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2015 AEIRS Candidate Profiles


Dr. Donna Lee Wright, EdD, RT(R), FAEIRS
Imaging Sciences Department Chair
Morehead State University
Morehead, Kentucky

AEIRS positions
Spectrum Newsletter Editor, 2008
Quarterly Newsletter Editor, 2000 – 2004
Elevation to AEIRS Fellow, 2003
Honors Lecturer, 2003
Chair, Board of Directors, 1999 – 2000
President, Board of Directors, 1998 – 1999
President Elect, Board of Directors, 1997 – 1998
Secretary, Board of Directors, 1996 – 1997
Special Recognition for Service, 1995
Annual Meeting Co-Chair, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Liaison to American College of Radiology Centennial Committee School Module Project, 1993– 1995
Committees: Promotional Items, Research, Proffered Papers, Fellows Medallion, Public Relations Frequent presenter at Annual Conferences and Workshops

American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc (ASRT)
ASRT Representative to the RA/RPA Summit, 2006 – 2007
Radiologist Assistant Practice Standards Committee, 2005
Curriculum Revision Committee, 2005
Radiologist Assistant Education Council, 2003 – present
Radiologic Technology Refereed Journal Editorial Board Member, 1992 –1999
Frequent presenter at Annual Conferences

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Radiologist Assistant Continued Qualification Requirements Advisory Committee, 2012 – 2014
Radiologist Assistant Examination Committee , 2007 – 2012

Affiliate positions
Kentucky Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc (KSRT)
    Member since 2014

North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc (NCSRT)
    Lifetime Membership NCSRT, April 1998
    Merchandise Manager, 1996 – 1999
    Elected Positions: Board Member at Large, First Vice President (two terms),
        Second Vice President
    Fall Seminar Program Co-Chairman, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989
    Committees: Continuing Education, Education Committee, Assistant Meeting Advisor Delegate to North Carolina Alliance of Allied Health Professions (NCAAHP)
    Member since 1980

Other positions: Special Honors and Awards Reeves Rousseau Memorial Lecturer - North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists (NCSRT), 2012

RT Image National Recognition of the MSU MSRS Program as one of the 25 most influential shakers and movers in radiology, 2010 and 2007

Nominated by the College of Health and Human Services for the Piper Award, 2009

Keynote Speaker for Kentucky Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Conference, 2005

Keynote Speaker for West Coast Educators Council (WCEC), meeting of over 1000 Radiologic Science educators, students, and staff radiographers, 2005

Midwestern State University College of Health Sciences and Human Services Outstanding Faculty Award, 2002 – 2003

Invited Presentation - Midwestern State University Honors Program, 2001 University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Teaching Excellence Award, 1999

Honorary Life Membership North Carolina Health Occupations Students of America, Inc. (HOSA), 1992

Merit Award--Outstanding Dedication and Support of NC-HOSA, NC HOSA Congress, 1990

Award of Merit--Outstanding HOSA Advisor--Twelfth Annual National HOSA Leadership Conference, 1989


I see AEIRS building on its solid history and heading into a positive future with the infusion of new educators and information sharing. One of our greatest challenges is reaching the reluctant educators among us - reluctant to start teaching, reluctant to update and consider new possibilities, reluctant to share what they have learned or created, reluctant to model lifelong learning for their students, reluctant to pursue scholarly activities, reluctant to make mistakes, reluctant to learn. We have so much to gain from one another! My vision is that AEIRS will create a safe place for educators to drop their reluctances and embrace the excitement of learning to teach!


My past experiences as an educator in associate, baccalaureate, and masters level programs have been instrumental in my personal and professional development. Students, colleagues, and situations have taught me valuable lessons. I hope that I have passed to others a fraction of what I have gained from these interactions. Networking with AEIRS colleagues was essential when selecting my past two positions.


If we work together on the well-articulated AEIRS goals in the Strategic Plan 2014-2019, we will have a strong and vibrant organization that makes a positive difference.


