This award recognizes an APHL member who is a public health, environmental, agricultural or clinical laboratory scientist, practitioner, administrator, trainer or educator who may have:

  • Made significant contributions to the advancement of workforce development and training in public health laboratory science and practice
  • Worked to provide continuing education opportunities for the public health community
  • A history of service with APHL committees, taskforces or workgroups that focused on workforce development, education, and/or training

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.

This award was established by APHL in 1998 in memory of Dr. Thomas Maxson, in honor of his long time support for continuing education and workforce development in the public health laboratory community.

Formal recognition for this award will take place during the awards breakfast at the APHL Annual Meeting. The winner of the APHL Maxson Award receives funding towards a registration (up to $250) to a future APHL-sponsored conference within 18 months of the awards show.

Past Winners

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Nicole Green, PhD, D(ABMM)

As the Laboratory Director for the Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory, Dr. Green has dedicated herself to the development of an expert laboratory workforce through education and training of current laboratorians, as well as through training and recruitment of qualified scientists into the public health laboratory field. Since starting her career at LAC PHL in 2011, Dr. Green has updated the training curriculum, materials and objectives for the PHM training program and she conducts the didactic lectures for many of the training modules. Dr. Green holds Adjunct Assistant Professor appointments at the USC Keck School of Medicine and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Green frequently accepts opportunities to give continuing education lectures on public health microbiology topics for professional organizations such as Southern California ASM, ASCLS and APHL. She has mentored a CDC/APHL Emerging Infectious Disease fellow and has trained many interns and volunteers at the LAC PHL who are exploring career options in public health.

Dr. Green has built a vision and mission for the LAC PHL of quality and service to promote public health, and she works with staff members to ensure that they have the necessary tools, training, resources, and support to maintain a strong and motivated public health laboratory workforce. She truly inspires her students, trainees, staff and even her peers to be proud of the work that is done by public health laboratories.

expand Year: 2014

​Martin Evans, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP)

​Dr. Evans has held senior leadership positions at the New York City Public Health Lab, notably as Director of Technical Affairs where he oversaw Laboratory Information Systems and Quality Management for over six years. In 2007, Dr. Evans launched a medical technology student internship program, which was designed to develop the public health laboratory workforce in the city by introducing students to laboratory work in this unique setting.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Evans served as a professor at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School where he trained future medical professionals and directors of public health laboratories in virology, immunology and bacteriology. As Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Temple University, he taught clinical microbiology lab, virology, medical technology and Health Care Delivery Systems.
Martin currently works as a consultant in public health informatics and serves on APHL’s Informatics Committee, the StarLIMS Subcommitee Technical Workgroup and the Applied Research Taskforce.
expand Year: 2013
expand Year: 2012

Renee Beckham Program Specialist IV Texas Department of State Health Services​

At the Laboratory Emergency Preparedness Branch, Ms. Beckman developed computer-based training with Texas’ ten Laboratory Response Network (TxLRN-B) laboratories. After attending an APHL Sentinel Laboratory Wet Workshop Train-the-Trainer course, Ms. Beckham assumed responsibility for a new collaboration with TxLRN-B partners in hospital laboratories to raise awareness of biological threats. Ms. Beckham also has served as APHL state training coordinator, organizing laboratory-wide webinars.​
expand Year: 2011
expand Year: 2010

​Judy Delany, MS, MPH, MT(ASCP)
Liaison to Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support
Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

​Judy Delany was one of the original CDC Training Advisors who was hired to launch a regional office of the National Laboratory Training Network in 1989. Her exceptional performance led to a strategic leadership role when she became the first CDC NLTN Manager, followed by becoming the Chief of the Laboratory Training Branch. Here she helped shape and grow the NLTN program. Her efforts led to greater recognition of the NLTN, increased number of participants, and an expansion in training opportunities for public health laboratorians. After a CDC reorganization, Delany was named the Director of the Training Services Division within the Office of Workforce and Career Development. In this position, she led efforts to improve leadership skills in senior public health laboratorians and to create awareness around careers in the field. Today, she serves as a liaison between two important CDC Offices, connecting state and local services with epidemiology, lab, and surveillance efforts.
expand Year: 2008