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The election results will be posted on April 1st.

2018 AEIRS Candidate Profiles


Nina Kowalczyk, Ph.D., RT(R)(CT)(QM), FASRT, FAEIRS
Columbus, OH

AEIRS positions
Director- at- Large 2015-2018
Annual Meeting Chairman 2016-2017
Honors Program Chairman 2015-2016
Editorial Review Board Member, 2012 – 2015
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
AEIRS Fellow, 2017
Member, 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-Present
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 and imaging sciences. In addition to meeting continuing educational needs of educators through a variety of venues, I also believe AEIRS should support scholarship and research in the field of radiation and imaging science education. I am supportive of creating a professional community to continually increase scholarship of all radiologic and imaging science educators through the sharing of educational philosophies, activities and experiences to enhance the professional development of our current students and graduates.

I have been actively involved in AEIRS for the past 13 years, most recently serving a three-year term as Director- at- Large. In addition, I have been actively involved in state and national professional organizations for almost 40 years. My work experience as an educator, researcher, clinician, radiology administrator, and organizational leadership consultant provide a well-rounded background and diverse perspective to serve as AEIRS president.

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


Melanie Billmeier, MSRS, RT(R)
Division Chair Radiologic Technology
North Central Texas College
Gainesville, Texas

AEIRS positions
Annual Meeting Volunteer, 2010-present
Networking Committee Vice Chair, 2015-present
Member, 2010-present

ASRT positions
Member, 2010-present

Affiliate positions
The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Member, 2005 - present

Other positions
North Central Texas College
    Program Director and Division Chair, 2005 – present

I see AEIRS heading in a positive direction to be a collaborative opportunity for educators across the country (and world) to inspire a new generation of medical imaging and therapy professionals through higher education.

My past experiences as a volunteer for AEIRS and serving on the networking committee has given me the opportunity to work closely with previous boards and to see and understand the inner-workings of the AEIRS organization. Outside of AEIRS, I have also served on multiple boards for my local community and school district. In the past, served as secretary/treasurer for PTA for many years and was on the Parks and Recreation Board my community. I am currently the Vice President of Operations for the Pilot Point Education Foundation and a trustee of the Pilot Point ISD school board.

AEIRS should be a resource for imaging and therapy educators for support and to exchange ideas for making the higher education experience better for both the educators and students. This is accomplished through the goals already outlined in the strategic plan of AEIRS for: networking, outreach and communications, educational resources, and leadership.


Joy Cook, MSEd, RT(R)(CT)(MR)
Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor
University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, Indiana

AEIRS positions
Member Networking Committee 2017-present
Member Networking Committee 2016-2017
Member, 2009-present

ASRT positions
Member Scanner Editorial Advisory Panel member, 2016-present
Member Bylaws Committee, 2016-present
Chairman ASRT Magnetic Resonance Chapter Steering Committee, 2016-present
Chairman ASRT Magnetic Resonance Chapter Delegate, 2016-present
Member Practice Standards Magnetic Resonance Subcommittee, 2013-present
Member Grassroot Network, 2012-present
Member House of Delegates Minutes Approval Committee, 2016-2017
Vice Chairman Magnetic Resonance Chapter Delegate, 2014-2016
Vice Chairman Magnetic Resonance Chapter Steering Committee, 2014-2016
Delegate First Alternate Magnetic Resonance Chapter, 2013-2014
Representative RT in DC, 2012
Graduate Leadership Academy, 2011

Affiliate positions
Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists- active member since 1995
    Member Senior Board, 2017-present
    Mentor Student Intern, 2017-present
    Chairman Finance Committee Chairman, 2017-present
    Editorial Review Committee, 2016-2017
    Scholarship Judge, 2016-2017
    Member Senior Board, 2015-2016
    Mentor Student Intern, 2015-2016
    Chairman Finance Committee, 2015-2016
    Treasurer Annual Conference Committee, 2016
    Immediate Past President, 2014-2015
    Editorial Review Committee, 2013-2014
    Member Finance Committee, 2013-2014
    President, 2013-2014
    Liaison Indiana Radiologic Society, 2013-2014
    General Chairman Annual Conference Committee, 2013
    President-Elect, 2012-2013
    General Chairman One Day Educational Seminar, 2012
    Vice President, 2011-2012
    Advertising Committee, 2011-2013
    Treasurer Spring Seminar Committee, 2007
    Member Legislative Committee, 2005-2013
    Graduate Leadership Academy, 2005