Valerie Christensen, R.T. (R) (M), FWSRT
AEIRS Executive Secretary
Mammographer Breast Imaging Center
Albuquerque, NM

AEIRS positions
Executive Secretary, 2001 – present

Member since 1976

Affiliate Positions
Wisconsin Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Invitational Lecturer, 1998
    Inducted as Fellow, 1997
    Member Services, 1979 – 2000
    Member since 1978

Wisconsin Society of Radiologic Technologists District 1
    Annual Meeting Registration Chair, 1986
    Member Services, 1979 – 2000
    Member since 1978

New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Member since 2000

Other positions
PRN Mammographer Breast Imaging Center Albuquerque, 2002 – present
PRN Staff Technologist Southwest Medical Associates Albuquerque, 2000 – 2002
Staff Technologist Northpoint Medical Group Milwaukee, 1978 – 2000


Jennifer Chiu, EdD, MBA, R.T. (R)
Associate Professor and Program Director
St. John’s University
Queens, NY

AEIRS positions
Secretary / Treasurer, 2012 – 2015
Member since 2011

Organizational positions ASRT member since 2006

Affiliate positions
Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology of the State of New York, member since 2009
NYSSRS, member since 2006

Other positions
ASRT Scholarship Review Committee, 2014 - present
College Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy, 2012 –present
Committee on Internal and External Facilities, 2012 - present
Advisor for Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, 2012– 2014
Chair, Subcommittee on Academic Standing and Promotions in Radiologic Sciences, 2011– present College Faculty Development Committee, 2011 –2012
Secretary, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, 2010
Chair, Subcommittee on Curriculum in Radiologic Sciences, 2009 –present
Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow, 2009 – 2011
Chair, Subcommittee on Admissions in Radiologic Sciences, 2008 – 2010
Clinical Coordinator, 2008 –2012

AEIRS will be the leading collegial organization of excellence among educators. Built on a collaborative foundation, AEIRS will provide each member the opportunity to share experiences, research, and teaching methods with the goal of excelling our profession and providing high quality education across all modalities.

As the current Secretary/Treasurer for AEIRS I have learned a lot about the organization and would love the opportunity to continue to serve as your President-Elect. I believe my diverse experience both in academics and management have prepare d me well for this position and will benefit me to realize the goals of our new strategic plan and bring our vision of AEIRS to reality.

• Foster collaborative learning among educators and specialists to devise innovative teaching techniques and develop leaders
• Use technology as a forum for sharing educational strategies and research
• Build a strong network of educators
• Collaborate with other organizations to continually improve the curriculum


Charles I. Drago, D.H.Ed., R.T. (R) (CT)
Chair of Allied Health Science Department
Program Director
Hostos Community College-City University of New York
New York Bronx, New York

AEIRS positions
Co-chair Research Scholarship Committee, 2014 – present
Member Research Scholarship Committee, 2012 – present
Member since 2010

ASRT positions
Committee on R.T Advocacy (CRTA), 2012 – 2014
Scanner Editorial Review Board, 2012 – 2014
Graduate of the ASRT Educator’s Leadership Academy, 2008
Member since 1995

Affiliate positions
Association of Educators in the State of New York (AERTSNY)
    Chair of the Board, 2014 – present
    President, 2012 – 2014
    President-Elect, 2010 – 2012
    Co-Conference Coordinator, 2010 – 2011
    Corresponding Secretary, 2008 – 2010
    Membership Chair, 2005 – 2008
    Member since 2001
New York State Society of Radiological Sciences (NYSSRS)
    Judge NYSSRS Essay contest, 2013
    Nominating Chair, 2010 – 2011
    Co-Chair Scholarship Committee, 2008 – present

Other positions
Chair of Allied Health Sciences, 2013 – present
Program Director, 2010 – present
JRCERT Site Visitor, 2008 – present

I have always believed in “leading by example”. My vision for AEIRS is to increase membership and increase opportunity for research and scholarship. AEIRS is a perfect platform to demonstrate to students and radiologic technologists that after 2 years of education, opportunities for growth in the profession are real and reachable. I would also like to see more state societies collaborate with AEIRS and open the lines of effective communication to work together.

My qualifications of becoming a board member are the leadership roles that I have had and currently have. I am past President of the Association of Educators in the State of New York (AERTSNY). The AERTSNY is one of the largest and oldest state societies that represent 33 x-ray programs. Being president and working through the ranks has given me the knowledge and skills to work with others and play a key leadership role. I also am a graduate of the ASRT leadership academy (2008) which taught me what it takes to be an effective leader. I have Vice Chaired the college senate where I work (CUNY-Hostos Community College). As of 2013 I became the Chair of Allied Health Sciences at Hostos Community College., As Chair I oversee the operations of the LPN, RN, Dental Hygiene and Radiologic Technology programs. I deal on a daily basis with budgets, staffing and scheduling for all allied health programs.

