Chapter Board of Directors 2017-2018

The list of all of our Board Members is listed below:

Matt Smith, CPHIMS - President

Matt is the Director of Ambulatory IT and System Administration for the University of Kansas Hospital where his team is responsible for technology in the Ambulatory locations for the hospital, System Administration, and also working on Epic EHR implementations, along with systems support.  He has worked at the University of Kansas Hospital nearly 10 years, with 13 years of Healthcare IT experience, and 17 years in the IT industry.

Matt has been on the HIMSS Heart of America board as the Communication Chair for 5 years, and was on the Programming Committee prior to this role for 1 year.   He is also a past member of the HIMSS National Task Force. Matt is also a member of CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) and has earned his CPHIMS Certification.


Linda Gerber - Past-President


Linda is a passionate Healthcare IT Consultant specializing in software development to solve problems, streamline processes and provide value. 

Linda was the Vice President of the Health Information Technology at Pershing, Yoakley & Assoc. (PYA) where she worked on various Healthcare projects from Predictive Readmission Application to determining Episode of Care Cost.   Gerber has 20+ years’ experience in IT Infrastructure, software conceptualization, development and project management.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with emphasis in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Linda is currently the Past-President of the HIMSS Heart of America Chapter and has been a member since 2009.  She servied as Programming Committee in 2009-2010; Board Secretary from 2010 – 2012; Programming Committee Chair from 2012-2014.  President-Elect 2014-2015 and President 2015-present.

Sean Roberts - Treasurer/Past-President


Sean Roberts is the Systems Director of IT for the University Of Kansas Hospital. In this role Sean is responsible for Servers and Storage, Systems Administration, Network, IT Service Desk, Project Management, Systems Administration, Ambulatory IT and Data Center.
Sean is a past President of the Heart of America HIMSS as well as an active member of CHIME and HDI. Sean has worked in Health care IT for 15 years and in Healthcare for 18 years. Over the span of 13 years his main focus has been the implementation and support of Ambulatory and Inpatient EHR’s.
Sean is a graduate of Emporia State University and has a BS in Business Administration.

Chris Lanaman - Programming Chair

 Chris Lanaman


Chris is the Director of Client Services & Millennium Consulting Services at Softek Solutions Inc.  Chris is a passionate and Innovative Business Leader and Process Advocate Coach that assess organizational skills and needs to create efficiencies, solve difficult problems, reduce risk and enable strong performance. Dedicated and goal-oriented, forthright logic in team building, trusted advisor to senior leadership with skilled analysis; brings structure and order centered on the big picture.

Christina Hiatt -  Board Secretary
Clinical Informatics Education Specialist
Shawnee Mission Health

 Christina Hiatt

Christina Hiatt is the Clinical Informatics Education Specialist at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She has worked at Shawnee Mission Medical Center since 2011 and in her role she provides informatics education to new and seasoned nurses. She has a passion for helping others learn new applications and implementing new software that improves patient safety. Christina currently serves as the Secretary for the Heart of America HIMSS chapter board and is an active member of ANIA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saint Mary.

Brian Thomas - Membership Chair
CIO, Swope Health

As Chief Information Officer and Healthcare Executive for Kansas City's largest community health center, Brian Thomas provides innovative, and user-friendly solutions to the clinics' physicians and caregivers.

Mr. Thomas gained experience in and recognition for dependable performance improvement, leadership, program management, and solution innovations. Brian Thomas has progressed his career within the technology and healthcare verticals through increased responsibilities, leadership opportunities, and professional nominations. Additionally, he has been extremely successful at building and retaining cohesive and synergetic teams while delivering results at all levels of the organization.