Other positions
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    Site Visitor, 2016 – present
University of Southern Indiana
    Clinical Coordinator, 2005-present

I see AEIRS heading into the future as the not only the premier resource for collaboration, resources, and support for current radiology educators but to also become the resource and mentor for those who are interested in or thinking about becoming an educator.

My past experiences in state and national organizations have allowed me to develop great communication, leadership, and mentorship skills. I would be honored to represent and advocate for the issues concerning education and educators. I am motivated for the challenge and look forward to representing educators and practice of teaching.

Fostering a community of sharing information, ideas, and best practices are highly important to grow as educators in the field of radiology. I also believe it is important to assist in the development of succession planning as qualified educators that hold the necessary degrees and qualifications to teach are becoming more difficult to find, recruit and fill open education positions. I would like to support current educators in their teaching endeavors and to support succession planning for programs.


Catherine Cooper, MS, RT(R)(CT)
Senior Instructor
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

AEIRS positions
Member Bylaws Committee, 2017-present
Member, 2008-present

ASRT positions
Affiliate Delegate, 2009-2014, 2015-present
Member Committee on Nominations, 2016-2017
Moderator for Educational Lecturers, Education Symposium, 2012, 2016
Student Mentor, Student Leadership Academy, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
Member Student Intern Selection Committee, 2011
Member, 2007 – present

Affiliate positions
Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Vice President, 2017 – present
    Chair Annual Conference Committee, 2009 – present
    Chair Fall Conference Committee, 2015 – present
    Member Public Relations Committee, 2011 – present
    Chair Nominations Committee, 2011
    Member Nominations Committee, 2014 – 2016
    Judge Student Scientific Essay Competition, 2012, 2016
    Judge Student Scientific Poster Competition, 2011, 2013
    Member Bylaws Committee, 2011, 2013 – 2015
    Chairman of the Board, 2011 – 2012
    Executive Board Member, 2010 – 2011
    President, 2009 – 2010
    President Elect, 2008 – 2009
    Member, 2000-present
Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Judge Scientific Manuscript Competition, 2017
    Judge Scientific Poster Competition Judge, 2016

Other positions
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    Site Visitor Apprentice, 2016 – present
University of South Alabama
    Clinical Coordinator, 2011-present

I believe AEIRS provides an opportunity for educators to enhance their professional development and network with other professionals in the field. Medical imaging is continuously evolving, and educators must be innovative and creative to remain current. Studies have shown our educator pool is aging, with many reaching retirement age in the near future. AEIRS can provide an opportunity to mentor new, enthusiastic educators who will promote and enhance excellence in service to patients.

I have been very active in the ALSRT, serving in almost every position on the Board of Directors. I have chaired the annual meeting since 2009, securing speakers and maintaining a conference budget resulting in an overall profit for the ALSRT. I am active with the ASRT, serving as affiliate delegate, student mentor, and on the nominations committee. Being a site visitor for JRCERT has provided the opportunity to meet other educators and expand my knowledge and understanding of education beyond my university. These experiences have prepared me for a leadership role in AEIRS.

As Director-at-Large, I will enthusiastically work to fulfil AEIRS current strategic plan of promoting professional development through research and collaboration by providing mentorship to current and emerging educators who are training future radiographers.


Shirley M. Douglass, MA, R.T. (R)
Director of Radiology Education and Operations
Medstar Washington Hospital Center Medical Imaging School
Washington DC

AEIRS positions
Member, 2016

Other positions
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    Site visitor, 2016 – present

I see AEIRS heading toward a more electronic format. I would like to see the AEIRS offer more online resources for instructors.

My past experiences outside of the field of Radiography include being an adult educator for girl scouts. I am always willing to try new teaching methods.

AEIRS should be a resource for new and old educators to obtain more information and assistance on many topics.


