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About Us: Accreditation / Faculty


Diane Premeau received the 2011 California Health Information Association (CHIA) Professional Achievement Award.

Janet Robertson received the 2011 California Health Information Association (CHIA) Educator Award.

Lynette M. Williamson has been awarded Fellowship status from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

SBCC HIT/CIM Program was one of two 2011 California Health Information Association HIA/HIT Program Grant Recipients.


The Health Information Technology (HIT) associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates of the HIT program are eligible to apply to AHIMA to write the national examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students earning the Medical Coding Specialist Certificate are prepared to write the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination offered by the AHIMA.

The Cancer Information Management (CIM) associate degree and certificate programs have been accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA). Students successfully completing the associate degree or the certificate program are eligible to apply to write the national examination for certification as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).


Say Hello to the HIT/CIM Department Faculty!

Erik Bailey, Pharm.D.
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Adjunct instructor in the HIT and Coding programs at Santa Barbara City College. Erik has been in the field of pharmacology and addiction medicine for almost twenty years and has worked at various clinical, hospital and teaching positions. Erik enjoys working in the field of pyschopharmacology, loves teaching, and is an active member of the American Pharmacist's Association (APHA) and the California Pharmacist's Association (CPHA).


Kathleen Davidson-Allen, CTR
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Adjunct instructor in the CIM program at Santa Barbara City College, and has taught Cancer Patient Follow-Up since 2002. Kathleen has been in the cancer registry field for over 25 years with experience in hospital-based, regional and state cancer registries. She is currently the Director of Registry Operations for the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry at the Northern California Cancer Center. Kathleen actively supports local, state, and national cancer registry organizations.


Ann Griffin, PhD, CTR

Ann Griffin received her Masters of Arts degree in Comparative and Physiological Psychology in 1986, followed by a PhD in Medical Microbiology & Immunology from Ohio State University. Her research specialty was in the study of the T-cell-mediated autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis and Type I diabetes. She spent 3 more years in a post-doctoral fellowship in immunology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Hanover, NH.

In the fall of 1995, Ann moved to the California Central Valley, and accepted a position writing research grants with the California Health Collaborative (CHC) in Fresno, CA. Through her position at CHC, Ann interacted with cancer registry directors and epidemiologists, and discovered the CIM field. In the fall of 1996, she accepted a position as a Data Collection/Quality Control Specialist at the regional registry, and earned her CTR credential in 1999. 

In 2001, Ann left the regional registry to manage the hospital registry and clinical trials research staff at Community Medical Centers, a local multi-hospital system in Fresno, CA. In 2003, she was hired as the registry manager for University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center registry, and the largest registry in the UC system. 

Ann has served as a peer reviewer for the World Trade Center Registry grant extension, and as an IRB Co-Chair for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. She has served on the Council on Certification and Program Committee for the NCRA, and has served as Program Chair, President, Treasurer, and member of Finance & Advisory Committees for the CCRA. In 2006, Ann was awarded the CCRA Distinguished Service Award. She continues to be actively involved with the CCRA and NCRA, and is newly involved with the ICD-0-3 Workgroup for NAACCR. 

Ann now has 17 years’ experience as a CIM professional, with a broad scope of knowledge about both regional and American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer-approved hospital programs. While on staff in the Fresno area Ann began her long history of service to the California Cancer Registrars Association (CCRA). This networking introduced Ann to many of the local and national leaders in the CIM profession. As a member of the CCRA Executive Board, Ann witnessed the birth of the partnership between CCRA and the Santa Barbara City College in forming the Cancer Information Management (CIM) Program. Ann has supervised the CIM 275 - Professional Practice Experience course for 2 CIM students to date. She hired the first student after she successfully passed her certification exam to become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), and will supervise her 3rd student practicum in Summer 2013. 

Ann’s hobbies include indoor cycling, riding motorcycles, training for her 2nd Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do, vacationing with her partner and 3 dogs, and hiking with friends in the Point Reyes National Seashore area where she lives in (West) Marin County, California. 


Lynda L. Hampton, RN, BSN
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Adjunct instructor in the HIT program for Santa Barbara Community College and is in her 10th year of teaching at the college.. Lynda has a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of California at Los Angeles. She is currently a Clinical Document Management Specialist-RN  in the HIT Department at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She has worked as an Clinical-RN in several medical center settings throughout the country, all in Critical Care (Cardiology). Lynda has been awarded the CSMC Core Measure Quarterly Award for Record Quality Documentation in recent past. She held her ACLS certification and was a BCLS Instructor at Cedars for many years.. She is currently completing the ICD-10 modules for Coding and Documentation and received AHIMA and APCC certificates. Lynda spends time as a Youth Director in her Church. She also enjoys travelling, reading, community service, and 5 K runs for MS and Breast Cancer.

