Member Spotlight

Katherine Giovetsis, CAE, IOM 
Account Executive, Association Headquarters
Executive Director, American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI)

Kathy serves as an account executive with Association Headquarters in Mount Laurel, NJ and has been in association management for almost 20 years, specifically in the healthcare industry. She received her undergraduate degree from Rowan University, earned her certified account executive (CAE) certification from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management.

For 10 years now, Kathy has served as the Executive Director for the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), an organization whose mission is to advance the science, education, and application of immunogenetics and transplant immunology. As a monthly platelet donor for the last two decades, Kathy had always had a passion for helping others. Representing ASHI was a perfect fit for Kathy as ASHI members do the pre-transplant testing that is necessary for organ and stem cell transplantation to be a successful match. She finds her work to be very rewarding in that she represents a society that improves the quality of human life and health through the translation and implementation of scientific innovations to clinical practice.

At the start of the COVID19 crisis when the unknown was weighing heavily on everyone’s minds, Kathy’s decisive and always positive leadership style inspired her to quickly rally her team to brainstorm innovative ways to deliver their association’s products and services in this new and ever-changing environment. At the same time, the ASHI team knew that their members and volunteers were also in unchartered territory and that, not only their home lives have been changed, but their work lives (working in laboratories and institutions) were going to be impacted as well. Kathy and her team wanted to keep their members and volunteers’ spirits uplifted as well as support them during the challenging times ahead. Here are some of the ideas that came to fruition.  

  1. Almost immediately, an email discussion between Kathy, ASHI’s president, and several current and past board members took place about the effects COVID19 was having on the labs of our current president and a past president. With permission, Kathy placed this email conversation on Facebook. She knew that if the board leadership was expressing these issues, ASHI members were likely feeling the same way and having to address the same issues. The conversation took off quickly and lasted for weeks as people contributed stories from their labs.
  2. The ASHI team, led by ASHI’s Assistant Executive Director, Mandi Cruz, created and sent an encouraging video to their members and also posted it to ASHI’s Facebook page.
  3.  The team asked board members to send a short video either talking about the changes in their labs or their home lives or both. They compiled their videos into one video with the hashtag #ASHIUnited and posted it to Facebook and Twitter.  
  4.  The board video inspired other ASHI members and staff to contribute to the next video which is similar to the very popular John Krasinski "Good News" videos. The first installment received such positive comments that a second video is in the works!
  5. ASHI’s Science & Technology Initiatives Committee (STIC) created a COVID-19 resource page. Together with staff assistance, STIC is producing a 3-part COVID-19 webinar series. At this time, two of the three webinars have already been held and they were highly attended!

ASHI will continue to support its members and volunteers through the challenging times still to come knowing that together, we will get through this. Lessons will be learned and hopefully we will be stronger than ever before. #ASHIUnited

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