2022-2023 Board of Directors Election Slate

President/Chair-Elect  |  Communication Director  |  Advocacy Director  |  AHIMA Delegate at Large  |  NYHIMA Awards Committee
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This election will run from April 28 to May 12. Those elected will take office July 1, 2022 for the term listed in the position summaries below. Only Active and Emeritus Members may vote.



The current NYHIMA Board of Directors had to make a difficult decision regarding the roles of the President positions. Due to not being able to identify a candidate(s) to run for President and with a challenging couple of years due to COVID, the board determined it would be in the best interest of the association to continue the current presidents in their respective roles for a second year. The Boards goal is to keep our association strong and prosperous, and this was a unanimous decision, to keep us stronger for the future.

  • President-Elect: Jeffery Youngs
  • President: Carolyn Hastings
  • Past President: Meg Devoe

Communications Director

Karen Getman, RHIA - Candidate for Communications Director

Local Association: CNYHIMA

Bio: Karen Getman is currently the Health Information Technology (HIT) Program  Coordinator/Associate Professor at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). She has been teaching at MVCC since 2012 and reactivated the HIT program in 2017 as a fully online program. Karen is skilled in adult education, Health Information Management, program development, teaching, instructional design, and technology. Karen earned a Bachelor's degree in Health Information Management and a Master of Science focused on Instructional Technology. Karen has served on several college search committees and is currently the secretary for the International Initiatives Committee and a SUNY Faculty Advisory Council for Teaching and Technology (FACT2) campus representative. She actively participates in SUNY Online professional development activities and is an active member of NYHIMA and AHIMA, attending the AHIMA National Conference and Assembly on Education. Karen recently collaborated with NYHIMA and the Mayo Clinic to host a webinar series called Virtual Voices, something she hopes to continue to highlight increasing remote trends in Health  Information Management. As an online educator, Karen’s number one priority is communication. She believes without effective communication, it's easy to get lost behind the “virtual curtain”. Every day, she is amazed and humbled by the students entering the MVCC HIT program, and honored by the fact that they are trusting her to take this journey with them. She makes every effort to connect with students on a personal as well as a professional level. Her leadership style encourages the success of others and she finds it rewarding when she can help others succeed. Karen credits many of her successes to strong family support. She values the knowledge of the strong women in her life who have supported and encouraged her to succeed. Karen has been married for 25 years to a  wonderful supportive husband with whom she shares 2 college-age children. Their daughter will be graduating from Syracuse University in May of 2022 and their son is a sophomore at Ohio State University. Karen is looking forward to finding new ways to be active as an “empty-nester”.

Masters of Science, Instructional Technology, Fort Hays State University - Hays, KS
Bachelor of Professional Health Information Management, SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Utica, NY

Work History:
Associate Professor/HIT Program Coordinator, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY; 2012-01 - Current
Health Information Management Department Director, Harding Nursing Home, Waterville, NY; 2002-03 - 2003-05
Health Information Management Director, Court Street Family Clinic, Utica, NY; 2001-09 - 2002-03
Health Information Management Director, Court Street Family Clinic, Utica, NY; 2001-09 - 2002-03
Health Information Management Director, Canterbury Woods, Williamsville, NY; 1999-06 - 2000-10

Candidate Question Statement

1. What are your core values and how do they guide your decision-making and leadership behaviors?: My core values include INTEGRITY, I always try to do what is right. I try to focus on what is best for each unique situation. ACCOUNTABILITY, I believe in taking ownership of your actions. Knowing how to admit when you are wrong, make corrections and adjustments, and move forward. Be you, and do you, I believe in AUTHENTICITY and staying true to your core values and beliefs.

2. What attributes will you bring to the existing Board of Directors that will make us a stronger governing body?: My top Clifton strengths are COMMUNICATION, I pride myself on timely and effective communication and I consistently receive positive feedback from students and colleagues on timely communication. Winning others over (WOO). I do find it very rewarding and challenging to meet new people, cultivate relationships, and building a professional network. Being ADAPTABLE and willing to pivot when necessary. Recently, I used LinkedIn to find HIM professionals with unique career paths to speak to our graduating seniors. I messaged them and asked if they would be interested in telling their stories. Fortunately, both individuals were very receptive and will be speaking to our spring graduates. STRATEGIC and RESTORATIVE All of my students come with unique situations. I am comfortable solving various problems as they arise and finding alternative solutions. All of these strengths accurately reflect my fundamental leadership qualities.

