Chair of the Board
Tiffani Walker, MSRS, R.T. (R)
Tiffani Walker is employed by Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in the greater Los Angeles, CA area as Assistant Program Director for the Radiologic Science program. Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Walker was employed in several modalities including General Radiography, Computed Tomography, Mammography, and Bone Densitometry. Her experience in imaging has given her the drive to become an educator. Prior to Burnick Academy she had been been teaching at North Central Texas College for over 10 years.
Tiffani completed her education for Associates, Bachelors, and Masters in Radiologic Technology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas – her home town. She is currently seeking a Doctorate at Texas Women’s University in Health Studies.
Ms. Walker has been a member of AEIRS, served as a volunteer for many years, and committee chair for the recruitment committee. She has been a long time member of American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), as well as, served on several committees and as HOD. She is a member and Past President of the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologist (TSRT).
Currently Tiffani is working with RAD-AID as the director of the technologist program and was a previous RAD-AID ASRT Foundation Outreach Fellow.
Tiffani has published articles, a reviewer for several textbooks, and has presented numerous presentations at the state, national, and international levels. She currently lives in Savannah, TX and enjoys spending time outdoors when time permits with her family and blood hound.
Nina Kowalczyk, PhD, RT(R)(CT)(QM), FAEIRS, FASRT
Nina Kowalczyk currently works as an educational consultant and author in the radiologic and imaging sciences. She retired from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where she was employed for over 30 years. During her tenure she served as an Organizational Effectiveness/Executive Leadership Consultant for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, an Assistant Professor in the Radiologic Sciences within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, as well as Associate Director of the Department of Radiology, Wexner Medical Center.
Nina received her certificate in radiography from Mount Carmel Medical Center. She earned a B.S. in Radiologic Sciences, an M.S. in Allied Health Administration, an M.A. in Adult Education and Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Research Methods. She has experience teaching at the certificate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Nina also practiced in radiology administration for over 15 years serving as the associate director of radiology for two large health systems in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Kowalczyk is an active member of several professional organizations. She served as the Executive Director of Spectrum for eight years, a member of the AEIRS Board of Directors for four years, and she is a Fellow of the Association of Educators in the Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. Nina is a life member of The Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists, a Fellow and life member of The American Society of Radiologic Technologists, past Chairman of the Radiologic Technology Editorial Review Board, past Chairman of the ASRT Foundation Research Grant Advisory Panel, member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ RA essay review board, and currently serves as the president of AEIRS.
Nina has conducted original research and published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the radiologic sciences and medicine. She also has authored several textbooks/chapters and continuing education programs in the radiologic sciences. In addition, Dr. Kowalczyk has presented for the past 30 years at the state, national, and international levels.
Debra Poelhuis, MS, RT(R)(M)
Debra (Debbie) Poelhuis, MS, RT(R)(M) retired as the founding Program Director for the AS Radiography program at Montgomery County Community College (12 years). She served as the mentor and Clinical Coordinator in 2015-2016 following her retirement. She was also the founding Program Director at Owensboro Community College in Owensboro, KY (13 years) prior to relocating to PA. With over 45 years of experience in the radiologic sciences, she began her career as a diagnostic radiographer and during her years as a clinician worked in interventional radiology, mammography, forensics and CT. She began her education career as clinical instructor at Deaconess Hospital for the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN.
She is currently serving in the role of Associate Manager- RAD AID India and has gone to Chandigarh, India with RAD-AID four times in the past 16 months with the Asha Jyoti project, a women’s health mobile van doing screenings in mammography, dexa scanning and colposcopy. She is returning in November 2018 with the hopes of starting another breast screening project in Nashik, India
Debbie received her certificate in radiography from Deaconess Hospital, graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a BS in Health Sciences and from Indiana State University with an MS in Agency Counseling with a concentration in Education. She is a past-president of the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT) and has also served as a delegate for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). In addition to this appointment as Director at Large for AEIRS, Ms. Poelhuis served on the Board of Directors for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, serving as Chair during her sixth year. She currently serves as a site visitor chair for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. She is a life member of the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Debbie has published articles in RT Image for Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals, AHRA and the ASRT Journal. In addition to being a co-author on three editions of Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook for Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, she has co-authored the Carlton & Adler Workbook for Principles of Radiographic Imaging with Ms. Nina Kowalczyk. Ms. Poelhuis has presented numerous presentations over the years at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.
