Meet your RI-REC team.
We are proud to list the following professionals as facilitators of health IT transformation – and leaders of “Team RI-REC.”
Darlene M. Morris, MBA, CIPP
Director, Center for Improvement Science
As Director of the Center for Improvement Science, Darlene Morris leads a team of professionals who assist healthcare providers statewide with practice transformation, meeting Meaningful Use of EHRs, and implementing CurrentCare (HIE) tools and services. Previously, she worked as IT quality assurance manager for a clinical laboratory leading software development teams in the creation of lab interfaces with provider EHRs. She also has twenty years’ experience in the behavioral health area, serving most of those in quality improvement. Darlene is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Edwina L. Rego
Manager, Health Information Technology
Edwina manages the Health Information Technology team at RIQI and is responsible for CurrentCare enrollment, adoption and use, as well as Meaningful Use and Patient Centered Medical Home consulting services. She came to RIQI with extensive experience in managing teams and prides herself in creating a positive, balanced work environment. She previously supported RI Medical Society committees that were focused on healthcare issues and continuing medical education and has spent many years managing both private and ambulatory healthcare practices. Edwina is a credentialed Epic trainer and a Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records. She also holds a certificate in Project Management from the Bryant University Executive Development Center and an Associates in Science in Management from Johnson and Wales University.
Kathryn Amalfitano, MPH
Senior Quality Improvement Advisor
Kathryn is the Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) project. Kathryn brings with her over ten years’ of experience in the healthcare industry as an experienced project manager with strong analytic and clinical reporting skills. Kathryn has a Masters in Public Health from Brown University and Bachelors in Chemistry from Clark University. Kathryn is proficient in eClinicalWorks, Cognos, Microsoft Office, and mining large databases. Kathryn also has extensive experience in several quality initiatives including Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood, Rhode Island’s Care Transformation Collaborative (RI-CTC), pay for performance (P4P) clinical quality measures, Patient Satisfaction CAHPS measures, HEDIS programs, and Shared Savings agreements. She has a reputation for detail-oriented results delivered on time and a passion for lean processes and quality improvement.
Randi Belhumeur, MS RD LDN CDOE
Senior Program Developer
Randi comes to the TCPI project with over sixteen years of experience in community and public health where she has managed both state and federal grant programs. As a Registered Dietitian, she also worked in a myriad of clinical settings, including critical care, home care, long term care, the group home setting and primary care. Holding degrees in both Communications and Dietetics, Randi enjoys combining her experience in healthcare with her talents in communications and public relations. Randi has a passion for public health policy change through coalition cultivation and maintenance. As a Program Developer for the TCPI project, she looks forward to cultivating collaboration among primary care and specialists to begin to move the needle on the Triple Aim.
Stephanie Burnham, MS
Stephanie joined the TCPI team in 2016 as a Practice Facilitator, assisting practices to prepare for the coming changes regarding payment reform. Previously, Stephanie worked as a Practice Coordinator for Hartford Healthcare Outpatient Health Centers. She also worked as an Operations Project Supervisor for a community health center in Connecticut. She comes to RIQI with knowledge around practice operations, patient centered medical home, and other quality improvement programs that support the practices in their transformation journey.
Jennifer Cormier, MEd, RN
Senior Workflow Redesign Specialist
As a Workflow Redesign Specialist, Jen Cormier works directly with practices and facilities to support the use of CurrentCare (HIE) and facilitate improvements in care transitions for patients. Jen is Registered Nurse with a background in teaching and education. She is certified in EpicCare Ambulatory and has experience training Epic to clinical staff at Care New England. Jen employs this experience and clinical knowledge to identify ways CurrentCare can be best integrated into medical practice to fill gaps of information and improve patient care.
Sue Dettling, PCMH CCE
Senior Practice Facilitator
Sue, a seasoned expert in the healthcare industry, has been instrumental since 2011 in helping primary care physicians achieve Meaningful Use for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. In January 2014, she earned certification as an NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCHM) Certified Content Expert. Sue helps practices transform by meeting the standards set forth by NCQA PCMH and TCPI. She also continues to assist practices in Rhode Island’s Care Transformation Collaborative (CTC) program.
Associate, Relationship Manager
Mary Hanley joined the team in 2013 as a Relationship Manager, helping practices prepare to successfully attest for Meaningful Use to adapt CurrentCare Viewer and Hospital Alert Services. Previously, Mary worked as an Account Manager for CVS Caremark handling large corporate clients and unions. She also worked as a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist for AstraZeneca, Merck and Abbott and as a Senior Account Representative for United Healthcare.
Jahzmyn P. House, BS
Jahzmyn supports the Center for Improvement Science staff. She works closely with the team to support their day-to-day administrative needs. Jahzmyn also assists with CurrentCare enrollment, participates in organizing events, and assists with generating customer feedback reports. She has worked in supportive roles for Lifespan at their Women’s Medicine Collaborative Clinic and the Strategic Planning and Analysis Department. Jahzmyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Management from Providence College.
