Board of Directors Introductions

Jennifer Sandoval, MS-HIA, RHIA, CRC, CPC

President

Jennifer resides in Santa Fe. She was a ballet dancer for ten years and was diagnosed with Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (aPAH). While focusing on her health, she worked as a planner for a multi-county government agency and then as a freelance bookkeeper. With the personal experience with her health challenges and the knowledge gained she desired a transition into health with a focus on health information management and began to dip her toes into the HIM world, as an HIM technician. In Spring 2023, Jennifer received a master’s in health informatics administration (MS-HIA) from the University of Maryland Global College and works as a health informatics contractor.

She desires to continue working with agencies and organizations that further their efforts and focus on interoperability and developing programming that marries clinical health needs with social services.

Jennifer is married and enjoys watching and supporting her two-step “teens” play sports. When she is not attending the kid’s activities, you can find her regularly skiing at Ski Santa Fe during ski season and practicing Yoga year-round. She especially enjoys her downtime with her husband cruising or strolling around the Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road and traveling.

Glenda Rivera, MBA, CCA

President-Elect

Hi, my name is Glenda Rivera and I am a native in this beautiful state. I have 4 step-children and 12 grandchildren that live in Lubbock, so I go back and forth often so that keeps me quite busy. I believe that our path in life is fast and try to take any opportunity to make a memory.

I have been in the Healthcare Finance industry for over 30 years now and have worked in about every facet of the Revenue Cycle. I continue to learn new stuff and love Healthcare because there is always something different. I have been the Billing Director of UNM Health System in Albuquerque since 2019 and before that was the Revenue Cycle Director for Mountain View in Las Cruces for 15 years.

I am so excited for the upcoming year to engage our members to make your membership something to be proud of and works for you!

Bobbie Jo Romero, CCA

Treasurer

My name is Bobbie Jo Romero I live in Las Cruces, NM.  I have 4 young adult children and 4 bonus in-laws and 8 grandchildren.  I enjoy long walks, hiking, camping, biking, baking and spending time with my family.

I began my journey in Health Information back in 2013 when I attended my local University and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Health Information Technology in May of 2015.  I have been a Remote Coder since 2016 and have been coding for the Hospital Outpatient facility side. I am currently coding for Sturdy Memorial Hospital which is in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

I became a part of the NMHIMA Board in July 2022 as a Nominating Committee Member and enjoyed being part of such an amazing Committee.  I recently accepted the position of Treasurer and am excited to continue being part of an amazing committee with an incredible group of ladies. We have some new and exciting opportunities and experiences that I am very enthusiastic and eager to be part of.

Gail Fuller

Member-At-Large

Hi, I am Gail Fuller, and I live in Las Cruces. I enjoy traveling, seeing, and trying new and exciting things. I enjoy life. I am an Assistant Professor at Dona Ana Community College/New Mexico State University. I teach in the Health Information Technology Program. I am excited to be a part of a student’s journey into the healthcare field. I worked as a medical biller and coder for more than 18 years. I prepare students as well as non-students to sit for the national exam. It is so exciting to have a student tell me they passed. I am also a strong advocate for healthcare and our state.

Krysia Weaver

Student Leader for Student Membership

My name is Krysia Weaver, I live in Cedar Crest New Mexico, and I am currently pursuing an associate degree in health information management. I began my journey toward the health information field in 2020 when I decided to transition from massage therapy to explore options in the healthcare industry. I have a deep interest in anatomy, physiology and healthcare, these interests coupled with a talent for medical terminology, planning, organizing and advocacy have led me to dive deeper into the HIM field. My role as student board member began Fall of 2022, working with the other HIM professionals on the NMHIMA board is teaching me about project management, team building, AHIMA principles and HIM networking. It is a wonderful experience belonging to a team of people from all corners of New Mexico working together to benefit our state. My goal is to assist HIM students in connecting with HIM professionals and continue absorbing skills in Health Information.

Sooraj Bhatia

Student Membership

Sooraj lives in Albuquerque, NM, and has been a resident of New Mexico since he was 6 years old. He is an experienced data analyst with expertise in preprocessing data and building, training, and testing classifiers for the purposes of research and developing commercial products. His work and education have given him extensive experience with many different classic and AI modeling techniques. He learned a love for data while working for the physics department at New Mexico Tech during his undergraduate training. While he studied physics to start, he would graduate in 2021 with a B.S. in Biology. Later, he attended the University of Louisville and obtained an M.S. in Health Data Analytics. He sees the work of a health data analyst as twofold: 1) analyze the data, and 2) help tell the data’s story. Sooraj has been a part of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem for a few years as an “aspiring entrepreneur” and as a mentor, and he now has the privilege of working for a small local startup company.

Sooraj believes in the transformational power of data science, especially when applied to healthcare. He desires to continue working to translate research findings into clinical tools that will save and improve lives.

Sooraj is engaged and a soon-to-be father. When he is not working or spending time with his fiancé, he is usually reading a book or playing a video game. He enjoys walking a lot and coffee in moderation. Recently, he has started a meditation practice and hopes to continue working on his own health while working to improve the health of others.