2020 Board of Directors Candidates

2020 Board of Directors Candidates

Meet the Candidates

For 2020 NAACCR balloting, there are five open positions: President-Elect (1), Representatives-At-Large positions (3), and Treasurer (1). We realize that NAACCR members serve on a variety of committees and working groups and may not be familiar with all the candidates. This short preview provides an opportunity for NAACCR members in each registry to discuss the candidates and make recommendations to the voting delegate of that registry. The Nominating Committee believes an excellent set of candidates has stepped up to run for election this year. Many thanks to all nominees for agreeing to run.

Winny Roshala, BA, CTR

Curriculum Vitae

Organization:Cancer Registry of Greater California – a program of the Public Health Institute

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 21

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Director, Data Quality Control and Facility Reporting Compliance Officer
Duties include:Responsible for managing the overall data quality control program for the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC). This includes conducting audits, providing standardized guidelines and tools for accurate, complete and timely collection of cancer data to hospital registrars and regional registry staff. Provide a system of quality control measures to ensure the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of cancer data so that users may be assured of the reliability of the data when conducting epidemiologic studies and planning future cancer control efforts. As Reporting Facility Compliance Officer, responsible for monitoring reporting facility compliance with California cancer reporting requirements for completeness, timeliness and accuracy.

Thoughts regarding the direction NAACCR should be moving towards and the goals the organization should be striving to attain:

In this evolving and complex healthcare environment, the cancer surveillance community is faced with many challenges. Although the challenges sometimes seem daunting, they can also serve to create exciting opportunities and seek new, innovative, creative solutions. In order to survive and thrive, no longer can we rely on doing things “because we’ve always done it that way.”
NAACCR serves as the clear voice of the cancer surveillance community. In doing so, we must continue to reach out to potential collaborators to strengthen, expand and enrich our resource network.
As technology changes, we must adapt and utilize technology to increase efficiencies in a careful but prudent manner. Our ability to effectively seek new data sources and process data efficiently while maintaining high data quality is imperative. We must continue to meet the needs of those requesting the data, make the data accessible and creatively increase data usage.
From a central registry operations perspective, our current model of adopting data changes in not sustainable. NAACCR must collaborate with the standard setting agencies to actively seek new sustainable approaches to this process.
Our goals should include:
-Seeking new collaborations
-Working closely with international cancer agencies
-Strengthening standardized education and training
-Reducing duplicative or redundant work efforts
-Assessing new models for various central registry processes
Given NAACCR’s strengths of individual and organizational experience, ingenuity, collaboration, commitment and passion for the work, there is so much more we, as a community can accomplish! The future of the cancer surveillance community is in our hands. I would be honored to lead this effort and ensure NAACCR’s future is filled with exciting new opportunities!

Past NAACCR position(s):

-Co-chair, Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee, 2018 – present
-Co-chair, 2018 NAACCR Implementation Guidelines Task Force
-Member, NAACCR Board of Directors, 2013 – 2017
-Member, Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee, 2013 – present
-Member, ICD-O-3 Implementation Workgroup, 2012 – present
-Member, Uniform Data Standards Workgroup, 2001-2005, 2011 to present
-Member, Assessment of Central Cancer Registry Timeliness and Reporting Standards Task Force, 2015 to 2018
-Chair, TNM Classification Designator Impact Task Force, 2016
-Co-chair, 2016 Implementation Guidelines Task Force
-Member, Communications Steering Committee, 2013 – 2017
-Member, NAACCR Narrative Editorial Review Board, 2010 – 2017

President-Elect

The following individuals has been nominated to run for the office of President-Elect. Individuals in this role succeed to the office of President at the conclusion of the President’s term. Also he or she may appoint the Steering Committee Chairpersons for his/her term of office prior to assuming the Office of President.


REPRESENTATIVES-AT-LARGE

The following individuals have been nominated to run for the office of Representative-at-Large. Individuals in these roles serve as primary liaison officers between NAACCR committees, the Board, and cancer registries to facilitate the exchange of information and the organization of projects.


Monique Hernandez, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

Organization:Florida Cancer Data System

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 12

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I currently serve as a senior manager with an emphasis on physician medical claims reporting, Meaningful Use, and data visualization. My duties and projects range from data acquisition to data utilization.

Thoughts regarding the direction NAACCR should be moving towards and the goals the organization should be striving to attain:

I believe that the NAACCR organization should continue to innovate change that is achievable and in keeping with the highest standards of the organization. It is also critical that NAACCR invest in current and future leaders, registrars, and researchers in the registry work force.

