Ronnie Lozano, Program Chair and Associate Professor
Room 220D Phone: 512-245-9081
Reynaldo Garza Lozano, Ph.D., MSRS., RT(T) received his Master of Science in Radiologic Science with a major in education in the radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University’s first discipline-specific Master of Science Radiologic Science (MSRS) degree of its kind in the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Education from Texas State University in 2012 with a major in Adult Professional Community Education (APCE). His focus of doctoral study involved bridging the formal curriculum of radiation therapy with workplace cultures and educational requirements leading to his dissertation titled, A Socio-Technical Analysis of Knowledgeable Practice in Radiation Therapy.” Dr. Lozano was credential by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in 1986, he was licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services in 1988. He has authored multiple chapters in four editions of the mainstream radiation therapy textbook, Principles and practice of radiation therapy: Practical applications. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby-Year Book Inc. He was distinguished by the American Society of Radiologic Technologist’s Editorial Review Board with The Harold Silverman Distinguished Author Award in 2014. The Joint Review Committee of Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) has recognized his extensive experience of 31 years, his education, his credentials, and contributions to the literature and body of knowledge as the Chair of the Radiation Therapy Program at Texas State University.
Jessica Smith, Interim Clinical Coordinator
Room 220C Phone: 512-245-3523
Jessica Smith, MPH, RT(T) received her baccalaureate degree in radiation therapy from Southwest Texas State University in 2000. She completed her Master of Public Health with a major in health policy and management from Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2008. Jessica is credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. She joins the program after having worked as a radiation therapist for over fifteen years.
Megan Trad, Lecturer & Associate Professor
Room 220E Phone: 512-245-7047
Megan Trad, Ph.D., MSRS., RT(T) received her Master of Science in Radiologic Science with a major in education in the radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University. She received her Ph.D. in Adult, Community, and Professional Education from Texas State University in 2012. Her doctoral work focused on the use of engaged scholarship as a teaching methodology to better equip radiation therapist to enter the professional workforce. Since then she has published extensively on the topic of engaged scholarship, as well as other innovative teaching methodologies, and identifying deficits in learning amongst university aged students on the topics of cancer prevention, detection, and screening. Dr. Trad is credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and holds CPR certification for both adults and infants. She has authored multiple chapters in two editions of the mainstream radiation therapy textbook, Principles and practice of radiation therapy: Practical applications. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby-Year Book Inc. She is also the Vice Chairman of the editorial review board for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists journal: Radiation Therapist. She is also an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, as well as an accreditation site visitor for the JRCERT. She was acknowledged as the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences educator of the year in 2011 and as a Texas State Rising Star in 2010.
Trina L. Dillard, Virtual Simulation and Electronic Systems Education Coordinator
Room 220G Phone: 512-245-7047
Trina L. Dillard, RT(R)(T), CMD has been an energetic, optimistic caregiver for more than 25 years. She has held positions as an x-ray technologist, radiation therapist, and medical dosimetrist. She has served on the advisory and leadership council for US Oncology, and most recently held positions with Texas Oncology as Chief Radiation Therapist/Dosimetrist at a cancer center in Austin and San Marcos. She has also been a radiation therapy clinical education supervisor for Texas State University since 2000. She also maintains a faculty position for program development of the radiation therapy program serving as the coordinator of virtual reality simulation and electronic systems education. Her experience and skill set allows the implementation of our new virtual Linac “flight simulator” into the radiation therapy program’s curriculum. She is also working as a Client Resource Manager for RC Billing and a Consultant for Revenue Cycle, Inc.
Her expertise involves the entire radiation therapy process of care. She loves to share the knowledge she gained from her rewarding career involving patient care, simulation techniques, dosimetry reasoning, reproducible radiation therapy treatments and the documentation required for all these processes. She has familiarity with the latest technology and equipment which include many types of software, systems and equipment. Trina’s portfolio include Varian Linacs, Exac trac, kv/conebeam, Radiocam, BAT, GE LightSpeed and Optima 580RT CT; 4D simulation and planning, Varian and Nucletron HDR; Eclipse, Brachyvision, and Oncentra treatment planning; Mosaiq; RadCalc; Mysis; and iKnowMed.
Trina’s professional memberships and certifications include the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board, and the Texas Department of Health. She studied radiation therapy at Washburn University, radiography at Labette Community College and became a Certified Medical Dosimetrist in 2001.
Brandi Wilburn, Lecturer
Brandi Wilburn earned a certificate in Radiation Therapy from University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science and Technology from Thomas Edison State College. She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Brandi, a Senior Lecturer, has been working for Texas State University’s Radiation Therapy Program since June 2001. In 2008, she traveled to South Africa as an invited ambassador with People to People’s Radiation Oncology Delegation. Brandi was the Dean’s Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in August 2010. In August of 2013, she was the College of Health Profession’s Runner-up for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was awarded the College of Health Profession’s Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching in August of 2014 and was also awarded the 2014 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching. Brandi received the Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching again in August of 2015. In addition, she has taught Texas State’s Freshman University Seminar Course seven semesters between Fall 2006 and Spring 2015.
Holly Parenica, Lecturer Radiation Therapy Physics
Room 220G Phone: 512-245-7047
Holly Parenica graduated with a BS in Radiological Health Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2016. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio in the Radiological Sciences Program in the Medical Physics - Radiation Therapy Track. She is a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the UTHSCSA Cancer Research Training Program supported by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Her research interests include radiation dose calculation algorithms, radiation therapy small field dosimetry, patient specific quality assurance, and advanced treatment planning techniques. Her internships include working with the safety officer at UT Health San Antonio Environmental Health and Safety; She has been an intern at the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M University where she assisted with NPI outreach programs and international workshops. Holly is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, The Alpha Nu Sigma Nuclear Engineering Honor Society, The Health Physics Society, and the Women in Nuclear (WIN) Organization.