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 ASE Board of Directors regarding sonographer issues;
  • Provide a forum for members with similar interests to network;
  • Appoint directors to the ASE Board of Directors (as council representatives)
  • To provide educational offerings for sonographers, including guidance to Scientific Sessions Program Committee

Sonography Council Steering Committee Activities

  • Monthly article in JASE
  • Provide guidance to the ASE Guidelines and Standards Committee relating to 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

2021 ASE Sonography Council Training Grants- Apply Today!

In partnership with the ASE Council on Cardiovascular Sonography, the ASE Foundation will sponsor two sonographers registrations to attend the 32nd Annual ASE Scientific Sessions, June 18-21, 2021.

Cardiovascular sonographers (non-physicians) are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a current ASE member; hold echocardiography certification from ARDMS or CCI or an equivalent international sonography certification (adult, pediatric, echo and/or vascular); and be currently working part time or greater.

The application process requires submission of:

  • Your current CV.
  • A brief personal statement about why you want to attend the Annual ASE Scientific Sessions, and what you think you can bring back to your lab as a result of attending. Your statement should also include:
    • Name/Address/Phone/Email
    • Registry
    • Place of employment
    • of hours worked per week
    • Length of current employment
  • A letter from your supervisor in support of your application.

Questions and application materials may be directed to Natalya Read at Deadline for submission is Friday, April 12, 2021.


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

  • ASE Cardiovascular Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award:
    2020: Merri L. Bremer, EdD, RN, ACS, RDCS, FASE
    2018: Priscilla J. Peters, BA, RDCS, FASE
    2016: Maryellen Orsinelli, RN, RDCS, FASE
  • Sonographer Lifetime Achievement Award: (this award is rotated with the Cardiac Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award and will be presented every other year.)
    2019: Jane E. Marshall, RDCS, FASE
    2017:  Margaret “Koko” Park, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE


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:

Industry Standards for the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonography

2020-2021 Council on Cardiovascular Sonography Steering Committee:

Chair:  Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE (June 2020-June 2022)
Chair Elect: G. Monet Strachan, ACS, RDCS, FASE (October 2020 – June 2022)
Immediate Past Chair:  Elaine Shea, RCS, RCCS, FASE (June 2020-June 2022)
ASE Council Representative: Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE (June 2020 – June 2022)
Education Committee Rep.:  Amy Dillenbeck, MS, ACS, RDCS, FASE (June 2019 – June 2021)
Guidelines & Standards Rep.: Alicia Armour, BS, MA, RDCS, FASE (June 2019 – June 2021)
Scientific Sessions Program Track Chair:  Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE (June 2020-June 2021)
Member at Large: Kristen Billick, BS, ACS, RDCS (AE,PE), FASE (June 2018 – June 2021)
Member at Large: Eric Kruse, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE (June 2019- June 2021)
Member at Large: Madeline Jankowski, RDCS, FASE ( June 2020-June 2022)
Member at Large: Daniel Bourque, MS, RCS, FASE ( June 2020-June 2022)
Member at Large: Ashlee Davis, BS, ACS, RDCS, FASE ( June 2020- June 2022)