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 RN
Director Clinical Informatics 
Sharp Healthcare


Jessica Cheverie MSN, BSN, RN
RN Surgical Consultation Coordinator 
Masters of Nursing Informatics RN 
VA San Diego Healthcare System 

Jessica has over 20 years of healthcare experience working as a home health aide, LVN and RN in Connecticut and San Diego. She worked for over 12 years as a RN at a Navy hospital NMCSD in labor and delivery working on the unit teaching classes, charge nurse, OR lead, PACU and NRP instructor. During the pandemic, she worked as a vaccinator, vaccine monitor, Co-Lead and observation for San Diego County and VA hospital. She is looking forward to the implementation of Cerner coming to the VA in the future.


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 has been a nurse for 20 years, in nursing leadership for 19 years, and a nurse leader at UCSD cumulatively for 14 years.  I’m originally from a south suburb of Chicago, but have called San Diego my home for the past 20 years. She has been involved in the ANIA San Diego chapter since it's inception.  Now currently the National's West Regional Director.

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