As a reminder, the election for the three seats available for the 2019-2021 term on the Board of Trustees will be held throughout the month of September this year. Leading up to the election, we are highlighting each of the four candidates as identified through the efforts of the Nominations Subcommittee.
For today's BOT Candidate Spotlight, we are featuring Jennifer Perez, MS, PA(ASCP)CM.
Name: Jennifer Perez, MS, PA(ASCP)CM
Organization: Comprehensive Pathology Associates
Location: Miami, FL
Member Since: 2006
Current AAPA Position: Education Committee Chair
Please tell the AAPA membership about yourself, and describe your past volunteer work.
I am a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University from the Class of 2006. I have worked at Comprehensive Pathology Associates in Miami, FL for 12 years. I began volunteering with the AAPA beginning with the Grossing Guideline in the “Other “ section and authored the "Bone" subsection. This opportunity led me to be the Speaker Liaison for Dr. Allan Schiller at the New York Conference and to join the Education Committee as the Vice Chair. I have had the privilege of working with many speakers since the New York conference. In addition to my Vice Chair responsibilities, I took over the Speaker Recruitment Chair position. I had the privilege to recruit speakers for multiple Fall and Spring Conferences. I recently moved up into the Education Chair position and I am working with a great team of volunteers as we prepare the new CE content for the new CE requirements to be implemented. I have enjoyed all the volunteer opportunities I have had the privilege to experience up to this point.
Why are you interested in serving on the AAPA BOT?
I am interested in serving on the BOT because I love my profession and all that the AAPA embodies. My experience on both the education and conference sides of the Education Committee allow me to be a unique asset to the board. I have enjoyed serving on the committees and seeing the progression of our profession over these last few years. I look forward to continuing to be on the front line of the evolution of our profession.
What do you think should be the most important priority for AAPA?
The most important priority for the AAPA should be the continued advancement of the profession by staying ahead of the needs of our members, being proactive as well as advocating for our members on approaching issues.
What is your understanding of the mission and vision of this organization?
The AAPA is the primary source for Pathologists' Assistants to receive everything they need to provide the best patient care. We support our members through education, advocacy, and collaboration, thus supporting our members and the profession.
Is there a particular area that you feel could be improved within AAPA?
There is always room for improvement within an organization like ours. I think our continuing education offerings and our conference is an area that will always be something that can be improved. It is an area that should be evolving with our members' and profession's needs.
What is the biggest challenge your lab faces today?
Our lab is experiencing the growing pains of opening a new cancer center. We are experiencing a great increase in work including complex surgical specimens and a biorepository while implementing a new computer system. The overall job is slowly going from a community hospital to more of what you would expect from a major cancer center while being understaffed.
Would you like to see Jennifer on the AAPA Board of Trustees? Make sure to cast your vote in the BOT Election, opening September 4, 2018! Fellow members will have the option to vote online via SurveyMonkey or in-person at the Fall Conference. Remember, we must reach a required quorum of 25% of members. Encourage your colleagues to vote using the hashtags #PAckthepolls and #myVOTEmyBOT!
Check out the profiles of our other candidates John Eckman, Charlene Gettings, and Roseann Vitale!