NENIC Board Members 2020 - 2021














1 year


 Diane Menasco is a certified nurse Informatician and holds a Master of Health Informatics from Northeastern University. She has broad experience in both clinical nursing as well as healthcare informatics.

 Ms. Menasco is the Director of Nursing Informatics at the North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), a Partners Healthcare affiliate.  She provides leadership in creating a framework for nursing’s unequaled contribution to patient centered care; providing management of clinical system analysis throughout nursing. Ms. Menasco has been an active NENIC member for more than a decade and serves on the Planning Committee. In addition, Menasco sits on the Medical Informatics Advisory Board for Brandeis University Graduate Studies. Menasco actively serves as a mentor for nurses in nursing informatics. Professional Memberships include NENIC, HIMSS, Sigma Theta Tau International, ONL, and ANIA.



President Elect



1 Year



  Emily Keenan is a nurse who worked at Beth Israel Medical Center for 13 years before transitioning into the field of Informatics.  She completed the Master's Degree program for Health Informatics at Northeastern University in 2018 and is currently employed at InterSystems as a Clinical Safety Specialist for their global EHR product, TrakCare.   

Past President 



1 year



Andrea Santos holds the position of a Nursing Informatics Strategist at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), a Partners Healthcare affiliate. She obtained a Bachelors in Science from Salem State University, and a Masters in Health Informatics from Northeastern University.

Ms. Santos is also a Visiting Instructor and Clinical Instructor at Salem State University, School of Nursing, where she has taught for over seven years in the nursing simulation lab, and in Spring 2014 started the first nursing informatics course in the RN to BSN program.  Andrea is currently leading an enterprise initiative for EMR/Acuity system. In addition to her informatics role at NSMC, Andrea has served on the NENIC Education and Development Committee since 2014, and is currently the Director of Membership and Recruitment on the NENIC Board. 
















1 year





 Sandy Cho currently works at Newton-Wellesley Hospital as the Nurse Director for Informatics.  She is board certified and brings more than 10 years of experience in the Nursing Informatics specialty.  Sandy has held past positions in NENIC including President and Director of Membership.  She currently serves on the NENIC Program Planning Committee.  In the position of Secretary, Sandy will strive to meet all duties related to the position.  In addition, as NENIC looks toward our contribution in the Nursing Informatics landscape, Sandy will work collaboratively with all board members to support our mission of “Nurse’s Transforming Healthcare through Informatics” by striving to share and develop innovative thoughts to disrupt and improve the profession of nursing. LinkedIN




  2 years    

Deb Furlong RN, MS is a  Project Manager in Nursing Informatics at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

While obtaining her Masters Degree in Nursing Administration with a concentration in Nursing Informatics in 2003, Furlong was involved in a year-long practicum at Clinical Support Technology, a company that was involved in web-based consumer healthcare and disease management.  Her previous informatics experience was in the administration of the CareVue ICU clinical information system for the past 14 years. Furlong's  previous experience has included implementing initiatives involving the VA Clinical Information System within the Surgery department.  Furlong also serves on the program planning and education committee.  She has presented work within the VA New England area related to the VA Clinical Information System.




Director of Membership/Recruiting



1 year



 Jodie Vilardi RN  is an Epic Certified in Clin Doc and Ambulatory Applications and currently works at Lifespan (Rhode Island) .  She has more than 20 years experience as Registered Nurse specializing in Pediatric Acute Care, Psychiatric Health, Occupational Health, and Clinical Informatics. LinkedIn



Director of Marketing/ Communication


1 year




Theresa Jasset RM, MS, CNOR is an experienced nursing professional with a broad clinical background that encompasses both inpatient as well as perioperative nursing for both her clinical and informaticist roles. Her current position is Nursing Informatics Manager at St Elizabeth's Medical Center, a member of the Steward Family Network. Theresa holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Science of Management, Information Technology Management form Lesley University. She maintains her CNOR perioperative certification.

