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Kassi Potrafka

Charlee Porcelli



Robert Smith



Clinical Coordinator

MUSC Health,  Midlands

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Robert Smith from Camden, South Carolina is the Clinical Coordinator for the Claude W. Smith, MD School of Cardiovascular Technology at MUSC Columbia. He and his wife Suzy are the proud parents of a 12 year old son named Banks. Robert received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and a Master in Health Administration from MUSC. In addition he graduated from Midlands Tech with a certificate in cardiovascular sonography. Through his almost 20 year career he has worked in a number of capacities including Vascular Lab Manager at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Clinical Applications Specialist for Imacor, Informatics Educator at Prisma and as a Cardiovascular Sonographer at Lexington Medical Center.




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Melissa Escudero

Vice President 

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Melissa Escudero is originally from Wayne, NJ but has lived in Tega Cay, SC for the past fifteen years with her husband, 12-year-old twins, a dog, and a cat. She graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Bergen Community College in 1995. In 2002, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Health Service Management from Montclair State University. She is an Advanced Cardiac Sonographer with over twenty-five years’ experience in echocardiography. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography currently serving as a member-at large on the Awards Committee. She has also mentored students, new hires, and cardiology fellows. She has served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for the echo program at BCC working with students on scanning techniques and competencies. She has also functioned as an ICAEL consultant having successfully aided echo labs seeking both initial accreditation and reaccreditation. She currently works as a Supervisor of Cardiology at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute-Kenilworth. She has also volunteered for athlete screenings and various community outreach projects on behalf of Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute. Melissa is looking forward to serving the South Carolina Society of Echocardiography and its members.

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Laura Boone


Program Director of Cardiovascular Technology

Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC


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Laura Boone is originally from Abbeville, SC and currently resides in Greenwood, SC with her husband and two children. They are active members of Newspring Church, Greenwood. Laura graduated Piedmont Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Health Science and a Major in Radiologic Technology in 2006. She worked as a registered Radiologic Technologist at Self Regional Healthcare for one year while continuing her education with a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Greenville Technical College in 2007. In 2017, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Adventist University of Health Sciences. Laura received on the job training in Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound at Carolina Vascular Associates and Self Regional Healthcare. She is experienced and registered in Diagnostic Cardiac, Vascular, Abdominal, Obstetrical, Gynecological, and Breast Ultrasound. She has worked at Self Regional Healthcare since 2006 and continues to work there as needed. She is currently employed full-time as the Program Director for the Adult Echocardiography Program at Piedmont Technical College and serves on a number of committees there. She is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS). In 2019 she had the opportunity to contribute to two chapters in Basic to Advanced Clinical Echocardiography: A Self-Assessment Tool for the Cardiac Sonographer that is being published by Wolters Kluwer with 6500 copies being circulated beginning in 2020. Laura has been a SCSE Board Member since the societies inception and served as inaugural President of SCSE. In 2020, Laura was recognized as a Fellow of the ASE.



Children's Heart Center Analystics/Fetal Echo/QI/Fellow Education

Medical University of South Carolina

Board Member

Tammy Churchill

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Tammy is a highly skilled Pediatric and Fetal Echosonographer with expert imaging knowledge of complex congenital heart disease and hemodynamics. Tammy’s passion for quality, clinical research, safety, and teaching led her into to a new role in December of 2020 as a Children’s & Women’s Quality and Safety Data Analyst for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Tammy is charged with managing the PAC3 and PC4 congenital heart data bases in addition to fulfilling quality and fellow educational projects for the heart center and contributes her fetal echo expertise to the Advanced Fetal Care Center. Her career at MUSC has spanned 8 years with a prior role as the Supervisor of the Pediatric Echo Lab and Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) technical director at MUSC. In collaboration with the echo lab medical director and group, Tammy led several quality projects which have been presented nationally at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) scientific sessions. Tammy is a Fellow of the ASE, has served on two of their national committees, and serves on the MUSC Technical Clinical Ladder Committee. As a strong sonographer advocate, she helped create and is a board member and newsletter editor for the inaugural SC Society of Echocardiography (SCSE). As a former sonographer advisor for SafeBeat, Tammy is passionate about advancing directives that impact education, heart health, and prevention of sudden cardiac death in children. In addition to her more than 17 years in pediatric and fetal echo, her diverse background includes a long career in veterinary medicine as a technician and hospital manager. She gained interest and experience in imaging during her time in veterinary cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, and critical care. Tammy is originally from Key West, Florida and is an animal and nature lover. Although she enjoys the outdoors, writing, arts, and missions work, Tammy relishes time with her husband, son, their 3 dogs and 2 cats.




Prisma Health-Clemson University CVT Imaging Leadership Program

Board Member

Mary Wingold

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Mary Wingold is originally from Virginia and has lived in South Carolina with her husband since 1996. They and their two sons are active members of Taylors First Baptist Church and are involved in many community outreach projects. Mary developed a great respect for sonographers when she worked as a Registered Radiologic Technologist (RTR) in Virginia. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 1994 at the Medical College of Georgia. There she trained in the ultrasound fields of Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular, and Echocardiography. This program allowed her to experience clinical training with excellent sonographers at ten different medical facilities. She is registered in all these fields, but has specialized in cardiovascular sonography in both inpatient and outpatient facilities since 1994. From 2014-2021, Mary served as an educator with the Clemson University/Prisma Health Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership program and transitioned to the program director role in 2021. She receives great delight in sharing her years of experience with the next generation of sonographers. She completed her Master of Science in Education in 2017 with a focused concentration in learning design technology. This degree helped bring modern concepts and innovative educational ideas to the program. She is interested in research and furthering the respect for the profession of sonography. Mary currently is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.