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

AEIRS positions
Chair Scholarship Committee, 2015 – Present
Co-chair Research Scholarship Committee, 2014 – 2015
Member Research Scholarship Committee, 2012 – Present
Member, 2010-present

ASRT positions
Member Scanner Editorial Review Board, 2017-present
Member Committee on R.T Advocacy (CRTA), 2012 – 2014
Graduate of the ASRT Educator’s Leadership Academy, 2008
Member, 1995-present

Affiliate positions
Association of Educators in the State of New York (AERTSNY)
    President-Elect, 2016 – 2018
    Conference Coordinator, 2016- Present
    Chair of the Board, 2014 – 2016
    President, 2012 – 2014
    Vice-President, 2008 – 2010
    Corresponding Secretary, 2008 – 2010
    Member, 2001
New York State Society of Radiological Sciences (NYSSRS)
    Co-Chair Scholarship Committee, 2008 – 2014
    Judge NYSSRS Essay contest, 2013
    Nominating Chair, 2010 – 2011

Other positions
Hostos Community College-City University of New York
    Chair of Allied Health Sciences, 2013 – present
    Program Director Radiologic Technology, 2010 – present
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    Site Visitor, 2008 – present
Graduate Pennsylvania State Leadership Academy, 2016

My vision for AEIRS is to offer opportunity for research and scholarship through the implementation of additional scholarships, grants and research projects. I also envision a strong peer mentoring program. Our future leaders need to be nurtured and network with leaders within the profession. I would also like to see more communication with state educator’s societies across the country.

I am a good listener who is considerate, fair, transparent and motivated by passion. Open and effective communication is an important quality I practice daily. I bring over 25 years of experience as an educator and a graduate of two leadership academies. I am also organized, committed and steadfast in my efforts.

My first goals would be to enhance research, grants, and travel abroad prospects through endowment to fund educational opportunities. A second goal would be to implement and offer educational workshops and webinars. I would also like to see collaboration from state educational societies by developing and implementing a discussion board to share ideas. Finally, I would like and work on increasing membership.


Angela D. Eaton, M.Ed, RT(R)(CT)(VI)
Assistant Professor
St. John’s University
Queens, New York

AEIRS positions
Member Nominating Committee, 2014-2017
Sergeant-at-Arms Annual Meeting, 2017
Member, 2014-present

Affiliate positions
Alamo Area Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Member Executive Board, 2005-2011
    President, 2008
    Vice President, 2007
    Secretary, 2006
    Member, 2000-2012

Other positions
Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology State of New York
    Sergeant-at-Arms Annual Meeting, 2017

I see AEIRS as a vibrant intellectual community that values teaching, research, scholarship and technology, as well as promotes professionalism in the field of radiologic sciences and imaging.

My 27 years of experience as a radiologic technologist in different modalities and 13 years as an educator in diverse educational environments has given me valuable insight into the field and the education of students from many backgrounds. As an officer and board member of the AASRT I remained actively involved with the members and community and I increased membership by 20% and initiated a student membership in addition to fulfilling all of the duties for the positions I held.

AEIRS should be a community of life-long learners and educators in the Imaging and Radiologic Sciences that supports, encourages, and influences its members and future members in their academic careers. AEIRS should be known for excellence in Imaging and Radiologic Science education, scholarship and research, and be the first place members look to for best practices.


Elizabeth Lorusso, MRT(MR), MRSO(R), XSO, RT(R), B Appl Sc
Coordinator/Professor MRI Program
Faculty of Health, Community Studies and Public Safety
Fanshawe College
London, Ontario

AEIRS positions
Member, 2017-present

ASRT positions
Graduate, ASRT Educator’s Leadership Academy
Member, 2015 – present

Affiliate positions
College of Medical Radiation Technologists
    Member Fitness to Practice Committee, 2012-2015
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologist
    Board of Directors, 2016-present

Other positions
Surveyor Canadian Medical Association Conjoint Accreditation Committee Program 2011-present
Writer and Reviewer CAMRT National exam questions, 2010-2016
Member New CAMRT MRI competency Profile committee, 2014
Reviewer Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences, 2014-present

I see AEIRS as a leader in Radiologic Science educator’s forums. In Canada we do not have this level of organization for educators, nor a forum to learn from, with and about each other’s best practice. I would like to see Canadian educators have more opportunities to row professionally.

