AHIMA Announces 2013 Leadership Ballot

The 2013 AHIMA Nominating Committee recently met in Chicago and prepared the ballot for 2014 association leadership and CCHIIM commissioner positions. Voting for these positions begins September 3 and ends September 23, with election results expected in early October. Once voting opens, active AHIMA members can visit ivote.ahima.org and enter their AHIMA ID number and password to log in to the ballot. Student members are not eligible to vote. A full list of candidate bios will be included in the September issue of the Journal of AHIMA.

The leadership positions and candidates are:


President-elect (Vote for 1)

Cassi L. Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA

William K. (Kelly) McLendon, RHIA, CHPS

Diann H. (Brown) Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


Directors for the Board of Directors (Vote for 3)

Zinethia L. Clemmons, MBA, MHA, RHIA, PMP

Elizabeth A. Delahoussaye, RHIA, CHPS

Ginna E. Evans, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Judy (Smith) Gizinski, MPH, RHIA

Colleen A. Goethals, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA

Linda A. Hyde, RHIA

Stephanie J. Luthi-Terry, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA


Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM)

(Vote for 1)

Mona Y. Calhoun, MS, RHIA

Kathleen Peterson, MS, RHIA, CCS


Speaker-elect Ballot Candidates

The Nominating Committee also chose the candidates for the 2014 Speaker-elect of the AHIMA House of Delegates.  During August, the House of Delegates members will vote for their choice.


Speaker-elect (Vote for 1)

Laura W. Pait, RHIA, CCS, CDIP

Suzanne K. Powell, RHIA

Diane Premeau, MBA, RHIA, CHP, CHC



AHIMA extends their thanks to the 2013 Nominating Committee members:


Diane M. Larson, MA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA

Committee Members

Gloryanne H. Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

Jill Finkelstein, MBA, RHIA

Tim J. Keough, MPA, RHIA

Jamie L. Husher, MS, RHIA, CHPS

Ann Nowlin, RHIT

Bryon D. Pickard, MBA, RHIA

Patricia L. Shaw, MEd, RHIA, FAHIMA

Elizabeth M. Stewart, RHIA, CCS, CRCA


  1. I am disappointed that there is no captions(text) on AHIMA’s You Tube Channel because I am Deaf.

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  2. Hello Darlene,

    We appreciate you for sharing your comment. Since this was a new item for us this year, I will be sure to keep the caption option in mind for the future. In the meantime, I would like to invite you to review the brief bios in the AHIMA Community under the topic section of AHIMA Election – 2013. The bios are the same as the videos, but they provide more details on the candidates platform and abilities. Please let me know if I could be of any further assistance. Thanks again for sharing.

    Marilyn Render
    Project Manager, Volunteer Leadership Development

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