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR
Denise Harrison

CIM Program Director Denise Harrison earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and did post-graduate studies in microbiology and immunology at Texas A & M University in Kingsville, Texas. She had a teaching fellowship at Texas A & M, then taught various biology courses at Midland College (Midland, Texas) and Western Wyoming Community College (Rock Springs, Wyoming). In addition to teaching, she directed a federal grant aimed at training economically disadvantaged women for careers in non-traditional fields (Rock Springs, Wyoming), and also worked as the technical supervisor for the breath-alcohol testing program in Ector County, Texas. She has been a CTR since 2005, and continues to work for a Commission on Cancer Accredited hospital-based program in the Houston Medical Center. She serves on the Alternative Methods committee of the NCRA, has been writing the CE quizzes for the Journal of Registry Management for several years now and is a trainer for Collaborative Stage Version 2 (CSv2).

Jeanie Heck
Jeannie Heck

Adjunct instructor in the HIT/Medical Coding Specialist certificate program. Ms. Heck graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She has more than 20 years experience in the healthcare field with the majority of this time as a medical coder. She has coding certifications from both AHIMA (CCS) and the AAPC (CPC).  She has worked as a Health Information Management (HIM) consultant providing both inpatient coding and audit support. 

Her medical coding experience includes inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, and same day surgical.   She is also an instructor in the HIT department at a local community college near her home in southern New Jersey. Jeanie is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and ICD-10 Ambassador. In addition to teaching, she also manages two family practice offices where her responsibilities include medical coding, medical billing, and accounting.


Meryl Leventhal, MA, CTR, RHIT

Meryl Leventhal is one of four founding faculty members of the CIM program at Santa Barbara City College. She has been an adjunct instructor for the program since 2001. Meryl has more than 40 years experience in health information management including over 25 years in the cancer registry profession. She has worked in American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer approved hospital programs and in a regional/central cancer registry. Meryl graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in French cum laude in 1972, and the University of Michigan, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science and a Certificate in Medical Librarianship in 1973. She sat for national certification exams and became an accredited registered technician (now RHIT) in 1976 and a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) in 1989. Meryl is currently the Data Collection Manager for the University of Southern California Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP), one of the 10 regional registries that comprise the California Cancer Registry and a SEER registry. She is an active member of the California Cancer Registrars Association (CCRA), the Southern California Cancer Registrars Association (SCCRA) and the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA). Meryl is a contributing author for The Cancer Registry CASEbook: Coding, Abstracting, Staging Exercises, Volumes I and II, textbooks designed specifically for use in CIM 150 and CIM 201/202. She is a member of the Cancer Surveillance Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT), a multidisciplinary group of investigators based at the University of Michigan, which investigates various dimensions of quality of cancer care in diverse populations.

Sharon Lewis, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPHQ
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Sharon Lewis, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPHQ, FAHIMA is the Principal and Chief Privacy Officer with Primeau Consulting Group, a HIM Consulting firm. Sharon graduated from Seattle University with a B.S. in Health Information Management. She obtained her MBA from California University State, Northridge. Sharon has been in the field of Health Information Management for more than 30 years and is the owner of Preferred Quality Consulting Services, an independent Health Information Management consulting company. Most recently she has provided HIPAA privacy security and guidance for several acute care hospitals and developed tools for both HIPAA privacy and security and meaningful use risk assessments. Sharon has taught with Santa Barbara City College and Kapiolani Community College in the Health Information Management and Health IT Workforce Development Program. She is also a part time faculty with University of Illinois where she coordinates the Practicum sites for online students. Sharon has performed HIM Consulting services with InfoGard Laboratories and multiple acute care facilities. Sharon is active with both the California Health Information Association and AHIMA, serves as chair of the Co-CHIA Legislation Committee and Co-Chair of the AHIMA Privacy and Security Council. Sharon is the 2012 recipient of CHIA’s Professional Achievement Award and is a prior CHIA Literary Award winner. Sharon resides in San Luis Obispo, CA. 

Linda Maywood, MSN, CPNP
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Instructor in the HIT Program at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) since 2009. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP), Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC), and a Lactation Educator. She graduated from UCLA in 1978 with a B.A. in Bacteriology and in 1981 with a B.S. in Nursing. In 1988, she became a CPNP and in 1989, she graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) with a M.S. in Nursing (MSN). She has worked in a variety of settings as a nurse. She began her career as a maternity and newborn nursery nurse at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, CA. After she became a CPNP, she worked at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the newborn nursery, on Cedars-Sinai Medical Center mobile medical van for underserved children, COACH for Kids and Little Company of Mary Health Services, Partners for Healthy Kids mobile medical van. In 2001, she became the Program Coordinator and Child Care Health Consultant for Healthy Connections at The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach, CA, a First Five LA Grant program. Since 2005, she has worked at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA as the CPNP and Case Manager for the Spina Bifida Clinic. She has won numerous awards and most recently, in 2008, The Nursing Excellence Award in Clinical Care from Miller Children’s Hospital and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and was a Finalist for the California State NurseWeek 2008 Excellence Award in Clinical Care. She is a member and Fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP). In every position she has held, she has played the role of teacher and mentor and now as adjunct professor for SBCC, she continues to share her knowledge and experience with HIT students.

