The polls are now open for the AACC 2020 Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) Council election.
All AACC CLS professional, transitional, and emeritus members are eligible to participate in the CLS election. Ballots are customized based on voting privileges, and the link below will take you to a ballot customized for you. Elections are open through 11:59 p.m. (EDT), May 31, 2020.
To vote, visit: https://voteaacc.simplyvoting.com/
Voting members are asked to affirm each candidate for the CLS Council Chair, four (4) Council seats, and three (3) Nominating Committee seats.
You can view the candidates and their bios below.
CLS Election Ballot
David Shiembob, MBA, C (ASCP); Senior Healthcare Consultant, ARUP Laboratories; Salt Lake City, UT
David Shiembob is a Senior Healthcare Consultant with ARUP Laboratories. In this role he assists ARUP’s clients with clinical laboratory operations, test utilization, and business planning.
David began his career in the clinical laboratory in 2006 as a technologist with ARUP Laboratories. From 2010 to 2013 he held the role of technical specialist in the endocrinology and clinical toxicology departments, gaining expertise in mass spectrometry as well as radioimmunoassays (RIA). David continued his career as a lead technologist in clinical toxicology, focusing on time-of-flight mass spectrometry assays and unique specimen types such as meconium and umbilical cord tissue. In 2015 David became the technical supervisor of the analytic biochemistry laboratory at ARUP. He had technical oversight of a variety of testing specialties, including assays related to vitamin deficiencies, neuroendocrine tumors, and porphyria. This testing was performed primarily using HPLC along with a variety of detection methods including fluorescent, UV, electrochemical, and mass spectrometry. In addition to the technical aspects of this role, managing and supporting a staff of over 20 clinical laboratory scientists was a rewarding and challenging experience in this position. Working with this dedicated department team gave David a lasting appreciation for the role of clinical laboratory scientists and helped him to gain a broad perspective on the different challenges his team members faced.
In his current role, David consults with ARUP’s clients to improve the operational and financial success of their clinical laboratories. He has worked with hospitals and health systems nationwide on a variety of projects and consulting engagements. These include projects related to data analysis and committee formation in order to further laboratory stewardship initiatives. His team also performs operational assessments at client laboratories with the goal of improving efficiency and turnaround time metrics. Another area of focus for David is helping clients project the financial impact of laboratory growth or consolidation, as well as developing plans for laboratory outreach programs. David finds it very rewarding to share ARUP’s expertise with clients and his work in this position has also given him greater insight into issues facing hospital laboratories. He believes that the clinical laboratory is a key driver of patient care as well as an important part of any health system’s business strategy.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah. He is certified as a Technologist in Chemistry by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Elizabeth Champion-Lyons, BS, MLS (ASCP), SC; Lead Technologist, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Elizabeth Champion-Lyons is an ASCP Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and Chemistry Specialist who is a Lead Technologist at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Fast Flow or Core Laboratory.
Elizabeth graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Biology in 2007. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
After graduating from Appalachian State, Elizabeth began working at a small family practice office as a receptionist. After the family practice had an abysmal CLIA inspection, Elizabeth was asked to transition from her receptionist position into the laboratory where she worked with a lab consultant to correct the deficiencies. The technical and analytical aspects of lab work suited Elizabeth’s predilections, so she went back to school while working full time to get another degree to understand thoroughly the wizardry that she was responsible for. She graduated from Southwestern Community College in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She then sat for her MLT registry following graduation.
After the family practice office closed, Elizabeth took a position in Charleston, SC with the Medical University of South Carolina. She was hired for second shift chemistry and quickly found her calling. Within two years of starting, she moved into a Lead Technologist role to prepare for the installation of an entirely new automation system and immunoassay analyzers in the Chemistry Laboratory. Since becoming a lead, Elizabeth has sat for the MLS exam and the SC exam. Elizabeth has twice lead the implementation of new chemistry analyzers in her laboratory, complete with procedure writing and all validation studies. She continues to be responsible for biannual studies such as assay linearities, carryover and dilution verification, as well as weekly and monthly quality control reviews and instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
Last year, Elizabeth co-authored a poster that was selected for presentation at the AACC Annual Meeting, during her first year as a member of AACC. She has also become the Chemistry student liaison and is responsible for the evaluations for the MLT/MLS students that have their clinical rotations at MUSCs chemistry laboratory. She is also the program coordinator for an ongoing FDA validation study at the Medical University. Elizabeth has been a part of the CAP inspection team since 2016.
