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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
Encino Hall, Office 302
Phone: 512-245-3503

Jackie Moczygemba, MBA, RHIA, CCS received her Bachelor of Science (Medical Records Administration) and Master of Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  In addition to a BS and MBA from Texas State University, Ms. Moczygemba holds certification as a registered health information administrator and coding specialist. She has been in the HIM profession since 1982 and has been on the Texas State University faculty for 20 years. Prior to teaching, Ms. Moczygemba spent 12 years as a director of HIM services in an acute care hospital. She also has several years of experience in HIM consulting in long-term healthcare. Ms. Moczygemba was named a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA) in October 2012. She was appointed to the AHIMA’s Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) Workforce Committee in January 2014. She is a member of the editorial review panel for Perspectives in Health Information Management. Ms. Moczygemba served on the board of the Texas Health Information Management Association as the public relations director from 2002 to 2004. Her research areas include health data quality, electronic health records and usability factors associated with health information technology. She recently completed an exploratory study to examine current practices in migrating longitudinal clinical data into electronic health records. Her teaching areas include quality improvement in healthcare and health data content and structure.

Link to CV:  Jackie Moczygemba


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

Encino Hall, Office 302
Phone: 512-245-8242

Link to CV:Sylvia Benitez


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
Encino Hall, Office 302
Phone: 512-245-8242


Diane Dolezel, EdD, RHIA, CHDA

Diane Dolezel, HIM  FacultyAssistant Professor

Degrees: Bachelor of Science Health Information Management, Texas State University
Master of  Computer Science,  Texas State University                                          Doctorate of Education, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Teaching Areas:  Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use, Health Information Management Research and Data Analysis, and Quality Improvement for HIM
Encino Hall, Office 302D
Phone: 512-245-8656

Dr. Diane Dolezel is an assistant professor in the HIM department at Texas State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students classes in informatics, analytics, and data use; healthcare research and data analysis, and quality management. Ms. Dolezel earned a Doctorate of Education with a focus in Instructional Leadership. She has authored book chapters and has published several peer reviewed research articles on usability of web-based PHRs, data migration for EHRs, metadata, data analysis relational databases, and other informatics topics. She is a frequent speaker at national and regional AHIMA, HIMSS and TSAHP conferences on relational databases, electronically stored information, informatics, and data analytics. She worked in the information technology field for many years as a senior developer and consultant with significant experience in database programming and systems integration. At the university, she serves on the faculty student research forum. Professionally, she has served on the AHIMA Foundation Council for Academic Excellence, Faculty Development Workgroup, and, was awarded an AHIMA Merit Scholarship as a graduate student.

Link to CV: Diane Dolezel


David L. Gibbs, PhD, CHPS, CPHIMS, CISSP David Gibbs

Assistant Professor  

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, East Tennessee State University

Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning Option, California State University, East Bay

Doctor of Philosophy in Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Texas State University

Teaching Areas: Fundamentals of Health Information Systems, Technical Concepts of HIM, Healthcare Terminologies and Vocabularies, Leadership, Seminar in HIM.

Research Areas: Privacy and Security, Requirements Elicitation, Health Information Technology (HIT), and InterProfessional Education (IPE). 

Encino Hall, Office 302

Phone: 512-245-3516


Dr. David Gibbs joined the Health Information Management Department in 2015 bringing 30 years of relevant industry experience, the most recent decade focused on federal healthcare information technology. Combining his strong technical background with graduate degrees in adult education and certifications in health information management, Dr. Gibbs develops and delivers courses in the graduate and undergraduate HIM programs. He is active in several professional associations and was appointed to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Privacy and Security Committee for the 2015-2017 term. Previously, he was a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of the Pacific.

