NCRA Mentors

Misbah Baggia, RHIT, CTR (Mentoring Committee)

Over the past several years, Misbah has been working with local community college HIM students to educate them about the cancer registry.  She was instrumental in developing an internship program for Cancer Registry students at her facility. Misbah’s expertise is in the field of educating newcomers to the field about the many aspects of registry function and the level of coordination required to maintain a highly efficient registry department. To Misbah, mentoring is all about sharing experiences. It is not only about the case-finding or abstracting.  It is about the specialization in the art and science of learning by teaching. 

 


Lori Boice, MT(ASCP), RHIT, CTR

She is the Data Manager for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She performs data abstraction and data mining upon request and is responsible for monitoring data quality. Lori became a mentor in order to provide a formal learning opportunity for students that she was not afforded when she was new to the field.  Lori’s expertise is in the areas of casefinding, abstract review and quality control, the disease process, medical terminology and report analysis.  She has a BS in Medical Technology and an AS in Health Information Management.


 

Valerie Braemer, CTR

 Valerie Braemer began her career in allied health working for a local hospital in the HIM department. She subsequently entered the cancer registry field and went on to  earn her CTR in 1997. Over the next several years, Valerie worked as the Cancer Data Manager in a CoC program and as Client Support with a pathology & nuclear  medicine group. Further along in her career, she took a position at the California Cancer Registry, which melded nicely with her work as a QC Specialist for the Cancer  Registry of Greater California (CRGC). Valerie has been an active member of NCRA, her state association, CCRA, and the Northern California Cancer Registry  Association (NCCRA) since the beginning of her career.  In addition to her full-time position, Valerie works independently to provide abstracting services and CoC  accreditation reviews for programs in California hospitals. Valerie states that she has had several mentors along the way to her success, and wants to do the same for others.


Sarah Burton, CTR& (Mentoring Committee and State Mentoring Representative for Illinois)

 Sarah has been working in the cancer registry field since 2001.  She became a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) 2003. Sarah was previously in registry support for  Electronic Registry Systems, Inc. and a project director at Registry Partners, Inc. Sarah has unique experience as a "lone ranger," so to speak, working as a single  registrar in a hospital facility.  Sarah knows that it is hard being out there on your own! She is most interested in helping those in these situations.  Sarah is a former  NCRA president, and currently serves as the Education Chair for the Cancer Registrars of Illinois.


Denise Cleveland, RHIT, CTR

 Like many of those who come to the field of cancer registry, Denise Cleveland started her allied health career as an inpatient coder and earned her RHIT. She went on  to the cancer registry and earned her CTR in 1993. She currently serves as the Data Manager at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Los Angeles, a facility where  she has been since 1998. In part, because of the hard work of the cancer registry, Glendale Adventist Medical Center earned the Outstanding Achievement Award for  2011.

 


Barbara Dearmon, BS, CTR

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Barbara is the Manager of Oncology Support Services at St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Jacksonville FL. She manages the cancer registry operations and monitors compliance with standards by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC).  Barbara is responsible for reporting cancer incidence to the Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) for three facilities. She very active in Florida Cancer Registrars Association (FCRA) and serves on St. John’s River State College HIT Advisory Committee. She has published articles in FCRA SunTimes as well as NCRA publications. Barbara is passionate about mentoring, loves to share her knowledge and skills in this profession.


Lynda Douglas, CTR

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 Lynda Douglas has been a CTR for over 25 years. She has worked in both hospital and central registry environments. After positions with SEER in Northern California  and the California Central Registry at USC, Lynda served as the Technical Administrator at AJCC for the 6th Edition of the Cancer Staging Manual and led the  development of CS version 1. She currently works as a Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Cancer Surveillance Branch. She has  been with the CDC for 5 1/2 years.  Lynda is a former NCRA president.


Nancy Drungilas-Ingram, BS, CTR

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Although retired, Nancy remains active in the field of cancer registry and with local registrars.  In addition to providing consultant services to a number of clients, Nancy spent many years in the in several hospital registries.  Most recently, Nancy served as the Manager of Cancer Information Services at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.  Nancy has been an active member of NCRA, the California Cancer Registrars Association and the Northern California Cancer Registrars Association of since the 1980s. She earned her BS and a Masters’ degree in business before moving to the field of Medical Technology and becoming a CTR.


Sharmen Dye, CTR (Mentoring Committee, Board Director for Professional Development, and State Mentoring Representative for Washington)

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 Sharmen has worked in the medical field since 1997, initially as a surgical technologist and in surgery and family medicine as a nurse. Sharmen received her CTR in  2007. Sharmen is a featured presenter in several of the NCRA Learning Modules on the Center for Cancer Registry Education (CCRE) and as a narrator for the  Registry Best Practices podcasts which are available on the CCRE Resources section.  She has served on the board of the Washington State Tumor Registrar’s  Association, is a former chair of the NCRA Advanced Education Committee, and is currently the NCRA Board Director for Professional Development.


