2024 Board of Directors Candidates

2024 Board of Directors Candidates

Meet the Candidates

For 2024 NAACCR balloting, there are four open positions: President-Elect (1), and Representatives-At-Large positions (3); also there are 3 positions for the Nominating Committee. 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.

President-Elect

The following individual has been nominated to run for the office of President-Elect. This is a four year commitment. Year one as President-Elect. Years two and three as Board President. Year four as Past-President.


Eric Durbin

 

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Kentucky Cancer Registry

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 34

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I currently serve as Director of the Kentucky Cancer Registry. In this role, I am responsible for all aspects of the oversight and management of the registry, including resource acquisition and utilization, staffing, financial management, legislative and legal issues, security, compliance, reporting, and data use and dissemination. I serve as the principal investigator for NPCR, SEER, and related grant and contract proposal development and execution.

 

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

Our understanding of cancer and the practice of oncology are changing rapidly with expanding molecular diagnostics, targeted treatments, and other medical advances. Keeping pace with standardized data capture that reflects current and future paradigm shifts along the cancer control continuum will be critical for population cancer registries to measure impacts, identify disparities, guide cancer prevention and control, and advance cancer research. Highly efficient new approaches to our work will be key, especially in the context of constrained budgets. I firmly believe that strategic partnerships, along with advances in electronic health record standards, biomedical informatics, and artificial intelligence offer a path forward for advancing cancer registration. I foresee an incredibly bright future for all NAACCR members!

 

Past NAACCR position(s):

– Member, Information and Technology Committee
– Member, Data Encryption Subcommittee
– Member, Health Level Seven (HL7) Work Group
– Member, Electronic Pathology Subcommittee
– Chair, Pathology Data Work Group
– Member, Interoperability Ad-Hoc Committee
– Present Member, Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee
– Board of Directors (2 Elected Terms)
– Member, XML Task Force
– Member, Registry of the Future Planning Committee
– Present Co-Chair, Cancer Informatics Advisory Group

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.


Carolyn Bancroft, DrPH

 

Organization: Maine Center for Disease Control

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 3.5

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I am the Director of Maine Cancer Registry (MCR) which is housed within Data, Research, and Vital Statistics at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). In my role as director, I supervise registry staff and contractors, prepare workplans, budgets, and applications for continued funding, oversee data analysis and publications, and respond to data requests, media inquiries, and constituent cancer concerns.

I serve as the PI for Maine’s DP22-2202 grant, chair Maine CDC’s Cancer Inquiry Advisory Group, co-chair the Maine Cancer Coalition’s Data Team, and am a member of Maine CDC’s Cancer Leadership team.

 

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

The NAACCR strategic management plan highlights critical priorities for sustaining central cancer registries. The areas of greatest relevance to my current work are: 1) professional development, staff recruitment and retention; 2) building registry capacity to adopt technological innovations that improve efficiency and timeliness of data collection without compromising data quality, and 3) continuing to promote cancer surveillance data use and access. I hope NAACCR can continue to serve as a critical resource for central cancer registries: providing technical guidance and training, developing and updating data standards to reflects changes in cancer surveillance, and fostering peer-to-peer learning opportunities. NAACCR’s work will continue to be essential for registries to continue improve cancer surveillance data collection, analysis, and reporting as we navigate increasing financial constraints and workforce turnover.

 

Past NAACCR position(s):

– Member of the Confidentiality and Data Security workgroup
– NAACCR mentorship program (Participant mentee)

Lori Koch

 

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Illinois State Cancer Registry, Illinois Dept. of Public Health

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

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I’m the Registry Director for the Illinois State Cancer Registry and I’m responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the registry, including all research and data use.

 

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

NAACCR is instrumental in maintaining the standardization that makes cancer registry data so special. No other disease registry has accomplished what the cancer registry community has done and NAACCR is a big part of that. I want to help ensure that important legacy continues. NAACCR needs to be at the table for discussions about modernizing data collection and obtaining new sources of data so the interests and needs of cancer registries are taken into account as decisions are being made. NAACCR is an incredibly valuable resource for all central registries and the cancer surveillance system as a whole. Its talented volunteers share their knowledge and expertise freely which is something rarely found in such a wide-ranging system. It’s important to support NAACCR is its endeavors as it supports central registries.

