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ASRT Names 2021 Fellows

Mar 11, 2021

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists will bestow the status of Fellow on five members during the 2021 Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting to be held online in June. No Life Members were named for 2021.

The Society’s newest Fellows are Annette Coleman, M.A., R.T.(T), Cheryl DuBose, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)(QM), Kelli Welch Haynes, Ed.D., R.T.(R), Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T) and Ryan Smith, D.H.Sc., M.B.A., CNMT.

Elevation of Fellows

The ASRT established the honorary Fellow category in 1956 to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and ASRT. Fellows have volunteered in leadership positions at the national and local levels, written articles for publication, presented at professional meetings and helped advance the radiologic technology profession.

Annette Coleman, M.A., R.T.(T), has a 24-year tenure at Elekta, a global leader in precision radiation medicine, where she is currently senior product manager, integrated workflow and patient charting. She received a master of arts in education from the University of Rhode Island and is credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in radiation therapy. Coleman is well-regarded as an authority on radiation therapy treatment and her work has been published in textbooks. She has delivered educational and scholarly presentations at conferences and events often working to encourage radiation therapists to write and publish as a path to career growth. She served on the ASRT Foundation Board of Trustees for six years in various positions and has also been a valuable volunteer on the Foundation Scholarship Review Committee. For more than a decade she served on the Editorial Review Board for ASRT’s scientific journal, Radiation Therapist, with eight years in the role of chairman. She also held a position on the ASRT Radiation Therapy Curriculum Workgroup. She was also instrumental in the HCIAC Corporate Roundtable’s 2006 Task Force on New Skills Acquisition White Paper. In addition, Coleman is active with the New England Society of Radiation Therapists where she was a New England Registry Review founder and perpetual presenter since 1990.

Cheryl DuBose, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)(QM), MRSO, is chair of medical imaging and radiation sciences and associate professor and program director of MRI and radiography at Arkansas State University where she has been an educator since 2007. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Dr. DuBose is an authority on magnetic resonance imaging. Her work in MRI and a wide array of MRI-relevant topics has been published in textbooks and scientific journals. She served on the ARRT MR Exam Committee for nearly five years and for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology as a site visitor. She is a member of the Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology where she has served as chair and in multiple leadership positions on the board of directors since 2011. Currently she leads the Radiologic Technology Editorial Review Board as chairman and is on the ARRT board of trustees. She has also served on the ASRT Scanner Editorial Advisory Panel, the ASRT Magnetic Resonance Curriculum Revision project and on several other committees. She is a longtime member of the Arkansas Society of Radiologic Technologists where she has taken on numerous leadership positions, including president.

Kelli Welch Haynes, Ed.D., R.T.(R), has taught at Northwestern State University in Shreveport, Louisiana, for more than 20 years. She is currently professor and director of the radiologic science program and was awarded the Pauline Uli Zysek endowed professorship. In 2018, Dr. Haynes earned a doctorate in education and curriculum from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is credentialed in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. For the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists, Dr. Haynes has actively served on the board of directors including the role of president in 2009-2010. For ASRT, she has served on the Radiologic Technology Editorial Review Board, graduated from the Educator’s Institute and participated as a volunteer mentor for the ASRT Foundation. She was also the AEIRS representative to the Radiography Curriculum Workgroup.

Dr. Haynes has been published in textbooks and several medical imaging peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has served as a site visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology since 2012. Dr. Haynes has also developed a following as a speaker at state and national radiologic science conferences, including multiple presentations on the ASRT Live and Recorded webcasts. She has been a member of ASRT since 1993.

Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T), is radiation therapy education program manager at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics with nineteen years of service there. Heath holds a master of science in health sciences from the George Washington University and is credentialed in radiation therapy by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Heath is currently a member of the ASRT Committee on R.T. Advocacy Region 5 Subcommittee and has also served as a member of the ASRT Radiation Therapy Curriculum Workgroup. She is a graduate of the ASRT Leadership Academy for Educators. For the ASRT Foundation, she is part of the Research Mentor Advisory Group.

Heath has contributed to many textbooks and written articles for peer-reviewed scientific publications. In 2020, she was awarded the Radiation Therapist Distinguished Author Award in Honor of Harold Silverman. For nearly fifteen years she served on the Editorial Review Board for ASRT’s Radiation Therapist scientific journal, four of those years as chair. She is the author of Radiation Therapy Study Guide: A Radiation Therapist’s Review for Springer Publications. Heath has also presented lectures at state and national level educational and professional conferences including a keynote address for the ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference.

Ryan Smith, D.H.Sc., M.B.A., CNMT, is an Associate Professor of the diagnostic services department and nuclear medicine technology program at the University of Findlay in Ohio, where he has been employed for more than 17 years. He holds a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, his Master of Business Administration as well as his Bachelor of Science from the University of Findlay. He is credentialed in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

Dr. Smith has served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Delegate for the Nuclear Medicine Chapter, Chair of the Commission, member of the ASRT Scanner Editorial Advisory Panel, as well as Region 6 Chair for the ASRT Committee on R.T. Advocacy. His ASRT service also includes the Committee on Bylaws and the House of Delegates Minutes Approval Committee.

He is a longtime volunteer program evaluator for the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Board Member of the JRCNMT, and has worked as an item writer for the NMTCB registry exam. An active member of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists, he has served as OSRT board member as well as member of the Health Policy Committee.

Dr. Smith has presented many scholarly lectures at state and national levels and through live and recorded webcasts on the ASRT Live platform. In addition, he has authored Directed Readings on nuclear medicine topics for the ASRT scientific journal Radiologic Technology.

ASRT membership will recognize the 2021 Fellows honorees along with the 2020 Life Members and Fellows with an online award ceremony to be held Saturday, June 19.

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