Mailing Address

Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center
1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211

Telephone

Main office: 573-882-7775
Hospital reporting: 1-800-392-2829
Non-hospital reporting: 1-866-240-8809 (for calls originating from within Missouri only)
MCR-ARC's Toll-free Number MCR-ARC staff will be available from 7am - 3pm Monday thru Friday to answer questions on our toll-free number (1-800-392-2829). If you need assistance after hours, we encourage you to leave a message, and staff will do their best to return calls within one business day. For urgent requests, please phone 1-573-882-7775.

Fax: 573-884-9655

Administration

IIris Zachary, PhD, CTR

Iris Zachary, PhD, CTR

Director, Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center

Bio

Associate Research Professor
1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
zacharyi@health.missouri.edu

Iris Zachary is an Assistant Research Professor with a focus on cancer informatics. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Informatics at the University of Missouri. She has collaborated with nationally recognized leaders in cancer research and has presented her research at regional, national and international meetings of, among others, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the National Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), the World Cancer Congress (WCC), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Zachary's cancer research collaboration aids in the study of cancer diagnoses patterns and evaluation of cancer prevention plans.

Profile

Jeannette Jackson-Thompson, MSPH, PhD

Jeannette Jackson-Thompson, MSPH, PhD

Director Emeritus

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
jacksonthompsonj@health.missouri.edu 
Curriculum Vitae

In addition to her role as Director Emeritus of the Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center (MCR-ARC), Dr. Jackson-Thompson is a Research Associate Professor in the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Medicine’s Department of Health Management and Informatics and is core faculty in the University of Missouri Informatics Institute. From 1996 until 2002, she was Chief, Office of Surveillance, Research and Evaluation, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and was involved in drafting the plan that led to outsourcing surveillance operations (MCR and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) to MU in 1999. Dr. Jackson-Thompson currently serves as the Voting Delegate to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) and the International Association of Cancer Registries (IARC). She chairs the NAACCR Uniform Data Standards Committee and serves on a variety of NAACCR committees and work groups (e.g., Cancer Registration Steering Committee, Change Management Work Group, Data Use and Research Committee, Data Evaluation and Certification Committee). Dr. Jackson-Thompson serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Program of Cancer Registries AERRO (Advancing E-cancer Reporting and Registry Operations) Work Group. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association and its Health Informatics/Information Technology and epidemiology sections; National Association of Cancer Registrars; Missouri State Cancer Registrars Association; and the Missouri Cancer Consortium where she chairs the Data and Surveillance Subcommittee. Current grant/contract support includes a central cancer registry operations contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; two ARRA-funded projects to enhance cancer registry data for comparative effectiveness research; and an osteosarcoma surveillance study.

Lucinda Ham, RHIA, CTR

Lucinda Ham, RHIA, CTR

QA Unit Supervisor

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
lahf5p@missouri.edu

Lucinda Ham joined MCR in 2021, as Quality Assurance Supervisor. She graduated from Stephens College in 1991 with a Bachelor’s in Health Information Management.   Lucinda has 32 years of experience in Health Information Management in the hospital setting which included Cancer Registry. Lucinda has been a CTR since 2004. Lucinda is an active member of NCRA and MoSTRA.

Stacy Barr, BS

Stacy Barr, BS

Supervisor of the Data Collection and Processing Unit - Audit Coordinator

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
BarrS@missouri.edu

Stacy joined the MCR-ARC as Supervisor of the Data Collection and Processing Unit in August 2019. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences in 1995. She has 22 years of experience working in research at Mizzou.

Operations Unit

Babette Langeneckert, CTR

Babette Langeneckert, CTR

Senior Data Coordinator - Education & Training

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
langeneckertb@health.missouri.edu

Babette earned her CTR credential in 1993 and has nineteen years of previous hospital experience from her time spent at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She joined the MCR-ARC Quality Assurance team in 2016 as a Data Coordinator, processing incoming abstract data and performing case consolidation.

Bec Francis, MEd, CTR

Bec Francis, MEd, CTR

Senior Data Coordinator - Quality Assurance

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
francisr@health.missouri.edu 

Bec joined MCR in 2006 with 20 years of experience as a hospital registrar. Bec works with the Quality Assurance team processing incoming abstract data and performing case consolidation. She answers the 1-800 line and helps new and seasoned registrars alike unravel abstracting problems. Bec is active in NCRA, MoSTRA, and NAACCR.

