The NYAGI Team
The Passionate, Dedicated Individuals That Together Are NYAGI.
NYAGI is a lean, start-up style non-profit that can quickly mobilize our diverse team of partners and volunteers to adapt to different opportunities for getting ultrasound to the far away corners of the world where it can begin saving lives … today.
Cliff Gronseth, M.D. | Founder & President
Dr. Cliff Gronseth is an accomplished physician, a decorated teacher, a student of how we learn and how to learn better, and a passionate champion for ultrasound. When introduced to ultrasound almost 20 years ago, he recognized its power for not only maternal health but everything from guiding injections to assessing injuries from acute trauma. He founded NYAGI shortly after starting his EdTech software company, 7D Imaging. He realized that the accelerated self-guided learning system made possible by the NAV™ software suite could be used to rapidly elevate healthcare in rural and remote areas. His vision is to give every mother the chance to get a pre-natal ultrasound scan before she delivers by promoting ultrasound education for medical providers working in low-resource areas. He believes ultrasound is a safe, portable, effective—and magical—tool that can save lives in forgotten corners of the world.
Leah Rotenbakh | Research & Content development
Leah is a recent graduate of the Integrative Physiology program at University of Colorado Boulder. In 2017 she began volunteering with NYAGI and working with 7D Imaging, working with experienced sonographers on content for the echocardiography and obstetrics modules. NYAGI and global healthcare soon became her passion as she learned more about the power of ultrasound and she joined the NYAGI Team 3 in Haiti in January 2019. She now works on content development for new and existing modules in the NAV™ software suite and looks forward to contributing to learning ultrasound in developing countries around the world.
NYAGI Advisory Board
Dick Green, PhD
Richard (Dick) Green is a retired executive. He comes from a 60 year long career in space physics and telecommunications management. Currently he serves as Director of Liberty Global Corporation, Shaw Communications Inc., Liberty Broadband and is the past Chairman of the Space Sciences Institute in Boulder Colorado. In his early career, Dick managed research at the Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories and Hughes Aircraft Company. His subsequent career in television began at ABC Hollywood and continued as the Director of the CBS Advanced Television Technology Laboratory. Green joined The Public Broadcasting Service as the Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations and Engineering in 1983. Following his work at PBS he founded CableLabs, the research consortium of the Cable industry and he served as its President and CEO for 22 years. Among many honors, Green received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to television and cable.
Willem Van vliet, Ph.D.
Willem van Vliet is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at the University of Colorado with over 40 years of experience in urban development worldwide. He served as Director of the Center for International Research and Education Projects and the Center for Children, Youth and Environments, and has been a consultant to UN-Habitat, the United Nations program working towards a better urban future. His contributions include recommendations to ensure that cities become more inclusive, sustainable and affordable and function as sources of economic growth and social development. Dr. Van Vliet has authored or co-authored 11 books and numerous journal articles. His primary interest is in community engagement and the research necessary to inform policy development by emphasizing the voices of populations frequently underrepresented.
Jason Houston, photographer
Jason Houston is an artistic activist dedicated to understanding how we live on the planet and with each other through the lens of human experience. He has worked internationally in over 30 countries as a photojournalist and photographing for NGO commissions, working closely with his subjects, including using various participatory media methods, to learn from and accurately document their lives, understand the issues that affect them, and drive engagement that might help them. Jason has been published, exhibited, and has presented around the world in outlets and venues ranging from The New York Times, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, SxSW, NationalGeographic.com, Smithsonian, Orvis, Science Magazine, Businessweek, and The Nature Conservancy to Mountainfilm, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Wake Forest Univ, the New Mexico Museum of Art, UNESCO, San Francisco Art Institute, USAID, and Fovea Gallery. Jason is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, a Fellow at Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, and for 8 years also worked as the photography editor for Orion magazine. View his photography here: www.jasonhouston.com
Arlene Samen, APRNc
In 1997, after 35 years as a nurse practitioner specializing in maternal and fetal medicine, Arlene was asked by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to save the lives of mothers and their newborns in Tibet, where one in ten newborns were dying of preventable causes. In 2004, she left her clinical practice to found One Heart World-Wide (OHW). While working in Tibet, Arlene developed the “Network of Safety” model, which brings life-saving care to expectant mothers and infants where the need is the greatest. In 2009, OHW extended the model to remote villages in Nepal and the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Over the course of her work, Arlene has endured political uprisings, earthquakes, and the SARS epidemic in order to provide women safe, clean deliveries, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of women to date. Arlene has received many awards for her efforts; most recently she received the Global Thinkers Forum 2016 Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment. Arlene and her team are hard at work to bring OHW to scale in Nepal and globally.
