This year the USCAP President's Award goes to the staff of the USCAP Central Office in Augusta,
Georgia. This award recognizes their long-standing dedication, diligence and commitment to
excellence. Over the years, the members of the Academy and their officers have acknowledged the
tremendous contributions of this small group of outstanding individuals. Multiple surveys have shown
that one of the great strengths of the Academy is its highly efficient and effective Augusta office.
It is the people in that office who have served the membership and our profession well.
Originally, the part-time staff of the USCAP was gleaned from the staff at the location of the
Secretary-Treasurer of the USCAP (i.e., the office of the USCAP under Dr. Kash Mostofi was located in
Washington DC at the AFIP). When Dr. Leland Stoddard was Secretary-Treasurer (1970-1979) the office
moved to Augusta, Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. After Dr. Stoddard's retirement as the
USCAP Secretary-Treasurer, a USCAP Committee comprised of Drs. Murray (Gus) Abell, Jack Layton, Nate
Kaufman, and Jack Strong met at the Chicago Airport in 1978 to determine a more permanent location for
a full-time office; the decision was to retain the Augusta operation. Many other cities/sites were
considered, but Augusta was selected because the USCAP office was already there, the costs were
relatively inexpensive, there was no commute, and there was easily-available parking!
Jim Crimmins had been working with the USCAP on a part time basis and agreed to accept a full time
position as Administrator, thus providing continuity to the Academy's functions. He recruited Jo Ann
Johnson and Carolyn Lane, and the three of them have served the Academy for a combined 80+ years!
Jim Crimmins was born in Streator, Illinois, but lived many places, as his father was a career army
officer. He settled in Illinois in high school and then attended Northern Illinois University and
obtained a degree in accounting. After his own 2 year career in the army, Jim and his wife Phoebe
moved to Augusta and he began work as an internal auditor at the Medical College of Georgia. It was
there that he met Dr. Leland Stoddard and began a 9 year "moonlighting" career helping the Academy
with accounting requirements. In 1979, Jim left his position as Assistant Dean for Business Affairs
(under Dean Fairfield Goodale, a member of the Academy) to begin full time with the USCAP as Chief
Financial Officer, Meeting Manager and Chief Administrator. Jim's highly efficient manner and
work-ethic, as well as his tremendous support to all Academy members, is a thing of "legend". Jim has
set a record for the number of finance, education, executive, and council meetings attended that may
never be surpassed. And he sure plays a wicked game of golf!
Jo Ann Johnson, the Educational Coordinator of the Academy, grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia (a town
named after General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a revolutionary war hero, and "The Bird Dog Capital of the
World"). She attended the University of Georgia as a Fine Arts Major, moved to Philadelphia with her
husband and, through a fluke, obtained a job as a Marketing Analyst in a large Steel Company (could it
have been because of her southern accent and true southern charm??). Upon her return to Georgia, she
worked at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in the Department of Pediatrics for 16 years. She
attended Augusta College (now Augusta State University) at night, majoring in Business Administration,
and was promoted to Departmental Manager of the Department of Pediatrics (100 personnel), a position
she held for 10 years. She came to the Academy in 1981 with great insight into the inner workings,
politics and challenges of a University Medical Center. As Educational Coordinator she worked closely
with Nate Kaufman in developing the Academy committee structure, the initial office procedures,
policies and systems, and many important behind-the-scenes endeavors. Jo Ann's remarkable insight has
been pivotal to the identification and development of the young leaders of the Academy. She provides
support for all aspects of the Education Committee and volunteer course faculty, she has organized
documentation for the many successful ACCME inspections, she coordinated the Long-Term Strategic
Planning Endeavors, and most recently she has been instrumental in preparing course materials,
handouts and disclaimers for the upcoming IAP Centennial Congress in Montreal. Since 1984, when the
USCAP last hosted the IAP International Congress, Jo Ann and Jim have sent large amounts of
educational materials to over 26 underserved IAP Divisions/Countries throughout the world; this
extraordinary altruism continues in many ways. When Jo Ann is not attending to the varied needs of
her many offspring in the Academy's faculty and membership, her hobbies include reading, gardening and
cooking (her friends call her the "dessert queen").
