;e AHIMA President-elect serves a three-year term as an o;cer with ;duciary responsibility and oversight for the association on the Board of Directors; the ;rst year as president-elect, the second year as president, and the third year as past president. ;e president-elect serves on the Governance Committee and other Board Committees, makes council/committee/task force appointments for the upcoming year, and is prepared to assume the duties of the president should the president be unable to perform those duties. ;e president presides at all meetings of the Board and the House of Delegates, is an ex-o;cio member to designated councils/com- mittees/task forces, as well as a member of the AHIMA Foundation Board. ;e president leads the Governance Committee and participates on other Board Committees. Among other duties, the past-president is a member of the Governance and Board Committees.
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Lorraine Gruewaldt Fernandes, RHIA, global healthcare ambassador for IBM, monitors
healthcare trends and their impact on healthcare professionals and is an advocate for IBM clients and the company. Prior to joining IBM, Fernandes held a variety of executive positions
during her 12 years with Initiate Systems. She began her career doing health information coding, data quality, clinical registry, and management work in South Dakota, Wisconsin, and
West Virginia. She has served in volunteer capacities with the Markle Foundation’s Connecting
for Health, AHIMA, FORE, and HIMSS and received AHIMA’s Discovery Award. Fernandes was
president of the California Health Information Association and received its Distinguished
Member Award. She is a frequent speaker and published author in domestic and international
forums, including AHIMA, B-eye Network, Government Health IT, HIMSS, Health Informatics
Society of Australia, and eHealth Canada, where she addresses e-health adoption, patient and
provider identi;cation, privacy, data exchange, and healthcare transformation.
Position Statement Question: What are the strategic imperatives for AHIMA, and why do
you believe you are quali;ed to execute them?
Kathleen A. Frawley, JD, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, is chair of Health Information Technology at DeVry University in North Brunswick, NJ. She currently serves on AHIMA’s Professional
Ethics Committee and is chair of the Scholarship Fund Board for NJHIMA. Frawley is past president of NJHIMA. She served as vice president of legislative and public policy services for AHIMA from 1992 to 2000. From 1996 through 2000, she was a member of the National Committee
on Vital and Health Statistics and received a Secretary’s Certi;cate of Appreciation from the
honorable Donna Shalala for her leadership and counsel. Frawley was awarded the 2001 AHIMA Distinguished Member Award. She is a frequent speaker and author on legal and regulatory issues. Frawley is a member of the New York Bar and a Fellow of AHIMA.
Position Statement Question: As AHIMA approaches its 85th anniversary, are the association and HIM professionals prepared for new opportunities and challenges?
Angela Kennedy, MBA, MEd, RHIA, CPHQ, is an accomplished educator and leader
who serves as the chairman of the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management at Louisiana Tech University. She has a rich history in association leadership. Kennedy
served two terms as president of LHIMA. She most recently served as chair of CAHIIM and
currently serves as immediate past chair. She has served on the AHIMA Board of Directors and
in 2007 chaired the business and audit team. She served as president of LAHIMSS and as a
member of the NAHQ Leadership Council. Kennedy is an AHIMA Triumph Award winner,
LHIMA Distinguished Member, and LHIMA Career Achievement recipient.
Position Statement Question: Why are you the right leader for AHIMA?