Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers

The AVIR Board

The 2018-2019 AVIR Board

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Kristen Welch

Kristen Welch, RT, R, VI, FAVIR


Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
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.

Mike Kelly

Michael Kelly, RT, R, VI, RCIS


Riverside Regional Medical Center
Newport News, VA
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.

Alisha Hawrylack

Alisha Hawrylack, RT, R, VI

Immediate Past President

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Alisha Hawrylack graduated from the Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures at the University of Virginia in 2008. During her time as a staff technologist at UVA, she was a four time recipient of the Charles J. Tegtmeyer Clinical Instructor of the Year award. In 2015 she became the Program Director for the Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures where she directly oversees the clinical and didactic education of vascular interventional students. In 2014, she joined the AVIR as Secretary Treasurer. From there, she served two terms as President-Elect from 2015-2017. During her time as Education Chair, she was an integral component in the founding of the Vascular Interventional Workshop, a two day lecture series focused on the fundamentals of IR, as well as the founder of the President’s Award of Educational Excellence, a prestigious award designed to honor a current Vascular Interventional student. During her tenure as President of the AVIR from 2017-2018, she authored the “AVIR Presidents Message: A call for Standardization in Vascular- Interventional Education”, which was published in JVIR and used as the founding document to form the Vascular Interventional Radiographers Education Pathway Committee. She has served to further the field of interventional radiology nationally as a member of the Vascular-Interventional Standard-Setting Committee for the ARRT, as well as locally, by serving on the Piedmont Virginia Community College Radiography Advisory Board. She continues to practice at the University of Virginia, both as a lead and research technologist.

Robert Sheridan

Robert Sheridan, RT, FAVIR

Secretary / Treasurer

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Director of IR responsible for all aspects of clinical and administrative operations of Interventional Radiology and the direct supervision 100 technical, administrative and nursing staff members supporting IR. Rob manages the overall strategic planning for IR preparing and managing ~20 million dollar operating budget. Functioning in a pure matrix org structure, he also oversees all invasive procedures across the Imaging department across all modalities including US, CT and RF with responsibility for the oversight of Interventional Administrative staff, Interventional technologist, Nursing staff, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Director of IR out-patient clinic operations. In 1996 Rob began as a staff technologist and over the years has worked his way to becoming the Director of IR. He is very involved with the education aspect in IR and has developed an A.S. to B.S. in Imaging Program with IR concentration, Regis College.

Rob has been as AVIR member since 2006. He has been on the board of directors as treasurer, Vice President, and as President. He will join the board of directors again this incoming year as the Secretary/Treasurer position.

Vernon Cooper

Vernon Cooper, RT, R

Director at Large

Washington, DC
I attended Shenandoah University and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology as well as a Bachelor in Exercise Science. I earned my Certificate in Radiology at Mary Washington Hospital and then went on to continue my education at University of Virginia’s Charles J. Tegtmeyer School of Interventional Radiology. Upon graduation I joined the Interventional Radiology department at Georgetown University Hospital. I am very excited about serving on the AVIR board because I believe it sets a precedence for technologists to continue their education which is a vital component in the advancement of our field. My goals as Director at Large are to help expand this organization and create life-changing opportunities for not only technologists, but also the patients we work so hard to care for.

Samantha Kobeissi

Samantha Kobeissi, MPH, RT, R, VI

Annual Meeting Chair

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
As an interventional radiologic technologist working at the University of Michigan Health system, I have expanded my level of knowledge in the field of Radiology. I am fortunate to work alongside great physicians, technologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals that have motivation and passion for the field. With the help of these individuals, my interest for the interventional radiology field has grown. I have become more involved in the education aspect of IR and would like to motivate others to do the same.

My ultimate goal is to be part of a cohesive team that provides educational tools and resources for the interventional radiology community. Education is something that is of importance to me and being able to provide educational opportunities to others will fulfill that goal.

Katy Unferth

Katy Unferth, BSN, RN

Corporate Liaison

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
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
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
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.

Julie Orlando

Julie Orlando, RT, R, VI

Outreach Committee

Vascular Institute of Virginia
Woodridge, VA
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.

Sandra Strycker

Sandra Strycker, RT, R

Outreach Committee

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
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."

Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin, RT, R, VI

Education Committee

Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL
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.

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