The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have established a history of distinguished service to APHL, made significant contributions to the advancement of public health laboratory science or practice, exhibited leadership in the field of public health, and/or positively influenced public health policy on a national or global level.

Please see the Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form for detailed instructions. Nominations should be made from a broad field of candidates. This is not a retirement award, but a true Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

Past Winners

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Charles Brokopp, DrPH, MPH


Dr. Brokopp’s career has spanned the past 34 years during which he served in roles with ever increasing responsibility. From the earliest part of his career after receiving his doctorate at the University of North Carolina, he has served in leadership positions at the State or National level. In the 1980's as the State Epidemiologist in Idaho, he directed programs addressing both environmental health and communicable disease activities and was the Director of the Idaho State Laboratory from 1988-1990. In 1990, he became the Assistant Administrator of the Oregon Center for Public Health Laboratories, a position he held until 1990 at which time he accepted leadership of the Utah State Public Health Laboratory where he had responsibility of establishing environmental planning for the 2002 Winter Olympics as well as developing the Department's bioterrorism response planning. These activities increased his involvement in national and international activities. 

Dr. Brokopp was recruited to serve as the Director of the Division of Select Agents and Toxins at the CDC in 2004 where he was responsible for national effort around promulgation of select agent rules that impacted all local and state health jurisdictions. This position also required that he provide consultation and briefings to national committees including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accounting Office and several Congressional committees.

In 2006, Dr. Brokopp was recruited to serve as the Director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, one of the premier public health laboratories in the country. While serving the state and providing consultation to state departments, he continued to have an impact on national policies as well as continuing international collaborations with Nigeria, South Africa, China, Japan, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai.

Throughout his career, Dr. Brokopp has been an advocate for public health and public health laboratories. His contributions with professional organizations and through his various leadership positions have demonstrated his commitment to public health and to his colleagues in the laboratory community.

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Frances Downes, DrPH


Dr. Downes has contributed significantly to the advancement of public health laboratories and to public health laboratory practice, both within the United States and internationally. These contributions have been made via her leadership role within APHL, her career and leadership as the Director of the Bureau of Laboratories in the Michigan Department of Community health and through her outreach activities to national scientific oversight bodies. She also contributed to the advancement of public health standards through her 30 peer-reviewed publications that included journal articles, book chapters and public proceedings.

Outreach, advisement and consultation have also been important strategies by which Dr. Downes has strived to improve public health laboratory practice. One notable contribution was her providing Congressional testimony on the Biowatch program, which resulted in an improved understanding and strengthening of emphasis on laboratory quality systems by the Department of Homeland Security. She has also served on a number of state, federal and cross-border steering committees addressing issues of laboratory accreditation and laboratory practice and standards in regard to screening for infectious and chronic diseases. Of particular note here is her participation on the CDC NCID Board of Scientific Counselors from 2003-2007 and of course as an APHL board member and president.

Through these varied activities and approaches, Dr. Downes has consistently been a strong leader and advocate of the public health laboratory system and has significantly impacted public health laboratory standards and practice on a global level.

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Sally Liska, DrPH

Dr. Liska received her Doctorate of Public Health degree in Laboratory Practice and Management in 1981 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Sally demonstrated leadership in public health throughout her career on a national and international scale. Early on, Dr. Liska served as Laboratory Director for both Shasta County Health Department in California and Orlando Branch Regional Laboratory in Florida for 2 years each. Following those positions, Dr. Liska became Chief of the Santa Clara County Public Health Laboratory for 8 years before settling down at the San Fransisco Public Health Laboratory as Director for 15 years. Sally is currently working as a Global Public Health Laboratory Consultant.

Dr. Liska has a long history of service to APHL and the public health community. In 1990, her leadership and advocacy for public health laboratories was recognized by her peers with her election to the presidency of the California Association of Public Health Laboratory Directors and in 1993, she was the Lab Section Council Representative for APHA. In the early 2000s, Dr. Liska became a member of both APHL’s Infectious Diseases and Global Health Committees. Later, she would be chosen as a Local Public Health Laboratory Representative on APHL’s Board of Directors from 2008-2010.

Internationally, she has worked with Project HOPE, PEPFAR, the Walter Reed HIV Research Program, the African Center for International Laboratory Training (ACILT) and the APHL Global Health Committee to enhance laboratory practice worldwide. In 2000, Dr. Liska became APHL’s Liaison for Haiti and served as faculty for laboratory training and management classes for 25 programs in 16 international locations in Africa and South America.
expand Year: 2014

​Mary Gilchrist, PhD, D(ABMM)

