Meet the Speakers

Meet your presenters for the 2017 ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference.

  • Robert Adams, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD, FASRT, FAAMD
    Robert Adams, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD, FASRT, FAAMD

    Robert Adams received his master’s degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from North Carolina State University. He also is certified in radiography, radiation therapy and medical dosimetry. He is an assistant professor in the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology and the newly developed UNC Division of Human Factors Engineering. He is both an ASRT and AAMD Fellow.

    Dr. Adams has delivered 67 international and national professional continuing education talks, published 58 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored the book, Engineering Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology. In addition, 39 of his abstracts have been accepted for professional meetings. He has served on the Editorial Review Boards of the ASRT journal, Radiation Therapist, as well as Medical Dosimetry and The Canadian Journal of Medical Imaging in Radiologic Sciences. He has been awarded three federal research grants as the primary investigator and is currently part of three additional research grants, which were funded in 2015.

    Connect with Dr. Adams in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Barbara Agrimson, B.S., R.T.(R)(T), CMD
    Barbara Agrimson, B.S., R.T.(R)(T), CMD

    Barbara Agrimson is a dosimetrist and instructor for Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Her educational background includes an associate degree in radiography, bachelor of science degree in radiation therapy and certifications in dosimetry and health care administration. In addition to holding positions as a radiation therapist, radiation therapy instructor, interim radiation therapy program director and clinical dosimetrist, Barbara has lectured at local, regional and national conferences.

    Connect with Barbara in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Kelsey Alford, A.S., A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Kelsey Alford, A.S., A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Kelsey Alford is a certified and registered radiation therapist based in Sherman, Texas. She has worked for Texas Oncology in Sherman and McKinney, Texas, since receiving her license in 2016. She has associate degrees in radiologic technology and science. After completing her radiologic technology program in Paris, Texas, she specialized in radiation therapy at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and completed clinical studies at the Paris oncology branch.

    Since beginning her career in 2016, Kelsey has gained experience working with Varian and Elekta linear accelerators. Kelsey considers her co-workers family and Sherman, Texas, her home.

    Connect with Kelsey in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Laura Alipoon, Ed.D., Ed.S., R.T.(R)
    Laura Alipoon, Ed.D., Ed.S., R.T.(R)

    Laura Alipoon is the chair of the radiation technology department for the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions. In addition to chairing a department that includes 14 programs, she teaches courses in emotional intelligence, instructional design and adult learning theories.

    Dr. Alipoon’s educational background includes a doctoral degree in education, a master’s degree in counselor education, a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and an associate degree in medical radiography. She also has earned 72 hours of education in coaching, including topics such as emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry and executive coaching.

    In addition to many poster presentations, Dr. Alipoon has given numerous peer-reviewed presentations at local, state, national and international conferences.

    Connect with Dr. Alipoon in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Stacy Anderson, M.S., R.T.(T), CMD
    Stacy Anderson, M.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Stacy Anderson is the radiation therapy and medical dosimetry program director for the department of medical imaging and radiation sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Allied Health, in Oklahoma City.

    Before her academic career, Stacy was a radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist for a large teaching hospital in Oklahoma City. She received her master’s degree in epidemiology/biostatistics, as well as a B.S.R.T. in radiologic technology – radiation therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She is ARRT certified and registered in radiation therapy, as well as a certified medical dosimetrist from the MDCB.

    Stacy is active in the American Society of Radiologic Technology and has served as a radiation therapy and medical dosimetry delegate for more than 20 years. She also served on numerous ASRT committees, commissions and task forces, including the Radiation Therapist Editorial Review Board. She is active at the state level serving as a board member of the Oklahoma Society of Radiologic Technologists.

    Stacy has lectured at numerous local, state and national conferences.

    Connect with Stacy in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Jessica Archambault, A.S., R.T.(T), CMD
    Jessica Archambault, A.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Jessica Archambault has a dual role in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. She splits her time working as a dosimetrist and as a radiation therapist, demonstrating her flexibility in working wherever she is needed. Jessica is the Clarity ultrasound system on-site expert, taking on a supportive role as mentor for the department. She participates in the quality assurance and patient education committees in her department.

    Jessica has 23 years of experience as a radiation therapist and 12 years as a dosimetrist. She obtained her associate degree in radiologic technology at the University of Vermont and pursued her career dosimetry while working for the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She is a certified and registered radiation therapist and certified medical dosimetrist.

    Jessica is an active member of the American Society of Radiologic Technology and the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board. She presented the lecture, “3-D Ultrasound Enhances Treatment Planning and Delivery for Electron Boost” at the ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference in 2013.

    Connect with Jessica in the ASRT Communities [118747] or by email [jessica.archambault@uvmhealth.org].

    Connect with Jessica in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Carmen Ayala, M.S.W., LCSW
    Carmen Ayala, M.S.W., LCSW

    Carmen Ayala graduated from Southwestern College and SDSU, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of social work with a focus in mental health. During her studies, one field placement was at Rady Children’s Hospital, where she facilitated a mother’s group in Spanish. She was hired upon graduation, and her work included pediatric trauma and intensive care. Although she kept a per diem position at Rady until May of this year, she moved to the radiation oncology department in the UCSD Health System in 2007. She now works with pediatric and adult cancer patients and their families.

    Carmen had a marvelous education at SDSU and is grateful for her mentors. She benefitted from exposure to now legendary clinicians, such as Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Carl Rogers, Virginia Satir and Albert Ellis. She attended talks and trainings given by these and other cutting-edge mental health pioneers that stimulated her desire to explore resilience and positive psychology. She continues to explore positive psychology in the health system around issues of life, loss, grief and death.

    Connect with Carmen by email.
  • Bill Barnat, A.A.
    Bill Barnat, A.A.

    Bill Barnat is a positioning product specialist who has worked in radiation oncology with CIVCO for 18 years. During his time with CIVCO, Bill has visited numerous radiation oncology centers, gleaning valuable setup tips, techniques and insights from clinics in the United States and abroad. He has seen the technology evolve from four-field to 4-D and port films to IGRT, and he has observed the accompanying changes and challenges these advances bring to patient setup and motion management.

    Bill has spoken at numerous patient positioning symposiums, nationally and internationally. He enjoys sharing the many perspectives he has gained from his clinical travels, tapping into the rich vein of those who have mastered the art of setup for the science of radiation delivery.

    Bill now focuses much of his expertise on assisting departments with their SBRT setups, helping them achieve the heightened inter- and intra-fraction requirements that come with hypo-fractionated treatments.

