Chapter Leaders

ANIA San Diego Chapter Boardmembers


Matthew Binder BSN RN CCRN CHTS-CP
Critical Care Nurse 
Scripps Health - Mercy San Diego - ICU
San Diego, CA

Matthew has informatics, training, coaching, and bedside nursing experience over the past 15 years.   Previous roles have been as a Clinical Informatics Nurse with Epic Cupid Certification along with previously being an Epic Credentialed Trainer for ClinDoc and ASAP.  He continues to work at the bedside in the ICU actively participating in Epic Clinical Informatics Practice Council and unit's Superuser.  

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Kathy Klimpel PhD RN CNS RN-BC
Senior Clinical Informaticist
Rady's Children's Hospital - San Diego 
Clinical Associate Professor
University of San Diego - Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences
San Diego, CA

Kathy has been an advanced practice nurse in various positions for more than 30 years and brought her CNS skill set to the field of informatics over 10 years ago.  Kathy was a primary clinical leader for first the inpatient implementation of Meditech documentation system and then the enterprise roll out of Epic at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.  Today, as a Senior Clinical Informaticist at Rady Children’s, Kathy collaborates with the health care team to facilitate the achievement of optimal outcomes for pediatric patients by merging clinical expertise with technological tools to support the best practices of clinicians.

Kathy is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.  She is teaching in the Healthcare Informatics program and passionate about advising and mentoring a new generation of clinical informaticists.  


John Lussier MSN, RN-BC, FHIMSS
Director Clinical Informatics 
Sharp Healthcare

John has worked as a clinical informaticist with a few health systems at different stages of development and implementation.  His expertise and knowledge have grown from experience in Salt Lake City, Palm Springs, and here in San Diego.  John continues to be a valuable member of the informatics through being a board member of his local chapter of ANIA.   He has been a distinguished speaker at an ANIA San Diego Chapter meeting and at the 2021 ANIA National Conference.  


Charisse Lyn Tabotabo, DNP, RN-BC, RNC-NICCE

Clinical Associate Professor
University of San Diego - Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Charisse has been a VR (virtual reality) Production Lead in the Simulation Center at the Beyster Institute for Nursing Research since the inception of the project.  The Simulation Center has provided high fidelity simulations for many years for students in the School of Nursing including HealthCare informatics.  Like so many things during the COVID pandemic, alternative options are needed to be employed where possible to decrease the person-to-person contact as much as possible during simulation exercises.


Kathy Topp BSN MSM RN-BC
AMN Healthcare
Clinical Director for Clinical Operations 
Oceanside, CA

Kathy has over 30 years of healthcare experience including numerous management positions including being the Director of Education, Clinical Informatics and Staffing at Tri-City Medical Center.  As a project manager she has successfully implemented many new clinical applications, both small and large with new EHR conversions. Kathy has been with the San Diego Chapter since it's development.  She has also been successfully published in JIN.

ANIA West Regional Director (One of San Diego's Past Presidents)

Stephanie Dremel 
San Diego, CA 

Stephanie Dremel, MSN, RN, is the CEO of NextStephSolutions, a consulting firm specializing in digital product strategies, upgrades, and implementations. Stephanie is originally from Chicago and has lived in San Diego since 1997. Stephanie’s clinical background includes medical surgical nursing, perioperative and procedural nursing leadership, ambulatory care, and informatics. Stephanie received a BA from Emory University, a BSN from University of Southern Colorado, and an MSN in Nursing Informatics from Chamberlain School of Nursing. She has worked in a variety of healthcare environments, including academic medical center, outpatient surgery center, ambulatory clinic, and healthcare staffing company. Stephanie is a lean healthcare green belt and has served on the Board of Directors for ANIA since 2020.

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