DFW HIMSS Board of Directors - 2017-2018

Presley Collins

Presley CollinsPresident


Presley Collins is Regional Director at Futura Mobility, and an active DFW HIMSS board member. Presley’s primary focus over the last 6 years has been healthcare revenue cycle, HIM, and information systems. Presley enjoys working as a vendor partner to better understand how the use of technology continues to improve patient care and comprehensively track the healthcare delivery lifecycle.

Presley’s involvement with the DFW HIMSS chapter started in 2013 as a member, then as a committee chair, then serving as the VP of Programs for the last two terms.

Presley credits his strong HIT knowledge and education to the DFW HIMSS chapter and is honored to serve as President this term.

Presley graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Economics and currently resides in Tomball, Texas with his wife and three children.



Nick KagalPresident Elect

Nick Kagal is the Southwest Informatics Senior Region Director with Premier Inc. He has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, and has held leadership roles with several major DFW provider organizations including Parkland Health & Hospital System, HealthSouth & Medical Center of Plano. In his role at Premier, Nick has oversight for supporting Premier member hospitals achieve breakthroughs in operational & clinical process improvement and engagement in healthcare quality & safety collaborative efforts, including QUEST and the Partnership for Patients initiative. Nick also supports various Premier offerings with Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare organizations focused on population health improvement and care management.

Nick has extensive experience working with multiple healthcare providers supporting their technology and informatics strategies.  He has served as Vice President of Business Development for an electronic medical record vendor and for a healthcare focused enterprise resource planning organization.  Nick received his BA in Biology & Psychology from Austin College and an MBA from the Texas A&M University.  He is an ACHE Fellow, is a Senior Member of HIMSS.  Nick is also a national reviewer and moderator for the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition education sessions.  Nick lives in Plano, Texas with his wife and two children.  He is an avid sports fan, a weekend warrior athlete and an extremely amateur musician.


Shana Berger

Shana Berger

Past President

Shana Berger is the Director for Information Technology Business Operations for Children's Health Center of Texas. She has over twenty-five years of healthcare financial operations experience ranging from a non-profit Hospice, Healthcare Asset Management and Healthcare Technology Management. Shana has been with Children’s, a 557 bed, multi-location pediatric hospital, for more than twelve years. Her responsibilities include Planning, directing and managing business operations for all departments within Information Services ("IS") including Biomedical Engineering, Health Information Management (HIM), all IT functions including Clinical Application Services, Business Application Services, Technical Services, Customer Service and the IT Project Management Office (PMO), as well as newly created accounting units to support Population Health including Physician Electronic Medical Records (PEMR), Telemedicine, and the Health Plan.  Shana leads efforts to design, develop and implement programs and practices to improve efficiency of key business processes, reduce unnecessary expenses, and identify opportunities to help the IS organization deliver improved services with greater cost effectiveness.  Shana’s role also includes budgeting (multi-million dollars), contract review and compliance, staffing and contract labor engagement for the Information Services Department as well as managing the Asset Management Team, Change Management team, and IS Communications and leads organizational efforts for Change Management, Asset Management, Capital Planning, the Change Advisory Group, and IS Communications.

Shana has served in several capacities with the DFW HIMSS Board for 5 years and has been a member of HIMSS National for 10 years.


A. Lee Lavergne, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Lee Lavergne

Board Member Pro Tem

Lee Lavergne is a Manager for EHR Applications at Baylor Scott & White Health. Lee’s current role is focused on the management of the EHR and ARRA at all Baylor Scott and White North Texas facilities. He has over 35 years of healthcare experience and has held positions ranging from roles as Hospital Director Information Technology, Corporate Director, Consulting and Project Manager for revenue cycle and clinical systems. During his career, Lee has worked for Tenet, HCA and IBM before joining Baylor in 2007. Lee is a certified trainer for PROSCI Change Management, CPHIMS and CAHIMS.


Tammy Phillips, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Tammy Phillips

Board Member Pro Tem

Tammy Phillips is currently a Regional ITS Director at Texas Health Resources for Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Kaufman. She is an accomplished IT professional with proven success and expertise in providing quality customer service, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance. Tammy has extensive project management experience and an implementations background with demonstrated ability to deliver complex projects on time and within budget. She is a diplomatic leader with over 20 years of progressive operational management experience in the healthcare industry. Tammy is CPHIMS certified as well as Project Management Professional certified and a Fellow of the HIMSS organization. 

Tammy is member of HIMSS National since 2001 and has been on the DFW HIMSS Board for 3 years.


Deanne Phillips

Deanne Phillips

VP of Finance


Deanne Phillips is a Healthcare Solutions Specialist with ProComputing. She has over 15 years’ experience as a business development manager working for some of the top software companies: Informatica, Symantec and Computer Associates. She has served on the DFW HIMSS Sponsorship Committee over the past three years and has contributed to the success of our first annual golf tournament and record sponsorship sales during 2012. Her passion of working in the healthcare industry will help drive success for our members and sponsors.


Donna Montgomery, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Donna Montgomery

VP of Advocacy


Donna Cook Montgomery is the Vice President for Nursing Informatics & Clinical Excellence at Baylor Scott & White Health system in Texas.  She is dedicated to ensuring technology solutions are delivered in a manner that supports evidence based practice and clinical workflow.  She is the responsible leader for nursing/patient care informatics efforts in the health system and leads the EHR facility adoption and standardization teams across 14 hospitals.  She is also responsible for helping set the strategy for HIT solutions for clinicians and the operational leaders.  Donna has spent over 30 years as a healthcare leader in varies roles including nursing practice, nursing management, IT management, product line development, process improvement and the last 10 years spent in clinical informatics. 

