QAC Contributors

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  • Beth Cox, HLT(ASCP)SCT,QIHC

    bethcoxx@gmail.com

     

    Workbench: Cell Block Basics

     

    Beth Cox received her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Education through the University of Michigan. She is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology as a histotechnologist and a specialist in cytotechnology. She also holds a qualification in immunohistochemistry. Throughout her career Beth has held the positions of cytotechnologist, supervisor, manager, and instructor. She currently works as a locum tenens for histology and cytology as is a self-described “vagabond histotech”.

     

    Beth is an expert on cytopathology specimen preparation and has given numerous lectures and workshops on fixation and staining techniques. She also authored an award winning chapter on cytopreparatory techniques for the third edition of the textbook “Histotechnology: A Self Instructional Text”.  She is active in professional societies and has served as an officer in the Michigan Society of Histotechnologists and the Michigan Society of Cytology. She is also a member of the National Society for Histotechnology and the American Society for Cytotechnology.

  • Janie Roberson, SCT(ASCP)

    University of AL at Birmingham

    jroberson@uabmc.edu

    Workbench: Document Control for Cytopathology

     

    Janie Roberson received her Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently the Anatomic Pathology Manager at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

     

    She has authored and presented on many subjects including laboratory accreditation, document control, and the cytotechnology workforce. She has also participated in many international projects, screening underserved populations for cervical cancer.

     

    Janie is a past President and past Legislative Consultant for the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT), and currently serves as the ASCT Liaison to CLIAC. She is also an active member of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), and serves on the Cytotechnology Board of Certification for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). 

  • Kalyani Naik, M.S., SCT(ASCP)

    University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

    knaik@med.umich.edu

    Workbench: The Lean Cytopathology Laboratory

     

    Over the span of her career, Ms. Kalyani Naik has served as Staff Cytotechnologist, Cytotechnology Program Education Coordinator and Program Director, Cytopathology Quality Assurance Coordinator and Supervisor, and most recently as Anatomic Pathology LIS Implementation Project Lead at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI.

     

    Kalyani has served as ASCT President and Treasurer, ASC Scientific Programs Committee member, Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee Chair and Commissioner to CAAHEP, and CAAHEP Board of Directors member. She has also participated on a variety of task forces and panels including the NAACLS Standards Review Task Force, the Joint Commission Standards Review Panel, and the CAP GYN Consensus Conference.

     

    Kalyani’s interest in and experience with lean is a result of the effort by the University of Michigan Hospital, Division of Anatomic Pathology to implement lean throughout the division. As part of this effort, Kalyani has participated in lean initiatives in the cytopathology laboratory, and facilitated a number of process improvements through application of lean principles and tools to laboratory processes.

     

  • Lori Haack, SCT(ASCP)

    Clinical Laboratories, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

    lhaack@uwhealth.org

    Workbench: Validation in the Cytopathology Laboratory

     

    Lori A Haack, SCT(ASCP) is the Laboratory Quality Specialist for the clinical laboratories at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She has trained under Dr. James O. Westgard, following and promoting his validation techniques in the Clinical and Anatomic Laboratory fields.

     

    She has written various articles on validation, given teleconferences, and has presented locally and nationally. She is active in the field of Cytopathology, with her current involvement on the Public Affairs Committee for the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), and past involvement on the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committees for both the ASC and ASCT.

  • Lynnette Savaloja, SCT(ASCP)

    Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

    lynnette.c.savaloja@healthpartners.com

    Workbench: Validation in the Cytopathology Laboratory

     

    Lynnette Savaloja received her Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology from the University of North Dakota, and received additional certification in Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University.  She is the currently the Cytopathology Technical Supervisor at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to overseeing the daily operation of the cytology laboratory, her current responsibilities include molecular method validation and verification, systems process improvement, laboratory regulatory compliance and document control. 

     

    She has authored many workshops and articles on cytology work practices - such as licensure, scope of practice, ASCCP screening guidelines, test validation and verification, and workload - targeted primarily to the cytopathology community, but also including clinicians and other laboratory professionals.

     

    Lynette is Past President of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT), and currently serves as the ASCT Legislative Consultant. She is also a member of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) Executive Board. She is chair of the Joint Commission Laboratory Professional and Technical Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium, and chair of the American Society of Clinical Pathology Teleconference Committee. 

     

  • Sue Zaleski, MA, SCT(ASCP)

    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Pathology, Iowa City, IA

    sue-zaleski@uiowa.edu

    Workbench: The Lean Cytopathology Laboratory

     

    Sue Zaleski attended the The Univeristy of Iowa where she received her BA in Health Occupations Education and her MA in Policy, Planning & Leadership Studies. She is currently the Laboratory Manager for the Department of Pathology at the University of Iowa since 2002, where she is responsible for planning, developing, and directing the administrative, fiscal, personnel and educational activities of a large clinical laboratory. 

     

    Sue is a member of many professional organizations including; ASCP, CAP, ASC, ASCT, Iowa Society of Cytology and ASCT of which she was formerly President. She also serves as a board member for ASCT Services, Inc.