All Are Welcome to Attend!


Host Aryanna Ngo

invites you to the Biggest Social, CEU, and

Networking Meeting in LAPOC history!


Friday, November 9, 2018


Tulane Medical Center

1415 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112



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Registration/Breakfast/Visit Vendors






What Labs Need to Know about Capillary Clearance and Regulatory implications of Glucose Testing – 2018

Jeffrey A. Dubois PhD, MS, MBA, FACB, C(ASCP)SC 

VP Medical and Scientific Affairs Nova Biomedical | Bio




Break - Visit Vendors



A Primer on Health Economics Outcomes

Thomas Koshy, Ph.D., Principal Scientist-HEOR

Evidence Strategy & Generation | Bio



Break - Visit Vendors



Body Language Boot Camp


Technical Manager, Abbott Scientific Affairs | Bio


This is an interactive, fun (group participation) presentation; recognizing body language, to help communicate better with healthcare workers and patients.

(Sponsored by Abbott)



Lunch/Visit Vendors/LAPOC Business Meeting/Open Discussion



What a Disaster! Applying POCT Lessons Learned
Toward Event Preparedness and Recovery

Peggy Mann, Program Manager/POCC

University of Texas Medical Branch , Galveston, Texas | Bio

(Sponsored by Kurin)



Break - Visit Vendors



Preparing for a CAP Inspection

Kathleen David MT (ASCP)

Point of Care Testing Manager

TriCore Reference Lab | Bio

(Sponsored by Telcor)




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Vendor tables are available at no charge based on availability.

Please download the Vendor form below  and send as an attachment to Aryanna Ngo.


Tables will be available on a first come, first served basis, based on space allowed

and will be set up just outside the entrance to the meeting room.


Vendor Sponsorship


Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal St., New Orleans, La 70130

Thursday-Friday, November 8-9… for just $99 a night!

Located in the Heart of New Orleans, to reserve your room,  call the Astor Crowne Plaza at 1.504.962.0500

and mention 'Louisiana POC Network' to get this special rate.



Social Dinner:


Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House & Seafood Bar
144 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, La 70130
Thursday, November 8 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

This is a Self Pay event


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Speaker Bios:


Kathleen David, MT (ASCP), Point of Care Testing Manager

TriCore Reference Lab, Albuquerque NM


Kathleen has been in the lab field for over 40 years, and been in POCT for over 20 years.  She is the manager for Point of Care at TriCore Reference Lab in Albuquerque NM. Her job encompasses 3 health systems, with 15 hospitals and over 100 clinics, urgent care centers, and physician offices performing POCT.  Her POCT team includes 4 technical supervisors and 18 POC techs. She is currently president of the Southwest Regional Point of Care Group. Kathleen has 2 children, one of whom has recently joined the laboratory field and also works at TriCore!   Kathleen originally trained to be a professional opera singer, but then came to her senses and went back to her original interest in biology.  She’s worked in laboratories in 5 different states, in many different positions.  This position, however, is her dream job!  When not working, she enjoys choral singing, reading, and seeing the sights of wherever she happens to be!

Thomas Koshy, Ph.D., Principal Scientist-HEOR

Evidence Strategy & Generation


Dr. Koshy is a Principal Research Scientist for Precision Xtract where he supports the Precision development teams on design of research studies (protocols, analyses, data sources) intended to address health economic, outcomes research and health policy questions using a range of potential technical approaches.  He also helps synthesize, interpret and communicate the results of these studies to Precision stakeholders and the research clients and advises on written technical reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and presentations of the research.


Dr. Koshy comes to Precision with over 25 years of experience in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry.  He has held leadership positions in R&D, project management, manufacturing, technical support, quality and scientific affairs.  His diagnostics experience spans a wide range of disease states (infectious disease [flu, C. difficile, HIV, etc.], acute cardiac events, metabolic disorders and oncology) and diagnostic testing modalities (core lab, point-of-care [POCT], electrochemical sensors, immunoassays, molecular and turbidometric/nepholometric methods).  Prior to Precision, he spent 13 years building and leading Scientific Affairs/MSL teams at three IVD companies.  He and his teams specialized in being scientific, clinical and technical liaisons between the company and the client.  He is a contributing author to the POCT chapter of The Immunoassay Handbook, 4th edition and the CLSI Guidance document: POCT09: Selection Criteria for Point-of-Care Testing Devices.


Dr. Koshy received his B.A. in Biology from Kalamazoo College and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cellular Biology from Northwestern University.

Jane Smith MS, MT(ASCP)SI, DLM

Technical Manager, Scientific Affairs, Abbott Rapid Diagnostics


Jane Smith received her BA in Medical Technology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and received Master’s Degrees in Science Education and Environmental Engineering.  She worked as an Immunology supervisor for 30 years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before joining the Alere Clinical Immunology Group.  In 2011 she was one of the founding members of Alere Scientific Affairs where she now serves as a Technical Manager.   Jane has been active in volunteering nationwide for CAP inspections.  She also has volunteered on CLSI POCT04-A3 (Point of Care IVD Testing) and QMS03 (Training and Competence Assessment) documents.  Jane is currently directing a cross functional IQCP team to provide IQCP support materials for Alere products.

Jeffrey A. Dubois PhD, MS, MBA, FACB, C(ASCP)SC 

VP Medical and Scientific Affairs Nova Biomedical


Jeff Dubois directs a Nova Biomedical team of 5 doctoral level Medical & Scientific Affairs Directors who are responsible for global clinical evaluations with >150 collaborators. 

Peggy A. Mann, M.S., MT(ASCP)

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX


Peggy Mann is the Ambulatory POCC, a Clinics Administration Program Manager, as well as, the Clinical Laboratory liaison to clinics in the health system. Peggy’s clinic oversight extends to 400 miles from the Galveston Medical School campus, includes all 3 campuses and with more than 100 clinics. She’s been with UTMB for 35 years. Professionally volunteering with AACC and CLSI, Peggy is the current AACC CPOCT Executive Board Secretary. She is halfway through the three year term on the AACC Clinical Laboratory Scientist Council.


With the professional organization CLSI, she is the CLSI Vice-Chair of the POC Expert Panel, serves on a five year CLSI-CDC Project Expert Panel studying ‘Improving the Impact of Laboratory Practice Guidelines’, and is a member on several Document Development Committees.  Peggy is a member and co-organizer of meetings with two POCC Groups; for the Southwest Regional POCC Group she is helping to organize the 2017 annual meeting to be held in Texas so is the 2017 President. Peggy received her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. from the University of Houston.