HITECH Workforce Program - Instructors
Dr. Elizabeth Neichter, RHIA
Dr. Neichter received her doctorate from Spalding University and is credentialed as a RHIA by the American Health Information Management Association. She has extensive experience in health information management in a variety of clinical and classroom settings, including over 15 years as HIT Program Coordinator and Instructor. Elizabeth has worked on the Kentucky HIE and LOUIE projects. She ran her own consulting business in medical records for eight years. Elizabeth is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association and has presented to a wide variety of organizations on multiple topics across the nation.
Kara Carlisle, BS, RHIA
Kara joined the HITECH program as a full-time instructor in August, 2010. She received her Associate in Science in Health Information Technology from National College of Business and Technology in Louisville, KY in 2004 and her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 2007. Kara has worked in many aspects of health information from coding doctors’ offices, coding remotely for various inpatient facilities, and auditing for Kentucky’s Quality Improvement agency. She is an active member of American Health Information Management Association, Kentucky Health Information Management Association and River Valley Health Information Management Association (RVHIMA). Kara is a past vice-president of RVHIMA. Kara enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 sons and family dogs. She is an avid reader and loves to scrapbook.
Leonora Nonie Lambert, MS, RHIA
Nonie Lambert has been in the Health Information Management field for 19 years. Her HIM career encompasses positions held at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Lee College and DeVry University along with consulting work. She has two degrees. One is a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Texas State University. Her second degree is a Masters of Science in Management, Computing and Systems from Houston Baptist University. Her HIM specialties are management, Joint Commission Readiness, Quality Improvement, and education and training. She served on the local Houston Area Health Information Management Association Boards for 4 years as Parliamentarian and President. Hobbies include volunteering with the Junior League of Houston, Second Baptist Church, and spending quality time with her husband and two children.
Melinda Teel, BS, RHIA, CCS (Program Chair)
Melinda graduated with an AAS in Health Information Technology from South Plains college in 1993, and started her career as transcriptionist/coder. After passing the RHIT and CCS credentialing exams, Melinda took a position as an HIM director in 1995. She then moved back to Amarillo as a coding specialist and worked for BSA Health Systems before taking an Assistant Director position in Big Spring. She was promoted to Reimbursement and Coding Manager before taking the position as Program Director of the HIT program at Midland College in 2004. In 2008, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Administration from Texas State University. Melinda was nominated by her peers for a MC Teaching Excellence Award for 2008 and 2009. She is a Course Share peer reviewer for AHIMA. Melinda is a member of AHIMA, and for 2009-2011 was the Legislative Director for TxHIMA. Melinda current holds a volunteer position for the Committee for Education Excellence at AHIMA (2011-2013), and the president-elect with the local Permian Basin Health Information Management Association. Melinda and her husband, Stephen, reside in Big Spring. They enjoy playing golf, traveling, and spending time with family.