SVU Board of Directors

SVU is governed by its Board of Directors, which consists of the Executive Committee comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 11 Directors.



Joseph P. Hughes, RVT RVS FSVU 
Regional Operations Manager
Navix Diagnostix, Inc.
Souderton, PA

Joseph “J.P” Hughes RVT, RVS, currently serves the SVU membership as President of the society. He has worked for Navix Diagnostic since 1998, currently holding the position of Director of Business Development. J.P. has been a member of SVU since 1989 and, in addition to serving on numerous SVU Committees, he has represented SVU to the Joint Review Committee for Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), the American Registry of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF). J.P. joined the SVU Board of Directors in 2004. He lives in Wilkes-Barre, PA with his family, enjoying making home renovations and hiking the Pennsylvania parks and trails.

 Vice President      

Stephanie Wilson, RDMS RVT FSVU    
Coordinator, Vascular Sonography
South Hills School of Business & Technology
State College, PA

Stephanie R. Wilson, BS, RDMS, RVT, FSVU is the Assistant Program Director and Vascular Sonography Coordinator of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at South Hills School since 2005. Stephanie is a graduate from South Hills School of Business & Technology and the Oregon Institute of Technology. She also works per diem at the Penn State Hershey Vascular Lab where she was a full time sonographer in the late 1990’s. Stephanie is currently serving on the Executive Committee with SVU as the Vice President. She has also volunteered for ARDMS, serves as an application reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for Vascular Testing and serves on the board for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.



Kelly Byrnes, BS RVT FSVU
Lead Sonographer
Norton Healthcare
Louisville, KY

Kelly Byrnes, BS, RVT, FSVU has been on the SVU Board of Directors since 2012, and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer. She is also the Chair of the Advocacy committee. In 2014, Kelly was inducted as a Fellow of SVU. She is employed by Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY as the Manager of multiple hospital-based noninvasive vascular laboratories. Her vascular interests include scanning dialysis access and participating in various research projects.




Kathy Ziegler, BS RVT
Clinical Manager
The Christ Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Kathy Ziegler, BS, RVT serves as Secretary for the SVU Board of Directors. Prior to her nomination to the SVU Board, she was President of the Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Indiana Vascular Technologist (ONKIVT) local chapter of SVU from 2011-2015. Kathy currently works for The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati where she manages their six outpatient cardiovascular testing centers and outpatient cardiac rehab. She began her career as an x-ray tech performing special procedures and then went on to become an RVT. Kathy earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science from Northern Kentucky University at the early age of 50. She lives with her family in Taylor Mill, KY.












2017 Board of Directors


Marguerite Cappuccio, BS RN RVT
Technical Director
Medical University of South Carolina
Mount Pleasant, SC

Marguerite Cappuccio, RN RVT was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Vascular Ultrasound to serve a 3 year term beginning January 2017. She served as Chair of the SVU Academic Committee from 2014-16. She began her medical career as a registered nurse on vascular surgery unit at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCV) in Richmond in 1983. In 1986, she was fortunate to be offered a job in the vascular lab at the MCV, where she received ‘on-the-job’ training; this vascular lab was started just a few years prior by Bob Barnes, M.D. and Lee Nix, RN, RVT. She continued with education and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology, in vascular technology. She has been employed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for 18 years and is Technical Director of the vascular lab. She has also worked for the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation as a site reviewer and application reviewer for over 10 years.

Melissa Church RTR RVT RDCS
Chief Tech Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Services
Cone Health
Gibonsville, NC

Missy Church, RT-R RVT RDCS is on the SVU Board of Directors of SVU for 2017 – 2019. Prior to her election, she served on the Board of the North Carolina Vascular Technologists society for four years. Missy has been a Vascular and Cardiac sonographer for 26 years, and prior to that worked as a Radiologic Technologist for 10 years. Missy is committed to advancing the profession of vascular ultrasound, and to the quality of care given to our patients---". . . every patient, every time." She works for Cone Health in Greensboro, NC, and lives nearby in the small town of Gibsonville, where she raised her four children. She is continuing her education at Oregon Institute of Technology.


