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Phone: (512) 245-8242
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Jackie Moczygemba MBA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA

Jackie Moczygemba, HIM FacultyDepartment Chair and Associate Professor

Degrees: Bachelor of Science Medical Record Administration, Southwest Texas State University
Master of Business Administration, Southwest Texas State University
Teaching Areas: Technical Concepts of HIM, Quality Improvement, HIM Practicum, Disease & Medical Science
Office 302 D, Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-3503
Email: jm38@txstate.edu

Jackie Moczygemba joined the Health Information Management Department in 1995. She was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2001. She was recently appointed to the American Health Information Management Association's exam construction committee for the Certified Coding Analyst (CCA) credential. Jackie is currently a secondary investigator in an exploratory foundational study to examine current practices used by acute healthcare facilities in response to medical identity theft. In addition, Jackie served on the board of the Texas Health Information Management Association as the Public Relations Director in 2002-2004. She has also served as secretary for the Alamo Area Health Information Management Association in 2001-2002. Jackie's past awards include Faculty of the Year Award in the College of Health Professions in 2000-01, Favorite Professor Award from the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society in 1997, and Guest Coach for the Texas State University Department of Athletics Guest Coaches Program in 1997. She has authored and co-authored several refereed publications and has given scholarly presentations at national and state conferences.

Link to CV:  Jackie Moczygemba

Sue Biedermann MSHP, RHIA, FAHIMA

Sue Biedermann, HIM Department ChairAssociate Professor Emeritus and former Department Chair
Retired August 31, 2014

Degrees: Bachelor of Science Medical Record Administration, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Master of Science Health Professions, Health Administration, Southwest Texas State University
Teaching Areas: Departmental Management, Healthcare Statistics, Leadership
Office 302 B, Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-8242
Email: sb02@txstate.edu

Diane Dolezel, MSCS, RHIA

Diane Dolezel, HIM  FacultyAssistant Professor

Degrees: Bachelor of Science Health Information Management, Texas State University
Master of  Computer Science,  Texas State University
Teaching Areas: HIM Fundamentals, Management of HIM Systems and Quality Improvement
Office 243, Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-8656
Email: dd30@txstate.edu

Diane Dolezel joined the HIM Department as a Senior Lecturer in 2010 after working for years in the Information Technology field as a senior developer, technical lead and consultant.

Link to CV: Diane Dolezel


Kim Murphy-Abdouch MPH, RHIA, FACHE

Kim Murphy-AbdouchClinical Assistant Professor

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts Health Information Management, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Teaching Areas: Principles of HIM, Seminar, Technical Aspects of HIM
Office 302 F, Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-8653
Email: km74@txstate.edu

Kim Murphy-Abdouch joined the Health Information Management Department as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2010. Kim has a broad base of health care leadership, hospital operations, health information management and finance experience and has held a variety of healthcare operational positions from Director of Health Information Management to Hospital Chief Executive Officer. She is board certified in health care management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Link to CV: Kim Murphy-Abdouch


Danette Myers MBA, RHIA

Danette Myers, HIM FacultyClinical Assistant Professor

Degrees: Bachelor of Science Health Information Management, Southwest Texas State University
Master of Business Administration, LeTourneau University
Teaching Areas: Management & Technical Aspects of HIM, Seminar, Medical Terminology
Office 302 C, Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-5799
Email: dm19@txstate.edu

Danette Myers started with HIM in 2006 after having worked as the Health Information Management Security Officer for an Austin hospital for four years. Her primary areas of teaching currently include HIM departmental management and medical terminology. She is also the lead faculty in the HIM Practicum and HIM Seminar courses taken by the seniors during their internship semester.

Link to CV: Danette Myers

Tiankai Wang PhD

Linda Thomas, HIM FacultyAssociate Professor

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Tianjin University, China
Master of Business Administration, Tianjin University, China
Doctorate, Rutgers University

Teaching Areas: Health Information Systems, Enterprise EHR, Finance
Office 302 E, Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-7773
Email: tw26@txstate.edu

Dr. Tiankai Wang joined Health Information Management Program in 2009. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Cheyney University, PA during 2005-2008 and a project manager in Massachusetts in 2008. He has authored one book, authored and co-authored two peer-review publications and has given a scholarly presentation at an international conference. Dr. Wang has also been previously awarded a grant in Health Disparity research.

Link to CV:  Tiankai Wang

Sylvia BenitezBenitez

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education, Specialization in Business Studies, Wayland Baptist University

Master of Art in Management, Specialization in Organizational Management, Wayland Baptist University

 Teaching Areas: Medical Terminology, Human Disease

Office 302 Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-8242
Email: svb17@txstate.edu

Link to CV:Sylvia Benitez

Cathy Hess RHIA

Cathy Hess, HIM FacultyAdjunct Faculty, Lecturer

Degree: Bachelor of Science Medical Record Administration, Southwest Texas State University
Teaching Areas: Medical Terminology
Office 244, Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-8303
Email: ch32@txstate.edu

Cathy Hess graduated from the MRA Program, Southwest Texas State University and has been the primary medical terminology instructor since 2000.

Link to CV:  Cathy Hess

Lalani, Karima


Karima H. Lalani, MBA, RHIA


Degrees: Master of Business Administration, Houston Baptist University; Bachelor of Science, Health Information Management, Texas State University; Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors), University of Houston, Honors College.

Teaching Areas: Technical Aspects of HIM, Legal Aspects of HIM, HIM Practicum, HIT Throughout the Enterprise


Office 302, Health Professions Bldg.

Phone:  512-245-8242


Karima Lalani joined the HIM department as Faculty in 2011.  She has extensive experience, both domestic and international, in systems design, implementation and training, workflow analysis, revenue management, financial planning and strategy. She has also received training in Management Systems Auditing from the London School of Economics, and her interests are in the areas of Health Information Management applications in Oral Health specialties, Public Policy and Oral Health, Electronic Health Records, and Entrepreneurship for Healthcare Professionals. Karima has been awarded as “Favorite Professor” by Alpha Chi National College Honor Society in 2014 and in 2015, and is a recipient of the Certificate in Online Teaching by the Sloan-C Consortium.  She also contributed to the AHIMA Practice Brief entitled Climbing Higher: Bridging the Gap to Advanced Degrees in HIM, and has given presentations at state and national conferences.


Link to CV: Karima Lalani

TealJennifer Teal, MS, RHIA, CCS, CPC

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer

Degrees: AS in HIT with Honors, Santa Barbara City College;

Bachelor of Arts in Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica;

Master of Science in Health Information Management and Healthcare Informatics Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica 

Teaching Areas: Health Data Content; Disease & Medical Science; Coding and Classification.
Office 302 Health Professions Bldg.
Phone: 512-245-8242
Email: jlt151@txstate.edu

Link to CV: Jennifer Teal