Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SDMS Announcements

SDMS President’s Message – Special Edition December 2023

by Mitzi Roberts, SDMS President

Donald KernsAnnouncing the Retirement of the SDMS and SDMS Foundation CEO, Don Kerns, JD, CAE

After an incredible tenure spanning almost twenty-five years with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), including an impactful decade as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Donald Kerns, JD, CAE, will retire at the end of 2023.

It has been my privilege to work with Don for over ten years. He leaves a remarkable legacy of excellence and dedication to the SDMS, SDMS Foundation, and the sonography community. His tireless advocacy for sonographers stands as a testament to his dedication to elevating the sonography profession.

While too numerous to list in their entirety, Don’s exceptional contributions to the SDMS, SDMS Foundation, and our field include paving the way towards advanced sonography and laying a solid foundation for addressing sonographer work-related musculoskeletal ​disorders.

With heartfelt gratitude for his dedication and perseverance, we wholeheartedly wish him a rewarding and well-deserved retirement.

Mary Rodriguez

Introducing the SDMS and SDMS Foundation New CEO, Mary Rodriguez, CAE

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Rodriguez, CAE, as the new CEO for the SDMS and SDMS Foundation effective January 1, 2024.

With over two decades of unparalleled experience in healthcare association management, which includes more than ten years of executive leadership experience with the SDMS and SDMS Foundation, Mary brings a wealth of knowledge, vision, strategic expertise, and a passion for sonography that will drive us towards transformative change and sustained growth.

Throughout Mary's career, she has consistently demonstrated a commitment to collaboration and the achievement of strategic goals. Her expertise in navigating relationships with accreditation bodies, certification entities, and industry partners has resulted in numerous successes and advancements for the SDMS, SDMS Foundation, and our field. Furthermore, her extensive interactions with past and present SDMS leadership have equipped her with invaluable insights and a deep understanding of our mission and values.

Please join me in extending a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Mary. Let us embrace this exciting new chapter together as we continue our unwavering commitment to advancing the field of diagnostic medical sonography.


Mitzi Roberts SDMS PresidentMitzi Roberts, ​EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President