This award serves to recognize and reward ASCLS members who have demonstrated their leadership potential to the organization, and to provide these members with structured mentoring.

The Key to the Future Program is administered by the ASCLS Leadership Development Committee and is intended to assist constituent societies in the development of potential leaders to serve at local, state, regional and national levels of the Society. Additionally, the program encourages appointments and nominations of these highly motivated members to positions of responsibility within the organization that will further their leadership development.

Award: Recipients receive recognition and a unique Key to the Future pin at the annual ASCLS meeting. Constituent societies are encouraged to appoint/elect awardees as delegates to the ASCLS Annual Meeting.

Each constituent society should recognize their nominees by announcing their names at the constituent society's annual Awards Ceremony and presenting them with a unique item designated exclusively for this purpose. The names of the winners should be published in the constituent society newsletter.

Nomination deadline: May 1

Nominees are from a constituent (state) society. Each constituent society may recognize a maximum of three members per year. 

Method of nomination by a constituent society is to be determined by that constituent society. ASCLS recommends the current constituent society president be involved, with a suggested committee composition including the president, past president, president-elect and the previous year's recipients.

Key to the Future Recognition Program Online Nomination Form 

Questions may be directed to


  • Must be a new member (within three years), or a longstanding member who has recently increased his/her activity with the society
  • Must be an ASCLS member in the Professional, Ascending Professional, or Developing Professional categories of membership
  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential by directing at least one task force or project, chairing a committee with significant tasks, or performing exceptionally as a constituent society Board member or local/chapter officer; outcomes of this involvement must be considered outstanding, creative and of high quality
  • Must not have received this award previously

2019 Keys to the Future Recipients

Congratulations these 55 members from 27 ASCLS consituent societies who have dmonstrated their leadership potential to the organization.

Region 1

Central New England
Michael Iodice

Region 2

Jonathan Meyer

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William Veilleux, MLS(ASCP)CM
Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Hospital, Richmond

Bill is a driven, intelligent, and humble person. He has a genuine passion for the medical laboratory science profession, which he demonstrated as a student and continues today. He has been instrumental in helping ASCLS-VA in so many ways including helping to maintain the society's website and helping to plan state meetings. Bill is a true asset to our profession.

Washington, DC
Yousif Barzani
Samantha Dean
T. Sachiko De Silva

Region 3

Melissa Chase

Mark De Luna
Grant Howard
Stephanie Walsh

Lester Dobson
Brandy Gunsolus
Phyllis Ingham

Celia Reulet
Rickey White
Paula Yarborough

North Carolina
William Anong
Peter Davis

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Christal Lane, MLS(ASCP)CM
Medical Laboratory Scientist in Bacteriology and in Pediatric Research CMB/RSV Labs, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis

Christal has served as the Tennessee student delegate, on the Developing Professionals Forum as board director and chair at the national level, as well as attended local, state, and national-level ASCLS meetings. Christal was elected president-elect for the Memphis chapter of ASCLS. She received the ASCLS Developing Professional of the Year Award at the national meeting, as well as Omicron Sigma at the state and national levels. She also presented topics at numerous Memphis chapter meetings. She is described as “spunky” and a “breath of fresh air” and is a shining example of the future of ASCLS and the laboratory profession.

Region 4


Molecular Coordinator, Alverno Laboratories, Hammond

Leah is such a pleasure to have on our board. Even though she doesn’t live in close proximity to our board meetings she always makes it a priority to remotely connect to our meetings. Leah has stepped up in our society by attending various events in the past few years and sharing what she has learned with the board, such as at Legislative Day, Annual Meetings, and state meetings. She is currently being groomed to take over our P.A.C.E.® chair position and always has insightful suggestions to help better ASCLS-IN. Leah was also a member of the 2018 ASCLS Leadership Academy Class.

Ming Yang

Sierra Harr
Maria Moss
Meera Patel

Darby Naheedy

Region 5

Galina Dronova
Eykka Gundlach
Morgan Zahn

North Dakota
Heather Gilbert
Leah Runyan

South Dakota
Stephanie Jacobson
Jodi Kor
Sydney Kor

Amanda Bakko

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Benjamin Kaetterhenry, MT(ASCP)
Lab Supervisor - Clinical Operations, Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton

Ben was nominated for a Keys to the Future recognition in ASCLS Wisconsin in 2019 after he rejoined the organization after a break in involvement over the years. Ben was a participant in the Region V Leadership Academy for 2018-19. He showcased his fascinating presentation discussing a case study on a patient with Burkholderia pseudomallei, including handling the subsequent lab exposure event and follow-up. Ben presented this to his local ASCLS-WI Fox Valley Chapter as well as at the 2019 ASCLS Wisconsin State Convention. Ben volunteered at the ASCLS-WI State Convention as a student bowl judge. He will assume the role of president for the Fox Valley Chapter. Ben is a true testament of this organization being built by grassroots volunteer leadership!

Hannah Ruplinger

Region 6 

Eric Elsinghorst
Jennifer Jones
Letycia Nunez-Argote

Region 7

Lindsey Clark
Sabra Hanna

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Alejandra Perez, MLS(ASCP)CM
Medical Laboratory Scientist, Willis-Knighton Health System, Shreveport

Allie is dedicated to the profession and the organization. As a new mom, she served as LSCLS Student Forum vice chair in 2017-18 and as the LSCLS Student Forum chair in 2018-19. Allie was able to attend the 2018 ASCLS Annual Meeting in Chicago. Allie is and will continue to be a wonderful asset to the organization and the profession.

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Cheyenne Reyes, MLS(ASCP)CM
Medical Laboratory Scientist, Ochsner LSU Health Monroe Medical Center, Monroe

Cheyenne exhibits exceptional interest and  leadership abilities. Although she was not elected as one of our Student Forum officers, she did not let that discourage her. She raised the funds necessary to attend the 2018 ASCLS Annual Meeting in Chicago and was appointed as the Region VII Student Forum representative. She continued her fundraising and was able to represent LSCLS at the 2019 Legislative Symposium and the 2019 ASCLS-AGT Joint Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cheyenne was also a great help in planning and executing  the 2019 LSCLS/ASCLS-MS Bi-State Meeting. She has a bright future in ASCLS and in her career as a medical laboratory scientist. 

Region 8

Erika CO

Erika E. Buchanan, MLT(ASCP)CM MCM
Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor, Quest Diagnostics, Denver

Erika is the P.A.C.E.® coordinator for ASCLS-CO, and has been a member of the Intermountain States Seminar (IMSS) 2019 Committee as the P.A.C.E.® coordinator. She has worked at Quest Diagnotics for 20 years, having started out as a lab assistant with a BS in chemistry. She lives in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband Edward and her 2.5-year-old daughter, Skylar. Her hobbies include video games, reading, crocheting, and traveling (though she is waiting for Skylar to get older to travel again).

Mary Echanove Brown

Abou Drammeh

Jed Doxtater
Bernardino Madsen

Region 9

Stephanie Davies
Stephanie Moore

Rachelle Barrett
Genaro Hernandez
Tiffany Mach

Andrew Nguyen
Holly Silver