Chapter Board of Directors Vote 2017

LAST CALL - Call for Nominations

The New York State Chapter is now receiving nominations for the following Chapter Officers listed below. Nominations are open until Monday, May 8, 2017; voting for the election of officers will be open from Monday, May 15, 2017 until Monday, May 29, 2017. The term for all positions is two years; from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by another member of the HIMSS NYS Chapter (provided they have contacted the individual and are willing to run).
  • Nominees must be a member in good standing of both HIMSS and the NYS Chapter of HIMSS for at least 1 year.
  • Nominations should be sent to John Schrenker, the Chapter President-Elect, at and should included the following information:
    • Name of the person being nominated;
    • Position they are nominated for;
    • Contact email address and phone number.
  • Nominees should send a photo (head shot) and brief bio (200 words or less) to John Schrenker. The bio and photo will be published on the chapter web site and/or sent out to chapter members when open voting is announced.

Open Positions

The President-Elect shall, in the absence of the President, preside at all meetings of the Chapter and the Chapter Board of Directors; shall automatically succeed to the office of President at the end of the presiding President’s term; and shall perform all duties incident to the office of President-Elect and such other duties as may be prescribed by the President or by the Chapter Board of Directors. The term of the President-Elect is two years, after which they advance to the position of President for an additional two years. Upon completion of

President This position is filled by the President-Elect at the completion of their term and is not open for election; it is included for those considering service as President-Elect.

The President shall be the chief executive officer, and shall in general supervise and control the affairs, of the Chapter. The President may sign, with the Secretary or any other proper officer of the Chapter authorized by the Chapter Board of Directors, any deeds, mortgages, contracts, or other instruments which the Chapter Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Chapter Board of Directors or by these bylaws or by the statute to some other officer or agent of the Chapter. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and the Chapter Board of Directors; except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, shall appoint the chair of all committees and, in consultation with the chair, make all committee appointments; and in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Chapter Board of Directors. The President shall automatically succeed to the office of Immediate Past President at the end of his or her term in office as President.

Secretary (2)

The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept the minutes of the meetings of the Chapter Board of Directors and voting members; shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law; shall be custodian of the corporate records; shall keep or cause to be kept an accurate census of the Chapter membership; and shall in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or by the Chapter Board of Directors.


The Treasurer shall be responsible for all funds and securities of the Chapter; shall receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the Chapter from any sources whatsoever, and shall deposit all such monies in the name of the Chapter in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; shall submit financial reports to HIMSS, to the Chapter Board of Directors at its regular meetings, and to the Chapter membership at its Annual Meeting; and _ shall in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or by the Chapter Board of Directors. Typical Duties include:

  • In conjunction with the Chapter President and BOD, develops an annual Chapter Budget reflecting all reasonably anticipated Chapter revenue and expenditures.
  • Tracks and reports income and expenditures against the budget on a monthly basis.
  • Oversees an annual audit of all chapter accounts.

Chapter Board Member At-Large (3)

The Officers of the Chapter shall be a President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, the Immediate Past President and three (3) Board Members At-Large. At-Large Board Members enhance the Board’s representation by serving on Chapter Committees and work groups and representing those groups in BOD discussions.



Nicholas Christiano

An accomplished healthcare Chief Executive Officer, CIO, and operations / IT strategist who champions cultural change and the introduction of state-of-the-art technologies to maximize organizational performance. Recognized as a driven leader tireless in the pursuit of optimum patient care, productivity, efficiencies, and cost management. Proven ability to analyze operations, organizational challenges, and growth opportunities, then develop and implement strategic and tactical solutions that drive the enterprise to the next level of success. Utilize exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to work closely with physician leadership in creating collaborative high-performance opportunities, especially in community health arena, through instituting cutting-edge health IT initiatives. Develop excellent rapport with physicians by aligning clinical quality with financial incentives. Extensive CEO and Board-level reporting background. MBA.


