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By Rochelle A. Shenk
Maryglo Stroik, MHA, RVT, RDMS,
RT(R), director of the PA College
Diagnostic Medical Sonography program,
describes herself as a " foodie " with a passion
for learning and exploring other cultures.
Having joined the College in November
2015, she was promoted to program
director in December 2021.
The path that led Stroik to the College is as
storied as her name.
" My dad wanted to name me after his
mom, whose name is Gloria, " she explains.
" He took the 'Glo' part of her name and
created Maryglo. "
Stroik's dad served in the Air Force, and
she says she's a " military brat. " Born in the
Philippines, her childhood was spent in
Korea, Guam and California. Her family
then moved to Florida, where she finished
high school and began college. After her
freshman year, Stroik followed in her
father's footsteps and enlisted in the Air
" I knew I wanted a job in the medical field.
So, I would only go into the military if I
could go into a medical field, " she explains.
After basic training in October 2000,
Stroik was trained in diagnostic imagery.
Fascinated by ultrasound technology, she
began her career as a sonographer in 2003.
Four years later, she became an instructor.
During her military service, Stroik
traveled domestically to Texas, Illinois and
California and abroad to Qatar and Korea.
" I had the opportunity to see parts of the
U.S., as well as overseas destinations, " she
explains. " I always made sure I saw a bit of
the surrounding area and got to know the
local culture. In Korea, there were Koreans
on base, so I got to know their language
and food. "
After leaving the Air Force in 2010, she
spent the next five years as a sonographer
at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.
One of the most rewarding aspects of that
position was working with the students.
" Working with students is one of the
things that attracted me to the position at
the College. I like the opportunity to get to
know the students and help them grow in
their skill set. "
As a teacher, Stroik believes it's important
to keep up to date with changes in her
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field. " I need to help prepare students for
what it will be like when they're working
in the field, " she says. Along those lines,
Stroik is reviewing the diagnostic medical
sonography program and its curriculum to
ensure it evolves to meet workforce needs.
" There are other colleges in the area that
offer health sciences - I want to ensure our
program continues to be top-notch, " she
says. " I want to make sure our students are
competitive in the job market and that they
have the clinical skills they'll need for the
situations they'll face on the job. "
Outside of PA College, Stroik is a mom to
two Palmyra High School students and has
been involved in their travel soccer league
as treasurer for four years. She loves to cook
and dine at area restaurants.
" I'm a big foodie, " she says. " My husband
Nate and I love to explore different
restaurants. Through my travels, I've
learned to make Greek and Spanish dishes. "
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