Speaker Bios

Matthew Chandler

Matthew is the Director of Consortium Development at HeathConnect Networks. In this role, Matthew connects with eligible healthcare sites around the country to get them the Healthcare Connect fund subsidies that they deserve. Prior to his role at HealthConnect Networks, Matthew was the Director of the Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. He has also held roles as a healthcare consultant, clinical health director for a mental health agency and was even the Pandemic Influenza Director for the State of Maine when the bird flu was seen as a threat. Matthew attended Bates College and then graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1991 with a Bachelors in nursing and biology. He proudly boasts that he has worked in healthcare for over 30 years; most of which has been in rural health (he started when he was 14 years old). Matthew currently resides in Mount Vernon, Maine with his wife Hannah, four children ranging between the ages of 3 and 18 and his new John Deere tractor!

Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

Rebecca Harmon currently leads the Health Information Management department for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System – an integrated delivery system serving Veterans in the tri-state region. She began her career in healthcare with a tour of duty in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and Medical Laboratory Technician where she saw the power of information technology as it began to disrupt (and improve!) the workflow in the laboratory and hospital. She knew then that she wanted to be a part of that continued forward movement and several years after leaving the US Navy, returned to school and completed her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Never content to sit still for long, Rebecca has enjoyed a diverse career in the public, private and government sectors. In addition to her service in the US Navy, Rebecca spent her early HIM years in a data management and analysis role, served as the Associate Dean of Allied Health for Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), and taught in the HIM program at the University of Pittsburgh – first as an adjunct, and then as full-time faculty member. She led teams of allied health subject matter experts for an Education and Technology start-up, and even did a brief stint as a Project Manager in Health IT. She continues to serve as an adjunct with various academic institutions, and enjoys inspiring others by sharing what she’s learned through public presentations and writing for several venues, including Libman Education where she blogs about the intersection of HIM practice and life. Rebecca has been invited to speak at local and state meetings as well as the national AHIMA conference and was tapped to write a feature article that was published by For the Record magazine in 2016. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Rebecca worked as a consultant for CCAC on the Office of the National Coordinator’s Health Information Technology training grant and was instrumental in helping to launch the grant locally. She has been recognized over the years for her contributions in various roles including an Exceeding Excellence award from VHA, Inc. (now Vizient), and recent recognition by the Federal Executive Board – Excellence in Government program for being an Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in an administrative series. As the HIM Director at VA Pittsburgh, Rebecca encourages and supports her employees to further their educational achievement. She is proud to report that one employee will graduate from CCAC in May 2017 with a degree in Health Information Technology (HIT); another employee has applied to enter the HIT program this Fall and two more are working on pre-requisites to enter CCAC’s HIT program in the future. Rebecca supports both the CCAC and Pitt HIT and HIM programs by welcoming interns at VA Pittsburgh year-round and believes in the power for good that is the HIM profession: benefiting the patients we serve, as well as for those working in the HIM profession.

Cheryl Rowe

Cheryl Rowe Operations Manager, Health Information Services for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Group Practice locations with 31 years of HIM experience and 17 years as the account coordinator and now project manager for the DH patient portal. Her service lines also include document imaging and health data exchange.  She has presented at both the National and State AHIMA meetings and conventions as well as EPIC User-group meeting.  Cheryl is also Greenbelt certified in Lean Six Sigma and an Advisory board member for the HIT program at Manchester Community College. Cheryl enjoys sharing her out of the box thinking with others.

Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS

Barry Libman is President of Barry Libman Inc., a 40-person firm providing medical record coding and audit services to hospitals. Barry is also President of Libman Education, a provider of training and education for HIM professionals nationwide. Barry is recognized for his in-depth knowledge of coding and reimbursement issues and is often called upon to provide education and training on code updates and coding issues.

Pamela Varhol, MS, MBA, CAHIMS, RHIA, CCS

Pam is the Associate Dean Faculty, Health Information Management, College of Online and Continuing Education (COCE), Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).  She teaches health informatics.  Pam is the President Elect for the New Hampshire Health Information Management Association (NHHIMA)