Lelia Edwards, MSHI, RHIT, CTR

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Lelia Edwards has over 35 years in the cancer registry field and has been a CTR for 29 years.  She has worked in an NCIP approved facility and has managed 13 cancer registries through an ACAD facility. She is currently employed in the Cancer Registry at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital. Lelia is very active in the Alabama Cancer Registrars Association (ACRA), being one of two charter members and currently serving as Treasurer. In the past she has served the association as President, on three occasions, in addition to serving as Vice President and Historian.  She believes mentoring is important for the cancer registry profession to survive and loves to share her vast knowledge to anyone who is interested in becoming successful in this field and to ensure that there are qualified registrars for the future of the profession, especially, as others retire.


Linda K. Fine, CTR (Chair, Formal Education Committee)

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 Linda has over 30 years of experience in the Cancer Registry Field with the majority of that time spent managing cancer registry departments at both large and small  community hospitals.  Most of years were spent at American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer Approved programs.  Linda has also worked at Large University  Cancer Centers, National Cancer Centers, Central and SEER registries and has many years of experience training and mentoring staff on all aspects of the cancer registry  profession.  Linda is a former  Chair of the NCRA, Mentoring Committee.


Maurice Frazier, BS, RHIT, CTR

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 Maurice Frazier is the Coordinating Manager of Cancer Registry at NYC Health and Hospital/Coney Island Brooklyn, NY. In his role, Maurice manages cancer registry  operations, Maurice is responsible for reporting cancer incidence to the New York State Cancer Registry, performs data abstraction and monitors compliance with the  CoC standards and leads facility surveys. Maurice became a mentor in order to provide learning opportunities, to support, and to help give guidance for students,  something he missed when he was new to the field. He will mentor in any area needed by a student. Maurice has been working in the cancer registry field since 2009  and became a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) 2012.


Katherine Geverd, BA, CTR

Katherine is currently with the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System working as a full-time remote abstractor/case finding/conducting follow-up.  Kate also works as a Data Coordinator at CarePoint Health in Bayonne, NJ, assisting the Director of the Cancer Registry with registry operations, special studies, survey preparation, case finding, and abstracting.  She as been in the healthcare field since 2004 and received her CTR in 2009.  Prior to being a registrar, she worked  in oncology patientcare which sparked her passion for the field of oncology.  Kate has experience in all functions of the cancer registry.  Kate has been involved in the Oncology Registrar's  Association of New Jersey (ORANJ)  and has served as Vice President, Chair of recruitment and retention, and on the Education Committee.  Kate is passionate about supporting young registrars and affecting change through mentoring.

 

 


Vicki Hawhee, BSMT(ASCP), MEd, CMT, CTR

 Vicki received her BS from Florida State University and then interned for a year at University Hospital in Jacksonville.  After serving in the lab at University Hospital, she  joined the Clearwater Community Hospital. Later she obtained her MEd from the University of South Florida and worked for a private college first teaching various  medical courses and later working in administration.  After her children were born she wanted to work from home and obtained a job as a medical transcriptionist. In 2010 she decided to try a new profession and went back to school to take the CTR classes and obtained her CTR in March 2011.  Since that time she has been working  as an abstractor for Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.  She believes that mentoring is an excellent way to share her knowledge and help others get started in the  profession.


Shirley Jordan Seay, PhD, MSN, Med, OCN, CTR

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 Dr. Jordan-Seay is a Commission on Cancer (CoC) Trained Independent Cancer Program Consultant.  In addition to practicing as a CTR, she is an oncology certified nurse  with experience as a cancer program administrator, educator, and cancer program coordinator. Shirley is involved extensively in her community providing education on  cancer related topics including, prevention, screening, early detection and treatment. She is active in providing HIV/AIDS education, as well.  She became a mentor because  she believes mentoring is important to ensure there are qualified, competent registrars in the future.  Dr. Jordan Seay is the Principal in her own consulting firm, SJMC &  Consultants and is a former NCRA president.


Cindy McLendon, CTR

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 Cindy McLendon has been in the field of cancer registry since 2008.  She hails from Great Falls, Montana and works in a CoC accredited hospital cancer  program.  Cindy earned her degree in Cancer Information Management and later, her CTR. Mentoring is very important to Cindy and she is committed to helping  students and potential registrars through the Mentoring Program.  She would have appreciated a mentor when she was studying for her CTR exam and hopes  that she can be a resource for others.

 

 

 


Heather Price, MS, BS, CTR

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 Heather has been in the Cancer Registry field since 2008. She began her career in the Cancer Registry at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA, which is an American  College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer accredited program. Heather earned her credential in the spring of 2012 and began working for Registry Partners, Inc.  as an abstractor for State Report Only programs.  In 2015, she was appointed to the position of a Project and QC Manager and continues to work with State Report  Only programs.  Heather is a big proponent of education and continuing education as they are a huge part of personal and professional growth.  Heather became an  NCRA mentor in 2014 to help others grow and achieve their goals working in the cancer registry.  She currently serves as  the Chair of the NCRA Mentoring  Committee.


