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

Amber Reulet

Amber Reulet, MS, MLT, M(ASCP)CM
Clinical Coordinator, MLT Program, Hinds Community College, Raymond
Amber Reulet was nominated for Key to the Future for her service to ASCLS MS. She began teaching in the MLT program at Hinds Community College in 2015. She supports students by bringing teams to participate in the LA-MS Bi-State Annual Student Bowl and Meeting. She has also served on the ASCLS-MS Board of Directors.

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Rickey White
Instructor and Clinical Coordinator, MLT Program, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston
Rickey White began serving on the ASCLS-MS Board of Directors in 2018. Rickey was a past Educator of the Year for ASLCS-MS and has a passion to serve students, the society, and our profession.

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Paula Yarborough, MT(ASCP)
MLT Program Director, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson
Paula is an active ASCLS-MS member and is enthusiastic about participation in leadership. Paula is an advocate for students and the laboratory profession.


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
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Meera Patel, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Medical Techonologist, Blood Bank Department, Norton Hospital, Marion
Meera is a pleasure to work with. She has served as the Kentucky student delegate and Region IV student representative. She is active in state, regional, and national meetings. Meera has presented at the state meetings and desires to see ASLCS grow and prosper. She is a mentor to future laboratorians.

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Darby Naheedy, MLS(ASCP)CM
Medical Laboratory Technologist, Rush Copley Medical Center, Yorkville, IL
Darby is a dedicated contributor to ASCLS. Even though she moved out of state, she has remained active for ASCLS-MI. She is artistically talented and has applied those talents to preparing our conference brochure and other promotional materials on deadline. Darby has also used social media to promote our conference while carefully watching the budget. She is an enthusiastic ambassador for our profession and our Society.

Region 5

Galina Dronova
Eykka Gundlach
Morgan Zahn

North Dakota
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Heather Gilbert
Educational Lab Manager, Medical Laboratory Science Department, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks
Heather has served on the ASCLS-ND board for the last two years, previously as nominations chair and now as secretary treasurer. She is organized and always prompt in regards to her tasks for ASCLS. We look forward to her serving on the ASCLS-ND board again this year.

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Leah Runyan, MLS(ASCP)CM
Medical Laboratory Technologist I, Vitalant, Fargo
Leah served on the ASCLS-ND Board as the student representative (developing professional). She was very active this past year visiting numerous schools regarding the impact of ASCLS, as well as giving a talk at the state meeting. Leah also attended the Legislative Symposium. We look forward to her serving on the ASCLS-ND board again this year as our ascending professional representative.

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 

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Eric Elsinghorst, PhD, MPH, MLS(ASCP)MBCM
Department Chair, Program Director and Graduate Director, Research Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
Eric was nominated to be a recipient of a Keys to the Future because of his outstanding service to ASCLS-KS. Eric has chaired the Award and Education Standing Committee for the past four years, during which he has greatly streamlined the application and awards process. As department chair, Eric encourages student participation in ASCLS-KS by sponsoring their membership and encouraging their attendance at the annual state meeting. 

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Jennifer Jones, MLS(ASCP)CM
Clinical Instructor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
Jennifer was nominated to be a recipient of a Keys to the Future because of her outstanding service to ASCLS-KS. She served as the 2018 ASCLS-KS president-elect and became president in 2019. She has been a two-time board member and has also been active in planning the annual state meeting. As a long time laboratorian and CLS educator, she strives to encourage and inspire students who are the future of our profession.

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Letycia Nunez-Argote, MPH, CPH, MLS(ASCP)CM
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
Letycia was nominated to be a recipient of a Keys to the Future because of her outstanding service to ASCLS-KS. She has been an active member of ASCLS-KS since she joined the University Kansas CLS faculty in 2017. She is passionate about all thing’s laboratory, especially government affairs. She co-chairs the ASCLS-KS Government Affairs Standing Committee, serves on the national ASCLS Government Affairs Committee, and has been an active participant at the Legislative Symposium in Washington, DC, for the past three years.

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

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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
Instructor, Blood Bank and Laboratory Management, MLS Program, Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls 
Rachelle is committed to ASCLS and Oregon. She was the chair for our Oregon Spring Seminar for two years, which is our joint effort with Oregon AMT. She is now the ASCLS-Oregon acting president as of August 1.

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Genaro Hernandez, MLT(ASCP)
Medical Laboratory Technician, Adventist Health Portland
Genaro's activism started while he was still an MLT student, and he attended the national ASCLS Annual Meeting before he was a delegate. He is in charge of the ASCLS-Oregon website and has been our Government Affairs Committee representative until 2019. He has been our student representative (Developing Professional) and our new professional representative (Ascending Professional).

Tiffany Mach, MLT(ASCP)
Medical Laboratory Technician, Adventist Medical Center, Portland
Tiffany has been ready and willing to do whatever task is needed to be done for ASCLS-Oregon, as well as Region IX. She has been our treasurer for two years, has been a delegate to the national ASCLS House of Delegates, and has gone back to school to advance from MLT to MLS.

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