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AAALAC International Fellows

Stephen Woodley

Stephen Woodley, 2016 U.K. recipient

Stephen Woodley, MIAT RAnTech, is the 2016 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Stephen currently serves as Site Manager of the Biological Services, Guy's Campus, for King's College London, where he has management responsibilities for three animal research facilities including a state-of-the-art fish facility, 38+ biological services staff, 60 projects and 700 personal license holders on the Guy's Campus. Prior to joining King's College Stephen worked for University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology and Institute of Neurology in a variety of technician and management positions.

Stephen is a qualified and experienced Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer (NACWO) and has been an IAT Registered Animal Technologist (RAnTech) since 2012, receiving a Level 3 National Diploma in Animal Technology (MIAT, Membership, Institute of Animal Technology) from the Institute of Animal Technology. Stephen is currently studying for his IAT Higher Education qualifications.

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Robert Dauchy

Donna Goldsteen

 

Robert Dauchy and Donna Goldsteen, 2016 U.S. recipients

Robert Dauchy, M.S., CMAR, RLATG, is a 2016 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Robert currently serves as Manager of the Laboratory of Chrono-Neuroendocrine Oncology at the Tulane University School of Medicine where he also is a member of the faculty in the Department of Structural & Cellular Biology. Prior to joining Tulane University in 1996, he served as a Research Assistant for the Bassett Research Institute's Laboratory for Cancer Research for 33 years.

Robert is the co-author of 75 journal articles on a wide variety of topics related to cancer research, exposure to environmental light-at-night, and laboratory animal health and well-being. He has won numerous awards from National AALAS for lectures, posters and presentations. He is an active member of AAAS, AALAS, FASEB, LAMA, AACR, and LAWTE, and serves on multiple editorial and advisory boards. Robert has a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Tulane University.

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Donna Goldsteen, B.S., RLATG, CMAR, CPIA, is a 2016 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Donna has served as Senior Manager, Laboratory Animal Resources for Med Immune since 2004. Prior to that she held the same position for Genetic Therapy, Inc.

Donna has authored articles and presentations on topics ranging from facility and program management to environmental enrichment. She has won multiple awards, most recently the Charles River Medallion Award presented by the Laboratory Animal Management Association in 2011. She is an active member of AALAS, the AALAS Foundation, and LAMA, and has served in multiple leadership roles for National AALAS and the National Capital Area Branch. Donna has a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland.


 

Sylvia Mehigan

Sylvia A. Mehigan, 2015 U.K. recipient

Sylvia A. Mehigan, MIAT, RAnTech, is the 2015 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Sylvia currently serves as Chief Technician 2 for Comparative Medicine at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, in Dublin, Ireland. There her duties include being involved in the importing and exporting of animals and in the breeding of Transgenic lines. Prior to her current position she was the Senior Technician for the Ocular Genetics Unit, also at Trinity College Dublin. She has also served in the Biological Services Unit at the University College Cork.

Sylvia served as Training Officer for Comparative Medicine at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute from 2013 to 2014 and was appointed to Trinity College's Ethical Committee in 2013. Sylvia serves as Animal Care and Welfare Officer (ACWO) for TCIN, Trinity College Dublin. She also serves on the National Committee on Animal Welfare; she was recently elected treasurer for ILASA (Irish Laboratory Animal Science Association) and is currently treasurer for the Ireland branch of the IAT (Institute of Animal Technology).

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Lynda Westall

James Robert Champion, 2015 U.S. Recipient

James Robert Champion, CMAR, LATG, is the 2015 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. James is the Director of the Morehouse School of Medicine Center for Laboratory Animal Resources where he is responsible for supervising and directing staff, establishing breeding programs, developing SOPs, and serving as liaison between animal care and research staff. He is a Certified Manager of Animal Resources, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Florida.

Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine, James was Program Manager for SoBran/Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has also served as Lead Research Specialist for Emory University's Primate Research Center, and as a Veterinary Technician for several animal hospitals and clinics.

James is an active member of AALAS and Team Leader for ILAM 2015.

