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.
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.
Letitia Esbenshade-Smith, MS Ed, RCES, RCIS
President-Elect / Executive Examination Chair
J Todd Belcik, BS, ACS, RCS, RDCS, FASE
Travis Nay, BS, RCIS
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
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.
Lissa Sugeng, MD, FASE
Kristen Billick, BS, ACS, RDCS, FASE
Jill Schaeffer, MSN, CRNP, APRN-BC, CEPS, CCDS, FHRS
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Sheryl Goss, MS, RT (R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVS, RVT, FSDMS
Clark Garcia, RCS, RVS
Thomas Lewandowski, MD, FACC
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Chris Steelman, MS, RT(R)(CI)(ARRT), RCIS
Tracie Dauplaise, RVT, RPhS
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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