Spring, 2015

 



Michelle Dail, RDMS AB, OB/GYN
Who are you and why did you join the board?
My name is Michelle Dail.  I am supervisor to 5 sonographers at ECU School of Medicine.  I joined the board because I was selected to join and count it an honor to serve on the board.  I am a past board member and enjoyed the experience and knowledge gained by being a member of the NCUS.

What committee/duties have you taken on?
I agreed to work on the quiz bowl committee.

What is your vision for the board going forward?
To continue to provide knowledge through the society and meetings the advancement and changes in Ultrasound studies, equipment, and new technologies. 

Is there anything you would like to say to new sonographers, career sonographers, or NCUS members in general?
To new sonographers - Always be open to change, be prepared to grow with it.  Ultrasound is an ever changing career.  Career sonographers take some time off so you can renew your energy and relight your fire for the field.  Don't forget that the patient is not just a patient, but it is someone's love one. Patients deserve our focus and compassion. 



Dara Garces, PA-C, RDMS
Who are you and why did you join the board?
Thank you for the honor of electing me to the Board of Directors. I have been an ultrasonographer for about fourteen years. I currently am working as a sonographer and PA for a nonprofit, private federally funded community and migrant health care organization in the small town of Faison. 

What committee/duties have you taken on?
I have elected to participate on the membership committee and the nominating committee.

What is your vision for the board going forward?
I have been pleased with the quality Symposiums that the NCUS has hosted and that is what initially prompted me to not only join the society but to serve on the board as well. I would love to see the society increase in size and to become a beacon for other societies to follow.

Is there anything you would like to say to new sonographers, career sonographers, or NCUS members in general?
I look forward to serving my fellow sonographers. If I may be of any assistance to any of you, please feel free to contact me. Thanks again for the opportunity to serve.



Bridget Niemeyer, BS, RDMS
Who are you and why did you join the board?
I graduated from the Medical Sonography program at Pitt Community College in 1992 after completing my four year degree from ECU in 1990. Over the past 23 years of practicing diagnostic ultrasound, I have worked clinically in hospital settings and private practice throughout North Carolina as well as several years in Atlanta, Georgia. I have also worked as an academic and clinical instructor at Pitt Community College from 1999-2004. My husband and I reside in Gastonia and have two sons, John and Will and a very sweet lab named Ginger.

What committee/duties have you taken on?
I am currently assigned to serve on the Educational Committee and Quiz Bowl Committee.

What is your vision for the board going forward?
I suppose my vision is to strive for continued growth of our society. We are one of the largest state organizations in the field of sonography. Ultimately, I hope to continue the hard work our current board members and predecessors have done to establish and maintain a successful organization.

Is there anything you would like to say to new sonographers, career sonographers, or NCUS members in general?
I am very excited and honored to be elected to serve on the NCUS Board. I hope that my 23 years of experience as a sonographer and instructor will benefit me in my newly appointed position. I certainly look forward to the challenge!



Jeff Jewell, RDCS (AE,PE)
Who are you and why did you join the board?
Choosing to come to the board was quite simple. I enjoy teaching and wanted to be a part of an organization that valued sonography as a profession not just a job. NCUS was a perfect fit.

What committee/duties have you taken on?
I am the chair of Quiz Bowl and Vice Chair of Education.

What is your vision for the board going forward?
My vision is for all of us to teach and interact with the students and seasoned sonographers. Since this is my first year, I want to work hard and see the board in action and experience all that can be offered. My vision is for myself to become as knowledgeable as I can about every aspect of the NCUS board.

Is there anything you would like to say to new sonographers, career sonographers, or NCUS members in general?
To the seasoned, professional, sonographers-I know we are busy and the last thing we want to do is take time (often time we do not have) and let a student scan to completion or answer a question that requires you to do research. Without the mentoring efforts of our seasoned professionals, the students may not realize that we are professionals and not just button pressers. To the students-Your mentors are often tired and feel pulled in so many directions that we want to pull our hair out. We take our time because we love the job and want to share our knowledge. We cannot answer every random question, please write them down so you can ask when we have a moment. Do not get upset when we correct you or offer advice, its how we all learn.



Hudson O’Keefe, BS, RDMS
Who are you and why did you join the board?
I graduated from Cape Fear Community College in 2014 and currently am registered in Abdomen and OB/GYN. I work at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA. I joined the board because I wanted to give back to the sonographers who had already helped me so much.

What committee/duties have you taken on?
I am Newsletter Editor and am on the Communication and Membership committees.

What is your vision for the board going forward?
Since I am new to the board, I haven’t created a tangible short term/long term vision. I think what has already been done is amazing! Going forward, I would like to see increased membership and more involvement from those members. We just opened our activities up and are accepting and asking for volunteers from the NCUS members. A person no longer needs to be on the board to be a part of our great programs.

Is there anything you would like to say to new sonographers, career sonographers, or NCUS members in general?
To new sonographers and career sonographers I want to say how important it is to keep learning new skills and refresh old skills. Seek out other opinions and ways of doing things. Take new criteria and protocols back to your hospitals and imaging centers for implementation. To the members in general, continue to support us as we continue to support you. This society is remarkable in its numbers, outreach, and offerings so set that little bit of time aside to attend the symposiums or check out the website. And when you have an idea or a suggestion, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is your society!