Board of Directors

ITW’s Board of Directors has drawn leading experts from diverse fields and corporate entities.

Jim Kaufman— Board Chairman,

President & CEO,The Kaufman Group

Mr. Kaufman has been engaged in business and has practiced law for over 45 years, representing doctors, nurses, and health care providers as well as banks and corporations. He has had extensive client experience in litigation, mediation, acquisition, and merger. Mr. Kaufman has also owned and run several businesses as CEO and Chairman. He has had extensive international business and legal experience, including China, Australia, Europe, and the UK. His government service includes serving as a delegate to the US/China Joint Session on Trade, Investment & Economic Law in Beijing, Read More

China; a member of the New York 7th Judicial Grievance Committee and New York Policy and Ethics Committee; a Town Justice for 14 years; Counsel of the Genesee Regional Health Planning Council, Chairman of the Genesee Regional Health Planning Council, Noise Task Force; a panel member of the Commerce Technical Advisory Board on Noise Abatement; Legislative Assistant, Administrative Assistant and Legal counsel to Congressman Theodore R. Kupferman, US House of Representatives, Washington, DC (drafting the nation’s first noise control legislation). Mr. Kaufman’s publications include: Noise, a Problem to be Heard, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; Control of Noise Through Laws and Regulations, American Speech and Hearing Assoc., Washington, DC; What to do Before the Money Runs Out – A Road Map for America’s Automobile Dealers; and Trial Structure and Conduct, North Carolina Trial & Appeal, American Inns of Court Civil Procedure. Most recently, Mr. Kaufman’s novel The Collectibles has been published. During his legal practice, Mr. Kaufman has enjoyed Martindale-Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating (1976-2002), and he has been listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Joe Biegel—Vice President of Product Management & Marketing, McKesson Medical Imaging Group

Joe Biegel is VP of Product Management & Marketing for the McKesson Medical Imaging Group of McKesson’s Provider Technologies business. He is responsible for global product strategy and marketing for McKesson’s Radiology, Cardiology and Document Imaging businesses. Biegel has been worked in digital imaging for over 25 years. He has served in key positions within the healthcare and aerospace industries. Prior to joining McKesson, Biegel had senior roles in diagnostic imaging product development and marketing at Agfa Healthcare, Mitra Imaging, Hewlett-Packard’s Medical Products Read More

Group, Polaroid Medical Imaging Systems and the DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Biegel worked in the air and space borne reconnaissance industry for Itek Optical Systems. He was also on the faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Imaging Science where he received bachelor’s and masters’ degrees in Imaging Science.

Steven P. Braff, M.D.—Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiology & University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care

Dr. Steven Braff earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan, where he was elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in his third year and graduated with distinction. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Montefiore Hospital at Albert Einstein University in New York City, where he was Chief Resident his final year. Dr. Braff was responsible for bringing the first diagnostic computed tomography and MRI services to the Finger Lakes Region of New York. He was a board member of the Clinical MRI Society, a national Read More

society with more than 1,000 physician members. Dr. Braff joined Fletcher Allen Health care as an attending neuroradiologist in 1999, and served as Director of Neuroradiology from 2001 to 2004. In 2002, he was also named Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He joined at the College of Medicine faculty as Associate Professor of Radiology and Neurology in 2001, and received a joint appointment in Surgery in 2002. He was appointed full Professor in 2005. Dr. Braff was appointed Vice Chair of Radiology in 2003, and named interim department Chair and interim Physician Leader in 2004. He is also a member of the Fletcher Allen Faculty Practice Group Board of Directors, and serves as a member of the Faculty Practice Group Finance Committee. In addition to his appointment as Chair, he has also been named Clinical Leader of Radiology at Fletcher Allen. Dr. Braff is actively engaged in education for physicians, resident and medical students, and has earned Physician Recognition Awards in Postgraduate Radiology form the American Medical Association every year since 1980. He is the author of more than a dozen published articles since 2000, and is also a member of the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group. Dr. Braff and his wife, Martha, live in Stowe, Vermont.

Kristen DeStigter, M.D.—Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology at University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care

Kristen K. DeStigter, MD, FACR, is the John P. and Kathryn H. Tampas Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, Vermont, where she practices as an attending radiologist in the University of Vermont Medical Group. Dr. DeStigter is the program director for the Diagnostic Radiology residency at the University of Vermont. Among her professional achievements, Dr. DeStigter serves as president of the Vermont Radiological Society and is councilor of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Radiology ACR).Read More

She participates as a member of the ACR Council Steering Committee and also chairs the ACR Symposium Committee. Dr. DeStigter has focused her career on radiology education. Currently, she serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR); she is a member of the New England Roentgen Ray Society Executive Committee; she also sits on the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. DeStigter’s scholarly interests and accomplishments include peer-reviewed publications, lectures and presentations of unique applications for ultrasound in clinical medicine, the provision of integrated medical imaging services in under-served geographies and communities, medical education in diagnostic radiology, and global advances in maternal and neonatal care. She is a champion of many projects for safety and quality of care in clinical radiology. . In the international community, Dr. Destigter leverages her knowledge and experience through her participation as a member of the World Health Organization Referral Guidelines Development Group as part of the International Radiology Quality Network. In addition, she serves on the Radiology Society of North America Committee on International Relations and Education and the ACR Foundation’s International Outreach Committee.. As a medical visionary and drawing upon her extensive experience in global applications of ultrasound, Dr. Destigter is the co-founder and president of Imaging the World, an organization dedicated to mitigating medical imaging deficiencies in the most under-resourced areas of the world using sustainable, low cost, technology-based solutions. As a result of this work, she is a recipient of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations and well as Grand Challenges Canada grants. Dr. DeStigter received her BS in French and Biology from Calvin College, her MD from Case Western Reserve University, her diagnostic imaging residency training as well as her body imaging fellowship training from University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH. She has four children.

Raquel Karnick

Raquel Karnick joined ITW’s logistics team in the spring of 2009 as the leader, and subsequently, was nominated to the board. She is originally from Venezuela and received a scholarship to pursue undergraduate studies in the USA. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a B.S degree in Industrial Engineering. Raquel started her career in the Operations Management Leadership Program at GE Healthcare and continued to have several roles in Sales, Marketing and Operations within GE Healthcare, McKesson Medical Imaging and Ford Motor Company. She is currently aRead More

full time mom living in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and two sons.