2017-2018 Board of Directors

Robert J. Jablonski, President 
An executive consultant with over 20 years of experience, Rob has served prestigious clients in all areas of the health care industry, including:

  • Academic medical centers
  • Community hospitals
  • Multispecialty physician groups
  • Health plans, insurance companies and other payors
  • Managed care organizations
  • Government and regulatory agencies

Mr. Jablonski has developed methodologies for business process redesign and reengineering and taught Business Process Improvement and Total Quality Management classes with Ernst & Young.  He has published and presented papers on system-enabled process redesign, supply chain management and quality management for national organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management and the American Hospital Association.  He has served on the boards of both the Southern California and Washington Chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society since he joined the organization in 1986.  
Mr. Jablonski holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Operations management from Wayne State University.
Contact Information: wa.president@himsschapter.org

Gwen O’Keefe, MD, President- Elect

Gwen O’Keefe, MD is the leader of GO Healthcare Strategy, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations across healthcare use data, analytics and technology in a pragmatic and sustainable ways.   She’s also a practicing physician, board certified in both Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics, and seasoned healthcare technology and operations leader. 

Recent leadership roles include:

  • Chief Medical Officer, Qliance Medical Management
  • Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Vice President of Analytics at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Washington)
  • Medical Director and Assistant Professor at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Other roles have covered the gamut of healthcare from academic practice to startups to pharmacy benefit management and analytics. 

She serves as Faculty for the International Institute for Analytics, and is Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington.  

Gwen received her MD from the State University of New York, Brooklyn NY and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia- Presbyterian Hospital. 

Berry Brunk - Past - President

Berry Brunk is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a focus on the publishing, media, healthcare, and software industries. He has spent much of his career in strategic product development with a variety of Fortune 50 companies. Brunk specializes in operational reviews, turn-arounds, sales and marketing management, compensation issues and total financial responsibilities of the projects and products involved.

Spanning a 35-yeaer career, Brunk's major accomplishments include the formation of The Pinnacle Group Media Consultants Ltd. (TPG), a New York corporation that secured product development contracts with the seven RBOC's, GTE, The New York Times Company, BigBook, InfoSpace, Xentel Interactive and a variety of other blue chip media companies representing the publishing, cable, telecommunications and new media industries. TPG was at the forefront of new media development in Silicon Alley in the early and mid-1990's.

Brunk was a charter member of the New York New Media association. Brunk oversaw the $4 million launch of an international travel magazine, had total chief executive office control of the $10 million Virginia Travel Guide, produced for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and performed multi-market sales management responsibilities for McCaw Cellular's/LIN Broadcasting's acquisition and turnaround of a $20 million specialty publishing operation. Brunk has existing relationships with advertisers in the travel, upscale consumer products, packaged goods and catalog marketing categories.

Contact Information:
Berry Brunk

Andrew Bussman, MSW LICSW - Communications Chair

Andrew Bussman, MSW LICSW currently works as a Clinical Informatics Educator at the UW Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, providing support and training for various clinical application systems. He has over 10 years experience working in a variety of healthcare settings such as Kitsap Mental Health Services, Kindred Healthcare, and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Before beginning his career in Health Informatics a little over a year ago, Andrew was working as a Social Worker and practicing as a group therapist for seniors at the Northwest Hospital Geropsychiatric Intensive Outpatient Program.

Andrew has a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of Washington. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Health Informatics through Boston University. Andrew is a proud Washington State native, having been born and raised in Kitsap County.

Kelly Nettle - Treasurer

Kelly Nettle RN-BC, MS, has over 30 years of nursing experience and currently works for UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital & Medical Center as a Clinical Workflow Designer. In her current role Kelly designs electronic workflows and rules in the EMR incorporating current healthcare trends in technology for Meaningful Use, HIPAA, TJC, and national regulatory guidelines that impact the workflow and processes for the clinicians. Kelly's passion is being an advocate and champion for providers, clinicians, and end-users, creating a bridge between IT and end-users to increased staff confidence and engagement in technology.

Kelly’s educational background is a BSN with a Master of Science in Clinical Informatics with a Nursing Informatics Board Certification. Before joining UW Medicine Kelly worked as a consultant for a variety of healthcare technology implementations, was a Director of Clinical Informatics, Director of Pre/Post-operative services, as well as bedside nursing in Emergency services, and Peri-operative services.

Dylan Strecker - Secretary

Navigating the road to value one step at a time.

Dylan Strecker moved to Seattle from Columbia, MO. He studied Healthcare Administration and Bioinformatics at the University of Missouri and currently helps healthcare systems achieve the Triple-Aim. Passionate about using data for good, the move to a boutique consulting firm specializing in provider engagement was a natural fit. Prior to consulting, Dylan held various roles in the pharmaceutical and health information exchange sectors. In his free time, Dylan enjoys camping and hiking with his wife Laurie and their pug, "Moose." Feel free to connect with Dylan to discuss healthcare, have a Ukulele jam session, or grab a beer.

Chris Deiner-Karr - Chair, Programs

Chris has over 35 years of experience in Information Technology. She has worked in many aspects of IT; Operations, Programming, Planning and Project Management to Management. She has worked for Group Health for almost 25 years where she currently works in the Quality & Informatics department as a Sr. Planner. She has worked on planning for many system implementations such as Epic Ambulatory.

Chad Hiner - Chair, Advocacy

Chad Hiner RN, MS, is the Director of healthcare industry solutions for nVoq, Inc. He works with nVoq partners and customers developing voice-enabled use cases, providing the clinician perspective for EHR, mobile forms and other applications. He also plays a major role in validation and prioritization of market-driven product requirements.

Before joining nVoq, Chad spent 15 years working in clinical environments, including: an Army Combat Support Hospital (CSH), a bone-marrow and stem-cell transplant unit and a trauma surgical intensive care unit. He has been involved in a variety of health IT implementations, and previously worked as a clinical operations and workflow analyst for a level-one trauma and academic medical center. He is published in the “American Journal of Critical Care Nursing,” presented at the University Health System Consortium (UHC) Annual Conference, and participated in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase for five years.

Kailey Tollefson, MS - Emerging Professional Chair

Kailey has over 5 years of experience in healthcare IT. She currently works at Providence St. Joseph on their IT team, where she helps manage their patient portal. Previously, Kailey supported the implementation of electronic medical records at UW Medicine. In 2013, Kailey received her Masters of Science at the University of Washington School of Nursing through the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technology (CIPCT) program. 

Chan Phouthavong - Membership

Chan Phouthavong is an executive and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in the Healthcare & IT industry. He has deep experience in helping organizations with strategy in expanding and growing their IT workforce. Chan has worked with and supported the major payers and providers here in the state of Washington with various project implementations and mandates.