/health systems to use strategic consultative services, EMR support, Revenue Cycle optimization and ECM. This enables them to improve clinical outcomes and operations, reduce operational costs and improve financial performance.

GCCHIMSS Goal: To enhance the advocacy opportunities offered to our membership

Educational Programs Co-Chair

Connie O'Rourke, MSN, RN-BC 
Rockford Health System

Connie O’Rourke MSN, RN-BC, is currently an Application Project Manager at Rockford Health System.  She has over 29 years’ experience in healthcare consisting of 11 years devoted to bedside nursing care as a Registered Nurse and the last 18 years in clinical/nursing informatics.  As a nurse, she cared for various patient populations from adult medical to mother/baby.  Her clinical informatics experience expands to both hospital and physician office settings where she was involved in three major hospital information system installs and one ambulatory information system implementation.  She used her clinical and informatics knowledge to successfully implement clinical applications to meet the clinicians’ required workflow needs.  She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University School of Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Nursing Informatics from the University Of Iowa School Of Nursing.  Just recently she obtained her board certification in Nursing Informatics from the American Nursing Credentialing Center.

GICHIMSS Goal: Connie’s goal is to promote educational opportunities that enhance healthcare information technology knowledge and discovery for all members.

Educational Programs Co-Chair

Sarah Korf Dill
Slalom Consulting

Sarah has nearly 15 years of experience helping healthcare companies implement technology, strategy and process changes that optimize revenue, minimize cost and maximize value. As a Client Service Partner and Healthcare Lead serving Slalom’s top payer, provider and association clients in Chicago, she applies business and technology expertise to help healthcare industry leaders drive enterprise performance, accelerate innovation and enhance the customer experience. In addition to her consulting experience and degree from Syracuse University, Sarah has also held management positions at the American Medical Association (AMA) and Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).

GCCHIMSS Goal: To enhance the educational and professional opportunities offered to our membership and to increase provider participation.

Communications Co-Chair

Lisa Kahle

For the past 7 years, Lisa has worked exclusively with healthcare leaders to promote strategy, execution and optimization of HIT initiatives with a goal of bettering patient outcomes.  With 15 years of overall healthcare experience and studying Kinesiology at the University of Illinois, Lisa brings a unique perspective of the industry which began in the life sciences (pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical device) and continues in healthcare IT.  Before moving back home to Chicago in 2012, Lisa spent the majority of her time in Washington, DC working with health systems while learning from policy experts involved in national and global projects such as HITECH and DHMSM.

GICHIMSS Goal:  To work with GICHIMSS leadership, other committees and communications team to increase awareness and insight of GICHIMSS trends, updates and events.  As the healthcare industry begins to utilize big data analytics to personalize patient treatment, the GICHIMSS team will begin to use analytics to focus messaging and events with the most impact to local members.  

Communications Co-Chair

Tiffany Vianna
TEKsystems Healthcare Services

Throughout Tiffany’s 11 year career at TEKsystems, she has been actively involved in delivering IT solutions to a diverse portfolio of clients in the healthcare industry including Providers, Payers and Healthcare Information Technology companies.  She partners with leadership across these organizations in support of attaining their business and IT objectives.  Tiffany has a Masters in Communications from DePaul University.  She has volunteered for the GCC Programs Committee and is enthusiastic about her role as Communications Co-Chair for the Board of Directors.  

Goal: In conjunction with Adam and the Communications Committee, work proactively with the Board of Directors to ensure Communications is in a position to effectively communicate/market all notable accomplishments, events and initiatives to our Chapter members

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Jason Cherry
University of Chicago Medical Center

Jason Cherry has over 10 years of Healthcare IT experience and is currently employed at the University of Chicago Medicine as an Assistant Director of IS. Jason’s teams are responsible for the overall compute infrastructure at UCM, its multiple database implementations, and the day-to-day care and maintenance of UCM’s EHR solution. Jason earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration at Robert Morris College.

GIC HIMSS goal: To work with our wonderful sponsors to continue the excellent mission of GIC HIMSS.

Sponsorship Co-Chair


Michael Gruber
Presence Health

Mike Gruber has over 30 years of experience in Healthcare Information Technology, and is currently the System Director, Client Services at Presence Health.   Mike provides oversight and support for the IT staff at all facilities, including twelve hospitals, physician offices, Senior Services, Home Health, Outpatient and Corporate operations, Customer Service Centers (2) and the Call Centers from central Illinois to Elgin to Evanston.  The main responsibility focuses on the desktop environment and network connections across all Presence Health entities.  As well as providing leadership and project governance in supporting and managing the implementation of strategic initiatives across the enterprise.  Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Operations Management, a Minor in Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

GCCHIMSS Goal: Mike’s goal this year  is to assist the Sponsorship Committee in elevating their past years numbers and enhancing the experience of providers through the various program offerings the organization continues to create.

Professional Development Chair

Lauren Wiseman, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Central IL HIE

Lauren Wiseman MSN, RN-BC has over 35 years of healthcare experience and a long-standing interest in HIT.  She is currently employed as the Clinical Services Manager for the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange. As a member of HIMSS for several years she has previously served in chapter and national roles.  Currently, Lauren is the Professional Development Chair for the Greater Illinois Chapter and the Chair of the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable for HIMSS.  She holds a BSN from Maryville University and a MSN from Duke University. Lauren holds the ANCC Board Certification in Nursing Informatics and CPHIMS.

