NENIC Board Members 2018-2019













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.

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. Linkedin: Andrea Santos




President Elect


1 year


Diane Menasco MSHI, RN


 Ms. 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.




Past President 


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]





1 year


Sandy Cho MPH, RN-BC




Ms. 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. 



  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

Delwin Millan Villarante MSHI, RN, CTFL 


 Mr. Villarante was born in Manila, Philippines where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines.  During his senior year he distinguished himself by becoming the president of a nonprofit foundation which assisted indigent patients pay for emergent care.  His leadership mobilized the largest volunteer effort in the history of the college and led to fully funding the renovations university hospital’s emergency department. He immigrated in the United States at the age of 25 and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Health Informatics at Northeastern University. 

Delwin is a seasoned clinician with over 17 years of diverse experience, including long term acute care, medical/surgical divisions, emergency services, and critical care.  When he was not practicing nursing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he chaired the recruitment and retention council. His portfolio includes product support for an ex vivo normothermic transplant medical device and he also held a position as a clinical informatics analyst at a surgical center.  He currently works full time as a software quality assurance engineer for Philips while doing per diem in the Medical ICU at Beth Israel Medical Center.  



Director of Marketing/ Communication


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 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 ANA. and can be found on LinkedIn  (Mary Kennedy MS, RN-BC) and Twitter (@MKRN_Kennedy) .





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


Anne Bane MSN, RN



 Anne received her BSN in 1980 from Boston College and her MSN in 1988 from Salem State College.  Anne has worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in many roles related to nursing informatics since 2002. She is currently the Nurse Director for Informatics and Medication Safety. In this role she has led the department of nursing in numerous BWH clinical application projects. She has worked closely with clinical staff nurses as well as many other disciplines in the development and optimization of these clinical systems to improve patient care and support clincian workflows.  Anne also actively participates in many BWH and Partner’s medication safety initiatives. Anne is board certified in nursing informatics and has been a member of NENIC for the past several years. 




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 Paula Wolski MSN, RB-BC (ANI)



Ex-officio Member


     Rita D. Zielstorff, RN, MS, FACMI  




CIN Liaison

      Leslie Nicoll PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN  

LinkedIn: Leslie Nicoll @leslie_nicoll