January 2012—The Radiology Administration Certification Commission (RACC) wishes to publically thank outgoing RACC vice-chair Luis O. Marquez, CRA, FAHRA, MBA and outgoing RACC public commissioner Phyllis S. Butterworth for their years of service working on behalf of all CRAs and the CRA credential.
Luis is currently director of imaging services at Methodist Hospitals Southlake in Merrillville, IN and has been a CRA since the inaugural exam in 2002. He began his first term on the RACC in January 2007, filling a two year unfinished term, and was re-elected to his second term in 2009. Luis has served three terms, from 2008-2010, as secretary/treasurer and was vice-chair for 2011 in his final year on the commission. He has also served twice on the RACC Nominations Committee, once as chair, and was an active member of the 2010 CRA Exam Rewrite Task Force.
In addition to his committee work, Luis helped introduce the CRA to countless individuals and increase understanding about the credential and the commission’s activities through his many articles in Link and his work at the CRA booth at both AHRA conferences and conferences by several other imaging organizations.
Phyllis is director of public relations and marketing at Marion General Hospital in Marion, OH. She joined the RACC as the public member in January 2009 (the public member is a non-CRA commissioner whose role is to bring a public perspective to the commission’s activities). In addition to taking an active part on the RACC, Phyllis offered her considerable experience and expertise in marketing to help the RACC revise its marketing plan, refine marketing materials, and find new ways to increase awareness about the CRA credential.
The RACC is grateful to Luis and Phyllis for the time, energy, and many talents each has given to the CRA credential as volunteer leaders.
The RACC is also pleased to announce that Mark W. Steffen, CRA, FAHRA, has been elected to serve a three year term on the RACC.
Mark is director of radiology services at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. He is a long time member of AHRA who has served on spring and fall conference design teams and was an active member of the AHRA Washington Group in Washington state prior to his return to the Chicago area. Mark is currently the Illinois state leader for AHRA’s “Get Serious” membership campaign.
Mark’s contributions to the CRA program date back to 2001 when he was part of the task force charged with creating items for the original CRA exam. He has been a CRA since 2009. As he explains, “[A]fter a career move to Seattle, I thought it was time to test my knowledge and skills after 13 years as an imaging administrator at both academic and community hospitals. This became more important as the hospital at which I was employed achieved Magnet status in nursing, a national recognition.”
About serving on the RACC, Mark says, “I am an administrator without a technical background and feel that I would be able to represent similar CRAs and CRA-candidates … I believe in the importance of having certifications and hope to encourage other AHRA members into achieving this honor.”
The RACC is the governing body responsible for guiding the CRA program and establishing requirements, standards, and procedures for CRA certification. Steffen will be joining Ron J. Barak, CRA, FAHRA, Bruce W. Hammond, CRA, Enrico M. Perez, CRA, Jacqui F. Rose, CRA, Kimlyn N. Queen, CRA, and incoming public member Benjamin G. M. Feril, MSC, USN on the 2012 RACC.