My experiences include creating and executing of a post graduate certificate program. I am excited to utilize the skills I have in the role of Coordinator in the MRI program and as a faculty member for the last 11 years. I am currently the Radiographer of the year in Ontario, as selected by the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. I have been selected as a Distinguished Alumni and will receive this award February 8, 2018.

I am excited to share my enthusiasm and advocacy for the profession and I believe that this role will allow me to do so in an even more meaningful way. I humbly ask you for your consideration in electing me to the role of Director at Large. Thank you all.


Tammy Webster, MPA, RT(R)(M)
Director or Radiography, CT, and CVIT
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska

AEIRS positions
Member, Editorial Review Board, 2017
Member, Research/Grant Committee, 2016
Chair, Recruitment Committee, 2015 – 2016
Vice Chair, Recruitment Committee, 2014 – 2015
Member, Recruitment Committee, 2006 – 2014
Member, 2002

ASRT positions
Member, 2000 – present

Affiliate positions
The Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Secretary/Treasurer, 2003 – 2005
    Member, 2000 - present

Other positions
University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Director of Radiography, CT, CVIT, Associate Professor of Allied Health Professions, 2013 – present
    Clinical Education Coordinator for Radiography and CVIT, 2001-2013
Nebraska Medicine
    Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, 2000-2001

AEIRS paves the road for educators to promote best practices and student-centered learning experiences. AEIRS embodies a shared community of educators aiming to shape the minds of learners, one learner at a time. AEIRS supports educators through resources and network building opportunities where members can freely collaborate, share, and constructively challenge ideas.

I have been fortunate to serve in a faculty role for the past 16 years, and have been a member of an AEIRS committee for 11 years. I am passionate about student learning and promoting faculty development, and have a forward-thinking mindset. As a PhD candidate researching critical thinking, I have a zest for higher learning and commitment to a learning environment that allows students to reach their full potential.

AEIRS should expand its outreach and marketing campaign to untapped communities of interest to increase membership.
AEIRS should promote scholarship through an increased number of grant and article submissions.
AEIRS should expand resource offerings in an effort to promote best practices related to the education of students along with preparing future practitioners to meet the needs of an evolving work environment.
AEIRS should maximize mentoring opportunities to facilitate growth and development among educators.


Mari King, Ed.D, RT(R), FAEIRS
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA

AEIRS positions
Chair, Committee on Fellows, 2017-present
Chair, Research Grant Committee, 2017-present
Member Committee on Fellows 2016-2017
Vice-Chair, Research/Scholarship Committee, 2015-2017
Fellow status, 2015
Co-Chair, Research/Scholarship Committee, 2014-2015
Parliamentarian, Annual Business Meeting, 2011-2016
Chair, Research/Scholarship Committee, 2011-2014
Chair, Nominations Committee, 2010-2011
Chair, Board of Directors, 2009-2010
President, 2008-2009
President-elect, 2007-2008
Secretary, 2006-2007
Chair, Annual Meeting Committee, 2005-2006
Director-at-Large, 2004-2006
Chair, Honors Lecture Committee, 2004-2005
Volunteer Annual Meeting, 2003-2016

Other positions
Misericordia University
    Vice President of Academic Affairs, 2006-2014
    Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, 2005-2006
    Chair, Division of Health Sciences, 2002-2005
    Chair, Faculty Senate, 1992-1994
    Acting Department Chair, Fall 1987, Summer 1991, Spring 1997

I am honored to be considered for Life membership in this great organization. My involvement in various positions has helped me grow both personally and professionally. The takeaways include respect for my AEIRS colleagues and the goals that we share, a deeper understanding of the intricacies of AEIRS, and the importance of member support. The major lesson learned: No challenge is too great if we tackle it together.

