There are several fresh faces in our Radiology department. To know more about them please read their bios below.
Hi, everyone! My name is Sara Chesley, and I am a new Nuclear Medicine technologist here on the main campus. I have worked for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Nuclear Medicine and have done MRI for Mercy Health.
I have lived in Cincinnati my whole life. I grew up on the east side, went to college at UC, and currently live very close to the house I grew up in. The best memories I have from growing up here are going to Kings Island and to Reds games with my friends.
The medical field was always something I was interested in as I was a math/science kid in school. The many different fields to see and learn about always intrigued me. I found the AMIT (Advanced Medical Imaging Technology) program at UC during my freshman year. Once I read about the program and did some research in the dual modalities offered, I knew this would be the path that I would want to take. From there I have worked in both Nuclear and MRI as they both have lots to see. Cincinnati Children’s is a place I knew I would love to work since I did a clinical rotation during school. The techs I met during that time were great and so knowledgeable in the field. I loved getting to work with both kids and their families and seeing what pediatrics had to offer.
Outside of work, my hobbies include co-ed sports. I have played in a softball and soccer league for the last few years, and it is a great way to stay active. My fiancé and I love to travel and have set a new goal of visiting as many national parks as we can. We would love to bring our pug with us on some of these trips but might need a carrier because I do not think he could keep up; his favorite activity is sleeping.
The last movie I watched was the Disney movie Soul.
My name is Kyle Crowe, and I am from Lebanon, Ohio. I grew up a bit north of Cincinnati in Middletown during a time before computers were in homes, playing outside until the streetlight came on was the norm, and video games required corded controllers and blowing into a cartridge to get it to work properly (which has been shown was the worst possible thing to do!)
I am an amateur gamer; I can never go wrong with a good Legend of Zelda game. I will also play Fortnite with my kids (Lily – 13 and Kam – 10) on a no-build squad from time to time trying to be the cool single dad. We can also be seen at King’s Island riding roller coasters. I enjoy reading from time to time, with all things Harry Potter being my favorite. My kids and I have also recently added a new pup to the mix, an Australian Shephard named Hazel Grace (which is my daughter’s favorite character from the book A Fault in our Stars). I first started to think about going into the medical field when my aunt became a nurse and was diagnosed with cancer. I thought about going to medical school and becoming an oncologist to help people fight cancer. Fast forward to my junior/senior year of high school; I was a nerd who did all the AP classes and was at the top of my class, and the thought of going to school for another 12+ years seemed like too much. At that same time, I was involved in a terrible eight-car pileup, being the first car hit by a box truck on the way to Columbus, and was taken to a trauma center after being thrown from the car. I remember having imaging done and there was a radiology transporter named Brian that really made a really bad situation OK. I wanted to be that person and found medical imaging really cool.
I went to Kettering College, earned my associate’s degree in Radiology, and became a registered radiologic technologist. I was given the opportunity to cross-train in CT and became registered in that as well. After starting a family and while my second child was almost due, I decided it would be a good time to go back to school for my bachelor’s degree and get registered in MRI.
I came to Cincinnati Children’s after working in the clinical setting for 17 years. I was becoming a bit burned out after COVID and wanted to have a shift in my career and go back to doing something that I love. There was an opportunity to grow and learn by moving to the Imaging Research Center, and I took the leap. I am an MRI technologist in the Imaging Research Center. This entails scanning participants (human and animal!!) and being at the forefront of new technologies and helping learn to better understand many new aspects of disease.
I look forward to learning, growing, and having a long career here at Cincinnati Children’s.
Hello! My name is Kourtney Dean, and I am a new administrative assistant in the Radiology Department at Cincinnati Children’s. I came from a local mortgage company as the administrative assistant to 13 loan officers and support staff, so I am excited to use my knowledge and skill set from there to support 11 doctors here in Radiology!
I spent a portion of my childhood growing up in Milford, Ohio, but my family moved to Anderson Township when I was in 6th grade, where I later graduated in the Class of 2009 from Anderson High School. I’ve lived in Blue Ash, Withamsville, and downtown Loveland since then, but we are currently raising our family out in Amelia.
My husband and I have been married for 4.5 years. We have a 2.5-year-old son, Maverick, who keeps us on our toes 24/7, and a 5-year-old Goldendoodle named Ellie who follows his every move. When I am not picking up Mega Bloks and dog toys, I spend a lot of time in my craft room. I enjoy doing art of all kinds, whether that be a portrait of someone’s fur babies, painted wine glasses, shoes, or custom children’s rocking chairs. You name it, I’ve probably painted it! I just taught myself how to draw and design on my iPad, so I’ve been tinkering on the digital side too as of late. Outside of the creative space, I love hiking, kayaking, and just enjoying the fresh air outside. I also spend a lot of time helping my husband with the marketing and social media side of his landscaping business. I’ve taken up reading recently thanks to my friend who introduced me to an author by the name of Colleen Hoover (if you know, you know), and I’m currently working on finishing Verity. We live a very on-the-go lifestyle, so it has been nice to take a few minutes here and there to slow down and read a few chapters!
