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Name and hometown: My name is Vathani Logendran and I’m from the small college town of Corvallis, Oregon. How would you describe yourself as a person? I would describe myself as compassionate, energetic, silly, kind, dedicated, and passionate. Job title/specialization? I am currently a generalist float, which means I work during the busiest hours of the lab. I work in hematology, blood bank, and chemistry. What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I first learned about Clinical Lab Sciences from my mom whose old coworker decided to switch careers. I became interested in microbiology during my first Bachelors degree ...
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Name and hometown: Gilma Roncancio-Weemer, Springfield, IL How would you describe yourself as a person? Someone who values family and friends, enjoys life, gets things done when asked and is somewhat of a perfectionist. Job title/specialization? Program Director for a hospital based CLS program What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I learned about this field during a high school career day. It seemed like the perfect fit combining my interest in a healthcare career with minimal patient contact with the fact that science courses were my favorite, especially those with a lab. ...
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#IamASCLS Cynthia Dixey

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-Name and hometown: Cynthia Dixey, Sparta, New Jersey -How would you describe yourself as a person? Introverted and passionate about what I love. -Job title/specialization? Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Molecular Diagnostic Department Lead -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? The ability to help people, both patients and co-workers, having unlimited job opportunities, and knowing that I can go beyond the bench and continue to grow professionally. -What has been the highlight of your career thus far? Being President of ASCLS-NJ -What makes you diverse? I started my career as an MLS late in life after ...
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Name: Ainiwaer Kyle Kaiwusaier Hometown: Urumqi, XinJiang Province, China Representing which State? South Dakota How would you describe yourself as person? I think I would describe myself as an easy-going, open-minded person. I love meeting different personalities and experiencing new things. I try to keep an open vision for people and cultures since I believe there is always something to learn and enjoy. Job title/Specialty: Medical laboratory science student intern at Sioux Falls Avera McKennan Hospital. What got you into the field of laboratory science? I had the goal to work as a healthcare professional since I was a kid, helping ...
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Name and Hometown Elizabeth Stepp LeFors from Tupelo, MS Representing which state? Colorado How would you describe yourself as person? I am dedicated, ambitious, energetic, and caring. I have an intense desire to help people however I can. Job title / specialization MLS- Generalist What got you into the field of laboratory sciences? It kind of happened by accident. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Microbiology but had been working as a CNA for the past 6 years. I was tired of feeling unfulfilled by my job and was looking to go back to school for a Masters. I found a random blurb about an ...
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Name and Hometown: Jan Conway Klaassen Detroit Michigan Representing which state: Minnesota How would you describe yourself as a person? Energetic, constantly wanting to do new things/getting involved in new opportunities, such as life opportunities that have opened doors - CA, MI WA, NY, NV, MN. Job Title/specialization: U of M MLS Program Director, PHD. What got you into this field? Starting out in Electrical Engineering, then Chemistry ...
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#IamASCLS Ninive Costa

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-Name and hometown: Ninive; I've had a lot of hometowns, the latest Holland, MI. -How would you describe yourself as a person? I'm a person with a diverse background; this helps me understand the disparities and socioeconomic issues that traverse our society. I strive to aid the population towards healing. -Job title/specialization? Medical Technologist and Biomedical Photographer. I currently work in a skin bank and perform Microbiology testing. I also work on special projects dealing with image documentation and QI/research for Burn/Surgery. -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? A Immunodiagnostics and Flow ...
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-Name and hometown: Jennifer Knight, Madison, Mississippi -How would you describe yourself as a person? Quiet, easy-going & empathetic but not a push-over. If I've learned anything as a parent, a Program Director and a Lab Manager it's this: pick your battles and stand your ground. People will respect your integrity and reliability if you do. -Job title/specialization? Laboratory Manager is my official title, but I am also the Program Director for our School of Medical Laboratory Science. -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I knew I wanted to be in the medical field, but not quite as close to patients as a nurse ...
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1) Name and Hometown My name is Samia Abdel-Kerim and my hometown is Minneapolis, MN 2) Representing which state? Minnesota 3) How would you describe yourself as person? I would describe myself as thoughtful, friendly, open-minded, loving mother and wife, and an active member of my community. I take initiative to do those things that are important to me. 4) Job title / specialization I am currently an MLT Faculty with a background as a medical laboratory science generalist. 5) What got you into the field of laboratory sciences? I switched majors during my sophomore year in college when I had an amazing chemistry ...
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Name and hometown: Tabitha Godwin, Huntsville, AL -How would you describe yourself as a person? I would describe myself as outgoing, enthusiastic, and analytical -Job title/specialization? Medical Technologist, Generalist -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I happen to stumble upon the major, Medical Technology, while at UAB. I always wanted to have a lab background because someday when I grow up I want to further my education and become a physician. -What has been the highlight of your career thus far? So far it has been getting a thank you note from the lab director thanking my shift for doing ...
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Name and hometown: Halcyon St. Hill, Ed.D., M.S., MLS (ASCP) CM FASAHP Naples, Florida How would you describe yourself as a person? Hard working, confident, determined, caring, sometimes funny, and very happy. What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? - I was curious about medical sciences and had an interest in doing clinical laboratory tests; therefore, I sought to be a medical technologist (clinical laboratory scientist). What has been the highlight of your career thus far? Being a founding administrator and professor at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) - this was the opportunity of a lifetime to build a department ...
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#IamASCLS Nathan Diogo

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-Name and hometown: My name is Nathan Diogo, and my hometown is Westport, MA -How would you describe yourself as a person? I am friendly, driven, and an overall hard worker. -Job title/specialization? I am a Medical Technologist and my specialization is Hematology and Special Coagulation -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? It was all by chance. I was looking for something to major in for my bachelor's degree to get me to medical school. I had seen a million biology programs and they were all pretty standard. When I visited UMass Dartmouth I was really intrigued with the CLS major. It also seemed like ...
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#IamASCLS Kristy Andrus

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-Name and hometown: Kristy Andrus from Baton Rouge, LA 
 -How would you describe yourself as a person? I am an individual who someone would enjoy getting to know. Being Deaf and going through barriers in life made me who I am today, and that said, having a disability has made me very strong and determined to do anything I want to do. I am also a big time cat-lover. 
 -Job title/specialization? I am currently a MLT Generalist. I want to obtain my MT license soon and would like to specialize in Hematology/Oncology in the future. 
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