    Connect with Bill by email.
  • Marie Bass, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Marie Bass, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Marie Bass is a lead therapist for Duke Radiation Oncology, with 15 years of experience. She is an active ASRT member who has presented at local and national conferences. In 2002, she received her associate of applied sciences and is certified and registered in radiography and radiation therapy. She is the chair of the falls committee in her department and a member of several Duke Hospital-based safety committees. She is passionate about patient and staff safety, and she has worked with hospital leadership at the in-patient level to create a strategy to implement a lift-free work environment.

    Marie is excited to present at the ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference. She believes that therapists should not only be safe in their day-to-day work, but they also should be diligent about recognizing what goes on around them and understanding how they should respond to an unsafe situation.

    Connect with Marie in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Maryse Biron, M.Ed., R.T.(T)
    Maryse Biron, M.Ed., R.T.(T)

    Maryse Biron is a radiation therapist for the University of Vermont Medical Center and is the clinical coordinator for the radiation therapy program at the University of Vermont in Burlington. She received her undergraduate degree in radiation therapy from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in education from Saint Michael’s College. Maryse has 33 years of experience as a therapist in radiation oncology. She worked to establish the use of the clinical education lab using a virtual linear accelerator to enhance the clinical education of radiation therapy students at the University of Vermont.

    Maryse is a member of the ASRT and AEIRS, and she is active on many University of Vermont committees, including the program director search committee and the part time and adjunct faculty promotion committee. She presented at the ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference in 2013 and Qfix positioning symposiums in 2013 and 2014.

    Connect with Maryse by email.
  • Breann Bollinger, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Breann Bollinger, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Breann Bollinger is a lead therapist for Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, where she has worked for 13 years. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an active member of the ASRT, who has lectured at local and national conferences and has authored two publications for ASRT. Breann also serves on the program advisory committee for the UNC and Pitt Community College radiation therapy programs.

    Breann is an advocate for department and hospital safety to ensure employee and patient safety. She feels that all health care workers require proper training to recognize endangerment and know how to respond to unsafe situations. She is excited to present on this topic at the national level.

    Connect with Breann in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Adam Brown, B.S., R.T.(T), CMD
    Adam Brown, B.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Adam Brown joined Revenue Cycle Inc. as an oncology consultant with more than 21 years in the radiation oncology field. As a member of the team, he provides consulting services to radiation oncology clients nationwide. His strengths include attention to detail, documentation and billing compliance reviews, departmental process assessments and education for oncology practices.

    Before joining Revenue Cycle, Adam was a medical dosimetrist and radiation therapist for well-respected cancer centers. Throughout his career, he has served in operational positions in radiation oncology, managing and overseeing the operation of radiology departments, as well as cancer centers and staff, and implementing and purchasing new products and technology.

    Adam earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma, furthering his education with a certificate in medical dosimetry. He is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists.

    Connect with Adam in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • J Buchanan
    Jennifer Buchanan, B.S. R.T.(R)(T)

    052 ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That’: Documentation, Reimbursement and Compliance

    Jennifer Buchanan has nine years of experience in radiation oncology, including five years as a lead radiation therapist, and serves as the lead consultant for the Remote Solutions team at Revenue Cycle Inc. She is a highly analytical radiation therapy professional with a strong clinical and managerial background. Her education includes a bachelor of science degree in radiation therapy from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as an associate of science degree in radiography from Indiana University Northwest.

    Connect with Jennifer in the ASRT Communities.

  • Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, M.D., M.P.H.
    Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, M.D., M.P.H.

    Radiation oncologist and entrepreneur Elizabeth Chabner Thompson has devoted her career to taking care of women. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, Dr. Chabner Thompson, then a medical student at Johns Hopkins, decided to focus her career on cancer treatment. She obtained a master’s degree in public health from Harvard in 1996 and completed her residency at the Harvard combined program for radiation therapy in 1997.

    In 2006, Dr. Chabner Thompson gained new perspective when she underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. The experience of recovering from this surgery and the interactions with her physicians led her to begin working in the reconstructive surgery field, helping other women with the difficult decision-making process and recovery from breast surgery.

    In 2011, she founded BFFL Co (“Best Friends for Life”), a company dedicated to the development of modern recovery products as well as patented surgical and radiation garments. She holds seven U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents for her novel medical devices.

    Dr. Chabner Thompson has taught medical terminology at New York’s Lehman College and contributed to numerous television and radio programs. She has been on the alumni boards of the Harvard School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and serves on numerous medical boards. In 2012, Dr. Chabner Thompson won the American Cancer Society Ally Award.

    Connect with Dr. Chabner Thompson by email.
  • Eric Chambers, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Eric Chambers, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Eric Chambers is a senior radiation therapist for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His education began at Texas Tech University where, while earning his bachelor of science in biology, he assisted in a laboratory investigation of the long-term side effects of radiation on animals inhabiting the Chernobyl fallout zone. After graduation, he earned another baccalaureate degree, this time, in radiation therapy, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

    During his time at UTSW, Eric has been active in the research and implementation of novel treatment techniques for total body irradiation, CBCT-based treatment planning and stereotactic body radiation therapy. In addition to research, he has participated heavily in department operations through his role as chairperson of the employee advisory council and by contributing to policy development and many quality improvement projects. He also assists with the clinical education of students in UTSW’s radiation therapy program by directing periodic laboratory instruction.

    Eric is pursuing his M.B.A. in health care management at the University of Texas at Dallas and developing a comprehensive integration program to improve new employee assimilation and staff retention.

    Connect with Eric in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Timmerie Cohen, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD
    Timmerie Cohen, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD

    Timmerie Cohen is certified in radiography, radiation therapy and medical dosimetry, she and serves as the clinical coordinator for the radiation therapy program at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she serves as director of clinical education for the department of radiation sciences. She also has served on several university committees. She received her doctorate in public policy and administration with a concentration in health policy in 2013.

    As a student, Dr. Cohen participated in an exchange program, sparking an interest in radiation sciences across the globe. She has since traveled and consulted at the University of the West Indies and, more recently, presented her research at the ISSRT World Congress in Helsinki, Finland, and Seoul, South Korea.

