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Meet the Professors

Ellen Anderson
Professor Emeritus, Biology

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2002

Subjects taught at CLC: Medical terminology, pharmacology, medical coding, medical science.

Other professional experience: More than 30 years’ experience in a variety of settings, including acute care hospitals, an insurance company, community colleges and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Her experience includes coding compliance, management and supervision, diagnosis-related group (DRG) coordination and development and analysis of managed healthcare plans. Author and instructor for AHIMA’s independent study programs.

Education: M.Ed. in adult education, National Louis University; B.S. in medical record administration, University of Illinois.

Credentials: RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator), CCS (Certified Coding Specialist).

Margaret Kyriakos
Instructor, Health Information Technology

Teaching full time at CLC since: 1993.

Subjects taught at CLC: Medical terminology, legal and ethical aspects of medical records, quality management, information systems, health statistics, management and arranging students’ clinical site affiliations.

Other professional experience: 2013 recipient of the Triumph Educator Award from the American Health Information Management Association; 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Illinois Health Information Management Association. She held supervisory positions in the health information departments of hospitals in Chicago and Hammond, Ind.

Education: Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago; M.B.A., Roosevelt University; Health Information Administration (R.H.I.A.), Stephens College; B.S., Calumet College of St. Joseph.

Credentials: RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator).

Main goal in teaching: Teaching is more than transferring knowledge. I truly want students to succeed in life and in our profession. Each student has a unique background and set of life experiences, and teaching is about motivating every student to achieve their full potential. My goal is to provide all of our students with the knowledge and skill set that will prepare them to meet the challenges of the health information management profession and workforce.

Chris Melnytschuk
Instructor, Health Information Technology

Specialties: Coding, healthcare management.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2012

Other professional experience: Previously logged 18 years of experience in the health care field with 10 years of management and education experience for physicians and staff in private practice; also coded medical records at the Mayo Clinic.

Subjects taught at CLC: Medical terminology, healthcare delivery, basic and advanced coding, insurance procedures, medical science and healthcare reimbursement.

Credentials: RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).

Education: B.S., Winona State University; later earned an A.A.S. in health information technology from CLC; currently completing a master’s program at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

What inspires me about my field: The speed at which the medical industry is constantly changing due to technology and science.