Officers & Board of Directors

AIRA Board

The AIRA Board of Directors is composed of officers including a President, President-Elect, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary; six voting Directors; and two non-voting Directors for a total of 13 Board members. This is an active, working Board, with members comprised primarily of IIS managers working for public health agencies in regions and states around the country. The two non-voting members of the Board represent the IIS vendor or business community. The Board members bring subject matter expertise to the association, as well as management experience.

Officers/Executive Committee

Kim Salisbury-Keith, MBA

President

Kim is the Development Manager for KIDSNET, Rhode Island’s Integrated Information System for Childhood Preventive Services, which includes an Immunization Information System (IIS). Kim has worked in the immunization/IIS world since November 1989. She was the Immunization Program Manager from 1989 to 1996. Since 1996, Kim has worked as the KIDSNET Development Manager. Rhode Island was one of the first states to receive funding for planning and development of an IIS through the All Kids Count Program and from INPHO. Rhode Island, via KIDSNET, was also one of the first states to have an integrated child health information system. In her role as Development Manager, Kim serves as liaison between technical contractors, programmers and Immunization Program staff during the development of new immunization programming and when programming updates are required whether for the immunization algorithm, revisions to practice enrollment, or reporting. Kim also oversees the onboarding process for HL7 messaging by practices, and she works with the data managers on issues related to maintaining data quality in KIDSNET and the use of KIDSNET data.

Kim was one of the founding Board members of AIRA and has worked on a variety of AIRA and CDC committees. She has seen the growth and changes that have occurred in the IIS world and understands both the need to move forward and the challenges faced by states as they strive to implement and improve their IIS.

Term as President: 2017-2018


Amanda (Mandy) Harris

President-Elect

Mandy Harris has played various roles in support of her statewide IIS, NV WebIZ, since 2006- currently, she works as the IIS Manager. Mandy has also participated in numerous AIRA activities, including a term as Secretary of the Board, development of four MIROW best practice guides, the development of the Phase 2 AFIX-IIS guidance, and a few conference presentations. She currently serves as one of three MIROW co-chairs.

Term as President-Elect: 2017-2018


Amy Metroka

Vice President

Amy Metroka is Director, Citywide Immunization Registry, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the CUNY School of Public Health. She has served two previous terms as President of the AIRA Board of Directors.

Term as Vice President: Appointed May 2018. Term Ends October 2018.


Jenne McKibben

Secretary

Jenne McKibben is the Oregon ALERT IIS Director and is responsible for IIS training for all user roles statewide. She also leads the ALERT IIS Help Desk team and coordinates ALERT IIS projects with other Oregon Immunization Program teams. Jenne has over 10 years of experience in working with immunizations. She received her introduction to immunizations when she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Merced, California. Jenne worked with the local health department and local Head Start on getting Head Start children and their siblings up to date on immunizations. Then as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, she was on the front line of immunizations in a developing country. Jenne worked with the local health post delivering immunizations by ambulance to extremely rural areas and worked on immunization campaigns. She started with the Oregon Immunization Program in 2004 as a Health Educator for the Vaccines For Children Program working with clinic staff on vaccine storage and handling, documenting, and providing training on ALERT. In mid-2007, Jenne moved to ALERT IIS and has worked on ALERT IIS operations, training, and migrating to a new IIS platform. As a member of the New IIS Project Team, she was a participant in all aspects of planning, including the development of system requirements as well as training and communication plans. With this experience combined with her level of knowledge around IIS operations, Jenne was asked to participate in the national workgroup hosted by the Public Health Informatics Institute. This workgroup was tasked to develop a national standard for IIS system requirements, and she recently had the honor of presenting on this topic at the AIRA IIS Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Term: 2017-2019


Megan Meldrum

Treasurer

Since 2008, Megan Meldrum has worked for the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) as the primary data exchange liaison between NYSIIS and NYSIIS partners. Partners include provider practices, pharmacies, managed care organizations, schools, software vendors, other state agencies, and other IIS. Currently NYSIIS has over 70 electronic health record (EHR) vendors and over 1,200 provider offices participating in HL7 data exchange. Megan has worked in conjunction with vital records, lead screening, and early hearing detection and intervention programs to set up additional data exchange requirements and functionality within the IIS. Her role in NYSIIS goes beyond just data exchange and messaging standards to include implementing business rules to accept and interpret data, training, and testing modifications/enhancements to NYSIIS. Megan has worked closely with the Immunization Bidirectional Information Exchange (IBIE) for RHIOs (Regional Health Information Organizations) and NYS hospitals for reporting and query functionality. Additionally, she has been involved with the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) grants specific to interoperability, vaccine ordering, vaccine inventory, and barcoding.