Platform: I am honored to be considered for the CLS Council. I am a young laboratory scientist but I have spent my time at MUSC learning what it means to be on the front lines of healthcare. I believe that I can bring a wealth of technical knowledge to AACC as a whole from my experiences here. I would like to see an increase in the collaboration between AACC and the technologists and scientists in the field, which is critical during this time of staff shortages and school closures.
Kacy Peterson, MBA, MLS (ASCP), DLM (ASCP); Administrative Lab Director, Avera McKennan Laboratory, Sioux Falls, SD
Kacy Peterson is the Administrative Lab Director of Avera McKennan Laboratory in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Avera Health is a health care ministry and integrated health network serving 5 states in the upper Midwest with 300 plus locations and 19,000 plus employees. In addition to providing traditional care to a 72,000 square mile footprint Avera Health is a world leader in tele-medicine with eCARE services in over 450 sites. Avera Health is proud to have been named as one of the top 15 health systems in the nation by IBM Watson Health. Avera McKennan Hospital, where Kacy serves in her Lab Director role, is the flagship hospital and reference lab for the Avera Health Network and is a 545 licensed bed hospital in the heart of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kacy also serves the Avera Laboratory Service Line as the Operational Champion for Point of Care testing. Avera McKennan Laboratory performs all routine laboratory testing as well as supports a robust cellular and solid organ transplant program with one of the only stem cell transplant programs and flow cytometry programs in the state as well as the only HLA program in the region. Avera McKennan Laboratory prides itself on producing the highest quality results and is the first and longest running ISO 15189 accredited laboratory in the United States. In 2010, Avera McKennan Laboratory was proud to be named Laboratory of the Year by MLO.
Kacy’s laboratory career began in 2008 after she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from South Dakota State University – Go Jacks! Before beginning her journey in leadership Kacy worked in multiple departments learning the technical skills of a Laboratory Scientist. In 2012 Kacy began serving as a formal laboratory leader and during that journey pursued and obtained her Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Sioux Falls. Kacy is also certified through ASCP as a Diplomate in Laboratory Management. Kacy is proud to have led numerous and high impact cross-departmental process improvement projects over recent years collaborating with hospital departments such as Emergency Services, Critical Care, Infection Control and many more to improve the quality, safety and financial impact to patient care. Kacy has also supported the growth of Avera through serving as a project manager for the opening of 3 new Avera Laboratory locations. Kacy is the proud mom to two young daughters and along with her husband and dog (a Lab of course!) they can be found as many days of the year as possible at a near-by lake.
Donna Roberts, MS, MT (ASCP); Corporate Director for Laboratory Planning and Programming, Baylor Scott and White Health, Richardson, TX
Donna Roberts, MS, MT (ASCP) is the Corporate Director for Laboratory Planning and Programming for Baylor Scott and White, overseeing the standardization, implementation and harmonization of laboratory equipment and new testing in 26 hospitals across Texas. As a liaison between the laboratories and supply chain, she has coordinated the decision making, helped with contract negotiations and set up implementation plans for new equipment. She also serves on various system committees where she represents the laboratory. Donna has been with Baylor Scott and White since 2004, where she was part of the team that opened the system’s Plano and McKinney hospitals in 2004 and 2012 respectively. She has served in a variety of roles such as Chemistry Lead Tech, Lab Manager, Lab Administrative Director, and System Laboratory Director of Quality, Regulatory and Compliance before moving into her current role.
Donna obtained her MS degree at the University of Texas at Dallas. She spent 12 years as Microbiology Supervisor before moving to Baylor Scott and White. She has worked in a blood donor center, reference lab and various size hospital labs. For two years, she has volunteered on CLSI Standard Development Committees.
Monica Thomas, MPA, MT (ASCP); Implement Support Specialist, HireGenics, Duluth, GA
Monica recently begin a new position as an Implementation Specialist after she retired from her over 20- year position as POCC at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She chose this position as it would allow her to utilize her experience as a coordinator to assist and train others to set up an effective Point of Care Testing programs.
Monica became involved with Point of Care while she was Assist Supervisor in Lab Support Services, she was asked to assist Nursing Administration prepare for their Joint Commission inspection of the waived test that they performed in the medical center. Eventually the hospital administration decided that the laboratory should become responsible for all laboratory tests and that all laboratory tests and testing personnel should be under the laboratory’s CLIA license. Monica was tasked with the Implementation of Point of Care Testing program for the medical center.
