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Board and Founding Members


Board Members

Nicole R. Jackson, MD, MPH, FASCP

Nicole R. Jackson, MD, MPH, FASCP


Dr. Jackson currently serves as an Assistant Professor, Attending Pathologist, and Director of Autopsy & After Death Services for UW-Medicine Hospitals in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Washington.

She is a graduate of Duke University and Tulane University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her anatomic and clinical pathology training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and her forensic pathology fellowship training at the prestigious New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

In 2021, Dr. Jackson was recognized as a Top 6 Honoree in the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 40 Under Forty and received the Iceberg Award from the National Association of Medical Examiners for her ongoing special service to the organization and to the field. Dr. Jackson is an honoree this year on The Pathologist’s Power List.
She is a founding member and President of the newly formed Society of Black Pathologists and is a fellow in multiple professional societies. Locally, she volunteers with the Healthcare Industry Leadership Table’s (HILT) Speakers Bureau and serves on the Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Panel. Nationally, she serves as a forensic pathology consultant for the Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood Registry & Research Collaborative.

Her career interests include deaths in vulnerable populations, medical education, quality improvement, mentoring, community outreach, diversity, equity, and inclusion, increasing the visibility of forensic pathologists, and using population-based data to reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Dr. Kathleen D. Whitney

Kathleen D. Whitney, M.D.

Vice President

Dr. Whitney is an associate professor and director of Surgical Pathology at the Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx New York. She obtained her medical degree from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine (Hershey PA). She received training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at New York Hospital – CUMC followed by fellowship in Oncologic Surgical Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is actively involved in resident/fellow education and career development. Her interest in women’s health pathology led to her developing the ACGME- accredited Women’s Health Fellowship at MMC. Current research interest include an investigation of EGFR mutated lung carcinoma at risk for recurrence.

Dana Powell Baker, MBA, MS, MLS (ASCP)CM

Dana Powell Baker, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM


Affiliation: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Dana Powell Baker is the Manager for Academic Partnerships with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). An ASCP-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, her areas of expertise include higher education, learning and development, laboratory operations, interprofessional education and healthcare simulation. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the clinical laboratory workforce and the public health sector. Additionally, she serves in an adjunct faculty role at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Mrs. Baker has been recognized with various awards for her contributions and service to the clinical laboratory profession most recently being named as a co-recipient of the 2022 ASCP President’s Award. She serves in leadership roles across professional organizations including the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and AABB. Furthermore, she is actively engaged in the mentorship of emerging laboratory professionals.

She earned her baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology from Georgia Southern University. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Simulation. Currently, Mrs. Baker is pursuing her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on diversity in curriculum studies at the University of South Carolina.

La’Tonzia L. Adams, MD, MS

La’Tonzia L. Adams, MD, MS


La’Tonzia L. Adams, MD, MS, is an anatomically trained-board certified Clinical Pathologist with sub-specialty training in Medical Microbiology. She completed a combined AP/CP residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her medical microbiology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she developed a greater appreciation for clinical pathology resulting in her devoting her career to clinical pathology. Her anatomical training remains a vital tool in consulting cases where the worlds of histology and clinical pathology meet.

Dr. Adams views laboratory medicine as an integral part of the healthcare system and patient care. Increasing awareness and understanding of the role of pathologists and medical laboratory professionals in healthcare is her mission. While serving on hospital committees, her advocacy to clinical pathology is shown by her recent efforts to educate the medical community on the significance of utilizing the new non-race based eGFR equation to assess renal function and discuss how race is a social, not biological construct.

In 2022, Dr. Adams gave a talk titled “Recent Advances in STI and Women’s Health Testing” at ASCP’s 100th Anniversary National Annual Meeting. In 2019, she was an honoree for ASCP’s 40 Under Forty Award. Most recently, she was elected to serve as Treasurer of the Society for Black Pathologists for 2023.

Currently, Dr. Adams is a staff pathologist serving as Medical Director of the following departments: Microbiology/Molecular Microbiology, Chemistry, and Support Services/Send-outs at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in Oregon and the Co-Director of the Pathology Residency Program. Also, she is an affiliate/assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University. At VAPORHCS, she was named Outstanding Graduate of the Veteran’s Administration Leadership Development Program and was featured as being influential in advocating for women’s equality within the healthcare facility at the 2020 Women’s Equality Day.

Lastly, she volunteers speaking to future physicians and medical laboratory professionals promoting the fields of microbiology and pathology. She serves on the Professional Community Engagement Committee (CAP), the Clinical Microbiology Mentoring Subcommittee (ASM), and the Continuing Certification Advisory Committee with the American Board of Pathology. She enjoys attending musical performances, dancing, and playing the piano.

Founding Members

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS, FASCP
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Founding Board Member

Oluwole Fadare, MD
University of California San Diego
Founding Board Member

Valerie Fitzhugh, MD, FASCP
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Founding Board Member

Nicole R. Jackson, MD, MPH, FASCP
University of Washington
Founding Board Member

Adebowale Adeniran, MD, FASCP
Yale New Haven Hospital

Michael Idowu, MD, MPH, FASCP
VCU Health

Michelle Reid, MD, MSc
Emory University Hospital and School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute

Jordan Reynolds, MD, FASCP
Cleveland Clinic

Kisha Mitchell Richards, MD, FASCP
Yale New Haven Health System

Marissa White, MD, FASCP
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Kathleen Whitney, MD, FASCP
Montefiore Weiler Hospital

Michael Williams, MD, MSc
University of Alabama

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