Cheryl Martin

AHIMA Hires New Chief Knowledge Officer

Washington, DC (March 4, 2019) – The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) selected Cheryl Martin as new Chief Knowledge Officer. Sterling Martin Associates assisted in the search to fill this position. Cheryl Martin began her new role with AHIMA on 1/02/2019.

Cheryl Martin has approximately 32 years of healthcare experience in hospital settings and healthcare systems, with specialization in building and leading talented interdisciplinary teams, relationships with stakeholders in all disciplines, and development and integration of enterprise-wide healthcare and health information management technologies.

While Cheryl has spent her career in hospital settings, she understands the cultural and structural differences in the nonprofit association sector; she has volunteered and worked closely with leaders at HIMSS and AHIMA at the state and national levels. She notes that the skills necessary to succeed in both environments are similar – building and leading diverse teams, integration of communications and technology systems, and a clear vision of the organizations’ missions.


Founded in 1928, AHIMA has served to improve health record quality by taking a leadership role in the effective management of health data and medical records and delivering quality healthcare to the public. AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

AHIMA, headquartered in Chicago, Il, is recognized as the premier source of HIM knowledge, the respected authority for rigorous professional certification, and one of the industry’s most active and influential advocates in Congress.

AHIMA serves more than 50 affiliated component state associations and more than 103,000 health information professionals.AHIMA is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors that sets strategy and maintains fiscal
oversight and fiduciary responsibility. The budget is in the $33M range, and the staff numbers nearly 130 professionals.

About Sterling Martin Associates

Sterling Martin Associates  is a national executive search firm founded in 2006 by CEO and Managing Partner, David Martin. SMA specializes in working with associations and nonprofit organizations on senior-level executive searches. With five office locations in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York and California, SMA offers national reach and scope while providing a superior quality of service in a cost-effective manner. Our partners and consultants bring association, nonprofit and for-profit management experience to each of our client engagements. Our team also serves as volunteers for a wide range of nonprofit governing boards.