Theresa has served as past president of NENIC as well as past president of AORN Massachusetts Chapter 1. She is currently the website master for the local AORN chapter. She has also served on several task forces and committees for AORN at the  national level. Theresa has presented several poster sessions for both AORN and NENIC and co-authored a chapter for three past editions of Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery. She volunteers for the Big Sister Association of Boston.



Director of Education/ Development




1 year



Mary Kennedy MS, RN-BC is currently an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University, having previously been the Director of Clinical Informatics in Providence, Rhode Island.   Ms. Kennedy has diversified experience in both service and vendor organizations that allow her to remain current with industry trends and help develop NENIC educational programs. 

She has been the NENIC Director of Program Planning since its inception . Her research interest are studying the impact of health care information technology (HIT) on the patient experience and the environment of care as well as clinical informatics competency definition. She is an active member of HIMSS, ONL , AONE and ANA. and can be found on 






2 years




Debra Fortin is an RN Nursing Informaticist who has a M.Ed. in Management. She holds certifications in Nursing Informatics and in the Operating Room. She has experience in both hands-on clinical and Information Services environments. Debra has been a nurse for over 35 years and has held roles as an Operating Room Nurse, Coordinator of Nursing Informatics, Nursing informatics Specialist, Senior Clinical Analyst, Team Lead and currently as the Clinical informatics Provider Trainer specialist for MetroWest Medical Center Tenet Healthcare system. 

Fortin  continues to be an active member of several nursing organizations, including NENIC from its inception. In NENIC, she has held roles as Secretary, President, planning committee member and executive board member. She also is an alumna of Endicott College in Nursing and in Education. She maintains an active role at Endicott College in the Nursing Honor Society and on the Nursing Advisory Committee for the Nursing Program. Debra enjoys working in a collaborative environment with providers and clinicians. She has supported CPOE, Med Rec, ePrescribing, and Physician and nursing clinical documentation.






1 year





Ms. Ardie Henry RN, MS-BC is an experienced healthcare professional with an extensive background in clinical nursing and healthcare informatics.  Ms.Henry currently is a Clinical Informaticist in Clinical Risk Managment and Patient Safety with eClinical Works. She is a certified nurse Informatician with strong process improvement, management and people skills. She has been an influential leader in vendor    design, development and delivery of informatics solutions to improve patient outcomes through optimization of healthcare information technology, including utilization of clinical decision support with analytics and improved clinical workflows.  She is active professionally and ANCC Board certified in Nursing Informatics.









Ms. Christiine Suchecki MSN, RN-BC is currently the Inpatient Nursing Lead for Clinical informatics at Partners eCare. Ms. Suchecki has an extensive clinical background, most  recently specializing in cardiac nursing. She has broad experience in healthcare information technology over the last 7 years. Her focus  has been in application support, implementation and project management across the Partners Healthcare System. Ms. Suchecki has an MSN from Duke University and is Board Certified in Nursing Informatics.  



Regional Reps


 2 years





 Lynda Powers MS, MBA, RN  (NH);   Barbara Jones MS, RN-BC (RI), Sandra McPherson DNP, RN-BC CPHIMS (CT) ; Martha Vrana-Bossart MSN, RN (ME) [ Twitter @MiszVB] ; Janis Yannotti RN (VT) 



 National Reps


 2 years


Mark Sugrue, RN-BC (HIMSS) , Denise Goldsmith, MS, MPH,RN,  FAAN (AMIA) [ @dgoldsmithRN] and Paula Wolski MSN, RB-BC (ANI)



Ex-officio Member







 Ms. Zielstorff is a living legend in the field of Clinical and Nursing Informatics. We are honored to have her guidance when she is not traveling and exploring the world.



CIN Liaison




Dr. Leslie Nicoll RN, PhD has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and healthcare and has worked in clinical practice, research, and academia. Prior to founding Maine Desk, she worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service and Associate Research Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing since 1995.