Governance

Advisors, Committees & Boards

As a non-profit, we take our governance seriously. Our advisors, committees, and boards help to provide strategic advice, specific expertise, and industry insights to help maintain a relevant service offering to our credential holders and partners. 

Corporate Establishment

Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers vital support to a triad of professional societies, personal credentialing, and educational programs. For more than 50 years as the only credentialing body focused on the heart and circulatory systems, we continue to improve the quality of patient care through the wholehearted support of the education and career ambitions of more than 26,000 individuals credentialed across nine certification programs.

We are governed by a Board of Trustees composed of the chairperson for each of the current registry-level examination committees and one representative for the certificate-level exams. 


Executive Committee

President
Letitia Esbenshade-Smith, MS Ed, RCES, RCIS

President-Elect / Executive Examination Chair
J Todd Belcik, BS, ACS, RCS, RDCS, FASE

Treasurer
Travis Nay, BS, RCIS

Secretary
S. Michelle Bierig, PhD, ACS, RDCS, RDMS, RCS, CPHQ, FSDMS, FASE

Immediate Past President
Gail Size, BS, RPhS, RVS, RVT, FSVU


Board of Trustees

Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS) Examination Chair
Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE

Certificate Level (CCT & CRAT) Examinations Chair
Kathy Hellums, BS, RCS, RVS

Congenital Cardiac Registry (RCCS) Examination Chair
Stephanie Nay, MBA, RCCS, FASE

Electrophysiology Registry (RCES) Examination Chair
Joe Giron, RN, CRT, CRAT, RCIS, RCES, CEPS

Invasive Registry (RCIS) Examination Chair
Lee Ann Johnson, MHEd, RCIS

Echocardiography Registry (RCS) Examination Chair
Elizabeth F. McIlwain, MHS, ACS, RCS, RDCS

Phlebology Registry (RPhS) Examination Chair
Diana Neuhardt, RPhS, RVT, FSVU

Vascular Registry (RVS) Examination Chair
Matthew B. Allen, MHA, RVS, RVT

Public Member
Mark B. Edwards, Jr.


Board of Advisors

CCI’s Board of Trustees is advised by a Board of Advisors representing each cardiovascular specialty field for which the corporation has a registry-level credential.

Echocardiography
Lissa Sugeng, MD, FASE
Kristen Billick, BS, ACS, RDCS, FASE

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Jill Schaeffer, MSN, CRNP, APRN-BC, CEPS, CCDS, FHRS

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Sheryl Goss, MS, RT (R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVS, RVT, FSDMS

Vascular Ultrasound
Clark Garcia, RCS, RVS

Cardiology
Thomas Lewandowski, MD, FACC

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Chris Steelman, MS, RT(R)(CI)(ARRT), RCIS

Venous/Phlebology Ultrasound
Tracie Dauplaise, RVT, RPhS


Accreditation

CCI holds accreditation from the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Personnel Certification Accreditation standard. By achieving this accreditation, CCI demonstrates the ability to carry out certification activities in accordance with a global benchmark that publicly identifies the credibility, impartiality, and technical competence of CCI’s credential programs.


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