NENIC Board Members 2017-2018













1 year

Paula Wolski MSN, RN


Ms. Wolski currently holds the position of Program manager of Informatics for nursing and Patient Care Services at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Initially hired as the clinical lead for recently installed EHR implementation this position has now transitioned into the Program Manager role.  Wolski has been a RN for over 30 years spending much of her career in critical care and held certification as a critical care RN.  She attained her Master’s from Emmanuel College with a concentration in Nursing Education.  She is currently an adjunct faculty at Emmanuel College teaching nursing informatics.  Initially interested in informatics while being a clinical super user and then implementing communication strategies for staff as a clinical leader in ICU.   

Wolski is responsible for the evaluation of departmental projects and Nursing Informatics resource alignment, assignment, and clinical consultation in the implementation and delivery of EHR technology. Collaboration with quality and professional practice to review process measures to ensure compliance with regulatory standards both as enhancement requests to the enterprise system and end-user education and auditing to ensure compliance.  Paula holds professional memberships in Sigma Theta Tau International, HIMSS, and NENIC. LinkedIn: Paula Wolski [email protected]



President Elect


1 year


Andrea Santos MSHI, RN


Ms. 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. Andrea 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 inaugural nursing informatics course in Salem State University's RN to BSN program.

Ms. Santos is currently leading a Partners enterprise initiative for the EMR/Acuity system. In addition to her informatics role at NSMC, Andrea has held positions in NENIC including:   Membership and Recruitment  (Director, Board Member); Education and Development Committee (Committee member) , Linkedin: Andrea Santos



Past President 


1 year


Ardie Henry MS, RN-BC


Ms. Henry is an experienced healthcare professional with an extensive background in clinical nursing and healthcare informatics. 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.  Ms.Henry currently is the Senior Clinical  Informatics Specialist at Philips Healthcare for a clinical information system that includes clinical decision support and analytics.

She is active professionally and ANCC Board certified in Nursing Informatics Twitter @ardiehenry





1 year


Susan Katz Sliski DNP, RN





  2 years   Deb Furlong, RN, MS   

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.

She is currently a Project Manager in Nursing Informatics at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Twitter: @smoochmom



Director of Membership/Recruiting


1 year

Theresa Jasset MSM, RN, CNOR


 Theresa Jasset 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 working in industry as the Clinical Informaticist for an electronic quality reporting application, Acmeware, Inc. She holds a BSN from Northeastern University 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 Marketing/ Communication


1 year


Ellen Young RN, MS


Ms. Young has been a nurse for over twenty five years after earning her BSN in Nursing at Boston University. Fourteen years ago she returned to BU to complete her Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems, with a concentration in Data Analytics and Business Intelligence. She has worked as a Critical Care Nurse in the neonatal, pediatric, medical, cardiac, and surgical ICUs. She has designed, developed, and implemented many healthcare systems in the Information Systems Department as a Senior Clinical Integration Analyst and SQL Server Database Administrator.  Twitter: @P4Pimprovement



Director of Education/ Development


1 year

Mary Kennedy MS, RN-BC  


Ms. Kennedy is currently an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University, having previously been the Director of Clinical Informatics in Providence, Rhode Island.   Kennedy has 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 well as LinkedIn  (Mary Kennedy MS, RN-BC) and Twitter (Mary [email protected]_MKK) .





2 years


Debbie Fortin, , MEd, RN, C, CNOR


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 years


Mercedes Fleming Roy RN


Ms. Roy is currently the manager of Nursing Systems an dSupport at Catholic Medical Center ( Merrimack, NH) .





1  years


Emily Keenan MSHI, RN

  Ms.  Keenan is an Informatics Nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has been employed by Beth Israel since August 2005. She started her career as a staff nurse on a med-surg floor, where she quickly climbed the clinical ladder to become a Clinical Nurse 4. She then became the nursing educator for a new surgical floor when it opened in 2008. In 2015, she was able to expand her job responsibilities by becoming a member of their eTesting team which was developed to help design and implement BIDMC’s home grown electronic medication administration record. It was through that experience that she learned her true passion for health informatics and has since completed the Master's Degree program for Health Informatics at Northeastern University. [Twitter: @eM_Keenan81]  


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 Ardie Henry MS. RN-BC (ANI)



Ex-officio Member


     Rita D. Zielstorff, RN, MS, FACMI  




CIN Liason

      Leslie Nicoll PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN  

Linkedin: Leslie Nicoll @leslie_nicoll