By AHRA Staff
Elections for the 2015-16 AHRA Board of Directors and President-Elect will take place May 1-31. Voting is open to all members in good standing. Emeritus members may not vote.
AHRA President-Elect Candidates (in alphabetical order):
Kenneth Fazzino, CRA, FAHRA
Nuance Communications, Inc.
I have been an active member of AHRA for over 15 years. I have served on multiple design teams, the board of directors, numerous committees, and have been a frequent presenter at AHRA meetings. I have remained involved and current with our profession over the years. To have been nominated by my peers at this time is an honor. My career path has provided me with a very diverse knowledge set and perspective in our imaging community. AHRA has provided me with tremendous opportunities. I have time, energy, and experience to offer, and now it is my turn to give back to an organization which has provided so much to me both professionally and personally. Our organization’s success is directly tied to the members and their participation. Leadership is responsible for maintaining AHRA’s status as a critical resource and relevant in its professional success.
Jason Newmark, CRA, FAHRA
Vice President, Diagnostic Services
In 2005, I attended my first AHRA meeting as a new manager in imaging just trying to learn how to spell half the words I was hearing – and by the end of that week, I had gained numerous new friends and realized that I was not alone with my challenges and opportunities…and I could in fact spell Roentgen! Since that first meeting over ten years ago, I have been proud to be an active member of AHRA by promoting and attending local/regional and annual meetings, publishing articles, presenting on various topics, achieving CRA and Fellow status, being part of the 2009-2011 annual meeting design teams, and in 2011 being elected to the board of directors (and acting in the role of the Finance Director for the EF and AHRA for the past 3 years).
These experiences have helped me to truly appreciate the value and strength of our organization and our members. We now need to continue to increase membership and member participation, strengthen the programs we offer, develop new and innovative educational services to help grow future leaders, and enhance AHRA members’ understanding of, and influence in, the evolving healthcare regulatory environment.
I have a truly deep-seated and sincere wish to help lead AHRA in achieving these goals. I would be proud to be elected to serve as the President of the Board of Directors.
AHRA Director-at-Large Candidates (in alphabetical order):
Gene Bernieri, CRA
Administrator Diagnostic Imaging
Greater Hudson Valley Health System
I have been a member of AHRA for many years. As a young twenty-five year old manager I depended on AHRA for assistance in developing professionally. While AHRA was still in its infancy at that time, it has been an inspiration for me from the very beginning. As the years passed and I advanced in the imaging profession so did AHRA, always staying in the forefront of healthcare developments and always serving as a guiding light for me.
Approximately five years ago my passion turned to sharing my experiences and serving at a higher level. I teamed up with Ernesto Cerdena, 2015-2016 AHRA president elect, and we started the AHRA New York Group, a local group designed to further AHRA’s mission of leadership development. In the past year, we have grown to become the Northeast Group, incorporating several other states in the northeast. Over the past 3 years, I have also become a speaker for the AHRA on a local and national level. These speaking engagements allowed me to engage many leaders in current issues such as effective dashboards, radiation exposure reduction, and effective performance appraisals. Given my life experience, years of support for AHRA, and professional training, I feel that if elected I will be able to make a significant contribution to this very dynamic organization.
Russell Cain, CRA
Director of Imaging Services
Atlanta Medical Center
I have received so much from both peers within AHRA, and the organization as a whole, and I hope to contribute in return. I believe that AHRA is at major crossroads in our history. We must continue to be the ultimate and consummate provider of education and growth potential for radiology/imaging administrators. However, we must also join with other organizations such as ACR, ACHE, and RBMA to be a united force in influencing appropriate political efforts in healthcare as well. We must continue to have a collaborative and mutually supportive relationship with vendors, and through them help to continue supporting the evolution of technology in imaging systems and the world of informatics. The leadership of AHRA must continue to be sensitive and responsive to our membership while leading efforts in education, lobbying, and reinforcing the focus on safe and quality imaging. It would be an honor and a privilege to continue serving in the leadership of these efforts.
Stephan A. Lopez, FAHRA
Corporate Director of Radiology
Baylor Scott & White Health
I have been a member of AHRA for many years, and I have experience both on and off the board, which adds value when working for this organization. I am committed to improving AHRA toward achieving its goals or developing new ones. I have a desire to impact change, as evident when we re-organized AHRA. I would like to see AHRA continue to provide the education we need to develop our current and new leaders for the future. I look forward to working with each member of the board and our AHRA membership. Thank you for consideration.
Angelic P. McDonald, CRA, FAHRA
Director, Cardiovascular Imaging
Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center
“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince.
Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of radiation started our careers in imaging, but it’s Machiavelli’s perspective on the challenges associated with leading through change that imaging leaders know too well. With reimbursements declining, quality metrics rising, and scopes stretched, the “new order” of imaging operations is here.
To take the lead during this new order, we must be passionate, committed, and possess an undying resiliency to keep our teams moving forward. As an AHRA board member, these traits must be amplified because our team is more than just the direct reports within an organization; it is the cumulative representation of our field and its leaders. Our association must trust the members of the board to say what must be said, do what must be done, and through it all stay engaged at the front line.
As a USAF trained imaging specialist, Master’s prepared, Six Sigma instructor, with 25 years’ experience, for me, weathering the new order comes down to preparing for the storm. As a second term AHRA board member, our association can trust that all my energy will be devoted to ensuring we are proactive, not reactive, to the challenges ahead.
We don’t have to be uncertain of our success when taking the lead because we have AHRA standing with us.
Kimlyn N. Queen, CRA, FAHRA
Director of Imaging and Cardiac Cath Services
OhioHealth Marion General Hospital
After serving seven years as a commissioner for the RACC, supporting and advancing the CRA, I am interested in continuing my involvement with AHRA by serving as a member of the board of directors. I appreciate AHRA’s team-centered approach to continuously improving and advancing the development of professional leadership in medical imaging management. I believe that this type of attitude and commitment can truly make a difference in a successful organization.
As an advocate of continuing education and lifelong learning, I see this as an opportunity to assist in providing our members with educational opportunities related to professional leadership growth and development.
I have been a radiology administrator for 15 of my 25 years in the field. I feel my years of experience and my educational background can help bring new ideas for future growth to AHRA. I truly believe the more we continue to learn and grow the stronger we become personally and professionally.
Jacqui F. Rose CRA, FAHRA
Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services
Premier Health – Upper Valley Medical Center
I am honored to be nominated for a position on the AHRA board of directors. I have been a member of AHRA since 1995 and consider it to be the elite organization for imaging leaders. Having been in imaging for a few years and experiencing many phenomenal changes, I know that nothing is as dramatic as the rate of change we are currently facing. During tumultuous times, imaging leaders must be agile, knowledgeable, and well connected. AHRA provides the structure and framework that I need to excel in this industry through a network of amazing people and resources. For the future, AHRA must stay on the forefront of all aspects of our industry to lead the change for imaging. I would be honored to represent the membership and work as a catalyst to move AHRA forward to a rewarding future.