Link to CV:  David Gibbs


Cathy Hess RHIA

Cathy Hess, HIM FacultyAdjunct Faculty, Lecturer

Degree: Bachelor of Science Medical Record Administration, Southwest Texas State University

Teaching Areas: Medical Terminology
Encino Hall, Office 244
Phone: 512-245-8303

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


Barbara Hewitt, PhD

Assistant Professor     Barbara Hewitt

Degrees: Bachelor of Science Computer Science, University of Texas at San Antonio
Master of Business Administration, Texas State University
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration-Information Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio

Teaching Areas: Fundamentals of Health Information Systems; Data Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality; Healthcare Informatics; and Legal Aspects of HIM
Encino Hall, Office 302
Phone: 512-245-3502

Barbara Hewitt rejoined the Health Information Management Department in the fall of 2015. After completing her PhD in 2008, she joined the faculty in the Computer Information Systems program at Texas A&M University—San Antonio. While at TAMUSA, she helped coordinate the Southwest Collegiate Cyber Defence Competition as well as coached the students in many competitions including the Microsoft Imagine Cup and many security competitions. She brings over 15 years of software development experience with her to the classroom. Her research interests include securing information systems and electronic health records.

Barbara founded the San Antonio Women in Technology which encourages women of all ages to choose a career in technology as well as supporting them through their education, careers, and beyond. She coordinates the San Antonio Aspiration Award, which recognizes female high school students who aspire to be computer professionals and the San Antonio University Women in Technology Symposium. This program brings female students studying IT majors from all universities in the San Antonio area together for a half-day workshop with IT professionals.


Link to CV:  Barbara Hewitt


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, Organizational Management of HIT, HIM Practicum.

Encino Hall, Office 302

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, and has received training in Management Systems Auditing from the London School of Economics.

She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Healthcare Management & Policy at The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health, where she has assisted in teaching courses on Organizational Management and Research Methods. Her interests are in the areas of Healthcare Management, Health Policy, Health Information Management applications, Electronic Health Records, and Entrepreneurship for Healthcare Professionals.

Karima has received the College of Health Professions “Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award” and has been awarded as “Favorite Professor” by Alpha Chi National College Honor Society in 2014, in 2015, and in 2016. She is also a recipient of the Certificate in Online Teaching by the Sloan-C Consortium.

She is also a member of the Editorial Review Panel for “Perspectives in Health Information Management”, “Educational Perspectives in Health Information Management”, and “Quality Management in Healthcare” peer-reviewed journals, and has also co-authored articles in the field of health information management, namely “Climbing Higher: Bridging the Gap to Advanced Degrees in HIM”, and “Beware the Internet’s Dark Side: What HIM Professionals And Patients Should Know About The Dark Web”.


Link to CV: Karima Lalani


Alex McLeodAlex McLeod

Assistant Professor

Degrees:  Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio;  

Master of Business Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio;

Doctorate, University of Texas at San Antonio.


Teaching Areas: Comparative Records, Healthcare Information Systems, and Research Methods

Encino Hall, Office 302

Phone: 512-245-8242


Alexander McLeod is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the College of Health Professions – Health Information Management Department.  He received his Ph.D. in Information Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Research interests include individual and organizational performance, healthcare information systems, tax and technology and information system security. He has published in Communications of the Association of Information Systems, CPA Journal, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Fraud, International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Business Information Systems, International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Information Privacy and Security, Journal of Information Science and Technology, and Journal of Information Systems Education.

Link to CV:  Alex McLeod


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, Leadership, Professional Practice Experience
Encino Hall, Office 302
Phone: 512-245-8653

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
Encino Hall, Office 302
Phone: 512-245-5799

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



Jennifer 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.
Encino Hall, Office 302 
Phone: 512-245-8242

Link to CV: Jennifer Teal


Melissa Walston-Sanchez, MHIM, RHIA


Degrees: Bachelor of Science Health Information Management, Texas State University

Master of Health Information Management

Teaching Areas: Coding & Classification Lab, Technical Aspects of HIM Lab, Medical Terminology


Encino Hall, Office 302 
Phone: 512-245-8242

Link to CV: Melissa Walston-Sanchez


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
Encino Hall, Office 302
Phone: 512-245-7773

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