Chapter Leaders

Janis Watts, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Indianapolis, IN

Janis currently reside in the Indianapolis, IN area where she worked in the Clinical Information Systems Department at Indiana University Health. She was with this organization for 27 years in a variety of operational and informatics roles. Janis was responsible for project governance, project management, clinical project implementation, clinical system education, and a clinical helpdesk. Additionally, Janis was involved in many other nursing related clinical implementation projects. Janis completed her DNP in Healthcare Leadership with Chamberlain University. She is also certified as a nurse executive.  

Janis’s favorite jobs were as a clinical information systems liaison, where she initiated informatics program at a new facility. She and her team brought up 82 applications on the same day! Another favorite was serving as the Magnet Program Director for that same facility 10 years later. Both were wonderful experiences.

Lisa Wilkinson MS, RN-BC
Duluth, MN

Lisa began her career as ambulatory care nurse at Essentia Health nineteen years ago. She has held many roles: ambulatory staff nurse, anticoagulation nurse, clinic triage nurse, support analyst in information services and currently nurse informaticist. Essentia Health is based out of Duluth Minnesota. The system consists of seventeen hospitals and sixty-seven clinics across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho.

Lisa’s education began at University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire in biology and chemistry with a return in adulthood to obtain her BSN. She continued on to a Masters in Nursing Leadership from Walden University and Certificate in Nursing Informatics from Canyon College. Currently holds board certification in nursing informatics.

In her nurse informaticist role she has been involved in training, support, workflow development and optimization. Lisa believes the nurse informaticist plays a key role at the center of creating and supporting a robust electronic health record to enhance patient and family centered care throughout the care continuum. Her main object in her role as a leader and nurse informaticist is to use her skills, knowledge and experience together to create the preferred future of nursing by promoting the health and wellness of the entire.

Ernie Banlasan, MBA, RN
Chicago, IL

Ernie is a nurse informaticist with over 15 years experience in clinical informatics. He has been involved in Health Information systems implementation, project management, team work building and collaboration. He specializes in SaaS (software as a service), consulting in product design, analysis and delivery. He graduated with high honors at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

He is currently a Performance Improvement Coordinator for Quality Improvement. He was involved in developing programs related to Inpatient Core Measures, Value Based Purchasing, Advance Practice Nurses, Nurse Resident programs and Nursing Quality Indicators for Magnet. He was part of the Center for Advancing Practice Provider Practices (CAP2) team that was a recipient of Innovation Award at Chicago Health Executives Forum (CHEF) in 2014.

Ernie has one goal in mind, utilizing data and systems to improving quality of care and saving patient lives as the end result.

Bonnie Norris, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Rochester, MN

Bonnie has loved every job in nursing she has ever had!  Bonnie has worked in medical, cardiac, and intensive care areas, in addition to chronic condition management.  When she took a role in quality, she discovered that nursing informatics was a fabulous alignment with quality and obtained a post-masters nursing informatics certification.   She treasures her certification as a certified informatics nurse from ANCC.

Bonnie currently works as a Quality Informatics Analyst and supports the MIPS Quality Reporting for her organization.  Her professional interests include EHR workflow alignment to capture needed data elements for quality reporting and clinical decision support inputs, data accuracy and governance, performance improvement, and demonstrating quality and clinical decision support outcomes.

Steve Justo, MSN, MBA, RN
Chicago, IL

Steve Justo, MSN MBA RN is an Epic Certified Senior Application Analyst supporting the Oncology practices at Northwestern Medicine throughout the Chicago, IL area. He completed his Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing and Information Technology from Marquette University and then went into IT consulting for clients in the utilities and insurance markets.

Steve returned to school post 9/11 receiving his Associates Degree in Nursing from Harper College and then worked as a float nurse at a small community hospital in suburban Chicago. During his transition to his nursing career, he ran and maintained his own web marketing agency while studying and earning his nursing degree. Steve is an experienced web developer and online marketing strategist having built and maintained several small business websites social media pages and email marketing campaigns.

In 2010, Steve fully transitioned from bedside patient care back into IT and nursing informatics. He has had several roles as a Business Analyst, Application Analyst, EMR Consultant and Project team Lead in building healthcare workflows, systems, and processes. Steve completed his MBA & MSN degrees from Grand Canyon University in 2015 and is currently a Senior Application Analyst installing and implementing Epic at several new hospitals with Northwestern Medicine.

