Kathleen M. Olewinski, MS, RHIA, NHA, FACHE, PhD-Dissertator

Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Coordinator

[Image] Kathleen Olewinski

Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6432
Phone: (414) 229-7110
Fax: (414) 229-3373


Health Informatics & Administration


  • Ph.D.-Dissertator, Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, Cardinal Stritch University (expected graduation 2014)
  • Certificate, Long-Term Care Administration, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1996
  • M.S., Health Services Administration, Cardinal Stritch University, 1989
  • B.S., Medical Record Administration, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 1986

Interests & Expertise

Professor Olewinski attained national board certification as a healthcare executive through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in 1998, and advanced to her current credential as Fellow in 2008. She is a also a licensed nursing home administrator (NHA) and Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), and former hospital administrator with more than 20 years of executive leadership and management experience in traditional and non-traditional health care settings and academia. As a speaker at national and state conferences, topics presented have included confidentiality and legal issues in mental health and substance abuse as well as consultation related to accreditation and compliance. Current research focuses on the impact of professional association involvement and mentoring on early career success.

Honors & Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2014
  • Service Recognition Award, UWM Future Healthcare Executives (FHE), 2011
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service, UWM College of Health Sciences, 2005
  • Special Recognition Award, UWM Health Information Administration Program, 2003
  • Alumni Appreciation Award, UWM School of Allied Health Professions, 2001
  • Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association, 1996
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service, UWM School of Allied Health Professions, 1995

Professional Membership

  • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Member, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Member, Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA)

Professionial Service

  • Membership Committee, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) – Wisconsin Chapter, since 2009
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI), since 2009
  • Institutional Representative, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL), since 2009

Current and Previous Activities

  • Faculty/Staff Advisor, Future Healthcare Executives (FHE)
  • Faculty/Staff Advisor, Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society
  • Faculty/Staff Advisor, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization
  • Community Engaged Scholars Network (CESN), UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
  • UWM Center on Age and Community Summer Institute Planning Committee
  • Secretary/Treasurer, UWM Alumni Association Emeritus Board of Trustees
  • Board Member, UWM College of Health Sciences Alumni Group
  • President, UWM College of Health Sciences Alumni Association
  • President, School of Allied Health Professions Alumni Association
  • Board Member, Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
  • Nominations and Awards Committee Member, Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
  • National Medical Assisting Advisory Board
  • National Continuing Education Board, American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Co-Chair, National Leaders in Education and Practice (LEAP) Task Force
  • President, State Conference Planning Committee Chair, and Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants
  • President and Bylaws Committee Chair, Greater Milwaukee Medical Assistants
  • President, Health Information Management Association of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • State Legislative Committee, Statewide Legal Resource Team, Finance Committee, and Fall Workshop Planning Committee, Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA)
  • Medicaid Managed Care Statewide Advisory Group
  • Milwaukee County Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Medicaid Managed Care Group
  • Medicaid HMO Expansion Quality Assurance Utilization Review Work Group
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Detoxification and Inpatient Focus Group
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association Behavioral Health Group, and Certification and Standards Work Group
  • Hospital Council of Greater Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee County AODA Public Policy Network, and Substance Abuse Services Network

Courses Taught

  • Health Care Administration Internship
  • Health Care Quality Management
  • Health Care Process Measurement
  • Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations
  • Gerontology for Health Care Administrators
  • Language of Medicine
  • Health Documentation