Speakers

Laura Aaron, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(M)(QM)

Dr. Laura Aaron is a professor at the Northwestern State University School of Allied Health. She completed her radiologic technology education at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and then obtained her masters from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has served as radiography program director and department head for the School of Allied Health at Northwestern State University (NSU). During her time at NSU, she has had the opportunity to develop new programs—a master’s program in radiologic sciences and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health. Last year, she changed roles and is now serving as a faculty member.

Dr. Aaron has been very active in several radiologic sciences professional organizations including the ASRT, the AEIRS, the JRCERT, and her state society, LSRT. Currently, she is serving as the Executive Editor for Radiologic Science & Education for AEIRS. In 2018, she finished her seven year term for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. 

Laura loves working with students to help them achieve their career goals, collaborating with the fabulous faculty that she works with every day, and tackling new challenges. She and her husband Cary love to travel and enjoy spending time with their friends and family and watching an LSU football game. Go tigers!

Doris Abrishami, Ed.D., R.T.(R)

Dr. Doris Abrishami is an assistant professor at California State University Northridge. She has been a certified Radiologic Technologist for the past 20 years and has also been teaching Cross Sectional Anatomy, Pathology, and several face to face and online courses at California State University Northridge for the past 18 years. Her research interests include cultural diversity in health care and her doctoral dissertation was written on the topic of cultural competency education for radiography students and imaging technologists. She has presented the topic of cultural competency at the ACERT conference in 2017, at the AEIRS annual conference in July 2019, and written manuscripts on the same subject in the Radiologic Technology Journal as wells as The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society. For the past few years, Dr. Abrishami  has held positions as the vice president and president of the California Society of Radiologic Technologists (CSRT) and she currently serves CSRT as the immediate past president.

Robert D. Adams, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD

Dr. Robert Adams currently is an assistant professor in the University of North Carolina Department of Radiation Oncology and the newly developed University of North Carolina Division of Human Factors Engineering. He is a Fellow in both the ASRT and AAMD. He 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. In addition, he is certified in radiography, radiation therapy, and medical dosimetry. 

Dr. Adams has delivered 72 international and national talks for continuing professional education, published over 100 peer review journal articles,  written 14 book chapters, and has one co-authored book published on ‘Engineering Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology’. He has served on the editorial review boards of the ASRT journal ‘Radiation Therapist’, the journal ‘Medical Dosimetry,’ ‘The Canadian Journal of Medical Imaging in Radiologic Sciences,’ and ASTRO’s APEx development board; additionally he served on the Board of Directors of the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board. He has had three funded federal research grants as the primary investigator, and is currently part of three additional research grants.

Lisa Bartenhagen, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)

Lisa Bartenhagen holds the Charles R. O’Malley Endowed Chair position in the department of medical imaging & therapeutic sciences. She is an associate professor and program director of the radiation therapy education program. Lisa has served as a site visitor for the JRCERT and is currently the vice president of the Board of Trustees for the ARRT.

Jodie Breidel, M.S., RDMS, RVT

Jodie Breidel is currently the program director of the diagnostic medical sonography program at Northeast Technical College located in Green Bay, WI. She received her master of science degree in management and organizational behavior with an emphasis in adult education from Silver Lake College. She is also a credentialed RDMS (AB, GYN/OB, Breast) and RVT sonographer. As an advocate for high quality education, she involves her students in course work activities and clinical experiences that will provide a strong foundation on which to begin their careers. Her professional interests focus on being a site visitor for JRC-DMS, and recently she has joined Rad-Aid International, an organization focused on increasing and improving radiology for poor and developing countries. In addition, she has received the Excellence in Teaching award from NWTC and the Bay Care Faculty of the Year award in recognition of innovative instruction, commitment to student success, and dedication to her health profession.

Dana Eskins, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(CT), RDMS

Dana Eskins is currently the director of the radiologic technology program and assistant professor at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio. Her professional interests focus on best teaching practices in imaging education and patient advocacy.

Ms. Eskins earned her radiologic technology certificate from Providence Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in Sandusky, Ohio in 1990, her bachelor’s degree in advanced radiography from Weber State University in Ogden, UT in 2009, her master’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2016 and is currently a doctoral student in the Leadership Studies program at Bowling Green State University.

Ms. Eskins has 28 years of imaging experience including 17 years of clinical experience as a registered staff radiologic and CT technologist and an ARDMS registered sonographer in Abdomen and OB/Gyn. She has 11 years of experience as an imaging educator in both radiologic technology and diagnostic medical sonography.

Kelli Welch Haynes, Ed.D., R.T.(R)

Dr. Welch Haynes is a tenured, associate professor and program director for the bachelor of science program at Northwestern State University in Shreveport, LA. Kelli graduated from Northwestern with her B.S. degree and from Midwestern State University with her master of science degree in Radiologic Sciences. Kelli graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Doctorate of Education.

She has published several articles and she has presented over 80 presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels. Kelli is a co-author of the textbook, Radiation Protection in Medical Radiography and she currently serves as Chairman of the Board for for AEIRS. 