Alexandra Howe, BA
Alexandra assists practices and healthcare facilities with using CurrentCare to improve care transitions. She works with clinicians and office staff through utilization sessions where she demonstrates the value and benefits of using CurrentCare in their everyday workflow. Previously, Alexandra was a Senior Clinical Applications Specialist at MEDITECH, where she trained and implemented EHR software to hospitals in the United States and Canada, and assisted with all aspects of product development. She also has five years of experience at Rhode Island Hospital where she held various roles throughout the organization. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Rhode Island.
Ashley Kurpiewski, BS
Ashley helps practices prepare to successfully achieve Meaningful Use for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. She currently assists practices in Rhode Island’s Care Transformation Collaborative (CTC-RI) program and with practices who are becoming Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). Previously, Ashley worked as a Network Manager for Prospect CharterCare handling implementation and training of physicians and practice managers on prior authorization tools and resources in a full-risk environment. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a concentration in Finance from Providence College.
Andréa Levesque, PMP, PCMH CCE
Senior Customer Experience Manager
Andréa Levesque has been helping Rhode Island healthcare practices of all sizes since 2010 to implement electronic health records (EHRs), reach Meaningful Use, and integrate CurrentCare into practice workflows. She helped coach hundreds of primary care providers and specialists to meet Meaningful Use and implement CurrentCare services. In January 2014, Andréa earned certification as an NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert and continues to strive for patient-centered healthcare. Her current role focuses on receiving customer feedback about RIQI products and services, and integrating that feedback into new products and existing product improvements that ultimately help improve patient care, save staff time and increase care coordination.
Kevin Martins, MS, PMP
Senior Project Manager
Kevin is the Senior Project Manager for the TCPI project. Kevin brings with him over ten years’ experience as a project manager and over fifteen years working with health information systems. While currently working on his MBA, Kevin has a Masters Degree in Information Technology Project Management and a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Kevin also has experience as a pharmacy technician and has been a board member of the DoD Bill Young Bone Marrow Donor Program while he served at WOMACK Army Medical Center as a Medical Technologist at Ft. Bragg.
Margaret M. Menna, MBA
Senior Training & Education Specialist
Peggy manages the development of documentation and training curricula for all of RIQI’s products and services. She also researches current trends in Health IT and delivers educational presentations on various Health IT and Meaningful Use-related topics. Peggy is the primary trainer for the CurrentCare Viewer and continues to develop the curriculum, associated documentation, and various training delivery methods and processes. She also coordinates various learning events and ensures that updates about CurrentCare, Meaningful Use, and Health IT are communicated through our partner newsletters across Rhode Island’s healthcare community. Peggy is a member of the Tech Collective’s Women In Technology committee and currently serves as one of several mentors in the Tech Collective’s Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program, targeted toward women in STEM careers.
Senior Program Manager
Brian leads delivery of CurrentCare through programs and grants designed to help providers access and more effectively use CurrentCare services. Brian plays a key role using client relationships to help RIQI’s CIS delivery team reach their audience and manage practice change. Brian has had many roles within the healthcare industry in the last 20 years of his professional experience; leading implementation of software in hospitals, payer analysis for billing requirements, workflow analyses development, training software end users and project management.
Kate Prendergast, MS, CAGS
Kate comes to RIQI with experience as a behavioral health clinician, patient advocate, program developer, and quality improvement professional. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University, Kate worked in many clinical settings where her interest in patient advocacy and patient engagement became her core values. Always eager to access the best possible programing for her patients, her professional interests grew in the areas of quality, whole health integration and data driven results. Having experienced the adoption of the EHR as a clinician, she has embraced the challenges and excitement of practice transformation. Kate is certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and recently completed a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University.
Suzette joined Rhode Island Quality Institute in February of 2015 as a Relationship Manager. Suzette has helped many practices successfully reach Meaningful Use and PCMH. Suzette also worked with CTC practices to assist them in reaching best practice status. With the CurrentCare team, Suzette assisted practices with enrolling patients both on paper and on-line; and set up practices for CurrentCare Viewer training and education for optimal utilization of the HIE. Suzette’s previous experience as a Practice Manager for CharterCare Medical Associates has also been advantageous, as she understands the daily challenges practices and office managers endure. Her passion is to help practices embrace change while keeping the stress to a minimum.
Sasha Zapata, BA
Sasha plays an integral role in providing support to the Center for Improvement Science teams. She has been a valued resource in the operational processing related to CurrentCare services, enrollment, and Provider Directory. She also assists the CIS & TCPI teams with coordinating projects, establishing timelines, and managing data for multiple projects. Sasha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Keiser University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration from Roger Williams University.