Leadership - Board of Directors

The Board of Directors - makes recommendations to the Society, receives and takes action upon all matters initiated by the House, and is responsible for the administrative affairs of the Society. There are fifteen members: President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Speaker of the House of Delegates and nine Regional Directors. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected by the general membership, the Speaker is elected by the House of Delegates and the Region Directors are elected by the NSH members of their region. The Board meets annually at the Symposium/Convention and the meeting is open for the membership to observe from a gallery.
Diane Sterchi
35 Years

HT/HTL (ASCP), Electron Microscopist (MSA)
ASCP Distinguished Service Award-2013 | Histotechnologist of the Year-2006| Quality Advocate Award Eli Lilly and Company-1998 | Diamond Cover Award Journal of Histotechnology-1998 | Illinois Society for Histotechnology Distinguished Service Award-1992 |
Hector Hernandez

Histology Manager
Pathology Reference Lab
Histology Department
9600 Data Point Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: 210-892-3747


30 Years

National Society for Histotechnology:
Past Region VI Director
Past Membership Chair
NSH Mentor Program
Texas Society for Histotechnology:
President for 2 Terms
District III Director
Membership Chair
Speaker of the House

HT (ASCP) Hazards Material Specialist, First Responder
Texas Society - Sigma “ETC” Grant Diamond Award Thermo “Top Gun” Graham Stevens Memorial Stat Lab “Golden Ribbon” DX “Mildred Thompson Award”
Beth Sheppard

Director, Global Standards

Ventana Medical Systems

1910 E. Innovation Park Drive

Tuscon, Arizona 85755


28 Years

NSH Vice President: 2009-20012

Speaker of the House: 2007-2009

Region I Director: 1995-1999

S/C Program Committee: 1998-2003

S/C Local Coordinator: 2001

Awards Committee: 1993-1995

Judicial Committee Chairman: 1998-2001

North Carolina Society: President, Board of Directors, Program Coordinator

New York State for Histology Fellows: President, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Program Coordinator

ASCP: Member

HT/HTL Examination Committee:  Chairman (2003-2005), Vice Chair (2001-2002), Grader (1989-2001)

College of American Pathologists: Histotechnology Committee 2011-Present

CAP Grader: 2005 to Present

NSH Fisher Student Scholarship Award NSH Rosemary & Donald Ostermeier Award NC Society for Histopathology Technologists- Histologist of the Year New York State Histotechnoligcal Society-Appointed “Fellow” Shandon/Lipshaw Glass Side Award Representative in U.S Delegation of Histotologists to USSR
Loretta Sayles

Managing Director, Sayles Lab Consulting


24 Years

NSH Judicial Committee – 2013- Present

NSH – House of Delegates (Florida)

Florida Society of Histotechnology – President, Vice-President and Currently Treasurer

Histotechnologist of the Year Award for Florida President’s award for service to the Florida Society Bobbi Spillen Award for dedication and education for the field of Histotechnology Thermo Fisher Award for outstanding customer service in Anatomic Pathology
Michael LaFriniere

Executive Director
Capital Choice Pathology
12041 Bournefield Way
Suite A
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 410-940-8844



Convention Committee: 2010-2012
Region III Director – 2 terms: 1999-2004
Chair-Productivity Task Force – NSH
ASCP Grading Committee
President & Treasurer Tennessee Society Histotechnology: 1991-1998

President Award Alabama Society of Histotechnology: 2004 President Award Tennessee Society Histotechnology: 1998
Joanna Barton

Senior Scientist
3703 Shrewsbury St.
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: 919-401-3813

12 years

National Society for Histotechnology
Region III Director: 2012 – Present
Convention Committee Chair: 2011 – 2012
Budget & Finance Committee member: 2011 – present
Convention Committee, Workroom Equipment Coordinator/Program Team Member: 2009 – 2010
Convention Committee, Workroom Operations Coordinator: 2006 – 2008
Convention Workroom Assistant: 2005
HOD Delegate/Member: 2004 – present
North Carolina Society of Histotechnology
Board Member: 2012 – present
North Carolina Society of Histopathology Technologists
Meeting Registrar, Board Member: 2005 - 2011

