Meet the Candidates for ASRT Board of Directors

Once elected, these volunteers help lead the ASRT, set direction for the profession and commit a lot of time and energy on behalf of the radiologic science community. Board members, also called national officers, attend multiple meetings throughout the year to discuss potential partnerships and advances in the profession and to stay current on emerging technologies and practice issues.

Meet The Candidates
 


 
  • Stephanie Johnston

    ASRT PRESIDENT-ELECT

    Stephanie Johnston, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(M)(BD)(BS), FASRT
    Holliday, Texas

    Director
    Breast Center of Texoma

    Wichita Falls, Texas

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Delegate, Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2007-2008
    • President, Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2007-2008
    • Delegate, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2005-2006
    • President, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2003-2004
    • Vice President, ASRT Board of Directors, 2017-2018
    • Secretary-Treasurer, ASRT Board of Directors, 2016-2017
    • Chairman, Commission, 2015-2016
    • Member, Committee on R.T. Advocacy Region 3 Subcommittee, 2015-2016
    • Member, Practice Standards Council, Mammography Subcommittee, 2015-2016
    • Member, Commission, 2014-2015

 
  • Steven Cohen

    ASRT VICE-PRESIDENT

    Steven Cohen, R.T.(R)
    Brownsburg, Indiana

    Senior Radiologic Technologist, Imaging Department
    OrthoIndy

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • American Society Of Radiologic Technologist, Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018
    • Chairman of the Board, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2016-2017
    • Immediate Past President, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2016-2017
    • President, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2015-2016
    • Legislative Contact, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2014-2015
    • Secretary-Treasurer, ASRT Board of Directors, 2017-2018
    • Member, Committee on R.T. Advocacy Region 6 Subcommittee, 2016-2017
    • Chairman and Delegate, Radiography Chapter, 2016-2017
    • Delegate, Practice Standards Council Radiography Subcommittee, 2016-2017

    I am the current ASRT secretary-treasurer. It has been an honor to be part of the ASRT Board of Directors. I recently completed eight years as a member of the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists’ board of directors. This will give me the experience and knowledge to effectively carry out the duties as ASRT vice president. I have been a radiologic technologist since 1972. I am employed at the largest orthopedic surgery group in Indianapolis, Indiana. This past year, I was a member of the ASRT Scanner Editorial Advisory Panel. I was also chairman of the Radiography Chapter and a member of the Committee on R.T. Advocacy Subcommittee. Getting involved is a critical element to the success of what we do. Being able to continue on the ASRT Board of Directors will enable me to work on behalf of all of the medical imaging and radiation therapy community.

    One of the top issues facing the radiologic profession is the encroachment effort on our profession that is going on at this time. We are seeing an increase in other allied health professionals who believe it should be in their scope of practice to perform medical imaging procedures. I am confident we can address this issue head on. I will work with the ASRT Board of Directors and the state affiliates to address this issue.

    I will provide direction for the organization. The Board has a strategic function in providing the vision, mission and goals of the organization. In addition, it governs the organization and has a fiduciary duty to protect the organization’s assets and members’ investments. Being on the board of the Indiana society and now as secretary-treasurer of the ASRT has given me the skills and tools necessary to carry out the duties as a member of the ASRT Board of Directors.


  • Mike Odgren

    ASRT VICE-PRESIDENT

    Mike Odgren, B.S., R.PA., R.R.A., R.T.(R)(CT)
    Evergreen, Colorado

    Advanced Practice Radiographer
    Diversified Radiology of Colorado, P.C.

    Lakewood, Colorado

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Chairman, Practice Standards Council Document Subcommittee, 2017-2020
    • Chairman, Commission, 2017-2018
    • Speaker of the House of Delegates, ASRT Board of Directors, 2016-2017
    • Speaker of the House of Delegates, ASRT Board of Directors, 2015-2016
    • Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates, ASRT Board of Directors, 2014-2015
    • Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates, ASRT Board of Directors, 2013-2014
    • Chairman of the Board, Colorado Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2013-2014
    • Delegate, Colorado Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2013-2014
    • President, Colorado Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2012-2013
    • President-elect, Colorado Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2011-2012

    I am an advanced practice radiographer (R.R.A. and R.P.A.) and have been an R.T. for 20 years. I believe my previous four years of experience as a member of the ASRT Board has prepared me well to serve the members of the Society as their vice president. I previously served for two years each as vice speaker and speaker of the House of Delegates. My time on the Board taught me the skills necessary to lead effectively. It also refined my ability to think strategically and make long-term goals for the Society. I continue to serve the ASRT as the chairman of the Commission and additionally as the chairman of a committee to investigate eliminating redundancies from our Practice Standards documents.