    Connect with Dr. Cohen in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Karen Coleman, B.Sc.(Hons.), HDCR, FNZIMRT
    Karen Coleman, B.Sc.(Hons.), HDCR, FNZIMRT

    Karen Coleman is the director and head of the department of radiation therapy for the University of Otago, the only university that offers radiation therapy education in New Zealand. She manages and lectures in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

    Karen trained as a radiation therapist and her background includes work and postgraduate study in the United Kingdom and at several centers throughout New Zealand. Karen moved to the University of Otago in 2001, where she managed the transition of radiation therapy education from the polytechnic to the university environment.

    Her research interests include advanced practice and interprofessional education. Karen is a member of the University of Otago IPE Governance Committee and the Wellington Interprofessional Teaching Initiative. She has co-authored several publications related to IPE and has presented at many international conferences.

    A previous president and now Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Medical Radiation Technology, Karen is also a recipient of the Varian Award for significant contribution to the radiation therapy profession. She is an editorial board member for several professional journals and works clinically on an occasional basis.

    Connect with Karen in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Samantha Crowell, B.S.
    Samantha Crowell, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Samantha Crowell is a radiation therapist for the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. She attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan and obtained a bachelor of science in radiation therapy with minor degrees in psychology and Spanish. She also has earned a certification in proton therapy from the College of DuPage in Illinois.

    Since beginning her career at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, she has been very involved in their research committee, particularly research about the simulation and treatment of patients involving the new thoracic chair and vertical CT scanner. She is looking forward to sharing knowledge with others while presenting at this year’s Radiation Therapy Conference.

    Connect with Samantha in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Lee Culp, M.S., R.T.(T), CMD
    Lee Culp, M.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Lee Culp is a certified medical dosimetrist for the Ohio State University Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, specializing in the treatment of breast cancers. He is a clinical preceptor at OSU for the medical dosimetry program at Wisconsin – La Crosse. He is originally from western New York and recently moved to Columbus, Ohio, to pursue his dream of working at a top-ranked cancer hospital.

    Lee received his radiation therapy degree from Erie County Community College in Buffalo, New York. He received bachelor’s degrees in business and communication from the University of Buffalo and a master of science degree in dosimetry from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

    Since the start of his career, Lee has been passionate about learning and teaching new and evolving techniques. He has presented at several AAMD meetings and is always excited to share his knowledge and craft.

    Connect with Lee by email.
  • Carol Davis, Dr.PH., Psy.D., R.T.(T)
    Carol Davis, Dr.PH., Psy.D., R.T.(T)

    Carol Davis is the program director for radiation therapy and medical dosimetry at Loma Linda University in California. Before working for Loma Linda, she worked in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia as a radiation therapist.

    During her time as program director, Dr. Davis has helped develop the medical dosimetry certificate program and the bachelor’s degree program in radiation therapy. She holds two doctoral degrees — one in clinical psychology and another in public health with an emphasis in preventive care. Her research interests include the role of emotional intelligence in health care, how education can enhance emotional intelligence and health disparities in African American men with prostate cancer.

    Dr. Davis is a licensed clinical psychologist and a board-certified coach who is involved with providing psychosocial services to cancer patients at Loma Linda Medical Center. She has lectured at numerous conferences and for patient groups throughout her career.

    Connect with Dr. Davis in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Ronald DiGiaimo, M.B.A., FACHE
    Ronald DiGiaimo, M.B.A., FACHE

    As the founder, Ron DiGiaimo oversees all aspects of Revenue Cycle Inc.’s operations. He has more than 29 years in clinical, mid-level and executive-level management. He recognizes the importance of compliance and enjoys analyzing oncology financials. He is a proven strategist in practice building and coding and documentation for Part A and Part B reimbursement. Ron is active with many organizations that forward the cause of oncology. His clinical and operational management experience assists in short- and long-term goal achievement for hospitals and providers alike, and he prides himself on result-oriented outcomes.

    Connect with Ron in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Joel Elden, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Joel Elden, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Joel Elden is a senior radiation therapist for Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University Radiation Oncology Department in St. Louis. He is an integral member of the Leksell Perfexion gamma knife radiosurgery treatment team and has advanced training in a variety of specialized radiation therapy treatment techniques in external beam and brachytherapy.

    Joel holds a bachelor of science degree in radiologic sciences from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, specializing in radiation therapy; he received his associate of science in radiography from Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing and Allied Health. He is ARRT certified and registered in radiography and radiation therapy.

    Since joining Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2010, Joel continues to enhance the field of radiation oncology by prioritizing patient safety, implementing and assessing new technology, and working in the forefront of innovative procedures and techniques.

    Connect with Joel by email.
  • Ali Gilmore
    Ali Gilmore

    In the summer of 2010, Ali Gilmore was in her 15th year working in technology management and feeling burnt out and pretty middle aged. If you had told her then that in the next few years she would survive stage IV colon cancer four times, publish two books that make people less afraid and better prepared to face cancer, become a sports photographer who would get the chance to photograph soccer great David Beckham, write and record a full length CD of her own Americana songs, jump out of an airplane, swim in the Mediterranean, walk along the Cliffs of Moher, be the subject of an Emmy-nominated film and produce her own indie adventure film series, she’d have thought you were some kind of twisted Tony Robbins wannabe, but this has been her life to date and it just keeps getting better.

    Connect with Ali by email.
  • Jason Gregory, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Jason Gregory, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Jason Gregory has been a radiation therapist for 12 years. He has worked for multiple sites in various states as both a locum and permanent employee. He has experience as a staff therapist as well as a chief therapist. He seeks to evolve personally wherever he is and aims to progress his department and field forward. He thinks having a caring, critical and curious mind is essential to becoming a competent and well-rounded radiation therapist.

    Connect with Jason by email.
  • Renee Gutierrez, B.A., R.T.(T)
    Renee Gutierrez, B.A., R.T.(T)

    Renee Gutierrez has been a senior radiation therapist with Northwestern Medicine in Chicago for the past six years. She is passionate about new technologies and how they can change the daily operations of a radiation therapy department. She also assumes a lead role in departmental operations with the intent to improve daily processes and procedures regarding quality and safety.

    As part of the imaging committee at Northwestern, Renee assists in delivering excellent patient care with consideration to the dose given during imaging. She has been involved in implementing the total skin irradiation procedure at Northwestern. In addition, she has had the opportunity to enhance the deep inspiration breath-hold procedure by including the C-RAD positioning system with patients’ treatments. This cutting-edge software uses surface imaging to help align patients daily for treatment as opposed to delivering additional dose through traditional methods such as MV, KV or CBCT imaging.

    Through her many years of experience, Renee makes it a personal goal to enable the strengths in others and improve on their shortcomings.

