A dynamic laboratory administrator, Jo Anne B. Edwards, MEd, MLS(ASCP)CM, used her first career as a medical technologist as a stepping stone to progressively responsible and diverse administrative positions in the laboratory. Currently, she is based in Sparks, Nev., and serves as a Laboratory Surveyor for The Joint Commission.
Her involvement with ASCP began when her longtime colleague at the Associated Pathologists Laboratories, Las Vegas, Thorne Butler, MD, nominated Ms. Edwards for a position on the Society’s Board of Directors. Although she was not elected to the Board until later, she met ASCP volunteer Karen K. James, PhD, MT(ASCP), and joined the newly formed Laboratory Management Exam Committee for the Board of Registry (now the ASCP Board of Certification). Through the years, Ms. Edwards has moved up the ASCP leadership ranks, serving on the ASCP Board of Governors, as chair of the Commission on Public Policy, and on the 2005–2006 Task Force on the Future of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine among other important contributions to ASCP.
“It’s an honor being associated with a professional society that is truly concerned with laboratory issues for all our members,” she said. “I have developed lifelong friends, cultivated a great network, and found people who have the same sense of humor.”
After so many years of hard-work and camaraderie with other ASCP volunteers, Ms. Edwards is truly honored to be selected by her peers to receive the ASCP Mastership. She is an author and presenter for many laboratory organizations, including 2006 ASCP Leadership Exchange in Baltimore called “Learn a New Language—the Language of Medicare.”
Aside from her career, Ms. Edwards loves riding the fastest, most topsy-turvy roller coasters she can find. “If I had the funds, I would buy the roller coaster at the Sahara Hotel and install it in my backyard,” she said.
Her career has seesawed between Missouri, where Ms. Edwards was born and raised, and Nevada, where she received her master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is very close to her two daughters and six grandchildren, who Ms. Edwards calls her “proudest accomplishments.”