Sr. Francis

Sister Francis Salesia Geiger, RT, FASRT

(11/23/1897 - 09/27/1968)


Sister Francis Salesia, Anne Geiger, was born on November 23, 1897, in Koln-Enrenfeld, West Germany. Sister entered the Novitiate of Our Congregation on April 26, 1919.

Sister Salesia dedicated her religious life to God in many exemplary ways. She came to the United States from Germany in 1921, became a Registered Nurse and served in this capacity for many years. Sister also became a Registered X-Ray Technologist and ministered in this capacity in several hospitals.

Sister was a member of, and active in, many organization of X-Ray Technologists. She received the honor of FASRT Fellow in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, for her dedication and contributions to her profession.

Sister Salesia came to Lincoln from Grand Island in May 1954 and became Director of the Saint Elizabeth Hospital School of Radiology Technology. She remained in that position until 1965, when she stepped down, but remained on as Physics Instructor until her retirement from teaching in 1968.

Sister semi-retired to Mount St. Francis in Colorado Springs, at which time she served as Spiritual Assistant in the Secular Franciscans. In 1984, she retired to St. Clare Convent and in September 1988, Sister Salesia passed to her eternal home.

She will be remembered for her dedication and commitment to the Secular Franciscans as well as for her dedication to her profession and her students.



NSRT Past Presidents


Sr. Mary Liberia 1931 - 1932
Erminda Clark 1932 - 1933
Pauline McGough 1933 - 1934
Helena MacCloud 1934 - 1935
Sr. Mina Carlson 1935 - 1936
Iva Robbins Sparks 1936 - 1937
Mollie Kirk Ekberg 1937 - 1938
Irma Brauer 1938 - 1939
Alice Bussey 1939 - 1940
Josephine Wittman 1940 - 1941
Josephine Wittman 1941 - 1942
Louise Dolhanyk 1942 - 1943
Mildred Linch 1943 - 1944
Mildred Linch 1944 - 1945
Viola Maas Hughes 1945 - 1946
Evelyn Peters 1946 - 1947
Jane Reilley Bocek 1947 - 1948
Norma Case 1948 - 1949
Norma Case 1949 - 1950
Grace Weaver 1950 - 1951
Dorothy Lusch Pallas 1951 - 1952
Dorothy Lusch Pallas 1952 - 1953
Carol Thomsen 1953 - 1954
Carol Thomsen 1954 - 1955
Daniel J Donnelly 1955 - 1956
Marilyn Brandt 1956 - 1957
Glen Eich 1957 - 1958
Glen Eich 1958 - 1959
Nellie W Schaffer 1959 - 1960
Sr Francis Salesia 1960 - 1961
Bruce N Schlaebitz 1961- 1962
Dolores M Banks 1962 - 1963
Dolores M Banks 1963 - 1964
Sara Sussman 1964 - 1965
Joseph C Barry 1965 - 1966
Roderick Gerdes 1966 - 1967
Marie Heinz 1967 - 1968
Agnes Baugh 1968 - 1969
John Lesnak 1969 - 1970
Judy Bassart 1970 - 1971
Larry Mrky 1971 - 1972
Cheryl Sanders 1972 - 1973
John Sonnenfield 1973 - 1974
Sandy Cronk 1974 - 1975
Dale Dahms 1975 - 1976
James Temme 1976 - 1977
Robert Barney 1977 - 1978
Al Robinson 1978 - 1979
Patrick Englehaupt 1979 - 1980
Gale Peterson 1980 - 1981
Deb Pierce Cramer 1981 - 1982
Judy Sund Mieth 1982 - 1983
Deb Fischer Blom 1983 - 1984
Linda Black Coster 1984 - 1985
Lynda Reynolds 1985 - 1986
Lynda Reynolds 1986 - 1987
Kelly Thomalla 1987 - 1988
Brad Moseley 1988 - 1989
Brad Moseley 1989 - 1990
Jean Korth 1990 - 1991
Dale Brummer 1991 - 1992
Dan Gilbert 1992 - 1993
Christine Hatton 1993 - 1994
Pam Philson 1994 - 1995
Liana Watson 1995 - 1996
Tammy Homolka 1996 - 1997
Susan Nelson Schneider 1997
Gail Young 1998
Connie Mitchell 1998 - 1999
Patricia Halley 1999 - 2000
Troy Betancur 2000 - 2001
Randy Boltz 2001
Karen Prouty 2002
Joni Cantrell 2002 - 2003
Bev Niewohner Harvey 2003 - 2004
Dan Gilbert 2004 - 2005
Randy Prouty 2005 - 2006
Deb Hilzer 2006 - 2007
Haywood Cunningham 2007 -2008
Rob Hughes 2008 - 2009
Brandon Holt 2009 - 2010
Ashley Sandoz 2010 - 2011
Angela Cyza 2011 - 2012
Randy Prouty 2012 - 2013
Kris Bryan 2013 - 2014
Rob Hughes 2014 - 2015
Cristi Engel 2015 - 2016
Tanya Custer 2016 - 2017
Shelli Weddum 2017 - 2018
Angela Cyza 2018 - 2019

