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Faculty & Staff - HIIM

Health Information and Informatics Management Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty

Debra Hamada, Department Chair

Debra Hamada, MA, RHIA is an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California and currently holds the position of Chair of the Health Informatics and Information Management Department .  She completed her baccalaureate studies at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and her master’s from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.  Currently, Hamada is enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Ed.D. Organizational Change & Leadership program.   After spending eight years in operations, Hamada began her career in academia in 1992, teaching as an adjunct faculty member until 2006 when she assumed a full-time teaching position.  She has volunteered in many capacities at national, state, and local component associations.  Most recently, she has been accepted to be a peer reviewer for the Commission for the Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).  In addition, on a national level, she is currently a member of a Health Informatics Curriculum development task force for AHIMA and a member of the Graduate Resource Alliance Committee.  In the past, she served a Commissioner for the Certification Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM), (2015).  She has also served as a CHIA Director from 2009-2011, on various CHIA committees over the years, and was President of one of CHIA’s Component Local Association, the Inland Area Health Information Association (IAHIA).  Hamada has published in CHIA’s journal, co-authored in the AHIMA journal, and offered various educational presentations.  

Pauline Joyce Calla, Assistant Professor

Pauline Calla, MBA, RHIA has been a full-time faculty at Loma Linda University for over a decade. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration from LLU-School of Allied Health Professions in 2005 and her Master in Business Administration from LLU School of Public Health in 2009. Pauline is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director for the Bachelor of Science program in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. Additionally, Pauline is an AHIMA-certified trainer for ICD-10 CM and PCS and co-teaches coding courses for the Health Information Administration program at LLU. Pauline is an active faculty member at the School of Allied Health Professions, sitting on many committees and engaging in various school activities. She served as Chair of the Faculty Council Executive Committee (FCEC) for SAHP during the 2014-15 school year, University Faculty Council member from 2013-16, and SAHP Homecoming Committee from 2005-2016, to name a few. Pauline considers being a part of the LLU family a continual blessing.

In addition, Pauline has volunteered for both California Health Information Association (CHIA) and CHIA’s Component Local Association, the Inland Area Health Information Association (IAHIA) in various capacities such as; co-presenting educational presentations at CHIA’s annual conventions, being a member of CHIA’s Academics Committee, serving as co-chair of IAHIA’s Program Committee from 2007-2009 and being on IAHIA Board Member for three separate terms.

Terri Rouse, Assistant Professor

Terri Rouse, MA, RHIA, is an Assistant Professor and has been a faculty member in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management since the summer of 2000.  While earning two undergraduate degrees, she had the opportunity of working in a Health Information department.  Her introduction to this “obscure” profession led to the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration from Loma Linda University.  In addition, she also received a master’s degree from the University of Redlands.  After accumulating fifteen years of experience in various roles within the Health Information profession, Terri accepted a full-time faculty appointment.  She continues to cherish her role as an educator and mentor. 

Terri has volunteered for various assignments at the local and state levels.  These include being President of the Inland Area Health Information Association (IAHIA) for two separate terms, serving as a member of the California Health Information Association’s (CHIA) Academics Committee, contributing to the CHIA Journal, and co-presenting for various IAHIA and CHIA educational sessions. 

Ryan Stephan, Instructor

Ryan Stephan, RHIA is an instructor in the department of Health Informatics and Information Management and also serves as the program director for the Coding Specialist certificate program. Ryan graduated from Loma Linda University in 2014 with his B.S. in Health Information Administration and has worked for the HIIM department since that time. He has continued his educational journey, as he is currently attending University of Redlands for his Master’s degree. Ryan has also completed training to become certified in Epic’s EpicCare Inpatient Clinical Documentation application and is an AHIMA-certified trainer for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Ryan values his role in the department, as it has afforded him the opportunity to serve others, which remains a significant aspect of his personal mission.

 Braden Tabisula, Assistant Professor

Braden Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA is an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, and is currently Program Director of the Health Informatics, MS program. He completed his baccalaureate studies at Loma Linda University in Health Information Management, and his MBA from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Currently, Tabisula is enrolled as a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University in the Computer Information Systems and Technology program. After spending three years in operations, Tabisula began his career in academia in 2013.

In the past, he served as Secretary and Financial Director for the CHIA Component Local Association, the Inland Area Health Information Association (IAHIA) from 2013-2016. Tabisula has offered various educational presentations at CHIA’s annual conventions as well.

Department Support Staff

Steve Larsen, Administrative Secretary
Steve Larsen has worked in the department of Health Informatics and Information Management since fall of 2003.  He enjoys working with students from the earliest stages of acceptance in the programs to celebrating with them as they prepare for graduation.