Newsletter Winter 2019

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Presidents Message
Dear OCRA members,
As my tenure as OCRA President nears an end, I leave with excitement and hope. This past
year has indeed been a wonderful experience. I was blessed to lead an organization with
guidance from some truly exceptional people. I learned from the many experiences of
others and gained new knowledge. I now understand what it takes for an organization be
successful. John F. Kennedy once said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone
should try”. While this is true, I learned that it takes everyone working together
intentionally to accomplish the mission, constantly strive to achieve new goals, and prepare
for the future. The tremendous support I received from our members was inspiring.
We can all be proud of what we accomplished this year. We had an awesome Fall
Workshop with loads of educational opportunities, a blast from the past (Richard and
assistants), and a few laughs (Little Bunny Foo Foo). We established a new member
committee that will not only benefit new OCRA members, but will also reach out to aspiring
CTR’s and provide support essential for not only their success but the success of the cancer
registry field. We increased our financial strength to secure our future as an organization. I
alone cannot take credit for these accomplishments. It was because of the trust and
support of all of you that we can look back and applaud these efforts.
I am very excited about the future of OCRA. I’m convinced that the incoming board will
bring new ideas and keep our organization going strong into the future. I want to thank
each of you for sharing your personal stories which gave me both inspiration and
motivation. I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help on the board and the many
committees. You showed me what it takes to be a member of a great team and a great
Thank you!
Ron Lamie, CTR
2019 OCRA President

Newsletter Summer 2019

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Presidents Message


Hello OCRA members,

A lot has been happening in the past few months.  The NCRA conference was chock full of information and I’m still trying to process it all.  The weather in Denver went from warm to cold and it even snowed.  The Education Committee has been continuing their tireless work to deliver another great Fall Workshop.  I want to give a shout out to Kelly Denniston, Education Committee Chair, for her exceptional efforts.  The Nomination Committee has also worked tirelessly, to ensure OCRA’s future.  Another shout out to Kelly Bonafede, Nominating Committee Chair, for the hours spent making phone calls and sending emails.  The Communications Committee, Veronica Bourbeau, Laura Wallace, and Carol Funk, have been working with great effort to make sure you receive this newsletter and that you can register for the Fall Workshop (don’t miss this event) on the website.  We have many more people working in the background that are volunteering their time to OCRA.  My last shout out goes to each and every person that has dedicated their time and efforts to ensure OCRA’s success.  No matter how big or small, every effort counts.  It makes me feel very proud that I have the privilege to be part of such a great team and organization.

Have I mentioned that you won’t want to miss our Fall Workshop being held October 16th – 18th at Providence Willamette Falls Community Center, Oregon City?  Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations.  Great speakers and a variety of topics will be sure to keep your interest.  Rumor is…Richard Simmons might be offering a few exercise lessons!

As always, if you have ideas on what OCRA can do to help serve its members.  I would love to hear your suggestions.  Send me an email or give me call (, 541-222-2480).

Thank you!

Ron Lamie

2019 OCRA President

Newsletter Winter 2019

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Presidents Message

Happy New Year! I am honored to have the privilege of serving as the President of OCRA for 2019. Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to meet many of our members at the annual Fall Workshops. I have seen the passion and commitment that each member has for our profession. We all want to make a difference and strive to make the lives of others better through our work. I am very proud to be part of such a great organization.

Throughout this year I will be seeking your input on various aspects of this organization. We are only as strong as our members and your active participation is essential. Keep an eye out for surveys and requests for contributions to our newsletters. For the continued health of our organization, be prepared to submit nominations for next year’s leaders. I hope each of you will consider and be willing to run for elections and/or serve on one of our committees.

I am excited as we look forward to our future. We have many exciting opportunities and challenges ahead. I hope to continue the quality education and collaboration we enjoy through OCRA. I am excited to work with our education committee on another super Fall Workshop in October. As you all are aware, we live in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. We must constantly strive for improvements, ways to make our organization more efficient and to better serve our membership. Our website is evidence of such improvements. This year, the executive committee team will participate in a one-year pilot program of Google Suite. If you attended the Fall Workshop, you have already seen one of the benefits of this when we were able to share workshop related documents with everyone from Google Drive. This year, we will expand our use of the Google Suite features and embark on a journey to create continuity during leadership transitions through collaboration and communication. We will strive to reduce expenses using free services and maintain our organization’s financial strength.

Thank you all for the monumental job you are doing. Thank you to all of you that have given and continue to give your time and energy to support OCRA. Please contact me or any member of the executive committee with suggestions. I look forward to hearing from each of you. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve as President and truly appreciate your support.