    I believe the number one issue confronting us is the constant threat of encroachment on our profession by other health care providers (i.e., nurses, PAs, NPs, etc.). We have been seeing, and continue to see, increased attempts to change state licensure laws, disband R.T. licensure boards and introduce exemptions to the rules that would allow non-radiology trained health professionals to perform medical imaging examinations. I would address this by helping to increase awareness of the dangers of allowing untrained individuals to perform imaging studies. I would lobby for stronger protections both for our careers and for our patients’ safety, and I would help increase networking in our profession. There is strength in numbers and, together, we have the power to succeed.

    I believe the primary role of the ASRT Board of Directors is to ensure the continued success of both our Society and our profession. We have a responsibility to keep our finger on the pulse of the issues that concern our members. The Board of Directors must also set the strategic direction of the Society and, by default, the profession as a whole. It is a big responsibility, but one that I know I am well suited for. The first year I served on the ASRT Board, I helped to develop, refine and, ultimately, approve the ASRT’s current strategic plan. I have the ability to take the long view and have a calm, measured approach on issues that concern our Society and our profession.


 
  • Don Bishop

    ASRT SECRETARY

    Don Bishop, B.S., R.T.(R)
    Muscatine, Iowa

    Cardiovascular Specialist and Clinical Instructor
    Genesis Medical Center and Scott Community College

    Davenport, Iowa

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Delegate, Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2017-2018
    • President, Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2016-2017
    • Delegate, Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2016-2017
    • President-Elect, Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2014-2016
    • Vice President, Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2013-2014
    • Member, Committee on R.T. Advocacy Region 5 Subcommittee, 2017-2018
    • Mentor, Student Leadership Development Program, 2016

    I graduated from the Scott Community College Radiologic Technology program with honors and served as vice president of the student government. Ever since I was a student, I have been actively involved with the Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists Area 2 as a student secretary. After graduation, I had the distinction of leading our local subordinate ISRT Area 2 as vice president and president before moving to the state level. At the state level of the ISRT, I have been involved with several subcommittees and previously served as 2nd vice president, 1st vice president, president elect, president and now serve as a junior executive committee member. I have served on the academic advisory and appeals committee for Scott Community College. While doing all this, I continued my education at the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in cardiovascular intervention.

    I believe one of the top issues facing the ASRT is a universal problem shared by all: declining or stagnant membership. The idea that we are just a mere CEU provider needs to be changed. I can’t tell you how many conversations I have had at the state level with technologists about issues that affect them that they were unaware of.

    We need to continue to educate new technologists about what we really are, which is a meeting place for like-minded professionals who want to see our profession succeed and grow. We are a voice for our profession that can speak loudly enough to be heard. We are a place that can encourage change with numbers to back it up and a place to come and learn from one another. To accomplish this we must educate on every level to show that we are a true asset to our profession.

    I believe that the role of the Board of Directors is to keep the ASRT relevant and vital to our members because without members there is no ASRT. In order to accomplish this we need to be outspoken and goal driven. We must find ways to show that we are an asset to the vitality of our profession. As a profession and a Society, if we don’t keep working hard there will be nothing left to work for. We have already seen other professions trying to expand their scopes of practice into our profession and the misunderstanding of what the ASRT does for our profession. I believe Board members need to not only advocate, but also educate and listen to what the members are saying. I believe my outspoken advocacy about our profession and passion for teaching will make me a perfect fit for the Board.


