Elaine Gunter, 2006 Volunteer of the Year
“Laboratorian of the Year”. Our volunteer of the year was selected by the journals of Laboratory Medicine in 1997 and Medical Laboratory Observer in 2002 for this honor.
During her distinquished career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she served as Deputy Director for Management & Operations, Division of Laboratory Sciences where she managed a staff of 300 chemists, a $60million budget, a $30 million state of the art analytical instrumentation and contruction of two major new laboratory buildings. She has served as the CDC’s specimen repository spokesperson nationally and internationally, participated on chemical and radiological terrorism response teams and served o n numerous NIH and International contract and grant review panels.
She retired from the CDC in December 2005. She is the sole proprietor of Specimen Solutions which provides consultations in specimen banking, clinical study specimen acquisition design and laboratory management and quality assurance issues.
We first met our Volunteer of the Year when she came to our planning sessions for the Georgia Lymphedema Treatment Act. After retirement, she immediately joined the LLN Board of Directors and volunteered to be the editor of our newsletter. When we needed money to help fund our lobbying efforts for our bill, she and her husband, Gary, hosted a garage sale where we made almost $1,000. She serves on our grant writing committee and is always the first to volunteer to help in any capacity.
It is with great appreciation that I present the LLN 2006 Volunteer of the Year Award to Elaine Gunter.