NENIC Board Members 2020 - 2021














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Emily Keenan, MSHI, RN, 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 Google as a Clinical Safety Officer for their [email protected] products. 






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Andrew Phillips, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and a Faculty Nurse Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Phillips serves as Director of Nursing Research at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network working with nursing staff on clinical quality improvement most recently the impact of hand hygiene technology on compliance, hospital acquired infections and contract tracing during the COVID pandemic.

Dr. Phillips received his PhD in Nursing Informatics and BS in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing. He also holds a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and has worked as a staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at Westchester Medical Center in New York.  He was a pre-doctoral trainee at the Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved at Columbia University School of Nursing and a co-investigator in the Health Information Technology Collaborative at Weill Cornell Medical College examining the early stages of health information exchange.  Later as a policy advisor, Dr. Phillips examined the application of federal mandates around qualified health information technology on the specific legislation and regulations needed to ensure health data security, compliance and feasibility within a statewide health exchange network.

Prior to entering the practice of nursing and informatics, Dr. Phillips was an actuary and consultant to health and pension benefit plans.


Past President 



1 year



Diane Menasco MSHI, BSN, CPHIMS is the Director of Nursing Informatics at Mass General Brigham, Salem Hospital.  She provides management of clinical system analysis throughout nursing, with a special focus in medication safety. Jointly develops clinical system strategies with nursing and MGB Information Systems leaders and that optimize the use of existing and future clinical systems for nurses. Provides leadership for the successful development, implementation and support of technological innovations that both expedite the work of the clinical nurse and enhance the safety and quality of patient care.

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. Diane has been an active NENIC member for more than a decade and has served as President of the Board as well as being a member of the Planning Committee. In addition, Diane has served on the Medical Informatics Advisory Board for Brandeis University Graduate Studies since 2018. Menasco actively serves as a mentor for nurses in clinical informatics. Professional Memberships include NENIC, HIMSS, Sigma Theta Tau International, ONL, and ANIA.















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Adrienne Aucoin, MBA, BS, RN holds the position of a Clinical Informaticist at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge.  She obtained a Bachelors in Science from Salem State University, and a Masters of Business Administration in Health Informatics from New England College. Adrienne is also a Clinical Instructor at Salem State University and Emmanuel College, School of Nursing.  Adrienne integrates clinical and information sciences to support Spaulding Hospital Cambridge’s mission to deliver care efficiently and safely; analyzing trends to improve delivery of care within the electronic medical record. 



Treasurer Past








Treasurer Current


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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.



Andrea Santos RN, BSN, MSHI 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. 




Director of Membership/Recruiting



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Jodie Vilardi MEd RN is an Epic Certified in Clin Doc and Ambulatory Applications and currently works at Lifespan (Rhode Island).  She has more than 25 years’ experience as Registered Nurse specializing in Pediatric Acute Care, Psychiatric Health, Occupational Health, and Clinical Informatics. She currently works as the IS Training Manager, managing a team of 18 trainers, responsible for training of most software applications in Lifespan.





Director of Marketing/ Communication


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Theresa Jasset RN, MSM, BSN CNOR is an experienced nursing professional with a broad clinical background that encompasses both inpatients as well as perioperative nursing for both her clinical and informatics roles. Her current position is Manager, Clinical Applications at New England Baptist Hospital. Theresa holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Science of Management, Information Technology Management from 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.  



Director of Education/ Development




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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. 






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Sue Whetstone MS, BSN, RN-BC






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Ms. Ardie Henry MS, RN-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 Management 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.





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Ms. Christine 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


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Barbara Jones MS, RN-BC (RI)

Lynda Powers MS, MBA, RN  (NH) 

Sandra McPherson DNP, RN-BC CPHIMS (CT)

Martha Vrana-Bossart MSN, RN (ME)

Janis Yannotti RN (VT) 



National Reps





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Mark Sugrue, RN-BC (HIMSS)

Denise Goldsmith, MS, MPH,RN, FAAN (AMIA

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.