Julie Gill, PhD, RT(R)(QM)
Julie Gill, PhD, RT(R)(QM) is a professor and department chair in the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Allied Health Department where she also serves as the Program Director of the Radiation Science Technology – Distance Learning bachelor’s degree completion program. Dr. Gill graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Professions with a major in Radiologic Technology. She also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. Clinically, she has been employed as a radiographer, mammographer, and manager. She began practicing in radiologic science education in 1989 and has been employed as a Clinical Coordinator, Program Director, Department Chair, and Dean.
Dr. Gill has been active professionally on local, state, and national levels. She is a life member of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) and she served five years on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and is serving her third term on the OSRT Board. She has served on the Editorial Review Board for the ASRT and AEIRS and has served as a delegate for the ASRT. She has co-chaired several OSRT Annual Meetings and currently serves as President for the OSRT. Dr. Gill has delivered multiple local, state, regional, national, and international presentations.
Julie lives outside of Columbus, Ohio with her husband, sister, and 3 dogs. She loves to cook and serve at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio and spend time with her grandson Aiden, doing whatever he wants to do.
Charles I. Drago, D.H.Ed., R.T. (R) (CT)
Charles Drago is employed at Hostos Community College-City University of New York where he is a tenured professor and serves in a dual role as Program Director of Radiologic Technology and Chair of the combined Allied Health Programs. He has been educating students for over 25 years and he has taught courses in pathology, radiation physics, anatomy and radiation biology. Charles is committed to providing the highest level of education to students and providing them with the opportunities they need to succeed.
Charles graduated with a certificate from Mercy Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology in Rockville Centre , New York and received his B. S in Radiological Sciences from Long Island University, his MS.Ed is in health education from Lehman College and his D.H.Ed. is in Health Education from A.T Still University. Charles is also a graduate from the leadership academy at Pennsylvania State University. His research interest are critical thinking and ethical issues related to health professions.
Charles is member of several organizations including the American Society of Radiologic Technologist, New York State Society of Radiological Sciences and past and current President of the Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology in the State of New York.
Charles is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Massapequa, New York. He was born and raised on Long Island and enjoys spending his spare time with his family and friends.
Mari P. King, EdD, RT(R), FAEIRS
Accident-prone as a child, Dr. King made many visits to the x-ray department. Inspired by her experiences, she earned an A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology from College Misericordia in 1975. Mari never planned to be an educator. However, less than six months after earning her degree, she was teaching in the program. It was during that first semester she knew she had found her calling.
In 1979, Mari earned a bachelor’s degree from College Misericordia. She completed a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration at Marywood University in 1989, and an Ed.D. in Educational Technology at Lehigh University in 2002. Most recently, she obtained a Professional Certificate in Online Education through the University of Wisconsin.
Her forty plus years of higher education experience at Misericordia include three semesters as acting chair of the Medical Imaging Department, two years as Faculty Senate chair, three years as Health Sciences Division chair, one year as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, and eight years as Vice President of Academic Affairs during which she played an integral role in transitioning Misericordia from college to university status.
Dr. King’s long-term commitment to AEIRS is evidenced by 28 years of continuous membership and active participation. During her tenure in leadership positions on the Board of Directors from 2004 through 2010, AEIRS hosted its 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 its logo, developed a more collaborative and interactive strategic planning process, and increased networking and professional development opportunities for members. Mari’s service to AEIRS didn’t stop upon completion of her first term on the Board. She was elevated to Fellow status in 2015 and earned Life Membership in 2018. She currently serves as chair of the Committee on Fellows and Director-at-Large.
Mari has presented at local, regional, national and international levels. She has published on cross-cultural issues in health care, provided consultation to colleges contemplating a move to university status, and served as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She is also actively involved in her church and community.
Since returning to the full-time faculty in 2014, Mari begins each day knowing she has a priceless opportunity to interact with the future of imaging and radiologic sciences, identify potential educators and grow new leaders. Dr. King believes educating future healthcare professionals is one of life’s great rewards, which is complemented by her passion for lifelong learning and her commitment to paying it forward.
Tammy Webster, PhD, MPA, RT(R)(M), FAEIRS
Tammy Webster is an Associate Professor in the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Additionally, she currently serves as the Program Director of Radiography, Cardiovascular Interventional Technology, and Computed Tomography.
Tammy received her Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2000 followed by receiving her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002. She then received her PhD in Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area with a focus on critical thinking from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018.
Tammy has been a long-standing member of AEIRS to include volunteer service on various committees as both a member and chair. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for both AEIRS and ASRT. Tammy is the Executive Editor for the AEIRS Spectrum newsletter and was inducted as an AEIRS Fellow in July of 2019. Tammy has published articles, received professional grant funding as a co-investigator, and presented at the state, national, and international levels.