By AHRA Staff
The Radiology Administration Certification Commission (RACC) is pleased to announce the results of the recent RACC commissioner elections. Brenda DeBastiani, CRA, FAHRA and Christopher Snyder, CRA have been elected to serve as commissioners on the RACC, the governing body of the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential.
Brenda is the Director of Imaging at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. She has been an AHRA member since 2006 and a CRA since 2007. Brenda has been an active volunteer with AHRA, achieving AHRA Fellow status in 2014, and attributes much of her career advancement to skills she’s learned as an AHRA member and being a CRA. As Brenda explains, “I feel that my job advancement was very much tied to the fact that I have my CRA credential and have been a high-performer… I believe that I am a walking testimonial for how important the CRA credential is.”
Chris is the Director of Technical Services at Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, VA. He joined AHRA in 2002 and has been a CRA since 2012. Chris brings to the RACC his experience in healthcare and imaging management, covering a range of professional settings including acute care, outpatient, and physician practice, and hopes to use the knowledge he’s gained on behalf of the CRA. Chris says of serving on the RACC, “I want to be part of the process as the RACC prepares imaging leadership for the many challenges ahead as we continue to bring professional recognition and esteem to the CRA credential.”
The RACC also wishes to publicly thank outgoing RACC commissioners, Kimlyn N. Queen, CRA, FAHRA, and Mark W. Steffen, CRA, FAHRA, for their years of service working on behalf of CRAs and the CRA credential.
Mark joined the RACC in January 2012. In his time on the commission, he served on the RACC Nominations Committee in 2012 and as chair of that committee in 2013. Mark also worked on the exam development and validation process in 2012 and 2014, was active in developing the 2013 marketing initiative, and spearheaded the creation of CRA and Future CRA Lunches at AHRA’s Spring and Fall conferences to give CRAs, CRA-Retired, and people interested in the credential an opportunity to network and ask questions. Mark personally hosted or co-hosted several of these events. In addition, Mark brought his interest in building stronger connections between CRAs to the CRA Reception at AHRA’s Annual Meeting, designing and leading “ice breaker” activities such as CRA Bingo to facilitate networking and generate discussion around areas of common interest.
Kimlyn began her first term on the RACC in 2008 and was reelected to a second term in 2011. In her time on the Commission she’s worked on a wide range of projects, from examining policy and procedure issues, to creating awareness and outreach materials, to working with other imaging related organizations on mutual goals. Her contributions to the RACC include chairing the RACC Nominations Committee in 2008, working on the 2008, 2010, and 2012 exam development and validation committees, and serving as exam development team leader in 2014. She’s served a term as RACC Vice-chair and 3 terms as RACC Chair. Kimlyn created and presented sessions on leveraging the CRA at AHRA’s 2013 and 2014 Annual Meetings, was featured in AuntMinnie.com’s Leaders in Imaging interview series, and was interviewed in ASRT’s Scanner magazine about the CRA.
In the June 2008 issue of Link, while beginning her first term on the commission, Kimlyn wrote about the RACC, saying, “I recently had the opportunity to experience my first face-to-face meeting with a truly dynamic group of leaders, my fellow RACC commissioners. As I participated in the RACC meeting… it became very apparent to me that, ‘success has many parents…’ in the words of Arundhati Roy.” The RACC is grateful to Mark and Kimlyn for their dynamic leadership on the RACC and the roles each has played in the CRA’s success while serving on the Commission.