Consultant Spotlight: Jennifer Ballard, BA, CTR – Project Manager


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Jennifer directs and oversees all aspects of her assigned projects ensuring compliance with registry standards and specifications. She ensures the goals and objectives of each project are met through oversight of her data abstraction teams.

Prior to joining Registry Partners, Jennifer served as Cancer Registry Team Leader for Mobile Infirmary Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama where she devoted 22 years of her career which included Cancer Registry work, surgery scheduling and bed placement.  

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Alabama.  She is a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) and a member of the National Cancer Registrars Association and Alabama Cancer Registrars Association where she has served as Parliamentarian and Historian.

Jennifer resides in Alabama with her husband, two children and their dog. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, shopping and watching her children compete in athletic events.

Q & A with Jennifer:

Q:  How did you become interested in the CTR/Cancer Registry profession?

A: At the facility that I was at previously, I was working in surgery scheduling. A friend that I had worked with had moved to the cancer registry department. She felt like it would be something that I would be interested in due to me doing so much research during my husband’s first diagnosis of cancer. I had become very outspoken for early detection and prevention by supporting Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society.

Q:  How have you changed your work habits working in a remote environment?

A: Working from home has been a big adjustment. My husband has helped me to adjust by purchasing me my very own She-shed (10 x 16 measurement). It is separate from the house!  I have very little distractions except for the birds on my bird feeders outside my windows!

Q:  How do you describe your career to others who are not in the cancer registry field?A: Most people who don’t work in the cancer registry field think that we register patients to have procedures done.  This profession, I think, is best described by one of my former co-workers. She has always said that we are telling the patient’s cancer story from beginning to end. By entering all of their information in a database we report back treatment trends to physicians to let them know what is working and also at the state and national level to show what is working in different areas of the country. I tell them that the numbers that we report are the statistics that the American Cancer Society are publishing in their reports. We are a different kind of voice for the patient.