Linda Joppe, M.S., R.T.(R)

Linda Joppe is currently the clinical coordinator/faculty for the radiography program at Northeast Technical College located in Green Bay, WI. She received her master of science degree in management and professional organization with an emphasis in adult education from Silver Lake College.  During her career in radiography, Linda was the clinical coordinator for a hospital- based program and then advanced to program director. As program director, she helped achieve maximum JRCERT accreditation on three separate reviews. In addition, for over 17 years, her graduating cohorts successfully passed the ARRT exam on their first attempt. The student 100% pass rate continues in her current position.

She is extremely proud of her graduates from both programs and is grateful to the many clinical sites who helped make their success possible. She believes the strength of a program is only as strong as its relationship with its clinical partners.

Jeff Killion, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(QM)

Dr. Killion is the dean of the Gunn College of Health and Sciences & Human Services and a professor of radiologic science at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. At Midwestern State University he has served as the program director and graduate coordinator. Before coming to Midwestern State University, Jeff was a radiologic science program director at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He completed his bachelors and masters degrees in radiologic science from Midwestern State University and received his Ph.D. in health studies education at Texas Woman’s University. He is an active member of AEIRS, ASRT, and the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists. Jeff writes and speaks at the state, national, and international levels. He is an experienced educator of over 25 years.

Nina Kowalczyk, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(QM)(CT), FASRT, FAEIRS

Dr. Kowalczyk recently retired from The Ohio State University after more than 30 years of service to the University. Her career experience includes radiologic science education, research, radiology administration, and clinical practice, as well as most recently serving as an organizational effectiveness consultant for the executive leadership of The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University.

Nina earned a baccalaureate degree in radiologic technology, a master of science degree in allied health administration, a master of arts degree in adult education, and a doctor of philosophy in work force development and quantitative/qualitative research methods from The Ohio State University. She is active in the ASRT, the AEIRS, and the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists. Dr. Kowalczyk is a life member in both the ASRT and the OSRT. She current serves as president-elect of the Association of Educators in the Imaging and Radiologic Sciences.

Nina holds ARRT certification in radiography, quality management and CT. She has lectured at the local, state, national and international levels, as well as authoring professional articles, textbooks, and continuing education materials.

Janice “Jan” Martin, M.A., R.T.(R)

Jan Martin is the program director for the radiologic technology program at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA. She graduated a very long time ago from Memorial Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology. She has held positions as staff radiographer in hospital and orthopedic office settings. Jan has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Ottawa University in Overland Park, KS, and her master’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. She also serves as a site visitor for the JRCERT.

In 2011 and 2017, she was chosen as Instructor of the Year (Rick Perkins Award) for the college. In 2016, Jan was honored by the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc. as Technologist of the Year. Jan’s greatest accomplishments are her students. “I love watching them evolve from student radiographer to registered radiographer.” “As an educator, I love seeing the light bulb turn on, when the student gets it!”

Kim Michael, M.A., R.T.(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS

Kim Michael is the Anderson distinguished professor and the associate director of the Interprofessional Academy of Educators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been involved in sonography education at UNMC since 1991 and has served as the director of the diagnostic medical sonography education program since 1998.

Kristi Linnea Tonning M.S., R.T.(T)

Kristi Tonning is the director of the radiation therapy program and assistant professor in the department of radiation medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. She is also a member of the OHSU interprofessional education steering committee.

Kristi graduated with a bachelor of science in radiation therapy from OHSU in 2001. After working a short time in Portland, OR, she moved to Stavanger, Norway and continued her career at the Stavanger University Hospital as a radiation therapist, dosimetrist and department manager. In 2009, Kristi earned a master of science in change management from the University of Stavanger, and worked as a management consultant in change management projects within healthcare and the oil industry. After 14 years in Norway, Kristi and her family of five moved back to Oregon. She is currently enrolled in the Pacific University Ph.D. program in education and leadership.

Tammy Webster, Ph.D, M.P.A., R.T.(R)(M)

Dr. Tammy Webster is an associate professor and radiography, cardiovascular interventional technology, and computed tomography program director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Tammy serves on the editorial review board for ASRT and AEIRS.

Nicole Winkler, M.Ed., R.T.(R)

Nicole Winkler completed a certificate of radiography in 2001 at the University of Virginia Medical Center (UVA). In 2007, she completed a bachelor of science degree in radiologic sciences through Adventist University. In 2009, the program transitioned to Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) as an associate degree in radiography. While the program transferred from UVA to PVCC, she became a clinical coordinator and completed her master’s degree in Education at Virginia Tech in 2012. She was then hired as the program director of radiography at PVCC in 2013 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in higher education administration at Liberty University. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists (VSRT), is an alternate delegate for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and has served as a panel member for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) redesign of curriculum in education in Virginia schools geared toward health science programs with a focus in radiography. However, her greatest professional accomplishment is in her passion for serving students. She has served as a faculty mentor to two diverse students who have been identified as ‘at-risk’ and feels that if she can plant a seed of hope into the heart of a struggling student, she can find the most happiness.