Jeremy Ng



Manager of Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Lab

AnMed Health

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Jeremy Ng was originally from Saint Louis, MO and had spent earlier parts of his life overseas before returning. He later moved to Grand Rapids, MI where he attended Grand Valley State University and graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He later moved to Champaign, IL to start his professional career where he worked in a variety of roles including Lead Sonographer and Technical Director. He is experienced and board certified in vascular, echocardiography, and abdominal sonography. In addition to working full time, he also attended and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Business Administration degree in 2018. Jeremy moved to Anderson, SC towards the end of 2021 and now works at AnMed Health as the Manager of Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Lab. His passion lies in promoting ergonomics, education, and spreading cardiovascular ultrasound awareness to the community.



Prisma Health Upstate


Kassi Potrafka

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Kassi Potrafka lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with her husband and three young children. Kassi received her Bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 2007 before entering into Healthcare. Her ultrasound training was achieved through University Hospital’s Harry T. Harper Jr., M.D. School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology in Augusta, Georgia. She has spent her career employed with Prisma Health since 2009 with the majority of her experience devoted to outpatient cardiac testing: Echocardiography and Stress Echocardiography. Her experience has also allowed her a role as clinical preceptor and occasional scan lab instructor with the Clemson University/Prisma Health Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership program. Kassi is excited to have an opportunity to serve alongside so many passionate people within Echocardiography across the state of South Carolina.



Manager and Technical Director

MUSC Adult Echo, Vascular, and EKG Lab

Board Member

Charlee Porcelli

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Charlene (Charlee) Porcelli is from North Augusta, SC and has resided in Charleston for 15 years. She is a busy mom of two boys, two dogs, and husband. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Lander University (Greenwood, SC) and in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from The Medical College of Georgia. She was trained in abdominal, OB/GYN, Vascular, and Echo ultrasound but always gravitated towards echo because of her Exercise Science degree. She is registered in Abdominal, OB/GYN, and Echo and is a Fellow of the American Society of Echo (FASE). She has served on the ASE membership Steering Committee and is currently on the ASE Guidelines and Standards committee (5 years). She is currently the Clinical Supervisor and Technical Director of the Adult Echo Lab at the Medical University of SC (MUSC) and the Adult EKG Lab and works PRN at the VA Medical Center. She started at MUSC right after graduating from ultrasound school and has devoted 15 years to MUSC and echo. She has taught numerous students, new echo graduates, and cardiology fellows. She loves to teach, perform presentations, and give back to the echo community. She has been involved with presentations for various schools in GA and SC, has been a contrast speaker in the past few years, and presented at the 9th Annual Team Echocardiography conference in Hilton Head in 2012. She was happy to be a part of the ASE publication “Guidelines for the Cardiac Sonographer in the Performance of Contrast Echocardiography: A Focused Update from the American Society of Echocardiography” in 2014. Her mission is to ensure all sonographers are practicing to the full scope of their profession and she cannot be more excited to be a part of this exciting new chapter for cardiac sonographers in South Carolina.

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Educator with the CVT Leadership Program

Primsa Health

Board Member

Carrie Taylor

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Carrie Taylor was born and raised in Columbia, SC. She recently moved to Greenville with her husband and fur children after living in the mountains of Tennessee for a while. Carrie earned a BA from Columbia College in 2003. The shift from photography to ultrasound turned out to be a natural one because observing fine details and producing high quality images applies to both. Carrie completed the sonographer training program at Advanced Diagnostics Inc. in 2006. She is a board-certified cardiovascular sonographer. Her career has taken her into a wide variety of clinical settings in South Carolina and Tennessee. Despite their inherent challenges (or maybe because of them) nursing homes and critical care units were some of her favorite areas. Working with the aging population holds a special place in her heart. She is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the South Carolina Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SCSVU-President 2017), and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU). Carrie recently returned to South Carolina to fulfill her dream of becoming a fulltime educator with the CVT Leadership Program at Prisma Health. There is so much joy in sharing knowledge! It has been a pleasure to serve on the SCSE board of directors since 2019. The SCSE gives our community the platform to learn and grow together!


M.D., F.A.C.C.


Advanced Cardiology Associates and Self Regional Healthcare, Greenwood, SC

Board Member

Dr. Paul Kim

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Dr. Kim is the son of a cardiologist and soon followed his father’s footsteps. Dr. Kim began his adult education with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990 where he graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1994, he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency in 1997 and his Cardiology Fellowship in 2002 where he served as Chief Interventional Fellow. The American Board of Internal Medicine certifies him in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine. The Texas and South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners also certify him as a Medical Examiner. In 2002, he moved to Greenwood, SC and created the first coronary artery stenting program at Self Regional Healthcare. This was a big win for Greenwood and surrounding areas. He has previously served as the Medical Director of the Echocardiography Lab and currently serves as the Medical Director for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Self Regional Healthcare and the Cardiovascular Technology Program at Piedmont Technical College. Dr. Kim had quite a few cardiology publications in multiple peer-reviewed journals over the years. Above all, Dr. Kim is a person who cares deeply for his patients, the team members that assist him in taking care of his patients, cardiac students, and the education of health care professionals. Dr. Kim shows this through his day-to-day practice and his generosity.

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