Meet the Faculty of the UW Bachelor’s in HIMT Program

UW Extended Campus September 30, 2021

The UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology faculty are either tenured faculty or working healthcare leaders serving as adjunct faculty. Specialty areas include: nursing, information systems, public health, computer science, and biology. The program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, and UW-Stevens Point.

Robert Barber, PhD | Associate Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences Department | UW-Parkside

Robert Barber obtained his PhD in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program at the UW-Madison in 1997. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University from 1998 to 2000. Barber is currently an associate professor of biological sciences at the UW-Parkside, where the focus of his research is the application of genetic, biochemical, and informatics strategies to understand evolutionary relationships within biological datasets.

 John Bennett, PhD., J.D, CHPS | Instructor | UW-Parkside

John Bennett graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1987 with majors in biology and chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He received his PhD in molecular biology from Loyola University of Chicago, where he isolated several novel RNA molecules from Hodgkin’s lymphoma cell lines. He continued his work in cancer as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. Bennett began teaching during his time as a postdoctoral fellow and has been teaching for nearly 20 years. He has a broad range of interests that come through in the classroom, beginning with molecular biology and microbiology, and including physiology and public health. Recently, John completed law school and earned his JD from Marquette University in 2009. He is an elder law attorney and has started a patient advocacy company.

Suresh Chalasani, PhD | Professor of Management Information Systems | UW-Parkside

Suresh Chalasani is a professor of management information systems at the UW-Parkside. Prior to joining UW-Parkside, he was an assistant professor at UW-Madison and served as a consultant for several companies. Chalasani’s educational background includes a PhD from the University of Southern California.

Chalasani’s current research interests include healthcare management and healthcare technologies. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). He has received numerous research and teaching grants from the National Science Foundation and University of Wisconsin System.

Chalasani has published numerous research articles in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications, and Information Systems Frontiers. He has also presented papers at a number of IEEE- and AIS-sponsored academic conferences. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, where he co-edited a special issue on “Nanotechnology for Medical and Surgical Applications.” Additionally, Chalasani serves on the international program committees for several conferences.

Jason Davis, PhD | Associate Professor of Economics | UW-Stevens Point

Jason Davis, associate professor of economics, joined the faculty at UW-Stevens Point in the fall of 2002, following teaching experiences at Michigan State University and Alma College. He earned his BA in economics and management from Albion College, and his MA and PhD in economics from Michigan State University. He teaches courses in microeconomics, public economics, health economics, and ecological economics. His research focuses on understanding the impact of expansions to Medicaid programs such as BadgerCare. Jason resides in Stevens Point with his wife and two sons.

Robert Dollinger, PhD | Professor | UW-Stevens Point

Robert Dollinger obtained his master’s degree in computer science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 1985 and his PhD in artificial intelligence from the same institution in 1996. He started his professional activity as a researcher at the Medical Informatics Institute in Cluj-Napoca, where he worked on and managed several projects on medical imagery and computed tomography. In 1990 he joined the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca as a full-time lecturer, teaching courses in databases, programming, algorithms, and data structures. While he was teaching, he was actively researching the areas of qualitative reasoning, constraint networks, and order-of-magnitude models—these were the main topics of his PhD dissertation.

From 1994 to 2003, Dollinger visited universities in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Ireland. He participated in several EU or nationally funded projects, and extended his research areas to database query languages and transaction processing models. Dollinger continuously maintains contact with the professional community outside the university boundaries through joint projects with software and computing companies or as an expert consultant.

Dollinger joined UW-Stevens Point in 2003, where he continues his teaching and research activities. Since then he developed nine new courses for the Computer Information Systems program and renewed many of the existing ones. He also extended his research interests to object-oriented systems, automated code generation, data mining, intelligent tutoring systems, emerging Web development technologies, and rich Internet applications. Dollinger has published 69 papers and five books. He is an active conference referee, book reviewer, and pro bono consultant.

David Gibbs, PhD | Professor | UW-Stevens Point

David Gibbs holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in computer science, both from San Diego State University. He earned his PhD in educational technology at UW-Madison. His dissertation examined the impact of cognitive styles upon achievement in introductory programming.

Gibbs has taught at UW-Rock County, UW-Marathon County, and since 1999, UW-Stevens Point. His primary teaching experience has been in programming languages, including assembly, FORTRAN, Pascal, BASIC, C, C++, Java, C#, and Web programming languages. He also teaches a course and delivers lectures on the social aspects of technology. He has extensive experience in both developing and delivering online instruction, having done so for both the UW Colleges and UW-Stevens Point. Gibbs’s research interests include text-to-speech applications and mobile application development.

