PRESIDENT - Pamela Brower, BHSc, RVT, RVS

pbrower@ifser.org

SCAN Team Lead

Pamela Brower  holds a Bachelor in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University.  She is the Department Chair of a CAAHEP accredited sonography program in East Texas.  She enjoys using her passion for teaching in ongoing medical missions to Haiti, the French Congo with Mercy Ships and recently to Nepal with the NYAGI project.  Her professional memberships include SDMS, AIUM, and the SVU; as well as an item writer for the CCI/RVS. She was awarded the 2008 Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence. Born in Boston but living in Texas, her Bostonian roots run deep for the Red Sox and Patriots.
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VICE PRESIDENT - Leigh Giles-Brown, BA, MPAff, JD, RDMS, RVT

lgilesbrown@ifser.org  

International Team Lead

Leigh Giles-Brown is Program Director for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield, Virginia.  She came to ultrasound as a third career after earning an undergraduate teaching degree and graduate degrees in Public Affairs and Law.  She leads the International Team for IFSER and has enjoyed traveling to developing countries to teach ultrasound.  She is an active member of the SDMS and AIUM and has served as an item writer for the ARDMS.  Her teaching specialties include abdominal and ob/gyn scanning, vascular sonography, and acoustical physics and instrumentation.   
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TREASURER - Debbra Soffer, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT

dsoffer@ifser.org  

Scholarship Team Lead

Debbra Soffer currently works at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a senior Fetal Cardiac Sonographer and Main Line Health Systems as an adult cardiac sonographer.  She began her career in radiology and trained in ultrasound at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  She earned her Bachelors in Health Sciences and a Master's certificate in Training and Development from the University of St. Francis. Debbra has co-authored several ultrasound articles. She has multiple years' experience in senior management and leadership roles in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. She has served the SDMS on the nominating and CME committees, and lobbied passionately for the CARE bill on multiple occasions with the ASRT. She has participated in ultrasound outreach in Haiti through Rad Aid and in her local community through CHOP, and hopes to continue to do so.

SECRETARY - Jacqueline Bennett, BSRS, RDMS, RVS, RT(R,CT)

jbennett@ifser.org

SCAN Team  

Jacqueline Bennett began her career in the U.S. Army where she trained as an X-ray technologist. She cross-trained into ultrasound at the Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences from Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (now known as Adventist University). She received her Master of Science degree in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She served as a Program Director for a CAAHEP accredited sonography program in North Texas and as a volunteer committee member for the SDMS. She continues to work as both sonographer and educator and has a strong desire to give back to the profession she loves.
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BOARD MEMBER -  Emily Downs BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT

edowns@ifser.org  

Events Team - International Team

Emily Downs graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a BS in Radiation Sciences.  She currently is the Program Director, sonographer, and proud alumnus of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, CO.  She specializes in lecturing for all areas of the ultrasound program curriculum and performing high risk obstetric sonography and fetal echocardiograms.  She is the recipient of the Alice Friedlander Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership by the Nebraska Medical Center Auxilliary Board, the SDMS Trudy Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship, and the Radiology "Image Matters" Award for Outstanding Achievement.  She has participated as an item writer for the ARDMS, is an active member of SDMS and AIUM, and has authored articles for Vascular Technology Today and the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  

BOARD MEMBER - Cara Vickery, MSEd, RDMS, RT(R,M,CV)

cvickery@ifser.org 

Events Team Lead

Cara began her career as a Radiologic Technologist prior to studying sonography at Owens Community College.  She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from Siena Heights University and a Masters of Education in Healthcare from St. Joseph's College of Maine.  She is currently the Program Director for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Bowling Green State University, Firelands College and a practicing sonographer at The Bellevue Hospital.  She gives back to her profession as a test item writer for ARDMS, site visitor for CAAHEP, and volunteer committee member for the SDMS.

 

BOARD MEMBER - Dr. Nandkumar M. Rawool, MD, RDMS

nrawool@ifser.org

SCAN Team

Dr. Nandkumar Rawool is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Cardiovascular Sonography Program at the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  Before accepting his current position, Dr Rawool spent over a decade in the Department of Ultrasound/Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  The TJUH Division of Ultrasound is considered to be one of the largest in the United States and probably the entire world.  Dr. Rawool's work involved both clinical work with patients and performing ultrasound research.  Dr. Rawool has more than 100 publications and scientific presentations - in ultrasound and radiology journals and international medical meetings.

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BOARD MEMBER - Brandie Bach, BS, RDMS, RVS, RT (R) (S)

bbach@ifser.org

Marketing Team

Brandie Bach began her career as a radiologic technologist. She received her associates of science from Tarrant County College. She worked as a radiologic technologist in both X-ray & CT while attending the sonography program at El Centro College. She has been working in the field of sonography since 1993. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from UT Southwestern. She has served as an ultrasound educator, clinical instructor & program director for a CAAHEP accredited sonography program. She recently received the Top 25 Technologist award in 2016 from the NTRTS. Brandie serves on the sonography education committee for the ARRT. She also enjoys volunteering for medical outreach programs. She has recently served on medical mission trips to Jamaica & Trinidad.
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BOARD MEMBER - Dr. Victor Penna, MD, RDMS, RVT

vpenna@ifser.org

Scholarship Team

Dr. Victor Oscar Penna, M.D., R.D.M.S., R.V.T., has been in the medical arena for 30 years; first as an Ultrasonographer working at the Bronx Hospital in N.Y. and then at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami where he specialized in abdominal and obstetrics diagnostic imaging. Dr. Penna graduated from Medical School in the Dominican Republic in 1986 and in 1992 took a position at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City in the Abdominal Vascular Radiology Department were he spend 10 years. Dr. Penna served until 2009 as the Director of Medical Services for North American Spine Institute, an endoscopic laser spine surgery company based out of Dayton, OH, where he helped developed the Florida and international market. Dr. Penna is the Vice President and cofounder in 2003 of the Katia Solomon Foundation, Inc., a Leukemia and Lymphoma non-profit 501-C3 foundation dedicated to assist families in need and educating the community in the importance of registering with the National Bone Marrow Registry.Dr. Penna has been the National Program Chair for Career Education Corporation until 2016. Currently Dr. Penna is the owner of Primary Care Ultrasound, LLC a company dedicated to the advancement and outreach of ultrasound education to physicians and medical personnel around the world. Dr. Penna is fluent in; English, Spanish and French

HONORARY BOARD MEMBER - Marveen Craig, AA, RDMS, FSDMS

IFSER owes an incredible debt of gratitude to Marveen Craig, a long time board member who helped establish our organization.  She began her ultrasound career more than 40 years ago and has served as clinical sonographer, commercial applications specialist, educator, international lecturer, consultant and author. She was the founder of the International Ultrasound Institute in Dallas, Texas (1979 to 1986) and has served the SDMS in many capacities as president, executive director, keynote speaker, etc.  She was among the first sonographers to achieve Fellow Status (1984).  Marveen received the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s Pioneer Award (1988) and was the first recipient of the Joan Baker Pioneer Award (1995). She was the first recipient of the Don Milburn Service Award (2004) in recognition of her many contributions to the field of ultrasound.  In the field of writing she has served as feature writer and editor to numerous journals and has authored six books.  Though retired from IFSER in 2014, she remains a friend, advisor, and inspiration to everyone in our organization.  
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