A meeting was held by the Board of Directors on July 22 to elect new officers. They are Christopher Seay MT(AMT) as President, Ken Hawker MT(AMT) as Vice President, Fran Oran RMA(AMT) as Secretary, and Deborah Westervelt RMA(AMT) as Treasurer. Also, congratulations to Fran Oran), Harry Narine MT(AMT) and Marty Hinkel MT(AMT) for their re-election to the Board.
President: Christopher Seay MT(AMT)
“After receiving my certification, I wanted to be an active participant in a professional organization. After doing some research, the other organizations did not have a member feel but AMT, being member run did, and it filled my needs. It felt like a good fit.”
Currently living in Memphis, Tennessee, Christopher is an Air Force veteran who served in multiple locations around the world. His laboratory training began in 1973 at Sheppard AFB in Texas, and he retired from the military in 1985. In 1989, Chris graduated from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) and worked for several organizations as a laboratory technologist/supervisor. He also served on the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board from 2008 – 2012 and retired from a long career in medical technology in 2012.
Chris joined AMT in 1993 and has served as Tennessee State Society President and on the national Credentialing Committee, Board of Directors and as the CASMET liaison. Chris notes, “Being the president of any organization is a tremendous task. From the position of leadership, you can leave a positive impression on the organization and the membership. It takes a lot of faith and trust to be elected to the Board of Directors. It takes even more faith and trust to be elected to the position of President of the American Medical Technologists.”
Vice President: Ken Hawker MT(AMT)
“Allied health professionals have been faced with many challenges as healthcare in our nation has evolved. Working together, we can and should have a strong voice in the future of healthcare on both the national and state level.”
Ken resides in West Jordan, Utah, and was certified in 1976. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014, including serving as Treasurer. He served as the UTSSAMT Editor from 2017-2018 and also served on the UTSSAMT Board of Directors and in the COSSAMT as Vice President (1992-1995), Editor (1992-1997) and Western District Councillor (2010-2014). Ken retired from ARUP Labs in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2015. His education includes medical laboratory specialist, U.S. Air Force (1971); Associate of Science, Wharton County Jr. College, Wharton, Texas (1977), Bachelor of Science, Arlington Baptist College, Arlington, Texas (1980).
“I don’t claim to have all the answers to the challenges we face, nor do I even know all of the questions. But my dream and goal of what I would like to accomplish as a third-term member of the Board is to do all I can in our rapidly changing care environment to help keep AMT a vital and relevant part of our members’ lives.”
Secretary: Francine Oran, RMA(AMT), AHI(AMT)
“I am inspired and encouraged to continue to make a positive difference. I have a passion for quality in healthcare, and I am dedicated to AMT. I promise to support AMT’s goals, be a quality leader for the organization, and work hard to assist in AMT’s continued success of excellence in allied healthcare.”
Fran resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was certified by AMT in 2003. She has served in multiple leadership capacities, including as the Central Plains State Society (CPSAMT) Treasurer (2006-2012 and 2020-present), Secretary (2012- 2018) and Prairie Tech Editor/Co-Editor (2010-2018). She has also served as a Member-at-Large on the national AMT Board of Directors since 2018.
“I am extremely proud of my affiliation with AMT. We stand for the very best in healthcare today. I would not be where I am in my life and career if it were not for my certification/credential through AMT. It has provided me the opportunity to work as an instructor of a medical assisting program for the last 18 years. My work on the Board for the CPSAMT as the Treasurer, Secretary and Editor over the last 15 years has also taught me a great deal, but I am exceedingly proud of my work on the AMT Board of Directors over the last three years.”
Treasurer: Deborah Westervelt RMA(AMT), COLT(AMT)
“My philosophy for AMT is to continue efforts to be the choice for certification and as a membership organization for allied health professionals. I am excited to continue serving on the Board to follow through with projects to aid in meeting the needs of our members and the organization as a whole.”
Deborah lives in Arnold, Missouri, and was certified in 1997. She has served in multiple AMT leadership roles on both the state and national level, including MOSSAMT Treasurer/Secretary (1999-2005), MOSSAMT Board member (2006-2007), MOSSAMT Treasurer (2008-present) and as the national AMT Board of Directors Secretary (2016-2020). She is currently the Clinical Office Supervisor at Washington University Orthopedics in St. Louis, Missouri. She received an associate degree in applied science from High Tech Institute and a diploma in medical assisting from Bryan Institute.
Member at Large: Harry Narine, MT(AMT), RPT(AMT)
“It is only through dedication, teamwork, commitment and open communication that we can continue making AMT the choice of allied health and where we can achieve our goals.”
Harry resides in Sangre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago, and was certified in 2000. He is currently the Vice President of the Caribbean Society of AMT (CASMET) and has also served as President (2015-2017), President Elect (2013-2015), Vice President (2011-2013), Assistant Treasurer (2009-2011), Treasurer (2003-2009) and Council Member (1999-2003). Since 2018, he has served as a Member-at-Large for the national AMT Board of Directors.
“Having worked on AMT’s strategic planning efforts during my first term in office, I would like to continue sharing the knowledge and experience gained and ensure alignment of AMT governance and staff structure so that it is consistent with the organization’s mission and vision. Also, I would like to continue to work on providing a comprehensive leadership development/training program, including succession planning and long-term vitality of the organization.”
Member at Large: Martha Hinkel, MT(AMT)
“When I went to my first AMT meeting, I was greeted like a long-lost friend where I had finally found a sense of belonging. From that point on, I have loved AMT and all that this organization offers our members.”
Marty resides in Worland, Wyoming, and was certified in 1997. She has served in multiple capacities at the state level for AMT, including Rocky Mountain State Society President (RMSSAMT) (2002- 2006), Vice President (2001-2002), Secretary (2008-2010) and Treasurer (2015-2017). Additionally, she has been on the AMT Board of Directors since 2018, serving as secretary from 2020-2021.
“I have been a member of other laboratory professional societies in the past and found that they really didn’t do much for me other than take my money. Each member of AMT truly has a voice. I would like to have the opportunity to serve AMT and work at finding ways to help our members feel that same sense of belonging that I have.”