Board of Directors

Board Service

What are the qualifications for board service?

  • Be a CMD for a minimum of 3 years
  • Have a minimum of a BS degree
  • Be a current practicing dosimetrist

 

What's involved?

  • CMD Board terms are 5 years in length.
  • The Board meets for two days, 3 times a year, in cities across the US and Canada.
  • At board meetings issues related to the administration of the certification exam, policy and strategic initiatives are considered.
  • Individual board members' knowledge and expertise are an important component during discussions. Each member should be prepared to discuss the issues at all meetings.
  • Each board member serves on one or more board committees: Executive, Eligibility, Ethics, Finance, Maintenance of Certification, Test Development or Nominating. Time commitment on each committee varies and may be up to 2 hours per week. Committee service is rotated annually.
  • Board members are guided through the process to submit 5 (five) exam items for each board meeting and will be awarded a maximum of 20 CE during the board term.

 

So why would you want to give your time and effort?

  • Quite simply, because you will be rewarded. The reward is not in funds, of course, but in other valuable currency:
  • Continuing education - learn from fellow board members from the oncology field, CMDs, Physicists and Radiation Oncologists.
  • Professional growth - gain new leadership skills that will augment your CV.
  • Interpersonal skills development - build both social and career relationships that will last for many years.
  • Pride in enhancing the profession- giving back to your community, your knowledge, expertise and time.

 

Applications are accepted annually between December 1 and February 1. CMDs interested in board service or wish to nominate a fellow colleague can submit a completed application, and email it with a current CV, letter to the president indicating your service goals and two letters of recommendation to info@mdcb.org with the subject line "MDCB Board Nomination."

MDCB Board of Directors - 2017-2018

PRESIDENT

Allison Paige Dalton, BS, R.T.(T), CMD
AAMD Representative

Allison Paige Dalton is a graduate of the medical dosimetry program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She earned her medical dosimetry certification in 2010. She now works as a dosimetrist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  In her position, she participates in various committees in the Radiation Oncology Department whose goals are fostering an environment of quality control and family and patient centered care.  In addition to her clinical duties, Paige has numerous teaching responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is teaching dosimetry concepts and planning to Physics and Radiation Oncology residents in their clinical rotations.

PRESIDENT ELECT

Kristen Vu, MS, R.T.(T), CMD
At-large Representative

Kristen Vu earned her CMD in 2010. She is a graduate of the medical dosimetry program at MD Anderson Cancer Center and was employed as a staff dosimetrist there after graduating. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Medical Dosimetry Program at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before joining the faculty at Grand Valley, Kristen was a staff dosimetrist at the West Michigan Cancer Center.

Her credits include participation in publications, research and presentations in the field of radiation oncology. She has received a number of awards including the Outstanding Educator Award in 2011 while at MD Anderson.

 

PAST PRESIDENT 

Diana R. Baacke, BS, R.T.(R)(T), CMD
At-large Representative

Diana Baacke currently serves as the Dosimetry Manager at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and is the Clinical Director of the JRCERT accredited Medical Dosimetry program there.  In her role at UTHSCSA she teaches several courses.

Diana earned her BS in mathematics at the University of Texas San Antonio and earned her dosimetry certification in 1989.

She has been a member of the American Association of Medical Dosimetry (AAMD) for over 30 years. Diana recently served on the AAMD Administrative Conference Committee, assisting in the planning, development, and execution of the AAMD Annual Conference.

SECRETARY

Cory J. Neill, MS, R.T.(R)(T), CMD
ASRT Representative

Cory Neill is a staff medical dosimetrist for Carson-Tahoe Cancer Center in Carson City, Nevada. In addition to his dosimetry role, Cory is an adjunct instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College.

In addition to his professional role, he serves as an associate editor for the Medical Dosimetry Journal. Cory has participated in post and prepublication book reviews, written several columns in ASRT’s Radiation Therapist, ASRT Scanner, and has published in AAMD’s Medical Dosimetry Journal.

Cory has been recognized in the radiological sciences community for his service and has received honors such as DoseWise Radiographer of the year, featured in ARRT’s Stories of Quality Patient Care, received ASRT/Varian Radiation Therapy Advancement Scholarship, and has won first place in the AAMD Dosimetrist Writing Competition.

When not working Cory enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife have a daughter and twin girls. 

TREASURER

Benjamin Johnson, CCIM
Public Member

Benjamin Johnson serves as the Public Member of the MDCB. Because of Ben’s strong commitment to community service he applied to serve as the MDCB Public Member. Additionally Ben is a firm believer in professional licensure and credentialing. He recently achieved Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) certification. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate. 

He currently is an Associate at Commercial Property Professionals in Atlanta, GA. At Commercial Property Professionals, Ben utilizes his expertise in real estate land and investment sales, site selection, market and financial analysis and troubled asset disposition. 

In his spare time, Ben enjoys traveling with his wife, playing music, and spending time outdoors fishing or hiking with the family’s two dogs, George and Maggie. 

 

Pierre Beaunegre, CMD, BS

At-large Representative

Pierre was born in Haiti. In 1999 he left Haiti to attend college in the Dominican Republic. With just a single suitcase, he arrived in the U.S. in 2002, where he immediately enrolled in the Health Sciences program at Stony Brook University in New York. He earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in 2005. He soon became a dosimetrist and was certified in 2008. He subsequently worked in Georgia for a number of years and later became a Locum. In 2014, he settled in the pretty rolling hills of western Connecticut with his family. He currently works as a solo dosimetrist at New Milford Hospital, an hour and 20 minutes away from NYC.

