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AANEM Departments and Staff


Shirlyn A. Adkins, JD

- Executive Director - sadkins@aanem.org
  • Association administration
  • Governmental and legal affairs
  • Project development
  • Strategic planning
  • Liaison: AANEM & AANEM Foundation Board of Directors

Mary Kay Costello 

– Assoc. Executive/HR Support
  • Governance management
  • Office administration and finance department assistance
  • Support for corporate relationships and AANEM Foundation for Research & Education including annual silent auction
  • HR support
  • Committees: Awards



Scott Gerdes

– Finance Director - sgerdes@aanem.org
  • Annual meeting registration oversight
  • Association financial management
  • Employee compensation and benefits
  • Membership dues oversight
  • Committees: Finance



Shelly Jones

– Corporate Relations & Foundation Director - sjones@aanem.org
  • Annual meeting exhibits
  • Corporate support & sponsorships
  • Foundation relations
  • Committees: Research

Gwenda Tiegen

– Sr. Meeting Coordinator  - gtiegen@aanem.org
  • Annual meeting and logistics
  • Annual Meeting workshops
  • Supports course and plenary manuscripts, abstracts, and workshop handouts
  • Committees: Workshop, Ultrasound, and Tech Education  

Tracy Parks

– Sr. Meeting Coordinator - tparks@aanem.org
  • Annual meeting and logistics
  • Supports course and plenary manuscripts, abstracts, and workshop handouts
  • Committees: Annual Meeting Coordination, Program Committee, SIG/Symposia, Ultrasound, and Ethics & Peer Review

Health Policy


Millie Suk, JD, MPP

– Health Policy Director - msuk@aanem.org
  • Legislative and regulatory issues
  • Position statements
  • State Liaison initiatives
  • Committees: Professional Practice, State Liaison Program

Carrie Winter, RHIA

– Health Policy Manager - cwinter@aanem.org
  • Coding questions
  • CPT and RUC initiatives
  • Reimbursement issues
  • Committees: Practice Issues Review Panel, Professional Practice, Quality Improvement

IT and Professional Standards


Jacob Sokol

– IT Director - jsokol@aanem.org
  • IT infrastructure and functionality
  • Software systems and development
  • Website functionality
  • Oversight of Professional Services

Anna Vredenburg

– Professional Standards Sr. Coordinator - avredenburg@aanem.org
  • ABEM/CNCT Certification and MOC program oversight
  • Laboratory Accreditation Program oversight
  • ABEM/CNCT and MOC examinations
  • Committees: ABEM Board of Directors, Lab Accreditation ABEM/CNCT Examination/MOC

Marketing & Membership


Jay Schwinefus

– Marketing & Membership Director - jschwinefus@aanem.org
  • Marketing strategy
  • Web and social media strategy
  • Member experience and communications
  • Member recruitment and retention
  • Committees: Marketing & Membership, GME

Robbie Spenser 

– Sr. Communications & Membership Coordinator - rspenser@aanem.org 
  • Member communications
  • Social media and web content
  • Membership applications
  • Meeting processing
  • Committees: News Science Editorial Board, Monograph

Christy Ogden

– Sr. Education Project Coordinator  - cogden@aanem.org
  • EDX/NM Self Assessment Exam coordination
  • ACCME standards and rules
  • Education materials and digital media projects
  • Committees: Website CME, EDX & NM Self-Assessment Exam, NM Education

Whitney Lutteke

– Communications & Graphic Designer - wlutteke@aanem.org
  • Brand consistency
  • Publications design
  • Website design and updates
  • Photography
  • Committees: Podcast Editorial Board

Ruth Michel

– Administrative/Membership Specialist - rmichel@aanem.org
  • Member service phone and email support
  • Educational product sales fulfillment
  • Self-Assessment Examinations registration

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