Maria Silvia Ramsey, CTR (Mentoring Committee and State Mentoring Representative for Alabama and South 

 Silvia is a naturalized U.S. citizen, born in Matanzas Cuba and raised in Nassau Bahamas. She has worked in healthcare for over fifteen years, with tenure in  Anniston, Alabama as a CTR.  Currently, Silvia is the Cancer Registry Coordinator at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina.  In addition, she serves  as the CTR consultant to Duke University Health System in Raleigh North Carolina and multiple hospitals in Alabama, helping them to a greater understanding of  effectively implementing the COC standards. 


Jill Reeves, MS, CTR, Carolina)

 After coming from a background in Christian education, Jill has been working at Great Plains Health, Callahan Cancer Center, since 2008 and earned her CTR in  2013. The importance and variety of the work in a single-registrar facility keep each day meaningful and interesting.  Jill’s scope of responsibilities include casefinding,  abstracting and submissions, follow-up, Cancer Conferences, and working with physicians and Cancer Committee Coordinators while monitoring the SAR and CoC  accreditation standards.  She also compiles the needed reports and articles for the annual Public Reporting of Outcomes.  Jill is an active member of Tumor Registrars  Association of Nebraska (TRAN).  Understanding how much there was (and still is) to learn when entering the cancer registry field, she is motivated to help someone  else.


Louise Schuman, MA, CTR

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 Louise Schuman received her MA from the University of Redlands, and her BS at Northwestern University. Along with her husband, Bill, who is also a CTR, they own  and operate Clinical Data Systems, a consulting firm for disease registry and protocol data management. Before opening her own business, Louise taught the Cancer  Data Management course at Cypress College. She has also worked at the Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital as the Cancer Registry Supervisor. Louise has  served has faculty on the NCRA Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop and the CTR Exam Prep workshop. Louise is a past president of the Southern California  Cancer Registrars Association and a former Chair of the  NCRA Education Committee.


Nancy Sonnleitner, RHIT, CTR (Mentoring Committee and State Mentoring Representative for Wisconsin)

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 Nancy has been in the field of cancer registry for over 30 years.  She is currently the Coordinator for Affinity Health Systems cancer registries.  She has been an active  member of the Wisconsin Cancer Registrars Association serving as treasurer, Secretary and president.  Nancy is motivated to facilitate learning and growth within her  chosen field and finds mentoring in the NCRA program to be a great vehicle to do that.  She is passionate about sharing knowledge that she has acquired to help  others be successful in achieving their goals in the field.  Nancy has expert knowledge of all areas of registry operations and management.


Elizabeth (Beth) Verrette

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 Beth Verrette has been a registrar since 2011. She began her cancer registry career in a local hospital. Beth accepted a position with Registry  Partners in 2014 and  has since been promoted to QC/Project Manager. She loves what she does! Beth holds a bachelors’ degree in Health  Information Management and an RHIA  certification.


Pamela Warren, PhD, CTR

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 Pamela Warren began her registry career in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Previous to being a CTR, she was a psychotherapist in private practice. Pamela  has been a CTR for 16  years and has managed CoC-accredited facilities for all of that time.  As a result, she is experienced in all aspects of  registry operations and processes.  Pam’s interest  in mentoring stems from her own experience as a new registrar when there were no mentors  and no internet and learning about the job responsibilities was difficult.  She  is hopeful that she will be able to help others avoid that situation.  Pam is currently the Cancer Registry Manager for the Cookeville Medical Center in Cookeville,  Tennessee.


Melinda Young, CTR (Mentoring Committee)

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Mindy Young works for the Illinois State Cancer Registry as a Cancer Registrar 2. Prior to that she worked for 8 ½ years in a CoC- accredited  hospital where she was  responsible for every aspect of the cancer registry. Mindy is very active with NCRA and her state organization, Cancer  Registrars of Illinois. She believes mentoring is vital  to the future of the cancer registry profession and is a responsibility to give back and teach new  registrars.


Jennifer Yurges, MFA, CTR

Jennifer Yurges is the Manager of Cancer Registry and Quality Reporting at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care at Maine General Medical  Center in Augusta,  Maine, a CoC –accredited cancer program.  She has been working in the registry for five years, and became certified in  2013.  In addition to working as a CTR,  Jennifer is the Education Director for the Cancer Registrars Association of Maine, and serves on the  NCRA Formal Education Program Review Committee (FEPRC).    She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine in  Portland.  She is very passionate about education and enjoys training and mentoring new  registrars.


Paulette Zinkann, CTR (NCRA Board Director for Education)

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