    Connect with Renee in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Natasha Hadrych-Rosier, M.H.A., M.B.A., R.T.(R)(T)
    Natasha Hadrych-Rosier, M.H.A., M.B.A., R.T.(R)(T)

    Natasha Hadrych-Rosier is the radiation therapy manager for ASRT in Albuquerque. Her educational background includes an associate degree in radiography, a bachelor of science degree and two master’s degrees in administration. She is certified and registered in radiography and radiation therapy and has worked in a variety of positions in her career, including as a limited license technologist, staff technologist and therapist, and lead therapist. She has also taught radiation biology as adjunct faculty of a radiation therapy program.

    Connect with Natasha in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Courtney Hallinan, M.H.A., R.T.(T)
    Courtney Hallinan, M.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Courtney Hallinan is the radiation therapy manager for the Burr Proton Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She graduated from the University of Vermont radiation therapy program in 2005 and received her master’s degree in health care administration from Suffolk University in 2010. She has worked in a variety of positions in her career, including lead radiation therapist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and technical operations manager at NYU Langone Medical Center.

    Courtney has spoken at the New England Society of Radiation Therapists conference and the Annual SGRT community meeting.

    Connect with Courtney in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Sandra Hayden, M.A., R.T.(T), FASRT
    Sandra Hayden, M.A., R.T.(T), FASRT

    Sandra Hayden earned bachelor’s degrees in radiation therapy and psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit and received her master’s degree in health care administration. She has worked in a leadership capacity since 1994, just recently completing 10 years as the administrative director for radiation therapy services for the division of radiation oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is an assistant professor for the University of Texas Southwestern School of Health Professions in the radiation therapy program.

    Sandra served eight years on the ASRT Board of Directors, including an appointment as chairman of the board. In 2010, she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on behalf of the ASRT and presented radiation therapy equipment user training for the FDA. Sandra is a member of the ASTRO accreditation workgroup and various AAPM projects. She is also one of the authors of the 2013 ASTRO publication, “Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care,” and a member of the 2012 subcommittee that developed the white paper, “Radiation Therapy Safety: The Critical Role of the Radiation Therapist.”

    Connect with Sandra in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T)
    Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Amy Heath is the educational director of the radiation oncology department for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the radiation therapy program at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

    Amy received her master’s degree in clinical management and leadership from George Washington University. In addition to working with radiation therapy students, she enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and radiation therapy professionals. She recently completed her tenure as chairman of the Editorial Review Board for the Radiation Therapist journal. In her free time, Amy likes to spend time with her husband, two children and 20 chickens.

    Connect with Amy in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Natosha Houston, R.T.(T)
    Natosha Houston, R.T.(T)

    Natosha Houston is the technical supervisor for Mount Sinai West, formerly Roosevelt Hospital, and part of Mount Sinai Health System in New York. She has more than 20 years’ experience in health care and accomplished a progressive career in radiation therapy. She completed her education at Montefiore Medical Center’s School for Radiation Therapy in 1998 and began her career at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

    For the past 16 years, Natosha has held positions as assistant technical supervisor and technical supervisor within the Continuum Health Partners Network, and now the Mount Sinai Health System, where she works closely with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and physicists to provide the highest quality care possible to a unique and diverse patient population. She is a member of the American Society for Radiologic Technologists and holds an LPN license.

    Connect with Natosha in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • James Hugh III, M.H.A., CHBME, ROCC
    James Hugh III, M.H.A., CHBME, ROCC

    Jim Hugh is senior vice president of American Medical Accounting & Consulting. AMAC handles all issues regarding documentation, EHR, compliance, coding and reimbursement. It provides full-service billing and claims processing services, practice management, training for clinical administrative and coding staff, reporting for reimbursement projections to standard RoadMaps, auditing and consulting in radiation oncology and medical oncology.

    In August 2017, AMAC celebrated its 35th year in business. The company’s national reputation has facilitated the development of negotiation strategies with third-party payors across the United States. As a resource for medical groups, vendors, investment bankers, facilities, universities, clinics, hospitals, free-standing centers and third-party payors, Jim and AMAC represent a client base of more than 1,000 health care organizations nationwide. He has cultivated relationships with medical directors, federal executives, regulators and administrators for a variety of local and national managed care organizations. He is highly regarded as a leading industry authority on reimbursement issues for radiation therapy. He has been professionally involved with billing and coding for radiation oncology for 25 years. He has also published 29 articles and books concerning billing and coding. In addition to his publications, he have given more than 225 talks.

    Connect with Jim by email.
  • Amanda Jasek, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Amanda Jasek, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Amanda Jasek is the West Coast clinical applications specialist for CIVCO Radiotherapy. She has seven years’ experience working with the Texas oncology network as a radiation therapist. She also as two years’ experience working as a radiographer for the DeTar health care system.

    Amanda graduated valedictorian from the University of Texas Health Science Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center with a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. She also has an associate degree in radiologic technology.

    Amanda is a member of the American Society for Radiologic Technologists.

    Connect with Amanda in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Jordan Johnson
    Jordan Johnson, M.S.H.A., R.T.(R)(T), ROCC

    Jordan Johnson is the director of compliance for Churchill Consulting, a Division of CruxQS. He has more than 10 years of experience in the radiologic profession, with extensive experience as a radiation therapist and administrative director for cancer centers. He is a content expert in radiation oncology billing, documentation, coding and compliance. He also has expertise in productivity, workplace culture, health care quality and financial initiatives. Jordan is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of Texas MD Anderson and the University of St. Francis. He is, first and foremost, a patient advocate who has served on many committees and drafted legislation to increase patient safety and treatment quality.

    Connect with Jordan in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Elizabeth Krcik, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Elizabeth Krcik, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Elizabeth Krcik is a licensed radiation therapist for Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville, Illinois.

    Her educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in radiation therapy from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in Wisconsin. As a student, she published a peer-reviewed article titled, “Radiation Therapy Plus Anti-Programmed Death Ligand 1 Immunotherapy: A Review on Overall Survival,” in the ASRT’s Fall 2016 Radiation Therapist journal.

    Since beginning her career in 2016, Elizabeth has been enthusiastic about research opportunities in proton treatments and serves on the NMCPC research committee. She is excited to be presenting for the first time this year at the 41st ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference.

