Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers

The AVIR Board

The 2017-2018 AVIR Board

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Alisha Hawrylack

Alisha Hawrylack, RT(R)(VI)


I am currently employed by the Division of Interventional Radiology at the University of Virginia, where I have been since graduating their IR program in 2008. Working in an academic institution has allowed me to pursue my passion for education. In addition to providing procedural support to physicians, I work to organize continuing education lectures for my colleagues, as well as teach Interventional Radiology students in both a clinical and classroom setting. I believe that in order to stay relevant and engaged, technologists should be provided with educational opportunities that mirror the dynamic challenges our field provides. As the field of Interventional Radiology continues to evolve, so should continuing education. As a member of the AVIR board, I look forward to the opportunity to network with other individuals whose goal is to continue to grow an organization that provides relevant and exciting meetings, conversation, and educational opportunities for their members so that they in turn may continue to provide excellent patient care.

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Kristen Welch

Kristen Welch RT(R)(VI)


Currently working as an Interventional Technologist at Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin. I was first introduced to the AVIR through my local chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin AVIR. I immediately became involved, and am currently serving as co-chair for my local chapter to reinforce my commitment to education in a dynamic field. My passion for interventional radiology stems from being integrally involved in innovative procedures with quickly evolving technology. I am honored to serve as a member on this board of directors to both advance my leadership skills and help propel this specialty on a national level.

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David Nicholson

David Nicholson, RT(T)

Immediate Past President

I have worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center Interventional Radiology Department since 2000. For three years I was the Clinical Coordinator for the Charles J. Tegtmeyer School of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures. Over the past 10 years I have spoken at several regional and national conferences. I have also participated in research projects as well as book chapters, abstracts, and manuscripts. I hope my interests in teaching and education will go far on the AVIR board, and I am excited to see what the future holds for the organization.

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Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Director at Large

Since 2001, I have been a member of an amazing team at Riverside Regional Medical Center located in Newport News, VA. Having spent the last 10 years working in a multi-disciplinary lab that includes Interventional Radiology, Cardiac Cath, and Neuro Radiology, I have gained a better appreciation of the valuable resources available through the AVIR to those involved in the world of Interventional Medicine. My interest in the AVIR is a result of wanting to be a part of the continued growth of our profession and I feel this exceptional society promotes that very thing. In addition to serving on the national AVIR board, I am also a very active member within the Virginia chapter of the AVIR. I am truly honored and find it a great privilege to be a part of the AVIR and excited as to what the future holds. I hope that I have many great years with the AVIR, helping to build on the foundation that already exists by supporting chapter growth, expanding opportunities for students, nurses, and cardiovascular specialists and just strengthening overall relationships with all healthcare specialties.

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Stefanie Rockwood

Stefanie Rockwood RT (R) (VI)

Annual Meeting Chair-Elect, 2017 Secretary-Treasurer

I currently work at Ellis Medicine in upstate NY and have previously worked at Albany Medical Center in IR. After graduating from the radiologic technology program at Hudson Valley Community College in 2004 I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to become an IR technologist in a large academic institution. I learned numerous techniques and innovative procedures, it is an incredible gift to be able to come to work and love what I do. Joining AVIR I hope to provide fellow colleagues the education and networking needed to expand their knowledge of a fast paced, exciting field.

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Sandra Strycker

Sandra Strycker, RT, R

Secretary-Treasurer Elect

Ms. Strycker is currently employed as an Interventional Technologist at UW-Health University Hospital in Madison,Wisconsin. University Hospital is a 505-bed regional referral center that is equipped with a Level One adult and pediatric trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified Burn Center, one of the nation’s largest organ transplant programs, one of the nation’s first certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers and the UW CarboneCancer Center, one of 41 National Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the country.

Her professional experience includes her current position at UW-Health University Hospital Madison,WI, 9 years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, being an active member in her local Southeastren Wisconsin AVIR Chapter, and along with being an active member in the Wisconsin Society of Radiologic Technologists.

I am honored to serve on the AVIR board of directors and to share my experience of positive patient care. I look forward to what the future holds not only for the AVIR, but also for us as Interventional Technologists. This is a fast paced, technological, medically advanced field and I am thankful to be part of it.

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Dana Bridges

Dana Bridges Kanfoush

Corporate Liaison

I recently started my own company and am selling for multiple manufacturers, including several wonderful companies that I have represented for years. In this arena, I have tried to use my experience as a sales rep to 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 over the years.

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David Douthet

David S. Douthet, RT(R)(CV)

Publications Chair

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.

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Lora Cheek

Lora Cheek, RN, CNRN

Associate Representative

I am a Registered Nurse who has been fortunate to have experienced 22 years of growth at The University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore.  I am honored to participate in the diverse evolution of AVIR as the Associate Representative. I believe we can accomplish amazing feats in healthcare with our clinical teams through situational awareness, mutual support, and open communication promoting every team members voice. My professional experience includes 14 years in the Neurocare ICU, 2 years as the UMMC Stroke Coordinator and the last 6 years as a Senior Clinical Nurse in the dynamic environment of Intervention Radiology. The treatment of acute Stroke and intensive care of the Neuro patient is one of my passions and I have been privileged to have participated as the UMMC onsite coordinator for the Closure clinical trial. Over the last 10 years I have also lectured on these subjects at Local, State and National conferences including AVIR and ARIN.

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