Joining Southeast Tech in 2002, Jo Ellen worked to build the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program from its start, and facilitated the program’s initial and continuing CAAHEP accreditation. She continues to implement changes in the program, ensuring students receive current information and standards in the sonographic profession.
Jo Ellen has extensive health care experience involving direct patient care and leadership positions, starting as a Radiological Technologist and transitioning into Sonography. She is an ARRT Registered Radiologic Technologist and an ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
Jo Ellen has served the South Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologist in various capacities, including newsletter editor, secretary, president and chairperson of the board. She has served as a Sonography chapter delegate to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. She is also a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Jo Ellen has organized several regional continuing medical education seminars, occasionally presenting lectures.
Jo Ellen loves sonography, in particular its integration of constantly changing technology with the entire life span and varying physiology of the human body. She has a passion for excellence in sonography and professionalism, and holds high expectations for the students in the DMS program, keeping exceptional patient care as the primary focus. She sees the role of an educator as one who is a role model of the profession and provides information, guidance, and encouragement, -the tools, helping students to accomplish their goals and become excellent sonographers.
Education: BS, Bellevue University; Radiographer Sanford USD Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers