Industry Director, Positron Emission Tomography
Sue Bunning is MITA’s Industry Director of Molecular Imaging & PET, representing the scanner manufacturers as well as radiopharmaceutical innovators, manufacturers and distributors. Prior to joining MITA, Sue was the Director of Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). Before joining SNMMI, she was the Global Vice President of Government Affairs for Covidien (now Medtronic). Prior to Covidien, Sue was Director of Government Affairs for Tyco where she worked on international trade, tax and healthcare issues. Sue started her corporate government affairs career with Mallinckrodt. Prior to working in corporate government affairs, Sue worked on Capitol Hill for the late Congressman Bill Emerson of Missouri. Her experience also includes working for a national political committee and as a Constituent Caseworker for the Ohio House of Representatives. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sue graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the Ohio State University and has a M.A. in International Transactions from George Mason University
Cheryl Kreider Carey
Director, Operations and Administration
Cheryl Kreider Carey is MITA’s Director of Operations and Administration, overseeing the governance, operations, and budget functions. Cheryl is a Certified Association Executive with extensive experience in non-profits including healthcare, foundations, governance, operations, and association management. During her tenure with the American Academy of Audiology, including seven years as executive director, Cheryl oversaw the execution of several new strategic initiatives including a translational research conference, a future leaders program and a student organization. Cheryl earned a BS in Business Education from Eastern Mennonite University and is currently enrolled in Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA program (Class of 2017).
Director, Federal Relations
Andy Dhokai is MITA’s Director of Federal Relations and leads all federal government lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining MITA, Andy served as Director of Government Relations for the North American Spine Society/National Association of Spine Specialists. Dhokai has a wealth of experience in public policy, from Friends of the United Nations World Food Program, where he successfully spearheaded the campaign to expand the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, to serving as a staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), to consulting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and engaging in policy work at NASA. Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from James Madison University and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Northwestern University.
Director, Regulatory and Standards Strategy
Megan Hayes is MITA’s Director of Regulatory and Standards Strategy, developing and implementing a standards strategy, overseeing the FDA and managing all product sections. Megan gained previous experience in technical standards development for the Telecommunications Industry and the Consumer Electronics Association before accepting a role in technical standards at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Since 2011, Megan has worked with electro-industry stakeholders, on performance and maintenance standards for lighting equipment manufacturers. She served as chair of the American National Standards Institute Board of Review for two years, and is on multiple technical and communications committees with the United States National Committee (USNC). Megan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from American University.
Patrick Hope is MITA’s Executive Director. Patrick comes to MITA from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) where he served as the senior director of legislative policy. Prior to his tenure at ACC, Hope served as legislative counsel / senior manager of legislative affairs for the American College of Physicians. As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Hope represents the state’s 47th district (Arlington County), where he serves on the Health Welfare and Institutions Committee. Patrick holds a law degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law, a master of arts in congressional studies from Catholic University and a bachelor of arts and science in history and political science from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.
Manager, DICOM Operations
Luiza Kowalczyk is Manager of DICOM Operations and schedules, organizes, and administers the DICOM database and DICOM meetings. She oversees assigned meetings and teleconferences including recording and publishing minutes and all logistics. She manages communications among committees about projects with impact on multiple groups and also manages the DICOM Standard Balloting process.
Director, Global Affairs
Andrew Northup is MITA’s Director for Global Affairs and manages the Ultrasound and MR Sections and oversees MITA’s participation in DITTA. Prior to joining MITA in 2013, Andrew gained experience in international trade, regulatory, and commercial policy issues at the British Embassy, Inter-American Development Bank, the Coalition for Service Industries, and as a staffer for Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA). Andrew is originally from Iowa, where he earned a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Central College as well as worked in community outreach at Ottumwa Regional Health Center and River Hills Community Health Center.
Manager, Government Relations
Cassie Ricci is MITA’s Manager of Government Relations and leads all state government relations and Veteran’s Affairs legislative and procurement policy efforts. Prior to joining MITA, Cassie interned at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Cassie earned a BS in Biology and a BA with Honors in French and Francophone Studies from Bucknell University.
DICOM General Secretary
Stephen Vastagh is the General Secretary and Administrator for the DICOM Standard. He has been on the staff of the Medical Division since 2001. During this period, Stephen was Staff Manager/Director for the X-Ray, MII and RT Sections, the CAD Group, the TRC and International Committees and the CAD and Compensation Groups.
Director, Policy and Strategy
Peter Weems is MITA’s Director of Policy & Strategy, advancing regulatory and policy priorities important to the medical imaging industry. Prior to joining MITA, Peter served as an Associate with van der Walde & Co. where he provided in-depth research and analysis on federal health care payment policy. Peter earned his BA in Philosophy from James Madison University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Armenia.