2020 Board of Directors Election

Thank you to all those that submitted a nomination for our upcoming Board Member-at-Large election. We are excited to follow up and introduce your 2020 Candidates. 

Candidate Q&A Session:

On Wednesday, May 27th, the current HIMSS NYS Board of Directors held a Q&A session with candidates for the two (2) open Board Member-at-Large positions for 2020. Below is a link to the Q&A. We encourage all members of the chapter to watch this recording to get to know our candidates. We have a great group of candidates and encourage members to get to know these candidates better leading up to the election. 

Candidate Profiles: 

Each candidate was asked to submit a brief profile of their background and why they are interested in the position. We encourage all members to review the profiles below. 

Azmat Z. Ahmad

Vice President, Clinical Systems, Albany Medical Center

A driven senior leader and clinical systems subject matter expert. Has 19+ years of global experience in healthcare technology consulting as well as on the vendor and provider side. This informs her ability to liaise between clinical/hospital personnel and drive requirements to success with technology solutions driving strategic change through the healthcare enterprise. In her 11 year tenure at Albany Medical Center, she has delivered clinical projects to success supporting the organization to achieve EMRAM Level 6 certification and currently working towards a Level 7.

Her experience prior to joining Albany Medical Center includes serving as a Client Results Executive for Cerner Corporation in the Northeast region where she worked with clients such as UPMC supporting the Joint Development Initiatives between Cerner and UPMC as well as the implementation and support of the Cerner Millennium application suite at other hospitals like Northwell Health and Hudson Valley Hospital. Prior to that she worked at Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, India and the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her current role as VP of Clinical Systems at Albany Med gives her oversight on all inpatient, outpatient and ancillary clinical applications at Albany Med. She serves as Experiential Faculty at the Albany College of Pharmacy, mentoring PharmD students during their IT rotation and is a member of the Business Analytics Advisory Board of the Lally School, RPI.

Azmat has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the Lally School of Business, RPI where she was awarded the Herman Family Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship. Azmat was one of the recipients of the John Glaser scholarship at the CHIME Healthcare CIO boot camp, 2016.

I’m interested in serving as a Member-at-Large of the HIMSS, New York State Chapter for several reasons. I have the depth of knowledge and experience to contribute to the advancement of healthcare and the transformational changes required in the region. In my engagement with various state level entities such as HANYS, GHNYA, DOH and others, I have found that their efforts require and necessitate meaningful and challenging dialog with the provider, vendor and payer communities. Without such engagement, robust and expensive technology solutions are either not available to address real concerns or are thrust upon the population with arduous requirements that are unable to be met. My experience and position align well with the kinds of voices that state and federal agencies need to hear from, in order to shape this upcoming post-COVID-19 era.

William Duax

VP Information Services, Albany Medical Center

HIMSS continues to strengthen its advocacy for healthcare organizations and healthcare information management and systems professionals informing, influencing, and shaping federal and state policy and regulations.  I am interested in contributing to this cause as we, as an industry and a people, navigate and influence the continuous change in front of us.


Joined Albany Medical Center in 2006.  Promoted to current position of Vice President, Information Services in 2014, reporting to the Executive Vice President and System Chief Information and Analytics Officer.  Currently responsible for nearly 50 staff members supporting all medical college, business operations, web services, and data integration systems.

Member of the Board of Directors, Health Information Exchange of New York (Hixny) since 2015.  Current member of both the Executive Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committees of the Board.

Completed Cornell-HANYS Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement program in November 2015.

Awarded the John Glaser Scholarship by the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and completed CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp in 2014.

Prior work history:

Carrier Refrigeration Operations division of Carrier Corporation 1996 – 2006

Andersen Consulting (Accenture) 1994 – 1996


MBA – Management Information Systems. State University of New York at Albany – 1994

Bachelor of Science – Finance with minor in Human Resource Management. State University of New York at Albany – 1991

Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, DNP, RN, FAAN

Program Director, Nursing Informatics, Information Technology Department at New York-Presbyterian

I am a highly driven registered professional nurse with a strong passion in promoting patient safety and improving quality outcomes. I bring over 18 years of nursing informatics experience and 14 years in critical care nursing. I am currently the Program Director, Nursing Informatics, Information Technology Department at New York-Presbyterian.  I had led multiple clinical systems and EMR installations in different capacities from Clinical Application Analyst, Project Lead, IT Manager and as Director of Clinical Systems in various healthcare systems in New York.  These hybrid skill sets in Nursing and Information Technology, clinical knowledge and implementation science expertise allow me to translate user requirements and collaborate effectively between IT Department and Nursing in driving projects and system optimization. One of the memorable projects that I have is leading a CPOE implementation in full circle starting from vendor selection, forming the dream team and big bang go-live. Ultimately, we received the First Interdisciplinary Team Award setting the precedence.

I am active in the community as the Immediate Chair of Kalusugan (aka Health) Coalition and National Advisory Committee Member for Research on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health. My research interest on mobile technology, resilience and empowerment are in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. My passion in raising awareness on what nursing informatics motivated me to collaborate with colleagues where I authored a book Project Management in Nursing Informatics. My community 

engagement and scholarly work led to my Fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing. As the President-elect of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, I launched the Heal our Nurses Campaign as part of the COVID-19 Task Force’s initiatives with the goal of addressing the mental well-being of our nurses and the community.

