Volume 38 Number 3 | June 2024

The ASCLS Nominations Committee is pleased to present the following candidates for office in the 2024-25 Society year. Candidates selected by the House of Delegates will take office during the 2024 ASCLS, AGT & SAFMLS Joint Annual Meeting. Delegates will elect one president-elect; four 3-year term directors; one 1-year term director; one 5-year term member for the Judicial Committee; and four 2-year term members for the Nominations Committee.

Candidates for President-Elect

Vote for one.

Kyle Riding

Kyle B. Riding, PhD, MLS(ASCP)

Miles Tompkins

Miles Tompkins, MLT(ASCP)

Constituent Society: Florida

Join Year: 2004

Current Job Title: Associate Professor & Program Director, University of Central Florida

Educational Degrees: PhD Public Health; BS Medical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)

Years attended ASCLS Annual Meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs): 2019, FSCLS Annual Seminar Planning Committee, Program Chair

Regional Board Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): 2019-present, Secretary Treasurer

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs): 2019-2020, House of Delegates Task Force, Chair

Professional Practice Setting: Higher Education

Community Type (employment): Urban

Clinical Focus: Generalist

Professional Practice Focus: Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
After 20 years of membership in ASCLS, I have seen firsthand the visionary leadership and collective voice this organization offers. These strengths have allowed ASCLS to work towards its mission and enhance the quality of healthcare through the advancement of medical laboratory diagnostics. I believe over the next decade – as ASCLS approaches its 100th anniversary – we must honor our impressive history and embrace the limitless potential of our future. I believe this can be achieved by leveraging our community’s passion, harnessing its collective wisdom, building valuable experiences for all stakeholders, and assuring all voices feel that ASCLS is a brave space where diverse perspectives are welcomed and celebrated. Running for ASCLS president-elect is a profound opportunity for me to further contribute to this community as a servant leader by working towards those goals. With a steadfast commitment to advancing this organization and profession, I am eager to celebrate the opportunities, embrace the challenges, and lead ASCLS towards the brighter future it deserves.

Constituent Society: Oklahoma

Join Year: 2012

Current Job Title: Technical Staffing Specialist, Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma

Educational Degrees: AAS Clinical Laboratory Technology

Certifications: MLT(ASCP)

Years attended ASCLS Annual Meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2021, ASCLS-OK, President
  • 2021-2022, ASCLS-OK, Past-President
  • 2019-2022, ASCLS-OK Scholarship Committee, Chair

Regional Board Positions (5 yrs): 2019-2022, Region VII Council

National Board Member (5 Yrs): 2022-present, Director

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2020, Constituent Society Task Force
  • 2019-2020, Diversity Advocacy Council, Chair
  • 2020-2021, Diversity Advocacy Council, Past-Chair

Professional Practice Setting:

  • Commercial/Reference Laboratory
  • Community Hospital (<100 beds)
  • Higher Education
  • Hospital (>100 beds)
  • Industry

Community Type (employment): Urban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Generalist
  • Hematology
  • Phlebotomy

Professional Practice Focus:

  • Administrator
  • Bench
  • Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
Ever since I attended my first ASCLS national meeting and House of Delegates, I have always had a profound appreciation that our organization is composed of and led by diverse members with a variety of backgrounds and abilities. The diversity of thought and perspectives nurture the benefits of ASCLS. Together, we can harness our passion and collaborative power to share the value of ASCLS with others. Because of this, I knew that one day, I would want to serve as president-elect. Our organization is at a time that brings great excitement and change, but also some difficult conversations that must generate meaningful action. I believe that now is the right time for me to bring my background in bench work, education, industry, and human resources, along with my abilities to lead and engage in productive conversations that cultivate tangible results, to the role of president-elect of ASCLS.

Candidates for Director

Vote for four positions with 3-year terms and one position with 1-year term.