Arti Parikh-Patel, PhD, MPH

Adjunct instructor in the HIT/CIM program who teaches the Cancer Statistics and Epidemiology Course. She is also a Research Scientist at the California Cancer Registry. Areas of interest in cancer research include racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer incidence and survival, patterns of care in breast and colorectal cancer patients, and the relationship between cancer and autoimmune disease. Arti received her MPH from San Diego State University with an emphasis in health education, and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Davis.

Diane Premeau, MBA RHIT RHIA CHP
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Specialist in systems analysis, development of health information systems, and database management and is the Director of Health Information Management Services at Santa Clara Valley Hospital and Healthcare System in San Jose California. She has held a position as a Compliance Manager, HIM Administrator and Privacy Officer at EMQ Youth and Family Services in Campbell, CA. She continues as adjunct faculty at Chabot College, Hayward, California in Health Information Management, and Santa Barbara City College. She is President-elect for the California Health Information Association.

Janet Robertson, RHIA

Ms. Robertson is currently the HIT Program director and has been full-time faculty in the HIT/Medical Coding program at Santa Barbara City College since 2005. She is the Co-Chair of the Committee of Online Instruction at SBCC for the 2013-2014 Academic year.  Prior to her current position, she was full-time faculty and the HIT Program Director at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. Before beginning her teaching career in 2000, Janet worked in the areas of coding and reimbursement, HIM management, Patient Registration management and regulatory compliance for more than 18 years and has worked in many settings such as, acute care hospitals, managed care, and consulting firms. Janet is active in the state association and is Chair of the 2013-2014 CHIA Academic Committee. She is also a Past President of the local SCHIA organization and served as a CHIA Delegate. She has been a presenter for CHIA’s ICD-10-CM Fundamentals Seminar.  Janet was recipient of the 2011 CHIA Educator Award and 2013-2014 Faculty Excellence Award at Santa Barbara City College.  In addition to her RHIA credential, she is an AHIMA Approved ICD10 Trainer. 


Carla Ruffins, RHIA, CHTS-PW
Carla Ruffins

Earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Records Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1991. She holds the AHIMA credentials of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Health Technology Specialist - Practice Workflow (CHTS-PW). Over the last twenty-two years, Carla has held many roles in the HIM field including HIM Director, Facility Privacy Officer, and educator. She is an active member of AHIMA, as well as the Texas and Houston Area Health Information Management Associations. Carla currently teaches at a community college in Houston, Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.


Allison Slade

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Adjunct instructor in the Health Information Technology, Health Education and Kinesiology programs at Santa Barbara City College. Allison has been in the field of health, fitness and sports for the past 25 years and has worked at various colleges as an instructor, administrator and college coach. She has also been a Health and Wellness business owner. She teaches Medical Terminology, Sports Nutrition, Gerontology, and various Physical Education classes including Body Boot Camp Conditioning and Hiking for Fitness.  Her professional career has been in the area of health, fitness and sports. Allison holds a Doctorate of Health Science degree, Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, and Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Allison loves teaching and is a certified personal trainer and nutrition educator.



Maxwell Sleiman
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Education: Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara - Associate Arts Degree in Health Information Technology, St. Matthews University, Cayman Islands - Medical Doctor, Widner University, Pennsylvania - Master of Science, Georgia Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science
Courses Taught as Core Adjunct faculty in the  College of Letters and Science: Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology 
Active at various hospitals and private companies as a coder and auditor 
Professional Licenses: AHIMA Certified Clinical Coding Specialist, (CCS), AHIMA Certified ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, CFMG Certified


Debra A. Slusarczyk, RHIT
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Adjunct instructor in the HIT/Coding Certificate Program. Debra is also a full time instructor at another community college for their HIT/Coding programs. She has been in the field for over 25 years, and has a diversified background. Debra has been teaching in the field both part time and full time for over 12 years. She has worked in a variety of care settings and has done many of the functions in a health information management department. She was a Director of HIM and Quality departments for several years in both acute care and rehabilitation settings. Debra worked for the federal government monitoring both quality of care and reimbursement issues for acute care facilities in the Philadelphia area. She has done private consulting for nursing homes also. Debra has been teaching in the field both part time and full time for over 12 years. She earned her associates and bachelor degrees from Gwynedd Mercy College in Pennsylvania. Debra is a member of AHIMA and component state PA. She also is active in attending the NJ chapter. Debra is also active on several committees with her full time employer. Professional interests are innovation and technology both in HIM and education, and quality service provided in healthcare. Debra is also active in her community and involved with her 2 high school age children.


