|Member||Job title/position & credentials|
|Dr. Katy Yao||
Dr. Yao is the director of the global SLMTA program, which is funded by The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a US governmental initiative to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The SLMTA program is a training and mentoring program designed to enhance the quality management systems for laboratories. It has been implemented in 1300+ laboratories in 56 LMIC countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. As of December 2021, the program has helped 237 laboratories in 27 countries attain accreditation to international standards.
Dr. Yao is a Public Health Educator at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has a PhD in education with a focus on instructional design and adult learning.
|Dr. Luciana Kohatsu||Dr. Luciana Kohatsu is the SLMTA Global Program Deputy Director at the U.S. CDC Division of Global HIV/AIDS. She is a senior Laboratory Systems Strengthening and Scientific Advisor for innovative technology, and laboratory accreditation expert. Dr. Kohatsu served in several roles at CDC Atlanta, East Africa, the Americas and at the U.S. State Department PEPFAR central offices. She is a Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biologist, holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology, and is a former CPEP-approved Clinical and Public Health Microbiology fellow from UCLA and the State of California. As a SLMTA Master Trainer, she trained the first cohort of Mozambican trainers, Latin American military trainers, and trainers and Master Trainers for the Americas.|
|Mr. Ashaba Davis||
Mr. Davis is a Senior Laboratory Scientist at African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), a non-profit networking and service alliance of Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FELTPs), and other applied epidemiology with operations in over 31 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. AFENET is a Cooperative Agreement partner with the US CDC (grant no. NU2GGH002140) to create and implement the SLMTA program.
Mr. Davis manages the project at AFENET and has a Master’s Degree in Science in Public Health.
|Ms. Anna Murphy||Ms. Murphy is an independent consultant. She created the original classroom-based Statistical Quality Control and Method Validation (QCMV) curriculum, a supplemental training to the SLMTA training series. She was also a key contributor to those SLMTA training curricula. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade. Anna is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (by ASCP).|
|Mr. Elde Mel Paladar||
Mr. Paladar co-led the redesign of the classroom-based QCMV curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Malawi, he is a Project Manager at Adventist Health International, as well as Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Loma Linda University.
Mr. Paladar has a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.
|Ms. Janet Scholtz||
Ms. Scholtz co-led the redesign of the classroom-based QCMV curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Ms. Scholtz is a Quality Manager, Regional Western and Northern Cape, at National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), South Africa. She is a certified auditor for The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).
Ms. Scholtz has a medical diploma in Biomedical Technology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.