NEHIMSS After Dark: How to get a Job

October 22, 5:00pm, EDT - 7:00pm, EDT

NE HIMSS Past Presidents Club, in conjunction with Student Activities, Mentorship, and Membership, will be sponsoring our 3rd NE HIMSS After Dark Career Advancement Webinar Series on October 22nd from 5 to 7 PM.

This event will focus on Tips for a Successful Career Search.  The event will feature four discussion topics – Networking discussion; Hiring Managers Panel, Recruiter Panel, and Open Q&A.

Live Webinar : Link to webinar will be sent 2 days prior to the event




5:00 – 5:30:  Successful Networking Tips – Bob Dichter, Founder and Principal, Manage My Career Search

5:30 – 6:00:  Hiring Manager Panel (Moderated by Lee Sklar, Senior Project Manager, Atrius Health)

                              Pam Varhol, Associate Dean of Health Professions, SNHU

                              Mary Griskewicz, Federal Policy Director, Cigna

                              Wendy Ouellette, Clinical Systems Manager, MaineHealth Information Services

                              Clint Davies, Principal, BerryDunn

6:00 – 6:30:   Recruiter Panel (Moderated by Malissa Miot, Healthcare Applications Sales Manager, Oracle HCM)

                              Ariel Shonk, Account Manager – Healthcare Services, TEKsystems

                              Katie Flynn, Senior Account Executive, Queen Consulting Group

                              John Demeritt, Client Advisor, Healthcare IT Leaders

6:30 – 7:00:   Open Q&A (Moderated by Rich Kubica, Former CIO, Hartford Region, Hartford Healthcare)

Questions should be submitted either on the registration form (and designate which panel question is for) or to in advance of the program.


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Lee Sklar

Senior Project Manager, Atrius Health

Lee Sklar has been in the healthcare industry for twenty-five years with twenty of those years focusing on healthcare IT. Lee has held a number of analytical, engineering, managerial and project management positions over the course of his career. His responsibilities included covering the implementation and support of both clinical and non-clinical information systems, outfitting new organization sites with IT equipment and managing organization affiliations. Lee’s current role is as a Senior Project Manager with the Atrius Health Project Management Office. He is responsible for managing and coordinating large scale initiatives that support Atrius Health organizational goals.


Pamela Varhol, EdD, MS, MBA, RHIA

Associate Dean of Health Professions, SNHU

Dr. Varhol is an Associate Dean, Health Professions at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) – Global Campus. She teaches health informatics and has over eleven years working in higher education. She is the current New Hampshire Health Information Management Association (NHHIMA) Student Liaison and serves on the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Grace Award Committee.

Previously she spent nine years volunteering at the Silverstone Living facilities: The Huntington at Nashua and the Hunt Community and working the Lowell Community Health Center. Pam formerly served as President for the New Hampshire Health Information Management Association (NHHIMA), the NH advocate for New England Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (NEHIMSS) chapter, and national HIMSS chapter advocacy roundtable chair (CAR).

Richard W. Kubica

Former CIO, Hartford Region, Hartford Healthcare/Retired

Rich was recently the Interim Chief Information Office at the University of Rhode Island. During his tenure, Rich provided guidance in developing the URI IT Strategic Plan, that initiated multiple strategic projects. Being responsible for all IT services, he more closely aligned and improved communication between the IT Department and the University’s Schools and Departments.


Prior to his URI position, Rich was the Chief Information Officer at Hartford Hospital. As CIO, he was responsible for all the Information Systems at Hartford Hospital, an 819 bed tertiary care facility, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and the anchor hospital for the Hartford Health Care network. Rich was Hartford Health Care’s Chief Technology Officer before his appointment to CIO at Hartford Hospital.


Prior to working in healthcare, Rich started his career in Information Technology at Northeast Utilities, now Eversource, in both systems development and IT infrastructure.


Rich has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut. Rich also has an MBA from Northeastern University’s Executive MBA program. He is a Fellow in HIMSS and is active in the New England Chapter of HIMSS. In his retirement, he is the Treasurer for a not-for-profit institution and is a mentor for NEHIMSS.

Clint Davies

Principal, BerryDunn

Clint Davies is a Principal and the leader of BerryDunn's Management and Information Technology Consulting Group. He holds an MBA, is a HIMSS Fellow, and maintains certifications in ITIL and Prosci. Clint has over 30 years of experience advising clients on information technology leadership, decision making, and transformation. Prior to joining BerryDunn, he worked for a technology vendor and KPMG. Clint is also an active aviator, flight instructor, and aerobatic pilot.

Ariel Shonk

Account Manager – Healthcare Services, TEKsystems

Ariel serves as an Account Manager at TEKsystems, specifically supporting Healthcare clients in the Greater Boston Area. Ariel is responsible for providing customized workforce solutions across the continuum of IT, including EHR needs and business and enterprise applications at both payer and provider healthcare organizations. She has worked at TEKsystems for 4.5 years, originally in the Philadelphia office, until she moved to Boston in 2019.




