Meet NSH's New Region Directors: Part 1

In May, NSH held an election to select the Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term. In addition to officers such as President, and Treasurer, the Board also consists of nine Region Directors, who represent the interests of histologists from across the US and Canada.

This term, there are four new Region Directors serving on NSH’s Board. We sat down with these new Board members to learn a little bit more about their backgrounds, and their place in the histology field.

Our first two are Sabra Powell, from Region 7, and Dawn Schneider from Region 4.

Region 7: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming

Sabra: I am originally from a small cattle ranching community in Nebraska but moved to Utah after graduating high school to attend university. Currently I live in Orem, Utah (about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City). I've been in the Clinical Laboratory Science field for 19 years - 7 years as a Med Tech (analyzing blood, urine, CFS, etc.) and 12 years as a Histotech.

I was introduced to Histology while working as a Med Tech. A colleague informed me of an open position in the Anatomical Pathology department of the medical center I worked at and said she thought I would be a great fit for the hard-to-fill position. I was hired, trained on the job, and then sat for my boards a couple of years later. I am currently the Histopathology/Anatomic Pathology Manager at Myriad Genetics. We prepare tissue samples for molecular testing.

The most rewarding projects I have been involved in are:

  • Reviving the Utah Society for Histotechnology, where I am currently serving as the President

  • Working with the community colleges to develop a Histotechnology program.

When I am not doing histology related tasks, I spend my time with family (both two-legged and four-legged). I have a huge soft spot for animals and spend several months out of the year fostering kittens.

(Sabra also works with the organization, Expanding Your Horizons, which provides positive role models for hundreds of young girls (grades 6-10) interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) careers when they grow up. Check out Fixation on Histology’s post on the Expanding Your Horizon’s Program.)

Region 4: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

Dawn: I am from St. Germain, Wisconsin and I have been in the histology field for 36 years. My uncle was a pathologist and my mom was the lab secretary, so I had opportunities to visit their lab growing up. I thought histology was cool and decided to pursue it as my career. I currently work at the Howard Young Medical Center, practicing general histology.

The most rewarding project I have worked on, I was the regional leader for 8 hospitals, implementing a new computer LIS system.

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