Board Contacts

Below is the contact information for the Board of Directors for AEIRS

Chair of the Board

Deborah Leighty, M. Ed., R.T. (R)(BD)
Work 813-253-7416

Deborah Leighty has been the clinical coordinator for the radiography program at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida since 2005. Prior to that, she has been adjunct faculty, clinical faculty and on the advisory board since 1999.

Deborah completed her radiography education at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1987. Both her bachelors (1999) and her masters (2003) degrees came from National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. She has been a member of FSRT since 1992, ASRT since 1999 and AEIRS since 2003. She has the "View from the Classroom" columnist for ADVANCE for Imaging and Radiation Oncology from 2003 to 2009 and was the author of a weekly blog for ADVANCE called "Lessons in Radiography" from 2009 to 2011. She is a site visitor for J.R.C.E.R.T. as well.

Deborah considers herself a transplanted Floridian after moving to Florida over 20 years ago. She currently lives in Tampa with her husband Ralph and their two very spoiled cats


Kenya Haugen, DM, MS, RT(R)
Work 210-297-9165

Kenya R. Haugen currently serves as the Director for Medical Imaging Technology at the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions in San Antonio, TX. She teaches several courses within Imaging Sciences. She has been in the field of imaging education since 2006. Kenya received her certificate as a Radiologic Technologist from the United States Army. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BS in Natural Sciences and earned a MS in Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and in May 2013 she completed her Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Kenya is originally from southern California and feels right at home in Texas. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She has served as the Vice President of the Reserve Officer Association and an active member of the local and national organizations for Radiologic Technologists. She also supports programmatic accreditation as a J.R.C.E.R.T. site visitor.


Tracy Herrmann, M.Ed., R.T. (R)
Work 513-745-5689

Tracy Herrmann has been a radiographer and educator at the University of Cincinnati for over 25 years. She is presently a Professor and Program Director for the Radiologic Technology program and teaches radiography courses related to equipment, image production, and image critique. Her radiologic technology education was completed at The Ohio State University and her Master's degree in Health Education was earned at the University of Cincinnati.

Tracy has been a member of AEIRS since 1988. She is a past-president of Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) and remains very active. She has also served as Ohio, Region VI, and Education delegate for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and is presently a representative to the Image Gently Campaign for digital radiography and fluoroscopy initiatives. Tracy is an accreditation site visitor and team chair for the JRCERT. She has presented nationally on active learning strategies including program based learning and concept mapping and has a special interest in digital radiography and radiation protection.


Jennifer Chiu, EdD, MBA, RT(R)
Work 718-990-8419

Jennifer Chiu has been the clinical coordinator for the radiologic sciences program at St. John’s University since 2008 and has just recently been appointed the director of the radiologic sciences program. She has been educating radiography students since 2006 while working clinically at an outpatient center.

Jennifer graduated with her BS in Management and Finance from Binghamton University, received her certificate in radiography from Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and earned her MBA in Health Care Administration. She received her EdD in Educational Administration at Dowling College.

Jennifer is born and raised in New York City and could not imagine living elsewhere as she loves spending time with family. Other hobbies include traveling and reading. She is a member of local and national organizations for Radiologic Technologists and is excited about being more involved.


John William Eichinger, MSRS, R.T. (R) (CT)
Work 843-470-8397

John Eichinger currently serves as founding program director at Technical College of The Lowcountry in Beaufort, South Carolina. Prior to accepting this position, Mr. Eichinger served as clinical faculty at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida and as program director in Lancaster, Ohio. Mr. Eichinger also has extensive experience in diagnostic radiology and served eight years as Radiology Department Manager.

Born in southeastern Ohio, John received his Radiologic Technology education at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, West Virginia, a bachelor’s degree from Salem College, and a master’s from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Mr. Eichinger is a member of the A.S.R.T. as well as the South Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists where he is a member of the Council on Education. He has been a past member of the West Virginia, Ohio, and Florida societies. A supporter of programmatic accreditation, John is a site visitor for the J.R.C.E.R.T.

John lives in Bluffton, South Carolina with his greatest admirers, his two cats, and is a die-hard college sports fan with his two favorite teams being the Florida Gators and the West Virginia Mountaineers.


Kelli Welch Haynes, MSRS, R.T. (R)
Work 318-677-3071

Kelli Welch Haynes, MSRS, RT(R), is a tenured, associate professor and Program Director for the Bachelor of Science program at Northwestern State University in Shreveport, LA. She is also a graduate faculty member. Mrs. Haynes graduated from Northwestern State with her Bachelor of Science degree and she graduated summa cum laude from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, TX with her Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Administration. Before becoming an educator in August of 2000, Mrs. Haynes was the Director of Radiology at Promise Hospital in Shreveport, LA, for five years, where she also performed diagnostic radiography exams and computed tomography.

She has been an active member of several professional organizations, having served on the boards, committees and task forces. In addition to serving as the Director at Large for AEIRS, Mrs. Haynes is currently a member of the Editorial Review Board for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, chapter director of the Louisiana Alpha chapter of Lambda Nu, the national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences, and currently serves as a site visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. She is also a member of the Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Sciences, the Association of Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) and the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Mrs. Haynes has published articles in Radiologic Technology; The Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists; Radiologic Science and Education, and ADVANCE for Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals. She has created six online continuing education modules for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Mrs. Haynes has served as a reviewer for many radiologic sciences textbooks. In addition to being an author on the seventh edition of Radiation Protection in Medical Radiography, she has developed the Mosby’s Radiographic Online (MRO) for Radiation Protection in Medical Radiography, 7th edition. Mrs. Haynes has presented over 60 presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels.


Kim Metcalf, Ed. D., R.T. (R) (T) (MR)
Work 207-625-4265

Kim Metcalf is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also the Radiology Manager of the VA Maine Healthcare System in Augusta, ME. She previously served for 8 years as an Assistant Professor in the Post-Bachelor Degree Certificate Program in Medical Imaging.

Dr. Metcalf completed both her Radiography and Radiation Therapy degrees at Southern Maine Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Southern Maine. She also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Metcalf has over 30 years of experience in the radiologic sciences having held clinical, management, administrative and education positions in the profession. She has served as a member of the Editorial Review Board for both the ASRT Radiologic Technology journal and the AEIRS Radiologic Science & Education journal. She has several publications and presentations to her credit and she has been awarded the Jean I. Widger distinguished author award along with her co-authors for the best peer-reviewed article published in the ASRT Radiologic Technology journal in 2010.

Kim lives in West Baldwin, ME with her husband David. They have two daughters, one is a senior at Maine Maritime Academy and the other is a sophomore at The University of Maine. Kim’s hobbies include birding, landscaping and gardening. She recently served as the President of the Maine Maritime Academy Parent’s Association.

Dr. Metcalf has been a member of the ASRT since 1987 and a member of AEIRS since 2006. She is committed to the AEIRS organization and seeks to support the profession of radiologic science through the mentoring and encouraging of members share their expertise through the conducting of research and disseminating their work through publication and presentation.

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