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. Since learning ultrasound himself 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 iPad-based NAV™ software suite could be used to rapidly improve healthcare in remote, rural, and resource limited areas. His goal is to establish ultrasound as a safe, portable, affordable, effective—and magical—tool to save lives in the forgotten corners of the world.
Jason Houston | Strategic Partnerships & Communications
Photographer Jason Houston’s work explores community, culture, and how we live on the planet and with each other. He has worked as a photojournalist and on NGO commissions throughout his 20+ year career and has experience in corporate marketing in the adventure sports world, brand strategy and content production for cause driven organizations, and for 8 years also worked as a magazine photo editor. His commitment to authentic, honest storytelling produces informed content and compelling narratives that help to engage partners and the public in the process of social and environmental change. View his photography work here: www.jasonhouston.com
Rachel ledesma | volunteer coordinator
Rachel has been involved with NYAGI since 2018. She began as a Nyagi Club member at University of Colorado Boulder, which lead to working directly for Dr. Gronseth at NYAGI. Rachel received her degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder, which helped stoked her interest in global healthcare and the power of charitable work. Rachel aspires to inspire volunteers and the healthcare workers they partner with to integrate the power of ultrasound around 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
Richard (Dick) Green heralds from a background of space physics and broadcast technology. Currently, he is Director of Liberty Global Corporation, Shaw Communications Inc., and serves as chairman of the Space Sciences Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder's ATLAS Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Dick previously worked in the Laser Division of the Hughes Aircraft Company, in ABC’s Video Tape Post Production Department, at Times Fiber Communications, and as director of the CBS Advanced Television Technology Laboratory. He helped to organize and establish the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) where he held the position of Executive Director. After ATSC, Green was senior vice president of Broadcast Operations and Engineering at the Public Broadcasting Service until the founding of the not-for-profit research and development consortium, CableLabs, where he served as President and CEO. Green received the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2012 in recognition for his achievements in broadcast television and cable.
Willem Van vliet, Ph.D.
Willem van Vliet is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at University of Colorado with over 40 years of experience in urban development around the world. He directed the Center for International Research and Education Projects and the Center for Children, Youth and Environments, and has served as a consultant to UN-Habitat on its flagship reports related to aspects of sustainable and equitable human settlement. His publications include 11 co-authored and edited books and numerous book chapters and journal articles focused on populations in environments of disadvantage. He is interested in how community engagement and research can inform policy development and program evaluation.
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.