The mission of the California Society of Radiologic Technologists (CSRT) Student Committee is to provide a representative body of students who are from medical imaging or radiation therapy program within California to enhance the CSRT’s visibility and presence within education.
- Develop a unified voice for effective dialog with the CSRT
- Establish and maintain communication and activities that further student awareness of pertinent issues regarding their chosen profession
- Enhance faculty and student relationships through involvement in the CSRT
- Empower students to take an active role in their educational and legislative experiences toward their future profession
Student Committee Chair
Michelle Muench is a native of California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Physical Education. As an undergrad, she studied abroad in Italy for 2 years. She fell in love with learning new languages, different cultures, and travel, which in turn after she graduated led to her 20+ year career in the international adventure travel industry. She combined her love of the outdoors, sports, foreign languages, helping people, and travel by leading small groups biking and hiking across Europe, Latin America and the U.S. She lived and worked abroad for 15 of those years in various countries including Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Italy, speaks Spanish and Italian, and even went to Antarctica as part of her role as the Regional Manager of Trip Operations. In this rewarding career, she researched, developed, and managed over 50+ trip products and collaborated with various low-income and remote communities throughout Latin America on projects to help build sustainable local infrastructure. Having lived and worked in various cultures, she has a particular affinity for collaborating on cross-cultural teams and holds a great deal of respect for people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Since Covid turned the travel industry on its head in 2020, as one door closed, another opened as she seized the opportunity to pivot into a new dynamic career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She returned to her love of the sciences and is in her final year in the DMS Certificate program at the Contra Costa Medical Career College in Antioch, California. Her goal is to become a leader in the Sonography industry after graduating and be able to share her passion of connecting and helping serve other people in her new career. As a professional in the hospitality and service industry, delivering exceptional customer service was the utmost priority, and she looks forward to using this key transferable skill along with her leadership and cross-cultural management skills to succeed in the healthcare industry, where delivering respectful and compassionate patient care is her ultimate goal.
In her free time, you can find Michelle enjoying a great hike, biking, kayaking, doing yoga, cooking Latin specialties, and spending quality time with her family while traveling and exploring new cultures. She is honored to serve in the role as the chair for the CSRT Student Committee in 2022 and looks forward to collaborating and inspiring other Radiologic students to become engaged, grow membership, and bring interesting activities to the group in her new role.
Student Committee Co-Chair
Sadie Eldredge is currently a senior in the professional radiology program at California State University Northridge and is excited to be transitioning from the role of secretary to co-chair on the CSRT Student Committee. As a member of the cabinet, Sadie is excited to contribute ideas and support to her fellow cabinet members, in addition to the student committee. Her passion for radiologic technology began when she received her first x-ray as a preschooler and was amazed how, with the push of a button, one can view the inside of the human body. Once she realized her ultimate career goal was to become a radiologic technologist, Sadie began focusing on being accepted into CSUN’s BSRS program. After graduating from high school in Livermore, California in 2017, she attended community college where she was named Valedictorian for the Class of 2021. Sadie volunteered in various medical settings during high school and community college, including Kaiser’s Radiology Department, Stanford ValleyCare’s Emergency Department, and as a blood donor ambassador for the American Red Cross. Each volunteer experience provided her the opportunity to work with different patients in various settings, during which Sadie strived to be a positive influence on each individual. As a student in CSUN’s program, Sadie enjoys applying what she learns in the classroom to the clinical setting and is grateful to be part of a program that is truly preparing her to be an essential worker in the medical field. Following graduation and obtaining work experience, Sadie hopes to go back to school to become a Radiologist Assistant. In addition to taking high-quality x-rays according to the physician’s orders, Sadie believes patient care is the most important aspect of the medical field and is eager to continue progressing in CSUN’s program toward becoming a radiologic technologist.
Student Committee Secretary
Carrie DeWeese is just starting the Digital Medical Imaging Program at City College of San Francisco. She grew up in Ohio and moved to Mountain View, California in 2014, when her husband accepted a job offer.
Carrie planned on using her degree in Visual Communications as a Graphic Designer. Her plans changed when she observed her youngest daughter's first fluoroscopy. When she tipped the bottle back to stop feeding her daughter, the radiologist asked why. Carrie explained that she saw her daughter aspirate on the screen. The radiologist commented that Carrie had a good eye. After the appointment, Carrie considered what the radiologist had said. Reflecting on her many x-rays as a young child with scoliosis, she realized she had always had an interest in the medical field. She enrolled back in school and began completing prerequisites to prepare to apply to radiologic technology programs. She is thrilled to have been accepted to City College of San Francisco.
Carrie is married with three young kids, who make her laugh and keep her busy. In her free time, she enjoys identifying birds, plants, and insects while hiking and camping with her family. She also enjoys tending to her aquarium, watching episodes of any series of Star Trek, and reading comics.
After she graduates, she plans to specialize in fluoroscopy or CT.
Student Committee Historian
Bianca Tran is a student in the Radiologic Technology program at Los Angeles City College. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has always been passionate about helping others and giving back to her community. Starting at a young age, she has been volunteering at various institutions such as the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, San Gabriel Mission, and retirement homes. As Bianca contemplated career choices, she took an interest in healthcare and stumbled across x-rays. Being an avid photographer, she saw this as the perfect blend of both her hobby and career interests. While serving on the CSRT Student Committee, Bianca hopes to gain a better understanding of how the CSRT works in conjunction with the ASRT, in addition to learning about the needs of students and techs in the profession and how to best support them. Outside of the academic and healthcare setting, Bianca has fenced competitively and recently obtained her scuba diving certification and motorcycle license.