        Anita Harrington, MS RDMS RVT
Senior Vascular Technologist
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Concord, MA
Anita Harrington, MS RVT RDMS FSVU is the current SVU Annual Conference Chair, liaison for the Journal for Vascular Ultrasound and member of the Fellows Committee. She previously served as Chapters Chair and member of Media Development Committee. She has been actively involved as an officer of the Greater Boston Vascular Technologists Chapter and is a member of the Northern New England Vascular Society Chapter. She is a Senior Vascular Technologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA where she works full time with vascular surgeons providing vascular testing and education. Her commitment to education of the physician, the sonographer, and the patient are part of her core principles, and strives to always put Human First. Most recently she was awarded Fellow status by SVU. While her children were still at home, she earned a Masters of Science in Management and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. Originally from Michigan, she lives with her husband outside of Boston.



Brian Schnoor, MBA RVT RDMS RDCS
Peace Health
Eugene, OR


Patrick Washko, BS RDMS RT RVT FSVU
Coordinator and Technical Director
REX Hospital (UNC Healthcare)
Vascular Diagnostic Center
Raleigh, NC


        Sandra Yesenko, BS RVT RDMS
Lead Technologist for Education
Cleveland Clinic
North Ridge, OH

David L Dawson, MD RVT RPVI
UC Davis Vascular Center
Sacramento, CA

David L. Dawson, MD, RVT, RPVI is a professor at the University of California, Davis in the Division of Vascular Surgery. He currently serves as the physician member on the Society for Vascular Ultrasound Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Medicine. After surgery residency at the University of Washington, Dr. Dawson completed his vascular surgery fellowship under D. Eugene Strandness, Jr., MD, the “father of the vascular laboratory.” He then entered service in the US Air Force, for 10 years on active duty, and continues now as a colonel in the Reserve. His clinical practice at UC Davis includes all aspects of endovascular and open vascular surgery. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on vascular laboratory topics and he is co-editor of the current edition of Strandness’s Duplex Scanning in Vascular Disorders.

  Kyra Gray
D.E. Hokanson, Inc.
Bellevue, WA

  Lauren Lisauskas
Rush University
Chicago, IL
Lauren Lisauskas, BS is the Student Representative on the Board of Directors for the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Northern Illinois University located in DeKalb, IL. After completing her undergraduate degree she decided to pursue a career in ultrasound. Currently, she is completing a bachelor’s degree in vascular ultrasound at Rush University in Chicago, IL.

At-Large Director    

Agnes Lovell, AA, RVT
Vascular Technologist
Pacific Vascular Inc.
Seattle, WA

Agnes Lovell, AS RVT is an At-Large Director on the SVU Board of Directors for 2017 where she brings a young professional perspective to the Board. She graduated from Bellevue College with an Associate Degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound in August 2015 and is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences at Bellevue College. Agnes works as a vascular technologist at Pacific Vascular Inc. in western Washington where she works at several Seattle area hospitals and labs. Passionate about student involvement and continuing education, she served as the 2015 Student Representative on the SVU Board of Directors and the vascular track representative on the Bellevue College Advisory Committee in 2013-2015. She lives with her fiancé in Renton, a suburb of Seattle.
At-Large Director

Douglas Wooster, MD, RVT
Toronto West Vascular Lab
Toronto, ON






Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Technologist Director position, a person must be a member in good standing for at least one year and have achieved and maintained a professional credential in vascular technology. In addition, only technologists whose primary employment activity is performance of noninvasive vascular testing, supervision of vascular personnel and/or the management of a noninvasive vascular testing or diagnostic facility, education and/or training in the field of vascular technology, and/or who are currently receiving full-time training as vascular technologists are eligible to serve. 
Officers serve two-year terms. Board Directors serve three-year terms.

Two (2) At-Large Directors are appointed to the Board to meet specific needs of the profession, the membership, and/or the Society.  At-Large Directors may come from backgrounds outside of noninvasive vascular testing, but should have an interest in representing the membership of the Society.  At-Large Directors may include, but are not limited to, administrators, business or community leaders.  At-Large Directors do not have to be members of the Society and need not have experience in the noninvasive vascular field.  At-Large Directors serve one year terms.

To be eligible for the Physician Representative position, a physician must be a member in good standing for at least one year, hold a current license to practice medicine, have achieved and maintained a professional credential in vascular technology, and must have current involvement in the noninvasive vascular field.  The Physician Representative serves a three year term.

 The Vendor Representative to the Board is appointed by the Board to a three-year term. This individual must have achieved and maintained a professional credential in vascular technology, and must be a member in good standing for at least one year. 

The Student Representative to the Board is appointed by the Board to a one-year term and serves as a full voting Board member.  The Student Representative must be enrolled full time in a vascular ultrasound degree- or certificate-bearing program, and must be a student member of SVU.