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The Arizona Regional Extension Center (REC) program is a collaboration of the following three organizations:




Arizona, Health-e Connection (AzHeC)

AzHeC is a statewide non-profit charged with leading Arizona’s establishment of health information technology (HEALTH IT). AzHeC was awarded one of 62 grants distributed nationwide by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to form the state’s REC program.

Melissa Rutala Kotrys, MPH
Chief Executive Officer

Marion Davis

Director, Finance& Administration

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Connie Ihde

Director, Programs

Tom Reavis
Director, Marketing & Communica

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Forest Melton
Recruitment Specialist 

Beth Dallas
Program Administrator

Theresa McKinley
Sr. Coordinator, Programs

Ashley Siegel
Sr. Coordinator, Marketing & Communications


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Nikki Dillon
Outreach & Events Coordinator

Brenda Hatfield
Office Manager

Arizona State University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics (ASU-BMI)

ASU-BMI leads the REC in its educational efforts, including creating online education modules that complement the technical assistance services REC members receive and offering internships to help develop the Health IT workforce in Arizona.

Robert Greenes, MD, PhD

Chair and Professor

Carol Behl, PhD

Associate Director of Academic Programs

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)
HSAG is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Arizona, Florida and California. HSAG serves as one of the technical assistance providers to REC members.

Kim Harris-Salamone, PhD
Vice President of Health IT

Emilie Sundie
Director of Health IT Services for Arizona

Matthew Kelly
Project Support Specialist

Rouzanna P Burton
Health Informatics Specialist

Hector Cariello

Health Information Specialist

Nancy A. Jensen
Health Informatics Specialist

Gregory Moore
Health Informatics Specialist

Kari Vanderslice

Health Informatics Specialist 

Terry Magden
Health Informatics Specialist

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Chad Jans
Health Informatics Specialist

Christopher Glasheen
Health Informatics Specialist

Eric Bultman
Health Informatics Specialist

Janet Mar
Health Informatics Specialists

Joseph Kolligan
Health Informatics Specialist

Shawna Maresco
Health Informatics Specialist



PracticeMax is a national provider of healthcare informatics and revenue cycle services, including billing, software and consulting for medical practice management and clinical operations. PracticeMax serves as one of the technical assistance providers to REC members.


Scott Everson

VP, Business Development

Patrick Lukacs

VP, Software Services

Mike Prochelo
Senior Project Manager

Lee Harju

EHR/MU Specialist





InTech Health Ventures

InTech Health Ventures is a health care technology solutions company with extensive experience in development, assessment, deployment and optimization of health care applications, including EHRs. InTech serves as one of the technical assistance providers to REC members.

John Hoyt


Paula Dunn







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Arizone Health-e Connection acknowledges the Office of the NAtional Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services for its support of this program, which is funded under award number 90RC0035/01.