I feel honored and privileged to serve as the President of the ASCLS-WI society for 2017-18. As a very active member of ASCLS since 2001 serving the ASCLS-WI board as a director, secretary, and president, I have grown in my understanding of the organization, stronger in my skill to lead, and passionate about the value of professional membership. I served a four-year term as the Education Scientific Assembly vice-chair, chair for the national ASCLS, and will begin serving as the national coordinator of the ASCLS Scientific Assemblies and the vice –chair of a newly formed Body of Knowledge committee. I competed twelve years of service to the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district in April 2016, where, in addition to keeping my ear to the ground regarding public education, I have honed skills in board service and leadership.
These duties are greatly influential to my understanding and commitment to our professional organization.
Of the roles that I have served for ASCLS, two are most significant. I have coordinated our ASCLS-WI student poster event since 2002. We have over 100 student poster entries each year and it has been my great pleasure and reward to meet future laboratory professionals through this activity. I also serve as our state membership chair. ASCLS-WI has long had strong membership and is always in the top three or four nationally. My goals for our society are to increase membership among our professionals working in the field, network more strongly with our local societies regarding membership, increase the number of students and first year professionals who remain members, and strive for 100% student membership. I will certainly continue to support these goals as the president of ASCLS-WI.
Professionally, I am the Director for Academic Initiatives and Planning in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I direct eLearning and Flex Competency programs. I also instruct future medical laboratory scientists enrolled in the UWM program.