3. What differentiates you from other candidates for the position?: When I was approached to adjunct at MVCC, honestly, I was terrified. With only industry experience and no background in academics, I wasn’t confident I could make the transition. Needless to say, I overcame several fears and have not looked back. Since 2017, I’ve been the Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Coordinator and have advanced to the rank of Associate Professor. I took the MVCC HIT program from inactive status to a fully online program. Starting from scratch, I learned a great deal about the academic administrative process, building an online community, and my abilities. I’m innovative and like to find new ways to approach common challenges. I’m not afraid to use technology and enjoy learning new applications to find efficient and effective ways to get things done.

Carol Maimone, RHIT, CCS, CDIP - Candidate for Communications Director

Local Association: AdHIMA

Bio: Carol began her career at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY as a coder, earning her RHIT in 1998 after completing the AHIMA Independent Study Program in Health Information Technology. Carol has since earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies through SUNY Empire College. In addition to the RHIT credential, Carol also possesses CCS and CDIP credentials as well. She is also a certified Senior Professional Career Coach and loves helping others find the best career for them.

Carol has worked extensively as a medical coding auditor and educator and is passionate about teaching others and growing the HIM profession. Currently Carol is an assistant professor at SUNY Schenectady in the Medical Coding & Billing program. She also works as the Coding Educator at Saratoga Hospital, an affiliate of Albany Medical Center. Previously Carol worked for Mildred Elley and Highline Community College as an instructor and also at AHIMA as a Director of HIM Excellence.

Carol has been an active member of her local association, AdHIMA, serving in multiple roles including secretary and president. She has also participated on many committees through NYHIMA including Awards Committee chair and Arrangements Chair for the NYHIMA Annual Conference.
Carol and her family are delighted to be a foster and adoptive family along with their biological children and doggie, Rocco.

Association Activities:
AHIMA- current member; serving as an AHIMA Mentor
NYHIMA- current member; serving on:

  • Awards Committee Chair 2020-2021
  • Education Committee 2020-2021

AdHIMA Adirondack Health Information Management Association- current member

  • President- 2018-2019
  • Board of Directors Delegate 2013-2014
  • Board of Directors Secretary 2011-2012
  • Board of Directors Public Relations Director 2008-2009
  • Board of Directors Delegate 2007-2008
  • Board of Directors Secretary 2005-2006

SUNY Empire College, Saratoga Springs, NY- Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in healthcare and adult learning
AHIMA Chicago, IL- Completed Independent Study Program Certificate in Medical Record Technology

Work History:
Coding Supervisor and Auditor/Educator, Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY; January 2021- present
Medical Billing & Coding Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, SUNY Schenectady, Schenectady, NY; August 2018- present
Coding Auditor/Educator, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY; July 2016- June 2019
DRG Auditor/Analyst, Equiclaim/Emdeon, Lombard, IL; January 2015- October 2017
HIM Practice Excellence Director, Coding & Data Mapping, AHIMA, Chicago, IL; January 2014- February 2016
Coding Validation Specialist- VARIS, LLC, Roseville, CA; March 2009-November 2013
Coding Instructor- Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA; March 2010-June 2014
Lead Coding Instructor- Mildred Elley, Albany, NY; July 2011-September 2012

Candidate Question Statement

1. What are your core values and how do they guide your decision-making and leadership behaviors?: Transparency about myself and my work, commitment and organization to achieve successful outcomes, and a desire to lead others to be successful.

2. What attributes will you bring to the existing Board of Directors that will make us a stronger governing body?: Attributes I can contribute to make us a stronger governing body include current insight into both the professional side of HIM but also insight into the education side and an understanding of our industries needs and what students need to be successful. 

3. What differentiates you from other candidates for the position?: What differentiates me might be a desire to see our organization not only continue, but to thrive, and a personal commitment to see that through.

Advocacy Director

Lance Smith, RHIA, CCS-P, CHC, CHPC, COC, CPMA, CEMC - Candidate for Advocacy Director

Local Association: AdHIMA

Bio: I have been in the health care industry for 25 years in HIM and compliance roles, ranging from outpatient coder to HIM director for the HIM track and from a coding auditor to Privacy Officer, which is my current position at St. Peter’s Health Partners. I have also been active in not only NYHIMA and its local components but also in AAPC and the Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA) in order to continue learning new information on many aspects of healthcare administration. This experience has also allowed me to build an extensive network for which I am always grateful for those who have helped me grow and learn and I reciprocate that help whenever I can.

