This award is given to an APHL member (individual or laboratory) that makes or has made significant contributions to the technical advancement of public health laboratory science and/or practice. A potential candidate may have:

  • Developed and/or implemented a new program
  • Developed new laboratory methods
  • Conducted innovative research
  • Developed best technical practices
  • Developed partnerships with the public and/or private sector

that resulted in significantly improved technology for application in public health, environmental or agricultural laboratories. Additional considerations include whether the candidate is considered an expert in their field, published in peer review journals, served on national committees, etc.

The above are examples to help the nominators frame their response and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of potential attributes that describe the successful nominee for this category.

Formal recognition for this award will take place during the awards breakfast at the APHL Annual Meeting.

Past Winners

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Jack Krueger, MSChE

Mr. Krueger has served the state of Maine in various capacities of increasing responsibility in both environmental health and public health since 1977. He served as Laboratory Director from 1997 until his retirement in 2008. During his tenure in Maine, he recognized that electronic exchange of data was extremely important and became one of the early advocates for its implementation. His innovative vision, which he promoted passionately and tirelessly both as laboratory director and as an APHL consultant, was to have seamless electronic communication between all partners in the public and environmental health system.<br><br>Mr. Krueger has a long history of service to APHL as well. He represented APHL at meetings with EPA, CDC, FDA, DOE and TNI.&nbsp; He has served on the Environmental Health Committee, the Environmental Laboratory Sciences Committee and the Informatics Committee. He also lead internal agency workgroups on LIMS implementations. Following retirement, Mr. Krueger became a consultant to APHL to continue serving as a strong advocate for the advancement and implementation of electronic data exchange between public and environmental health partners.

Berry Bennett, MPH

Mr. Bennett has worked at the Florida Public Health Laboratory for 37 years and he has been the Retrovirology Section Chief at the Jacksonville laboratory since 1985. Berry is a passionate public health professional who has contributed to HIV testing at the state level and beyond. Berry is responsible for oversight of all HIV testing at the Florida PHL and has regularly participated in many local and national initiatives. As a member of the APHL HIV/HCV Subcommittee, Berry was instrumental in the development of the 2014 CDC/APHL laboratory HIV algorithm guidance which recommends the use of 4th generation HIV-1/HIV-2 antigen/antibody testing. Under Berry’s leadership, Florida was one of the first public health laboratories in the nation to adopt the new algorithm. In the initial eight months using the new algorithm, FPHL identified four patients with HIV-1 acute infections and overall there was a reduced turn-around-time for reporting positive results. These acute cases were referred to a healthcare provider within 14 days of specimen collection. The transition to the new algorithm was successful largely due to Berry’s tireless efforts and collaboration with the Florida HIV/AIDS Prevention and Surveillance staff.&nbsp; His laboratory supports the national implementation of the algorithm by providing nucleic acid testing to 20 public health laboratories. Additionally, Berry assisted colleagues in Ukraine, through a twinning initiative with APHL, in the development of their HIV algorithm.<br><br>Mr. Bennett is a member of the Florida Consortium on HIV/AIDS Research, serving on their Executive Advisory Board. He is on the advisory committee of the Florida State College Jacksonville, Medical Laboratory Technician Program. He is a member of the Florida Public Health Association, serving as a Member at Large as well as co-Chair of the HIV/AIDS section. Berry was also the President of the Jacksonville Area Microbiology Society from 2013 to 2015.

expand Year: 2015
expand Year: 2013

​Willie Andrews, MT(ASCP)
Laboratory Operations Director, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

​Willie is a proven leader and innovator who has served the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for nearly 30 years. Her first job at DCLS was manager for the Newborn Screening Group. Under her direct supervision, a statewide courier system was established reducing sample delivery times from days to hours. A six day work week was established, the newborn screening test panel increased from 4 to 28 tests, and newborn screening testing time was reduced from 6 days to 24 hours. Under Willie’s leadership, the Newborn Screening Group received the Agency’s Team of the Year award in 1998 and she received the Agency’s Employee of the Year award 3 years later.In 2001, Willie was challenged with customizing the development and implementation of a new laboratory information management system in newborn screening. These efforts achieved a one-time cost savings of $260,000 and a 30% reduction in ongoing support costs. The LIMS team, led by Willie, was awarded the Agency’s Team of the Year award in 2006 and the 2010 Best Practices award from the National Association of Chief Information Officers.Willie is a long standing member and past Chair of APHL’s Informatics Committee and is the current chair of the STARLIMS subcommittee. She participates in numerous national workgroups including the Public Health Laboratory Interoperability Project and LIMSi Workgroup, the NewSTEPS Steering Committee, the Newborn Screening Data Repository Taskforce and Virginia’s Electronic Messaging Workgroup, among others.
expand Year: 2012
expand Year: 2011

Stephen W. Jenniss, MS
Director, Environmental & Chemical Laboratory Services,
Division of Public Health and Environmental Laboratories, New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services

Although recently retired, Mr. Jenniss served as Laboratory Director, Environmental and Chemical Laboratory Services for the Division of Public Health and Environmental Laboratories, New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services since 1988. He has served the environmental public health sector since 1976. During that time he worked towards advancing the practical application of laboratory science as a Chemist with the Gloucester County Utilities Authority, an Environmental Specialist with New Jersey Bureau of Monitoring Management, and initially as a Supervisor and later as a Chief of the Office of Quality Assurance in the Division of Science and Research Office for the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection. He has several journals and book chapter publications related to regulatory compliance monitoring, various aspects of environmental analysis and quality assurance.
expand Year: 2010
expand Year: 2009

Stanley L. Inhorn, MD, Emeritus Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Stan Inhorn was chosen to receive the Gold Standard Award in recognition of his significant and ongoing contributions to improving the national laboratory system serving public health. Much of Dr. Inhorn’s career has been dedicated to the advancement of the technical aspects of laboratory science. Recently, his efforts have focused on the improvement of systems. He was involved in early efforts to differentiate services of public health laboratories, which eventually evolved into the eleven core functions. He was co-author of the core functions article published in MMWR. Dr. Inhorn served as the Chair of the Laboratory Systems & Standards Committee from 2004 to 2008. Under his direction, the committee developed the Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP), which targets improvement of public health laboratory systems by assessing each state’s ability to meet the core functions. He is currently working on a comprehensive article on the status of public health laboratory systems.
expand Year: 2007
expand Year: 2006

Charles Trimarchi, MS, Laboratory Chief, Laboratory of Zoonotic Diseases and Clinical Virology, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health

Charles Trimarchi was chosen to receive the Gold Standard for Public Health Laboratory Excellence award in recognition of his significant contributions to laboratory science and practice. He oversees 11 service and research laboratories with more than 100 professional, scientific and support staff. Trimarchi is a key figure in the standardization of methods for rabies virus detection and rabies antibody testing, and his research has resulted in the development of several laboratory methods, including the “gold standard” monoclonal antibody for rabies detection. Trimarchi’s contributions are extensive and include more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed literature, more than 60 other published articles and invited papers and more than 150 conference presentations. He has sat on numerous committees and work groups at both the state and national level, including CDC’s Rabies Steering Committee for Control of Rabies in the US since 1995 and the APHL Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee. He has also served repeatedly as faculty for NLTN workshops on rabies.
expand Year: 2005

Phillip T. Amuso, PhD
Assistant Bureau Chief and Laboratory Director, Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Laboratories

As recipient of the Gold Standard for Public Health Laboratory Excellence, Phillip Amuso is recognized for his leadership and dedication to the advancement of public health laboratory science. He has served the state of Florida for nearly 30 years and has played a critical role in many substantial improvements in public health in the state. Highly respected by his staff and peers, Amuso has shown exemplary leadership skills as assistant bureau chief and laboratory director. Examples of his outstanding work include being the key architect in designing the public health laboratories’ response capability, resulting in significant upgrades in state health labs; implementing the Biowatch program in Florida; and establishing the USF Center for Biological Defense—a unique partnership between a state public health lab and a university. Amuso is at the forefront when it comes to leading his staff, working with the media and allaying public fears during critical periods such as the anthrax attacks of 2001 and the 2005 case of influenza virus proficiency test samples that were mistakenly mailed out.​