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

UW Extended Campus September 30, 2021
An image showing headshots of several HIMT faculty members

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.

 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.

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.

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

Betty Rockendorf, Program Director at UW Parkside, has extensive experience working in health care. Betty worked at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for 17+ years, where she served as Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer before joining the HIMT faculty in 2016. Betty was recently appointed to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Council for Excellence in Education (CEE).  She published an article in the Journal of AHIMA:  Keeping HIM Education Relevant to Workforce Needs, Oct. 4, 2021.

Betty served on various committees with AHIMA and is a past president of the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA).  Currently, she leads a team writing articles and blogs for WHIMA publications and volunteers with the Member Engagement Team, as well as the Annual Conference Team.

She earned her Master’s of Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, and her Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Her knowledge, credentials, and extensive HIM network are employed frequently as she obtains Capstone placements for students in their final semester of the HIMT program!

Outside the university, Betty is a part-time health and wellness coach and is on the Midwest Region Coaching Conference Steering committee.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and four awesome grandchildren!


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