Our Staff




Ramzy joined AVA in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer after 14 years at Johnson & Johnson in both its pharmaceutical and medical device businesses. He has extensive experience and understanding of the critical issues and opportunities surrounding vascular access and healthcare delivery in America and abroad. Ramzy leads the mission and strategic plan for both AVA as well as the AVA Foundation.





Tonya has been with AVA since 1998.  She manages the day to day operations of the association.  She provides support to the D-Team, and the Nominating Committee, as well as she is the direct contact to AVA's Corporate Members.  Tonya provides support to the CEO and Board of Directors to carry out the mission and strategic plan of AVA.


Director of Finance

Lory Schantz

Lory handles all aspects of AVA's financial processes including:  budget preparation and analysis, audit and tax functions, investments, depreciation, payroll, A/P, A/R, etc.  As Director of Finance, it is her responsibility to ensure that AVA is compliant with all issues related to finance.  She consults with executive leadership related to staff adherence to all AVA financial policies, and, as needed, participates in cost analyses with other directors.  In addition, she coordinates, analyzes and reports on financial performance to leadership and to the Board of Directors.  She works closely with the Treasurer.


Director of Affiliates

Cindy Anderton

Cindy has been with AVA since January 2012.  She is responsible for program development of the AVA networks while supporting AVA’s strategic plan by working with the CEO, committees and AVA Board.  Cindy is also serves as the staff liaison to AVA's Special Interest Groups. 

Cindy has 20+ years of customer service experience.  She has served in many capacities including Business Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Customer Service Manager, and Executive Assistant.



Director of Outreach


Beth is a National Patient Advocate with a background in Training, Communications and Business. In her new role, her emphasis will be on providing AVA internal plus external communications by partnering and collaborating with other organizations to help provide safe vascular access. Beth is heading up the Patient Education and Advocacy Committee. 

She is a sought after Keynote speaker throughout the healthcare continuum. Beth came to AVA initially because of her youngest son, Manny, who lives with a central line. Her personal mission statement is, "Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves."



Member Services Coordinator

Jennifer Livsey

Jennifer joined the AVA team in 2014. She is the database administrator and manages the online store.  Feel free to contact her if you are interested in joining AVA, purchasing a product, or want more information about member benefits. Jennifer also provides administrative support to all AVA staff members and serves as staff liaison to the Membership Committee.  

Jennifer received her BS degrees in Sociology and Public Relations from Utah State University.  She brings experience in journalism, copy editing, desktop publishing, and customer service.  





director of communications / JAVA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Joining the team in 2017, Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access and Director of Communications for AVA. He oversees content for JAVA and E-VAN, recruits researchers and reviews their submissions for publication and also manages the AVA social media strategy. Contact Eric with inquiries about publishing your work in JAVA or E-VAN.
Eric received his BS in Journalism from Ohio State University. An editor by trade, he brings experience in online and newspaper publishing, copy editing and writing.