Karen Tiegerman Memorial Lectureship

This lectureship was established in 1993 by the New England Medical Center Blood Bank in memory of Karen Tiegerman, who was the Blood Bank Supervisor.  Karen was an independent thinker who took time to share her knowledge with others.  She loved her work and took pride in being a Medical Technologist.  This lectureship is awarded to a Medical Technologist who, like Karen, loves his or her work and is dedicated to the profession.

2019 Lectureship Recipient

Margaret M. Leger, MS, MT(ASCP), SBB

The Karen Tiegerman Memorial Lectureship was established in 1993 by the New England Medical Center Blood Bank to recognize a medical technologist who, like Karen, loves his or her work and is dedicated to the profession.

It would be hard to find a technologist more deserving of this award than this year’s recipient, Margaret Leger.

Margaret’s blood bank career began in 1978 as a part-time weekend technologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She became a Senior Technologist on the overnight shift after graduating from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) in 1980. 41 years later, she is still the Senior Tech on that shift!

Always an avid learner, Margaret completed a Master’s degree in Radiopharmaceutical Science at Northeastern University in 1985; in 1990, she earned her SBB. Additionally, while working full-time at MGH, Margaret has also been employed part-time at both Beth Israel Deaconess and Quincy Hospital Blood Banks, where she made many friends and close connections.

Margaret joined the Board of Directors of the MABB in 1985. She became Recording Secretary in 1990, and served in that capacity until she became President in 2006, a position she proudly held for 5 years. During her presidency, Margaret tried to improve the MABB and make it more accessible and inviting to current and future members. In an effort to increase membership and awareness of the MABB, Margaret personally visited many blood banks throughout Massachusetts, and spent countless hours planning meetings and educational events for MABB members and for others throughout the blood bank community.

In addition to her work and contributions to blood banking locally, Margaret has been an Assessor for AABB as well as a CAP Inspector since 2007. To date, she has performed over thirty assessments and inspections of blood banks throughout the United States – an activity which she enjoys immensely, and for which she is abundantly qualified.

On her “off hours”, Margaret enjoys spending time with her 3 children and her 3 granddaughters. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, yoga, being active in her Church, and ANYTHING related to the word ”PUG.”

Past Receipients

Sandra Read, MT(ASCP), SBB
American Red Cross IRL, Retired
Dedham, MA

Leonard Ventura, MS, MT (ASCP), SBB
Blood Bank Specialist, St Luke’s Hospital
New Bedford, MA

Susan T. Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP),  SBB
BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Olive Sturtevant, MHP, MT(ASCP), SBB, SLS
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MABB Board Member
Boston, MA

Marianne A Silva, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
Consultant, AABB Consulting Services Division
Bethesda, MD

Denise Harmening, PhD, MT(ASCP), CLS(NCA)
Professor, Department of Medical and Research Technology
School of Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore

Kay Doyle, PhD, MT (ASCP)
Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Labs and Nutritional Sciences
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dorothy L. Bergeron and Estelle Leger
Instructors in Immunohematology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Peggy Spruell, MT (ASCP), SBB
Consultation and Reference Laboratory
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Suzanne Butch, MA, MT (ASCP), SBB, CQA (ASQ)
Chief Technologist, Blood Bank and Transfusion Service
University of Michigan Medical Center

Janet Vincent, MS, SBB (ASCP)
Education Coordinator
University of Texas, Medical Branch

Carl T. Wrubel, MS, MT (ASCP), SBB
Technical Supervisor, Blood Bank Laboratory
Lahey Clinic Medical Center

Margaret F. Kenney, MS, CLS, SBB
Assistant Education Coordinator
Rhode Island Blood Center

Lucia M. Berte, MA, MT (ASCP), SBB, DLM, CQA (ASQ), CQMgr
Elmhurst, Illinois

Darlys Schott, MT (ASCP), SBB
Supervisor, Cell Manipulation, Gene Transfer and Cryopreservation Laboratories
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Ellen Areman, MS, SBB (ASCP)
Technical Director, Cellular Engineering Laboratory
Georgetown University Medical Center

Linda Hahn, MPM, MT (ASCP), SBB

Vice President and Clinical Director
Institute for Transfusion Medicine

Sheila Maillet, MT (ASCP), SBB
Assistant Compliance Officer
Beth Israel Hospital
Boston, MA

Patricia J. Ellinger, MSEd, MT (ASCP), SBB
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Karen Ann Anderson, MBA, MT (ASCP), SBB
Principal Officer
American Red Cross Blood Services – Northeast Region