The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) recently named Janice East, RPSGT, R. EEG T., president of the Board of Directors. East, who is the director of sleep disorders, neurodiagnostics and rehabilitation services for Morton Plant Mease Health Care in Clearwater, Fla, begins her 2-year term this month. Becky Appenzeller will now serve as BRPT past president.

“Under Becky’s leadership, we’ve accomplished an extraordinary amount in a number of key areas including the creation of the CPSGT (certified polysomnographic technician) exam and the development of a new RPSGT exam blueprint. I look forward to maintaining this momentum and continuing the work we’ve begun to recertify sleep technologists beginning in 2011, to expand opportunities for international RPSGT candidates, and to move ahead with the development of an advanced credential.”

East has worked in the fields of neurodiagnostics and sleep disorders for more than 30 years. She has served as chairman of the BRPT’s Application Review Committee and served on the Professional Discipline Committee until 2009. East currently participates on the Exam Development Committee and was awarded BRPT’s Shining Star Award in 2008 for her “outstanding contribution to the organization.”
Susan Hanson, RPSGT, CRT, coordinator of the sleep clinic at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, will now serve as secretary of the Board of Directors. Additionally, two new board members were named: Cindra Altman, RPSGT, R. EEG/EP T., technical director, Creighton University Sleep Disorders Center in Omaha, Neb, and Edward Perez, RPSGT, a sleep technologist with OmniTrials/Sleep Disorders Center of Southwest Florida in Naples, Fla.
An official installation of these changes in the board leadership will take place at a BRPT board meeting in Santa Fe, NM, on March 11, 2010.