    Connect with Elizabeth in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Kimberly LaGuardia, M.H.A., R.T.(T)
    Kimberly LaGuardia, M.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Kim LaGuardia obtained her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse before moving to New York to attend the Memorial Sloan-Kettering School of Radiation Therapy. She then earned her master’s degree in health care administration from Walden University. After seven years in New York, she returned home to the Midwest and is working as the operations supervisor of medical and radiation oncology at the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in southeastern Wisconsin. Kim originally was inspired to enter cancer care after her aunt lost her breast cancer battle in 1995. She decided to pursue radiation therapy because of its patient contact and changing technology. A cancer survivor herself, she is determined to learn from and grow in the field to provide great care to patients and improve their experiences.

    Connect with Kim in the ASRT Communities or by email.
  • Jae Lee, B.A., R.T.(T)
    Jae Lee, B.A., R.T.(T)

    Jae Lee is a radiation therapist for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Westchester, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in literature from Baruch College in New York City. After working for a nonprofit organization for a few years, he attended the Memorial Sloan Kettering School of Radiation Therapy.

    Jae’s mother, a cancer survivor, inspired him to pursue a career in radiation oncology. After graduating at the top of his class, his mother — his biggest supporter along with his family — shared in his moment with great pride. In his first year as a radiation therapist, he worked for Procure, a proton center in Somerset, New Jersey. He later returned to Memorial Sloan Kettering when the new facility in Westchester launched.

    This is Jae’s second presentation for an ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference. His first talk was two years ago in San Antonio, Texas, which was also his first experience at the conference. The presentations he saw inspired him to choose his topic for this year. Jae believes that expanding awareness of other cultures and their customs improves patient experiences. In addition, as medical professionals, becoming more familiar with patients from various backgrounds helps us provide better quality care.

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  • Jeffrey Levinson, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Jeffrey Levinson, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Jeff Levinson is a senior radiation therapist for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is also a clinical supervisor for the Northwestern School of Radiation Therapy. He is a licensed radiologic technologist and radiation therapist with a bachelor of science degree in aviation technology from Purdue University. Jeff transitioned from radiography in 2008 and has since become an active figure in the development of Northwestern Medicine’s radiosurgery program.

    As a previous ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference presenter, Jeff enjoys defining topics that affect the therapy community and strives to create resolutions for these challenges. His expertise extends from stereotactic simulations and treatments to the intricacies of pediatric treatments under anesthesia.

    Prior to his career in health care, Jeff was a commercial pilot for a cargo airline. His hobbies include golf, flying, and playing baseball with his five-year-old son.

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  • Brian Liszewski, B.Sc., MRT(T)
    Brian Liszewski, B.Sc., MRT(T)

    Brian Liszewski is a radiation therapist for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Odette Cancer Centre. He is the quality assurance coordinator for the radiation oncology program as well as a research radiation therapist.

    After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Windsor, Brian transitioned to the University of Toronto’s Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences joint program where he completed his degree in radiation sciences and diploma in radiation therapy. He has worked in treatment delivery, simulation and dosimetry and as a team lead prior to his current roles.

    Within his quality role, he worked as a research associate for the Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy in the development of the National System for Incident Learning and is the Canadian Association for Medical Radiation Technology Representative for the CPQR. He serves on several local, provincial, pan-Canadian and international quality and best practice committees and as a champion for person-centered care.

    Brian has collaborated on textbooks, self-study courses, conferences, editorials and peer-reviewed publications. Having a background in quality assurance and incident learning, he is an advocate of patient safety, person-centered care and the development of initiatives to increase the quality of care delivered to our patients.

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  • John Maamoun, M.Sc., MRT(T)
    John Maamoun, M.Sc., MRT(T)

    John Maamoun is a radiation therapist for the Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto. He is an active member of the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences and the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.

    John is a graduate of the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. He has a master’s degree in radiation therapy from the Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom and a diploma in health care administration from the Ontario Hospital Association. He has earned many certificates in radiation therapy and education.

    John is a well-published radiation therapist who has made many presentations at local, national and international levels. He is a devoted community speaker and has been the lead investigator on a range of clinical research projects. His main interests include quality management, interdisciplinary patient supportive care and advanced practice in radiation therapy.

    John has chaired the radiation therapy quality management committee at the Odette Cancer Centre and has served on several other departmental committees. In addition, he managed the radiation therapy department at the Northwest Regional Cancer Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario, as well as being a resource therapist, a quality assurance therapist and a research therapist for Odette Cancer Centre.

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  • Marissa Mangrum, M.S.R.S., R.T.(T)
    Marissa Mangrum, M.S.R.S., R.T.(T)

    Marissa Mangrum is the radiation therapy clinical coordinator for the University of Oklahoma. She has a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy from the University of Oklahoma and a master of science in radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University. She is certified and registered in radiation therapy and has worked as a staff therapist, simulation therapist and in education, serving as a program director and clinical coordinator.

    Marissa is active in the Oklahoma Society of Radiologic Technologists, where she is a board member. In addition, she has served on numerous ASRT committees, including the Practice Standards Council, the Radiation Therapy Curriculum Workgroup and the Radiation Oncology Safety Stakeholders Initiative. She also has served two terms as radiation therapy chapter delegate as chairman and vice chairman.

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  • Nicholas Maros, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Nicholas Maros, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Nick Maros is a licensed radiation therapist for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He received a bachelor of science degree in allied health from Roosevelt University and completed his clinical training at Northwestern Memorial’s School of Radiation Therapy.

    Nick enjoys playing an active role in his department and is a member of the quality assurance and employee engagement committees. His clinical interests surround the maintenance and improvement of advanced treatment processes, which his involvement in Northwestern Memorial’s SBRT team demonstrates. As a first-time ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference speaker and attendee, Nick is excited to learn and share with other members of the field and looks forward to bringing new ideas back to Chicago.

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  • Kimberly Maura, A.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Kimberly Maura, A.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Kim Maura is a senior radiation therapist for Mount Sinai West in New York. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, in 2009. She also holds an associate degree in radiography with a certificate from Valley Hospital School of Radiography and an associate degree in radiation therapy from Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.

    Kim started her career at St. Luke’s Cornwall as a staff therapist specializing in tomotherapy before moving to Mount Sinai West (formerly Roosevelt Hospital) in 2013 as a senior radiation therapist. Kim has been in the radiation therapy field for more than seven years and cares for a diverse patient population in her department located in midtown Manhattan. Kim is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. In her spare time, she is a competitive weightlifter.

