CDR Flacks serves as Medical Technologist/MLS Regulatory Compliance Lead for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Survey and Certification Group/Division of Laboratory Services where she oversees several projects, to include the oversight of CLIA certified International Laboratories. She also served as a member of the IQCP Planning team which was charged with creating and Implementing IQCP policy nationwide; Co-authored an educational workbook for laboratories implementing IQCP; and co-wrote and helped to produce a 20 minute video on the CLIA survey process, among other notable accomplishments.
CDR Flacks was commissioned as an officer in the United States Public Health Service in June 2003 and worked in the Federal Bureau of Prisons before joining CLIA in March 2008. She was deployed to New Orleans in February 2006 to lead a Public Health Service clinic in support of the first Mardi Gras celebration post Hurricane Katrina.
A native of Petersburg, Illinois CDR Flacks received her MPH, with Honors from American Military University and a BS, Summa Cum Laude in Clinical Laboratory Science from UMass, Lowell. CDR Flacks is a Certified Medical Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Currently residing in Downtown Baltimore, MD with her husband, daughter and two dogs, CDR Flacks enjoys Yoga, cross-training, and watching professional football, specifically the NY Football Giants. She is also involved on the board of her daughter’s school Parent Teacher Organization.