Governance & Leadership of IFHIMA

The IFHIMA Executive Board is the governing body of the federation, which is made up of eight (8) elected officers, i.e. the president, the president-elect and six (6) regional IFHIMA directors representing the six IFHIMA regions which are coterminous with the six WHO regions: Africa, the Americas, The Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, Europe, South East Asia and the Western Pacific. The immediate past president will serve on the executive board in an ex-officio capacity for at least one year. An ex-officio board member, membership chair, will be appointed by the President at the beginning of each term of office, and will serve the same term as the President. The executive board meets face-to-face annually and works by means of e-mail and quarterly conference calls in between meetings. The executive board reports to the General Assembly, which meets at the time of the international Congress every three years.

IFHIMA Constitution

IFHIMA Executive Board

Lorraine Fernandes RHIA
IFHIMA President

Principal and Founder
Fernandes Healthcare Insights

Vicki Bennett-, CHIM, FAIDH, CHIA
IFHIMA President Elect
Unit Head, Metadata and METeOR Unit
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Marci MacDonald, CHIM
Immediate Past President
IFHIMA Membership Chair

Babale Garba Nafada,
IFHIMA Regional Director, Africa
Assistant Director HIM Service
University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State

Deneice Marshall, BS, MS, Dipl.Ed, RHIA
IFHIMA Regional Director, The Americas

Health Information Management Coordinator
Barbados Community College

Hussein Albishi, CHIM
IFHIMA Regional Director, Eastern Mediterranean

Consultant, HIM/Clinical Coding
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Guillermo Paluzie, MD, PhD
IFHIMA Regional Director, Europe

Chief of HIM Unit
Corporacio de Salut del Maresme, La Selva. Calella

Dr. Gemala Hatta
IFHIMA Regional Director, South-East Asia

Associate Professor, Lecturer in HIM

Dr. Oknam Kim, PhD
IFHIMA Regional Director, Western Pacific

Chief Consultant, HI Consulting Services, KHIMA
Professional Member, HI Technical Committee, KATS
Republic of Korea

Volunteer Opportunities

IFHIMA periodically appoints volunteers to committees, workgroups, and special activities.  Generally, the appointments for the workgroups associated with the Strategic Plan are for a two year term (proving the member fulfills their role and abides by IFHIMA conflict of interest and confidentiality policies).  The current workgroups will serve through 2022, although new appointments are made periodically as new initiatives are undertaken, or turnover is encountered in the groups.

If you are interested in volunteering for an IFHIMA committee or workgroup, please complete the form and submit per the requirements.  We will retain these forms for at least three (3) years.  You will NOT receive any communication from IFHIMA unless a vacancy in a workgroup occurs.  Please note volunteer appointments are given to associate/individual members and/or individuals who are members of one of the IFHIMA member nations.  Individuals who do not meet one of these two categories will not be considered.

Fill out volunteer questionnaire here.