My long-term commitment to AEIRS is evidenced by 25 years of continuous membership, and active participation. During my tenure in leadership positions on the Board of Directors, AEIRS hosted our first solo meeting in many years, secured indexation for Radiologic Science & Education, introduced the International Scholarship Travel Fund and Invest in the Future Grant, launched AEIRS Facebook page, redesigned our logo, and increased networking and professional development opportunities. Through these and other initiatives, I believe the Board’s vision of making AEIRS an even stronger and more unified organization and one positioned to better serve our members was realized. Much has been accomplished since that time. However, we must strive to build upon what has already been done. I plan to continue to leave my imprint on AEIRS for years to come.


James B. Temme, MPA, RT(R)(QM), FASRT, FAEIRS
Professor Emeritus
Department of Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences
College of Allied Health Professions
University of Nebraska Medical Center

AEIRS positions
Chair, Research/Scholarship Committee, 2003-2010
Honors Lecture AEIRS Conference, 2006
Member Education Committee, 1998-1999
Member Research and Scholarship Committee, 1995-present
Member Core Curriculum Committee, 1995-2005
Member Fellows Committee, 1997-2009
Chair, Fellows Committee, 1995-2001
Fellow status, 1994
Chair, Nominations Committee, 1993-94
Chair, Public Relations Committee, 1987-1990
Board member Director-at-Large, 1985-1987
Member, AEIRS, 1976-present

ASRT positions
Life Member Status, 2016
Delegate Quality Management Chapter, 2014-2018
Chair Board of Directors, 2011-2012
President, 2010-2011
Member Radiography Curriculum Revision Committee, 2010-2011
President Elect, 2009-2010
Vice President, 2008-2009
Secretary/Treasurer, 2007-2008
Member Task force on Forensic Radiography, 2007-2008
Member the Commission, 2006-2007
Head Teller House of Delegates, 2001-2006
Fellow Status 1995
Chair Nominations Committee, 1994-1995
Member Nominations Committee, 1993-1994
Delegate Education Chapter, 1996-1998
Chair Steering Committee, Education Chapter, 1996
Member Editorial Review Board, Journal of Radiation Oncology Sciences, 1993-1996
Member Editorial Review Board, Journal of Radiologic Technology, 1991-1997
Chair Commission on Education, 1991-1992
Vice Chair Commission on Education, 1990-1991
Member Commission on Education, 1989-1992
Chair Credentials Committee, 1989-1991
Member Credentials Committee, 1989-91, 1993-1994
Delegate NSRT Affiliate, 1987-1988
Counselor, 1980-1983
Member Student Activities Committee, 1978-1979
Member Legislative Activities Committee, 1976-1977
Member, 1973-present

Affiliate positions
The Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Life Member Status, 1996
    Chair Annual Conference, 1987, 1998, 2008
    Chair Awards Committee, 1988-present
    Chair Board of Directors, 1987-1988, 1979-1980
    Member Board of Directors, 1975-1983, 1987-1988
    Chair Education Committee, 1974-1976
    President, 1976-1977
    President Elect, 1975-1976
    Member, 1973-present

Other positions
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences (MITS)
    Professor Emeritus, 2018
    Director and O’Malley Chair, 2011-2017
    Director MITS, 2000-2011
    Program Director Radiography, 1979-2000
    Educational Coordinator, Radiography Program 1974-1979

I have always been proud of my membership within the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiation Science (AEIRS). I was encouraged to join by two of the founding members and my mentors, Del Henderson and LaVern Gurley. I have been a continuous member of AEIRS, beginning in May of 1976, when AEIRS was officially named the Association of University Radiologic Technologists (AURT).

From the beginning of my membership, I have been an advocate for the AEIRS and the Radiation Science profession. The networking opportunities and educational conferences offered by the AEIRS are unmatched. One of my highest professional honors was in my installation as a Charter member of the Academy of Fellows of the AERS. I was again honored in 2006 to give the Honors Lecture during the join conference of the ASRT, the ISRRT, and the AEIRS. In reviewing the latest AEIRS Strategic Plan I see that the mission of our organization continues. The AEIRS with continue to be a leader in Radiation Science education by facilitating the exchange of scholarly work and encouraging research. To be awarded Life membership of this prestigious organization would be the highlight of my professional career.