Justine Campbell, RDMS, RVT, CBPN-IC
Ms. Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Drake University. After a brief time as a naturalist she segued into the medical field, receiving a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from St. Catherine University. During her career, she has honed her sonographic skills in abdomen, breast, small parts, vascular, and obstetrics and gynecology. In 2013, Ms. Campbell earned her designation as a Certified Breast Patient Navigator in Imaging and Cancer Care through the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). Ms. Campbell has volunteered her time as an examination item writer for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and for the NCBC in program development.
Alicia Martin-Hirsel, OB/GYN, M.D.
Alicia is an OB/GYN M.D. trained in Venezuela and fluent in English, Spanish, and French. She is an active member of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, a sonologist recognized by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in General Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Breast, OBGYN and fetal Echocardiography. Alicia has taught ultrasound in many places from universities in the US to Skilled Birth Attendants and nurses in developing countries around the world. Alicia has authored many medical articles and published digital interactive books and videos for continuous medical education.
Donna Sceusa, BA, RDMS, RVT
Donna Sceusa has 40 years of ultrasonography experience. She is registered in ob/gyn, abdomen, vascular, and breast ultrasound. Donna received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from The State University of New York, Plattsburgh and then became certified in Sonography with an internship at St Luke’s Hospital, New York City. She has taught Diagnostic Medical Sonography at SUNY Downstate and The Center for Allied Health Education, both in Brooklyn, New York. Donna taught and performed sonograms at The King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 4 years. She has published several ultrasound articles in The Journal of Clinical Sonography and is working on a clinical ultrasound pocket reference book with 2 former colleagues. She is also currently employed as an emergency room sonographer at NYU Langone Health, Cobble Hill Brooklyn. Donna has lived in New York City for over 40 years where she and her husband raised their daughter and son.
Arlana grew up on a large ranch in Northern Alberta Canada surrounded by several hundred head of horses and cattle and her love and respect for animals still exists today. Arlana graduated with honors from Midwestern State University and from The School of Cardiac Ultrasound in Phoenix, AZ, and The Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in Mobile, AL. With over 30 years of experience in the ultrasound arena, her current registries include Abdomen, OB/GYN, Echocardiography, and Vascular, as well as several years of experience in veterinary ultrasound. She has worked as a commercial ultrasound application specialist and as a consultant for several top hospitals and biotech companies. Arlana is currently part owner and CEO of Eyesonsite.tv, an online training and consulting company providing real time interactive ultrasound support.
Nico Toutenhoofd is a founding partner at Insight Designs, a Boulder-based web and mobile app development company. Nico is a Boulder native, father of two, entrepreneur, photographer and cycling fanatic. Nico earned a bachelor of fine arts in photography from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is a former award-winning photographer at the Detroit Free Press.
Dan Coates, MSIV
Dan graduated with a Biology BS from University of Utah after spending a few too many years leading canyoneering, caving, and backpacking trips across the Colorado Plateau. He currently attends Rocky Vista University, pursuing a medical degree with a focus on disaster and prehospital medicine. He found his passion for rural and austere medicine on a trip to northern China as he shadowed two physicians updating Mao era “barefoot doctor” clinics. Since beginning medical school he has planned and organized ultrasound conferences and continuing medical education events for physicians, residents, and medical students.
Codee Champney, DO
Codee is an emergency medicine resident at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. Her commitment to global health began with Global Brigades, working with families and communities in rural Honduras during her undergraduate studies at Illinois Wesleyan. Her ultrasound education journey began at Rocky Vista University’s first Ultrafest event, which she went on to chair in subsequent years. She was introduced to Dr. Gronseth and NYAGI through planning and educating at ultrasound events for her peers and other medical professionals before joining the effort in 2018 as part of NYAGI Team 3 in Haiti.