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Lynda Westall

Lynda Westall, 2014 U.K. Recipient

Lynda Westall, B.S., FIAT, RAn Tech, is the 2014 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Lynda is the Facilities Manager of the Research Support Facility for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, Cambs. She is a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Technology. Lynda has been employed at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute since 2000 and has a total of more than 40 years of experience in the field of Laboratory Animal Science.

Lynda is responsible for a facility that has a capacity of 23,500 cages and 5000 tanks, and caters to 17 different programs of work and more than 250 faculty and researchers working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act of 1986. She oversees training opportunities, is responsible for infection control programs, and serves as Home Office Liaison for any queries between the Sanger Institute and The Home Office Inspectorate. Lynda has delivered numerous presentations and posters on topics ranging from disaster planning to fish health and welfare.

Lynda is a current member of the IAT Council; Branch Liaison Officer, member of the Communications Group and assists with the Animal Technology and Welfare (IAT Journal). She is also the past Chairperson for the Hertfordshire IAT Branch.


Lynell M. Dupepe

Lynell M. Dupepe, 2014 U.S. Recipient

Lynell M. Dupepe, B.S., RLATG, is the 2014 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Lynell is the Associate Director of the Tulane University Department of Comparative Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Lynell has been employed at Tulane University for 25 years and has a total of 32 years experience in the field of Laboratory Animal Management.

Lynell is responsible for the management of two animal facilities totaling 33,000 sq. ft., a member of the Tulane University HSC Emergency Management Team, and is responsible for the implementation and continual revision of the Department of Comparative Medicine's Crisis and Emergency Response Plan. Lynell has given numerous talks on Emergency Preparedness in response to the lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina.

Lynell has been a member of both National and local Louisiana Branch AALAS for 25 years. Active in the Louisiana Branch, Lynell served as President in 2011/2012, has held several board positions and is current chair of the Awards Committee.

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Stuart Stevenson, 2013 U.K. Recipient

Stuart Stevenson, BSc., FIAT, RAn Tech, NEBOSH, is the 2013 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Stuart is the Facilities Manager for Agenda Resource Management at Eli Lilly & Co. Ltd., where he is responsible for supervising and developing a staff of 16, and managing a budget in excess of 5M and the day-to-day running of the Neuropharmacology Drug Discovery Unit. His twenty years of experience in laboratory animal science also include serving as Chief Technician for both the University College London and the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine. Stuart attended Middlesex University where he earned a BSc. in Applied Science (including Animal Technology). He is also a member IAT's Board of Moderators and Registration Board (RAn Tech), and has been a featured presenter at LASA, Techniplast and the North East Animal Technology Conferences.

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Gene Rukavina

Gene M. Rukavina, 2013 U.S. Recipient

Gene M. Rukavina, AAS, RVT, RLATG, is the 2013 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Gene is the Training Coordinator for the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Along with his responsibilities at UCLA, Gene has made dozens of presentations on public outreach, advocacy and the effective use of social media on behalf of biomedical research. He is a Michael D. Hayre Fellow, specializing in Social Media (through Americans for Medical Progress), and a recipient of the CVMA award for "Outstanding Registered Veterinary Technician In A Non-Private Practice." Gene is also active in many professional associations including LAMA, LAWTE, CALAS, CVMA, AALAS/SCB-AALAS and NAVTA. He received his degree in Veterinary Technology from Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA.

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Martin Heath

Martin Heath, 2012 U.K. Recipient

Martin Heath, M.Sc., FIAT, FIScT, RAnTech, PTLLS, is the Director of Learning Curve (Development) Ltd, a company specializing in training and continued personal development for scientists, animal technologists and support staff. His company's accredited training courses include: Named Animal Care & Welfare Officer course, Home Office Modules 1-3 and lecture both the Institute of Animal Technology Level 2 and 3 courses. Martin previously served as the Deputy Training Manager for GlaxoSmithKline where he was responsible for all Biosciences Support Department technical training and personal development. He holds an M.Sc. in Laboratory Animal Technology and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Animal Technology and the Institute of Science Technology.