  • Susan Cazaux

    ASRT SECRETARY

    Susan Cazaux, M.B.A., R.T.(R)(M)
    Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Director of Imaging Services, Imaging Services Department
    Los Alamos Medical Center

    Los Alamos, New Mexico

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • President, Arizona State Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2017-2018
    • Board Chairman, Arizona State Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2016-2017
    • Legislative Contact, Arizona State Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2015-2016
    • Member, Committee on R.T. Advocacy Region 3 Subcommittee, 2017-2018
    • Member, Mammography Curriculum Workgroup, 2017-2018
    • Chairman and Delegate, Management Chapter, 2016-2017
    • Member, House of Delegates Minutes Approval Committee, 2015-2016
    • Vice Chairman and Delegate, Management Chapter, 2015-2016
    • Mentor, Student Leadership Development Program, 2016
    • Delegate, Management Chapter, 2013-2014

    I became a radiologic technologist and then a mammographer when my mother had breast cancer. I truly and passionately felt I could make a difference in health care. I took on the role of RIS administrator (with PACS) and have been an imaging educator as well. After receiving a management degree, I moved into a manager position for several outpatient facilities and have been a Director of Medical Imaging for about nine years. I have held leadership positions with the Arizona state affiliate to include positions of President and Chairman of the Board several times as well as annual meeting chair. I have also been honored to serve on the ASRT Management Chapter and was elected chairman of the chapter. Other leadership positons have included Vice President of an Arizona art museum and three years as Event Chair for Relay for Life in southern Arizona.

    One of the top issues facing the ASRT is membership at the affiliate level. Many things are already being done by the ASRT such as the Affiliate Marketing and Public Relations Toolkit, the Affiliate Development Program, the ability to put in for financial assistance and the willingness of the Board of Directors and staff to attend affiliate meetings as speakers and offer support. I would love to work more closely with those programs and plan to if elected. We all must encourage and educate technologists and students, and show them the benefits of being part of an affiliate. We need to advocate and promote each of our states and discuss pertinent legislation that may be occurring. We also need to promote the fun, social part of being in a group of our peers. It is difficult with time being at a premium these days, but we must be strong collectively when local issues arise.

    The primary role of the ASRT Board of Directors is to be the voice and face of its membership and to uphold and support the mission, which is to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality and safety of patient care. Communication is very important and my skill set includes a longstanding, willing and active membership with the ASRT, which has enabled me to lobby for the CARE bill in Washington D.C. multiple times as well as represent Arizona technologists at the state level during legislative changes. As a director of an imaging department and former director of quality, I have the responsibility of monitoring quality for excellent patient care and as chairman for affiliate meetings, I help support and provide education for technologists that elevate our profession.


  • Dawn (Dickinson) Keyser

    ASRT SECRETARY

    Dawn (Dickinson) Keyser, M.A., R.T.(R)(M(CT)
    Farmington Hills, Michigan

    CT Technologist
    Beaumont Health

    Royal Oak, Michigan

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Editor's Contact, Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2007-2018
    • Delegate, Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2014-2016
    • 2nd Vice President, Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2010-2011
    • Delegate, Computed Tomography Chapter, 2015-2019
    • Member, Committee on Bylaws, 2017-2018
    • Vice Chairman and Delegate, Computed Tomography Chapter, 2016-2017
    • Mentor, Student Leadership Development Program, 2015, 2017
    • Attendee, Leadership Academy, 2011-2012
    • President, Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2012-2013
    • President-elect, Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2011-2012

    A registered radiographer since 1998, I became registered in mammography and computed tomography in 2000 and have been employed at Beaumont Hospital as a CT tech for 10 years. I became an ASRT and Michigan society member as a student and remained so ever since. In 2009, I earned a bachelor in radiologic sciences and a master's in 2015, which has afforded me the opportunity to teach at the college level. In 2015, I won MSRT’s Technologist of the Year award. I have held several offices in the MSRT, including president, chairman of the board and affiliate delegate. I have been a member of several committees: the annual meeting planning committee since 2007, the chairperson of the editorial committee since 2007 and web communications committee since 2015. My volunteer positions also include Computed Tomography Chapter delegate for three years, CT Chapter vice chairman in 2016-2017 and a member of the Practice Standards Subcommittee in 2016-2017. Most recently, I was appointed to the ASRT Committee on Bylaws for 2017-2018. I believe a current, and ongoing, issue in all of radiology is getting the public, government and other health care workers recognized as a vital part of a health care team. We are an important step in a patient’s health outcome. Why are we still fighting for licensure in so many states or fighting with other organizations over who should perform diagnostic imaging exams? All technologists should be certified in the modalities they are working and the public deserves to know the truth about the person taking his or her x-ray. To improve transparency, we need a public campaign to bring our profession exposure. The public deserves to know the training required to spare them excess radiation dose and provide them with quality images for them to get the most informed diagnosis. We should all promote our profession, but let’s take that one step further and make our voice heard.

