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Board & Staff


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  • President

    David Blankenship
    Commercial Territory Manager, Arkansas

    After attending OSU and then running his own company for 8 years, David started his career in IT in the early 1990's at MicroAge in Oklahoma City. He held various sales and leadership roles at a number of companies including Stonebridge Technologies, The Rock Island Group, and SBC before accepting a position with Cisco Systems which moved him to Arkansas. After 10 years at Cisco he accepted a position at Pure Storage and later Extreme Networks and has now found a home at Aruba Networks, an HPE company. Shortly after moving to Arkansas David was asked to join the board of directors at AR HIMSS and has held nearly every board position including president. David is passionate about the chapter and started the AR HIMSS Annual Conference (which has grown to be one of the largest healthcare IT conferences in the state), over 10 years ago. He has two sons attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and lives with his wife, Lynn, "out in the woods" on 12 acres close to Hot Springs.

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  • Advocacy Liaison
    Advocacy Liaison

    Josh Johnson
    Project Manager, Senior

    Josh Johnson is a results oriented healthcare IT leader with more than 22 years of overall IT experience, including over 18 years of demonstrated leadership in healthcare IT initiatives (15 years in IT operations leadership, 3 years consulting). His expertise includes enterprise as well as ancillary system selections, contracting, procurement, implementation and project oversight, as well as IT strategic planning, enterprise-wide IT solutions, and IT operational management. Josh is passionate and driven to improve the health, health care, and well-being of patients and families by establishing IT strategies that build on core organizational strengths, provide continuous quality improvement, and facilitate transformational partnerships and programs.

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  • Secretary

    Heather Edwards, MHA, RHIA
    Sr. Informatics Consultant
    Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Heather has served on the AR HIMSS Board since 2018, when she was recruited to rill the role of secretary for the organization. Since graduating from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, Heather has filled roles on both the provider and pay side of healthcare. She started her career working for the HIM department at Baptist Health in Little Rock, and is currently working in the Enterprise Business Intelligence division at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. She briefly filled a Visiting Instructor position within the HIM team between roles, and is currently still active as an adjunct instructor for students pursuing BS in HIM from Rasmussen College in Florida.

    Heather is born and raised in Arkansas and currently resides in Conway with her husband and children. In addition to volunteering with ArHIMSS, she is active on the Arkansas Community Foundation -- Faulkner County Advisory Board.

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  • Membership Chair
    Membership Chair

    Cody Simon, CHP
    Account Manager and Healthcare Specialist

    Cody Simon has served on the AR HIMSS Board since 2017 and is passionate about giving back to the community. He has served on various boards and committees; Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rotaract Club of Little Rock, and serving the Little Rock Chamber through their Think Big Little Rock and Leads Group programs. Cody is an Account Manager and Healthcare specialist for the Central Arkansas Office of Datamax and is a Certified HIPAA Professional. He works to analyze, recommend and implement document workflow solutions for specific industry needs to help organizations achieve their technological goals.

    He was born and raised in Little Rock, AR and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Arkansas.

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  • Communications Co-Chair
    Communications Co-Chair

    Meghan Klein, MSHI, RHIA
    Clinical Application Training Specialist
    University of Arkansas Medical Sciences

    Meghan Klein has served on the AR HIMSS Board since 2019 and serves as Vendor Committee for ArHIMA since 2018. Meghan started out working as a Project Manager for a software company located in Little Rock for 2 years. Currently she is a Clinical Application Training Specialist at UAMS, where she hold multiple Epic Certifications, including Certified Resolute Professional Billing for SBO and is a Registered Health Information Administrator.

    She was raised in Ohio and moved to Arkansas to attend Arkansas Tech University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Management and Arkansas Tech University where she earned her degree Masters of Science in Health Informatics.