Term as Treasurer: Appointed April 2018. Term Ends October 2018.


Bridget Ahrens

Member at Large

Bridget Ahrens has served as Vermont Immunization Registry Manager since 2004 and currently leads a team of three people dedicated to collecting, cleaning, and using immunization information to improve individual health and health care delivery. As the VT Registry has grown from its infancy in 2004 to its current position as a crucial spoke in the preventive health care wheel, Bridget’s focus has moved from user recruitment and training to managing data import to assessing and maintaining data quality to promoting and using registry data.

Prior to her work with the registry, Bridget worked as project manager for several large research projects at Dartmouth Medical School and has several years’ experience as an evaluation consultant. She served on the AIRA board previously from 2007 to 2010.

Term: 2017-2019

Voting Directors

Aaron Bieringer

Aaron Bieringer is currently the Interoperability and Technical lead for the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) and has been with the registry for the last eight years. He also sits on several AIRA committees, such as the Standards and Interoperability Steering Committee, the Joint Development and Implementation Advisory Workgroup, and the DQA Management Workgroup.

Term: 2017-2019


Baskar Krishnamoorthy

Baskar Krishnamoorthy is a Business/Project Analyst for the Florida Department of Health IIS or SHOTS. Baskar provides requirements for functionality development of IIS. He is also involved in analyzing business processes to identify potential areas for integration of the immunization program needs into IIS to leverage the reporting capabilities of the IIS. Baskar has been directly associated with the IIS world since 2004 and brings a diverse skill set to the AIRA Board of Directors, including a background in engineering, system analysis, quality control, health information technology, and statistics.

Term: 2016-2018


David McCormick

Dave McCormick is the Director of the Indiana Immunization Division at the Indiana State Department of Health. In that role, Dave leads a team of public health professionals committed to eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases by working with approximately 900 health care providers to deliver over $80,000,000 of publicly funded vaccine. In July 2015, Dave was elected to the Executive Board of the Association of Immunization Managers.

Dave has worked in public health for the past 27 years. Prior to joining the Indiana Immunization Program in January 2012, Dave spent five years working on lead and healthy-homes issues at the state level, including lead poisoning prevention, radon, lead certification, enforcement, and remediation through grants from CDC, EPA, and HUD. In November 2009, Dave was appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention. Dave and his college sweetheart have been married for 27 years and have two sons.

Term: 2017-2019


Quan Le

Quan Le is the IIS Program Manager for the Louisiana Immunization Network for Kids Statewide (LINKS). He is responsible for the management, continuing development, integration, and implementation of the Louisiana Immunization Information System (IIS). In addition to the daily technical and programmatic operations of the IIS, Quan also functions as the primary Office of Public Health liaison to CDC and all immunization database/registry vendors/contractors to ensure that accurate activities/tasks are being performed. Quan has worked for the Louisiana Immunization Program for 25 years and has been the IIS Manager for the past 16 years.

Term: 2016-2018

Non-Voting Directors

Brandy Altstadter

Brandy Altstadter is currently a Senior Technical Architect and Account Executive at Scientific Technologies Corporation. She has worked on immunization products and services since 2002. Her experience includes hands-on management of both Information Immunization System (IIS) development and support, and, most recently, she is working with private providers and software products to enable system interoperability to submit immunization data to IIS.

Term: 2016-2018


Kevin Dombkowski

Kevin Dombkowski is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit. His research focuses on improving the timeliness of vaccinations through automated reminder and recall systems, particularly through immunization registries. Kevin has worked with IIS for over 20 years and has been the principal investigator on numerous CDC-funded grants that evaluate registry-based strategies for improving vaccination rates.

Term: 2017-2019