The USCAP Team
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David B. Kaminsky, MD, FIAC
Executive Vice President
Dr. Kaminsky obtained his MD at New York Medical College and completed his chief residency in anatomic pathology at the New England Deaconess Hospital (currently Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center). For 28 years Dr. Kaminsky served as Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. During this tenure, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences he conceived and launched the teleconference series for the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), and subsequently, Africa Calls, a distance learning endeavor that brings continuing medical education to 22 sites in Africa. As a pioneer in fine needle aspiration biopsy, Dr. Kaminsky published Aspiration Biopsy for the Community Hospital, is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Cancer Cytopathology, is the Editor of the multiple-award winning Cytosource, and has provided lectures and workshops throughout the world to promote acceptance of aspiration biopsy as a cost-conservative, minimally invasive diagnostic technique. Dr. Kaminsky has served in numerous leadership roles (e.g., President of the American Society of Cytopathology, President of the California Society of Pathologists, among others) and has received multiple honors including the Maurice Goldblatt Award of the International Academy of Cytology, the President’s Award and Papanicolaou Award of the American Society of Cytopathology (the latter representing the highest award given by ASC in recognition of meritorious contributions in the field of cytopathology) and the Yolanda Oertel Interventional Cytopathologist Award from the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology.
On July 1, 2014, Dr. Kaminsky assumed responsibilities of the Executive Vice President of USCAP. Since, his contributions to the Academy have been significant and transformative. Channeling his career long commitment to advancing education in pathology with a global reach, Dr. Kaminsky was the brainchild for what has become the USCAP Interactive Learning Center. Further invaluable input and sponsorship from Dr. Celeste Powers, Dr. Miguel Sanchez, Dr. James Linder and Karen Linder were instrumental in bringing this exceptional resource to fruition. The unique interactive microscopy laboratory, conference center, and broadcast studio individually, and in digital unity with worldwide transmission capabilities, provide alternative methods of learning and create sophisticated educational products that can be distributed globally to include to those who may otherwise have limited access to medical education. The Interactive Center inaugural course was given in the fall of 2015 followed by a rapid expansion of the USCAP eLearning library. Today, Dr. Kaminsky’s early visionary genius is all the more treasured as pathologists seek broader digital or virtual educational opportunities in this unprecedented pandemic year. Dr. Kaminsky’s varied interests outside of medicine include documentary film making (Academy Award Nomination for the film, short documentary category; Emmy Nomination for Executive Producer, feature documentary; Special Jury Prize for short documentary, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films), two Telly Awards for USCAP programs broadcast on The Discovery Channel, organization of film festivals, Italian cinema and cinematography (Palm Springs International Film Festival, Bangkok International Film Festival, American Film Institute, Palm Springs Art Museum). Capitalizing on his extraordinarily creative artistic skills, Dr. Kaminsky has injected a vibrant energy into the USCAP annual meeting that is both visual and palpable – truly revolutionizing the attendee’s experience. Specific innovative meeting themes, expanded offerings to include unique panel discussions, interactive sessions, live interviews, and additional social events for celebrating as well as further encouraging meaningful connections/collaborations are just a few of the implemented changes that the annual meeting has benefitted from. Dr. Kaminsky was also instrumental in the development of the USCAP Mentoring Academy, revival and invigoration of the Ambassador program, several resident engagement programs with the ASCP, and formalization of an Engagement Procedure with USCAP (including outreach to medical students to stimulate interest in pathology as a career). Moreover, topic specific courses with attractive destination venues, such as the ICE course (Immersive Cytopathology Experience) and Modern Pathology have multiplied since Dr. Kaminsky became EVP.
February 28th through March 5th marked the dates of the 2020 Annual USCAP meeting that was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Less than four weeks following this superb educational conference, the Los Angeles Convention Center was transformed into a federal field hospital in response to the coronavirus pandemic, underscoring a vital need to address potential alternative approaches for the 2021 Annual USCAP meeting. Dr. Kaminsky was quick to recognize that immediate discussions to include negotiating contractual obligations around the 2021 annual meeting were imperative so as to spare the society from potential significant monetary penalties. In addition to ensuring the financial health of the organization, Dr. Kaminsky superlatively navigated countless other operational details for which the COVID pandemic has altered the reality of traditional approaches. Importantly, Dr. Kaminsky’s forward thinking and immeasurable passion for pushing the boundaries of high quality education delivery to include the embrace of sophisticated technology have been essential in preparing USCAP for delivering its first virtual Annual Meeting in 2021. Working with his superb staff, particularly the Chief of Business Development, Dr. Kaminsky is positioning the new international headquarters for USCAP for the next twenty-five years, incorporating enhanced teaching facilities and broadcast/recording studio.
