2024-2025 Board of Directors

President

Hannah Smith, RT(R)(CI)(VI)(ARRT)


Riverside Health System,
Newport News, VA

I graduated from the Radiography program at Riverside School of Health Careers in 2001. For 13 years I worked as a Diagnostic Radiographer, but always knew that I wanted a career in the field of Interventional Radiology. In 2013, I made the move to the Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology lab at Riverside Regional Medical Center, in Newport News VA, where I am currently employed as the Lead Technologist for Neurointervention, in our CVIR department.
In our combined lab, I assist in Cardiac, Vascular/IR, Neurointervention and Hybrid OR procedures. I also educate and precept new employees in the various modalities. Additionally, I am a team member on PI committees to help improve patient care and departmental efficiency.
I have been involved with AVIR since 2013. I have served on the AVIR Education Committee, where I contributed directed readings and test questions for members to access through the AVIR website. I served as the AVIR Director at Large 2019-2021, and am the current Virginia AVIR Chapter President.
In 2022 I was honored to receive the AVIR Award of Excellence.
Continuing education is vital to a person’s growth and development in the IR field. I am very passionate about this, since our field is constantly growing and changing. I look forward to serving the as your AVIR President and being a resource to our members.

Vice President / President Elect

Stefanie Rockwood, RT(R)(VI)


Wakemed Carey Hospital
Apex, NC

My adventures in the world of Interventional Radiology kicked off in 2004. Two decades of thrilling adventures, navigating through different service lines like an IR superhero! From diving into the world of neuro endovascular to conquering peripheral vascular, IR, hybrid OR, and cardiology – it's been an absolute blast building up my skillset in this dynamic and ever-exciting field. I have worked with esteemed institutions such as Albany Medical Center and Ellis Medicine, where I honed my skills and expanded my knowledge in Interventional Radiology. As a travel IR technologist, I have had the opportunity to apply my expertise in different settings, contributing to enhancing patient care.
Around 2016, I embarked on a new chapter of my professional development by joining AVIR. Serving as Secretary/Treasurer in 2016-2017 and later as Program Chair in 2017-2018, I actively shaped the organization's direction. I had the privilege of taking on various roles over the years including leading the local Upstate New York Chapter and being a part of the Program Committee in 2023-2024. I am honored for the opportunity to serve as the Vice President for the term 2024-2025.
Now, let's talk passion – I’m all about continuing education! In the ever-changing world of IR, staying in the loop is key. I'm all in for spreading the word on how AVIR rocks at empowering and developing technologists. It has been immensely rewarding to contribute to an organization that values the recognition and development of technologists specific to this field. Looking ahead, I'm pumped for more opportunities to contribute to AVIR's growth and sustainability. Here's to creating more paths for technologists to shine and rock the world of Interventional Radiology!

Director At Large

Lauren Broughman, BS, RT (R)(VI)(RCIS)


Sentara Healthcare

Hampton, VA

Vascular Interventional Radiologic Technologist / Registered Cardiovascular Interventional Specialist - I have experience as a vascular interventional technologist and as a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist, working in various settings and roles such as Sentara Careplex Hospital, University of Virginia, Riverside Health System, and Bon Secours. I serve as a preceptor, educator, and leader in my lab, where I strive for optimal evidence-based outcomes and patient satisfaction. I enjoy being part of a teaching facility, where I can share my knowledge and passion for interventional radiology with residents, fellows, and students. One thing that has never swayed in my career, regardless of the setting, is a desire to learn, educate, and to expand my involvement and impact in my career. I enjoy collaborating with like-minded individuals who don’t settle for average!

ARRT/ACE Liaison

Julie Orlando, BSHS, RT(R)(CV)


Streamline Health
Manassas, VA

Julie is currently serving as the appointed ARRT/ACE Liaison on the Board of Directors, and plays a crucial role in reviewing and approving submissions for continuing education credits, contributing to the enhancement of educational materials for the members of AVIR.

She embarked on her journey in healthcare by completing the Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology at the University of Virginia. In 2019, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Diagnostic Imaging from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. With over 16 years of experience as a staff technologist in both hospital and outpatient settings, Julie has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in patient care.

During her tenure in private practice, she not only honed her technical skills but also took on leadership responsibilities. She mentored and trained staff, achieved certification as a Clinical Research Coordinator, and played a pivotal role in implementing cutting-edge systems such as EMR, PACS, and inventory management. Additionally, Julie contributed to planning educational medical meetings, showcasing a passion for sharing knowledge and fostering professional development.

