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Institute Team

William Rudman, PhD, RHIA
Executive Director
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William "Bill” Rudman, PhD, RHIA, is the Executive Director of the Institute and serves as Faculty in the Chicago School of Medicine and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet within Rosalind Franklin University. In his role as Executive Director, Rudman is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute, which includes managing committees and staff as well as developing business plans in collaboration with the University President or his designee and the Institute Executive Council.

Before moving to the Institute, Rudman was the Executive Director and VP of Academic Visioning for the AHIMA Foundation and has worked for 20 years in Academia as a Professor in health information management. Rudman also served as the director of the HIT core for the Delta Regional Institute and oversaw implementation of an electronic exchange for tracking medical errors in a network of rural Mississippi hospitals. He served on the state of Mississippi Task Force for health information exchange, and chaired the education committee. Rudman was the PI on the HISPC grant for education and training for the implementation of electronic medical records for the state of Tennessee. In addition to hands on experience in the development, implementation, and training of those working in the field of HIM, Rudman has an extensive list of presentations, publications, and health information technology grants.

Rudman has published over 70 scholarly articles, made more than 140 scholarly presentations, and received over $70 million in federal funded grants. Among those grants, Rudman served as either a PI or co-PI on funding for the Southern Mississippi health information exchange (at the time the largest operating HIE in the US), a rural e-network of Mississippi hospitals, and a telemedicine grant to connect hospitals in the Delta Region in Mississippi. Rudman is a founding member of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations.

Becky Holton, CFRE
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Becky Holton serves as Director of the Institute and is responsible for providing strategic direction and management to the Institute’s public relations, marketing and communications, and business development. She assists in oversight of Institute performance, cultivates and facilitates strategic collaborations with individual, corporate, private, and government partners, and helps guide development of Institute programming and initiatives. 

She has nearly 20 years of experience working for behavioral health/child welfare and healthcare agencies building the marketing and communications strategies, developing business resources, and providing strategic direction and oversight for programming. In addition, her expertise includes strengthening organizations’ brand, name recognition; and fundraising capacities. Holton served as a member of the Southern Arizona Sexual Assault Task Force, and in that capacity assisted with the establishment of a dedicated hospital medical forensic exam room for sexual assault survivors and their families, established a unique collaboration with local domestic violence organization to provide medical forensic exams for strangulation, and helped Southern Arizona counties establish compliance with the Violence Against Women's Act. She helped author and launch a statewide kinship navigator program for informal family caregivers of foster care children, one of seven funded in the country. In addition, Holton helped fund and engage community organizations in strategic partnership discussions, resulting in three programmatic acquisitions and mergers. Over the course of her career, Holton has championed more than $30 million in the fundraised dollars and helped author and manage more than $32 million in Federal/State contracts.

Holton served in the capacity of Chief Development Officer of Arizona's largest child welfare and behavioral health agency, as well serving as the first Foundation Director for a large Federally Qualified Health Center. Holton is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds an Advanced Certificate in Special Education. Holton serves as is a member of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations and co-chairs the Hiring for Competency Committee. She is a certified advocate through ICADV and a trained advocate/SARS for sexual assault survivors. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Marketing Association, and holds her CFRE.

Susan Hart-Hester, PhD, RHIA
Director of Research

Dr. Hart-Hester brings over 25 years of experience in the health care environment to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She serves as Director of Research for the Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute, as well as faculty within the Chicago Medical School. Dr. Hart-Hester’s efforts include assisting to position the Institute as an industry thought leader in workforce development for the healthcare professions, designing research studies, engaging nationally-recognized partners, and developing grant/project proposals that support the Institute’s research agenda/priorities and financial goals.

Dr. Hart-Hester previously served as a Professor in Family Medicine; collaborating in faculty development, resident, and medical student educational and scholarly activities. In addition, she has experience in working with and monitoring pipeline workforce programs through the MS Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (MIGMH) enabling her to understand both operational and programmatic needs of large multi-project programs. Dr. Hart-Hester also has experience in curriculum development and program evaluation. As Director of the Health Professional Shortage Core at the MIGMH, she worked with diverse stakeholders to develop and implement community-based projects. Her work in the field of Health Information Management includes an RHIA credential and co-principal investigator for numerous federal grants related to education and training as well as health IT and EHR implementation within rural hospitals in Mississippi. Dr. Hart-Hester served as Senior Research Specialist for the AHIMA Foundation, providing additional leadership as Project Director for the Foundation’s Department of Labor funded Registered Apprenticeship “Managing the Talent Pipeline in HIM” and the Foundation’s Department of Labor Intermediary Contract in Healthcare. She also served as U.S. Editor for the AHIMA Foundation’s peer reviewed research journal, Perspectives in Health Information Management.

Kate Jackson, RHIA
Manager of Research and Education
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Kate (Kathryn) Jackson serves as the Manager of Research and Education for the Institute. In this role she manages projects to ensure timeliness and deliverables are met, including conducting interviews, assisting with focus groups, and compiling responses; and assists in the distribution of program information.

Jackson has extensive experience related to facilitating global activities, as well as drafting proposals for submission, managing federally and privately-funded projects. She previously served as Research Manager for the AHIMA Foundation, where she helped to develop new and manage existing relationships with key stakeholders to advance funded projects; and Communications Officer for the Center for International Rehabilitation, where she introduced the use of alternative online media to distribute program information, and co-authored articles to increase awareness of initiatives. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, and has completed coursework related to advertising and marketing at Northwestern University and in health information management through Alabama State University.