BLD Alumni Board of Directors

It's a pleasure to have an active Alumni Board of Directors. They are hard at work keeping you connected to your Alma Mater! This page is dedicated to acknowledging their hard work.

Rose Brichta

Rosemarie S. Brichta-
MT(ASCP) BS MT ('81)
President (2014 - 2017)

Rosemarie Brichta is a long-standing member of the medical laboratory community. A Michigan native, her journey as a laboratorian started at Michigan State University where she earned a degree in Medical Technology, followed by an internship at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo Michigan. Her career in the laboratory took her throughout the United States, working both on the bench and in coordination roles in hospitals in Illinois and Texas. These roles all lead to her finding her true home in laboratory education. Education was a mainstay in her career, whether she was instructing on the bench to students and trainees, providing more formal didactic instruction to laboratory students, or in her role as the System Education Coordinator for Alverno Laboratories. Her commitment to the future of the lab and love for the material is apparent, in that she continues to teach as an adjunct in her retirement. Rose is also the proud mother of two girls, and wife to a fellow avid Spartan. She balances her time in retirement between the support of her family, teaching, and supporting her Spartans!

Leslie Chrisom
MLS(ASCP) CM (’12)
(2015 - 2018)

Leslie graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology and a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Criminal Justice. Since her graduation, she has been employed in The Henry Ford Health System as a generalist in their Core/Stat Laboratory in Detroit. She is trained and heavily involved in the LEAN principles, daily management and quality improvement processes in the laboratory. Additionally, Leslie is trained as a hematology specialist and works with patient bone marrows and peripheral bloods with abnormalities along side hematopathologists for the health system. She also has been published and presented at the ASCP Conference as well as inspected a hospital laboratory as a CAP Inspector.

Denise M. Elwart
MBA, BS MT ('90)

Denise started her career in hospital laboratories as a generalist after graduating from MSU in 1990. She discovered that if she became an accountant, she could drink coffee at her desk, so she completed an accounting degree and transferred to the accounting department at Sparrow Health System. She then pursued an MBA degree at the University of Michigan-Flint, graduating in 2008. Denise is now in her dream job as the business administrator for the department of Physiology at Michigan State University.

Denise was a board member of the then MSU Medical Technology Alumni Association from 1995-2001, serving as President from 1995-1997. She is also past-President of the Michigan Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (1999-2001). At heart, she will always be a “lab rat” and continues to be interested in the profession. She returned to the BLD Alumni Board of Directors in 2014 and is excited to see how strong and active our alumni.

Keith J. Kaplan
MD (MSU BS '92) (Northwestern, MD '96)

Keith J. Kaplan, MD, is a practicing pathologist and laboratory medical director in North Carolina. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. A graduate of Michigan State University, and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Kaplan completed his residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. While at Walter Reed, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Dr. Kaplan founded and directed the Army Telepathology Program. This Program connected 25 hospitals internationally for consultation via telepathology.

In addition to general surgical pathology, his subspecialty interests include gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology, cytopathology and pathology informatics as well as research interests in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology, hyperspectral imaging, image analysis and the use of Web 2.0 tools in pathology. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, editorials and scientific abstracts and frequently lectures at both national and international meetings on topics related to pathology informatics. Dr. Kaplan was a surgical pathologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and also held the academic post of associate professor of pathology at Mayo Medical School.

Dr. Kaplan currently serves as a member of the College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathology and the American Society of Cytopathology as well as the American Pathology Foundation. He is an executive board member of the American Pathology Foundation. Dr. Kaplan is the publisher of the Digital

Angela (Hecksel) Knowlton


Angela is a 2005 graduate of the CLS program at MSU and in 2013 she returned for her certificate in the Molecular Diagnostics program. She worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for 2 years and from there moved East. She currently lives in Boston, MA and works 3rd shift as a generalist for Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. She is married to a fellow Spartan and they are involved with the MSU Alumni Board of Directors in Boston.

Shawn Moloney
(BA ’99; BS ’10) MLS(ASCP)

Shawn Moloney joined BLD in September 2015 as its laboratory coordinator. Moloney completed her first degree in history of art from MSU in 1999. She then worked as a pension accountant. Maloney decided to return to MSU to pursue a degree in the sciences and graduated in 2010 with a CLS degree and completed her internship at St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor. She is excited to be back at MSU and hopes to pursue her advanced degrees while here

Leslie Thompson
(MT ’05 & CLS ’10)

Leslie Thompson received her bachelors degree from the school of Lyman Briggs in Medical Technology from MSU before finishing an internship through the St. John Hospital School of Medical Technology in Detroit, Michigan. After certification and working in the clinical lab for a number of years, Leslie returned to MSU to obtain her Masters of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science through the BLD department. It was upon this return that she rekindled her joy for teaching, and pursued a job with BLD to stay working with the students.

Leslie advises potential and current CLS students throughout their undergraduate time at MSU and during their clinical experience. She is the Assistant Director for the accredited CLS Program, while continuing to build strong relationships with affiliated hospitals to keep the CLS students on the cutting edge of the laboratory. She enjoys guiding the students in their professional development both on campus, and as interns.

Ran Whitehead ('72)

Ran Whitehead is the Chief Executive Officer at PeaceHealth Laboratories ( Whitehead’s knowledgeable and forward thinking leadership has empowered the companies reputation for technical and clinical excellence, collaborative partnerships, and innovative programs. He has led initiatives such as the distance learning program that was later adopted by laboratories across the country. With more than 40 years experience in the laboratory industry, Whitehead has led laboratories in a variety of settings from founding a start up venture capital backed laboratory in Tennessee to leading for-profit and non-for profit laboratories in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico and Oregon. He earned his Master of Business Administration at Duke University and his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at Michigan State University.

Megan Wick
MT(ASCP) (‘03)
(President-Elect) (2015-2018)

Megan graduated from Michigan State University’s clinical laboratory science program in 2003 and completed a clinical rotation at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. She went on to work as a medical technologist for Munson for two years before moving to Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, she worked at Genesis Clinical Laboratory in microbiology before coming to the College of American Pathologists (CAP). She just celebrated her work anniversary for 8 years at CAP during which she's gained experience in multiple areas; proficiency testing/lab accreditation, evidence-based guidelines and now in an executive role as Director of Specialty Advancement. She has had the pleasure of developing many strong relationships with other medical societies such as the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She is a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives and recently graduated from their leadership academy. Megan is the mother of two handsome boys Parker (5yrs) and Hudson (11 months). She and her husband enjoy spending time with our family and participating in community events in the windy city.


Board Liaisons with BLD:
John Gerlach
Ellen Rzepka
Student Liaison for 2016-2017
Santana McIntyre (Junior CLS)