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  • Timothy Meier, R.T.(R)(T)
    Timothy Meier, R.T.(R)(T)

    Timothy Meier has been practicing in radiation oncology at the Cleveland Clinic for more than 31 years. He is a radiologic technologist and radiation therapist and has been in his current role of quality coordinator and project manager for 27 years.

    As the quality assurance and quality improvement program coordinator, Timothy coordinates all quality conferences for the department and coordinates and attends all quality assurance meetings throughout the Cleveland Clinic network. He is responsible for orienting all new employees to the Cleveland Clinic main campus, which also includes quality and safety in radiation oncology.

    In addition, Timothy serves as the systems administrator for the department record and verification medical management system. Among other responsibilities, this role involves supporting interfaces between hospital electronic medical record systems and the department R&V and integrating new departments built or acquired by the Cleveland Clinic.

    Timothy has been an ASRT member for more than 30 years. He is also a member of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists. He has published many articles and has presented his work at several conferences. He also has had numerous quality assurance and improvement posters accepted at the ASTRO conference.

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  • Awais Mirza, R.T.(T)
    Awais Mirza, R.T.(T)

    Awais Mirza is the administrative manager for Winthrop-University Hospital’s CyberKnife Center in Manhattan, New York. He manages a practice that has treated more than 2,600 SBRT prostate patients since 2005. Awais is able to follow the patients throughout their treatment from initial consultation, fiducial insertion, simulation, treatment and follow-up. He has firsthand knowledge of the patient experience, including the trials and tribulations of treatment.

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  • Ashley Palacios, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Ashley Palacios, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Ashley Palacios graduated from a three-year accelerated radiation therapy program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. She was able to study and learn from some of the nation’s top clinics such as Dana Farber/Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess. After graduating in 2010, she moved to New York City to work for Mount Sinai Hospital as a radiation therapist.

    In 2016, Ashley became a clinical applications specialist for CIVCO Radiotherapy. She provides in-services for CIVCO’s customers around the nation who are seeking guidance and input on new immobilization devices and patient setups.

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  • Nidhi Parikh, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Nidhi Parikh, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Nidhi Parikh is the chief radiation therapist and department manager for Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. She began her career at LHMC in 2008 as a staff radiation therapist and advanced to a leadership role in 2014 as the lead radiation therapist.

    Nidhi has a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences with a major in radiation therapy. She is highly respected at her hospital for her technical skills and ability to grasp new concepts. She is a strong source of knowledge for therapists and others in the department. She has written many policies and procedures to guide colleagues and assist with teaching innovative technologies. Nidhi is passionate about efficiency and providing the best patient experience.

    Nidhi is a first-time speaker at the ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference, and she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experience.

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  • Gina Passmore, Ed.D., R.T.(T)
    Gina Passmore, Ed.D., R.T.(T)

    Gina Passmore is the manager of radiation oncology for Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. Prior to her current role, she held positions as medical sciences program director for Suffolk University’s radiation therapy and dosimetry programs and lead of simulation and HDR at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Dr. Passmore obtained an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada before receiving her radiation therapy certification from the Hamilton Regional Cancer Center in conjunction with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She earned her master’s degree in adult and organizational learning at Suffolk University in Boston and her doctorate of education in transformative leadership at the University of New England in Portland, Maine.

    Dr. Passmore is active in education programs for radiation therapy and serves as adjunct faculty when possible. She is a clinical supervisor for National University’s clinical affiliation with Sharp Healthcare.

    In her effort toward improving leadership in radiation therapy, Dr. Passmore has become a certified corporate trainer in concepts of high reliability. She trains fellow employees on mutual respect, closed loop communication and other skills to achieve zero harm and zero defects, as Sharp Healthcare works toward becoming a high-reliability organization.

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  • Justin Pigg, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Justin Pigg, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Justin Pigg is a lead radiation therapist at the Texas Center for Proton Therapy. He received his bachelor of radiologic science degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and completed the radiation therapy certificate program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    While enrolled in the VUMC radiation therapy program, he worked as a radiologic technologist at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. After completing the program, he worked for the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute, treating up to 115 patients a day.

    He is a member of the North Texas Society of Radiation Therapists and has presented at their biannual meeting. He was involved in delivering one of the first treatments using CBCT and pencil-beam scanning on an IBA proton gantry.

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  • Ashley Pruneau, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Ashley Pruneau, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Ashley Pruneau is a charge radiation therapist for the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 2009 with a bachelor of science and certifications in radiography and radiation therapy. She began working at a photon center after graduation and joined the proton center before it opened in 2010. She became certified in proton therapy shortly after.

    She has given proton therapy presentations at meetings for Chicago Area Radiation Therapists, a previous ASRT lecture, as well as many staff and student lectures throughout her career. Ashley has been actively involved in developing and implementing the new hire training process for her center as well as traveling to other proton centers to help train and assist radiation therapists with proton technology. She has worked to develop and enhance center processes and procedures to help give patients an excellent and cohesive treatment experience.

    Ashley believes research and education are incredibly important to increase the options available to women suffering from breast cancer. Treatment with proton therapy is an additional option available, which pencil-beam scanning has helped advance. Through this research and lecture, Ashley hopes to advance the field of proton therapy through educating fellow therapists.

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  • Sean Santoscoy, B.A., R.T.(T)
    Sean Santoscoy, B.A., R.T.(T)

    Sean Santoscoy is the product specialist for head and neck solutions at CIVCO Medical Solutions. His educational background includes an associate degree in radiation therapy and a bachelor of liberal arts degree in communication. Prior to CIVCO, Sean worked in the clinic as a radiation therapist in Arizona and Texas.

    Sean focuses on clinical market research to identify problems and find unique opportunities to enhance the patient and user’s experience. He manages relationships with luminary partners during pre- and post-launch validation, as well as establishes and maintains relationships with clinical partners to drive publication of market evidence and research. In addition, he has developed continuing education programs for CIVCO’s customers and provides clinical training for CIVCO associates and distributor partners.

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  • Amanda Schoenberger, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Amanda Schoenberger, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Mandy Schoenberger is the lead therapist of the Gamma Knife Center, which is a division of the radiation oncology department at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis. Her duties include documenting and training for treatments using the Gamma Knife for stereotactic radiosurgery.

    Mandy earned her associate degree in applied science for radiologic technology from Forest Park Community College in St. Louis in 1980. Two years later, she graduated from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiologic Technology in radiation therapy at Washington University Medical School. She is certified and registered in radiography and radiation therapy. During her career, she has held a variety of positions, including staff technologist, staff radiation therapist, senior radiation therapist, charge therapist, adjunct professor and manager.

