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VEN’s Board of Directors

Director Emeritus and Chair ARTHUR BRIAN SMITH


Art Smith is a founding director of the Vista Expertise Network and serves as the chair of the board of directors. Mr. Smith became a director with the Network’s incorporation, and was elected chair at the first meeting of the board. He became a director emertius in 2018, after he felt he had to scale back his board duties; rather than resign, the board asked him to become a non-voting member who only had to chair board meetings, and he happily accepted.

He received an MS in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Delaware in 1985, and has been employed in the information-technology field ever since. For eighteen years, he served as the principal programmer/analyst for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia before becoming a full-time freelance photographer in 2009. In 2012, he returned to the University of Missouri, and now works in the Division of Information Technology.

Mr. Smith has been active in the Mumps community during that tenure, serving on the board of directors for the M Technology Association, and as a member representative, subcommittee chair, and chairman of the Mumps Development Committee. He has taught M classes to VA employees under contract with ESI, and has presented many talks and written numerous articles in support of M. Mr. Smith has been active in other standards activities through his membership on the Standards Subcommittee of the Informatics Committee of the Veterinary Medical Association, and membership in the Context Modeling Working Group of SNOMED.

In addition to these technical interests, Art enjoys playing tuba in a semi-professional ensemble, the ShowMe Brass Band.


Gail Eck has been a director of the Vista Expertise Network since her election in July, 2013.

Ms. Eck received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a major in personnel management from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in 1969, and immediately began her career at the VA in human resources.


She spent almost fifteen years in human resources in the VA, serving as human-resources director at three different VA health-care systems. She took a brief break to begin her family, and returned to the VA as an administrative officer for surgical service, anesthesiology service, and the operating room. It was in this capacity that she became very familiar with Vista/CPRS and its applicability to documenting surgical and anesthesia procedures.

After twelve years supporting the surgical/anesthesia program, Ms. Eck joined the executive office working in the capacity of executive assistant to the associate chief of staff for ambulatory care, the chief of staff, the deputy director, and the health care system director. During her twelve years in the executive office, she worked with Vista/CPRS packages that support clinic operations, laboratory, medical records, and pharmacy support services.

Ms. Eck retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009, after a thirty-eight year career, having worked in seven different VA facilities from coast to coast. In addition to enjoying time at home to work in the yard and on special household projects, Ms. Eck is currently working as a part-time health-system specialist with the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle.

Director and Secretary EILEEN ERIN GORMLY

Eileen Gormly is a founding director of the Vista Expertise Network and serves as the secretary of the board of directors. Like Art Smith, Ms. Gormly became a director with the Network’s incorporation, and was elected secretary at the first meeting of the board of directors.


Ms. Gormly is currently retired from her previous position as an Information Security Officer at VA Puget Sound in Seattle. She worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs for 28 years and spent four and a half years in the US Coast Guard. As a US veteran who uses the VA health-care system, Ms. Gormly has been on both sides of Vista/CPRS and is very passionate about the utility and elegance of this medical system.

In her career at the VA, Ms. Gormly has been a Medicine Residency Coordinator, a Vista/CPRS Trainer, a Clinical Applications Coordinator, Help Desk Support, a basic M programmer for Vista, one of the Assistant Vista Managers, and then transitioned, through a brief detour at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, into Information Security at the Seattle VA.

In her newly acquired copious spare time, Ms. Gormly does needlework and revels in the bliss of not having to do anything at any particular time. She also likes to read a lot, play Dungeons & Dragons and Rock Band when she can, and garden just a little.

Director and Treasurer GEORGE PHILLIP LILLY, JR.

George Lilly is a Mumps developer and project manager of new open-source Vista packages which add capabilities to Vista required for Meaningful Use.

He develops and maintains the oRo eRx ePrescribing package, funded by Oroville Hospital, which adds ePrescribing capability to Vista. He was lead developer and is the maintainer of the C0C CCR/CCD package which generates from Vista a standards-based XML document of a patient’s clinical information. He is the designer and project lead for the VistACom package, which uses mobile web technology to provide a Vista user interface for interoperability and quality/meaningful use measurement and reporting. He has developed the C0Q Quality Reporting package which automates the tracking and reporting of Quality and Meaningful Use measures in Vista.


He is the CIO of WorldVistA, and was instrumental in getting WorldVistA EHR 2.0 certified for both inpatient and outpatient Meaningful Use.

He received a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois in 1974. He has had a thirty-year career as a programmer, management consultant, technical architect, and executive for firms that include IBM, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Software Tools Corp. (as founder and president), McLaughlin & Associates (as partner), Technology Solutions Company and eLoyalty (both as senior vice president). He has expertise in HIPAA and served for a number of years as a HIPAA consultant to non-profit organizations.

Mr. Lilly is an avid Argentine Tango dancer, and performs tango as Tango Coordinator of the dance company American Creative Dance.

Acting Executive Director LINDA MARIE RICHARDSON YAW


Linda Yaw is currently the acting executive director of the Vista Expertise Network, officially since February 2022, unofficially since August 2021. She is also vice-president and director of operations. She helped Frederick (Rick) Marshall found the Network and has worked with the Network since then, taking on more responsibilities as they came up with no one to do them. She does pretty much everything for the business that doesn’t involve programming and a little bit of programming as well.

She has a bachelors degree from Washington State University in human resources, specializing in benefit administration. She has actually worked in jobs where that degree was useful since graduating. She has owned and run her own business in personal assistance since 2000. It was that personal assistance business that put her in the right position to help Rick found the Network.

Ms. Yaw is married with one human child, one canine child, and one feline step-child. She also enjoys painting (watercolor and acrylic), learning almost anything, and helping (pretty much anyone who needs it and wants her to help them).


Rick Marshall is the founder and executive director of the Vista Expertise Network. He was also responsible for its incorporation, and was elected executive director at the first board meeting.


Mr. Marshall is a health IT executive, policy expert, strategist, planner, architect, project manager, and entrepreneur specializing in Vista enterprises and projects. He has served on the board of three organizations and founded and been chief executive officer at two, including the Vista Expertise Network, which he runs.

His executive work is informed by deep technical mastery; he is a tier-five, master-hardhat Vista developer who has implemented, programmed, written about, taught about, and strategized about Vista for twenty-nine years. He served as a Vista computer specialist with VA for nineteen years, including twelve years working on the Task Manager and File Manager software. He co-wrote Vista Mastery, is writing a new book on Vista policy and planning, and is editing the next Mumps Standard. He is active in the Vista community, including OSEHRA, WorldVistA, Paideia, Mumps Books, and the Mumps Development Committee.

Mr. Marshall also enjoys hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest, playing Dungeons & Dragons and Rock Band, practicing Shōbayashi Shōrin-ryū karate, and studying philosophy and morality.