Ron Lamie

2019 OCRA President

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” -Anatole France

Newsletter Spring 2018

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Presidents Message

Spring is upon us, they tell us, as well as the 2018 registry changes which seem to be continually evolving.  We anticipate, we acknowledge, we prepare, and we conquer: the life of a Cancer Registrar.  I try to stay focused on the goal of improving cancer care for every individual.  That’s what we do, isn’t it?  We all have been affected some way or another by cancer.  I have had fourteen people in my family affected, with two of my loved ones passing this year, as did our Cancer Services Director in 2017.

So when someone asks me, “How do you handle working with cancer every day?”  I think to myself, aren’t we all dealing with a loved one or know a family dealing with cancer?  I want to make a difference and I believe we do as Registrars.  Just in the 20 years I have been in this field, as well as the 10 years prior in the field of Pathology, I have seen the improvements in cancer diagnoses, treatments and outcomes and it is truly remarkable as well as hopeful and exciting!  Let’s continue to evolve and make the changes necessary for the researchers using our data and for the administrators making health care decisions.

That being said, I ask us as Registrars to be there for one another and acknowledge and validate each other’s frustrations with all the changes we face which are sometimes not always heard or understood.  We all seem to be working with fewer FTEs, budget cuts, management changes, mentoring and training new CTRs, retirements, time management, being behind, etc.  Even with all of this, I challenge you to rally, be the organized, versatile and resilient Registrars you were trained to be, and lift each other up in this ever-changing field of Cancer Registry.  We can make a difference!

Every day holds the potential of a miracle.”

I also want to mention OCRA is officially a 501(c ) (3) exempt organization and classified as a public charity allowing donors to deduct contributions to us and also qualify us to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under this status.  This was accomplished from the due diligence of Vicki Shindler and your 2017 OCRA Executive team and I thank them for this achievement for our organization.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the great Fall Workshop being planned in Eugene this year.   Thank you Education Committee.

I would also love to hear from those of you attending NCRA in New Orleans.  Let me know if you are attending so we can get together for a picture and possibly lunch.

We have a great Executive team this year; please feel free to contact any of us at any time. Thank you Laura Wallace and to the contributors for this excellent newsletter.  Enjoy.

Jennifer Johnson, CTR

OCRA 2018 President

Winter 2017

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Note from our President, Carol Funk:

Greetings friends...

We had a wonderful workshop this year in Medford. ONCO and 4 Hawk Winery provided a nice evening social for anyone who wanted to go. It was very nice, and a beautiful place to go to unwind. I want to thank all of the people who volunteered and made the workshop a success. We brought in $1,232.00 from the raffle this year.


I have enjoyed working with my fellow Executive Committee members this year. I would encourage everyone to run for an office next year, or volunteer on a committee.


Providence, and the State Associations; Oregon, Washington, and California have been working on getting a Regional together for next year. It will be in Burbank California August 8-10, 2018. (The Regional can replace the NCRA conference. The closest it will come to Oregon is 2019 in Denver Colorado). Keep tuned for more updated information in upcoming Newsletters.


I also wanted to thank our incoming officers who will be our Executive Team in 2018.

2018 Officers & Nominating Committee:

Jennifer Johnson-President

Ron Lamie-President Elect

Carol  Funk- Past President

Veronica Redd-Secretary

Martha Curl-Treasurer


Nominating Committee:

Janice McDaniel

Norie Vogt

Kelly McGraw

Claudia Cooksie


They will do a wonderful job and we appreciate their willingness to serve.

Michelle Galusha from Roseburg will host the 2018 Fall Education Conference.  Thank you, Michelle, on behalf of your OCRA friends.

Best Regards and Happy Holidays,


Spring 2017

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Hi Everyone, It is hard to believe that I am President already! I started out in OCRA on the nominating Committee, then served for two consecutive years as Secretary. I am excited to see what new and exciting things 2017 has in store for OCRA. Read More

Winter 2016

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Hi Everyone,
It’s hard to believe that we are already into a new year. I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to spring when we start having more daylight and we are able to enjoy the outdoors more.

I will try and keep this message short.

Just to give a little background on myself for those who don’t know me. I started in the registry at Legacy Health Emanuel in 2004. I was working part-time in the Cancer Day Treatment Infusion Center at Legacy Good Sam when I was asked by the director at the time if I would like to help with the follow-up. I did this for a few months when I was offered to do it full time. Read More

Winter 2015

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope everyone will have a great holiday season. It is hard to believe 2016 will be here in just 3 weeks.

I have enjoyed serving as your President this past year.

The Executive Committee did an excellent job meeting the challenges this year. And I want to thank them for all their hard work. Their dedication and hard work made my job easier to do. Read More