SVU Board of Directors

SVU is governed by its volunteer Board of Directors.  There are four Officers and eleven Directors.  The four Officers  - President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer- comprise the Executive Committee, which convenes monthly.  The full Board of Directors meets quarterly to set policy and determine the strategic direction of the organization.



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 Diagnostix 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.



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.












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.


Brian Schnoor, MBA RVT RDMS RDCS
Peace Health
Eugene, OR
Brian A. Schnoor, MBA RVT RDMS RDCS has served on the SVU Board of Directors since January 2017. He is currently President of Northwest Vascular Technologists and has served as VP of the organization. Brian has been employed by PeaceHealth for 21 years and has leadership duties of the Vascular Lab, Echo Department and Patient Access Reps of Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute. Brian has resided in Eugene, OR for most of his life and enjoys the outdoor recreation opportunities of the region.

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

Patrick A. Washko, BSRT RDMS RVT FSVU has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Vascular Ultrasound since 2012. He is also a fellow of SVU and served as a past Treasurer and President of the North Carolina Vascular Technologist Society (NCVTS). Pat has been an employee of REX Hospital for the past 20 years and has held the position of Technical Director for the UNC REX Healthcare Vascular Diagnostic Center for 18 years. He is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer and delivers lectures and presentations focused on vascular disease and future technologies. Pat is originally from Swoyersville, Pennsylvania and has appointed himself President of the Philadelphia Eagles Fan Club in his own home located in Raleigh, NC.
        Sandra Yesenko, BS RVT RDMS
Lead Technologist for Education
Cleveland Clinic
North Ridge, OH
Sandra Yesenko, DHSc MHS RVT RDMS is currently employed at the Cleveland Clinic in the noninvasive vascular laboratory. Ms. Yesenko is the lead sonographer for education and training. She is also employed at Lorain County Community College in their diagnostic medical sonography program. Ms. Yesenko received her doctorate and master’s degree in health science from Nova Southern University in 2015. She was elected in 2015 to the SVU Board of Directors. Ms. Yesenko is also a board member of Northern Ohio Vascular Association (NOVA). In 2016, Ms. Yesenko received the Caregiver Celebration Excellence Award, which is the highest awards a Cleveland Clinic employee can receive. She was nominated in 2016 for the Allied Health Educators’ Award and received this award in 2009.
Physician Director

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
Kyra Hokanson Gray is president and owner of D. E. Hokanson, Inc. (Hokanson). Hokanson designs and delivers tools that assist healthcare providers with their diagnosis and management of patients' cardiovascular health. D. Eugene Hokanson, Gray’s father, founded the company in 1973 and she has carried the business forward since 2005. Gray leads the company’s manufacturing, product development, regulatory activities, and sales and marketing.

Gray holds a Master of Medical Engineering from the University of Washington, a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Puget Sound, and a Certificate in Management from the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and a member of the advisory board for Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining Hokanson, Gray worked in technical sales and contract administration for Spacelabs Medical, Inc. and Lasentec, Inc. She lives with her family near Seattle.
      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

Douglas Wooster, MD RVT is a vascular surgeon affiliated with the University Health Network, Mt. Sinai Hospital and St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto. Doug was appointed as the Physician At Large member on the SVU Board in January 2017. He is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Medical Director, Quality Advisor and Reporting Physician for a number of community-based vascular ultrasound facilities. He is an active educator and researcher in vascular ultrasound and presents at national and international meetings each year. He has received numerous awards, including research and presentation awards and the SVU Physician's Recognition Award. He has contributed to regulatory and credentialing boards and helped develop guidelines and consensus documents, including the SRU Carotid Consensus. He is honored to serve SVU where he brings his board, financial and strategic planning experience from work with hospital, university and society boards including SVS, ACS, CSVS and others.






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 to serve as Physician Director, 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 Director serves a three year term.

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