I learned along my professional journey that failure should not stop anyone and there are more lessons in failure than success. Failure builds character, resilience and respect. Team building is essential and we lean in each other’s strength to achieve our goals. Integrating the principles on high reliability organization promotes communication, drives transparency and engagement.  My article on Balancing Care with Technology is highly relevant as we consider the humane component and reimagine people, process and technology within the COVID-19 pandemic and/or what the future wave will look like utilizing innovative tools.

As an active member of local HIMSS in New York City, I met people who are willing to lend a hand and became my mentors. Running for the position of Director at Large will allow me to pay forward and share the organizational skills volunteering in non-profit organizations.

Michael F. Haas MBA

Healthcare Consultant, RSM US LLP

A versatile and accomplished healthcare technology leader, Michael F. Haas has a strong record of implementation and delivery in healthcare technology solutions and services. His decade-long professional work history has included managerial positions within hospital revenue cycle at NYU Langone Medical Center and has evolved into Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology solution implementations at RSM US LLP. Recognized as a confident team collaborator and relationship builder, Michael creates cohesion and momentum as a Consultant and Project Manager leading engagements and

effectively communicating with clients and senior leadership. Subject-matter expertise in revenue cycle operations, data integration, EHR, and project management has been combined with excellent oral, written, and organizational skills to provide excellence in leadership and project delivery. Michael earned an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a BS in Health Service Administration from James Madison University, and is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with AAPC. He is currently working toward a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification at the Project Management Institute (PMI).


RSM US LLP, Michael's current employer, is the leading provider of consulting, tax, and audit services to the middle market. Michael is a project manager focused on improving operational and financial performance for his clients in the healthcare consulting practice. Delivering innovative solutions in areas of technology, process improvement, revenue cycle, client software application trainings, and project management, he works with large integrated delivery health systems, behavioral health and community organizations, community hospitals, FQHC’s, clinics, and physician practices.

I am very interested in serving as a board member on the HIMSS NYS Chapter. Last year I played a role in coordinating the June annual conference in NYC, and am a member of the HIMSS NY State Events committee. This past year I served as the chapter’s webmaster managing our chapter’s website, sending out mass-communications, and maintaining a strong cohesive communication connection between the chapter leadership and its members. Going forward, I want to continue making a meaningful contribution by leveraging my skills and knowledge to continue to grow our chapter. For that reason, I believe I would be a trusted and successful member of the Board of the HIMSS NYS Chapter.

Marc A. Russo

Manager, Healthcare Consulting at Mazars USA LLP

Marc Russo is a business strategist who is passionate about using technology and innovation to improve people’s health. With over 7 years of professional experience, Marc currently works as a Manager in Mazars USA LLP’s Healthcare Consulting practice. He has been a member of the HIMSS NYS Chapter since 2015.

Most recently, Marc has volunteered as the Chapter’s Membership Committee Chair and has led multiple initiatives to improve member relations. In October 2019, Marc introduced the Chapter’s first member survey to provide feedback (after an event) and guidance on future events. In March 2020, he led the launch of the Chapter’s OA – Regional Leader program to connect healthcare organizations across the state with Board Members in their area to foster local planning and engagement. And in May 2020, Marc launched the Chapter’s new LinkedIn Page to better connect with current and prospective members (please follow our new page here!).

Having personally worked with the Nursing Committee, Events Committee, PSC Committee, and the Board of Directors to understand member activities, Marc has an acute understanding of operations across the Chapter. As a Board Member, Marc will bring his deep chapter knowledge and commitment to optimize member relations and grow chapter activities across the state. Marc has extensive experience advising management teams and boards on strategic initiatives and growth opportunities and is excited about the idea of joining the chapter's leadership.  

Keith Weiner PhD, RN-BC


  • 👍Tirelessly working for HIMSS (events, operations, innovations)
  • 💾 Informatics to benefit humanity
  • 📖Chapter accomplishments+++, more to come
  • ⚕️RN: Emergency mgmt for COVID crisis, dozens of nursing students
  • 🎓Students: Professor, scholarship program, CAHIMS Workshops
  • 🎸Lead Guitarist @HIMSS events

Seeking: Board Member at Large

Passions: Student Engagement, Information Security, Membership Drive, Events, Authoring, Enhancing Human Condition Through Informatics

Reason Running: I love working with HIMSS.  I give a tremendous effort working toward common goals and receive so much fulfillment in return.  If elected, I will continue my enthusiasm by working diligently for our members.

HIMSS Activities

  • Scholarship Committee (Chair)
  • Advocacy Committee (Co-Chair)
  • CAHIMS Trainer – Intercollegiate Review Sessions
  • Planning Committee – Annual Contributor+++, Bringing Student Volunteers
  • HIMSS Publications - Contributing Author 1 book (2nd in progress), several blogs, mHIMSS
  • Member: Just about every committee – love to participate and help out, several national committees in past

Scholarly Activities

  • Advisory Board Member, Metropolitan College of New York
  • Chair Informatics, NY Academy of Medicine (annual innovation exhibition)
  • Professor: Molloy College, SUNY, LIU-Post
  • Always researching, presenting, publishing, etc…

Fun Facts

  • Aspiring rock star, vegetarian, fitness enthusiast, marginally multilingual (French, Mandarin), comical, enjoys long walks on beach, etc…


As a reminder, the 2020 Election timeline is as follows: 

Timeline Date
Election polls Open:  Monday, June 8, 2020
Election polls Close:  Friday, June 19, 2020
Election results announced:  Friday, June 26, 2020