Serving as DFW HIMSS VP of Advocacy has been a wonderful experience and has enabled me to network and learn for so many new HIT colleague.  Healthcare is complex, costly and difficult for patients to navigate.  The clinicians taking care of patients are the closest advocates to assure safe passage through the health system.  I believe that leveraging technology is critical to solving complexity & support clinicians as they care and serve as a patient’s advocate. 


Greg Bertrand

VP of Membership


Greg has over fifteen years of experience working in Healthcare Information Technology, in various aspects of the EHR, from Security to Clinical Documentation, for hospital organizations and vendors. He is currently serving Baylor Scott & White Health as Senior IS Operational Consultant for the Quality Management team.  Greg has a BA from Steven F. Austin State University and is ITIL certified. 


Willie Johnson

VP Professional Development


Willie Johnson is an expert in the fields of Strategic Management and Operational Effectiveness. Some of his notable accomplishments include expanding the service offerings of a credit card financial institution to include all elements of a full-service, brick and mortar bank. He led the re-architecture and product positioning of a Fortune 500 health organization in their re-architecture and product positioning within the post-acute market. Currently, Mr. Johnson leads an innovative and robust project management office centered on excellence and optimal delivery of IT projects and services at Texas Health Resources. His personal mantra of “Be Better Every Single Day” has transformed portfolio management and governance functions of the Innovative Technology Solutions Department for Texas Health Resources and enabled the department to strategically implement a portfolio of projects that realize the greatest value for the company. Mr. Johnson is also an experienced trainer, facilitator and public speaker sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience at every level of various organizations. His project management training has seen 100% of his students obtain their PMP or PGMP and advance their career.

Willie is an electrical engineering graduate of Texas A&M University and has also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Strategic Management and Marketing from John Hopkins University and holds the following professional certifications : Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), Program Management Professional (PgMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation, and in ITIL Strategy.

In Mr. Johnson’s spare time, he is the head coach and founder of The Storm Baseball Club, participates in many community service activities, and spends significant time advising and working with several organizations on key strategic initiatives, including at his alma mater Texas A&M University. Mr. Johnson loves to spend time with his beautiful wife and son. When he does have downtime, you will often find him looking for new golf courses to play.


Erica Johansen

VP Communications


Erica Johansen is a social media futurist with a contagious enthusiasm for leadership strategies, social technology, and community development. She leverages these passions to lead business development for Splash Media, a digital marketing agency. Erica authored the forward of a book about millennial leadership called “Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders” and was a dark-horse nominee along with Steve Wozniak, Mario Batali, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the 2012 Shorty Award for the "Foursquare Mayor of the Year.” Notably, she is the founder of the health IT social media community (also known as #HITsm) that was established in 2010. Erica has diverse career experience working in vendor, clinical, and agency environments and welcomes opportunities to facilitate discussions on the future intersection of healthcare technology, clinical outcomes, and marketing communications. Erica has a bachelor's degree in public relations from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Peter Ravalico

VP of Sponsorships


Peter Ravalico is a Business Development Manager with Taylor Healthcare. He has over 15 years of experience working in the Healthcare Technology industry. Peter is responsible for supporting and developing client relationships in Texas and all across the Southwest. He has been involved in the DFW HIMSS Chapter for a number of years and was just recently on the Committee to support the DFW HIMSS Golf Tournament. 

My involvement in the HIMSS organization is fueled by the positive impact that it’s efforts has on the healthcare community on both the national and local level. To be able to contribute to those efforts is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to being a part of it going forward. 


Joseph Painter

VP of Programs


Joseph Painter received his Bachelor of Science in HR and Technology from the University of Texas at Tyler, and resides in North Dallas with his wife Hillary and two sons, JT and Ethan. He has over 5 years of healthcare experience, and is currently working as a Client Relationship Manager at Kforce, Inc. where he specializes in placing quality Healthcare IT professionals to the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas. Some of his other responsibilities include mentoring oncoming sales and recruiters through Kforce’s mentoring program. He is a big believer in building relationships, and credits most of his success to developing long lasting relationships, as well as strengthening existing ones. HIMSS is an important to Joseph because it provides an opportunity that allows him to transfer his knowledge to healthcare professionals’ so they can advance in their overall development and career.


Nayan Patel, CHCIO, FHIMSS

VP of Regional Affiliates

Nayan Patel is a Director of Information Services for NTT DATA serving Tenet Healthcare hospitals in the Texas region and serves a Managing Director for Avis Advisors, a firm with expertise in IT Strategy, Governance, and Operational Excellence.  He recently served as the Director of Information Services on the executive leadership team for The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano cardiovascular specialty hospital, providing direction and oversight of all IT investments, operations, and governance. During his leadership, the hospital became the seventh largest heart valve program and the Top 1.7% of all heart surgery programs in the United States (per Society of Thoracic Surgeons).  Through its growth, Mr. Patel maintained a tight budget while keeping a strong commitment to guests seeking safe, quality, compassionate care.  Under his guidance, the hospital successfully integrated a secondary heart hospital, expanded cardiovascular technology services, and implemented ITIL processes to enhance service delivery and improve customer service.  His efforts also included implementing a project management office (PMO) and the standardization of IT governance processes for Baylor Scott & White Health.  

Nayan is a pragmatic thinker with a passion for improving the end user experience while delivering high quality service to clinical, business, and research operations.  He received his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Tennessee, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University (SMU).  A firm believer in giving back to the community, he is a past-president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and currently serves on the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Planning Committee, the SMU Information Technology Operations and Management Advisory Board, and the University of Texas at Dallas Healthcare Management Advisory Council.