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.

Leah Ames, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM SCYMCM                                                                                           MS-CLS ('12) (2017-2020)
Leah Ames received her Masters of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from MSU in 2012 and is currently the R&D Coordinator for the Molecular Department at PCL Alverno Clinical Laboratories where she has been imployed for the last twelve years. Her work at Alverno is heavily focused on cell immunophenotyping using flow cytometry, which encouraged her to obtain the specialist in cytometry certification through ASCP in 2016. She has written laboratory continuing education modules for MediaLab and also serves as adjunct faculty for the MLS program at Northern Illinois University, the Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science and the MLT program at the University of Saint. Francis. She is an active member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and is a current member of their Leadership Academy. Leah presented at the Clinical Laboratory Educator's Conference (CLEC) and will be presenting at the ASCLS National Meeting later in 2018. In recognizing her love for education and teaching in the laboratory sciences, she is currently pursuing her PhD in Health Sciences through Northern Illinois University.
Rose Brichta

Rosemarie S. Brichta, MT(ASCP) BS MT ('81)
Past President (2017-18) 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!


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Leslie Chrisom
(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.


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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 worked for 8 years at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA on 1st and 3rd shift.  and is currently a Molecular Technologist III with Foundation Medicine in Cambridge, MA performing comprehensive genomic profiling.  She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband (and fellow Spartan) and their son, Elijah born in April 2017.  


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

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

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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. Leslie works in the College of Nursing at MSU advising students.

Image of Ran WhiteheadRan 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.

Image of Megan WickMegan Wick MT(ASCP) (‘03)
(President) (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 2017-2018
Parker Acevedo, BLS '18 
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