    The ASRT mission reads, “to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.” The best method to accomplish this is being a leader among our peers. As a Board member, I will work to take that idea to the next level. Board of Directors isn’t a one-person job, it is a team effort; team of committed members contributing to profession and its goals. With our large membership to protect and serve, as the saying goes, “it takes a village.” As a “village” leader, I will uphold the profession’s ethics and standards and pledge to perform all duties to the best of my ability. Serving the ASRT membership and holding an office on the ASRT Board of Directors is a privilege and an opportunity that requires active participation and diligence by a dedicated, committed professional.


  • Chandra Gerrard

    ASRT SECRETARY

    Chandra Gerrard, B.S., R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)(QM)
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Lecturer III, Department of Radiology
    University of New Mexico

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Chairman of the Board, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2016-2017
    • Delegate, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2015-2017
    • President, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2015-2016
    • President-elect, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2014-2015
    • Vice President, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2013-2014
    • Chairman and Delegate, Computed Tomography Chapter, 2017-2018
    • Member, Committee on Bylaws, 2016-2017
    • Member, House of Delegates Minutes Approval Committee, 2016-2017
    • Delegate, Computed Tomography Chapter, 2016-2017
    • Attendee, Leadership Academy, 2015-2016

    Positions I have held with ASRT include: New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists affiliate delegate, Computed Tomography Chapter delegate, Computed Tomography Chapter chairman, Committee on Bylaws, Minutes Approval Committee and member of the Computed Tomography Practice Standards Subcommittee. I am confident the exposure I have obtained within ASRT will allow me to refine my knowledge of our Society and provide quality work as secretary. I was honorary secretary for the International Association of Forensic Radiographers with responsibilities that included contacting membership on behalf of the society, contacting external agencies, establishing meeting times, generating agendas, collating committee reports, hosting meetings, taking minutes, minute revisions and overviewing the constitution. I served on the NMSRT board for five years and hosted multiple meetings, and provided timelines for follow-up action items. Attention to detail is key when in the role of secretary. I have extensive experience in lengthy and complex research studies and providing solutions for complicated workflows.

    I believe the top issue for our profession is obtaining state licensure. At the policy level, federal and state laws requiring licensure are essential. However, this does not happen in a silo and requires intervention at more than one level. At the organizational level, professional societies, insurers and health providers can at least start the conversation by using language that indicates licensure is required for employment and reimbursement. At the individual level, providing patient education to demonstrate the importance of having licensed technologists will clearly make known the issue for those patients who are being imaged by someone who is not licensed. Ideally, those patients will put pressure on both health care providers and insurers demanding an explanation and solution to the licensure issue. As the health care system is moving toward patient-centered outcomes, increasing the collective intelligence of the patient population will escalate the dialogue for required licensure.

    The Board of Directors is responsible for upholding the vision and mission of the Society, while being approachable by the membership. The Board should be representative of members who have varying levels of leadership experience and robust work-related knowledge. Varying experience in leadership provides sustainability due to the mentor/mentee relationship for incoming Board members. Having Board members with varied professional experiences ensures multiple specialties and modalities will have equity in the conversation. Past board experience with NMSRT has helped guide my understanding of affiliate strengths and weaknesses. Serving on the board of the International Association of Forensic Radiographers has prepared me to handle imaging practices that are quite divergent from one another (country specific). These are not unlike the differences that exist at the state level and within our imaging professions. Thus, having familiarity in this area can prove useful for promoting compromise and resolution in complex situations.


