2019 NYS HIMSS Chapter Elections

Foor 2019, we will have four (4) Board Level positions that will be available.  They are:
  • President-Elect 
  • Secretary 
  • Director at Large
  • Director at Large
All positions are two (2) year terms with the President-Elect position automatically sliding into the President's role at the end of the 2-year term.  The term commences on July 1st, 2019 and all of these positions are elected by general membership vote.
  • Candidates Campaign Timetable - May 3rd through May 17th;
  • Elections to be held from May 20th through June 3rd;
  • Election results announced June 10th.



Candidates Running for President-Elect

Anthony Ferrante
The Board position you are interested in:  President Elect

I have been most fortunate to serve as a Director & a Co-Secretary for the NYS Chapter for the last 5 years.  I have been able to help direct the team to promote the message of HIT & used my enthusiasm & energy to increase awareness to all of the Chapter members.  I will continue to follow the by-laws & also find new ways to integrate new members

Candidates Running for Secretary

Armand Morrison
I am interested in the board secretary position

Armand Morrison currently serves as Vice President of emids, a healthcare consulting and technology firm serving the needs of the payer, provider, and technology services markets. He has been involved in healthcare IT for over 20 years and prides himself on leveraging technology to help his clients achieve the goals and objectives most important to them. Armand has been very active in the New York State chapter of HIMSS for several years and is currently the co-chair of the IT Leadership Committee where he has organized a group of chapter members that meet regularly to plan and coordinate educational sessions along with standing up a mentorship program designed to connect those chapter members earlier in their IT career with those more experienced members.  Additionally, Armand currently serves as the Western NY chapter liaison. In this role, he has partnered with the healthcare special interest group (SIG) of a Rochester, NY-based non-profit agency to coordinate and manage several educational sessions for those chapter members that find it difficult to attend New York City based events. The most recent event was held last Fall at the Belhurst Castle Winery in Geneva, NY and was attended by over 70 participants. Armand looks forward to continuing to serve the needs of the New York State Chapter as Board Secretary.

Candidates Running for Director-at-Large Positions (2)

Eileen Achacoso
Position: Board Director

My current position is Director Information Services at NYC Health & Hospitals in Clinical Information Systems.

In a previous life, I worked as a nurse in Women’s Health and Staff Development. The implementation of an electronic medical record, Shared Medical Systems gave me my first taste of I.T. with the hospital MIS Department. I met a Nurse Informaticist and realized I needed a career change.

I have worked on the Hospital side of Clinical Information Technology for the last 10 years. Prior to H&H, I have worked in IT for several well-known vendors (Siemens, HillRom, Ethicon J&J) and several start-up companies, for more than 10 years.

I have always been an advocate for educating nurses about Information Technology and the value of data. I joined HIMSS to collaborate, network, and learn more about I.T. from other members. I joined the NYS HIMSS Chapter to participate more in the field of IT; and I joined the NYS HIMSS Chapter Nursing Committee as a commitment to promoting Nursing I.T., engaging nurses interested in I.T., and to learn more.

My interest in being a Board Director is to participate in and support our State Chapter initiatives, to learn more about our Chapter, to educate and promote membership to new IT staff, and to network with other members.

Helen Figge, BS, PharmD., MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
NYS HIMSS Chapter National Liaison
Health 2.0, Chair Innovation

Reason for Running for Director at Large:

HIMSS NYS is a dynamic Chapter breeding innovation and diversity. Opportunities are needed for membership employment, mentoring and career diversity. An ability to bring organizations and the knowledge of HIMSS National with day to day HIT experiences as it affects NYS is invaluable to NYS HIMSS Chapter sustainability. An infusion of ideas that affect careers, opportunities and investment into NYS healthcare networks for growth and footprint expansion for organizational advancement is most needed at this time.

Candidate Profile: Helen an active supporter of NYS HIMSS Chapter since 2007, is a healthcare technology innovator and futurist supporting diversity inclusive of women wishing to enter and expand a HIT career. She has achieved HIMSS fellow status and CPHIMS certification, is past secretary for the HIMSS NYS Chapter, the first woman to hold that title. Helen currently serves as NYS Chapter HIMSS National Liaison, having served for over 5 years. In addition, over the past 12 years, Helen served and supported several Chapter committees, including the scholarship, membership, events, leadership advisory and privacy/security committees plus supporting various NYS Chapter initiatives, bringing other State Chapter ideas to NYS. She encourages CPHIMS and the HIMSS Fellow programs educational venues and supported Health 2.0 programs as past Chair, helping to assimilate its expansion into HIMSS.  Helen is the original creator and overseer of HIMSS Career Services of North Americas assisting HIMSS members nationally and in NYS with education and career placement. 

She was recognized by HIMSS New York State Chapter securing the Women Health IT Mentor Award and awarded a HIMSS New York State Chapter Service Award. She was recognized by Health 2.0 as a “Ten Year Industry Leader”; in 2016, 2017, 2018, named “Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT” by Health Data Management and named in 2018 and 2019 on Becker’s prestigious “Women to Know in Healthcare IT” listing.

Helen is passionate about connecting HIT workers to medical entities and organizations as well as identifying speakers supporting HIMSS into other venues to expand the HIMSS footprint; she mentors students and those wishing to expand their skills sets to further expand their career horizons.

She has served in three HIT Fortune companies; has served on national committees and Boards such as HIMSS, CHIME, various SUNY schools including cyber security, is Senior Advisor, Albany College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences President’s Council, the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, Washington, D.C., New York State’s HIMSS Chapter and HIMSS’s Health 2.0, a subsidiary of HIMSS.

She consults for organizations interested in positioning healthcare technology solutions, supportingseveral start-up companies and new business growth in New York State. She supports several higher education and medical entities in New York developing best practices. Helen is the Chief Strategy Officer, MedicaSoft, holds several academic appointments, is a career coach/mentor; volunteers extensively for several philanthropic entities in New York State.

Keith Weiner PhD, RN-BC, Adjunct Instructor at Molloy College and CUNY, Security Professional

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 (Co-Chair)
  • Advocacy Committee (Incoming 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


Other Scholary Activities

  • Advisory Board Member, Metropolitan College of New York
  • Co-Chair Informatics, NY Academy of Medicine (annual innovation exhibition)
  • Always researching, presenting, publishing, etc…


Fun Facts
  • Aspiring rock star, vegetarian, exercise daily, marginally multilingual (French, Mandarin), comical, enjoys long walks on beach, etc.