Shawna Sweeney, MSHI, RHIA, CCS
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HIT CIM Department Chair Shawna Sweeney has been in the Health Information Management and Coding field for over 16 years. She has a Master of Science in Health Informatics from Dakota State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. She also holds a diploma in Medical Transcription. She is a Certified Coding Specialist and a Registered Health Information Administrator, and was a
Registered Health Information Technician for several years before obtaining the RHIA credential. Shawna is an active member of the Iowa Health Information Management Association (IaHIMA) having held state positions. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Shawna has been an instructor in Health Information Technology (HIT), coding and electronic health records for the past 7 years. She has developed online classes for medical terminology, legal aspects, quality management, and healthcare reimbursement. Shawna also has many years of industry experience in coding, billing and development of the electronic medical record. Currently, Shawna resides in Iowa.

Donna Thompson, MBA, CISM, RHIT
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Instructor for the SBCC HIT program and the Workforce Development Training Program covering the EHR courses. Prior to SBCC, she has instructed many of the HIT courses including medical coding and reimbursement at other major universities. As a HIM Consultant, she provides professional expertise for the advancement of health informatics including computer-assisted-coding (CAC). She has recently completed the ICD10 Coding Training Program through AHIMA and is an official AHIMA Approved ICD10 Coding Trainer.


Lynette M. Williamson, Ed. D, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CPC, FAHIMA
Lynette M. Williamson

Fulltime instructor in the HIT and Medical Specialist Certificate program since 2008 at Santa Barbara City College. Prior to this position, she was the HIT department program director and instructor at a large community college in Southern New Jersey. Most of her professional career has been in the area of medical coding in various types of settings including acute care hospital, rehabilitation facilities, and coding companies. Lynette is an active member of both AHIMA and AAPC. Professional areas of interest include ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and the Electronic Health Record (EHR). 

Mary Wilkinson, MPH, RHIA

Adjunct instructor in the HIT/Coding Program and has been teaching for SBCC since Spring 2004. She currently teaches as adjunct faculty in the Health Care Studies Program for Daemen College in Amherst NY. Mary has also been an instructor at Kirkwood Community College in the Health Science Department, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, teaching  Supervision and Management courses. She was previously an instructor and member of the advisory board for Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY. Mary has held management positions in the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and various staff positions in the civilian sector. She has volunteered for local and state associations both in Hawaii and Michigan.


Instructor, Wanda Zeimba

Wanda is a Health Information and Compliance Specialist, has been involved in the Healthcare Coding Compliance arena for over 30 years. She is currently a Senior Consultant for Primeau Consulting Group. In this position she provides a variety of services including project management, audit and compliance support.

Prior to this, she was the Coding & Data Integrity Manager and Acting Privacy Officer for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. In that position, she was primarily responsible for HIM operations, regulatory report-outs, coding & abstracting, privacy, physician & staff education and was an ICD-10 Project Co-Manager. She has been the Coding Compliance Manager at Washington Hospital, Fremont, the Associate Compliance Officer for the UCSF Clinical Enterprise, the Director of the Health Information Program at Chabot College, managed a successful consulting firm and was the CCS Liaison/Professional Fee Advisor for Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Wanda graduated from Concord Law School in December 2010, receiving the Executive Juris Doctor in Health Law and the prestigious Sue Lane Award for pursuit of academic excellence. She has extensive legal training in healthcare issues, including Health Law, Bioethics, Malpractice, Health Policy, Auditing and Monitoring, and Risk Assessment as well as experience serving as liaison between all management levels, across multiple organizational functions and between healthcare organizations and regulatory bodies. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts and BA from Vassar College.

She currently holds certification as a Registered Health Information Technician, Certified Coding Specialist, Certified in Healthcare Compliance, Certified Healthcare Compliance Officer/Consultant, Certified Professional Coder and is an AHIMA Certified ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS Instructor. She was a Director on the California Health Information Association Board of Directors and is currently the NCHIA President-Elect. She is the CHIA Seminar Committee Chair and a professional speaker.


Administrative Support:

Steve Ota,
Online Student Support Specialist
(805) 965-0581 x 2851

Monique Trotter
Online Student Support Specialist


HIT/CIM Counseling:

Gwyer Schuyler, MA, Ph.D
Academic Counselor
(805) 965-0581 x 2569

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