Pratik Hemranji

Pratik is a highly-motivated individual with nearly a decade of Healthcare IT experience. His work background ranges from developing a home-grown patient data archival system for a small non-profit organization, to implementing the Allscripts and Epic EHR systems for large clients throughout the nation, such as Northwell Health, Scripps Health, and Kaiser Permanente. He is currently leading a major upgrade project in his current role at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Pratik’s educational experience includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science (Health Informatics specialty) from Stony Brook University, as well as a Masters Certification in IT Project Management from Villanova University. He is seeking to pursue graduate education in a related field as well as a PMP certification.

In addition to his Healthcare IT background, Pratik owns a small business where he has experience in financial organization and budgeting. These skills will be vital to the Treasurer role for NYS chapter of HIMSS.


Susan Rueckwald, JD, MS, CPHIMS

Susan Rueckwald, JD, MS, CPHIMS is an elected Executive Board member of the NYS HIMSS Chapter, currently serving as Co-Secretary. Susan has been very active with the NYS Chapter via:

  • Board Co-Secretary: July 2014 – Current
  • New York State Health IT Week: Working with NYS Senator Kemp Hannon to help craft the NYS HIT Week Resolutions for 2015 - 2017
  • Scholarship Committee: August 2014 - Current
  • Advocacy Committee: November 2014 – Current
  • Upstate NYS Events Planning Committee (e.g. Troy NY Upstate event in Nov. 2016)
  • Chapter social media communications and management

Susan currently serves as a Principal Consultant at New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC). Susan specializes in project management, healthcare data and the IT aspects of healthcare reform. She has worked for over fourteen years in the technology, healthcare and consulting industries performing various functions including, systems analysis, data analytics, project management and managing/leading technical teams.

Susan has earned a J.D. in Healthcare law from University at Buffalo Law School, a M.S. in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Information Management and Technology from the Syracuse University, School of Information Studies. Additionally, Susan has earned the Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) designation.


Anthony Ferrante

I have always considered myself an entrepreneur. I like thinking and working on complex situations which helps solve problems for my customers. I have spent over 40+ years in healthcare working for various organizations promoting solutions, both hardware & software, developing third party relationships and opening new accounts.

I am currently serving as the Board Member & co-Secretary for the NYS Chapter HIMSS, and am current Co-Chair for the Events & Sponsorship Committees. Some of my many responsibilities are coordinating and facilitating the educational events & the CPHIMS/CAHIMS training & testing during the year for the local HIMSS members. I also assist on the executive, membership, security & scholarship committees for the Chapter. I also serve on the NJ HIMSS Chapter Board as Chair the Events Committee and Sponsorship Committee for the Chapter performing many of the same duties. I am on The HIMSS National Chapter Leaders Task force providing insight & leadership.

In 2009, I was awarded the “Spirit of HIMSS” award for outstanding leadership and drive as a dedicated volunteer. I was also selected for the “Spirit of HIMSS” again in January of 2012 for both the NYS & the NJ Chapters. I also received Chapter Leader of the Year 2013 for both the NYS & NJ HIMSS Chapters by the HIMSS National organization.

Board of Director At-Large

Keith Richard Weiner

Keith Richard Weiner is an informaticist with an eclectic background traversing healthcare and information technology. He has been an RN in Canada and the US, managed a security software vendor, been a senior clinical systems analyst for a major EHR vendor and has held IT security leadership positions.

As PhD Candidate and adjunct instructor at Molloy College, Keith has authored numerous presentations for research and industry conferences. Keith has been a peer reviewer for several journals also having served on an editorial board as well. He contributed a chapter for the textbook Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer used at Columbia and Cornell Universities.

Keith also serves on the Metropolitan College of New York advisory board. An active member of HIMSS, he co-authored a presentation at HIMSS National, chaired the mHIMSS Mobile FAQ Committee, regularly conducts CAHIMS review sessions, and has presented at the NYS Mini-HIMSS where he serves on the conference planning committee. He is also the co-chair of New York Academy of Medicine’s informatics group. In his spare time, Keith plays several musical instruments and is constantly exploring new technologies.