 

Jean Kundert

Jean Kundert, 2012 U.S. Recipient

Jean Kundert, B.S., RLATG, is the 2012 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Jean is the Facility Manager for the Animal Resources Center at Montana State University where she manages and coordinates the daily operation of central and satellite laboratory animal facilities, including those requiring high bio-containment (biosafety level two or three). Along with membership in National AALAS, Jean is a founding member of the Northern Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. She has written extensively on the subject of hepatocytes, and her work has appeared in publications including Hepatology, Genesis and the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Jean is a graduate of Montana State University, and has advanced training in embryo transfer and cryopreservation, and BSL-3 Science and Safety.

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Mark Gardiner

Mark Gardiner, 2011 U.K. Recipient

Mark Gardiner, MIAT, RAnTech, is the 2011 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Mark is the Training, Facility and Resource Manager for the Mary Lyon Centre, MRC Harwell, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. Prior to this role, he served as the MLC's Biological Services Manager. He is also an active member of the MRC Biological Services group where he has developed new training for technicians and worked to standardize mouse welfare terminology to ensure consistent care and welfare needs are met when discussing welfare requirements around the world. Mark has presented at national and international meetings on his training initiatives and authored numerous articles on animal welfare. He received his Higher National Certificate along with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the City of Westminster College, and has completed advanced training in managing quality systems, health and safety, and teacher training. He has also been instrumental in the MLC achieving the ISO 9001:2008 certificate in quality management.

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Jennifer Camacho

Jennifer N. Camacho, 2011 U.S. Recipient

Jennifer Camacho, LVT, RLATG, is the 2011 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Jennifer is the Environmental Enrichment Program Manager for the Center for Comparative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Prior to this role, she served as a veterinary technician in both laboratory animal facilities and in small animal veterinary practice. Jennifer's work and research interests include the use of innovative technologies to take an evidence-based approach towards environmental enrichment. Jennifer is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology in Delhi, NY. She has authored and coauthored many articles and presentations on a range of topics related to animal enrichment and behavior management for publications and organizations including the Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). Jennifer is the organizer of the Innovative Environmental Enrichment Symposium, a satellite symposia to the National AALAS meeting.


 

Laura

Laura Foster, 2010 U.K. recipient

Laura Foster, HNC, MIAT, R.An.Tech, is the 2010 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Foster is a Senior Animal Technician and has worked for the same company since 1998 when she started her career as a Youth Trainee.

In 2008 Foster joined an Oncology discovery team conducting drug efficacy studies using imuno compromised mice and rats. She is also working toward a degree in Applied Biological Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University where she is formulating a practical project titled, “The effect of circadian rhythm on the efficacy and tolerability of anti cancer drugs."

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Carolyn Malinowski

Carolyn Malinowski, 2010 U.S. recipient

Carolyn Malinowski, M.S. CPIA, CMAR, RLATG, is the 2010 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Since 2005, Malinowski has served as the Manager of Quality Assurance and Training for the Center for Comparative Medicine at Northwestern University where she's responsible for developing and implementing all animal-related training events for 1500+ researchers and 110 employees. Prior to that she was an Animal Care Specialist for the United States Army. Malinowski also served in the Peace Corps as a science teacher in Zimbabwe, and as an Animal Handler at the Denver Zoo. She is an active member of the Chicago Branch of AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science), the Laboratory Animal Management Association (LAMA), the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange, and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research. She earned an M.S. in Biology from Northeastern Illinois University, and a B.S. in Zoology from Northern Arizona University.

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Carol Fox

Carol Fox, 2009 U.K. recipient

Carol Fox, FIAT, RAnTech, is the 2009 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Fox is the Quality & Training Coordinator for Pfizer Global R&D - Comparative Medicine, and also works for The Learning Curve where she provides training and personal development for scientists, animal technicians and support staff. Prior to these positions she was an Area Supervisor for Pfizer R&D Animal Resources, and as a Unit Supervisor and Senior Technician for the Wellcome Foundation. From the moment she started her career as a Junior Animal Technician at Kings College, Fox has viewed her job as a "dedication, passion and career." She is a member of IAT and has served on the organization's Council as a Continuing Professional Development Officer, and for 12 years on its Certification Examination Board.