Aside from work, Steve is a husband and father of two kids. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching a new dad class for expectant fathers, coaching a coding club for Roblox games with his daughter, and following his stock market and real estate investments

Dulcebelle Pearson
Wasau WI

Dulcebelle Pearson has held the role of Clinical Informatics Nurse Specialist at Aspirus Inc. in Wasau WI since June 2015.   Her background includes a combination of nursing, technology, and education. Belle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of the Philippines, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Ferris State University. Belle also worked at a web site design company, and performed contract work to maintain a small business intranet. Her current role extends to Project Lead responsibilities, workflow design and optimization, facilitating clinical build decisions and consensus, and cross disciplinary collaboration. She is the team lead for Oncology and Research functional teams, Patient Safety Project Lead for Oncology, as well as the Order Set Workgroup CINS. She is certified in EpicCare Inpatient Clinical Documentation, Beacon, and is in the process of completing her EpicCare Inpatient Procedure Orders Certification.  Belle states “I am interested in the Webmaster position because it is an opportunity to contribute to our group by utilizing tech tools to promote the nursing informatics specialty as well as contribute to team engagement. “

Member at Large
Mari Akre
Minneapolis, MN

Bio forthcoming

Member at Large
Bre Loughlin, MS, RN
Madison, WI

Bre brings 22 years of expertise in healthcare,  focusing on simplifying the complex and creating a revolution in transforming technology to elevate nursing practice. As a nurse executive at Epic, she launched 5 products over 8 years with a focus on nursing innovation, mobile solutions, and behavioral health.

Her final project at Epic was in collaboration with the Executive Director of the Washington State Healthcare Authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Underserved populations needed telehealth immediately. The approach was like nothing Epic had done in the past - faster, lighter, focused. 

In March 2020 she met the Executive Director for Porchlight. There was another problem that could be solved through nursing and technology. With 2 donated laptops and a Mi-Fi at the Madison Porchlight shelter she was able to connect nurse volunteers to conduct COVID-19 screening. 

 Starting the company Nurse Disrupted, LLC with her partner Tracy Zvenyach was a natural next step for Bre. The Virtual Volunteer program continues to extend COVID-19 screening to shelters across Wisconsin. It also provides practicum experience for nurses finishing post-graduate degrees. Mixing compassion, technology, creativity, nursing, and vision in order to focus on light, fast, solution-based technologies addressing healthcare needs. 

Member at Large
Mary Slusser
Davenport, IA

Bio forthcoming
Member at Large
Wendy Wittwer, MS, RN
Madison WI

Wendy is an experienced and passionate Nursing Informatics Specialist at UW Health in Madison, WI.  In 2000, after 13 years as a medical/surgical nurse, Wendy realized the role technology started playing in health care and ventured into nursing informatics when she became project manager for the first medication barcode scanning system in the nation.  Since then, she has held various NI roles and grown her innovative spirit and change management expertise by leading several successful system-wide projects, committees, and improvement initiatives. 

Wendy is excited to be on the ANIA - Midwest Region board in her role as Member at Large where her focus will be to identify opportunities to promote the specialty of Nursing Informatics while continuing to grow her own nursing informatics and leadership skill set, knowledge base, and professional network by serving a nursing community she feels strongly connected to.

Past President
Lillie Roberts, MSN, RN
Chicago, IL

Lillie is a veteran Clinical Nurse educated as an Informatics Nurse Specialist. She is experienced in integrating nursing, information, and knowledge with communication technologies that augment the health of individuals, families, and communities. Lillie graduated with honors at American Sentinel University and has been awarded membership to Sigma Theta Tau.

She is currently Project Lead and Clinical Coordinator for several programs. A results-focused project manager, she aligns information technology with evidence-based practice solutions, patient-centered education and dissemination to streamline workflows across complex care settings .

She possesses a combination of solid clinical know-how and ability to build relationships to influence top-level hospital administration in continuum of care protocols.

Lillie is a passionate patient advocate and has lobbied policy makers both in the US at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and abroad as a keynote speaker to legislators in South Africa promoting the use of technology to improve the lives of Spinal Cord injury patients.