Peter Haried, PhD | Academic Director of HIMT Program, Department Chair, Associate Professor | UW-La Crosse

Peter Haried is the academic director of the HIMT program, department chair, and an associate professor of information systems (IS) at the College of Business Administration at UW-La Crosse. He received his Ph.D. in management science with a concentration in management information systems from UW-Milwaukee. His research focuses on: IS offshoring, IS project management, health information systems and e-commerce continuance.  He has published over 35 papers in international conferences and journals. At UW-La Crosse, he teaches the undergraduate capstone systems analysis and systems implementation/project management course sequence and courses in healthcare project management and healthcare systems analysis and design.

Weimin He, PhD | Professor, Computing and New Media Technologies | UW-Stevens Point

Dr. Weimin He is a Professor in the Computing and New Media Technologies department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from Yunnan University, China. Dr. He has over 20-years research experience on database management. His research interests include XML Data Management, Information Retrieval and Big Data Management.  Dr. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications in international conference proceedings and journals. He has also served as member or program committee chair at several international conferences and journals. Dr. He’s teaching experience includes database, programming languages, data structures and algorithms, and big data management. Since 2013, Dr. He has been teaching the online course HIMT375 (Database Structures and Management Systems).

Daniel McCarty, PhD | Professor in the School of Health Care Professions | UW-Stevens Point

Daniel McCarty is a professor in the School of Health Care Professions at UW-Stevens Point. He earned a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, an MS at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an epidemiologist with wide research interests, including obesity and diabetes prevention. Following his doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and was a research scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Marshfield, Wisconsin.


Janet Reilly, MSN, DNP | Assistant Professor, Professional Program in Nursing | UW-Green Bay 

Janet Reilly is an assistant professor in the Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay and has taught online courses for eight years. With a focus on innovative technologies in nursing education and nursing practice, she coordinated two years of multi-campus faculty development and a culminating conference: E-Learning in Nursing: Design, Innovation, Delivery, and Evaluation. Prior to teaching, her primary areas of practice and expertise were public and community health nursing. She has developed new courses in public and community health informatics and practicum, and has published in these areas.

Reilly is currently a family nurse practitioner in the urgent care setting. She understands firsthand the frustrations of and benefits to providers using health information technology in the acute healthcare system: her clinic recently converted to electronic medical records using Epic, a system produced by a Madison-based medical software company.

Reilly holds an MSN degree from Concordia University, in Mequon, Wisconsin, and a DNP degree from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Russel Roberson, PhD, PE | Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Assurance | UW-Parkside

Russell Roberson is vice president of quality and regulatory affairs for a major medical device manufacturer. In this global role, he works to ensure that products and services are properly designed, manufactured, distributed, and serviced. Roberson has 30 years of experience in medical drugs and devices, and has worked on product lines that include magnetic resonance imaging, blood transfusion, blood substitutes, cancer therapies, cardiovascular, and drugs. He has been teaching at the university level in the areas of leadership, ethics, statistics, and quality as an adjunct faculty member since 1996.

Roberson is a licensed professional engineer and holds professional certifications in the areas of quality engineering, software engineering, and auditing. He also holds a Six Sigma black belt. Roberson is active in several professional societies and is on the national board of trustees for his college fraternity.

Roberson has publications in many areas and is the author of several books in the areas of leadership, statistics, cancer management, big data, and strategy. He is a frequent speaker at global conferences, presenting on such topics as software design, regulatory affairs, statistics, cancer management, strategic planning, and quality-management systems.

Roberson holds a PhD in business administration and management from Argosy University, an MBA from Marquette University, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from West Coast University, and a bachelor of science in agriculture engineering from Auburn University.

Roberson is married and has five children and a beagle. He has also survived two battles with cancer, in 1991 and 2006 (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma).

Betty Rockendorf, MS, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM | UW HIMT Program Director | UW-Parkside

Betty is the new UW-Parkside Program Director for Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT), a collaborative degree program through the University of Wisconsin Extension Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning.  She has extensive experience working in health care, most recently as Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and she has taught courses in the HIMT program for the past two years.

Betty’s knowledge and credentials through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will assist the HIMT program in gaining accreditation through CAHIIM, and she will work alongside Dr. Bryan Lewis, Academic Director for HIMT.  Betty will also teach courses, including the pre-Capstone and Capstone experiences.

Brenda Tyczkowski, RN, DNP | Adjunct Professor | UW-Parkside

Brenda Tyczkowski serves as adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Prior to this role, Brenda served as assistant to the regional field operations director for the State of Wisconsin’s Bureau of Nursing Home Resident Care, director of training and implementation at American Data, and director of nursing at Good Shepherd Home. Brenda’s teaching emphasis includes such areas as leadership and management, nursing care of older adults, theoretical foundations of nursing, women’s health, and U.S. healthcare systems. Brenda earned her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) from the University of Kansas; a master of science in nursing administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Outside the university, Brenda is active in patient advocacy, organizational change, and quality of care issues in nursing homes. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys quilting, knitting, biking, and spending time with her husband.

Programs: Health Information Management and Technology