Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mary Ellen WellsPresident – Mary Ellen Wells, PhD, RPSGT, R.EEG T., R.NCS T.

Dr. Wells is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs and teaches in the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science BS program offered through UNC Charlotte with collaborative coursework through UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Wells has many years of experience with instructional design, program evaluation, and e-learning specific to sleep medicine. She served as principle investigator on the American Society of Neurodiagnostic Technologists Pathophysiology of Sleep, Neurological, and Related Disorders grant for the development of an advanced curriculum in neurodiagnostics and sleep science. She serves as program evaluator of the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science degree program at The University of North Carolina. In addition to her research experience, Ms. Wells also has extensive clinical experience, as she has served (and currently serves) as a practicing technologist in neurodiagnostics and sleep science for over 14 years, assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep and neurological disorders. She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina State University.

Tom PerkinsVice President - A Thomas Perkins, MD, PhD, FAASM

Dr. Perkins received his MD from the Northeast Ohio Medical University and his PhD in Neurobiology from Kent State University. He completed a residency in neurology as well as a fellowship in epilepsy and sleep medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Perkins is board certified in neurology. He is doubly board certified in Sleep Medicine through the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, subspecialty in sleep medicine.  He joined Raleigh Neurology in 1997. He developed and now directs the Sleep Medicine Program at Raleigh Neurology, accredited since 2002. Dr. Perkins is actively involved in the clinical research of sleep disorders and epilepsy. He married his college sweetheart in 1987 and they had their first child during medical school. Dr. Perkins and his wife have three children. He completed his first and last marathon in 2000. He enjoys early mornings reading his Bible, incorporating his faith into the practice of medicine, exercise and any sport involving a ball.


Sonya McNeillSecretary – Sonya A. McNeill, BS, RPSGT, RST

Sonya A. McNeill is a Registered Polysomnography Technologist with 17 years of experience.  She currently works at the University of North Carolina Rex Sleep Disorder and Neurodiagnostics Center.  She earned a B.S in Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science in 2013 from UNC-Charlotte and an AAS in Respiratory Care in 1999 from Robeson Community College. She is a member of The North Carolina Academy of Sleep Medicine and The American Association of Sleep Technology. Throughout her career in sleep medicine, she has worked as a technologist, student preceptor, patient educator as well as a supervisor. She has worked closely with sleep specialist to assist with the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of sleep and neurological disorders. She continues to work as an advocate to promote sleep disorder awareness and education.

Steven O'DellTreasurer - Steven O’Dell, BS, RPSGT

Steven O’Dell is a polysomnographic technologist at the University of North Carolina Hospital Sleep Disorders Center. Steven received his BS degree in Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science from UNC Charlotte and AAS degree in Polysomnography from Lenoir Community College. He performs PSG’s, including diagnostic and titration (CPAP, Bi-Level, ASV), and assists in training of students.







Karen RoweBoard Member - Karen Monarchy Rowe, BS, RPSGT

Karen received her BS degree in Governmental Administration in January 1978 from Christopher Newport College of William and Mary in Virginia.  Prior to entering the sleep profession, she was a Flight Attendant for many years with Piedmont Airlines.  After her flying career, she returned to school to receive her AAS Degree in Electroneurodiagnostics in 2002, and shortly thereafter, received her RPSGT credential.  She had the privilege of working under the direction of Dr. Brad Vaughn at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.  Karen was the program director for a polysomnography program which was CAAHEP accredited.  During this time, she was a Founding Member and served as an officer of NCAST, which is now NCASM.  She assisted with writing and lobbying for legislation known as the Polysomnography Practice Act for NC sleep technologists, which passed unanimously in August 2009.  Currently, Karen is the Executive Director of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG), and resides with her husband in New Bern, NC.

Will UnderwoodBoard Member - Will Underwood, RPSGT

Will began his career in Polysomnography in 1991 and joined the UNC Sleep Disorders Center in 1999. He is a Founding Member and Past President of NCASM. He was instrumental in the legislative processes which lead to the passage of the “Polysomnograhy Practice Act” in North Carolina. His passion for the field of Polysomnography and patient advocacy has lead him to actively promote education and training for sleep technicians; establish state-wide standards and to maintain Polysomnography as a “separate and distinct profession” that it is today. He continues his work at UNC Healthcare and serves on various state and local task forces, Boards and Committees.



Brad VaughnBoard Member - Bradley V. Vaughn, MD

Dr. Vaughn is the medical director of the UNC Sleep Program and Bachelor’s degree program in Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science. He has served in many administrative positions within the AASM, AAN and ACNS and his research focuses on the overlap of sleep and epilepsy. Dr. Vaughn received his MD from Hershey Medical School at Pennsylvania State University and joined UNC in 1987.