Debbie Smith, BS, CTR

Debbie Smith, BS, CTR

Senior Data Coordinator - Quality Assurance

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
dssmith@health.missouri.edu 

Deb has been in the registry field for more than 20 years and has over 17 years of central registry experience along with three years of hospital-based experience. Presently, she is the Senior Data Coordinator for the Missouri Cancer Registry in the Quality Assurance Unit. Debbie is active in NCRA, and NAACCR.

Jeff Steffens, BS, CTR

Jeff Steffens, BS, CTR

Data Coordinator - Data Collection & Processing

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
Fax: 573-884-9655
steffensjn@health.missouri.edu 

Jeff graduated from the University of Missouri in 2011 with a Bachelors in Health Sciences and joined MCR in the summer of 2015 in a part-time capacity. He transitioned to full-time in January 2016, working in the Operations unit and recently passed his CTR Exam (summer of 2018).

Kirsten McDowell, MA, CTR

Kirsten McDowell, MA, CTR

Senior Data Coordinator - Death Clearance

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
mcdowellk@health.missouri.edu

Kirsten joined the MCR-ARC Quality Assurance team in 2014 as a Data Coordinator, processing incoming abstract data and performing case consolidation. She has eight years of previous hospital experience from her time spent at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and gained her CTR credential ln 2009.

Deborah Carey, CTR

Deborah Carey, CTR

Data Coordinator - Quality Assurance

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
Dacpc4@health.missouri.edu

Deborah Carey joined MCR in 2021m as a Data Coordinator. She has 17 years experience in the hospital setting which included Health Information Management and Cancer Registry. Deborah obtained her CTR certificate in 2016
 

Database Management

Saba Yemane, BS (Computer Sc.), BS (Statistics)

Saba Yemane, BS (Computer Sc.), BS (Statistics)

Database Administrator

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
yemanes@health.missouri.edu 

Saba Yemane joined MCR in November 1992. Since 1996, she has served as MCR’s Database Administrator,(DBA). Saba is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she earned a BA with Cum Laude honors majoring in Computer Science. She also has a BS degree, majoring in Statistics and minoring in Mathematics, from the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Saba is a SQL Server 2008 DBA Certified Professional from Learning Tree International. Her expertise includes database administration, programming, database linkages and national data submission processes. Saba is also an honorary Certified Tumor Registrar.

Nishant Jain,  MS, MHA(HI)

Nishant Jain, MS, MHA(HI)

Database Administrator

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
jainn@health.missouri.edu

Nishant Jain joined MCR in April 2020 as a Database Administrator (DBA). Nishant earned an MHA with a graduate certificate in Health Informatics from the University of Missouri. Nishant has worked as an HMI intern at the Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis and as a graduate research assistant with the Family and Community Medicine (FCM) at University of Missouri. He has ten years’ experience working as a Software Support Analyst within the University of Missouri System - Office of Intellectual Property Administration. Nishant also has a lean six sigma green belt certification (LSSGB) from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He is a member of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Sue Stulgo, AA

Sue Stulgo, AA

Software Support Analyst

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
stulgos@health.missouri.edu

Sue joined the Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center in December 2014. She has 3 years experience working as a Human Resource Information Specialist within the University of Missouri System and 13 years prior experience working for the University of Missouri Health Care Integrated Technology. Sue currently serves as part of the database management team as our Software Support Analyst.

Surveillance, Special Projects and Data Utilization

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Chester Schmaltz, PhD

Senior Statistician/Data Utilization & Security Coordinator

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-7775
schmaltzc@health.missouri.edu

Chester currently works as MCR-ARC's statistician assisting on a number of projects as needed.

Qiao Wang, PhD Candidate

Qiao Wang, PhD Candidate

GRA - Statistician

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-7775
qwxv2@mail.missouri.edu 

Qiao is a PhD candidate studying statistics in University of Missouri. She came to MCR as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Fall of 2018. Qiao enjoys applying her statistical knowledge to analyze data collected by MCR.

Support Staff

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Christine Ireland

Clerical

Bio

1020 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
800-392-2829
573-882-7775
irelandc@health.missouri.edu

Christine came to Missouri by way of Maine where she worked for a law firm after graduation from college. She spent 25 years working for the University of Missouri, most of those years with the College of Agriculture. She retired in 2005. Christine has enjoyed working part-time for MCR-ARC for the past two years, primarily assisting the Data Collection and Processing unit. She also enjoys visiting with her daughter, son-in-law and granddog (Charlotte), biking, walking, reading, attending movies, concerts, plays, and traveling.