Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Mentors

Aug. 8, 2019

Contact one of the clinical microbiologists for clinical or public health microbiology career advice:

Marie Pezzlo, MA, MT(ASCP)SMCM, F(AAM), Chair
Clinical Microbiology Consultant

Marie believes that mentoring bench technologists, early in their careers, has a positive impact on their futures as clinical microbiologists.

Marie loves to cook, travel and attend Jazzercise classes.

Email Marie

William A. Glover II , PhD, D(ABMM), MT(ASCP)
Assistant Director, Infectious Diseases
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

William is interested in helping others interested in careers in clinical or public health microbiology laboratories.

William enjoys aquascaping freshwater aquariums in his free time.

Email William

Janet A. Hindler, MCLS MT(ASCP)
Consultant, Clinical Microbiology
CLS, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Janet is interested in sharing her many years of experience as a CLS and volunteer for several professional organizations (including ASM and SCASM) with new clinical microbiologists. She is also interested in helping clinical microbiologists with their career advancement in whatever way she can.

Janet loves to travel, hike, and cook!

Email Janet

Melissa Jones, MT(ASCP)
Technical Specialist, Clinical Microbiology
UNC Healthcare

Melissa is interested in furthering the causes of bench techs from daily laboratory issues to advocacy in ASM.

Melissa loves to read, spend time with family and 'all things summer'.

Email Melissa

Ester Knobloch, MLS(ASCP)CM
Microbiology Supervisor
Infection Preventionist
Newman Regional Health, Emporia, KS

Ester has a heart for bench-level clinical microbiologists serving patients in rural America and wants to help them grow in the profession.

Ester enjoys hiking and kayaking in National Parks.

Email Ester

Perceus Mody, MLS(ASCP)CM
Department of Microbiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Perceus is passionate about furthering fellow clinical microbiologists’ careers, finding the right fit for them and raising awareness about the field. Perceus believes the diverse field of clinical microbiology has a lot to offer, to young scientific minds graduating from college with an undergraduate, master’s or PhD degree.

Perceus likes reading books (recommends Germ Theory by Robert Gaynes), listening to ASM podcasts while driving to work, and playing soccer.     

Email Perceus

Debra S. Myers , MS, MT(ASCP)SM
Chief Technologist, Clinical Microbiology
Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Debbie would like to give others exposure to what is going on in the world of clinical microbiology outside of their own laboratories. Participating in ASM activities (meetings, webinars and listservs) will enable microbiologists to connect with leaders in the field and develop a network of peers.

Debbie plays tennis and golf. She also enjoys ski and beach vacations.

Email Debbie

Susan Novak-Weekley, PhD, SM ASCP, D(ABMM)
Vice President, Medical Affairs, Qvella

Young scientists are the future of ASM. I can think of nothing better than helping young microbiologists in their careers and in their future. My desire is to share my experiences and knowledge so that our mentees can use that to enhance their experience with ASM and their careers.

I love to sail and be outdoors.

Email Susan