NAACCR Board of Directors Candidates

NAACCR Board of Directors Candidates

Meet the Candidates

For 2018 NAACCR balloting, there are five open positions: President-Elect, Sponsoring Member Organization Representative and (3) Representatives-At-Large positions. 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 (AND President)

The following individual has been nominated to run for the office of President-Elect. At the conclusion of their term they will succeed to the office of President.


Francis P. Boscoe, PhD


Curriculum Vitae

Organization: New York State Cancer Registry

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

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Research Scientist, New York State Cancer Registry; Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University at Albany.

As a member of the Analysis and Output Unit of the New York State Cancer Registry, I strive to provide useful interpretation and application of the vast amount of data we receive at the New York State Cancer Registry, with a particular focus on geographic and demographic data and linkages to external data sources such as claims and hospitalization files. I have published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals to date. I have also been an active contributor to the NAACCR Board of Directors, numerous committees and work groups, and the annual conference. As a faculty member I taught GIS and Public Health for 10 years and am currently advising several doctoral students.

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

NAACCR member registries are generally being asked to do more with less. Accordingly, our (mostly) volunteer model of operating is showing signs of strain. The Registry of the Future conference this past June set an ambitious agenda for advancing our work, but few of the identified 6-month goals have been realized. I would propose to identify examples of discrete, important, and well-defined tasks that have languished for want of resources and commit a portion of NAACCR’s financial resources toward seeing them to fruition.

Because we spend much of our time working with data that is not as good as it could or should be, it is easy to overlook how much our data have actually improved over the last several decades. We spend our time on the small percentage of cases not passing edits rather than the much larger number passing all edits. Nearly all registries now achieve gold certification, timeliness is considerably better, there are far fewer duplicates, far more data items are collected, and high-quality geocoding is approaching 100% in some registries, to name a few. There are some real success stories to be told here. I would like to do much more to publicize these facts and encourage more widespread use of our data resources. I look forward to working with Betsy Kohler and the Board to advance these ideas.

Those are just two themes which come to mind; those who know me know that I am a steady source of ideas, which on the whole I hope have benefited the organization. At the annual conference, for example, I helped plant the seed for the Young Talks, clickers, the Informatics Hackathon, the 5K run/walk, and the NAACCR Talent Show (the last one is still in the conceptual stage). As your President, I look forward to doing my best to promote and advance the organization and make our in-person meetings both productive and fun.

Past NAACCR position(s):

Representative at Large, NAACCR Board of Directors, 2014-present (2 terms)

Co-chair, Research and Data Use Steering Committee, 2012-2014

Chair, NAACCR GIS Committee, 2006-2008 (member, 2001-2013)

Attendee and presenter at the NAACCR Annual Conference 2000-2001, 2003-2017.

Sponsoring Member Representative

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


Lori A. Swain, MS


Curriculum Vitae

Organization: NCRA

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 15

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

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.


Wendy L. Aldinger, RHIA, CTR


Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Pennsylvania Cancer Registry

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

Current position and a brief description of duties:

Registry Manager- Manages multiple programs and initiatives comprising the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry to assure compliance to the Department’s mandates to collect all cases of cancer statewide meeting national cancer data collection standards. Cancer Registry programs include the Independent Reporting Programs for acute care hospitals, private pathology
laboratories, and non hospital sources (radiation therapy centers, cancer treatment centers, and physician offices); Data Acquisition Program; Facility Liaison Program; State and National Quality and Completeness Audits Program; Database Management Program; Statewide Cancer Registry Education Program; participation in the National Program of Cancer Registries; National CDC and NAACCR Call for Data Programs; National Data Certification Programs; Data Standards Program; and Quality Assurance Program.

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

NAACCR needs to continue to adapt to on going changes within cancer data collection. Keeping on top on challenges of
future. While offering guidence to central registries to be as effecient as possible in order to manage doing more with less.
Continue to promote the use and value of Cancer Surveillance Data. Education needs to continue to be a priority to ensure
central registries maintain quality data.

Past NAACCR position(s):

2018 Program Committee Chair
2017 Program Committee member
Physician Reporting Workgroup
Pathology Data Workgroup
Death Clearance Workgroup


Angela L. W. Meisner, MPH


Curriculum Vitae

Organization: New Mexico Tumor Registry

Number of years working in central/regional cancer registry: 8

Current position and a brief description of duties:

I am an epidemiologist at the New Mexico Tumor Registry (NMTR). I conduct statistical analysis of cancer surveillance data; assist in the design, implementation and analysis of epidemiologic studies that utilize NMTR data; respond to requests for NMTR data; and promote and represent the NMTR.

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

I was very excited to attend my first NAACCR conference in 2011. I had the fortunate opportunity to present my abstract at that conference during a concurrent session. After my presentation, two long-time NAACCR members introduced themselves, kindly offered constructive feedback and helped me network with others. Their advice was very valuable to my work as an epidemiologist at the New Mexico Tumor Registry. Being a new member of NAACCR was a little overwhelming and I initially found it difficult to navigate my participation in the organization. I feel that one goal for NAACCR should be a move towards addressing new member participation, retention and fostering the next generation of professionals in the cancer surveillance field. Established members of the organization and the cancer surveillance community are a great resource. Thinking back to my own personal experience, I would love to see a way for these members to formally serve as mentors or guides to new members. This idea might possibly even be extended to include developing additional opportunities for students (such as creating a student assembly) as a way to promote NAACCR and inspire a new generation.

Past NAACCR position(s):

Member (2010-Present), Abstract Review Committee (2015-2017), Core Program Planning Committee for the 2017 Annual Conference (2016-2017), Student Awards Team (2017), Student Poster Session Judge (2017), Data Completeness Task Force (2015)


Kyle L. Ziegler, BS, CTR


Curriculum Vitae

Organization: Cancer Registry of Greater California

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

Current position and a brief description of duties:

As Director of Data Management, I oversee the collection and management of incoming cancer cases and reports into the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC). This includes but is not limited to pathology reports, physician reporting, hospital reporting, surgery and radiation center reporting, abstracting, and visual editing of new cases. I also assist in the development and implementation of new and innovative information systems for registry operations in order to increase efficiency and quality.

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 reporting and information systems has moved across the medical industry and the cancer surveillance community is now faced with the realization that we need to catch up. For example, most medical records are now electronic; however, currently 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):

Nominating Chair – 2017
Nominating Committee Member – 2015 and 2016
Various other committee positions – 2011 – 2015

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