    Mandy’s primary focus in her radiation therapy life has been to develop the role of the therapist in the SRS Gamma Knife facility of St. Louis at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. As lead therapist at the Gamma Knife center, she enhances her skills in radiosurgery. She has spoken at various continuing education symposiums locally and internationally, including the Leksell Gamma Knife Society meeting in Australia in 2012.

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  • Christopher Schuman, M.S.M., R.T.(T), CMD
    Christopher Schuman, M.S.M., R.T.(T), CMD

    Chris Schuman is a clinical instructor for Accuray Inc., based in San Francisco. He has worked in the radiation therapy field for more than 20 years on the clinical and corporate sides. From 2015 until early 2017, he was the product manager for treatment planning and data management at Accuray and was closely involved with the adaptive radiotherapy software project.

    Chris’s educational background includes an associate degree in radiotherapy and a master of science degree in management with a concentration in health care administration. He has been a certified medical dosimetrist since 2001.

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  • Emily Sinclair, M.Sc., MRT(T)
    Emily Sinclair, M.Sc., MRT(T)

    Emily Sinclair is an advanced practice radiation therapist for Sunnybrook Hospital’s Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in advanced practice and specializes in nonmelanoma skin cancers. She also holds an academic appointment at the University of Toronto where she mentors and instructs students. In addition, Emily has been invited to present her oncology research locally and internationally at conferences over the past 10 years.

    Emily believes that skin cancer is becoming an epidemic, as statistics tell us that one in every five North Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. She feels the biggest obstacle facing our profession today is lack of imagination. She says we are smart, well educated, enthusiastic and able to adapt to new protocols and machinery easily and frequently. We need to blow our own horn a lot more.

    Emily’s mother was her inspiration; she fought cancer three times and won each time.

    Emily also loves writing short stories and poems, but she is waiting until she retires to write her novel.

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  • Gurvinder Singh, M.Sc.
    Gurvinder Singh, M.Sc.

    Gurvinder Singh works for the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre in Delhi. He received a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University in 1992 and started clinical practice in 1994 in Bombay as a radiation therapist. He began working at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre in 1996 and is presently the chief radiation therapist and coordinator of the bachelor of science radiotherapy course.

    During his career, Gurvinder has served as a technical expert for conducting comprehensive clinical quality audits in radiation therapy at Siriraj Cancer Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, and St. Luke Medical Centre in the Philippines. He also has acted as the president of the Association of Radiotherapy Technologists of India and vice president of the Joint Forum of Medical Technologists of India.

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  • Samantha Skubish, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)
    Samantha Skubish, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Samantha Skubish is the system chief technical administrator in the department of radiation oncology at Mount Sinai Health System in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the New School University in New York. She is certified and registered in radiography and radiation therapy.

    Samantha began her career as a staff and senior radiation therapist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She completed an administrative fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach where she began her management career. She then held the executive position of vice president of consulting services at Accelitech where she worked directly with hospital administrators and physicians toward best practice program development prior to joining the Mount Sinai team in 2016.

    Samantha has presented at several conferences on lung cancer program development. She is a member of the American Society for Radiologic Technologists and the American College of Health Care Executives. She is also a voluntary faculty member at Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management.

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  • Suzanne Smith, M.Sc., PgDip
    Suzanne Smith, M.Sc., PgDip

    Suzanne Smith is the clinical scientific lead for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, based in Glasgow. This center provides cancer services for more than half of Scotland’s population and is a lead cancer center in the United Kingdom. She manages a team of more than 30 staff who provide specialist treatment planning and imaging services for the center.

    Suzanne’s educational background includes a first class honors degree in applied physics, a master’s degree in medical physics and a postgraduate diploma in clinical physics. She is a lead medical physics expert in radiation therapy and a state registered clinical scientist. She is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow and supervises radiography, medical and physics postgraduate students. She has worked across the United Kingdom in several positions within her field and now specializes in advancing radiation therapy planning techniques. She has led the implementation of a radiotherapy planning and technology development program in the west of Scotland, helping promote the role of the radiation technologist in advanced practices.

    Suzanne has lectured at national and international conferences in Europe and the United States.

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  • Jason Stanford, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD, DABR
    Jason Stanford, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD, DABR

    Jason Stanford is a senior medical physicist and assistant director of the CAMPEP postgraduate residency program at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. In addition to mentoring and teaching residents, he provides technical leadership and oversight for the physics department and Gamma Knife radiosurgery program at the Holy Spirit Hospital Cancer Center.

    Dr. Stanford has a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy, a master’s degree in medical physics, a doctoral degree in nuclear engineering with specialization in medical physics and a postgraduate residency in medical physics.

    Dr. Stanford is active in medical imaging and radiation oncology at the academic level. Most recently, he served as the co-chair of the student and trainee working group of American Association of Physicists in Medicine. His academic research interests include treatment planning, small field dosimetry and quantum biology. He also enjoys teaching and was awarded Educator of the Year from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology where he previously held an academic appointment as assistant professor in the school of medicine.

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  • Margaret Straub, M.S., PA-C
    Margaret Straub, M.S., PA-C

    Margaret Straub is a physician assistant in radiation oncology for University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She has cared for women with gynecologic and breast cancers for nearly 20 years. Margaret has a special interest in postradiation side effects, including radiation enteritis and sexual dysfunction. She has lectured to patients and providers on the subject. She also writes patient education materials and participates in radiation quality projects.

    Margaret earned her physician assistant bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her master of science degree in health sciences from George Washington University.

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  • Jill Sutherland, M.H.S., RTT
    Jill Sutherland, M.H.S., RTT

    Jill Sutherland is a professional development coordinator for the community oncology program at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She completed an undergraduate degree in sciences, a diploma of radiation therapy and a master’s degree in health studies. She worked for many years as a clinical radiation therapist as well as an instructor for the CCMB School of Radiation Therapy where she also supported a degree completion program for practicing radiation therapists.

    Jill has been active in radiation therapy and psychosocial oncology research. She also has worked in patient and family support services as the provincial lead for a patient experience and patient reported outcomes project with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

    Jill has volunteered with the Manitoba and Canadian Association of Medical Radiological Technologists in various roles and serves on the executive board of her local community center. She was a member the national Person-Centred Perspective Measurement Steering Committee and patient reported outcomes working group for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

    Jill is pleased to be presenting at the ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference as the CAMRT/ACTRM identified speaker.

