The following is a list of the current Board Members and Committee Members who serve the CIA.
Amy Wendt - I am a Radiology professional with 22 years of experience in the industry and 18 years in healthcare leadership roles. I began my career as a technologist with certifications in X-ray as well as MRI. I have experience working in multiple modalities as well as PACS administration. I received my B.A. in Business Management from Benedictine University. I have worked in hospital, outpatient and medical practice organizations. My current role is serving as Director of Radiology and Radiation Oncology for DuPage Medical Group where I have worked since 2012. My responsibilities include strategic planning, oversight of departmental finances and budget, patient experience initiatives, staff development and process improvement activities. I enjoy the dynamic of an ever changing healthcare environment and thinking creatively, along with our amazing leadership team, to navigate these challenges. I am passionate about staff development and supporting our team members in fulfilling their professional goals.
Past President 2016-2017/Webmaster
Michael DiVarco - Bachelors prepared health care leader with over 15 years in leadership and 25 years in medical imaging, both in hospital and outpatient environments. I have served as Lead Technologist to Director of Operations. I have facilitated the opening of new imaging services, as well as supported Oncology and Radiation Therapy. I also own a mobile disc jockey company servicing the Chicagoland area for 20+ years. I am a Blues Harmonica player, and am the organizer of the Chicago Harmonica Meetup with 300+ members. I love riding my Harley with my son.
Past President - 2015/2016
Debra Caruso - I have been a Radiology Professional for over 30 years, all of which have been at Westlake Hospital located in Melrose Park.Over the years I have been very fortunate to have received the opportunity of career advancement in an institution that valued and mentored staff from within. I began my career as a staff technologist and soon after became interested in the field of CT, a newer technology at the time.I completed several evening educational courses at Loyola University on this modality and was soon active in the planning and installation of the first CT unit at Westlake Hospital.I have always had a strong work ethic and believed that loving the work you do will result in positive outcomes.I most currently hold the position of Medical Imaging Director for the last 12 years.My responsibilities include the oversight of day to day operations, budgeting process, revenue capture, performance improvement initiatives as well as customer focused services.I value a team environment and networking opportunities to gain insight on the emerging challenges affecting healthcare today.The time I have spent over the last few years with the College of Imaging Administrators as a committee member and as a board member have been valuable and enlightening.It is so rewarding to find so many passionate professionals in one room with the focus of promoting professional and career growth.
Vidal McNeal - Vidal is aRadiology professional with 16 years of experience in the industry. Vidal has been a Radiologic Technologist since 1996.
He has worked in worked leadership capacities
since 2001. Vidal
received both an MSM degree and a MBA degree from the University of St. Francis
in Joliet, Illinois.He has comprehensive experience in both hospital based radiology and
outpatient radiology environments.
Greg Pilot - 35+ years medical imaging experience, including radiolology, interventional radiology, CT, MR, mammography, nuclear medicine, PET, ultrasound. 10+ years experience managing cardiology, cardiodiagnostics, physicial medicine, G.I. Lab. Strong background in imaging informatics including radiology and mammography information systems (RIS/MIS), PACS, and speech recognition.Significant expeience in revenue and expense management, forecasting performance monitoring and standardization of management reporting systems.Significant experience in patient safety and risk reduction strategies.SpecialtiesSupply chain management, IT workflow improvement, medical informatics, revenue enhancement, team-building, performance monitoring.
Laurie Schachtner- Dr. Laurie Schachtner holds a PhD in Applied Management from Walden University and a Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, IL. She is the Director of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital’s Medical Imaging and Cancer Center in Elgin Illinois – a Chicago suburban hospital. She is an adjunct faculty professor at Aurora University who teaches both undergraduate and graduate business classes. Dr. Schachtner is an innovative executive in healthcare leadership with vast experiences providing project leadership and financial expertise. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Laurie is a Certified Radiology Administrator. She is a boarded Radiologic Technologist and Mammographer.
Committee Member (Past President 2012-2013)
Jeff Lynch - Masters prepared healthcare professional with over twenty years of experience in all areas of diagnostic imaging leadership. Areas of strength are: budget preparation, capital equipment justification, new product line development and human resource management. Skilled in interdepartmental collaboration to enhance patient care and improving operational efficiencies. Experienced and successful in healthcare IT project management from kick off to completion.
Gayle Kleck - One of the founders of the CIA. I have been in the radiology field for fifty-five years. Administrative Director for thirty years in free standing centers and hospitals. I have opened several free standing CT/MRI Centers.
Committee Member (Past President 2011-2012)
Gene Santilli - 35 years of medical imaging experience in all aspects of radiology. 26 years of combat medicine experience with the United States Navy and Marine Corps. United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Graduate. Director of System Radiology at Marshfield Clinic, a 700 physician, 6000 employee, multi-specialty clinic in Central, North, West, and Northwest Wisconsin.
Timothy Musacchio – 17 years of healthcare experience, with 10 years of management experience. I start my career in radiography and then advanced to multiple positions supporting PACS, including the implementation of PACS at two different institutions. I am presently the manager of CT, Ultrasound, and Imaging Support & Informatics at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL, and I am also a registry radiographer at Elmhurst Hospital. I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL.