Renowned as an outstanding laboratory professional, teacher, mentor, and ASCP volunteer, Marian J. Cavagnaro, MS, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMDLMCM, inspires those around her to be passionate in every facet of their lives. Currently, she serves as the Director of Laboratory Services at Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Pines, Fla., supervising 80 employees.
For 26 years, Ms. Cavagnaro has held a myriad of leadership positions for ASCP, including on the Board of Certification and Board of Directors. However, her work as an ASCP consultant in countries such as Ethiopia and Tanzania touched her most deeply, according to Ms. Cavagnaro.
“Her role in teaching, while exceptional, is probably overshadowed by her heart for people,” wrote Walter Oliveira, MLS(ASCP)CMSI, on Jan. 11, 2011. “She is a giving and compassionate person who makes a difference in the quality of life for people in Africa.”
In recognition of her many contributions, Ms. Cavagnaro will receive the ASCP Mastership. “I celebrate in joining other members who have received the ASCP Mastership and have made contributions to the field of pathology and laboratory medicine,” she said. “It’s been an enriching, memorable journey over the years.”
“Marian’s enthusiasm for ASCP and its many activities, and her sincere caring for the Society and its mission have been infectious with me,” wrote Mary-Elizabeth O’Brien, Executive Director, Ironstone Farm, Andover, Mass., on Jan. 15, 2011.
Two of her mentors, Bettina G. Martin, HT(ASCP), and Anne Thompson, MT(ASCP)SH, taught Ms. Cavagnaro the importance of commitment and passion in all aspects of her life. She has responded by continuing to learn at every opportunity. At a time when many of her contemporaries are near retirement, Ms. Cavagnaro is earning her master’s degree in divinity from St. Thomas University, Miami, and expects to finish by May 2012.
On the professional side, Ms. Cavagnaro is delighted to help design a new laboratory that will accommodate a flow cytometry section, a larger blood bank, and an expanded histology section to support Adult Hematology/Oncology Service and Bone Marrow Transplant Program for the entire Memorial Healthcare System.