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Instructor Bios

Nicole Rushing, Department Chair

Ms. Rushing has worked in the health care field for over 10 years. She is a Class of 2006 Alumni of the Diagnostic Imaging Program, SUNY-Orange. She began her career as an X-Ray Technologist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, with a focus in the Emergency Room. More recently Ms. Rushing has worked as a Radiology Technologist at Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, NY, with a focus in orthopedics among areas. At the same time she continued her education in Computed Tomography (CT) and is a registered CT Technologist as well as IV and CPR certified. Additionally, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Nyack College, NY, and her Master's Degree in Public health Administration from Fort Hays University, Kansas. Ms. Rushing has worked as a Clinical Instructor for SUNY-Orange since 2010 and during this time built an online Computed Technology Continuing Education Program currently being offered for registered technologists at the college.

Prior to becoming a Radiology Technologist, Ms. Rushing sold prescription eye glasses, performed prescreening for exams and made prescription eyeglass lenses. Although she learned a lot and enjoyed her work, it was during this time a visit to the doctor and viewing her own x-ray that prompted her to return to her first interest, radiography.

Recalling from high school she states, "I remember telling my advisor I wanted to be an x-ray technologist. He responded that I really had my work cut out for me and did not think it possible because I did not take enough math classes. I always did well in school though and did not let him discourage me. I worked hard and was very successful. My advice to students or future students is always do not let anyone discourage you or scare you from what you really want to do".

In addition to being on faculty, Ms. Rushing continues to work as an X-Ray and CT Technologist. In her free timeMs. Rushing enjoys being outdoors. Her interests include hiking, enjoying the beach, and outdoor photography. She is an active crafter, artist working in paint, and continues to enrich her skills taking art classes.

Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Nicole Rushing, Department Chair

845-341-4148
Orange County Community College
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940


Bob Misiak, Clinical Coordinator

Prof. Misiak started in radiography almost 40 years ago. He graduated from Overlook Hospital School of Radiography in Summit, New Jersey and received his Bachelor's degree from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. After completing his degree he joined the staff at Overlook Hospital and began his teaching career at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. His teaching career eventually brought him to Glen Cove, Long Island where he served as the Radiography Program Director and to New York City Technical College.

In 1989 Prof. Misiak started the Radiologic Technology Program at Orange County Community College and served as Department Chair from 1989 to 2005. he has since returned to his first love; teaching full-time. Prof. Misiak serves as Interim Department Chair on occasion and he again finds himself in that position.

Over the years, Prof. Misiak's accomplishments include serving as President of the Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology of New York State, President of the Shared Governance system of Orange County Community College, President of the Staff and Chair Association and an Accreditation Site Visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. His experiences include teaching and taking x-rays in Gabon, Africa. In addition, Prof. Misiak has spoken at over 100 seminars and conferences. In his free time Prof. Misiak is very active in church activities.

Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Bob Misiak, Clinical Coordinator

845-341-4275
Orange County Community College
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940


Michele Ascione, Instructor

Prof. Ascione has worked in the medical field for almost 30 years. Before her career as a radiographer, she rotated through varies hospital positions including registrar, emergency room secretary, and emergency room chart coordinator at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, NY.

She is a Class of 1996 Alumni of the Diagnostic Imaging Program here at SUNY-Orange. She began her career as a Radiographer in 1996 at Cornwall Hospital, in Cornwall, NY. Over the years, she has also worked in other facilities throughout the Hudson Valley area including both hospital and outpatient centers. A year after graduating as a Radiographer she became ARRT Certified in Mammography. She continued her education and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management, and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, from Nyack College, NY.

Prof. Ascione joined the SUNY-Orange Faculty in 2003 as an adjunct instructor for the Radiologic Technology Program, and is now full-time faculty. Being exposed to the medical field at a young age, Prof. Ascione always had a passion for both teaching and the medical profession. With her love for these two fields, she knew she was headed down the correct career path when she became a part of the SUNY-Orange team.

Prof. Ascione truly enjoys working with students and helping them to succeed. She states, "As Instructors we have to recognize our students' efforts and achievements no matter how big or small. Sometimes the ones we are trying to inspire are the same ones that inspire us." She helps students reach their goals both at their clinical site, online and in the classroom. She serves on various college committees and is club advisor for the Radiologic Technology Club.

Prof. Ascione has a passion and love for family and friends. She enjoys family activities, reading and enjoying the simple things in life. Prof. Ascione is active in church activities and enjoys teaching the 1st and 2nd-grade religious education at her church. She states, “I love seeing the world through the eyes of an innocent child. Children help us to see the magic in everything. They see a world that is full of possibilities and where everything is a learning experience. Just think of how many times a child asks the question “why?” over and over again.”

Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Michele Ascione, Professor

845-341-4489
Orange County Community College
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940