JOH Editors Award: 2009 North Carolina Society of Histopathology Technologists, Histotechnologist of the Year: 2006
Clare Thornton

Lead Immunohistochemistry Technologist
Dahl-Chase Diagnostic Services
417 State Street
Webber West, Suite 540
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-941-8261

6 Years

Maine Society for Histotechnology- President
Region I Histotechnologist, Inc - Secretary

Region I Histotechnologist of the Year: 2012
Michelle Hart


10 years

Histotechnology Society of Delaware – President

Histotechnology Society of Delaware – Vice President

Histotechnology Society of Delaware- Student Liaison

National Society of Histotechnology – Convention Assistant

National Society of Histotechnology- Workshop presenter


Education Clinical Coordinator- Delaware Technical & Community College (Present) Adjunct Teacher - Delaware Technical & Community College (Present) Workshop Speaker – “Preparing for the HT/ HTL Exam”
Susan Clark

Pathology Manager

Mission Hospital

428 Biltmore Ave.

Asheville, North Carolina, 28801

Phone: 828-213-5169

19 years

Served in the House of Delegates since 1999

NSH S/C Career Day Coordinator 2005 - 2014

Board Member Florida Society for Histotechnology 1997-2001

Vice President of the Florida Society for Histotechnology 2001-2007

President and Acting President of the Florida Society for Histotechnology 2007-2011

NSH Symposium Coordinator 2005

Board Member of North Carolina Histology Society 2012-2015

2005 FSH Career Achievement Award Memorial Regional Hospital CARE Award 2006 FSH Presidents Award 2006 Ventana Medical Systems In-Situ Hybridization Award 2007 Rosemary & Donald Ostermeier Award 2007 Executive War College Laboratory Management Scholarship 2008 Ventana Medical System IHC Award
Jean Mitchell

Senior Muscle Technologist
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave, H6/547
Madison, WI 53792
Phone: 608-263-9184

16 years

National Society for Histotechnology:
Awards Committee Chair
Previously a member of/active in Credentialing, PR, Convention, Poster Judge & State Planners Committees
Wisconsin Histology Society:

NSH J.B. McCormick Award 2012; NSH Convention Scholarship; Robert A. Clark Memorial Education Scholarship; Wisconsin Histology Society Member of the Year
Judi Stasko

National Animal Disease Center
Head Microscopy Services
1920 Dayton Ave.
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-337-7445
Fax: 515-337-7428

24 years

National Society for Histotechnology:
VIR Chair
Numerous times as Delegate for House of Delegates
Committee Member to Safety, PR, VIR
Iowa Society for Histotechnology:
Served as Secretary
President Elect
Program Committee for Tri-State

National Society for Histotechnology: Donald & Rosemary Ostermeier Award Dezna Sheehan Educational Scholarship Leonard Noble Educational Scholarship Region V Educational Scholarship ISH Educational Scholarship
Donna Willis

Anatomic Pathology Manager at Baylor Scott & White Health- Dallas. 




20 years

NSH HOD for 15 years, NSH CLSI Representative,  Texas Society for Histotechnology, President, Vice President, Newsletter Editor, Membership Chair, Past President

NSH: William J Hacker Memorial Award, TSH Histo-Technician of the Year, TSH Sigma Diagnostic ETC Award, TSH Ventana Ricky Goss Award, TSH Stat Lab Golden Ribbon Award, TSH Sakura Robert Clark Memorial Award, TSH Richard Allan Diamond Award
Jane Parr

Professional Research Assistant
2790 So. Newland St
Denver, CO 80227
Phone: 303-905-1598


AV Tech Tri-State Meetings
NSHA Awards
NSH 1st Time Attendee

NSH Denza Sheehan Educational Scholarship: 2012 Colorado Histotech of the Year: 2009
Jeremy Johnston

Histology/Molecular Supervisor
Northwest Pathology
3614 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225


IHC Committee, Member
Quality Committee, Member

Vern Hurst

Medical Laboratory Technologist
Sudbury Regional Hospital
41 Ramsey Lake Rd.
Histology Lab
Sudbury, ON P3E 5J1
Phone: 705-523-7100 ext. 3741

9 years

Secretary for Region IX