Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers

The AVIR Board

The 2019-2020 AVIR Board

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Mike Kelly

Michael Kelly, RT, R, VI, RCIS

President

Riverside Regional Medical Center
Newport News, VA
mikekelly.avir@gmail.com
Having worked in a multi-disciplinary department (IR, Vascular, Cardiac, and Neuro) for over 11 years, I fully believe that the AVIR is a valuable resource to all of those in the world of Interventional Medicine. I have had the privilege to serve as Director at Large for the last couple of years and am extremely honored to now have the opportunity to represent this amazing society in the role ofVice President. As a member of the AVIR board of directors, I look forward to continuing my passion of providing relevant educational opportunities that reflect the always changing field of Interventional Medicine. I also look forward to creating opportunities for the professionals in our field to network with one another, through meetings on the local and national level and through social media, in order to help provide the best patient care possible and help provide public awareness of all the life changing treatments our field provides.

Rennie Mohabir

Rennie Mohabir MBA, RT, R

Vice President / President-Elect

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
Rennie.avir@gmail.com
In my 20+ years of experience in Interventional Radiology most of the positions I’ve held have been in leadership roles. My extensive background and proven track record includes leading large teams of over 200 staff, designing and opening new state of the art Radiology departments, leading process improvement projects, etc. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, we have one of the largest IR departments in the nation. Performing more than 22,000 procedures annually and growing at a rate of 5%-7% per year. This does not include the renowned work done in our IR Research Lab. Our accomplishments are all credited to our incredible team. One of my primary goals is to have technologists seen and respected as clinicians, which we are well on our way towards at MSKCC. The AVIR is the key to help achieve this goal across the nation. In the NYC area, the AVIR is not well known. My first step towards overcoming this challenge was the creation of the NYC Chapter in October of 2018. Despite my position, I remain an IR Tech at heart. In a profession where career paths seem limited, my passion to elevate technologists by providing relevant continuing education and creating different career paths, will not change. I believe the knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my career will benefit the AVIR and will complement the continued growth and excellence in our profession.

Kristen Welch

Kristen Welch, RT, R, VI, FAVIR

Immediate Past President

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Kristenavir@gmail.com
I am currently employed as an Interventional Technologist with the Medical College of Wisconsin. In this role I have the opportunity to precept new technologists and students from my institution’s Interventional Technologist Internship Program as well as supporting interventional research. I am incredibly grateful for the time I have been able to serve on the AVIR board of directors. Being involved with this organization has afforded me many opportunities including networking with other leaders within our field and learning from world class experts. I look forward to serving as President of this organization and working with our incoming Board of Directors to continue providing our membership exceptional education while offering opportunity for their own growth and professional development.

David Silva

David Silva, MHS, RRA, RT, R

Secretary / Treasurer

Stamford Hospital
Stamford, CT
David.SilvaRRA@yahoo.com
I became a Radiologist Assistant as I completely bought into the idea that Technologist need additional avenues to better themselves and better the education amongst Technologists by growing a career ladder option. At MSKCC I’ve performed well over 7,000 procedures, developed the Neuro-Interventional and Interventional Radiology Clinics and helped build the niche where RAs are able to essentially help in every facet of Radiology practice. We now have the largest RA program in the country. I hold morning teaching sessions with my Technologists to teach them fundamentals and understand clinical concepts. I believe Technologist do indeed have a clinical prowess and are not button pushers and we now have Technologist from nearly every section of Radiology enrolled in RA schools around the country. As Manager representing Technologists I have instilled the drive and motivation in to many in my team to want to be better and learn more to be the best technologist. I’m a Technologist always and have gone to Washington to lobby for Technologists and RAs. I’ve also worked with our legal team at the State level to get legislation and language needed for RAs in New Jersey. We are a Technologist-driven department that has achieved amazing feats at arguably the best cancer center in the country. I believe I can help bring that same success to AVIR to be the grassroots representatives that we sorely need for Technologists. I do not believe the ARRT and the ASRT are sufficient based on working with the lobby groups in Washington. We need a larger voice and I believe I can help make a different with helping AVIR.

Hannah Smith

Hannah E. Smith RT-(R)(VI)

Director at Large

Riverside Regional Medical Center
Newport News, VA
Hanasmithh1213@gmail.com
I graduated from the Radiography program at Riverside School of Health Careers in 2001. For 13 years I worked as a Diagnostic Radiographer, but always knew that I wanted a career in the field of Interventional Radiology. In 2013, I made the move to the Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology lab at Riverside Regional Medical Center, in Newport News VA, where I am currently employed as a Multimodality Technologist. In our combined lab, I help to cover Cardiac, Vascular/IR, and Neurointervention procedures. I also have the opportunity to precept new employees and participate in PI programs to help improve patient care and departmental efficiency.

I have been involved with the AVIR since 2013 and the Virginia Program Chair for the past two years. I am currently the Virginia Chapter head and most recently I was appointed to the AVIR Education Committee, where I contribute directed readings and test question for AVIR members to access through the AVIR website.

