Donna Phelan has been in the field of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics for 32 years and the Technical Supervisor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri since 1987.She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts and has been a member of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) since 1980. She served on numerous ASHI committees as Councilor, Accreditation Commissioner, Co-chair and Program Director, Treasurer, and Vice President of Operations. She also served on the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI) as Secretary/Treasurer and as a member of the Examinations Committee. Her certifications include Certified Histocompatibility Specialist (CHS) from ABHI and Medical Technologist (MT) from HEW.
Ms. Phelan’s organizational and motivational skills eased ASHI through extensive reorganization efforts in the Accreditation Program and ASHI leadership restructures. As the first non-doctural Accreditation Program Director, she aided the restructure to make the evaluation process consistent and fair for all laboratories and personnel. When ASHI needed to restructure leadership, she filled in as “trail boss” to motivate members to implement strategic plans and increase Society efficiency and communications. As the Society’s first Vice President of Operations, she continued to educate and represent ASHI at governmental agencies.
Ms. Phelan has authored 8 book chapters and co-authored 32 articles in peer reviewed journals. She has presented her work internationally and has given 23 workshops for different societies and organizations. Her awards include “ASHI Outstanding Technologist” (1991) and ASHI “Distinguished Service” (2004).