Becky Appenzeller, RPSGT, R. EEG T, CNIM recently assumed her position as President of the Board of Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). Appenzeller is currently Supervisor of the Sleep Disorders Center and Neurodiagnostic Department at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She has been in the neurodiagnostic field for 35 years, ten in sleep management. She is the ASET delegate to the BRPT, and has served as the BRPT Professional Discipline Chair until becoming President-Elect. Prior to this, Appenzeller served as an ABRET Board member and also as Executive Secretary for JRC/END (now CoAEND), working with CAAHEP and the Department of Education for accreditation of END programs.
Appenzeller succeeds former BRPT President Bonnie Robertson, CRT, RPSGT whose term ended in December. Robertson will continue to serve on the Board as Immediate Past President.
The change in Board leadership became effective January 2008, but an official swearing-in ceremony will take place at a BRPT Board meeting in Miami, FL on March 15, 2008. For the induction, Appenzeller will be joined by three new Board members: Charles Atwood, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA; Donna Arand, PhD, Clinical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Kettering Hospital in Dayton, OH; and Andrea Clark, MSW, RPSGT, currently the President and CEO of the Sleep Management Centers and Apnea Management Services, Fort Myers, FL.
The BRPT is comprised of an eleven-member board, all of whom serve four-year terms. Nine of the eleven members must be credentialed by the BRPT, or the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and the remaining two are public members.
In addition, the BRPT has named John Ganoe, CAE, as their new Executive Director. Ganoe has broad experience working with non-profit organizations, trade and professional associations. Most recently he was Executive Director of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Washington, DC.
The RPSGT is respected worldwide as the leading credential for polysomnographic technologists. Headquartered in the Virginia/DC Metropolitan Area, the BRPT is an independent, non-profit certification board that cultivates the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists. In addition to administering the RPSGT exam during four, two-week testing windows each year throughout the United States and internationally, the BRPT also maintains the RPSGT registry. For more information, call (703) 610-9020, or visit www.brpt.org.
Becky Appenzeller, RPSGT, R. EEG T, CNIM
Becky Appenzeller is currently Supervisor for the Sleep Disorders Center and Neurodiagnostic Department at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in LaCross, WI. She has been in the neurodiagnostic and sleep field for over 30 years, with most of the years spent in management positions. She is the ASET delegate on the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT), and has served on many committees during her terms on the Board, including Chair of the Professional Discipline Committee. Prior to her BRPT affiliation, she was a board member and secretary on the American Board of Registration of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists (ABRET), and as Executive Secretary for JRC/END (now CoA END), working with CAAHEP and the Department of Education for accreditation of END programs.
Charles Atwood, MD
Charles Atwood is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Atwood also serves as a staff physician and director of the sleep disorders program at the VA Medical Center and as the associate director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sleep Medicine Center. He is the director of the University of Pittsburgh's Sleep Medicine fellowship program. He is certified in Internal, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. In addition to serving on the BRPT, he is also active with the American College of Chest Physicians and is the past chair of the ACCP's Sleep Institute.
Donna Arand, PhD
Donna Arand, is Clinical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Kettering Hospital in Dayton, OH. She is also an Associate Research Professor of Neurology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Arand has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and she is former chair of the AASM accreditation committee. In addition to serving as a director of the BRPT, she is the president of the American Insomnia Association and a site visitor for the AASM.
Andrea Clark, MSW, RPSGT
Andrea L. Clark is President of Sleep Management Centers and Apnea Management Services and is on the faculty of the Florida Sleep School in Fort Myers, FL. Andrea has been in the field of sleep medicine since 1979, first as a technologist and then as an administrator over multiple departments including Sleep and Neurodiagnostics. Andrea has been involved with BRPT in several capacities since 1992, including, examiner, item writer, and member of the Self Administered Exam committee. In addition, Andrea served three terms on the Board of the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists (currently the AAST).
The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is an independent, nonprofit certification board that cultivates the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists by providing an internationally recognized credential-the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). RPSGT is respected worldwide as the leading credential for polysomnographic technologists. For more information, visit http://www.brpt.org.