The Board is the association’s public face, representing members in matters of policy, laboratory practice and collaboration with health partners in the public and private sectors.

As the governing body of the association, the APHL Board of Directors establishes the strategic direction and priority initiatives of the organization and ensures that annual goals are met. 

The Board of Directors is comprised of the president, president-elect, secretary-treasurer, immediate past president, two public health local institutional member representatives, a public health associate institutional member representative and three elected members-at-large. The president serves as chairperson of the Board of Directors, and the executive director is an ex-officio member.

The board meets monthly by conference call and quarterly in person. It manages the association’s strategic planning process and provides financial oversight for the organization. Its meeting schedule is public, and any member may request to be included on the agenda at any time. 

APHL Board of Directors, 2016 - 2017

A. Chris Whelen, PhD, D(ABMM), president
laboratory director, Hawaii Department of Health State Laboratories

Christopher G. Atchison, MPA, secretary-treasurer
laboratory director, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa

Ewa King, PhD, president-elect
laboratory director, Rhode Island State Health Laboratories

Judith C. Lovchik, PhD, D(ABMM), past president
assistant commissioner, Public Health Protection and Laboratory Services, Indiana State Department of Health

Joanne Bartkus, PhD, D(ABMM) member-at-large
laboratory director, Minnesota Public Health Laboratory Division

Grace E. Kubin, PhD, member-at-large
laboratory director, Texas Department of State Health Services -Central Campus

Scott J. Zimmerman,  DrPH, MPH, HCLD (ABB) member-at-large
laboratory director, North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health

Maria Lucia Ishida, PhD, public health associate institutional member representative
laboratory director, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

Tamara Theisen,  MT(ASCP) local institutional member representative
division director, Saginaw County Public Health Laboratory

Mark Wade, local institutional member representative
laboratory services director, San Antonio Metro Health District Laboratory

Scott J. Becker, MS, ex-officio
executive director, Association Public Health Laboratories