Hello, my name is Lacy Engelking, well technically Eckstein. I am married; I just haven’t changed my name yet. I am 22 years old and just starting my little family. We have a 7-month-old little boy named Tomas.
I am not from the Cincinnati area. I actually live in Sunman, Indiana. I love living in Sunman because that is where my family is. Growing up, we would go to Weber’s Greenhouse, which is owned by my grandparents Elaine and Clarence Weber.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in the medical field due to my dad’s history and my momma’s profession. I am one of 100 grandchildren in the Weber family. I have nine nieces and nephews; there were always children around me growing up.
I love working with children and being able to make them smile. This is why I knew that Children’s was the place for me and my future as an ultrasound tech.
I love to spend time outside and gardening in the summer. The last book I read for fun was The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, and the last movie that I saw was the new Avatar.
Hi, my name is Jordan Fox and I joined the CT division in July of last year.
I grew up in “Small Town USA,” also known as Alexandria, Indiana which is around 60 miles north of Indianapolis. Home of the World’s Largest Ball of Paint and the Gaither Vocal Band, my sweet little hometown has a population of only 5,149 (a third of the amount of employees Cincinnati Children’s has!). I went to college in Evansville, Indiana to study Radiologic and Imaging Sciences and after receiving my Bachelor’s in May of 2021, I moved to Indianapolis to begin my career as a CT Technologist at an adult trauma center in the city.
With a desire to always work with children, a boyfriend from Cincinnati wanting to move back home, and a spirit destined for adventure, I accepted the offer to relocate to Cincinnati Children’s with an eagerness that has proved to be nothing short of what I could’ve hoped for. Not only have I found a job that makes me more passionate about the work I do, I’ve found a work family that I never knew could exist.
Outside of work, I thoroughly enjoy cheering for the Cincinnati Bengals, visiting my family back in Indiana, exploring my new home, and reading. The last book I read was titled The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides—talk about a twisted ending. I have watched nothing but Christmas movies since the beginning of November!
My name is Erin Inman. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, more specifically in Montgomery. All my extended family is in the Cincinnati area, and I have many cousins that I grew up very close to and did almost everything together with, like going to the Cincinnati Zoo, sports games, parks, and even school! We always had Halloween parties and trick-or-treating adventures that were so much fun with the large group of us.
I wanted to join the medical field because I have always been fascinated by medical procedures and the healthcare setting. This started at a very young age since I spent a lot of time at Cincinnati Children’s for hearing loss and surgeries for my cochlear implants. I have also always loved working with kids because of their resilience with the many things that they encounter throughout their life and how wide their imagination can reach. I chose Child Life because I wanted to help patients and their families navigate their hospital experience and try to make it less stressful and may even a little fun!
I chose Cincinnati Children’s because of my past positive experiences. I also have a couple of family members who work at Children’s, including my mom who has been a nurse here for almost 36 years now. She loves the hospital and has had great experiences here. I also chose Cincinnati because it is a teaching hospital, and it is so important to me that I continue to learn and grow as I progress in my career.
I will be working as the Child Life Specialist in the Radiology department at the Liberty campus. That includes helping prep patients for any procedures and scans that they will have, introducing positive coping techniques, supporting and providing distraction during scans and procedures, and providing emotional support to the patient and the family members that accompany them on their visits. One of my favorite things to do outside of work is anything related to art. I love painting, sewing, embroidering, and drawing. The last movie that I saw was Everything Everywhere All at Once, which I really enjoyed. The last book that I read was The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda, and I love getting recommendations of what to read from others, especially for mysteries and thrillers!
Hello, my name is Laura Scherra. I am a new MRI/CT scheduling coordinator for Cincinnati Children’s. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of my favorite memories growing up are boating, camping, and swimming with my family. Also, I played multiple sports including tennis, bowling, basketball, softball, and track and field.
I have a degree in graphic communications and experience as a scheduling coordinator in the dental field. I currently live in Bridgetown with my husband of 23 years. We have three sons enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, and one is serving in The Ohio National Guard. My husband and I coached them when they were younger in sports. We have two Goldendoodle dogs. Their names are Lilly and Sammi.
My husband and I enjoy walking our dogs and boating. I love spending time with my friends and family. Recently we have been taking some new adventures together by finding restaurants to try and fun hiking trails. We recently went to Hocking Hills and it was amazing. My favorite movie is The Wedding Singer.
I love working with children and helping them. I am so honored and excited to be part of this amazing team here at Cincinnati Children’s.
Glenn Miñano, BFA, editor; Meredith Towbin, copy editor
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