IFSER Board of Directors

Pamela Brower

PRESIDENT – Pamela Brower, BHSc, RVT, RVS

pbrower@ifser.org

Pamela Brower earned a Bachelor in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. She recently retired as the Department Chair of a CAAHEP-accredited sonography program in East Texas for 20 years. While there, Pam was awarded the 2008 Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence. Currently, she is a consultant for Inside-Echo, assisting Vascular Labs with IAC accreditation. She enjoys using her passion for teaching and serving with medical teams during missions to Haiti, the French Congo, Nepal, and with Mercy Ships. She is also an item writer for the CCI/RVS. Born in Boston but living in Texas, her Bostonian roots run deep for the Red Sox and Patriots.

Pamela Brower

VICE PRESIDENT – Cara Vickery, MSEd, RDMS, RT(R)(M)(CV)

cvicker@ifser.org

Events Team Lead

Cara Vickery began her career as a Radiologic Technologist prior to studying sonography at Owens Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Siena Heights University and a Master 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.

Jacqueline Bennett

SECRETARY – Jacqueline Bennett, MS, RDMS, RVT, 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 Bachelor 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.

Debbra Soffer

TREASURER – Debbra Soffer, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R)

dsoffer@ifser.org

International Team

Debbra Soffer currently works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a senior Fetal Cardiac Sonographer and Main Line Health System as an Adult Cardiac Sonographer. She began her career in radiology and trained in ultrasound at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She earned her Bachelor’s 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 of experience in senior management and leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit 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.

BOARD MEMBER – Rosemarie P. Cann, BS, RDMS, RDCS

rcann@ifser.org

Marketing Team

Rosemarie P. Cann, BS, RDMS, RDCS earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Imaging from SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn, NY) in 1985. Shortly after graduation, she quickly earned ARDMS credentials in Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Adult Echocardiography. Although the early years of Rosemarie’s sonography career were spent in the clinical setting, the majority of her professional life has been devoted to sonography education and upholding the commitment to high standards for future generations of sonographers. Through the years, she published several book chapters and journal articles, has been the Program Director of 2 CAAHEP-accredited DMS programs, and now develops continuing education courses for the sonography community. Rosemarie is an SDMS member and also wants to give back to the profession she is so proud to be a part of. She feels fortunate to volunteer for IFSER, an organization that supports Ultrasound Educators and does such important work worldwide to improve access to quality ultrasound imaging.

BOARD MEMBER – Cara Case, MEd, RDMS, RDCS

ccase@ifser.org

Cara Case is currently Professor and Program Director at Gateway Community College, a CAAHEP-accredited DMS program in Connecticut, and has been since 2013. In addition, she lectures in the Physician Assistant program at the University of St. Joseph on the topics of women’s healthcare and emergency medicine. Cara completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Hartford and obtained a Master’s in Education focused on Instructional Design and Technology from Post University. Earlier in her career, aside from being a Clinical Sonographer, she was also a Research Sonographer at Yale University. She has been a member of and lecturer for the SDMS for over 35 years and continues to serve the JDMS as a Peer Editor. Cara has co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. Within her community, she volunteers by helping to raise money for many charitable organizations.

Jeff Gunderson

BOARD MEMBER Jeff Gunderson, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)

jgunderson@ifser.org

SCAN Team

Jeff Gunderson earned his X-Ray Technology degree from United Hospital and Grand Forks Clinic, Ltd., North Dakota in 1983 and his Diagnostic Ultrasound degree from the University of Iowa in 1985. Then, in 1995, he graduated from St. Francis University, Illinois, with a BS in Health Arts followed by an MS focused on Leadership in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University in 2009. Jeff has over 35 years’ experience in the sonography profession. He has been the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at St. Cloud Technical & Community College since December 2001. Jeff has served on SDMS committees over the past several years and has been a board member for the Midwest Society of Diagnostic Ultrasound for 12 years. Born in Minnesota, he enjoys doing things in the great outdoors!

Jeff Gunderson

BOARD MEMBER Matthew Ryan, MSHA, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)

mryan@ifser.org

Matthew Ryan currently works as a Clinical Coordinator in a hospital-based Sonography program located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from UW-Madison prior to his training to become a Radiographer. After several years as a Radiographer, he completed his training as a Sonographer at the St. Luke’s School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Finally, he obtained a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. Over his Sonography career, Matthew has designed training courses for advanced practice providers, radiology residents, and medical students. He has also given presentations on various sonography topics to both local and national organizations and has volunteered for the SDMS on committees, as a content reviewer, and as a DMS article reviewer. Every spring and fall, Matt can be found on a baseball diamond as an amateur umpire.

Jeff Gunderson

BOARD MEMBER Jacqueline Turner, MS, RDCS, RVT

jturner@ifser.org

Jackie Turner earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in Biological Science followed by her degree in Diagnostic Medical Cardiovascular Ultrasound from Kettering College of Medical Arts. Later, she received her Masters of Science in Human Resource Development, with an emphasis on Adult Education and Curriculum, from Xavier University. Jackie has 30 years of experience in the field of sonography. After working in medical sales and training for 9 years, she was recruited to start the DMS program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, where she is currently a full-time tenured Professor. Jackie served as the Program Chair of the CAAHEP-accredited sonography program in Cincinnati, Ohio for 13 years. Additionally, she has volunteered as a JRC-DMS site visitor and served on various SDMS and ARDMS committees throughout her career. Jackie continues to work as an educator, advisor, and mentor and enjoys the privilege of watching new sonographers grow and blossom in our profession.

Kerry Weinberg

BOARD MEMBER – Kerry Weinberg, PhD, MA, MPA, RDMS, RDCS, RT(R), FSDMS

kweinberg@ifser.org

International Team

Dr. Kerry Weinberg is currently the Associate Professor and Program Director of a CAAHEP-accredited program in New York. She earned her BA degree at Fordham University, her MPA at New York University, and an MA and PhD at Fielding Graduate University. She has spent many years giving back to the profession by serving on the SDMS board; the JDMS editorial board; the ARDMS board; as both a member and Chair of the JRC-DMS; and as Vice-President of CAAHEP. Kerry is an SDMS Fellow. She continues to be active in these organizations. Additionally, she is a member of AIUM and ASE. Kerry has written several chapters and reviews sonography books. Kerry has lectured nationally and internationally and has been fortunate to perform international outreach to Guyana and Bangladesh.

Nandkumar M. Rawool

MEMORIAL BOARD MEMBER – Nandkumar M. Rawool, MD, RDMS

Our beloved Nandu peacefully passed in June 2021. He was our “Social Butterfly” and is missed daily. He loved being part of IFSER and we could always find him visiting with our Friends of IFSER at each Educator’s Summit, as well as dancing the night away. We have established a student scholarship on behalf of Dr. Rawool. You may make a one time donation or an annual donation; don’t hesitate to contact one of the board members for details or email: events@ifser.org. Nandu, you are missed deeply.

Dr. Nandkumar Rawool served as an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Cardiovascular Sonography programs at the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Before accepting this 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 had more than 100 publications and scientific presentations – in ultrasound and radiology journals and at international medical meetings.

Marveen Craig

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.