I have also learned much from serving in various roles and offices in NYHIMA and AAPC chapters and those lessons in leadership are ones that I also want to put to good use and serve in this manner. I have always been fascinated with the lawmaking process and it was the passage of HIPAA that got me interested in making healthcare administration a career. With that, I would be honored to be considered for the NYHIMA Advocacy Director.

Association Activities:
Adirondack HIM – President-elect 2020-21, President 2021-22, Past President 2022-23
Ellenville, NY Chapter, AAPC – Secretary, 2017-19
NYHIMA - Education (Programs) Director 2010-12
Southeastern NY HIM – Held all four (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) at various times, 2002-2010.

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY – MPA 2011
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA – B.S.G.A 1995

Work History:
St. Peter’s Health Partners; Albany, NY; Privacy Officer; Corporate Compliance 09/19 – present
Westchester Medical Center; Valhalla, NY; Associate Director of Audits; Corporate Compliance 01/19 – 05/19
Health Alliance Hospital; Kingston, NY; HIM Director; HIM 03/16 – 01/19
Health Quest (now Nuvance Health); Lagrangeville, NY – Associate Compliance and Privacy Officer; Corporate Compliance 01/10 – 03/16
Montefiore Medical Center; Bronx, NY; Coding Analyst; Corporate Compliance 11/08-01/10

Candidate Question Statement:

1. What are your core values and how do they guide your decision-making and leadership behaviors?: One of my biggest values is that everyone, no matter their status or other factors, has something to contribute and that is very important for not only leading a staff or other group at work, but also for this position. As Advocacy Director, it would be important to hear all voices, including those that may take a different position than AHIMA or NYHIMA on the issues and to let their voice be heard either on a committee or to participate in activities such as Hill Day.

2. What attributes will you bring to the existing Board of Directors that will make us a stronger governing body?: I believe that everyone on the Board will be able to provide a unique perspective to make NYHIMA a stronger organization that provides real value to members in all areas. I also believe that everyone at the meeting can contribute and provides valuable input that should be heard by all.

3. What differentiates you from other candidates for the position?: Throughout this time, the variety of roles that I have had in my career has helped me to develop not only a wide area of skills and knowledge but also a deeper appreciation for those who must navigate through various laws, rules, regulations, and policies throughout the healthcare system. The roles I have had in healthcare administration have required that I keep abreast of developing laws and regulations affecting healthcare so I believe this experience will make me an effective Advocacy Director.

AHIMA Delegate at Large

Stacy White, RHIT, CCA - Candidate for AHIMA Delegate at Large

Local Association: CNYHIMA

Bryan University, Associate of Health Information - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Work History:
HIM Coding Manager, Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca; 2021 - Current
Health Information Analyst (coder), Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca; 2012 - 2021

NYHIMA Awards Committee

Cindy A. Alsheimer, RHIT - Candidate for NYHIMA Awards Committee

Local Association: CNYHIMA

Brief Biography: Cindy received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Onondaga Community College in 1988. She successfully obtained her credentials as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) in 1989.

She currently serves as the Health Information Management Director and Privacy/Security Officer as well as CNYCC DSRIP Coordinator for Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Syracuse, NY.

is originally from Frankfort, NY and has been married to Dominick Alsheimer of Utica, NY for the past 36 years. She has a daughter Catherine Elizabeth who lives in Syracuse, NY and is currently working in the Mental Health field and attending college in pursuit of her PhD. in Psychology. Cindy and Dominick who is recently retired both reside in Mexico, NY. She enjoys her loving family, research, creativity, networking, planning, mentoring HIT/HIM students, working, surprise trips to the Casino and being a long time fan and close friend of the Marshall Tucker Band. Cindy was excited to be working with Carolyn Hastings as Co-Chair for NYHIMA’s Annual Conference in June of 2019 as well as the committee members who assisted us in making this a super conference.