Past NAACCR position(s):

-Co-chair of Physician Reporting Work Group
-Member Survival Analysis Work Group
-Member Health IT Advisory Group

Mary Jane King

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Ontario Cancer Registry, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario)

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 22

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Manager, Ontario Cancer Registry
I manage a team of 25 people, including a coding and a staging lead, their teams, data analysts and a pathology standards advisor for ePath. I oversee pathology reporting, the OCR database, including implementation and maintenance of the STRs in algorithmic, automated format, manual review of case resolution from primary data sources, stage capture, and data release for researchers and external organizations. I am also the co-chair-elect of our own standard setting body, the Canadian Council of Cancer Registries.

Thoughts regarding the direction NAACCR should be moving towards and the goals the organization should be striving to attain:

Managing change and adapting to change are two areas in which NAACCR must be proactive in the years to come. NAACCR’s participation in the new change management strategy (HLSG and MLTG) has already begun to bear fruit. The cooperation among standard setters and central registries has improved very much. Cooperation as change management will be a “forever” project because NAACCR’s stakeholders are driven by change. But, standard setters must continually adapt to change so that clinically relevant discoveries can continue to inform cancer control and prevention. So systemic change management is also required. NAACCR will need to promote the creation of parsable, standardized information all the way from diagnostics to dictation so that manual abstraction will not become a bottleneck and prevent change. NAACCR today is represented by an incredible number of scientists and technical and subject matter experts. This talent has to be pointed towards the challenge, forming alliances with external communities of practice as necessary.

Past NAACCR position(s):

-Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee – member, previously co-chair
-Uniform Data Standards Committee/WG
-Mid Level Tactical Group (NAACCR convened)
-NAACCR Board, past member at large
-Registry Operation Advisory Group – co-chair (Registry of the Future callout)
-Registry Operations Committee – member, then co-chair
-Discharge Data Work Group
-Record Consolidation-Tumor Linkage Best Practices Work Group
-NAACCR Discharge Data Work Group
-Automated Tumor Linkage Work Group
-Data Item Consolidation Work Group

Lihua Liu, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 23

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Director of Data Utilization
Supervisor for Analytical Support
Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP)
Associate Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

As Director of Data Utilization, I work to advocate, promote, demonstrate, and facilitate the use of CSP data for monitoring the patterns and trends of specific cancers among the 10+ million racially/ethnically diverse populations in Los Angeles County.

As the Supervisor for the newly formed Analytical Support unit at CSP, I oversee the data analyses using the registry data, supervise 5 programmers/analysts and manage their work assignments, hold regular group meetings to train and mentor new team members, encourage sharing and communication, build team spirit, and contribute the culture of CSP.

As a faculty member, my research has focused on revealing the sociodemographic factors in cancer disparities, with a special interest in the changing cancer risks among immigrants. I am actively engaged in cross-disciplinary collaborative research projects, advising junior faculty data users, and mentoring student researchers.

Thoughts regarding the direction NAACCR should be moving towards and the goals the organization should be striving to attain:

NAACCR shall continue its trajectory of robust growth as the leader and standard setter in cancer surveillance and research around the world. I wholeheartedly support the NAACCR Strategic Management Plan 2016 – 2021 and the five areas of goals and objectives. I would like to suggest to add an additional dimension to “Professional Development” – i.e., to foster a learning environment to encourage and facilitate the member registries (in contrast to registry staff) to learn from each other to improve data quality and operation efficiency.

Past NAACCR position(s):

-1999-2000 Member, Comparative Analysis of Incidence Rates Subcommittee, Data Evaluation and Publication Committee
-2001–2003 Member, Expert Panel for Hispanic Identification
-2003–2009 Member, Expert Panel for Asian/Pacific Islander Identification
-2004–2010 Member, Latino Research Work Group
-2014-2016 Member, Case Completeness Task Force
-2019- Member, Expert Panel on Cancer Registry Completeness Assessment

Angela Meisner, M.P.H.

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: New Mexico Tumor Registry

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 11

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I am the manager of the Epidemiology Section at the New Mexico Tumor Registry (NMTR). My duties include the following: oversee the day-to-day activities of research and data use; conduct statistical analysis of cancer surveillance data; assist in the design, implementation and analysis of epidemiologic studies that utilize cancer registry data; serve as Virtual Pooled Registry liaison; serve as preceptor, field supervisor, guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Population Sciences at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine; and promote and represent the NMTR to other organizations.

