MA.Ed. RT (R) (MR)(CT) (ARRT)
CEO & President of The Thomas Institute of Health Professions
Leader, Educator, Practitioner, and Scholar
Chalonda began the professional phase of the UAB Radiography Program in the Fall Semester of 1997. In December 1999, she graduated with a Bachelor in Radiological Sciences with honors (cum laude). She was employed as a staff technologist in the Radiology Department at UAB Hospital. Shortly afterwards, she was offered and accepted an interim supervisor position. Additionally, she was appointed to the position of volunteer Clinical Instructor for students in the UAB Radiography Program. In 2003, she held the positions of Academic Clinical Coordinator and Instructor for the UAB Radiography Program and was a liaison between several clinical affiliates and the radiography program.
In 2006, Chalonda graduated from the University of Phoenix, earning a Masters of Arts in Education/ Curriculum and Instruction with honors (magna cum laude). In May 2008 after receiving a Master’s degree in Education, she became MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) certified. In 2009, she became certified in CT (Computed Tomography). She also began working as an Assistant Professor and CT/MRI Academic Clinical Director for the UAB’s Nuclear Medicine Program. She taught and managed all aspects of the CT Concentration (online) and MRI concentration (blended). In 2010, she became the Program Director for the Advanced Placement Track Radiography Program at Pima Medical Institute Online. There she directed over 100 students and 20 faculty members per semester. As President and CEO of The Thomas Institute of Health Professions, she oversees the day to day operations of the school. Chalonda also consults as a Federal Government Medical Imaging Legal Expert.
As a healthcare professional who loves advancing in her field, she knows the importance of affordable, quality, and convenient education. Chalonda’s passion is helping others achieve their goals through education. Chalonda has a vast of experience educating adult learners for advancement in the healthcare field. Her student population has included imaging professionals in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy.
Chalonda has been a recipient of several professional awards. She was awarded the Marian “Pat” Hattaway Award (Outstanding Clinical Instructor) in 2003. She was nominated into Strathmore Who’s Who (national recognition of professional accomplishment) in 2004 and her bibliography was published in the 2005 edition. She was voted 2013 Peak Performer from Pima Medical Institute. Professional attributes she has made to her profession includes being Selected as speaker for ASRT 2017 Governance and House of Delegates Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Presentation Topic, “CT Dose Optimization Strategies”. Being Vice President of the Birmingham Regional Society and serving as a member on several professional organizations. Chalonda is currently IRB certified and has served as an investigator on several imaging research studies for the UAB School of Medicine.
She has authored several CE modules in imaging, and two chapters (Patient Care: Contrast Media and MRI Primer) for the Ann Steves Review of Nuclear Medicine Preparation for Certification Examination (4th edition).