Lindsey Davenport-Landry

K. Lindsey Davenport-Landry, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)

Kelcey Harper

Kelcey Harper, MS, MLS(ASCP)

Heather Herrington

Heather Herrington, DVM, MLS(ASCP)

Floyd Josephat

Floyd Josephat, EdD, MLS(ASCP)

Melissa Kasper

Melissa Kasper, MLS(ASCP)

Emilia Marrero-Greene

Emilia Marrero-Greene, MS, MLT(ASCP), M(ASCP), MT(AAB)

Stephanie Noblit

Stephanie Noblit, JD, MLS(ASCP)

Stacey Lyn Robinson

Stacey Lyn Robinson, MS, MLS(ASCP), SH(ASCP), SCYM(ASCP) 

Adrienne Davis Zapfe

Adrienne Davis Zapfe, EdD, MLS(ASCP), AHI(AMT)

Constituent Society: Iowa

Join Year: 2006

Current Job Title: Chief Medical Technologist, Department of Veteran Affairs 

Educational Degrees: DCLS Clinical Laboratory Science; MS Clinical Laboratory Science; BS Clinical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)

Years attended ASCLS Annual Meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs): 2019-present, ASCLS-IA, Spring Planning Meeting (member/chair) 

Regional Board Positions (5 yrs): 2020-2023, Region VI Council

National Board Member (5 Yrs): 2020-2023, Board of Directors, Director

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2020, Leadership Academy 
  • 2019-2020, Nominations Committee Chair 
  • 2019, DCLS Oversight Committee 

Professional Practice Setting:

  • Government/Military/Federal 
  • Higher Education 

Community Type (employment): Suburban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration 
  • Blood Bank 
  • Generalist 
  • Hematology 
  • HLA/Histocompatibility 
  • Informatics 
  • Molecular

Professional Practice Focus:

  • Administrator  
  • Bench 
  • Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
The clinical laboratory is a key component in healthcare and, as a leader, I aim to provide the voice of the medical laboratory professional through education to others within healthcare, to those creating policy, and to the general population. As a director within ASCLS, I want to ensure we retain and recognize our members while growing our membership and fostering new leaders to create a more unified profession. I want those around me to fee the same passion for the profession I experience every day. I have served most of my first term on the Board of Directors and have much work to complete, working with the DCLS Oversight Committee in securing a registry exam with our collaboration with ASCP-BOC. There are policies and procedures which need to be reviewed and ensure their purposes still align with today’s laboratory community. I want to continue to learn and work to provide a place for laboratory professionals to come and engage with each other, and to provide a place where all are welcome to openly participate and provide guidance for the future of the laboratory profession.

Constituent Society: Central New England

Join Year: 2015

Current Job Title: Public Health Microbiologist IV, Vermont Department of Health Laboratory 

Educational Degrees: MS Infectious Disease; BS Medical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)

Years attended ASCLS Annual Meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2022, CNE, Ascending Professional Director
  • 2022-2023, CNE, President Elect
  • 2023-present, CNE, President

Regional Board Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): 2019, Ascending Professional Director

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2019, Annual Meeting Steering Committee 
  • 2019-2023, Diversity Advocacy Council 
  • 2020-2021, Mentorship Committee, Chair 

Professional Practice Setting: Public Health 

Community Type (employment): Suburban

Clinical Focus:

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular
  • Immunology/Serology

Professional Practice Focus:

  • Bench
  • Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
Over the past nine years, I have been actively involved with ASCLS in various capacities (e.g., student director with Central New England, the ASCLS Board of Directors (BOD) ascending professional director, and most recently the president of CNE). My extensive experience in ASCLS has prepared me to take on the leadership role as director for the ASCLS BOD. As director, I will be an agent for change and effective communication so we as a Society can evolve our practices to provide a robust membership experience for our constituents. In addition, as director, I plan to build upon what has been built before me in order to continue to make ASCLS involvement more accessible to our constituents while keeping diversity, equity, and inclusion principles at the forefront of everything we do. Our ascending professionals and student members are of extreme importance to the health and continuity of our Society. It is critical that we work towards increasing the involvement of these members within the profession, as well as within ASCLS. As director, I plan to create a collaborative environment where every voice and opinion is valued and heard so that together we can drive positive change within the Society and the profession.

Constituent Society: Pennsylvania

Join Year: 2018

Current Job Title: Bone Marrow Processing Technician, Allegheny Health Network

Educational Degrees: BSChE Chemical Engineering; DVM Veterinary Medicine

Certifications: DVM, MLS(ASCP)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs): 2021-2023, ASCLS-PA, Board of Directors

Regional Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): 2023-present, ASCLS BOD, Ascending Professional Forum Director

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2023, Annual Meeting Steering Committee
  • 2020-2021, Developing Professionals Forum, Secretary
  • 2021-2022, Ascending Professionals Forum, Vice-Chair
  • 2022-2023, Ascending Professionals Forum, Chair

Professional Practice Setting: Hospital (>100 beds)

Community Type (employment): Urban

Clinical Focus:

