Current Staff

Allegra E. Klein, MBA


Allegra E. Klein has served as Director of Development for HBP Services, Inc., a Pathology and Radiology practice management firm in Woodbridge, CT, since 2018. Her focus is on growth strategies and long-term planning, with the goal of expanding the client base and attracting new business. Additionally, she provides project oversight and analysis for select client consultations.

In 2019, Ms. Klein became Director of the Panel of National Pathology Leaders, a national non-profit “think tank” co-founded by HBP and McDonald Hopkins, LLC, and dedicated to creative, value-based business solutions for Pathology groups. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies, leading projects, and working with the panelists and other collaborators to achieve PNPL’s mission.

Prior to joining HBP and PNPL, Ms. Klein served as Chief Operating Officer for a global staffing firm in Iraq and Chief Development Officer for an Iraqi contracting company based in Baghdad, where she brought in over $5 million in new business. Her non-profit experience includes roles with Carnegie Hall, Musicians For Harmony (a 501c3 she founded in 2001), and the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council.

Ms. Klein received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her MBA from University of Connecticut’s School of Business, where she was inducted into the UConn Alumni Hall of Fame.

Heather Gaburo, MHS, PA(ASCP)CM

Technical Director

Heather Gaburo is a certified pathologists’ assistant with over 10 years of experience in community, academic, and research settings.  She has served the PathA profession as: a Board of Trustees (BOT) member of the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA); the AAPA's American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Member Representative; the Molecular Division Managing Editor of the AAPA Macroscopic Examination Guidelines: Utilization of the CAP Cancer Protocols at the Surgical Gross Bench; as the lead of the AAPA’s Grossing Video project; and as a mentor for prospective students.

In her role as Technical Director for the Panel of National Pathology Leaders, she provides oversight for technical and administrative operations.  In her prior role as a Research Associate, she was responsible for supporting projects, preparing and editing manuscripts, conducting literature reviews and outreach, and organizing data.

Ms. Gaburo received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary and her master’s degree as a pathologists’ assistant from Quinnipiac University.

Annette Phan, BS

Research Assistant

Annette Phan is a second-year student in Duke University’s Pathologists’ Assistant Program, class of 2022.  As the current Research Assistant at the Panel of National Pathology Leaders, she is responsible for managing research files, updating the PNPL website, and providing research as needed for PNPL projects. Prior to her role at PNPL and her studies at Duke University, she worked as a biological chemicals production and purification research assistant, learning different processes for the production of research biochemicals and peptides.

Ms. Phan received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

Daniela Torvalds

Research Assistant 

Daniela Torvalds is a second-year Pathologists’ Assistant student at Tulane University, class of 2022. Her responsibilities as a Research Assistant for the Panel of National Pathology Leaders include research on Diagnostic Medicine as the integration of pathology and radiology and on the non-traditional role of PathAs. She also manages PNPL’s social media accounts and news updates. Prior to enrolling as a PathA student, she worked as a Research Assistant at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where she conducted research on learning and memory and wrote an honors thesis in neuroscience.

Ms. Torvalds received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology from Tulane University.

Past Staff

Valeria Echeverry, MS,

Research Assistant

Valeria Echeverry is a current Pathologists' Assistant student from Quinnipiac University, class of 2022. She joined the Panel of National Pathology Leaders as a Research Assistant and was responsible for the organization and launch of the Member's Reference Library. Prior to her PathA program, Valeria worked as a case manager for a grantee shelter of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. She was also employed as a university adjunct instructor where she taught anatomy labs and lectures.

Ms. Echeverry holds a Master of Science in Biology from Chatham University and a Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg University.

Julianna Mastroianni, MHS, PA(ASCP)

Research Assistant

Julianna Mastroianni is a certified and practicing Pathologists’ Assistant.  She is responsible for accurate and thorough dissection of surgical specimens, leading to an accurate diagnosis.  She received her masters degree from Quinnipiac University. Prior to graduation, Ms. Mastroianni served as a Research Associate for the Panel of National Pathology Leaders.  In this role, she managed research files, updated databases, and posted items to PNPL’s newsletter, website and social media.

Ms. Mastroianni received her bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science from the University of Rhode Island.  Following graduation, she sat for the Medical Technologist certification exam and gained experience in the clinical laboratory setting, prior to beginning her graduate degree.

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