For Immediate Release
Contact: ARRT Strategic Communications
(March 1, 2021) — Sandra Hayden, M.A., R.T.(T)(AART), FASRT, and Jeff Killion, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(QM)(ARRT), have been appointed to four-year terms on ARRT’s Board of Trustees. They will fill positions vacated by Lisa Bartenhagen, R.T.(R)(T)(ARRT), and Barbara Smith, M.S., RT(R)(QM)(ARRT), FASRT, FAEIRS.
Hayden serves as Interim Program Director and Assistant Professor in Radiation Therapy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and as Adjunct Professor in Radiologic Science Management at the College of Health Care Professions in Houston, Texas. After beginning her career as a radiation therapist and coordinator of radiation therapy, she worked as chief therapist, assistant professor, and clinical implementation consultant at multiple organizations. Her responsibilities have included supervising clinical education, coordinating patient care activities, governing radiation therapy services, and leading radiation therapy programs while serving as an instructor.
Killion is Dean of the Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is also Professor of Radiologic Science and Radiologist Assistant Program Director there. He has contributed to many scholarly and professional publications. In his early career, Killion worked as a Radiologic Technologist, Radiological Instructor, Radiography Program Director, and Assistant Professor.
Both Hayden and Killion possess substantial education experience. Hayden earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in radiation therapy technology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a master of arts degree in health care administration from Ashford University. After earning a bachelor of science in radiologic science and a master of science in radiologic science from Midwestern State University, Killion received a Ph.D. in health studies from Texas Women’s University.
Hayden says both professional and personal factors have propelled her career. She explains that providing cancer patients with the best care, along with searching for and developing cures, motivate her. “The reward is knowing that we can help and have an impact on one patient at a time,” she adds. She also says she values holding leadership roles and teaching students as they develop into practitioners. She notes that she loves being able to shape the profession, and she is dedicated to professional development and continuing education.
Killion says he views his role in the profession as that of both advocate and active practitioner. “I want to be vigilant in safeguarding, promoting, and advancing our profession for future generations,” he says. “The best way I can help achieve these goals is to be involved at the local, state, and national levels. I want to be an influential member and leader to continue improving our profession.” He believes his experience and background provide unique perspective and added value to ARRT. “Joining a distinguished group of individuals to support and advance our mission is exciting. I look forward to the challenges ahead and collaborating with board members to find solutions in the pursuit of excellence through education, ethics, and examination,” he says.
Trustees Lisa Bartenhagen and Barbara Smith each completed two, four-year Board terms, the maximum that ARRT Bylaws allow. Smith says the highlight of her term was working with exam and practice analysis committees, attending state and national society meetings, and speaking with technologists. Bartenhagen says that serving on the Board made her a better person and professional. Serving as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President were the highlights of her tenure, and she found serving on the Ethics committee meaningful. Bartenhagen formed friendships with the ARRT staff and other Board members that will last a lifetime, she says.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists promotes high standards of patient care by recognizing qualified individuals in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, ARRT evaluates, certifies, and annually registers more than 345,000 radiologic technologists across the United States.
ARRT is governed by a board of 10, including five technologists nominated by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the national professional membership organization representing all areas of the radiologic sciences. A sixth technologist is nominated from a professional membership society identified by ARRT based on its current needs. The remaining four are physicians nominated by the American College of Radiology, the principal membership organization of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and clinical medical physicists in the U.S.