  • Flow Cytometry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular
  • Stem Cell Therapy

Professional Practice Focus: Bench

Why are you interested in this role?
This career of medical laboratory science isn’t my first rodeo, and when I joined ASCLS, it was simply because I recognized the value of membership in professional organizations. I never even imagined how important this group would become to me. I want the opportunity to be a voice on the Board of Directors for all of the members and to push us to be better. As an organization, we need to continue growing while retaining the members we already have, which means consistently advocating for the profession and demonstrating the benefits of membership. We talk a lot about how there is power in numbers, which is why it is crucial that we be as inclusive as possible, to encourage all laboratory professionals to join us. If elected as a director, I truly believe I can work with the Board to both address ASCLS’ shortcomings and elevate what we are already doing well.

Constituent Society: Alabama

Join Year: 1990

Current Job Title: Professor and Program Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Educational Degrees: EdD Higher Education Administration; MS Community Health; BS Medical Technology; BA Biology

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2020, ASCLS Alabama, President
  • 2019-present, ASCLS Alabama, Board Member

Regional Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2021-present, Nominations Committee
  • 2019-2020, Education SA, Chair

Professional Practice Setting: Higher Education
Community Type (employment): Urban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Blood Bank
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Generalist
  • Hematology

Professional Practice Focus:

  • Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
I am interested in running for a position on the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Board of Directors because I am interested in enhancing my leadership skills in such a great organization as ASCLS while helping to develop others within the organization. I have been with the ASCLS organization since the early 1990s when it was previously called the American Society for Medical Technology (ASMT) to now, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). I have also seen the organization develop and expand in so many ways, and I am excited to express my strong interest in serving as a board member. As a passionate advocate for ASCLS, I bring several years of valuable experience and expertise to contribute to the organization’s mission. My experienced leadership skills, dedication, passion for the continued development of the organization, organization skills, and consistency are just a few qualities I think that I can offer to the ASCLS Board of Directors position.

I believe that leadership positions such as serving on the Board of Directors of a great organization as ASCLS are both a privilege and honor. Thank you for your consideration.

Constituent Society: Wisconsin

Join Year: 2006

Current Job Title: MLS Lead Tech, LabCorp

Educational Degrees: BS Medical Technology

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Committee/Board Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2021-2022, ASCLS-WI, Board Member at Large
  • 2023-present, ASCLS-WI, President
  • 2024, ASCLS-WI, State Planning Committee, Chair
  • 2019, ASCLS-WI, State Planning Committee
  • 2022-present, ASCLS-WI, Scholarship Committee

Regional Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2023, Reg V Symposium Planning Committee, Chair
  • 2022, Reg V Symposium Planning Committee, Co-Chair
  • 2021, Reg V Symposium Planning Committee
  • 2020, Reg V Leadership Academy Committee, Chair
  • 2019, Reg V Leadership Academy Committee

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs): n/a

Professional Practice Setting:

  • Higher Education
  • Hospital (>100 beds)

Community Type (employment): Suburban

Clinical Focus:

  • Generalist
  • Hematology
  • Point of Care
  • Professional Practice Focus
  • Administrator
  • Bench
  • Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
I am interested in a position on the ASCLS Board of Directors to share the mission and vision of ASCLS. I want to work to continue to move ASCLS forward and continue to make us relevant for laboratory professionals, educators, and students. I currently work in what’s known as the Fox Valley—a group of small to medium size towns, which together is one of the larger metropolitan areas in Wisconsin. We are not quite rural, not quite urban, giving me a unique perspective. My current roles are that of lead MLS at LabCorp; part time bench tech, part time supervisor; and adjunct instructor at Fox Valley Technical College; where I teach in the phlebotomy, MLT, and Medical Assistant programs. I have been a member of ASCLS for over 15 years and have volunteered at the state and region level. I look forward to volunteering more in the future and thank you for considering me for a position on the Board.

Constituent Society: Florida

Join Year: 2016

Current Job Title: Microbiology Supervisor, Lakeland Regional Health, Adjunct Professor, Florida Southern College

Educational Degrees: MS Health Care Education; BS Biology; AAS Medical Laboratory Technology

Certifications: M(ASCP), MLT(ASCP), MT(AAB)

Years attended JAM (last 5 yrs, virtual or in-person): 2021, 2022, 2023

State Committee/Board Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2020-2022, FSCLS, President-Elect
  • 2022-present, FSCLS, President
  • 2020-present, FSCLS, Annual Symposium Planning Com.