GICHIMSS Goals:  Facilitate the scholarship program, increasing the number of applicants and broadening the outreach and inclusion of colleges and universities. Promote the mentorship program, increasing the number of mentor/mentee partnerships.  Encourage membership advancements through Senior and Fellow HIMSS status and support professional development through CPHIMS credits and access to the CPHIMS Exam.

Member at Large - Communications

Angela Maris, CAHIMS
Addison Group

Angela Maris is a sales professional with over 15 years of sales experience. She began her journey in the medical device sector and from there transitioned into the HIT space where her focus was centered on project management and staffing resources. Angela has worked closely with some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country within the HR, IT, and Supply Chain Management Departments.

Member at Large - Educational Programs

Katie Deems
Connection (formerly MoreDirect)


Katie is an Account Manager for Connection (Formerly MoreDirect).  She is solely dedicated to helping healthcare providers bring together the best healthcare-specific technology products.   Her focus is to enable clients to find the unique solutions they need to create and access to excel both patient satisfaction and drive operational efficiencies.  She graduated with a Health Education degree from Northern Illinois University.  She has previously volunteered for the GIC Communications committee and has helped out with the planning for numerous events.

GICHIMSS Goal:  Katie’s goal this year is to work with the Programs Committee co-chairs and other Board of Directors to provide networking and educational opportunities to the members and increase participation.

Member at Large - Sponsorship

Michael Bencic
Comcast Business Services 

Michael Bencic has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and lives in the South Suburbs with his 3 boys and wife of 8 years.  He graduated from St. Louis University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and has been with Comcast for the past 7 years. 

Mike currently sells Comcast products and services into the Government, Education and Medical verticals throughout Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.  He enjoys collaborating with customers to reach their goals within their budget and timeline while building long term relationships.

Mike’s goal for HIMMS is to contribute to the Sponsorship Committee by communicating to corporate partners the value that HIMMS brings to the industry and seek corporate sponsorships to allow HIMMS to continue their work.

Mike is excited about the opportunity to serve as a Member At Large on the Sponsorship committee and looks forward to a successful and productive 2016-2017 with HIMMS.

Member at Large - Special Projects

Lynn Ferino 
Northwestern Medicine 

Lynn has been actively involved with the Chicago/Illinois chapter of HIMSS for many years, previously elected as the Secretary and now carries the position of Member at Large – Special Projects.

With over 25 years of experience in Healthcare Information Systems,  she has an extensive background in both Project Management and IT Operations, and currently holds the position of Project Director Information Services at Northwestern Medicine.  In recent years, she has been dedicated to directing and organizing complex projects from initiation to execution, in support of key organizational strategies. Transferring relevant professional experience to GIC HIMSS, she has had great success partnering effectively with Executives, Management, and Staff across a wide array of health industry environments, including Hospitals, Ambulatory Services, and Physician practices.  Lynn’s strengths include the ability to motivate, coach, promote teamwork, and mentor strong technical staff and managers of which are also critical factors in being on the GIC HIMSS Board of Directors.

She is glad to continue supporting GIC HIMSS, members and programs to maximize the benefits of the membership community.

Member at Large - Student Liaison

Lisa Janeway MSN, RN, BC-NI, CPHIMS 
Northwestern Medicine 

Lisa Janeway has over 15 years’ experience in Health Care  I.T.  and over 25 years in Health Care.  She is employed at Northwestern Medicine in the I.T. Department as a team lead. She has a Bachelors and Master’s degree in in Nursing, is board certified in Nursing Informatics and is pursuing  Doctorate in Health Care Informatics.   Lisa has experience as an application analyst, report writer, project manager and  has implementation and optimization experience with multiple  electronic  health records as well as management experience. Her Nursing  and clinical background is in Woman’s Health, including Maternal Child, Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care.  This is Lisa’s second term on the board as she has served as the Generalist Member at Large position for 2014 and 2015.

Student Liaison Goals 2016

  • To facilitate collegiate outreach to 30 colleges in Illinois
    • Will assist in the communication of scholarship offerings
    • To obtain an accurate listing of contacts for local colleges and universities with Nursing, Medical, Computer and Health Information Science Programs.
  • To increase student measurement by 10%
    • Will analyze and monitor monthly membership reports
  • Present GIC HIMSS to 4 colleges (Career Fairs, campus visits, etc.)
    • Will obtain a listing of college career fairs and contacts
  • To cohost a student-focused professional development program

Member at Large - Generalist

Heather Nelson 
University of Chicago Medical Center

I am currently the Executive Director of Application Systems at the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago (Hyde Park), IL and have been here for almost 2 years.  Before coming to UCM, I was a Senior Director of Clinical Applications & IT Operations (and at one point the Interim CIO) at Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts.  While I was in Western Massachusetts, I was also an adjunct professor at Elms College co-teaching a course in Healthcare Informatics.  I have been in healthcare IT for over 20-years.  I have worked in large Integrated Delivery Networks and Academic Medical Centers. 

My teams here at the University of Chicago Medicine are responsible for the clinical, imaging & diagnostic, revenue cycle, population health and clinically integrated network systems across the enterprise.  There is a lot going on here both inside the medical center and out in our communities and I am excited to be part of it all.  Healthcare is again shifting and UCM is positioned to take on the new challenges and strategies with value-based care and bundled payments (moving away from traditional “fee-for-service” models).  Delivery of safe and quality outcomes for our patients is at the forefront of everything we do.  I like to say that IT Professionals are “the people that take care of the people that take care of patients”.