Council on Cardiovascular Sonography

The ASE Council on Cardiovascular Sonography is dedicated to the following objectives:

  • Support cardiovascular ultrasound interest areas by communicating issues of importance to the membership;
  • Provide guidance to the Board regarding sonographer issues;
  • Provide a forum for members with similar interests to network;
  • Appoint directors to the Board (as council representatives)
  • To provide educational offerings for sonographers, including guidance to Scientific Sessions Program Committee
  • To provide guidance on standards of care related to the sonographers to the Board and Guidelines and Standards Committee

Sonography Council Activities

  • Monthly article in JASE (these are available to the public; the most recent column is available here:
  • Guideline documents and white papers
  • Targeted track at ASE Scientific Sessions
  • Advocacy efforts related to issues affecting cardiovascular sonographers
  • Sonography  Community on  Connect@ASE
    • Monthly message from chair
    • Resource library
    • Allows members to discuss issues and network
    • Forum for news and announcements about ASE and cardiovascular sonography

Criteria for applying for ASE awards for sonographers can be found here.

  • Sonographer Lifetime Achievement Award: (this award is rotated with the Cardiac Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award and will be presented every other year.)
    2013:  Alan D. Waggoner, MHS, RDCS

    4  Alan Waggoner

    Alan D. Waggoner, MHS, RDCS, was named ASE’s 2nd Sonographer Lifetime Achievement recipient. His fiancee Maria Szemik was with him to witness this honor


  • ASE Cardiovascular Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award:
    2012:  Deborah A. Agler, RCT, RDCS, FASE
  • Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship (2013 Recipients):
2013 Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship recipients

2013 Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship recipients

Renita Adams, Johns Hopkins School of Cardiac Sonography, Baltimore, MD
Alyson Cooke, Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute, Hartford, CT
Ian Crandall, Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute, Hartford, CT
Christine Dauber, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
Stacy Hedges, Georgia Northwestern Tech, Rome, GA
Stephanie Kelley, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
Ashley Robertson, UWHC School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Madison, WI
Rodalyn Soriano, Kettering College, Kettering, OH
Tehila Wiener, Johns Hopkins School of Cardiac Sonography, Baltimore, MD
Wendy Yang, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Francis Hospital, School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Milwaukee, WI

  • The UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant
    2013:  Juliane DeBorba, Hoftman Heart Institute of CT, Hartford, CT.
  • Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant
    2013:  Monica Hanzo, LSU Health, New Orleans, LA

Sonography Council Travel Grants:

  • $1000 stipend toward registration and travel expenses for trainees and physician students to attend Scientific Sessions
  • Requires letter of recommendation, CV, and personal statement
  • Made possible by ASE Foundation Annual Appeal
    • Applications are accepted in January for the following ASE Scientific Sessions. Those interested in applying should contact Cathy Kerr ( for more information.
    • This year’s recipients are:
      • Hollie Carron, RDCS, FASE, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX
      • Yan Wang, RDCS, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Participating in the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography:

Membership in ASE’s councils is a complimentary member benefit. You can join one or more subspecialty councils of interest to you by checking the relevant boxes on your membership application or by selecting them in your online membership profile.

Most of the information about council activities, announcements, discussion boards and volunteer opportunities are available in the council’s community on Connect@ASE, ASE’s online networking site.   This site is an ASE member benefit, and allows council members the opportunity to network, discuss issues, be aware of deadlines for travel grants and volunteer opportunities, and be in the know about council initiatives, concerns and news. Members can opt for daily or weekly digests of news related to the council communities in which they chose to participate. Simply opt to join the communities of interest to you by clicking on the “communities” tab on your Connect@ASE homepage.

Sonographer resources on ASE offers information on sonographer education and training and FAQs on the following webpage:

Council on Cardiovascular Sonography Leadership

Chair: Elizabeth McIlwain, MHS, RDCS, RCS, FASE

Co-chair: Patrick Coon, RDCS, RCCS, FASE

Immediate Past Chair: Ken D. Horton, RCS, RDCS, FASE

Secretary: Carol Mitchell, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), FASE

Scientific Sessions Sonographer Track Chair: J. Todd Belcik, BS, RDCS, FASE

Vascular Council Representative: Brian Fowler, BS, RVT

Perioperative Council Representative: Karen Zimmerman, BS, RDCS (AE, PE), RVT

Pediatric and Congenital HD Council Representative: Rebecca Lindquist, BS, RDCS

Advocacy Committee Liaison: Sue Maisey, MBA, RDCS, RCS, FASE

Members at Large: Elaine Shea, RCS, RCCS, FASE; Katherine Bittner, RDCS, CCT, FASE; Daniel Oliver, RCS, FASE; Joan Olson, BS, RDCS, RVT, FASE

ASE’s Sponsoring Organizations’ Liaisons:
JRC-CVT:  Representative Cathy Carolan, RDCS, RDMS, FASE

JRC-DMS:  Representative Chris Kramer, BA, RDCS, FASE

COA-ACS:   Representative Michelle Bierig, MPH, RDCS, FASE

IAC-Echo: Representative Patrick Coon, RDCS, RCCS, FASE

CCI Board of Advisors:  Representative Richard Palma, BS, RDCS, APS, FASE