Mary P. Griskewicz , MS, FHIMSS

Federal Policy Director, Cigna

Mary is an award winning executive with proven experience in health care policy, focused on Federal and Congressional issues for the Digital Health Technology. She is an author, national speaker, and instructor in health policy and medical informatics.

Mary currently serves as the Director of Federal Policy for Cigna focused on Health Information Technology and Provider Network policy.

Mary’s management experience spans over 30 years’ in health care, and health IT. She has lead teams for HIMSS National, Yale New Haven Health System, GE Health Care, IDX Systems, Tek Systems, Aetna and Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Her focus on health information technology and digital health policy experience brought her to serve as a former chair of HIMSS Public Policy Committee.

She authored many articles and blogs and has served as an Associate editor of Participatory Healthcare: A Person-Centered Approach to Healthcare Transformation, published by CRC Press, August, 2016. Ghost editor of Engage! Transforming Healthcare through Digital Patient Engagement, published by HIMSS in March, 2013. Winner of "book of the year" in 2014.

Katie Flynn

Senior Account Executive, Queen Consulting Group


Katie currently serves as a Senior Account Executive at Queen Consulting Group and also as the New England HIMSS Programs Committee Chair. She has over 10 years of experience in the Financial Services and IT Healthcare staffing world. Her main responsibility in her current role is to provide her clients with IT Healthcare contractor and direct hire resources specifically catered to their project needs. Prior to New England HIMSS and her role at Queen Consulting Group, Katie worked in London and New York City in the Financial Services industry supporting Compliance, Risk Control and Finance functions from an Operational perspective.

Malissa Miot

Healthcare Applications Sales Manager


Malissa is a Healthcare Applications Sales Manager for Oracle HCM (Human Capital Management) cloud software in the Northeast. Based in Massachusetts, she brings over 18 years of consultative technology, sales and healthcare industry experience to Oracle.


Prior to her role at Oracle, Malissa was a consultant in the Heathcare IT practice at Witt/Kieffer (executive search firm) where she worked with CHROs and other C-Suite executives to identify and recruit key IT leaders including CIOs, CMIOs, CNIOs , CTOs and VPs of Enterprise Applications for hospitals and health systems nationwide. Prior to this, Malissa was the Regional Director for the North East at Oneview Healthcare, a global startup company providing an interactive patient care platform to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Malissa also spent several years as a Senior Account Executive with Leidos Health, (formerly Vitalize Consulting Solutions) a consulting firm dedicated to the implementation, integration and optimization of healthcare IT systems and EMR vendors. In this role, she worked with C-level and other senior level executives to meet client objectives across the enterprise including ancillary, laboratory, clinical and financial departments.


Malissa currently serves a Co-Chair of the CIO Council for New England HIMSS (NEHIMSS) Chapter. She is also a Past President of the NEHIMSS Chapter and has served on the NEHIMSS Board since 2013

Wendy Ouellette, MSN CNOR

Clinical Systems Manager, MaineHealth Information Services


Wendy is an IT Clinical Manager at MaineHealth with over 20 years of medical experience as an OR Manager, Specialty Charge Nurse and Nurse Informaticist with over two decades of successful experience in hiring and employee management. Wendy is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and building diverse teams to support clinical applications and quality patient care.

Bob Dichter

Founder and Principal of Manage My Career Search

Bob Dichter is the founder and Principal of Manage My Career Search, a career mentoring service, in addition to his work as a healthcare technology strategist. As the President of the Hair Club for Men states, “I’m not just the President, but I’m a client”, this applies to Bob as well. Years ago, when early in his career, he was having difficulties finding a job – he couldn’t well articulate what he did and why someone would want to hire him, so he created a process that has been very effective for himself but also for numerous others as well. As someone that has worked in numerous start-ups, Bob has also needed to look numerous times for jobs and has been fortunate to have worked with several Career Coaches and an outplacement firm. These professionals have helped Bob really refine the networking process and he has become known in New England HIMSS as the guy that knows everyone. Well…maybe a slight exaggeration, but Bob is connected to over 4000 people on LinkedIn. Over the years, Bob has advised 100’s of people either starting out their career in health IT or transitioning into the field and created his professional mentoring service when he realized that he could shorten the time it was taking for people to find a job.

John Demeritt, MBA

Director of National Accounts

In his role as Director of National Accounts, John supports healthcare executives through trusted advisory relationships and strong competencies in health IT strategy, solution development, and services delivery. He joined our firm after 7 years at Oxford Global Resources where he was the Director of Strategic Accounts. John's career in healthcare began in life sciences working as a representative for Allergan, and later, Amgen. He holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a BA in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He is on the Board of Directors for New England HIMSS.