Continuing education is vital to a person’s growth and development in the IR field. I am very passionate about this, since our field is ever growing and changing. I look forward to serving as the AVIR Director at Large, promoting Chapter growth, and being a resource to our members.

Julie Orlando

Julie Orlando, RT, R, VI

Annual Meeting Chair

Vascular Institute of Virginia
Woodridge, VA
jorlando@teamviv.com
Julie Orlando graduated from the Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures at the University of Virginia in 1998. She has been a vascular interventional technologist for more than 17 years and currently works at Vascular Institute of Virginia where she functions as a lead technologist, staff educator, and certified clinical research coordinator. A member of the AVIR since 2012, she now serves as a member of the Outreach Committee. She is dedicated to informing others about the professional and personal benefits of AVIR membership. She has presented a lecture on Prostate Artery Embolization for the AVIR at the national meeting in Atlanta in 2015 and has presented multiple scientific posters as well.

Katy Unferth

Katy Unferth, BSN, RN

Corporate Liaison

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
KatyUnferthAVIR@gmail.com
I have been a Registered Nurse for over 15 years with past experience in orthopedics, Internal medicine/palliative care and critical care. 7 years ago I decided to pursue a career within Interventional Radiology because I was very interested in the procedural aspect of nursing. I have grown to be incredibly passionate for our patient population and the cutting-edge procedures we perform every day.

I am involved in several groups within my own organization that work to improve education, workflows, and communication between different rolesanddepartments. Ienjoyteachingothers and participating in process improvement initiatives. I am excited to serve as the AVIR’s Associate Liaison to continue to build on my own professional development and to help establish and environment of collegiality between IR professionals.

Dana Bridge Kanfoush

Dana Bridges Kanfoush

Corporate Liaison

Greensboro, NC
danakanfoush@gmail.com
I started my own company a few years ago and am selling for multiple manufacturers, including several wonderful companies that I have represented since 2004. In this arena, I have tried to use my experience as a sales rep to create custom sponsorship programs and build AVIR’s base of corporate support. A few of my professional accomplishments include being a published author in journals (i.e., Developmental Psychology & The Sport Psychologist), periodicals (i.e., Nephrology News & Issues), and a developmental psychology text book (Social Development in Childhood and Adolescence: A Contemporary Reader). I have been a proud AVIR board member for many years and hope I can continue to support the people who have supported me throughout my career.

David Douthet

David Douthett, RT, R, CV

Publication Chair

Chesapeake, VA
dsdouthet@gmail.com
I have been involved in Interventional Medicine since X-Ray School when we were using Schonander Film Changers and had to pull the patients on a wood board, which was sitting on the X-ray table. It has been many Angios ago. After working at 3 different Hospitals and several different clinics for 20 some years, I ended up in the commercial end of the business. Again 3 different commercial companies, to be currently working at W.L. Gore & Associates with in the Endovascular end of the business doing the EVARs and TEVARs. I keep my license current as you always want to leave a back up plan at hand. I have been active in the AVIR since 1993 and have been the Publication Chair since 1995. I have had the pleasure of working with alot of great folks over the years and look forward to every year. This is hands down the best thing I have ever done and I love doing it.

Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin, RT, R, VI

Education Committee

Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL
Rubin.adam@mayo.edu
Adam Rubin graduated from the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Radiography Program in 2006. After graduation, he began his career as a staff technologist in Interventional Radiology at Mayo Clinic. In 2012, he helped to build the Vascular Interventional Radiologic Technology Internship and was the programs first Clinical Instructor. In 2015, he became supervisor of the Interventional Radiology department and Program Director of the Vascular Interventional Radiologic Technology Internship.

Sandra Strycker

Sandra Strycker, RT, R

Outreach Committee

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
sandrastryckerAVIR@gmail.com
Sandra A. Strycker graduated from Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin Program of Radiology at the University of Milwaukee- Wisconsin in 2008. She was employed at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for 10 years, where she received the Spotlight Award in 2012,2013,2014, and 2015. In 2016, she pursued her career as a Neuro and Body Special Procedures Technologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital where she is currently employed.

In 2017, she joined the AVIR as Secretary Treasurer. She served one term as the Secretary Treasurer before moving forward as a member on the Outreach Committee. The Outreach Committee is comprised of various members who collaborate together to develop promotional/ marketing material, as well as grow Chapter start-ups and AVIR membership. Her dedication to the Interventional Radiology field is evident through her commitment with AVIR and patient care. "I look forward to seeing what the future holds for us as IR technologists in a fast paced, medically advance field."

Are you a motivated individual with a passion for advancing our field? Does the opportunity to impact IR through a leadership position sound exciting to you? Please consider nominating yourself for a position on our Board of Directors. We are now accepting nominations for Secretary, Director at Large, Associate Director, and President-Elect.

To nominate yourself for office, you must be an active AVIR member in good standing. Please

The qualifications for running for an office are that you are an active member in good standing, have served on a national level committee for a year and want to make a difference. If you are interested in running for an office next year, please submit your application or questions to info@avir.org.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on December 9th2019, and the new Board of Directors will be announced by January 2, 2020.

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