Dave Lingerfelt - President-Elect 

Dave Lingerfelt is the Department Chair/ Professor of Health Information Systems/Billing, Coding and Transcription at Johnson County Community College. He has held this role since 2012. Prior to that Dave worked as adjunct faculty at Johnson County Community College. Dave started his professional career at the Cerner Corporation in 2002 as a Technical Support Engineer. He later moved on to manage the technical training division. Dave then managed the social business (Web 2.0) implementation team working to establish a social business presence for Cerner. In his last 2 years at Cerner he worked in the remote hosting division. He was responsible for implementing and supporting large scale health systems as they adopted new technology and upgraded existing platforms.

Dave holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems and Computer Science from Kansas State University. He earned his M.B.A with emphasis in Health Care Leadership from Park University. 



Lori Brooks, CPHIMS, CHSP - Workforce Chair
Associate Professor, Healthcare Information Systems
Johnson County Community College

After 9 years in secondary education, Lori Brooks entered the field of healthcare information systems as the Clinical Content Manager for Pulse Systems, Inc. where she focused on clinical documentation design while concurrently managing multiple clinical content implementations. Lori went on to work as the EHR Specialist for College Park Family Care Center, a large multi-specialty practice, where she was responsible for developing, supporting and maintaining all clinical aspects of the company’s EHR

 John Styers - Member at Large


John is President of Mobile Health Wireless, a Sumotext Company. Mobile Health Wireless provides mobile solutions for Providers to drive patient engagment, expand patient education and improve operational workflows all through the mobile device

John is a career mobile evangelist both domestically and abroad, was a founding member of the Mobile Marketing Association, and co-author of the original Consumer Best Practices guidelines for mobile messaging ecosystem. John focused his attention on Healthcare in 2007 to improve patient engagement, reduce costs and expand the reach of healthcare through the mobile device.

John was an executive at Sprint Nextel, overseeing the development and deployment of their Messaging portfolio, including Text Messaging, Social Networking, Mobile IM, Mobile Advertising and Mobile Marketing.


Andrea Hall - Advocacy



Andrea is the Director of Clinical informatics at Shawnee Mission Health.  She has worked at Shawnee Mission since 2008, and her department oversees the informatics implementation, education and optimization for both nurses and providers.  She is also the Meaningful Use coordinator for the hospital.  Prior to working in informatics, Andrea worked in ER and ICU and Shawnee Mission, and as a Neuro ICU nurse for 5 years at The Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Currently Andrea serves as the Advocacy Chair for the Heart of America HIMSS chapter board, and sits on the Kansas Hospital Association Health IT Advisory Group.

She has an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Bachelors in Management and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Park University in Parkville, MO.  She lives in Overland Park Kansas with her 7 year old son Landon, and loves to follow the Kansas City Royals.

Lauren Pulino - Communications


Lauren is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Information Management at The University of Kansas Medical Center.  In addition to her teaching role, Lauren is the program director for the academic and simulation electronic health record, s-EHR, for the university.  Her responsibilities include developing and managing program operations and logistics in addition to building and configuring simulated patient documentation. 

Lauren has diverse experience in health care software applications, including system design and build, testing, training, and curriculum development.  Prior to her faculty role, she worked at The University of Kansas Hospital.  Her responsibilities there included training various groups of end users in multiple specialties on the use of the hospital’s electronic health record system and maintaining the training environment across all applications.

Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from Temple University in 2006.  She completed a master’s degree in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from The University of Kansas in 2016.

Roy Foster  - Member at Large


As the senior director of population health, Roy Foster has responsibility for Cerner’s portfolio of consulting services focused on developing and executing population health strategies.

Roy has worked with community hospitals, large IDNs, governments, employers at all stages of their population health journeys across the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Aruba and Australia.  

During his time at Cerner, Roy has launched several new strategic consulting service practices focused on optimization to value, clinical quality reporting, regulatory and compliance, and most recently population health.  He is able to accomplish this by recruiting talented and passionate associates who value teamwork and commitment to success. 

Roy also has been invited to speak at industry events in both the U.S. and the U.K. 

Roy has a bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis in chemistry from Ottawa University.  He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Integrated Healthcare Delivery from Western Governor’s University.