In his free time, he enjoys throwing football, running around or playing Minecraft with his son and daughter: Sean and Taisha.

His unusual path in life has taught him to never forget the power of hope and faith in the face of adversities. He sees the opportunity to serve on the MDCB board as a unique chance to learn, give back and help make a difference.

 

MaryLou DeMarco, MS, CMD
At-large Representative

MaryLou DeMarco is employed as a Medical Dosimetrist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. At Moffitt, her concentration is in the Thoracic Oncology program (one of the highest-volume programs in the country).

Her experience is varied. In addition to treatment planning, she works on a team with the radiation oncologist and physicist on many dosimetry research projects in stereotactic radiotherapy treatment for the lung, esophagitis predictors, and respiratory motion issues and their effects during contouring and treatment planning. MaryLou has frequently been a speaker, providing both local and national presentations on dosimetric issues in treatment planning, including QUANTEC.

She graduated from the Radiation Therapy program at Erie Community College/Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.  MaryLou earned her Bachelor of Science degree while working as a Radiation Therapist, and her Master of Science in Computer Science in Education while Associate Professor and Program Director of the Florida Hospital College of Health Science’s Radiation Therapy program in Orlando, FL.

She is married to a British transplant and has a daughter and teenage grandson.

Marvene Ewing, BS, CMD
At-large Representative

Marvene Ewing is a Senior Dosimetrist at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, where she also serves at the Assistant Program Director and Curriculum Coordinator for Medical Dosimetry. At Indiana University, Marvene was instrumental in designing the SRS and SBRT program. She is active in the medical dosimetry community having published a number of professionals papers.

Robert Inshetski, BAS, CMD, RT(R), (CT) (T)
At-Large Representative  

Robert Inshetski became CMD certified in 1999. He has been a dosimetrist at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, WA and its four satellite locations for 16 years. 

His commitment to dosimetry education has taken several paths. For the past eight years, Robert has served as the clinical preceptor for the Bellevue College medical dosimetry program. In December of 2014, he earned his Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Radiation Applied Science and Radiologic Imaging at Bellevue.

Outside the clinic, Robert enjoys a passion for marathon running. He has participated in nine marathons. Additionally, he has mentored a number of first time marathoners in training and meeting fund-raising goals.

Destiny Jacobs, CMD

Destiny Jacobs is as a medical dosimetrist at the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina in Aiken, South Carolina and Newberry Oncology Associates in Newberry, South Carolina. Destiny earned her CMD in 2006. As a result of her dedication to learning the most current technologies in medical dosimetry, she recently earned her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse medical dosimetry program.

Along with her medical dosimetry duties, Destiny serves as an adjunct instructor for the University Wisconsin - La Crosse Medical Dosimetry Program, as well as Clinical Preceptor for the Augusta University Radiation Therapy Program.

 

Jennifer Smilowitz, PhD, DABR
AAPM Representative

Dr. Jennifer Smilowitz serves as one of two physicist representatives to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).  Jennifer is a Clinical Associate Professor and Medical Physicist University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Departments of Medical Physics and Human Oncology, Madison, Wisconsin. She is American Board of Radiology (ABR) certified in Radiation Oncology Physics.

Dr. Smilowitz is passionate about medical physics education for graduate students, dosimetry students and medical residents. She developed the first medical physics graduate treatment planning course and created a dedicated educational lab space with multiple planning systems.  Dr. Smilowitz supervises the dosimetry team at UW- Madison and is the clinic preceptor for the UW-Lacrosse Dosimetry Masters Degree Program at the UW-Madison Hospital.

Dr. Smilowitz is an active volunteer in the medical physics community. Currently she serves as Chair
of the AAPM Task Group #244 and Chair of the Physics Section of the ACR TXIT exam. She is also a reviewer for several journals including Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Medical Physics Journal, Radiation Oncology Journal and Radiation Protection Dosimetry.

Emilie T. Soisson, PhD, DABR, MCCPM
AAPM Representative

Emilie Soisson is one of two American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) representatives to the MDCB. She is an assistant professor at McGill University and serves as a medical physicist for McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. Emilie has been a frequent presenter in both the national and international arenas on topics related to medical dosimetry. She has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals.

Julie Bradley, MD
ACR Representative

Dr. Bradley is a University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology faculty member and specializes in pediatrics, breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies. An experienced researcher, her work is published in medical journals and textbooks, and she has presented her research at peer reviewed conferences such as the American Radium Society and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), where she was awarded the “Best of ASTRO 2009.” She is a member of several professional societies including ASTRO, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Medical Association.

Joseph Herman, MSc, MD
ASTRO Representative

Before recently accepting a position at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Dr. Herman served as the Director of the Pancreatic Multi-Disciplinary Clinic at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and focused on translational treatments for gastrointestinal malignancies. His research interests include innovative combinations of stereotactic radiation with immunotherapy and targeted agents for pancreatic and liver cancers. Other interests include outcomes research and treatment related quality of life. He specializes in intraoperative radiation therapy for recurrent malignancies and endorectal brachytherapy for early stage rectal cancers.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Pancreatic Multi-Disciplinary Clinic, Joseph also served as the Director of Clinical Research, Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences and Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences.