The NYAGI Team
The Passionate, Dedicated Individuals That Together Are NYAGI.
NYAGI is a lean, start-up style non-profit that can quickly mobilize a team of volunteers to teach ultrasound to medical providers working in 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 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 educational software company, 7D Imaging. He realized that the self-guided, rapid learning system made possible by the NAV™ software suite could be used to improve and elevate healthcare in rural areas. By promoting ultrasound education to medical providers, his vision is to bring ultrasound to remote corners of the world and to provide every mother the chance to have a pre-natal ultrasound scan before delivery. He equates ultrasound to a high-tech crystal ball that can pro-actively save lives in low-resource areas.
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 earned a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from St. Catherine University. With years of experience, 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. She is a passionate teacher.
Codee Champney, DO
Codee is currently 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 where she often lead the charge for ultrasound education and chaired several ultrasound events at her school. She joined Dr. Gronseth and the first NYAGI Team to Haiti in 2019.
Dan Coates, MSIV
Dan graduated from University of Utah with a Biology major. He currently attends Rocky Vista University, pursuing a medical degree with a focus on Emergency Medicine, especially wilderness, disaster and pre-hospital healthcare. He found his passion for rural and austere medicine on a trip to northern China when he shadowed two physicians updating Mao era “barefoot doctor” clinics. Since starting medical school he has organized multiple ultrasound conferences and continuing education events for physicians, residents, and medical students. He loves remote areas of the world.
Arlana grew up on a ranch in Northern Alberta Canada surrounded by hundreds of horses and cattle, creating a passion for animals. Arlana graduated from Midwestern State University and earned sonography degrees from The School of Cardiac Ultrasound in Phoenix, AZ, and The Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in Mobile, AL. With over 30 years of experience as a sonographer, she has certifications in Abdmen, OB/GYN, Echocardiography, and Vascular ultrasound, as well as years of experience in veterinary ultrasound. She worked as an ultrasound application specialist and as a consultant for several prominent hospitals and biotech companies. Currently, Arlana is CEO of Eyesonsite.tv, an online training and consulting company providing real time interactive ultrasound support.
Dick Green, PhD
Richard (Dick) Green is a physicist and retired chief executive. He comes from a 60 year long career in space physics and telecommunications management. 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. Dick joined The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) as the Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations and Engineering. Following his work at PBS he founded CableLabs, aresearch consortium of the Cable industry, serving as its President and CEO for 22 years. Currently he serves as Director of Liberty Global Corporation, Shaw Communications Inc., Liberty Broadband and is the recent past Chairman of the Space Sciences Institute in Boulder Colorado. Among many honors, Green received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to television and cable.
Jason Houston, photographer
Jason Houston’s photography explores 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’s and has been published, exhibited, and has presented online, in print, and at public and private venues around the world. He is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow at Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability. www.jasonhouston.com
Alicia Martin-Hirsel, OB/GYN, M.D.
Alicia is an OB/GYN M.D. trained in Venezuela. 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 diverse settings around the world — physicians at universities to Skilled Birth Attendants/nurses in remote villages. She has authored many medical articles and published digital interactive books and videos for continuous medical education. Alicia is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
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 Teams to Haiti in 2019. She now works on content development for the NAV™ software suite. She is passionate about the vision to bring ultrasound to resource limited areas of the world.
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 survived 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.
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, in Brooklyn, New York. Donna taught sonography 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. She is also currently employed as an emergency room sonographer at NYU Langone Health. Donna has lived in New York City for over 40 years where she and her husband raised their daughter and son. She volunteered for the NYAGI Teams to Nepal and Haiti.
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.
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.