IFSER Board of Directors
PRESIDENT - Pamela Brower, BHSc, RVT, RVS
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.
VICE PRESIDENT - Leigh Giles-Brown, BA, MPAff, JD, RDMS, RVT
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.
TREASURER - Debbra Soffer, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT
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)
BOARD MEMBER - Emily Downs BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT
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)
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
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.
BOARD MEMBER - Brandie Bach, BS, RDMS, RVS, RT (R) (S)
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.
BOARD MEMBER - Dr. Victor Penna, MD, RDMS, RVT
BOARD MEMBER - Judi Green, BS, RT (R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS, F.A.S.E.
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.