Prior to working in Point of Care, Monica worked in Microbiology where she was the Tech in Charge of the evening shift.
Monica has been an active member of AACC since 1996. She’s a member of the SoCal local section , the Management Sciences and Patient Safety division and the Critical and Point of Care division where has served as treasurer and member at large and on the several committees including the POCC Forum, Afterglow, and assisted in s updating the Point of Care Specialist Certificate program. She volunteers as a CAP inspector and was a member of the CAP POCT Committee. She was also a member of the CLSI POCT Expert Panel and has help edit some of the CLSI POCT documents. Monica also volunteers at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Monica holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from DePaul University, Chicago, Il and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.
Eden Partlo, MT (ASCP); Technical Specialist Chemistry, Lakeland Healthcare, St. Joseph, MI
Eden earned her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Andrews University in 1999 and is certified by the ASCP.; Over the last 21 years she has used this degree as a Generalist Bench Technologist in Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation and Urinalysis working on all three shifts and multiple hospital sites for Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph, MI. She has held the title of Bench and Lead Technologist, safety champion and most recently Technical Specialist for Chemistry for all sites in the 3 hospital, 4 laboratory hospital system.; In this role she manages training and competency, quality assurance, quality control, inventory, scheduling, instrument maintenance, new instrument and test acquisitions and validation in order to successfully meet and surpass the standards set for accreditation by the CAP. She has participated in multiple offsite inspections for similar hospital systems across the nation. She has been a member of the Clinical Laboratory Science committee for AACC since its inception and is excited to continue to volunteer as a member of its nominating committee.
Judith Sterry, MS, MT (ASCP); Director of Strategic Development for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), Rochester, NY
Judy is the director of strategic development for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), in Rochester NY. Judy’s current responsibilities include clinical trials administration and technical/scientific affairs, along with other departmental entrepreneurial initiatives.
Judy is concluding a three year term on the AACC Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Council this coming May and has been the AACC Upstate NY section secretary for the past 10 years.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Rosary Hill College (Daemen College) and is a NYS and ASCP licensed medical technologist. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has earned a health care leadership certificate from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Judy has significant experience as a medical technologist, laboratory supervisor, laboratory manager and administrator, having held positions in Buffalo and Rochester, NY, along with positions in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She served as laboratory operations manager in the clinical labs at URMC from 1998-2003 and administrative director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple University Hospital from 2003 through 2004. She returned to URMC in 2005 as administrator for faculty practice and academic programs; and then moved into her current position at URMC as director of strategic development.
Platform: I am honored to be considered for a position on the CLS nominating committee. It is essential to identify experienced and enthusiastic candidates for the CLS council. It is important for laboratorians to promote the field of clinical laboratory science, across all groups; from the future young scientists in high school, to those college graduates looking for an exciting field where they can utilize the scientific fundamentals they learned in school. I will be forever grateful for the network of friends and colleagues I have met over the years as an active CLS member in AACC.
Jeffrey Young, MLS (ASCP); Development Technologist II, Providence Health and Services, Portland, OR
Jeff Young, is the lead assay development technologist at the Providence Regional Core Laboratory in Portland, Oregon. After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Idaho, he performed viral immunology testing on donor blood units for the American Red Cross. He then went on to earn a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Idaho State University and subsequently earned certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist through the ASCP Board of Registry. After working as generalist technologist and laboratory supervisor in a small hospital laboratory, Mr. Young joined Beckman Coulter as a technical applications specialist. His work at Beckman was focused on assisting clinical laboratories implement connected track automation systems for chemistry and immunoassay analyzers as well as data management systems. In 2014, he transitioned to Providence Health and Services where he has spent 6 years working on the expansion of the test menu at the growing regional core laboratory.
Mr. Young has been an active member of AACC since 2014 and has served on the Clinical Laboratory Scientists Advisory Council since 2016. During his time on the council, he has worked extensively with the AACC Education Core Committee to advise on educational content appropriate for practicing CLS professionals.
Mr. Young is honored and humbled to be included on the list of candidates for the CLS Nominating Committee. If elected, he pledges to focus on identifying and recruiting candidates to the CLS Advisory Council that are passionate about quality, patient care, teamwork, and continuing education. It is important to Mr. Young that CLS Advisory Council candidates and members understand the importance of their work providing relevant guidance to the AACC core committees and board of directors. Clinical laboratory scientists comprise a significant percentage of the total AACC membership and they deserve representation that understands and advocates for their professional needs.