​Dr. Gilchrist is the former director of the State Laboratory Institute in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and before that, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa, and is now a consultant in biosafety and public health.
Dr. Gilchrist has been an active APHL member serving on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2003 and as President from 2001 to 2002, which as you will recall, was the year of the anthrax attacks.  She was APHL's official spokesperson during a crisis that thrust our association into the limelight so therefore was quite busy that year! She also served as chair of the Infectious Disease Committee and was a member of the Global Health Committee.
Throughout her career, Dr. Gilchrist worked at the interface between the laboratory functions of clinical microbiology, environmental chemistry and public health. She played a key role in the design, development and implementation of the Laboratory Response Network and testified before the U.S. Senate on multiple occasions in support of the advancement of PHLs. Internationally, she helped evaluate and advise laboratories on efficiency and best practices in India, Central and South America, Mozambique, Guyana and others.

expand Year: 2012

Kenneth Aldous, PhD, Director, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Wadsworth Center at New York State Department of Health​

Dr. Aldous is responsible for all environmental testing performed at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center. He also serves as an associate professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York’s School of Public Health. He has published extensively in several areas of analytical chemistry and recently completed a study of more than 1,800 participants in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination survey. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the International Society of Exposure Science. Dr. Aldous has supported APHL for more than 40 years as an expert on trace organic analysis of environmental samples and a member of several APHL committees, including the Biomonitoring Subcommittee, the LRN-C Northeast Regional Chemical Exposure Exercise Planning Committee and the Laboratory Response Network National Meeting Planning Committee.
expand Year: 2011
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Ronald Lassing, PhD

Ronald Laessig established a long and distinguished history of service to APHL and to the public health laboratory profession.  He served on numerous committees and represented APHL to many national associations and federal agencies. Laessig was assistant director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene from 1970 to 1980, and director until his retirement in 2007. He was also a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin until his passing on March 29, 2009. After his retirement from the state laboratory, Dr. Laessig remained active in the public health laboratory community continuing to share his expertise in areas such as environmental health and newborn screening.  He was a leader in the field and served as a mentor to many.
expand Year: 2009
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Nancy Warren, PhD, Retired Laboratory Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Laboratories​

Warren has led a distinguished career within the state public health laboratory community for more than 30 years. She has served as a section chief in mycobacteria/mycology, a clinical and research professor at George Washington University and the Medical College of Virginia, a manager within the private sector and ultimately as a laboratory director. Warren was the assistant director for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Laboratories within the Pennsylvania Department of Health for approximately two years and the laboratory director from January 2005 until her retirement in November 2007.
In 2005 and 2006, Warren was part of the APHL scholar team in the National Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI). She contributed her extensive experience, leadership and collaboration skills to help the team develop guidelines to prepare future generations of state public health laboratory scientist-managers and directors. For their work, the team was honored with PHLI’s "Martha Katz" national award.
Warren has an established history of service to APHL and has worked in several different capacities, including chair of the APHL TB Steering Committee, technical advisor to the ASTPHLD/CDC bi-national TB training initiatives and member of the APHL Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Workforce Development Initiative Work Group. Warren’s leadership in the field of public health is well documented by her numerous appointments to editorial review boards, technical committees and workgroups in both professional societies and federal agencies. Through this work, she has provided technical guidance on laboratory practice and science, advocated for public health laboratories and influenced policy both nationally and internationally.
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George Anderson, GVM, MPH​


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J. Mehsen Joseph, PhD


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Stanley L. Inhorn, MD


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Carl H. Blank, DrPH


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Frances Downes, DrPH
Dr. Downes has contributed significantly to the advancement of public health laboratories and to public health laboratory practice, both within the United States and internationally. These contributions have been made via her leadership role within APHL, her career and leadership as the Director of the Bureau of Laboratories in the Michigan Department of Community health and through her outreach activities to national scientific oversight bodies. She also contributed to the advancement of public health standards through her 30 peer-reviewed publications that included journal articles, book chapters and public proceedings.

Outreach, advisement and consultation have also been important strategies by which Dr. Downes has strived to improve public health laboratory practice. One notable contribution was her providing Congressional testimony on the Biowatch program, which resulted in an improved understanding and strengthening of emphasis on laboratory quality systems by the Department of Homeland Security. She has also served on a number of state, federal and cross-border steering committees addressing issues of laboratory accreditation and laboratory practice and standards in regard to screening for infectious and chronic diseases. Of particular note here is her participation on the CDC NCID Board of Scientific Counselors from 2003-2007 and of course as an APHL board member and president.

Through these varied activities and approaches, Dr. Downes has consistently been a strong leader and advocate of the public health laboratory system and has significantly impacted public health laboratory standards and practice on a global level.
expand Year: 2015
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Sally Liska, DrPH
Dr. Liska received her Doctorate of Public Health degree in Laboratory Practice and Management in 1981 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Sally demonstrated leadership in public health throughout her career on a national and international scale. Early on, Dr. Liska served as Laboratory Director for both Shasta County Health Department in California and Orlando Branch Regional Laboratory in Florida for 2 years each. Following those positions, Dr. Liska became Chief of the Santa Clara County Public Health Laboratory for 8 years before settling down at the San Fransisco Public Health Laboratory as Director for 15 years. Sally is currently working as a Global Public Health Laboratory Consultant.

