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Career Ambassadors Inspire Next Generation of Lab Professionals

Monday, September 9, 2013

“I love interacting with youth on the different opportunities the MLS has to offer. Therefore becoming a Career Ambassador seemed like a perfect fit.”
—Tiffany E. Channer, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM

In its quest to address the nation’s shortage of qualified medical laboratory professionals, ASCP has successfully partnered for many years with Roche to place dedicated, certified ASCP members into classrooms nationwide to promote the profession to high school students. These ASCP Career Ambassadors reached more than 10,000 students last year alone, through classroom presentations and career fairs.

ASCP recently selected 40 new ASCP Career Ambassadors for 2013–2014. These volunteers are excited to make a positive impact upon the medical laboratory profession as well as the young people they will reach out to during the coming year.  

Newly selected Career Ambassador Alejandra Meza, MLS(ASCP)CM, a pathologist assistant student at West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.V., says that she is very excited to be part of this year’s program. She enlisted in the army as a medical lab technician, and before this did not know anything about clinical lab medicine. “I fell in love with the field because there are so many different areas of specialization and really cool technology.” Ms. Meza attended a low-income, low-performing high school and knows the importance of role models. She plans on making low performing high schools her priority when presenting to classrooms.

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Ms. Channer

Sarah L. Hoss, MLS(ASCP)CM, also a newly chosen Career Ambassador, says that because she had such a hard time finding career mentors and resources, becoming a mentor for other interested young people has always been a passion of hers. Like many others, she had never heard of clinical laboratory sciences until she was well into her first year of college majoring in biology. Ms. Hoss currently works as a Medical Technologist I at the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, in Morrisville, NC.

Fellow Career Ambassador Tiffany E. Channer, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM is a Medical Laboratory Scientist II / Safety Officer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City. Ms. Channer strongly believes in giving back. After completing her MPH, she became an ASCP Local Representative and has even volunteered to be an ASCP consultant, through the PEPFAR initiative in Swaziland, Africa.  “I love interacting with youth on the different opportunities the MLS profession has to offer. Therefore becoming a Career Ambassador seemed like a perfect fit.” She believes that the Career Ambassador program makes everyone Stronger Together by “educating, inspiring, and informing future generations of our everyday evolving field.”

For a list of all the new Career Ambassadors, and to see video applications featuring new ASCP Career Ambassadors, click here