Thoughts regarding the direction NAACCR should be moving towards and the goals the organization should be striving to attain:

There are many challenges that face the cancer surveillance field today; to me, one of the most important challenges is workforce development. Although I have been privileged to work on many initiatives through my roles as NAACCR Representative-at-Large and Research and Data Use Steering Committee Member, this is the one to which I have focused the majority of my effort. In my current role on the NAACCR Board, I have spoken to many of you about how you became involved in the organization. Most members have shared a common experience — a colleague personally reached out to them. Without that personal connection participation in the organization can be intimidating and difficult to navigate.

I believe that in order to address some of the many salient issues that face our field today, NAACCR needs to increase member participation and engagement, particularly among newer members. With many in our field nearing retirement, now is the time to prepare by finding ways to develop the next generation of cancer surveillance leaders. I am currently co-leading the development of a new initiative called the “NAACCR Ambassador Program.” Through this initiative, established members of the organization will serve as a resource and as ambassadors in engaging and guiding newer members to become productive members of the cancer surveillance community. I would also like to extend this initiative to students, providing them with avenues to keep them active in the field after graduation.

If re-elected to the NAACCR Board, I will continue to bring this effort to fruition and expand such efforts to address barriers to participation. While I recognize that we all have limited time and resources, I also see potential to invest in the future of the organization and our field. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the NAACCR community in this role for a second term, and to develop these initiatives that I think will solidify the strength of cancer surveillance into the next generation.

Past NAACCR position(s):

– Representative-At-Large (2018-present)
– Board Liaison, Communications Steering Committee (2019-present)
– Board Liaison, Research and Data Use Steering Committee (2018-2019)
– Co-Leader, Ambassador Program (2019-present)
– Member, Research and Data Use Steering Committee (2018-present)
– Member, Professional Development Steering Committee (2019-present)
– Member, Strategic Management Plan Workgroup (2019-present)
– Member, Templated Data Use Agreement Task Force (2019-present)
– Member, Research Application Review Workgroup (2019-present)
– Member, Board and Steering Committee Chair Orientation/Onboarding Task Force (2019)
– Reviewer, Annual Meeting Abstract Review Committee (2015-2019)
– Session Moderator, Annual Meeting (2017-2019)
– Judge, Annual Meeting Student Poster Session (2017-2019)
– Judge, Annual Meeting Poster Session (2019)
– Member, Annual Meeting Student Awards Team (2017)
– Member, Core Program Planning Committee (2016-2017)
– Member, Data Completeness Task Force (2015)

Kyle Ziegler

Curriculum Vitae

Organization:Cancer Registry of Greater California

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 20

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I am the Director of Data Management and Informatics with the Cancer Registry of Greater California. I oversee the data collection, abstraction, and QC activities (visual editing, linkage, consolidation, among other related activities) for the 110,000 new cases received each year. I also work on projects that involve modernization of the Cancer Registry production and streamlining processes while maintaining the quality of the data.

Thoughts regarding the direction NAACCR should be moving towards and the goals the organization should be striving to attain:

The cancer surveillance and collection industry, in my opinion, may be a little behind the times. In the last several years, innovations in electronic has moved across the medical industry and the cancer surveillance community is now faced with the realization that we need to do some catch up. For example, most medical records are now electronic; however, there is no mechanism to import those electronic medical record into our data bases. Also, registries continue to receive many forms of paper reports. Meanwhile the standard of care is continuing to move from the hospital to an outpatient setting. This result in varied reporting behaviors and practices that are further exacerbated by the fact that patients are moving around, diagnosed and treated in places that were not even on Cancer Registries radar just a decade ago. We must be innovative. We must open to new and out-of-the-box thinking to get back in front of these issues to find the cases while being innovative enough to get them into our systems electronically. We need to stop thinking narrowly and think beyond the walls of a “data base” and move towards a dynamic and useful data warehouse model of cancer surveillance.

Past NAACCR position(s):

-Member-at-Large (2018 – 2020)
-Nominating Chair (2017)
-Nominating Committee (2015 – 2017)

SMO Representative

The following individual has been nominated to run for the office of Sponsoring Member Representative. The individual in this role serves as the primary liaison with sponsoring members, and provides a formal mechanism for inter-organizational activities.


Lori Swain

Curriculum Vitae

Organization:Florida Cancer Data System

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 19

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Executive Director of NCRA. Responsible for the overall management of the association including operations, financial, strategic and programmatic in aligned to the NCRA Strategic Management Plan.

Thoughts regarding the direction NAACCR should be moving towards and the goals the organization should be striving to attain:

NAACCR has made a significant effort in restructuring to best conform to the priorities of its membership through its recent SMP. The association should be ramping up in the transition to deliver on the goals and objectives outlined in the SMP.

Past NAACCR position(s):

-SMO Rep: 2008-12 and 2014 – present


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