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Ken Pyle, 2009 U.S. recipient

Ken Pyle, RLATG, is the 2009 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Pyle has served as Associate Professor of Veterinary Science Technology at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology in Delhi, New York, since 1992. He currently teaches courses in research animal technology, applied research animal techniques, breeding colony management and courses related to primatology. Pyle has been teaching since 1975 and has received numerous national awards including the AALAS Garvey and Collins Awards. He is a long-time, active AALAS member and has served on a variety of committees and in various leadership positions since joining National AALAS in 1973. Pyle earned degrees in veterinary technology and biology from SUNY and Fairleigh Dickinson University (respectively).

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Pete C. Willan, 2008 U.K. recipient

Pete C. Willan, DMS, MIAT, R.AnTech, was selected as the 2008 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Willan is the Division Manager for the Division of Biomedical Services at the University of Leicester, where he is responsible for managing all aspects of animal care and use programs on multiple campuses serving more than 150 research associates. He is also an Ad Hoc Specialist for AAALAC International and has served as a Council Member for the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) and the AALAS International Relations Committee. Willan is also the site owner and coordinator of the U.K. Animal Welfare & Management Discussion Group, and is active on the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement & Reduction (NC3Rs).

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Julia A. Granowski, 2008 U.S. recipient

Julia A. Granowski, RLATG, was selected as the 2008 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Granowski is Facility Manager for the National Jewish Medical & Research Center in Colorado, where she is responsible for the physical plant and coordinating investigator projects, as well as assisting in budgetary and hiring decisions. She is active in the Mile High AALAS Branch, and has served as president, vice president and board member. Granowski earned a degree in Animal Technology from Colorado Springs Mountain College, and received her RLATG designation in September 2001.


 

Gary Childs, 2007 U.K. recipient

Gary Childs, B.Sc. (Hons), FIAT, RAnTech, was selected as the 2007 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Childs is the Animal Technician Site Manager for the Imperial College London, where he is responsible for managing all aspects of animal care and use programs on multiple campuses serving more than 250 scientists. He is also active in the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) and currently serves on both the IAT Board of Education and Board of Moderators. Childs received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Technology from Middlesex University, and a Diploma in Management from Imperial College of London/London School of Economics.


 

Cynthia Kloster, 2007 U.S. recipient

Cynthia Kloster, RLATG, was selected as the 2007 U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Kloster is the Assistant Director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA., where she is responsible for a 37,600 square-foot AAALAC-accredited animal facility, oversees all employee training, and manages a $705K+ budget. She is also active in national and local AALAS, and served a term as president of the Louisiana Branch AALAS in 2004-2005. Kloster studied Animal Technology at Michigan State and earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.


 

Kate Heath, 2006 U.K. recipient

Kate Heath, F.I.A.T., RAnTech, was selected as the 2006 U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Heath is Toxicology Support Manager for GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development Ltd., and has worked in the field of animal technology for more than 30 years. She is very active in IAT and has served as the organization’s Beckenham Branch Chair, helping to grow the branch to one of the largest and most admired in the U.K. Heath also plays a lead role in GlaxoSmithKline’s Liaison Group, reaching out to students by leading facility tours and participating in debates on the use of animals in medical research.


 

Michele Courtney, 2006 U.S. recipient

Michele (Shelly) Courtney, RVT, LATG, CMAR, was selected as the first U.S. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Courtney, an Associate Scientist for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, has served the laboratory animal science community for 22 years—20 of them for Johnson & Johnson companies. During that time she has been actively involved in her local AALAS branch, including serving a term as president. Courtney has developed water monitoring as well as rodent and rabbit enrichment programs, and led the design and implementation of a new rodent facility.


 

Cathy Godfrey, 2005 U.K. recipient

Cathy Godfrey, FIAT, RAnTech, was the first U.K. recipient of the AAALAC International Fellowship Award. Cathy is Technical Manager of the Biomedical Services Unit at the University of Sheffield, one of the U.K.’s leading universities. In this position she’s responsible for 14 technical staff, training, and ensuring that her department meets the highest possible standards and budgetary targets. Cathy has 33 years experience working in biomedical research programs involving all of the common species of laboratory animals. In addition to her professional duties, Cathy is an active member of the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) and has served on its Council for more than 20 years.


 

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