Meet Your 2022 Candidates

Meet Your 2022 Candidates

President-Elect

 

Wendy Aldinger

Resume/CV

Organization: Pennsylvania Cancer Registry

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 30

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Manage multiple programs and initiatives comprising the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry to assure compliance to the Department of Health and federal requirements.

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

To continue to make every cancer count by keeping up with the latest trends in diagnosing and treating cancer and promoting the use of NAACCR data. All while being the voice of central registries to ensure standard setters set realistic expectations and stay focused on the role of surveillance registries. NAACCR should continue to provide education and tools to members to improve data completeness, timeliness and quality. As well as facilitate networking opportunities, we’re stronger the more we work together.

Past NAACCR position(s):

  • 2021-Present:Representative a Large
  • 2020- Co-chair Standardization & Registry Development
  • 2020- Co-chair Program Committee
  • 2018-2020 Representative at Large
  • 2018 Program Committee Chair
  • 2017 Program Committee Member
  • Physician Reporting Workgroup

Representative-at-Large

 

Monique N. Hernandez

Resume/CV

Organization: Florida Cancer Data System

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 13

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I am the senior manager of data visualization and special projects. I am currently assisting with the Florida Firefighter Cancer Incidence project, as well as developing a dynamic platform to visualize Florida Cancer Data. I also lead the initiative for the Component II cancer screening surveillance registry through NPCR.

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

The NAACCR membership is strong, intelligent, and capable of developing new initiatives to support the growing needs of public health. The goals should go beyond maintaining the support and achievements made thus far, by including novel approaches to reporting, greater opportunities for member engagement, expanded resources for education, and investments into technological advancement.

Past NAACCR position(s):

  • I served on the NAACCR Board as Representative-at-Large between 2020-2022

 

Lori Koch

Resume/CV

Organization: Illinois State Cancer Registry

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 18

Current position and a brief description of duties:

As the Registry Director for the Illinois State Cancer Registry, I’m responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the registry, including all research and data use. Prior to this position, I was the Data Use Manager for the registry for eight years. I’ve been a CTR since 2007 and I have eighteen years of experience in the central registry. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee and am a member of the Mid-Level Tactical Group. I’ve also served on a variety of NAACCR task forces and work groups including UDS, the Virtual Pooled Registry work group, and the Data Release task force. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield and I’ve been a Certified Clinical Research Professional since 2002. Previously, I conducted clinical and laboratory infectious disease research at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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

NAACCR’s strength has always been maintaining data standardization and its ability to move the cancer registry community forward. Whether it’s new methodology, advances in informatics, or the ability to bring a large, diverse group of people to agreement, NAACCR is unparalleled. Because NAACCR is comprised of member registries, there is a level of trust and comradery that just doesn’t exist anywhere else. Registries and staff learn from each other, sharing tools and methods willingly. I know I’ve personally benefited from this as has the Illinois registry. I believe NAACCR should continue to support its members while striving to move cancer registration forward through more automation and linkage, increased data use and collaboration with data partners, and highlighting long-standing registry achievements in the collection of complete, timely, and high-quality data.

Past NAACCR position(s):

  • Co-Chair, Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee
  • Member, Mid-Level Tactical Group
  • Co-Chair, Interstate Case Ownership Task Force
  • Member, Virtual Pooled Registry Work Group
  • Member, Data Release Task Force
  • Co-Chair, Uniform Data Standards

 

Lihua Liu

Resume/CV

Organization: Los Angelas Cancer Survelliance Program

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 25

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Director and Principal Investigator

I am responsible for all aspects of the operation and management of the population-based Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP) for Los Angeles County in California. The CSP is part of the statewide California Cancer Registry (CCR) and a member of the NCI SEER Program. My duties include, but not limited to, overseeing the CSP’s implementation of all CCR and SEER requirements and contractual deliverables, communicating with state and federal partners, contributing to state and federal quality improvement initiatives, building cancer reporting partnerships, facilitating staff professional growth, and promoting the use of cancer registry data for research to advance knowledge for improving cancer control, outcomes and survivorship, as well as informing clinical practices.

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

I think NAACCR should continue its impressive trajectory and build on its many successful and impactful initiatives/programs to expand its role as the trusted leader and standard setter. Below are a couple of suggestions that I hope NAACCR would consider:

1. The NAACCR certification has effectively helped its member registries to reach the timeliness and completeness standards. Moving forward, NAACCR can consider setting new standards to help the registries to learn from each other to improve the data collection and processing routines to reduce the operational disparities among the registries, which will further improve the data quality and strengthen the NAACCR community.

2. To help address the widespread shortage of CTRs, I hope NAACCR would work with NCRA to find ways to develop more CTR training programs, build CTR pride, provide real world training opportunities for CTR-eligible students to prepare for the certification exams, and other ways to help raise the recognition and build the CTR community. A few registries have already taken actions towards achieving these goals. NAACCR can help identify and promote the best practices to spread the successful models.

Past NAACCR position(s):

  • 1999-2000: Member, Comparative Analysis of Incidence Rates Subcommittee of Data Evaluation and Publication Committee
  • 2001-2003: Member, Expert Panel for Hispanic Identification
  • 2003-2009: Member, Expert Panel for Asian/Pacific Islander Identification
  • 2014-2016: Member, Case Completeness Task Force
  • 2019-Present: Member, Expert Panel on Cancer Registry Completeness Assessment
  • 2019-Present: Member, CINA Editorial Committee

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