President’s Corner

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I stand before you today, humbled, and honored, to accept the role of President of the Texas Tumor Registrars Association. This association, a beacon of support for cancer data management professionals, has been a part of my life for the past decade.

Our mission, to promote education, guidance, and the exchange of ideas in cancer registry and cancer program administration, is one that I hold close to my heart. As we navigate the complexities of cancer care standards and oncology research activities, I am reminded of the importance of our work and the impact we make every day.

I would like to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to Kimberly Kinney-Lara, or KK, as we fondly call her. 10 years ago, when KK was my college professor for cancer data management, I knew that she was the type of CTR that I wanted to become. She has done so much not only for me but for countless other students looking to join and grow in our profession. Her vision and leadership combined with the dedication and hard work of other TxTRA members makes it not only possible, but a real joy for anyone to say yes, I will stand as President-Elect.

To all my fellow board members I have served with, thank you. You are an inspiration and a source of great knowledge, and I hope you will continue this journey with me into TxTRA’s future.

To my former colleagues at the Texas Cancer Registry where I started this career, I would not be where I am today without the solid foundation provided by the TCR.

Reflecting on our recent achievements, I am proud to be part of an association that has successfully hosted its first-ever completely virtual conference, provided free monthly lunch and learns for all members, and initiated our very own student mentoring program. These accomplishments are a testament to our adaptability, our commitment to education, and our dedication to supporting the next generation of cancer data management professionals.

As we look to the future, I am committed to continuing these initiatives and providing quality educational opportunities, fostering student mentoring, and promoting networking. I believe in the value of our membership and will strive to enhance it further.

However, I am aware of the challenges we face. We have open committee positions and a low number of volunteers. We also grapple with the resistance to change, the desire to keep doing things “the old way.” But I am confident that together, we can overcome these obstacles.

I am a firm believer in leading by example. I promise to lead from the front, to take action, and to keep us organized and focused. I want to ensure that our direction aligns with our mission and strategy, and that everyone’s role in attaining our goals is clear.

As we move forward, I urge each of you to consider volunteering. It is not just a service to our association, but a rewarding experience that brings personal growth and satisfaction. Let us bring fresh perspectives, let us raise awareness about the cancer registry field, and let us make a greater impact than ever before.

In conclusion, I am excited about the future of TxTRA under our collective leadership. I am committed to making this year and the years to come successful and impactful. Together, we will continue to uphold the mission of the Texas Tumor Registrars Association and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thank you.