Dr. Liska has a long history of service to APHL and the public health community. In 1990, her leadership and advocacy for public health laboratories was recognized by her peers with her election to the presidency of the California Association of Public Health Laboratory Directors and in 1993, she was the Lab Section Council Representative for APHA. In the early 2000s, Dr. Liska became a member of both APHL’s Infectious Diseases and Global Health Committees. Later, she would be chosen as a Local Public Health Laboratory Representative on APHL’s Board of Directors from 2008-2010.

Internationally, she has worked with Project HOPE, PEPFAR, the Walter Reed HIV Research Program, the African Center for International Laboratory Training (ACILT) and the APHL Global Health Committee to enhance laboratory practice worldwide. In 2000, Dr. Liska became APHL’s Liaison for Haiti and served as faculty for laboratory training and management classes for 25 programs in 16 international locations in Africa and South America.
expand Year: 2014
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​Mary Gilchrist, PhD, D(ABMM)
​Dr. Gilchrist is the former director of the State Laboratory Institute in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and before that, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa, and is now a consultant in biosafety and public health.
Dr. Gilchrist has been an active APHL member serving on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2003 and as President from 2001 to 2002, which as you will recall, was the year of the anthrax attacks.  She was APHL's official spokesperson during a crisis that thrust our association into the limelight so therefore was quite busy that year! She also served as chair of the Infectious Disease Committee and was a member of the Global Health Committee.
Throughout her career, Dr. Gilchrist worked at the interface between the laboratory functions of clinical microbiology, environmental chemistry and public health. She played a key role in the design, development and implementation of the Laboratory Response Network and testified before the U.S. Senate on multiple occasions in support of the advancement of PHLs. Internationally, she helped evaluate and advise laboratories on efficiency and best practices in India, Central and South America, Mozambique, Guyana and others.
expand Year: 2012
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Kenneth Aldous, PhD, Director, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Wadsworth Center at New York State Department of Health​
Dr. Aldous is responsible for all environmental testing performed at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center. He also serves as an associate professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York’s School of Public Health. He has published extensively in several areas of analytical chemistry and recently completed a study of more than 1,800 participants in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination survey. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the International Society of Exposure Science. Dr. Aldous has supported APHL for more than 40 years as an expert on trace organic analysis of environmental samples and a member of several APHL committees, including the Biomonitoring Subcommittee, the LRN-C Northeast Regional Chemical Exposure Exercise Planning Committee and the Laboratory Response Network National Meeting Planning Committee.
expand Year: 2011
expand Year: 2010
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Ronald Lassing, PhD
Ronald Laessig established a long and distinguished history of service to APHL and to the public health laboratory profession.  He served on numerous committees and represented APHL to many national associations and federal agencies. Laessig was assistant director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene from 1970 to 1980, and director until his retirement in 2007. He was also a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin until his passing on March 29, 2009. After his retirement from the state laboratory, Dr. Laessig remained active in the public health laboratory community continuing to share his expertise in areas such as environmental health and newborn screening.  He was a leader in the field and served as a mentor to many.
expand Year: 2009
expand Year: 2008
Nancy Warren, PhD, Retired Laboratory Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Laboratories​
Warren has led a distinguished career within the state public health laboratory community for more than 30 years. She has served as a section chief in mycobacteria/mycology, a clinical and research professor at George Washington University and the Medical College of Virginia, a manager within the private sector and ultimately as a laboratory director. Warren was the assistant director for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Laboratories within the Pennsylvania Department of Health for approximately two years and the laboratory director from January 2005 until her retirement in November 2007.
In 2005 and 2006, Warren was part of the APHL scholar team in the National Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI). She contributed her extensive experience, leadership and collaboration skills to help the team develop guidelines to prepare future generations of state public health laboratory scientist-managers and directors. For their work, the team was honored with PHLI’s "Martha Katz" national award.
Warren has an established history of service to APHL and has worked in several different capacities, including chair of the APHL TB Steering Committee, technical advisor to the ASTPHLD/CDC bi-national TB training initiatives and member of the APHL Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Workforce Development Initiative Work Group. Warren’s leadership in the field of public health is well documented by her numerous appointments to editorial review boards, technical committees and workgroups in both professional societies and federal agencies. Through this work, she has provided technical guidance on laboratory practice and science, advocated for public health laboratories and influenced policy both nationally and internationally.
expand Year: 2004
George Anderson, GVM, MPH​
expand Year: 2003
expand Year: 2002
J. Mehsen Joseph, PhD
expand Year: 2000
expand Year: 1999
Stanley L. Inhorn, MD
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expand Year: 1997
Carl H. Blank, DrPH