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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program -- Vascular Concentration


Stacie Gessler, Program Coordinator General and Vascular Concentrations, received her Diagnostic Medical Sonography education from Owens Community College in 1992 and became credentialed in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Abdomen shortly after graduating. While employed as a Sonographer, she gained extensive clinical experience in Vascular Technology and became credentialed in Vascular Ultrasound. Additionally, Stacie earned her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Toledo in 2012. Stacie's love for academia eventually led her to a full-time faculty position at Owens State Community College in 2013 as the Coordinator for the General and Vascular Sonography Programs.

Stacie is responsible for the structure and daily operation of both the general and vascular Sonography programs. She works collaboratively with the faculty in reviewing and developing course materials to ensure the effectiveness of the program curricula. Stacie also works closely with the clinical coordinator toward maintaining excellent clinical experiences for enrolled students. In addition, Stacie teaches lecture and laboratory courses on campus and visits students in the clinical affiliates.

Tamara Lusiak, Clinical Coordinator General and Vascular Concentrations, graduated from Owens Community College with an AAS degree, general sonography in May 2003. She became credentialed in both Abdomen and Obstetrics/Gynecology. Tami began working at the University of Toledo Medical Center in December of 2002 performing exams in general and vascular sonography and became credentialed in Vascular Ultrasound in 2006.

Tami works closely with the program coordinator to ensure program success. She is responsible for coordinating clinical education with didactic education and evaluating and ensuring the effectiveness of the clinical affiliates. Tami visits students in the clinical affiliates, facilitates communication between students, clinical instructors and the program coordinator.

Catherine Ford
Catherine Ford

Catherine Ford, M.Ed, RT(R), Academic Department Chair, Radiography Program Director, graduated from Owens Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree, major Radiography in 1979 at which time she became credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Catherine joined Owens Community College in 1982 and went on to complete Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters of Education degrees at the University of Toledo. She is a member of the Association of Educators in Radiologic Sciences and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. She is also a member of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists where she has served as co-chair of the Education Committee and participated in revising the laws that govern medical imagers in the state of Ohio. Catherine also serves as a Site Visit Team Chair for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Catherine provides leadership in budget planning, assessment of student learning and curriculum revision. Though her duties are primarily administrative, she does enjoy time in the classroom with students when they are enrolled in their capstone course in their last semester.

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