My goals for AEIRS are to learn more about the society and l how the society operates. The public relations for the society and yearly conference are wonderful. Again, I would like to see collaboration with state societies so more educators are aware of the wonderful opportunities AEIRS has to offer. Given the opportunity I look forward to working up through the ranks with leaders in the field of the AEIRS.


Nina Kowalczyk, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CT)(QM), FASRT
Organizational Effectiveness Consultant
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

AEIRS positions
Editorial Review Board Member, 2012 – present
Executive Editor Spectrum, 2009 – present
Co-chairman, Research and Scholarship Committee, 2008 – 2010
Research and Scholarship Committee Member, 2005 – 2008
Graduate Studies Committee, 2005 – 2008
Member since 2004

ASRT positions
ASRT Honorary Life Member, 2014
Education & Research Foundation Research Grants Advisory Panel Chairman, 2014 – 2015
Education & Research Foundation Research Grants Advisory Panel, Vice-Chairman, 2011 – 2014
Practice Standards Taskforce: Radiography, 2011 – 2012
Editorial Review Board Chairman, 2010 – 2014
Education & Research Foundation Research Grants Advisory Panel, 2009 – 2011
Practice Standards Taskforce: Quality Management, 2009 – 2012
Committee on Fellows Chairman, 2009 – 2010
House of Delegate Commission, 2008 – 2009
Education & Research Foundation Research Grants Advisory Panel, 2008 - 2009
Editorial Review Board Vice-Chairman, 2007 – 2010
Committee on Fellows -Member, 2007 – 2009
National Quality Management Delegate, ASRT House of Delegates, 2006 – 2008
Quality Management Chapter – Chairman, 2006 – 2008
Baccalaureate Degree in Radiation Sciences Core Curriculum Committee, 2006 – 2007
Practice Standards Taskforce: Quality Management, 2005 – 2008
Practice Standards Taskforce: Radiologist Assistant, 2005 – 2006,
Practice Standards Taskforce: Computed Tomography, 2005 – 2006
Quality Management Delegate, Region VI, ASRT House of Delegates, 2003 – 2005
Management Modality Delegate, Region VI, ASRT House of Delegates, 1998 – 2000
Editorial Review Board- Member, 1995 – 2007
Member since 1983

Affiliate positions
Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Chairman, Editorial Review Board, 2014 – 2015
    Member Health Policy Committee, 2009 – 2013
    Editor Cardinal Rays, OSRT Newsletter, 2004 – 2005
    Co- chairman, Annual Meeting, 2004 – 2005
    Co-chairman of Health Policy Committee; Strategic Planning Committee, 2002 – 2008
    Co-chairman of Continuing Education Committee, 2001 – 2004
Parliamentarian, 1995 – 2013
OSRT Honorary Life Member

Other positions
State: Ohio Department of Health
General X-ray Machine Operator Examination Review Committee, 2012-2015
Radiation Generating Equipment Subcommittee -Radiation Advisory Council, 2002 – 2013
General X-ray Machine Operator Curriculum Revision Committee - Co-Chairman, 2006 – 2007

I envision AEIRS as the premier national organization addressing issues pertinent to both experienced and novice educators in all areas of the radiation sciences. In addition to meeting continuing educational needs of educators through a variety of venues, I also believe AEIRS should serve as the nucleus for scholarship and research in the field of radiation science education. I am supportive of creating a professional community to increase scholarship in the radiologic sciences and adult education in an effort to meet the needs of each educator based upon his/her level of experience and to increase scholarship development in radiologic science graduates.

I have been actively involved in professional organizations for over 35 years and have served in many capacities at the state and national level. My experience as an educator, clinician, radiology administrator, and organizational leadership consultant provide a well-rounded background in which allow me to see educational needs and issues from a variety of perspectives.

AEIRS should be the premier national organization representing experienced and novice educators in all areas of the radiation sciences and should be the nucleus for scholarship and research in the field of radiation science education.


Debra Poelhuis, M.S., R.T. (R) (M)
Director, Radiography Program
Montgomery County Community College
Pottstown, PA

AEIRS positions
Member since 2013

JRCERT positions
Chair of the Board, 2014–2015
1st Vice Chair 2011 – 2014
Board of Directors member, 2009 – 2010

ASRT Positions
Graduate of the ASRT Educator’s Leadership Academy, 2007
Member since 1984

Affiliate positions
Indiana State Society of Radiologic Technologists Senior Board Member, 1997 – 1998
Education Chapter Delegate, 1997–1999
Chairman of the Board, 1996 – 1997
ISRT Alternate Affiliate Delegate, 1995–1996
Senior Board Member, 1993 –1994
ISRT Journal Editor, 1993 – 2002
Mammography Chapter Delegate, 1993–1994
Chairman of the Board, 1992 –1993
President, 1991 – 1992
President Elect, 1990 – 1991
Vice President, 1989 – 1990
Region VI Alternate Affiliate Delegate, 1989–1990
Vice President, 1988–1989
Secretary, 1985 – 1988
District VIII President, 1985 – 1986

Other positions
JRCERT Site Visitor, 2009 – 2015
Indiana State Radiologic Certification Board, member 1987 – 1990
Radiography Program Director, 1980 – present

I see AEIRS heading towards the stimulating vision of continuing to change the education of generations to come in our field. Combining new educational strategies to improve students' communication skills, inspiring them to work as a vital part of the healthcare team, teaching future imaging professionals’ proficiency in their field and enhancing professional development of educators are the strategic elements in advancing this profession.

My many years on the ISRT Board of Directors and most recently my six years on the JRCERT Board of Directors along with 24 years as a Radiography Program Director make me an ideal candidate for this position. I understand how a board operates, the needed give and take of board members, what it takes to help elevate the goals of an organization, and most importantly the importance of this particular board. I have always tried to give back to this profession that I love, and I would like to continue to do so by serving in this position. I believe with my knowledge and practical experiences in the field I would be a valuable asset to this organization.

AEIRS should remain focused on the elevation, growth and advancement of radiologic science educators and the profession.


Lindsey Swift, M.B.A., R.T. (R)(ARRT), C.R.T.
Radiography Program Director
Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences
Richmond, CA

AEIRS positions
Member since 2014

Other positions
Program Director, 2014 – present
ACERT member since 2014
California Society of Radiologic Technologists, member 2010 – 2011
Radiologic Technologist Educators of California, member 2008 – 2009

I was fortunate enough to attend the AEIRS conference in Ohio last April and was impressed with the conference and all that I learned. I had not heard of AEIRS the first 5 years of being in education and I wish I had been involved sooner. I would like to see AEIRS grow and continue to present on topics that are relative to our industry. All educators in the Allied Health Sciences should be a part of AEIRS.

I have worked in education the last 7 years and recently became the program director. Prior to my current position I was the Regional Director for an organization that provided in home care and facility placement for elders in addition to working as a radiologic technologist.

To assure that all educators in the Allied Health Sciences know about AEIRS and that our membership increases.


Clinical Coordinator / Instructor
North Central Texas College
Gainesville, TX

AEIRS positions Annual Meeting Volunteer, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Recruitment Committee Chair, 2014
Member since 2007

ASRT positions
Member since 2010

Affiliate Positions
Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists
President Elect 2014
Vice President 2013
Student Committee, 2011, 2012
Member since 2002

Other positions
Clinical Coordinator, 2007 – present

I see AEIRS continuing to grow and uniting Radiology educators nationwide. I see that the mentoring program as well as the collaboration of all radiologic science modalities will continue to keep educators informed and networked.

I became an active member in Radiologic Technology professional societies since my graduation from the radiology program I attended many years ago. Through the years I have volunteered on many committees and have attended many seminars at the local, state, and national level. I am an active member of TSRT, ASRT, and AEIRS. I am currently the Radiology Clinical Coordinator and Educator for North Central Texas College in Gainesville, TX. I have worked in many modalities over the years including Mammography, Bone Densitometry, and CT.

Provide high quality seminars that cover all the areas of Radiologic science. Support publications to keep technologist and educators alike informed of new ideas and current issues. Support grant and scholarship opportunities that will permit educators to teach at the highest academic level. Technology and pedagogy are continually changing and these initiatives will continue to further our field.