Sue Bunning

Industry Director, Positron Emission Tomography

Tel: 703-841-3258
Fax: 703-841-3358

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

Andy Dhokai

Director, Federal Relations

Tel: 703-841-3247
Fax: 703-841-3347

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.

Patrick Hope

Executive Director

Tel: 703-841-3235
Fax: 703-841-3335

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.

Luiza Kowalczyk

Senior Manager, DICOM Operations

Tel: 703-841-3259
Fax: 703-841-3359

Luiza Kowalczyk is the Senior Manager of DICOM Operations. She oversees multiple DICOM Working Groups and the DICOM Standards Committee, managing maintenance of DICOM Standard, and organizing logistics for meetings of standards groups. She manages communications among committees, ensuring deadlines are met and managing day-to-day operations within DICOM.
Luiza earned her BA in Management from George Mason University in Virginia.

Cassandra Ricci

Senior Manager, Government Relations

Tel: 703-841-3228
Fax: 703-841-3328

Cassie Ricci is MITA’s Senior Manager of Government Relations and leads all state government relations and Veterans Affairs legislative and procurement policy efforts.  Cassie is also the staff liaison to the Ultrasound Section. Cassie earned a BS in Biology and a BA with Honors in French and Francophone Studies from Bucknell University.

Peter Weems

Director, Policy and Strategy

Tel: 703-841-3238
Fax: 703-841-3338

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.

Zack Hornberger

Director, Cybersecurity and Informatics

Tel: 703-841-3285

Zack Hornberger is MITA’s Director of Cybersecurity and Informatics, and is responsible for the promotion and advancement of cybersecurity efforts important to the medical industry. His experience prior to joining MITA includes extensive work in private sector cybersecurity. He has helped to develop, define, and inform cybersecurity efforts across vital industries, including finance and healthcare, with large technology companies such as IBM, HPe, and Unisys. Zack earned his BA in English Language & Literature from University of Maryland at College Park.

Lisa Spellman

General Secretary-DICOM


Lisa Spellman, MBA, AStd is the General-Secretary for DICOM providing strategic leadership for DICOM stakeholders worldwide. Prior to joining MITA, Lisa was the Secretary to ISO TC/215, Health Informatics international and its US Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Prior to her ISO role, Lisa led the HIMSS Secretariats for Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) International and Interoperability Showcases in locations across the globe. Lisa was a founding partner of The Rapid Creek Group, a management consultancy that delivered services in healthcare information technology (HIT), health policy, strategic planning, change management, and communications. Lisa is active in global entrepreneurial activities serving as a mentor and advisory board member to several startup companies. Lisa holds an MBA with a concentration in International Relations and a BA with honors in English and Biology from Coe College. Lisa holds an AStd certification from The Standards Professional Society (SES) and is the SES Global Education Chair. Lisa is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator and taught at St. Ambrose University and the University of Iowa.

Kristina Sokolis

Manager, Business Administration and Operations

Tel: 703-841-3276

Kristina Sokolis is MITA’s Manager of Business Administration & Operations.  Kristina is responsible for the oversite of MITA’s Board activities, budgeting & accounting, and managing day-to-day operations within MITA.  Kristina comes to MITA with a strong background in strategic project management and administration, having worked in Strategic Initiatives for commercial property management at Vornado/Charles E. Smith, which included oversite of a $15M investment portfolio and leading operations on many diverse real estate pilot programs and projects. Formerly, Kristina was a Paralegal Department Supervisor and Federal Appeals Specialist at the law firm of LaVan & Neidenberg.

Carolyn Hull

Manager, Global Regulatory Standards


Carolyn Hull is Manager of Global Regulatory Standards. She oversees the Global Affairs and Standards Committees, as well as the Magnetic Resonance (MR) Section.  Hull previously worked at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, and at the District Policy Group, a government relations firm. She also served in multiple roles in the federal government: as Congressman Bill Foster’s (D-IL) Scheduler, covering health, education, and telecommunications issues, as a Senior Analyst in the Obama White House, and at the Pan American Health Organization. She also worked as an interpreter at a free clinic, and worked on the Obama presidential campaign of 2008. Hull graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Psychology and Spanish. She currently attends the Master in Health Administration and the Certificate of Healthcare Corporate Compliance programs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC and will graduate in May.