  • Kristi Moore

    ASRT SECRETARY

    Kristi Moore, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CT)
    Vaughan, Mississippi

    Radiologic Sciences Department Chair and Associate Professor
    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Jackson, Mississippi

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Chairman of the Board, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2017-Present
    • Alternate Delegate, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2016-2017, 2015-2016
    • President, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2016-2017, 2015-2016
    • ASRT Affiliate Delegate, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2015-2014, 2014-2013, 2013-2012, 2012-2011
    • Executive Secretary, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2012-Present
    • Website Administrator, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2012-Present
    • Editor of The BEAM, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2009-2015
    • Secretary, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2008-2013
    • Delegate, Education Chapter, 2018-2019
    • Vice Chairman and Delegate, Education Chapter, 2017-2018
    • Attendee, Leadership Academy, 2015-2016
    • Mentor, Student Leadership Development Program, 2015

    I worked as a computed tomography technologist for two years prior to beginning my career as an educator 14 years ago at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. I have served as director of the Radiologic Sciences program for four years and chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences for two years. These leadership positions have been wonderful opportunities to gain skills necessary for managing tasks, managing individuals and collaborating with others. I have been an active member of my state affiliate society, the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, for most of my career. My first ASRT appointment was as Education Committee chairman in 2006. I served in that capacity for two years. Since that time, I have served as MSRT secretary for six years, editor of The BEAM for seven years, affiliate delegate for four years, executive secretary for six years, website administrator for six years and president for two years. I was recently elected to serve as Chairman of the Board for the MSRT.

    I believe a top issue facing the radiologic science profession is membership retention in state affiliate societies. As executive secretary for the MSRT, I am constantly reviewing our membership and noting trends. We consistently have a higher proportion of student members compared to technologist members because our students do not always renew their membership after they have become an R.T.(R). Although we have been successful in retaining some, it is nowhere near the majority. Students need to understand the importance of professional membership, while reaping some personal benefits. The ASRT does a great job on the national level; state affiliates could model the ASRT and think outside the box. I would try to identify individual things that are working well for states and combine these ideas into a package that would apply to all states.

    The prime role of the ASRT Board of Directors is to ensure the standards of the imaging and therapy professions are maintained at the highest level. The Society does this through the governance process that gives a voice to its members. My current positions on the MSRT board of directors are as president, executive secretary and website administrator. I have had substantial experience with the duties of secretary in both my career and service activities. This position is one I enjoy. In fact, I will serve as church secretary beginning January 2018. I believe it is extremely important to ensure details of meetings are accurately recorded for historical purposes.



 
  • Pam Fulmer

    ASRT TREASURER

    Pamela Fulmer, B.A., R.T.(R)(M)(QM)
    Independence, Missouri

    President, Mammography
    Fulmer Consulting

    Independence, Missouri

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Chairman of the Board, Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists, 1986-87
    • President-elect, Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists, 1984-85
    • President, Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists, 1985-86
    • Chairman and Founder, Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists Scholarship Fund, 1982
    • Delegate, Mammography Chapter, 2016-2018
    • Member, Mammography Curriculum Workgroup, 2017-2018
    • Delegate, Practice Standards Council Mammography Subcommittee, 2016-2018
    • Delegate, Mammography Chapter, 2014-2016
    • Delegate, Practice Standards Council Mammography Subcommittee, 2014-2016
    • Mentor, Student Leadership Development Program, 2015

    I started my career in mammography and found my love. I moved from the clinical world into the corporate arena. There I taught, helped design equipment, did research and development and wrote quality control manuals. From that range of experiences, I have always been ahead of the curve in the field of mammography. I am not content to sit still; I always want to be moving forward. In my personal life, I am on the board of a local historical Victorian mansion and the local Salvation Army homeless shelter. From those experiences, I have been in lead roles in two very different areas. For the mansion, we are constantly looking for ways to keep our beautiful house in good condition. For the homeless shelter, we are looking and writing grants to take care of more families in our community. In both situations, it requires innovation and leadership.

    I believe a critical issue within the ASRT is maintaining membership and recruiting new members. I would like to see a program developed to recruit the newly graduated technologists. I believe we need a mentoring program that will match the experienced technologist with the newly graduated technologist. We then are reaching both aspects of our community and keeping all groups involved. I work with a recently graduated technologist who I meet with quarterly. We can discuss potential jobs, where she would like to see her career advance and how she can reach that goal. We can also discuss interview techniques and resumes. I make contacts for her, and give her names and email addresses to build her own network. This becomes a team effort for all involved. Not only does it help our organization, it builds our profession.

    I believe that the role of the ASRT Board of Directors is to set the standard for the organization. Board members are the leaders and examples of our profession. They need to be aware of changes within the medical field to keep the ASRT current in ideas and skills. I own my own business and need to have the same ideas. I want to be the expert in my field so that I can share accurate and current information with my customers. I feel that with my community service and my role as a business owner, I have the ability to lead and set an example for the membership of the ASRT.


