Anita L. Merrill, BS/MT (ASCP) (Retired)
Chief Medical Technologist
The University of Georgia
Tifton, GA, USA
Field: Laboratory Diagnostics
Anita Merrill has 48 years of professional experience, spending more than three decades as Chief Medical Technologist of the University of Georgia. Over the course of her career, she has established herself as an expert in chemistry and laboratory diagnostics. On a daily basis, she is responsible for serving as a technician for clinical pathology, chemistry, hematology, parasitology, endocrinology, urinalysis and cytology for veterinary patients.
Ms. Merrill stands out among her peers due to her strong upbringing. She completed an internship at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, where she met many influential mentors along the way. She takes it as a point of pride that she commits 100 percent of herself into everything that she undertakes. As such, Ms. Merrill considers her greatest career achievement to be her development of the veterinary clinical pathology department for the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory, when she was hired in 1979. She had to start her work manually, beginning with hematology and urinalysis, before adding chemistry and several endocrinology programs.
Looking back, Ms. Merrill attributes her success to dedication and a strong work ethic. She became involved in her profession because she has always been interested in science. When a friend suggested that she go into the medical technology field, she knew that she had found her calling.
Ms. Merrill received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Barry University in 1966, and she became a registered medical technologist and an MTASCP within the following year. She is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology. In honor of her achievements, she was presented with a Staff Appreciation Award in 2007, and an Outstanding Research Award from the Tifton Sigma Xi Club in 1997.
Director of Quality Assurance for Research and Development (Retired)
Quality Assurance Department
Corona, CA, USA
Field: Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance
Elsa Gomez, director of quality assurance for research and development within the Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Quality Assurance Department, began her career as an auditor of companies that provide pharmaceutical products to the United States Department of Defense. By being involved in all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing and all of the associated quality control systems, she gained the necessary experience to fulfill her present-day role. Since her employment with Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. fourteen years ago, she has helped to grow the quality company – which produces generic pharmaceuticals and specializes in pain relief medications and oral contraceptives – from 80 employees to more than 1200.
As a quality assurance professional for one of today’s leaders in the generic pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Gomez stands by her word by providing affordable, high-quality pharmaceutical products that will enable people to effectively manage their health conditions. She asserts that doing her job effectively requires that she listen to others’ points of view in an objective and open manner. “I don’t micromanage,” she elaborates. “I give them the assignment and leave myself open to their questions.” She oversees the quality assurance oversight of the research and development activities of the company’s pharmacists and chemists while ensuring the use of proper manufacturing practices in the internal research and development department according to regulatory agency guidelines. “I ensure that the appropriate quality systems are in place and that any information and documentation submitted to regulatory agencies meets current requirements,” she states. In addition, Ms. Gomez assists managers and employees in the research, development and quality assurance departments, and prepares for regulatory agency inspections as needed.
Ms. Gomez received a Master of Science in chemistry in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1967 from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the American Society for Quality and the American Chemical Society.
In her spare time, Ms. Gomez enjoys reading history books, traveling and studying archeology. She reads Pharmaceutical Technology, Chemical & Engineering News and Quality Digest. Continue reading
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Elizabeth, NJ, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Medical Laboratory Technology
It takes someone with genuine dedication to ensuring patient health to take on the role of a health care professional. A lead technologist for Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Susan Lynn Mogus has an unwavering interest in the field, which has garnered her success over the past 27 years. In her current position, she uses her expertise in chemistry and hematology when working with physicians to diagnose what may be affecting a person’s health and, in response, monitors the patient’s treatment once a diagnosis is made. Her daily responsibilities include performing core laboratory duties, which encompass urinalysis and rapid testing for HIV, Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a type of bacterial infection that can be found in women who are pregnant, and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.
Trinitas Regional Medical Center is a Catholic community teaching hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth that provides inpatient and outpatient medical services. Both Ms. Mogus and Trinitas “recognize and respect the dignity and value of life in every stage and condition.” She became a certified medical technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals, of which she is also a member. As a certified medical technologist, her main concern is patient health, something she caters to on a daily basis. She is constantly researching innovative ways to improve health care as a whole, something that became more prominent in 1984 when she earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Slippery Rock University.
Throughout her nearly three decades spent in the health care field, Ms. Mogus has worked for seven different charities, expressing her good nature not only to her patients, but also to her community. She credits her success to this caring nature, her dedication, and her own life experiences. In the coming years, she hopes to continue to grow in the fields of health care and research.