Alabama HIMSS Board of Directors
Adele Allison, President
Director of Provider Innovation Strategies, DST Systems
As the director of provider innovation strategies, Adele Allison monitors healthcare reform for DST System’s health solutions division, a leading provider of health IT solutions for payers, providers and pharmacies dedicated to improving the delivery and administration of healthcare in terms of clinical, financial and patient health outcomes.
Having served as the co-chair of the ONC Beacon-EHR Vendor Affinity Group and a current project leader for HHS’ Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) ACO taskforce and a member of WEDI’s bundled payment workgroup, Allison has over 25 years of healthcare experience and has been the guest speaker at dozens of national events, sharing her expertise on health IT, federal legislation/policymaking, healthcare reform and many other topics.
A published author, Allison is a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) advisory board on curriculum development and serves on UAB’s HITECH Committee for health IT curriculum development; and, is a member of the board of directors for Alabama HIMSS, serving as the Professional Development Chair.
Joni Wyatt, Past President
Healthcare Advisor, Kassouf & Co.
Over 15 years in the healthcare industry, specializing in physician practice management and new practice startups, physician contracting and compensation, health information systems, revenue cycle management, healthcare compliance and quality measures and reporting.
Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, College of Charleston, 1998
Masters of Healthcare Administration, Medical University of South Carolina, 2000
Masters of Health Information Administration, Medical University of South Carolina, 2000
Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), 2005
Professional Organizations and Accomplishments:
Meaningful Use Vanguard, 2012
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Birmingham, Alabama, National
Fellow, Health Information Management Systems Society (FHIMSS)
Board Officer, Health Information Management Systems Society – Alabama Chapter
Planning Committee, Gulf Coast Chapters of HIMSS – GC3 Conference
Cheri Jackson, Secretary
Tiffani Collins, Treasurer
Sr. Business Analyst, PointClear Solutions
Tiffani Collins is a goal-oriented, innovative, Product Management professional with 10+ years of experience in health care management and technology. Tiffani currently works as a Sr. Business Analyst for PointClear Solutions providing comprehensive business consultation to business units and IT management on all phases of the software development lifecycle and client delivery model. Throughout her career she has led the deployment of strategy and execution of priorities in product development, implementation, account management, quality assurance and support. Over the years Tiffani has worked with a wide variety of healthcare solutions including, but not limited to, tools that support case consultation, care management, patient payments, treatment fee presentations, electronic dental and electronic medical records. Tiffani holds a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she was awarded The Outstanding Health Informatics Graduate Student (Masters) in the Department of Health Services Administration.
Jessica Fowler, Marketing
Manager of Integration & Internet Services, Brookwood Baptist Health
Jessica Fowler is the manager of the interface and internet services team at Brookwood Baptist Health. She also has development experience in SQL and Crystal Reports, EHR templates and documents, and has led EPM implementations. She holds Master of Science degrees in Health Informatics and in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Karen Wilson, Membership
Director, AIS Shared Delivery Services
Ms. Wilson has served on the AL HIMSS Board since 2006 in various positions, including President. She has over 20 years of experience in HIT, and has worked for Ascension for over 16 years with a focus on program and project management.
Kitty Cathcart, Programs
Clinical Liaison, Huntsville Hospital
Kitty is the Clinical Liaison for the Huntsville Hospital IT Department. In addition to functioning as the liaison, she is the project manager for many of the projects that affect the hospital clinicians. Kitty's background is a registered nurse. Her nursing journey includes intensive care, surgery, clinical education and management experience.
Kitty also served as a volunteer with the Alabama National Guard as the North Alabama Liaison for the Family Readiness Groups and the State Office. This position fuctioned to coordinate family preparedness for their solider deployments collaborating with the families, soldiers and various state organizations.
Currently Kitty holds the position of Membership Co-Chair for the Alabama HIMSS Chapter. She has also served as Past President and Project Chair for several terms. Kitty has also served as Past President for Operating Room Nurses Association.
Walter Willis, Sponsorship
IT Manager, Huntsville Hospital Health System
Mr. Willis has been employed by Huntsville Hospital Health System in Huntsville, AL for the past seven years in the Information Technology department. Currently, he serves as an IT Manager and is responsible for Business and Financial Applications. He is a PMI certified program manager and has held numerous leadership positions within the military, hospital and consulting industries. Mr. Willis has been an active member of the Alabama Chapter of HIMSS since 2011 and has served and the sponsorship chair since 2014.
Cynthia Hyde, Professional Development
Marilyn Whitman, Academic Liaison
University of Alabama
Steve Anderson, Advocacy
Mary Place, Student Liaison
Allen Daniels, CIO Liaison
Mr. Daniels has been a HIMSS member since 2008, and has served on the AL HIMSS board since 2013. He has been in healthcare IT for over 15 years, and is a systems analyst, administrator and implementation lead.
Dr. Chris Davis, CIO Advisor
CIO/CMIO, Brookwood Baptist Health
Dr. Davis was promoted to Chief Information Officer / Chief Medical Informatics Officer of Brookwood Baptist Health in 2014, after serving as Chief Medical Informatics Officer since 2012. In this role, Dr. Davis has provided comprehensive, strategic IT oversight and clinical leadership in the ongoing development and advancement of clinical systems and technology for the System’s four hospitals, and primary care and specialty care clinic network. He has served in a leadership role in the implementation of electronic medical records with the Epic Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, which works to maintain patient safety and encourage compliance with organizational best practices.
He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also completed his residency in Emergency Medicine. Following his residency, he practiced as an emergency physician in the Emergency Trauma Center at St. John’s Health System, Springfield, Mo. He holds a master’s degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. Dr. Davis is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and most recently has been recognized by CHIME as a Certified Healthcare CIO.
Eddy Stephens, CIO Advisor
Vice President/CIO Information Technology, Infirmary Health
As an information technology executive with over 35 years of experience, Mr. Stephens brings valuable insight to health information technology projects. He is responsible for leading the use of all information technology capabilities and resources within a growing network of hospitals, clinics, and healthcare related facilities, to include telecommunications and biomedical electronics. His tenure at Infirmary Health System has been one of progressively responsible management in an integrated healthcare system. His experience includes strategic planning, emerging technologies, systems life cycle management, and extensive knowledge of health care technology vendors and their roles. Mr. Stephens has a proven track record of bridging the communication gap that so often exists between information technology professionals and other professionals within the organization. Mr. Stephens is a Fellow in HIMSS, a member of CHIME and active in many civic organizations.