  • Danny Gonzales

    ASRT TREASURER

    Daniel Gonzales, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R), FASRT
    Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Radiology Manager, Radiology Department
    Lincoln County Medical Center

    Ruidoso, New Mexico

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • Executive Secretary, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2017-2018
    • Executive Secretary, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2016-2017
    • Executive Secretary, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2014-2015
    • Chairman of the Board, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2013-2014
    • President, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists, 2012-2013
    • Delegate, Management Chapter, 2015-2016
    • Vice Chairman and Delegate, Management Chapter, 2014-2015
    • Member, Committee on Fellows, 2012-2013
    • Mentor, Student Leadership Development Program, 2013
    • Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates, ASRT Board of Directors, 2005-2006

    I have serviced the ASRT and the New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists for over 30 years as a member, Board member and delegate. I am currently the chair of the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Council for the state of New Mexico. I serve the New Mexico affiliate as the chief managing officer and have for the past four years. I am a five time past president and chairman of the New Mexico affiliate and have served the ASRT House off and on for the past 24 years. I have an associate in radiologic technology, a bachelor’s in business administration and master’s in radiologic administration. I have worked in three different nonprofit organizations from Carlsbad, New Mexico, to Ruidoso, New Mexico. I currently work for the Presbyterian Healthcare Systems.

    Many technologists are still having trouble securing full-time employment. What advice do you have for them? Don’t give up! My advice to incoming technologists is to apply for as many jobs as possible and don’t be disappointed in PRN positions. That is where it starts! Once you get in the door do all you can to develop your knowledge of different specialties. Don’t be afraid to work nights. Go to the operating room when needed to help transport patients. Do anything that will guarantee a place in that facility.

    The prime role of an ASRT Board member is what he or she can bring to the table; allow those with years of experience and knowledge to express their thoughts and expertise. It’s the confidence of the Board and its members that lead. It’s their leadership and dedication to the profession that will lead this organization into the future. Let’s not make this a popularity contest, but allow years of leadership experience, work ethic and overall knowledge work with the membership of this organization. I have 33 years of radiology dedication, 30 years of membership to the ASRT and New Mexico affiliate and 28 years of management and leadership experience. Thank you and I wish all the candidates good luck in their endeavors of becoming an ASRT leader!


  • Gaylia Smith-Whetsel

    ASRT TREASURER

    Gaylia Smith-Whetsel, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(CT)
    Johnson City, Tennessee

    Staff Technologist/PACS Specialist, Radiology Department
    Franklin Woods Community Hospital

    Johnson City, Tennessee

    ASRT Communities Profile

    • President, Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2017-2018
    • Mentor, Student Leadership Development Program, 2014-2017
    • Affiliate Delegate, Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2006-2009
    • Vice Chairman and Delegate, Radiography Chapter, 2011-2013
    • Attendee, Leadership Academy, 2007
    • Delegate, Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2017-2018
    • President, Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc., 2011-2012
    • Member, Commission, 2016-2017
    • Member, Committee on Bylaws, 2014-2015
    • Member, Committee on Nominations, 2014-2015

    I have been a technologist for 37 years and a 25-year member of the ASRT. I have served on numerous committees at both the state and national level. I have served on the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists’ board of directors since 1998 and am now serving a third term as president. I served as Radiography Chapter delegate for three years with two of those being vice chairman. One of the highlights of my ASRT life was being a member of the Commission in 2017. It was such a pleasure to serve with the group of people I was on the committee with and gave me a great insight as to how serving as an officer would be. I am at a point in my life that I have the time and support to undertake the position of treasurer on the ASRT Board.

    One of the top issues is the declining membership and lack of interest in getting involved at both the state and national level. I feel this starts at the state level and I hope as TSRT president this year we can figure out a way to increase interest, especially with our students as they become new graduates. We need them to keep the affiliates and the national Society going strong.

    I think the prime role of the ASRT Board of Directors is to provide state affiliates with guidance and support. I have served the Tennessee affiliate and the ASRT in many capacities over the years I have been a member and believe that I would be an asset to the Board with my experience.