CHIME Announces New Board Members

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce the election of members Cletis Earle, Theresa Meadows, R.N., CHCIO, and Donna Roach, CHCIO, to its board of trustees.

Earle is the chief information officer at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, NY. Since joining CHIME in 2006, he has been active in both regional and national activities. Earle is the co-chair of StateNet in New York. CHIME’s StateNet fosters information sharing and networking among CIOs to help advance the adoption of health IT at a state level. Earle is also involved in CHIME’s professional development and education efforts, serving as a LEAD Forum speaker and on the planning committee for the annual Fall CIO Forum.

“As the CIO role continues to evolve, it is extremely important to advance best practices, all the while remaining dynamic in an ever changing industry,” he said. “CHIME helps keep me sane. We are able to learn from one another and make sure that we share best practices. CHIME is absolutely the best sharing experience once can have in a professional association.”  

Meadows, senior vice president and CIO, Cook Children’s Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas, served on the planning committee the Fall CIO Forum in 2014 and 2015. She’s also been a member of the CHIME Professional Development Committee and on the CHCIO item review panel. Having also worked as a registered nurse, Meadows understands firsthand how technology can make a difference in a patient’s life.

“As we broaden our view of healthcare outside of the hospital walls, I want to be actively involved in the shift from inpatient care to care transitions and population health,” said Meadows, “CHIME is uniquely positioned to lead the development of senior executives through this transition and their increased partnerships with other parts of the C-suite.”  

Roach is the chief information officer at Via Christi Health-Ascension Information Services in Wichita, KS. A CHIME member since 2006, Roach has been instrumental in the development and growth of the Certified Health CIO (CHCIO) program since its inception in 2009. She sits on the CHCIO advisory panel and is a test reviewer. Roach has also been active in planning CHIME’s Fall and Spring CIO Forums, acting as co-chair for the 2015 events.

“With everything that is going on in the industry, there is so much to draw our attention away from professional development,” she says. “The board is well positioned not only keep us focused on development, but to enhance programs and services to our members, especially as we focus on the qualities that make up the CIO 3.0.”

CHIME is also pleased to announce the election of Zane Burke, president, Cerner Corp., Kansas City, MO, to the CHIME Foundation board of directors.

“I’m honored to join the CHIME Foundation board of directors and look forward to supporting their efforts to advance the important role of the CIO in healthcare,” Burke said.  

CHIME’s newly elected board members will begin their three-year terms January 1, 2016. Foundation members serve four-year terms.

In addition, the current CHIME board of trustees elected officers for the 2017 board: Liz Johnson, CIO, acute care hospitals and applied clinical informatics, Tenet Healthcare, chair; Albert Oriel, CIO, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, treasurer; and Myra Davis, senior vice president and CIO, Texas Children’s Hospital, secretary.

“CHIME is clearly the leading organization for CIOs and health IT executives,” Johnson said. “We will continue to engage in advocacy, education and other areas to address the myriad of challenges facing our members. It is my honor to work with my colleagues in this capacity. I look forward to contributing to the continuing success of CHIME now and in the future.”

The CHIME board also selected Jan-Eric Slot, CIO, Bernhoven Hospital, Cologne, Germany, to serve on the board in an advisor role representing CHIME international members.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,700 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit

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