Carolyn Lane was born in Americus, Georgia, but her family moved to Augusta early in her life and,
except for a three-year move to the Washington DC area, Augusta has been her home. Before coming to
the Academy, Carolyn spent her time raising three sons, completing her degree in Business
Administration after their births. During the time she was attending college, she served as the
Director of the Child Care Center for the school, which allowed her to pay for her tuition and the
needed child care for her children. Carolyn feels very fortunate that at the time she was completing
her education, Jim Crimmins and Dr. Nate Kaufman were looking for an employee and approached her
academic advisor for recommendations. She was hired in June 1980 and has served as Membership
Services Coordinator since that time. As Membership Services Coordinator, Carolyn is in charge of all
mailings to our 10,000 members, as well as a great many other communications, including membership
tracking and support, maintenance of appropriate records, and records for the Society for Pediatric
Pathology and the Society of Hematopathology. She is in charge of the documentation and rendering of
CME credits, collection of the Academy membership dues, distribution of all meeting registration
materials, maintenance of the membership directory, she serves as the liaison between our IT
consultant and the office staff. She states that she is "glad to have had the opportunity to support
the mission of the Academy". Dr. Silva would add that it is truly remarkable how much mail emanates
from the Augusta office (hundreds of thousands of pieces of mail/year by his estimation).
With the growth of the Academy, it became evident that the Augusta office was in need of additional
staff. The issue of succession planning was raised and the decision was made to hire. We are
fortunate to have made three excellent choices, ensuring that the administration of the Academy will
continue to be strong.
Born into a military family, Mrs. Kerry Crockett was fortunate to have experienced life inseveral
places after her birth in Ft. Monmouth, N.J. Finally settling in Augusta, Georgia, Kerry graduated
from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1993. After
crisscrossing the country as a "traveling therapist" for two years with her husband, William, she
spent many years in management in that field before deciding on a career change that brought her to
the USCAP in November of 2004. Currently serving as the Assistant Administrator and Meeting Planner
for the USCAP, Kerry has enjoyed combining her love of travel and management experience into one
fulfilling role. Kerry has been a tremendous "recruit" to the Augusta Academy office and brings
excellent business administrative and organizational knowledge to our Academy.
Mrs. Linda A. Haygood was born in Athens, Georgia, and grew up in nearby Georgia, attending the
University of Georgia. Her employment at the University of Georgia began in 1974 where she was Office
Manager in the Anthropology Department, and later Office Manager in the Center for International Trade
and Security. In April 2000 she moved to Augusta and started at the USCAP as an Administrative
Assistant to the Executive Director. Over the last few years she has helped coordinate the
educational materials for the USCAP Specialty Conferences, Companion Societies, Short, Long, and
Special Courses, and has learned invaluable lessons on dealing with scientific abstracts from Jo Ann.
She has served many roles in Membership, and acted as our receptionist for several years. She enjoys
spending time with her family - husband Randy, daughter, son, grandchildren and two step-daughters. Also
she enjoys bicycling, camping, playing piano, University of Georgia Football, and all sports.
Mrs. Sally Miglionico was born and raised in South Florida. She recently moved to Georgia and became
a part of the USCAP Team as the Administrative Assistant. She brings 12 years of Administrative
experience as an Office Manager for a South Florida Electrical Contractor, Administrative Assistant
for a Ceramic Tile Distributor and a Project Administrator for a commercial and residential developer.
Her present responsibilities are to provide support to the USCAP Staff and to ensure that important
clerical duties are completed. She states "I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that is
helping people worldwide and I strive to give quality support". In her free time, she enjoys reading
and spending time with her family. Sally is another tremendous, dedicated, energetic and helpful
addition to the Augusta office family.
Dr. David Hardwick, Past President of the USCAP and the IAP, and long-time leader/savant of the
Academy said: "The USCAP has been favored with a wonderfully dedicated, insightful and energetic
staff that has uncovered and fostered the excellence available in our Academy Membership. Through
personal engagement, unique assistance, and untiring effort they have guided the emergence and
continuity of determination by all that has propelled us to be the leading portal of the Pathology
Hub - The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology".
Dr. Nate Kaufman, Past Secretary-Treasurer and President of the USCAP and IAP, noted: "I have always
been amazed at the productivity of these individuals and the quality of their work, with patience,
even under stressful tight deadlines, while the work load has increased out of proportion to the
slight increase in staff. As a former colleague at the office, I can attest to their professionalism,
dedication, and competence, as well as to the courtesy they indiscriminately show to our members.
Their worth and contribution has long been recognized by many of us on an individual basis. Now is
the time for this public and official recognition".
Dr. Fred Silva, who practically lives with this group of people, states: "I have never worked with
such a wonderful, dedicated, loyal, efficient and fun Team. They are always the highpoint of the day.
The Academy has been so fortunate over the years to have such a wonderful, extraordinary staff. They
make the Academy function so well".
On behalf of the members of the USCAP, the faculty, and all the Past-Presidents who have relied upon
these distinguished individuals, I offer this token of thanks for a job always well done!
Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D.
USCAP President 2005-2006