Shelli Weddum, RT(R)
Glenwood, IA
Chairman of the Board

I am an associate professor and Assistant Director/Clinical Coordinator of the Clarkson College RT Program. I graduated from Jennie Edmundson School of Radiologic Technology in 1993, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging in 2005 and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration in 2011 from Clarkson College. I have been employed at Clarkson College for 15 years and have held my current position for over 10 years.

I have been an active member of NSRT and held my first position on the Board of Directors as Nominations Chair in 2015. I continued on the board as President Elect in 2016, and now President in 2017. I am looking forward to representing the NSRT as a Nebraska Delegate at the annual ASRT House of Delegates meeting in June.

My focus is to give back to the profession that has given me so many career and life opportunities, advocate and increase membership for our state society and be a mentor for those interested in serving on the board.

And a personal note, I thoroughly enjoy and cherish family time with my two boys and husband.

Angela Cyza, RT(R)
Lincoln, NE

I am excited to serve as your NSRT president-elect in 2017-2018.

I started my journey with the NSRT as a student representative and have held many offices on the board since that time (and over the last 9 years).

For 7 1/2 years I worked as an evening staff technologist as St Elizabeth's in Lincoln. For the last 2 1/2 years I have worked full time for Southeast Community College as a classroom instructor and clinical instructor at St Elizabeth's.

I currently live in Lincoln with my husband, Aaron, and our dog Frannie. I enjoy being in my flower gardens as long as the mosquitos aren't nearby.

Nolan Vasa, RT(R)
Omaha, NE

I grew up mostly living in small town Malmo, Nebraska as a second child of four. I’ve lived in Nebraska my entire life, but have explored most of the United States through my travels. I pride myself on being a very social and interactive person. I perceive myself to be an approachable individual who can make friends out of any situation. This quality has already helped me make so many amazing connections throughout my short career. In my spare time I enjoy the company of my friends and planning adventures and trips both locally and throughout the country. I also enjoy my morning and evening runs with my dog. Dexter, who is an extremely energetic blue merle border collie. He keeps me very busy, and showers me with excitement every time I come home.

Creating complex images of the human body while having a career that is patient centered has given me a meaningful career thus far. Every day is something different! I proudly work in the Methodist Healthcare System as a CT, MRI and X-ray technologist. I also have interest in building a career as a traveling technologist someday.

I went to the University of Nebraska at Omaha for my pre-requisites for my degree. During this time, I became a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and gained quite a bit of valuable patient care and hospital experience. I graduated from The University of Nebraska Medical Center radiography program, CT practicum and MRI programs. I was elected the student representative for the NSRT for the three years I was a student. The connections I built and the experience I gained while working with leaders in my profession at a state and national level led me to holding the position of Vice-President of the NSRT.

Kelly Eaton, RT(R)
Elkhorn, NE

I graduated from Southeast Community College in 2002 with my Associate of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology and began my career as an RT working full time at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. I then received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Clarkson College in 2006 and transitioned to into a new role as a PACS Systems Analyst at Methodist Hospital.

I am currently employed at Clarkson College as an instructor in the Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging programs and have held my current position for almost 8 years. I am also enrolled at Fort Hays State University, in the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology program and will graduate this December.

I have been married to my husband Steve for almost 15 years and we have three boys, Crew, Koenn and Cash. Our lives are very busy with everyone’s schedules, so it seems as that we are always on the go. I am looking forward to serve on the NSRT Board and working with everyone that is involved in this rewarding profession.

Stephanie Cannon, RT(R)
Morrill, NE

I began my career as a graduate from Regional West Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology. I continued my education at UNMC and received a Bachelor’s degree in radiation sciences. I worked as a diagnostic and MRI technologist for a little over a year at Regional West before moving to Missouri. While in Missouri, I practiced as a diagnostic, MRI, and finally a cardiac catheterization / interventional technologist. In 2013, my family decided to return to western Nebraska. I accepted a position as the program instructor at Regional West. I was fortunate to be offered the Program Director position in 2016. I graduated with my Masters of Science in Radiologic Sciences from Midwestern State University in the summer of 2017.

My first experience with the NSRT was helping my mom plan the 1993 NSRT annual conference in Gering. Upon returning to Nebraska in 2013, I became a member and assisted with the 2014 Spring Education Saturday. I was the 2016 Annual Conference Co-Chair, and the 2017 Fall Education Saturday Organizer.

I have been married to my husband Chris for almost 18 years. We have two sons, Weston and Sterling. We spend our time going to soccer games, horse shows, and 4-H meetings.

I am looking forward to having an active role in my professional society and being able to serve its members.

Cristi Engel, RT(R)
Doniphan, NE
Advisory Board Member

When I graduated from the Mary Lanning School of Radiologic Technology I began working for St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE. I became certified in cardiovascular interventional radiography while working there. Having this experience gave me the opportunity to teach a Special Procedures course at the same school that I graduated from. After 5 years, I became a full time clinical and didactic instructor. I love teaching and I went on to earn my Masters Degree in Radiation Sciences with a focus on Education. In 2012 I was promoted to Program Director of the Mary Lanning Healthcare School of Radiologic Technology.

I have been married to my husband Tory for 15years. We have two children, Tyler who is 12 and Camryn who is 10. They keep us busy as they are growing so quickly!

I first became involved with the NSRT as a student participating in Quiz Bowl. Two years after graduating I helped co-chair a conference in Grand Island. I have since co-chaired two more conferences and began my involvement on the board of directors as Secretary-Treasurer for two years. Since then I have also been President-Elect, President, and Chairman of the Board. This will be my second time serving as an Advisory Board member. I encourage all technologists to get involved in their professional society. It is a way to give back, stay in tune to local and possible threats to our licensure and also a fun way to network among your peers!

Tanya Custer, RT(R)
Gretna, NE
Advisory Board Member

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation Science Technology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center studying both radiography and radiation therapy. I have held positions as both a staff therapist and a clinical education coordinator prior to becoming part of the faculty at UNMC in 2006.

In 2009, I earned my Master of Science Degree in Leadership Education with a specialization in Distance Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. My research interests include instructional technology and distance education.

I am an active member of the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists currently serving as Chairman of the Board.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

Erin Ernst, RT(R)
Papillion, NE
Nominations Chairman

My passion for professional societies began as a first year radiology student at Sanford USD Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. That year I was chosen to be the student representative for the South Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologists. With that position I was able to attend the ASRT Annual Conference as a Student Leadership Development Program Participant. I also was able to attend all of the SDSRT meetings as well as the RT in DC event that year. After graduating from Sanford I moved to Omaha to attend UNMC's CT Practicum. When I was finished with that program I began working there full time and began to get involved with the NSRT. I have attended many meetings throughout the last year and finally feel I had enough of a grasp of the group to run for a board position. I am very excited to be the NSRT's Secretary-Treasurer for the 2017-2018 year.

I currently live in Omaha and still work as a full time CT Technologist at Nebraska Medicine. I enjoy spending time with friends and family in my free time as well as traveling. I look forward to serving Nebraska on the NSRT Board in the year to come!

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