Regional Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2021-2023, Diversity Advocacy Council, Secretary
  • 2023-present, Diversity Advocacy Council

Professional Practice Setting:

  • Higher Education
  • Hospital (>100 beds)

Community Type (employment): Urban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Generalist
  • Microbiology
  • Professional Practice Focus
  • Administrator
  • Bench
  • Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
ASCLS has reignited my passion for this profession. I became more involved in the Society at a time when I was in a professional crossroads, and ASCLS and FSCLS helped me to refocus on my career goals, which has opened the door to so many opportunities. I want to give back to the Society that has helped me find my voice, and I hope to help others find that passion. I want others to know how rewarding membership in the Society can be, and that there is a place for every level of involvement. I also want to be a part of the diverse growth of ASCLS, and to help fulfill that vision of advocacy and representation for our members from all walks of life.

Constituent Society: Pennsylvania

Join Year: 2013

Current Job Title: Associate Senior Legislative Attorney, Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association

Educational Degrees: JD Health Law; BS Medical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2021, 2022, 2023

State Committee/Board Positions (5 yrs): 2022-2023, ASCLS-PA, President

Regional Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): 2023-2024, ASCLS Board of Directors, Director

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2022, Vice-Chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • 2022-2023, Chair, Health Care Reform Position Paper Task Force

Professional Practice Setting: Policy

Community Type (employment): Urban

  • Clinical Focus:
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Professional Practice Focus
  • Healthcare Policy

Why are you interested in this role?
I’ve been an ASCLS member for over a decade now, and I have witnessed the organization make many changes and improvements, but I believe that we still have more work to do. I would like to give back to an organization that has given me so much, by offering my time, talents, and ideas. I believe in ASCLS’ potential and know that we can create a strong organization that truly values and cares for its grassroots members. My vision for ASCLS involves eliminating the current “pay to play” structure of the Society and replacing it with a system that is more engaging for the general member. I also hope to continue the trend of increasing transparency and further opening the lines of communication between membership and the national Board. I am willing to listen, learn, and collaborate with the other Board members and ASCLS staff, and believe that my unique professional experiences can provide the board with a unique perspective.

Constituent Society: Maryland

Join Year: 1999

Current Job Title: Supervisor, Core Laboratory, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Educational Degrees: MS Medical Laboratory Science; MS Biotechnology; BS Clinical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP), SH(ASCP), SCYM(ASCP)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs): 2019-2020, ASCLS-MD, President

Regional Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): 2020-2023, ASCLS Board of Directors, Director

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2019, CLEC Planning Committee
  • 2019-2020, Abstract and Proposal Review Committee

Professional Practice Setting:

  • Government/Military/Federal
  • Hospital (>100 beds)

Community Type (employment): Suburban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Hematology

Professional Practice Focus:

  • Administrator
  • Bench

Why are you interested in this role?
As a previous director, I am very interested in the current direction that ASCLS is moving in, streamlining policies to eliminate unnecessary hurdles to participation in leadership roles and committees and promoting more diversity among our active members. I know that there is still more work to do. I think it is an exciting time to be a leader in ASCLS, and I want to be a part of making it even stronger and growing its active membership.

I am also a student in organizational leadership with a research interest in volunteer-led professional associations, so this is also a personal interest for me. As a professional society, ASCLS fills an essential niche, advocating for the profession, setting professional standards, providing continuing education, and many other things that no other organization does to support this particular group of scientists. ASCLS is important, and I would like to see it thrive.

Constituent Society: Ohio

Join Year: 2017

Current Job Title: Assistant Professor-Educator, Director of Clinical Education, University of Cincinnati

Educational Degrees: EdD Education and Leadership in Healthcare; MA Health Administration; BS Clinical Laboratory Science; BS Microbiology

Certifications: MLS(ASCP), AHI(AMT)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Committee/Board Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2020-present, ASCLS Ohio, President
  • 2019-2020, ASCLS Ohio, Junior Director
  • 2023-present, Scholarship Committee, Chair
  • 2020-2022, Scholarship Committee
  • 2020-present, Nominations Committee, Chair

Regional Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2023-present, PACE Committee, Past Chair
  • 2021-2023, Pace Committee, Chair
  • 2020-2021, Pace Committee
  • 2020-2023, Leadership Development Committee

Professional Practice Setting: Higher Education

Community Type (employment): Urban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Blood Bank
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Microbiology