Past NAACCR position(s):

–  Representative-at-Large, 2022-2024
– Co-chair, Strategic Management Plan Work Group
– Co-chair, NAACCR Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee
– Member, Mid-Level Tactical Work Group
– Co-chair, Interstate Case Ownership Task Force
– Co-chair, Uniform Data Standards Work Group
– Member, various task forces and work groups

Lihua Liu

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: University of Southern California

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 28

Current position and a brief description of duties:

As the Director and PI of the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program, I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of the registry operations and data use, as deliverables to our federal and state contracts. I work closely with a team of leaders in registry operations and a team of system and statistical analysts and research associates to execute the specific tasks to the best of our abilities. I also work with a statewide coalition, consists of the institutions where each of the regional registries in CA resides and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network to partner with various stakeholders to advocate for strengthening the cancer registries in California through legislative actions and budget requests. We successfully passed the SB 344 in 2023 to allow easier but secure data sharing to comply with the new NIH data sharing requirements. We will continue to work on improving the state funding for CA cancer registries in 2024.

 

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

NAACCR should continue its success in serving as the standard setter for the population-based cancer registries in North America, which has had a tremendous impact on the global cancer surveillance and surveillance research, as well as the convenor of multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary stakeholders whose work interacts with and impacts the missions of cancer surveillance. In addition, I’d like to see NAACCR, with its rich data resources, to be more visible on national and international stages as the representative of its membership for population-based cancer control and advocate for cancer patients.

 

Past NAACCR position(s):

– Member, Comparative Analysis of Incidence Rates Subcommittee of Data Evaluation and Publication Committee

– Member, Expert Panel for Hispanic Identification

– Member, Expert Panel for Asian/Pacific Islander Identification

– Member, Case Completeness Task Force

– Present: Member, CINA Editorial Committee

– Present: Member, Board of Directors

Valerie Somma, ODS

 

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Colorado Central Cancer Registry

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

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I am the Data Quality Unit Supervisor and provide supervision to the data quality staff who process incoming cases and conduct data quality audits . I oversee preparation of annual data submissions. I provide technical and educational guidance and training to internal staff as well as our hospital reporters.

 

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

NAACCR has grown into a trusted leader and voice for cancer data collection bringing together national organizations to work collaboratively on data standards, data sharing and data use which is important to me in my central registry work. I think NAACCR’s alliance with national partners and their members helps to identify common goals, and collaborate on ways to help them to achieve their goal that every case counts.
NAACCR should continue their partnerships in order to achieve improved data collection, completeness of case reporting, as well as identifying advancements in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Cancer informatics is already impacting the way we access data and I believe that the NAACCR community can expand opportunities to create new processes and best practices, especially in case finding and reporting. I think NAACCR should continue to push to be a central hub to garner best practices, refine available tools from states and national partners, and distribute those to the registries so that states can meet their individual goals.

 

Past NAACCR position(s):

– Team Building to Enhance Data Quality Work Group
– NACCD/NAACCR Registry Operations Assessment Work Group
– Present NAACCR Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee
– Present NAACCR Central Registry Operations Standards Volume III, Data Quality Assurance, Work Group Lead

Katrina Swett

 

Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Connecticut Tumor Registry

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 14

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Epidemiologist
I have been an epidemiologist at the Connecticut Tumor Registry (CTR) for 6 years. I provide support to researchers utilizing CTR data, undertake data linkages, prepare and update routine cancer statistics and statistical reports, and respond to cancer concerns.

 

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

The NAACCR community includes members with a vast knowledge base and invaluable experience. Although I joined the Discharge and Claims Data Taskforce late in the process, it was helpful to learn how different registries use these resources and gratifying to see the best practices guide completed. I would like to see NAACCR continue to be a leader in establishing best practices for central registries. We should share what works in our registries in the hopes it assists another in a similar situation.
Another goal I would like to see NAACCR strive for is more complete long-term follow-up and recurrence. To understand the impact of early-onset cancers, the definition of survival should extend beyond 5-year mortality.
Lastly, I believe NAACCR should explore methods to assist registries that are operating with reduced staff.

 

Past NAACCR position(s):

– Research Analyst Handbook Taskforce
– Discharge and Claims Data Taskforce

Nominating Committee

The following individuals have been nominated to run for the Nominating Committee. Individuals in these roles develop the ballot for the NAACCR Board election and identify candidates for the following year’s Nominating Committee.


Andrea Sipin-Baliwas, MS,  Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program

Lucinda Ham, ODS,  Missouri Cancer Registry

Mona Highsmith, BA, Minnesota Cancer Reporting System

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