A longstanding member of AVIR, Julie has actively contributed to the organization's growth. She has presented on topics such as Prostate Artery Embolization and showcased her expertise through posters, including the award-winning "Geniculate Artery Embolization (GAE) for Osteoarthritis (OA) Related Knee Pain: Interim Results from a Multicenter US Trial."

With a diverse background encompassing clinical practice, leadership, and industry collaboration, Julie continues to make significant contributions to the field of interventional radiology and healthcare education. As the ARRT/ACE Liaison, her dedication ensures the delivery of high-quality educational resources to AVIR members, furthering the organization's mission and impact.

Immediate Past-President

Shelby Jackson, RT(R)(VI)


Riverside Methodist Hospital
Columbus, OH

Shelby graduated from Reid School of Radiologic Technology in Richmond, IN in 2016. After graduation, she started her career as an interventional radiology technologist for Ohio Health in Columbus, OH. While there, she began working to complete the Vascular Interventional certification. Shelby became VI certified in 2018 and is very passionate about educating and mentoring technologists in this field. In 2019, She was presented with the opportunity to be a part of the Tanzania IR Initiative where she traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to help educate the first IR techs in Tanzania. She returned in 2021 to watch the first class of IR physicians graduate from the program. In 2022, she was presented with an opportunity to transition into the medical device world, where she is now a Professional and Clinical Trainer for Terumo Interventional Systems, teaching interventional radiology procedures and products to all the new associates.

Shelby became involved with providing educational resources for vascular and interventional technologists and joined the AVIR Education Committee in 2019. Soon after, she joined the board of directors serving as the Director at Large from 2021-2022, President Elect from 2022-2023, and is currently serving as President for the 2023-2024 year. She is excited to bring new opportunities and ideas to the association to continue building the value of membership. She strongly believes in giving back to our profession and cannot think of a better way to do that, then by serving the members of this association and continuing to bring recognition to all IR techs.

Secretary/Treasurer

Michael Gross, RT (R)(VI)


HealthyU Clinics

Mesa, AZ

Director OBL Operations. With 16 years of Interventional Radiology, I have honed my expertise across various hospital settings and OBLs which led me to become the Director of OBL Operations for HealthyU clinics in Arizona.

I'm honored to serve as the 2024-2025 Secretary and Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers (AVIR). This has allowed me to contribute to the field in a meaningful way.

My hands-on experience in Interventional Radiology includes scrubbing and circulating during procedures at hospitals and level 1 trauma centers. I have also worked extensively across multiple OBLs, becoming a specialist in peripheral angiography (10,000 leg angiograms!) embolizations, and cryoablation of tumors. I take great pride in my role as an educator, having trained numerous residents, medical students, radiology technologists, and medical assistants in scrubbing techniques. I have also imparted knowledge on sterile processing in OBLs. My commitment to teaching and being a resource for IR techs is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work.

My involvement in clinical research is extensive, having participated in multiple studies including two stent trials, an atherectomy device trial, a drug-coated balloon study, Embolization, and a liver biopsy study. In the last couple years I have been a Clinical Support Representative for Boston Scientific and Varian products.  I firmly believe that Interventional Radiology will play a pivotal role in the future of medicine, and I am excited to continue contributing to this evolving field.

Corporate Liaison

Dana Bridges Kanfoush


Greensboro, NC

I started my own company a few years ago and am selling for multiple manufacturers, including several wonderful companies that I have represented since 2004. In this arena, I have tried to use my experience as a sales rep to create custom sponsorship programs and build AVIR's base of corporate support. A few of my professional accomplishments include being a published author in journals (i.e., Developmental Psychology & The Sport Psychologist), periodicals (i.e., Nephrology News & Issues), and a developmental psychology text book (Social Development in Childhood and Adolescence: A Contemporary Reader). I have been a proud AVIR board member for many years and hope I can continue to support the people who have supported me throughout my career.

Annual Meeting / Program Chair

Leona Benson, BSHS, RT(R)(CV)

Providence Health
Seattle, WA

IR Supervisor at Providence Health & Services. Experienced Interventional Technologist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Customer Service, Hospitals, and Business Process Improvement. Strong professional graduated from TUI University with a dual Master's degree. Working towards a Master's in Health Informatics at Arizona State University.

Associate Representative

Diana Forbes, RT (R)(VI) (RRA)(RDMS)

Emory University Health
Atlanta, GA

Radiologist Assistant and Experienced Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiographer and Sonographer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in X-ray, Central Lines, Medical Devices, U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Healthcare Information Technology (HIT). Strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Imaging Sciences focused in Radiologist Assistant from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.