Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board

James Johnston

James Johnston, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CV), FASRT

James is a radiologic science professor and dean of the Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He holds an associate degree in radiologic sciences from South Plains College, bachelor's and master's degrees in radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University and a doctoral degree from Texas Women’s University. He is the co-author of the textbook Essentials of Radiographic Physics and Imaging. He is the chairman of the Editorial Review Board for ASRT's Radiologic Technology journal and the Committee on Fellows. James has conducted research focusing on educational processes, student outcomes and outcomes assessment, and clinical practice issues related to health care.

Vice Chair/Secretary

Sue Merritt

Sue Merritt

Sue is the Sr. Director of Education, Training and Professional Services with Varian Medical Systems. She has been acknowledged for her understanding of business technology and her ability to identify customers’ and staff’s emerging technology needs and align those needs with the right training and services. In addition, she provides leadership for Varian’s eight education centers; partnerships with more than 40 clinical education sites; is responsible for the curriculum, quality and standards for all Varian-conducted training; and oversees more than 130 clinical and technical specialists. Sue has more than 35 years’ experience in the radiation oncology industry and has been involved in multiple reengineering and technology adoption initiatives in the clinical environment. Before joining Varian in 2005, Sue worked for a large radiotherapy department as the Program Manager in Calgary, Canada, for 23 years. With Varian, she spent time working in the Help Desk division, managing the Clinical Consulting team, and the Americas applications specialists before accepting her current role. Sue believes that being a radiation therapist is the best career in the entire world and she remains passionate about developing the profession and doing the best for the patients we serve.

Treasurer

Elaine Chin

Elaine Chin, B.S., R.T.(T), CMD

Elaine is a radiation oncology professional with extensive experience as a radiation therapist, dosimetrist, chief therapist, clinical instructor, clinical coordinator and program director. She has been active in the radiologic science community throughout her career and has served on multiple ASRT and ASRT Foundation committees over the years. She was a member, vice chairman and chairman of the Foundation Scholarship Review Committee, a member of the Foundation Celebration Engagement Committee and a member of the ASRT Committee on Radiation Therapy Technology Education.

Trustees

Tanya Custer, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)

Tanya is associate professor and distance education director in the College of Allied Health Professions for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Tanya has a bachelor of science in radiation science technology (radiography and radiation therapy) and a master of science in leadership education with a specialization in distance education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Tanya is a member of the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators and is active in the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologist, the Association of Educators in Imaging & Radiologic Sciences and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Her research interests include topics related to the education of medical imaging students, such as mindfulness, student-centered learning and the flipped classroom approach.

Rachel Giliotti, M.B.A. R.T.(R)(T)

As Director of Clinical Services at Hologic, Rachel Giliotti provides leadership and support to regional clinical managers and applications field staff, and works with cross-functional teams at Hologic to maintain the best customer experience possible. Previously, Rachel served as Administrative Director of Imaging and Radiation Oncology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and is a licensed radiographer and radiation therapist. Rachel received an Outstanding Column Award from the Association for Medical Imaging Management for her article, “Exposing Safety: Putting Patients First in Imaging Departments,” that was published in Radiology Management Journal. She also has volunteered for various organizations in her community, including FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) and the House of Hope.

Chuck Kreidinger

Charles E. (“Chuck”) Kreidinger, M.B.A.

Chuck is the director of imaging systems clinical education at Philips Healthcare, where he has earned multiple awards in the leadership and customer satisfaction categories. Since 1996, Chuck has held a number of positions with Philips, including director of luminary accounts, zone vice president and zone service manager. Prior to accepting his current position, Chuck was the vice president of operations for Aramark Clinical Technology Services. In addition, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy for six years.

Chuck has been actively involved with the Foundation since 2008, when he attended his first Health Care Industry Advisory Council meeting. In his free time, he also serves as the president and treasurer of his local church pastoral council, and works as a volunteer for The Salvation Army and the Cleveland chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Mike Odgren

Mike Odgren, B.S., R.P.A., R.R.A., R.T.(R)(CT)

Mike is an advanced practice radiographer for Diversified Radiology of Colorado, P.C. in Lakewood, Colorado. In addition, Mike serves as chair of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Board of Directors.

Angela Reeves

Angela Reeves, M.B.A., B.S., R.T.(R)

Angela Reeves is the Vice President, U.S. Service Sales with Siemens Healthineers. She studied radiologic sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in interventional radiology and cardiac catheterization and later completed her MBA at Brenau University in Georgia. After leaving the clinical arena, she held clinical education and product management positions for GE, IBM, and Siemens Healthineers as well as key positions aimed at driving service sales performance. Angela also was the key clinical consultant for interventional radiology in the 15th edition of the Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery textbook, published by Elsevier.

Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas

Robert “Bob” Thomas is Elekta’s senior vice president of Health Policy and Government Affairs. In this role, Bob creates, builds and leads a formal public policy team in Washington, D.C. He also is responsible for representing Elekta’s interests on important health care policy issues regarding cancer treatment. Bob also serves on the Elekta North American corporate senior leadership team. Before joining Elekta, Bob held positions of increasing responsibility at IBM, MEDRAD and Bayer Healthcare. His roles included sales management, talent acquisition and retention, and public policy. His areas of expertise include legislative affairs, business development, customer engagement, coalition management and corporate affairs. Bob has also served in multiple corporate leadership roles in the areas of diversity outreach, customer relationship management, college recruiting and major event planning.