Meet the Board

Valentina Golub

PRESIDENT

Valentina is the Director of HIM Operations and Inpatient Coding for University of New Mexico Hospital and Sandoval Regional Medical Center, where she provides HIM strategic leadership focusing on information governance. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the school of Allied Medical Professions with a concentration in Health Information Management and Systems. Valentina has served on the NMHIMA Board as a Member at Large from 2012-2016. During her tenure with the board she has facilitated participation among its members to provide them with the opportunity to advance their careers through avenues of advocacy, continuing education and certification. Her professional interest is to advocate for HIM locally and nationally to promote comprehensive and interoperable information technology among healthcare providers.

 


 

Erica Atencio

PRESIDENT ELECT

Erica is a highly committed, responsible and resilient self-motivator. She started her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at age 18, while going to college to further her education. Her ten years in the medical field as a CNA provided her with a great knowledge of the integrated healthcare services patients receive, including hands on experience by working at the bedside with patients. This helped her to be a devoted team member to provide her patients with the utmost excellent care. She has worked at an array of facilities which include: psych, long term care, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare, and inpatient acute care. Her passion in caring for patients developed into an overall care of the big picture, which involved care of the medical record. She recognized how important this piece of the puzzle was in regards to delivering high quality patient care. This led her on a career to HIM where she graduated on the Dean’s List from Central New Mexico Community College with her Associate of Science in Health Information Technology. Shortly after, she obtained her RHIT and has been progressively furthering her education. She is currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati for her Bachelor of Science focused in Health Information Management. Her goal is to become a leader in the HIM field and to help the HIM community grow. She has also served as a member of the NMHIMA nominating committee last year.

 


 

Sandra Nunn

PAST PRESIDENT

Sandra Nunn, MA, RHIA,CHP is principal of KAMC Consulting (Knowledge Asset Management & Control). Sandra has worked primarily with Presbyterian Healthcare (the largest provider of health services in New Mexico) on ECM and EIM. While at Presbyterian, Sandra worked with her ECM team on the viability of a cloud solution for e-mail archival and led the organizational taskforce on E-Discovery. The ECM team also took responsibility for the introduction of SharePoint to Presbyterian. Sandra also served as Presbyterian’s Enterprise Records Manager and served on the task force that selected Epic as the enterprise solution. Sandra developed Presbyterian’s Enterprise Retention Schedule, helped define the legal health record and the designated record set for HIPAA purposes and worked up a taxonomy to structure the index behind the ECM.

Sandra is the author of an AHIMA publication: Enterprise Content Management and the Electronic Health Record (EHR). Her18 years as a System Director of HIM/Privacy in 3 different healthcare organizations evolved to management of IS projects. A pioneer in data administration, she served on the Data Resource Administrator Task Force for Vision 2006, then on AHIMA’s e-Discovery Task Force. Sandra has spoken at HIMSS, AHIMA, the IT Security Institute, AIIM and IFHIMA in Milan, Italy. Most recently (June 2014) she joined an attorney specializing in computer forensics to speak about the future of e-Discovery to the Special Libraries Association at their annual conference in Vancouver, BC. Sandra sits on AHIMA’s national council on Information Governance and recently presented on Information Governance for the NMHIMA. Sandra is the President of NMHIMA for 2016 – 2017. Sandra is currently working on a second master’s degree in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.

 


 

Bonita Garcia

TREASURER, CSS, CPC, COC

I am currently the Outpatient Coding Supervisor for the University of New Mexico Hospital / SRMC HSC.  I started in the medical field in the very late 70s in Southern California in a program called Northwest Regional occupational program and was certified as an X Ray tech assistant (back when you still developed Xrays!).  During a break from the medical field I worked as a bookkeeper in a variety of areas.

I am currently working on my Bachelor’s in HIM.  I hold a CCS, COC, CPC and am working on other certifications that pertain to what I do.   I’ve been in the PFS and HIM field for over 25 years and have enjoyed all of it.  I worked at Peacehealth in Washington state for many years and then in San Diego at Scripps.

The world of HIM is ever changing and therefore it lends itself to always having the opportunity to learn something new!  I enjoy helping others’ get excited about what they do and show them how we impact a patient, even though it’s indirect.  We all are a piece of the puzzle in patient care and affect each other.  I’ve been fortunate to have worked in several areas within the hospital (even Pathology!)  to understand that concept.  Being a part of NMHIMA is a step in the process of helping and being proud of what you have chosen to do.

 


 

Dion Mendoza

SECRETARY

Dion began his career as a student doing a mentorship at St. Joseph West Mesa Hospital on Albuquerque’s west side which was an acute care hospital, skilled nursing center, and geropsych facility in 1987. He was hired into the HIM department as a clerk in 1988 and since then has gone on to do data analysis for infection control, has been a practice manager and consultant for several clinics, has served as HIM Operations Manager for St. Joseph/Lovelace Healthcare, was an HIM supervisor at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, and is currently working as an HIM Technician at University of New Mexico Hospital. His career always seemed to lead back to HIM, so he decided to pursue his education and recently earned his RHIT, which he hopes to use to further enhance his career and to serve on the board of NMHIMA.

 


 

Stephanie Moraga-McHaley

1st YEAR MEMBER AT LARGE

Stephanie Moraga-McHaley is relatively new to the health information management world, although she has been working with health information for over 15 years. She graduated from Colorado State University with an MS in Environmental Health and worked for 10 years as an occupational health epidemiologist, first at UNM then at NM Department of Health. She is a native of Albuquerque who is returning to her home town after 3 years of living in Northern NM while obtaining her RHIT certification and working at Los Alamos Medical Center. She has a specific interest in health care quality. She has a husband, 2 adult children and a dog child.

 


 

Ernest Leslie

2nd YEAR MEMBER AT LARGE

Ernest is an experienced Health Information Technologist who has worked for hospitals throughout his career, running a medical records department in a hospital in Santa Fe, then moving to Albuquerque, where initially, he worked as an HIM clerk for a smaller hospital, learning to create and manage charts and deal with ROI requests. Currently a Health Information Technologist at the University of New Mexico Hospital, Ernest plans on learning more from working in a larger hospital, trying to build on the knowledge he already has, and see what new opportunities might come his way. As Member-at-Large Ernest would like to learn from others in the HIM field, creating relationships around the state to see how HIM differs at each facility. To be that person willing to help and communicate effectively with others to find out how to help our HIM world grow. Ernest would be honored to represent his state in the career he is passionate about.

 


 

Vacant

3rd YEAR MEMBER AT LARGE

 


 

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