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  • Mariamawit Tesfaye
    Mariamawit Tesfaye, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Mariamawit Tesfaye is the chief radiation therapist at the University of California in Los Angeles.

    Mariamawit has a bachelor of science degree in radiation therapy from Texas State University in San Marcos. She has worked in a variety of positions in her career, including as a staff therapist, senior therapist and interim chief therapist.

    Mariamawit is active in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and RAD-AID International, where she volunteers to help train staff abroad.

    She has lectured at local and state conferences during her career.

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  • Cheryl Turner, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(T)
    Cheryl Turner, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(T)

    Cheryl Turner has built her 29-year career around the profession of radiation therapy, in both the clinical setting and in the classroom. She is currently contracting in the medical devices industry, conducting research and advocating on behalf of radiation therapists.

    Dr. Turner completed her doctoral degree from Liberty University with a focus on education in radiation oncology settings. She has presented nationally and at the state level. In addition, she has written for national professional publications, including ASRT’s Scanner and Radiation Therapist. In 2015, she co-authored the ASRT’s proton therapy continuing education modules.

    As a professional who encourages continuous learning, Dr. Turner promotes engaged scholarship in her colleagues and former students. She is involved with several professional entities, including the ARRT, ASRT, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, and Latin American Radiology Outreach. She was awarded a 2015 ASRT Foundation scholarship for continued education and the 2012 Chattanooga State Community College "Eye of the Tiger" outstanding educator accolade.

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  • James "Vito" Victoria, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T), CMD
    James Victoria, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(T), CMD

    James "Vito" Victoria is a clinical scientist at ViewRay, a medical technology company, where he worked for the past seven years, helping to implement the first generation of MR-IGRT systems into the clinic. He started his career as a radiation therapist 25 years ago, holding various positions at academic and hospital-based facilities and going on to become a dosimetrist. In his latest endeavor as a clinical scientist, he interacts with therapists, dosimetrists, physicists and physicians to help them understand and implement new technology at their clinics. His career has allowed him to represent the latest step in the evolution in radiotherapy.

    Vito has been a member of the ASRT for almost 20 years and strives to see that the Society continues to grow and incorporate new technology.

    He enjoys driving trucks and arm wrestling.

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  • Kristen Vu, M.S., R.T.(T), CMD
    Kristen Vu, M.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Kristen Vu is an assistant professor and educational coordinator of the graduate medical dosimetry program for Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in radiation therapy from GVSU, a certificate in medical dosimetry from MD Anderson Cancer Center and a master of science degree in medical dosimetry from GVSU. She earned her CMD in 2010.

    Before joining the GVSU faculty, Kristen worked for MD Anderson as a staff dosimetrist for four years and a community-based outpatient clinic for two years.

    Kristen serves on the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board as an at-large representative. She writes board questions, reviews applicants for the board exam, reviews CE credit requests and contributes to policies and strategic initiatives.

    Her credits include publications, research and presentations in the field of radiation oncology. She has received several awards, including the Outstanding Educator Award in 2011 while at MD Anderson.

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  • Leslie Waldrop, B.S., R.T.(T)
    Leslie Waldrop, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Leslie Waldrop is a lead radiation therapist for OU Medical Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. She began working for OU Medical Center in 2010 after graduating. She worked for Great Plains Regional Hospital in Elk City, Oklahoma, before returning to OU Medical Center in 2014. Leslie advanced her career to become a lead radiation therapist in the fall of 2014 and continues to increase her leadership and supervisory skills today.

    Leslie earned a bachelor’s degree in health science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008. She also completed a bachelor of science in medical imaging and radiation science from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2010.

    Leslie is passionate about pediatric cancer patients and is the chair of the pediatric committee in the radiation therapy department at the Stephenson Cancer Center. She has sponsored multiple toy drives through the children’s hospital volunteers with tremendous outcomes. She is also passionate about teaching others about radiation therapy and volunteers at several career discovery days for local high school students. In addition, she serves as a clinical instructor to multiple radiation therapy students throughout the year and is one of the lead trainers for all incoming staff.

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  • Shellie Warino, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(T), CHES
    Shellie Warino, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(T), CHES

    Shellie Warino is a certified and registered radiographer and radiation therapist who worked in the hospital setting for 25 years. She has been in academia for the past 12 years and is the clinical coordinator for the radiation therapy program at the Kent State University – Salem.

    Shellie completed her radiologic technology certificate in 1981 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, and her radiation therapy certificate in 2005 at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. She graduated from Youngstown State University in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree in allied health and from Kent State University in 2011 with a master’s degree in health education. She completed a post-master’s certificate in higher education leadership at Kent State University in 2016.

    Shellie is a JRCERT site visitor for radiation therapy and a member of AEIRS and the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists. She is on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society of Northeast Ohio.

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  • Charles Washington, M.B.A., R.T.(T), FASRT
    Charles Washington, M.B.A., R.T.(T), FASRT

    Charles Washington is the administrator in radiation oncology for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Prior to his transition to New York, Charles served as director of proton therapy, clinical director of operations and radiation therapy program director for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He started his therapy career after graduating from Wayne State University's radiation therapy technology program in Detroit with a baccalaureate degree. He received his master’s degree in business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

    Charles has served eight years as a trustee for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and four years as an ARRT-appointed board trustee of the American Board of Imaging Informatics. Charles has edited and authored many professional articles and books, including the Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy textbook published by Mosby, currently in its fourth edition. He has lectured on the local, regional, national and international levels.

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  • Cheryl Young, M.S., R.T.(T)
    Cheryl Young, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Cheryl Young received her bachelor of science degree in radiation therapy from California State University – Long Beach in 2007. She completed her master of science in organizational leadership in May 2014 and is pursuing her doctorate in education with a focus in organizational leadership from City University of Seattle. With only three courses left before she begins her dissertation, she is interested in researching core competencies that are most significant for developing JRCERT clinical radiation therapy supervisors’ leadership skills and student learning and clinical achievement.

    Cheryl works full time as the program director for National University’s bachelor of science in radiation therapy program. One of her mentors led her to education in 2012, while working as a chief therapist in Northern California. After working for two years as a clinical coordinator, Cheryl left her full-time job in the clinic to join education full time. She serves as a board member for the California Society in Radiologic Technology and as the president of the Southern California Society of Radiation Therapists.

    Cheryl is passionate about providing students with the best, most current education and introducing graduates to the field of radiation therapy as successful leaders.

    Connect with Cheryl in the ASRT Communities or by email.