ACLA Announces Key Staff Promotions

January 09, 2020 Categories: ACLA News, All News, Featured News, ACLA Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today announced the promotions of Thomas Sparkman to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, and Andrew Young to Senior Coordinator.

“Over the past seven years, Tom has been instrumental in advancing ACLA’s key priorities in front of Congress and the Administration, including recent passage of the Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act,” said Julie Khani, President of ACLA. “His extensive background in health care and government affairs is a great asset to our members and he will continue to play a key leadership role in this expanded policy position.”

In his new position as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, Sparkman will be responsible for leading ACLA’s legislative and advocacy priorities. Prior to joining ACLA in 2013, Sparkman worked as a lobbyist representing numerous biotech and medical device innovators, hospitals and other providers. Previously, Sparkman held positions with the National Association of State Medicaid Directors and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Sparkman holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Rutgers University, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from American University and is licensed as a pharmacist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and an Associate Member of the Virginia State Bar.

ACLA has also promoted Andrew Young to a new role as Senior Coordinator.

“Since joining ACLA in 2017, Andrew has established himself as an indispensable member of our team,” said Khani. “Many of ACLA’s key projects wouldn’t have been possible without Andrew’s support and dedication, and we look forward to him taking on a greater role across the association.”

In his new position, Young will be responsible for driving key aspects of member engagement and day-to-day operations across the organization. Before joining ACLA, Young was a political consultant on the 2016 campaign trail. Andrew previously served as the Wayne Townsend Legislative Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, where he worked on a range of policy issues, including health care. Young holds a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University.

ACLA is a not-for-profit association representing the nation’s leading clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories, including national, regional, specialty, hospital, ESRD and nursing home laboratories. The clinical laboratory industry employs nearly 295,000 people directly, and generates over 117,000 additional jobs in supplier industries. Clinical laboratories are at the forefront of personalized medicine, driving diagnostic innovation and contributing more than $106 billion to the nation’s economy.

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