Professional Practice Focus: Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
I have been a member of ASCLS since 2017 and believe this Society makes a powerful, positive impact in laboratory medicine and healthcare, as a whole. In 2019, I was elected to the Ohio constituent society’s board of directors, as a junior director, and this really opened my eyes to the role that ASCLS plays in advancing the laboratory profession and serving as a voice for professionals of all backgrounds. Whether you work in the laboratory setting, academia, or the industry, there is a place for you in ASCLS. I have held the position of president in the Ohio constituent society since 2020 and have also served as chair of the PACE Committee and a member of the Leadership Development Committee at the national levels and feel that now is the time expand my dedication to the Society through service to the national Board of Directors. In this capacity, I will promote diversity and inclusion for our members, encourage the advancement of the profession and the development of its professionals, and serve as a voice, leader, and advocate for legislation and quality assurance in laboratory medicine and healthcare.

Candidate for Judicial Committee

Vote for one.

John Koenig

John William Koenig, C(ASCP)

Constituent Society: Missouri

Join Year: 1977

Current Job Title: Retired

Educational Degrees: BS Chemistry

Certifications: C(ASCP)

Years attended ASCLS Annual Meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2021-2023, ASCLS-MO, Secretary
  • 2019-2021, ASCLS-MO, Board Director
  • 2023-present, ASCLS-MO Bylaws Committee, Chair
  • 2019-2023, ASCLS-MO Bylaws Committee
  • 2019-present, ASCLS-MO Annual Meeting Exhibits/Vendor Chair

Regional Board Positions (5 yrs): 2019-2020, Finance Review Committee

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs): 2019, Consumer Response Team

Professional Practice Setting: Retired

Community Type (employment): Retired

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Generalist

Professional Practice Focus: n/a

Why are you interested in this role?
With all the changes being made to keep ASCLS viable in a changing world, the role of Judicial Committee will continue to be an essential position. A member of the Judicial Committee must be knowledgeable in many different areas of the Society. I feel I would be an ideal member because of my many different activities within the Society. I have previously served six years on the Board of Directors as Region VI director and six years on Government Affairs Committee. I have been involved with bylaws on the constituent level, I now serve as chair of this committee and have recently rewritten the state bylaws and SOPs to completely change the board and committee structure. During this rewrite I became very familiar with the national bylaws and SOPs and all the changes being made in this document.

I was also part of the House of Delegate that voted to change the structure of the ASCLS Board. I was very skeptical of this move and voted against it at the time. However, I am committed to make this new structure work. I also feel the Society and new Board have much still to do to clarify how this will work. The Judicial Committee can play an important part in the future of ASCLS.

Candidates for Nominations Committee

Vote for four.

Sarah Bergbower

Sarah B. Bergbower, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Brooke Solberg

Brooke Solberg, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM

Ally Storla

Ally Storla, MS, MLS(ASCP), CSSBB(ASQ) 

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace, MLS(ASCP)

Constituent Society: Illinois

Join Year: 2011

Current Job Title: Assistant Professor of Life Sciences, IECC Olney Central College

Educational Degrees: DCLS Clinical Laboratory Science; MS Biology; BA Chemistry and Biology; AS Clinical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)CM

Years attended ASCLS Annual Meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs): n/a

Regional Board Positions (5 yrs): n/a

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2023-present, DCLS Oversight Committee
  • 2023-present, Article Reviewer, CLS Journal
  • 2023, CLEC Committee-Poster Abstract Reviewer 

Professional Practice Setting: Higher Education 

Community Type (employment): Rural

Clinical Focus: Generalist 

Professional Practice Focus:

  • Bench
  • Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
As a newly minted Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS), I desire to become more involved in the organization that has supported laboratory professionals such as myself. I have received undergraduate and graduate ASCLS scholarships during my academic journey in laboratory science, and I have seen the value of membership as a practicing bench scientist. In fact, I distinctly remember that my MLS program director, who was active in various state leadership roles, very strongly encouraged us as students to join and maintain membership with ASCLS, and I have done just that ever since. I attended my first state meeting as a student and loved the professional education sessions, which reminded me of the enthusiasm I found and enjoyed in previously attended research conferences. I have always especially appreciated ASCLS’ contributions to continuing education, professionalism, and promoting visibility of the laboratory professional. As such, my favorite ASCLS activities remain state and national meetings and publications such as ASCLS Today and CLS Journal. I believe in the mission of ASCLS and am excited to take up my part in future roles.