Sister Francis Salesia Lecturer


Sr. Francis Salesia played an instrumental part in the original foundation of the Nebraska Society. Her compassion and dedication to the profession, her students and her patients was inspirational. In 1989, Joe Barry (a former student of Sr. Francis) and the Kodak Company implemented an award in her honor. This award has been awarded every year since. Although the Kodak Company no longer sponsors the award, the NSRT feels that it is essential to recognize dedicated leaders in our society. Recipients of this award are selected by the NSRT Board of Directors. These recipients must demonstrate a passion for the Radiation Science profession, the education of future radiation science professionals and for the future of the profession as a whole.

Following is a list of those individuals recognized with this award

1989  Joe Barry
1990  Al Robinson
1991  Cheryl Sanders
1992  Sandy Cronk
1993  Deb Pierce-Cramer
1994  Kelly Thomalla
1995  Linda Black-Coster
1996  Dan Gilbert
1997  Jim Temme
1998  Gale Peterson
1999  Liana Watson
2000  Chris McClymont-Hatton
2001  Jean Korth
2002  Connie Mitchell
2003  Connie Lyon
2004  Peg Anderson-Young
2005  Larry Champoux
2006  Pat Halley
2007  Bev Niewohner Harvey
2008  Glen Eich
2009  Randy Prouty
2010  Luann Baylor
2011  Lori Dobish
2012  Kris Bryan
2013  Brandon Holt
2014  Rob Hughes
2015  Tanya Custer
2016  Karen Prouty
2017  Angela Cyza
2018  Ellen Collins

NSRT Life Members


Life Members of the NSRT are selected by the Board of Directors, after receipt of nominations from NSRT members. Life members are not selected annually; and therefore, there are very few Life Members in the NSRT. Life members are individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the NSRT, to the membership and to the profession, through their involvement in all aspects of the society and continued support of the society.

Receipt of Life Membership status is a very special honor that is granted, only after careful examination and analysis of the nominee’s history and dedication to the society and its values. The NSRT was established in 1931. There are currently 21 individuals, who currently hold the elevated status of Life Member.

1988   Agnes Baugh
1988   Al Robinson
1988   Cheryl Sanders
1994   Joe Barry
1994   Linda Black
1994   Deb Pierce-Cramer
1994   Sandy Cronk
1994   Glen Eich
1994   Kelly Thomalla
1995   John Sonnenfield
1996   Gale Peterson
1996   James Temme
1997   Mary Anne Kuk
1998   Larry Champoux
1998   Peggy Young
2000   Jean Korth
2001   Liana Watson
2003   Daniel Gilbert
2005   Connie Lyon
2006   Connie MItchell
2007   LuAnn Baylor
2008   Pat Haley
2011   Randy Prouty
2015   Ron Koch
2017   Brandon Holt

Technologist of the Year


In 1995, Mary Beth Holtmeier and the Bracco Diagnostics, Corporation approached the NSRT Board of Directors about implementing a Technologist of the Year Award. The first award was presented in 1996. The purpose of this award is recognition, appreciation and visibility of an outstanding technologist in the state of Nebraska. These technologists may be nominated by any NSRT Member. Their application is reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. Bracco Diagnostics presents the individual with a plaque at the Annual Conference Awards Ceremony.

1996   Peggy Young
1997   Dan Gilbert
2000   Bev Niewohner
2002   Connie Lyon
2003   Randy Prouty
2004   Connie Mitchell
2005   LuAnn Baylor
2007   Jean Korth
2010   Ronnie Koch
2011   Carol Sheets
2012   David Griffith
2013   Tammy Jones
2015   Angela Cyza
2017   Rob Hughes

Sponsor of the Year


Commercial and individual sponsorships play a huge part in the society. It is through their donations and generosity that the society is able to provide funding, speakers, technical support and a variety of other contributions for our meetings. Over the years we have come to rely on them for their support to aid us in providing symposiums and conferences. Many times, these people go unrecognized for their contributions. In 1996 the NSRT decided to recognize a sponsor/commercial representative more formally at the Awards Ceremony with a plaque and much gratitude.

1997   Bracco Diagnostics - Mary Beth Holtmeier
1998   Fujifilm USA - Rex Profit
1999   NT&H - The Hendersons
2000   Cassling Diagnostic Imaging
2001   Brown's Medical Imaging - Rob Brown
2002   Philips Health Care Products - Leona Aden
2004   Mary Beth Holtmeier (Bracco Diagnostics)
2007   Nebr DHHS Every Woman Matters - Victoria Schwab
2009   Young Computer & Business Services - Don & Peggy Young
2010   Lyon Consulting & Services, Inc. - Connie & Warren Lyon
2016   Brown's Medical Imaging - Rob & Chad Brown
2017   Nebr DHHS Womens' & Men's Programs


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