In light of his outstanding service to the Academy and the field of pathology, he was recognized by Dr. Julia A. Bridge with the 2021 President’s Award.
Darlynne L. Baki
Director of Operations USCAP West
Darlynne Baki relocated from Alexandria, Virginia to Palm Springs 15 years ago, changing professions from project management for naval architecture firms supporting the U.S. Navy to executive assistant to the Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival where she met Dr. Kaminsky. Her extensive experience in project management and systems design and her intimate knowledge of the film world were ideal attributes for an association with Dr. Kaminsky that began 14 years ago. She was his collaborator at Eisenhower Medical Center in areas of Patient Safety, Total Quality Management and Arts in Medicine. She then became the practice manager for Palm Springs Pathology Services and initiated all systems recognized by CLIA as a benchmark in design and function. Her interests include travel, reading, and enjoying the home she shares with her Israeli husband, Amos. She is thrilled to become a part of USCAP and apply her talents to expansion of the Academy.
Krista M. Cairns
Krista Cairns joined the USCAP family in July 2015. She has 20 plus years of experience working in public, private and government education systems. Krista holds a B.S. in Social Psychology and a M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Krista prides herself on being a lifelong learner and passionate educator of learners of all ages. Outside of work, Krista enjoys spending time with her husband of 21 years and their three children. The Cairns family are animal lovers and currently have four rescue dogs and one cat.
Robin Costello, CMP
Director of Conferences and Events
Robin is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality management. Prior to joining USCAP, she worked as an Event Planner for the nation’s largest non-profit addiction treatment organization, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Robin has been on sales and marketing teams supporting convention services and event management for the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Communities Convention and Visitors Authority. She is responsible for the site selections and logistics of all the USCAP meetings.
Robin has been married for 20 years and has two children. She enjoys hiking, watching soccer, traveling and spending time with her family.
Director of Information Technology
Christian Giangreco received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and his Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA. After working as an Epidemiologist for the LA County Department of Health Services, he began working for a number of Internet eCommerce companies as a developer, project manager, and director of technology. In 2001, he started a Web hosting company (RIS Technology) that supported such clients as Nissan, Sanyo, The Recording Academy (GRAMMY.com), and Gatorade. After the successful sale of his hosting company, he was hired to build out the Managed Services practice at Guidance Solutions. Most recently, he worked for the County of San Bernardino, Department of Behavioral Health implementing a replacement to their legacy Finance system and a new Electronic Health Records system. Christian will be focusing his talents with the Information Technology and Digital Development projects. Feel free to challenge him on his 80’s music and film trivia.
Foundation & Membership Facilitator
With a strong academic background, and a commitment to excellence in customer service Daniela joined USCAP in 2018. As a team-member, Daniela supports the Executive Vice President, the Chief of Business Development and the Director of West Coast Operations. Daniela is also deeply involved with supporting the efforts of USCAP Foundation and serves as staff liaison to USCAP’s Social Media Committee.
Daniela grew up in Palm Springs, California and loves its warm weather and palm trees. She is a part-time student pursuing her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. When not busy with work and school, Daniela enjoys spending time with her husband, trying new restaurants and going to new movie premieres. She is an animal lover and has three dogs of her own.
Stacie Hargett originally joined the USCAP in November of 2012. Stacie supports Robin Costello, the Director of Conferences and Events, in the logistical planning of the Annual Meeting and USCAP’s stand-alone meetings. With a B.A. in Communications from Augusta University, she enjoys the opportunity to work with talented people from around the globe and is honored to work for such an internationally renowned organization. Stacie enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, exploring new restaurants, exercising, and volunteering to help stray animals.
Catherine M. Ketcham, PhD
Managing Editor, the USCAP journals
Dr. Ketcham has been the Managing Editor of Laboratory Investigation since 2003 and of Modern Pathology since 2009. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida and was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She then spent seven years in the San Diego biotechnology community focusing on manufacturing issues and business development. Upon returning to the University of Florida, she held research and development positions at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, and then joined the Pathology department to manage Laboratory Investigation. After relocating to Atlanta, Catherine founded Ketcham Solutions, which was contracted to edit both journals. She has traveled extensively throughout China and Japan, speaking about scientific publishing and promoting the journals. She is now based at USCAP in Palm Springs. She is married to Glenn Ketcham and they have one son. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys music, reading non-scientific literature and outdoor activities.
Director of Education
Claire Kilfoyle joined USCAP in 2017 as Director of Education. She has over ten years of experience in medical education. With a background that includes working with neuroscientists, microbiologists, and endocrinologists, she is well versed in providing top notch education to physicians and scientists. Claire truly enjoys working with members to develop and execute educational activities. She has also worked on many strategic initiatives throughout her career including the development of regional and international programs and fostering relationships with global partners.
Claire loves to travel, but when she’s home she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and most other outdoor activities.