Association Activities:
AHIMA Student Mentor, NYHIMA Long Term Care Section Chair, NYHIMA Education Committee Member
Legislative Committee Member
NYHIMA Annual Conference Co-Chair
CNYHIMA Bylaws Chair, Secretary, Correspondence Director
CNYHIMA President-Elect, President, Past-President
CNYHIMA Long Term Chair
CNYHIMA 2016 Distinguished Member Award
NYHIMA Legislative Committee Member
Nominated as NYHIMA’S Distinguished Member in 2019

Frankfort Schuyler Central School (High School) Frankfort, NY Focus in Business
Herkimer County College Herkimer, NY; Credits in Accounting
Maria Regina College Syracuse, NY; (part time weekend college) HIT Program school closed and transferred to:
Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY; (part time) Associate Degree in Applied Science
SUNY IT Utica, NY (part time); Credits in Health Information Management Program

Work History:
Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Syracuse, NY; HIM Director/Privacy and Security Officer; current
Rosewood Heights Health Centre, Syracuse, NY; MDS Coordinator/Privacy Officer
Mercy Nursing Home, Watertown, NY; HIM/MDS Consultant
LTC Consulting, Mexico, NY; HIM Consultant/Per diem
Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY; Assistant Medical Record Director
Castle Rest Nursing Home, Syracuse, NY; Medical Records Director
Oswego Hospital Mental Health Medical Record File Clerk
Oswego Hospital Mental Health Medical Record Coordinator
Oswego Hospital Acute Care Assistant Medical Records Director

Donna Bishop, RHIT - Candidate for NYHIMA Awards Committee

Local Association: HIMANNY

Brief Biography: I am currently employed at the St. Regis Mohawk Health Services. I work with the staff in the Health Information Management Department and facilitate both the Quality Assurance and Compliance Committees and PEER Review Committee. I work with appropriate staff on HIPAA education, coding reviews, medical terminology classes, and continuous reviews and audits of records. Along with my current job I also work as an independent Consultant and audit records for ARA (American Renal Association.) 

I have been in the Medical Records/Health Information Management field since 1976, working my way up from a clerical/clerk position to a coder, and then as a Director of the HIM Department. Over my 40+ years, I have had the opportunity to work in various settings such as Long Term Care, Psychiatric Facility, Acute Care and in a Health Services Clinic. I have also worked as an adjunct instructor at three area colleges and for adult education settings for both Medical Terminology Classes and CPT Coding.

I received my Medical Records/HIM Education from AMRA (American Medical Record Association) as well as some required courses at SUNY Canton.

Association Activities:
Health Information Management Association of Northern New York (HIMANNY), Member, Past President x3, President x3, President-Elect x3, HIMANNY Delegate
New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA), Member, Finance Director
New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA) - Long-Term Care Section, Past Chair person, Chair person, Chair-Elect

AHIMA (formally AMRA) RHIT Credential
AHIMA (formally AMRA)
SUNY Canton, Prerequisites for RHIT Course
SUNY Canton Secretarial Science Program

Work History:
St. Regis Mohawk Health Services Akwesasne, NY HIM/Administration HIM Tech. QA/Compliance and PEER Review Facilitator, current
American Renal Associates, NY,  Health Records Auditor, Consultant, current
Gary Flu, RHIA and Associates, NY, Health Records Auditor, Consultant
Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone, NY, HIM, Director
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Ogdensburg, NY, HIM, HIM Tech
St. Regis Mohawk Health Services, Akwesasne, NY, Instructor, current
North Country Comm. College, Malone, NY, Adjunct Instructor
SUNY- Canton, Canton, NY, Adjunct Instructor
Mater Dei college, Ogdensburg, NY, Adjunct Instructor
AEIOU Adult Education, Massena, NY, Instructor

Colleen Garvey, RHIA - Candidate for NYHIMA Awards Committee

Association Activities:
LIHIMA President

LIU Post, BS, Health Information Management

Work History:
Administrative Director of HIM/CDIP, South Nassau Communities Hospital; 2014 - Current
Director of HIM, South Nassau Communities Hospital; 2010 - 2014
Director of HIM, North Shore LIJ Health System; 1997 - 2010

Aleta Jaen, CCS, CPC, RHIA - Candidate for NYHIMA Awards Committee

Local Association: AdHIMA

SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor’s Degree, Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator

Work History:
Associate Director Health Information Management, Albany Medical Center; 2020 - Current
Sr. Manager Health Information Management, Albany Medical Center; 2020
Director, Health Information Management, Northern Dutchess Hospital; 1999 - 2020

Mary Pasciak, RHIT - Candidate for NYHIMA Awards Committee

Local Association: RRHIMA

Association Activities:
RRHIMA President Elect

Monroe Community College, Health Information Technology, Associates Degree in Applied Science

Work History:
HIM Tech Outpatient Coder, RHIT, Rochester General Health System - RGH; 2007 - Current