Constituent Society: North Dakota

Join Year: 2007

Current Job Title: Assistant Professor, Univ. of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Educational Degrees: PhD Teaching and Learning; MS Medical Laboratory Science; BS Medical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)CM

Years attended ASCLS Annual Meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2020

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2020-2021, ASCLS-ND State Meeting Planning Committee
  • 2019, ASCLS ND Past-President (last year of 3-year term)

Regional Board Positions (5 yrs): 2019-2022, Region V President’s Council

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs): 2019-2022, Membership Committee (member/vice-chair) 

Professional Practice Setting: Higher Education

Community Type (employment): Suburban

Clinical Focus: Hematology 

Professional Practice Focus: Educator

Why are you interested in this role?
I was previously involved with ASCLS on multiple levels, but had to step back a bit in 2022 due to other obligations. Since then, I have found that I miss the people and networking of ASCLS, as well as the opportunity to serve our profession. As such, now that I am back in a position to devote time and effort, I recently began looking for ways to re-engage in ASCLS. During that process I came across the ASCLS Nominations Committee vacancy and became instantly interested. The Nominations Committee offers a chance for me to reconnect and expand networking circles within the ASCLS community, while also being able to help others find meaningful opportunities to serve ASCLS in their own way … a win-win situation! I am excited about this possibility, and would bring energy and commitment to the position if elected.

Constituent Society: Georgia

Join Year: 2013

Current Job Title: General Laboratory Compliance Coordinator, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital

Educational Degrees: MS Quality Assurance; BS Microbiology; BS Clinical Laboratory Science

Certifications: MLS(ASCP), CSSBB(ASQ)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2020, ASCLS-GA, President, Past-President
  • 2020-present, ASCLS-GA, Treasurer
  • 2019-present, ASCLS-GA, Awards Committee Chair
  • 2019-present, ASCLS-GA, Communications Chair

Regional Positions (5 yrs): 2022, Region III Triennial Meeting Steering Committee Member

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2019-2020, NPNMF Subcommittee Lab Week Run, Chair
    2023-present, Ascending Professionals Forum, Advisor

Professional Practice Setting: Hospital (>100 beds)

Community Type (employment): Suburban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Generalist

Professional Practice Focus: Administrator

Why are you interested in this role?
I believe the role of the ASCLS Nominations Committee is to seek out candidates who will be able to fill a role and to be creative in their process for finding these potential nominees. I believe many members have talents and skills that may not be the most loud, popular, or obvious choice but have so much to contribute to our Society given the opportunity or the ask. I believe this starts with reaching out to members who may not have served in these roles before but may offer a unique perspective or skill set that can benefit the Society. I believe diverse representation makes our ideas and perspectives stronger, and I would be honored to contribute to pursuing candidates who will make our Society better through actively pursuing candidates that can promote increased diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Constituent Society: Colorado

Join Year: 2012

Current Job Title: Laboratory Supervisor, Platte Valley Hospital

Educational Degrees: BS Microbiology; BA Sociology

Certifications: MLS(ASCP)

Years attended annual meeting (last 5 years, virtual or in-person): 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

State Board/Committee Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2021-present, ASCLS-CO, Government Affairs Committee Chair
  • 2021-present, ASCLS-CO, Political Action Committee Chair
  • 2021-present, ASCLS-CO, CLCC Meeting Vendors Vice Chair

Regional Positions (5 yrs):

  • 2021-2022, IMSS Vendors Chair
  • 2021-2022, Region VIII Leadership Academy Chair

National Board Member (5 Yrs): n/a

National Committee or Task Force (5 yrs):

  • 2022-present, Nominations Committee

Professional Practice Setting: Hospital (>100 beds)

Community Type (employment): Suburban

Clinical Focus:

  • Administration
  • Blood Bank
  • Generalist
  • Hematology

Professional Practice Focus:

  • Administrator
  • Bench

Why are you interested in this role?
I have really enjoyed my time on the nominations committee and believe that finding the right candidates to lead this organization moving forward is vital to its success. I have learned a lot about the passion our candidates hold, and it inspires me to bring that passion back home.

I also believe that being on this team has given me a much larger understanding as to the direction our members see ASCLS growing and to help this vision by selecting those individuals allows me to feel that I am making a positive impact on the organization.

The one constant in my career has been participation in ASCLS and to do that on a national level has been an incredible experience, and I would gladly take on another term on this committee to continue that experience.