Chief of Business Development
As Chief of Business Development for USCAP, Paul Lewin brings two decades of private sector, non-profit and public policy experience to USCAP. Paul has been an active board member of several non-profit organizations, and will be the lead contact person for the USCAP Foundation. As a former elected official, Paul has a strong background in handling large budgets and balancing competing organizational needs. In addition to serving the USCAP Foundation, Paul also works towards the overall mission and goals of USCAP from supporting the newly established Powers-Sanchez Interactive Center and the Linder Learning Center to facilitating organizational events. With a Masters’ Degree from The George Washington University in International Development, and an Bachelors’ Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from UCLA (magna cum laude), Paul brings a global perspective to USCAP’s leadership team. In his personal time, Paul enjoys hiking, snowboarding and serving his community.
Education Coordinator (Digital Products)
Susanna joined USCAP in July 2017. As Education Coordinator, she directly supports the Director of Education and the Executive Vice President. She serves as the primary staff contact for USCAP’s Stand-Alone Meetings and eLearning material.
Born in Palm Springs, California, Susanna attended music school in Los Angeles, where she was certified in Audio Engineering and Music Production. She became a signed artist and opened her own music studio. Susanna developed a strong business sense and learned the importance of growth, both personally and professionally. She strives to assist in the success of the Academy and her team members.
On her time off, Susanna enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs, traveling and cooking.
Marketing/Production Manager Liaison to the EVP
Lisa Olson brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to her USCAP role as Marketing/Production Manager Liaison to the EVP. She spent more than 10 of those years in non-profit marketing arena, developing strong project management and production skills. With B.A.s in both Economics and Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, she loves nothing more than taking an idea and making it a reality. She spent much of her professional life founding and running an eco-friendly school fundraising company. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, travel, and rooting for her incredibly frustrating but still beloved Los Angeles Dodgers.
Senior Staff Accountant
Bethany Phillips, a Palm Springs native, holds an M.S. in Accountancy from CSU Sacramento and a B.A. in Business Administration from CSU San Bernardino. Her prior professional experience includes accounting in the distribution and hospitality industries, with expertise in financial reporting, communications, and analysis. She is a proactive CPA candidate with a strong knowledge of business processes, exceling in the development of policies and procedures that encourage efficiency. Her strengths will offer a new perspective to USCAP and further advance the Finance Department. Bethany’s interests include travel, family time, and being outdoors.
Membership Services Coordinator
Teresa Powers has been a member of the USCAP team since August of 2012, supporting activities associated with member acquisition and retention efforts. Teresa also serves in providing seamless constituent satisfaction with USCAP meetings related to pre- and post-registration efforts. Teresa has over 16 years of nonprofit organizational experience dedicated to a member-centered approach to service; including recruiting, processing, managing member databases, statistical analysis and developing member benefit programs. Teresa lives in Warrenville, South Carolina. She is married to Scott and they have one daughter, Taylor. When she’s not involved with her daughter’s busy competitive gymnastics schedule, she enjoys container planting, long walks, and trips to the lake with her family.
Cindy Pugh joined the USCAP team in August of 2014. She has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and has spent most of her career in software training and development. She earned her B.S. in Business Education from the State University of New York College at Oswego. She and her husband are from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and have two adult sons. Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching Tennessee Volunteers football.
Information Technology Coordinator
As the Information Technology Coordinator for USCAP, Kerri Seichter brings 20 years of IT and Digital Media experience, serving most recently as a Digital Media Specialist at Betty Ford Center for 25 years. In her capacity as IT Coordinator she provides support to the Director of IT, other USCAP staff, and administers many areas of the website. In addition, Kerri has a passion for photography and owns her own photography and video production company. In her free, time Kerri films weddings, and teaches Digital Design and Production at a local community college.
Kerri has two children and two rescue dogs and enjoys outdoor activities, such as camping and hiking.
Deborah Waterhouse joined USCAP as the Interactive Coordinator in June of 2015 where she is responsible in the areas of resident engagement/ambassador program, the USCAP Interactive Center and the USCAP Mentoring program, located in sunny Palm Springs, CA. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and holds a California Real Estate license. Prior to her affiliation with USCAP, she was a commercial property manager with over 17 years experience managing office and retail centers in the northeast as well as California.
Deborah’s decision to change her career focus parallels simultaneously with the USCAP organization at a time when USCAP is transitioning and reinventing itself with new ideas and concepts in this ever-changing digital age!
While her prior experience and management skills will serve her well in this position, she is excited to join the Academy at a time of positive change and new challenges.
Deborah and her husband relocated from Connecticut to California several years ago to escape the cold winters and to be closer to their adult children.
In her free time, Deborah enjoys entertaining, traveling, and spending time with friends and her adult children as well as her three rescue dogs!