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USA Dr. Christine Greene USA Darrell Hicks USA Dr. Judy Stone
Nigeria Adejoke Ogungbire Canada Dr. Syed Sattar Canada Keith Sopha
USA Dr. Amber Hogan Mitchell Austrailia Dr. Ian Mackay USA Dr. Rodney E. Rohde
USA Dr. Rebecca Christofferson Canada Jason Tetro Canada Michael Rochon
South Africa Vanessa Carter USA Dr. Helene Paxton Join Us! Apply to the board

Dr. Syed Sattar

Location: Canada

Canada

Dr. Syed Sattar

Dr. Syed Sattar

Dr. Sattar (Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa) is internationally recognized as one of the leading subject matter experts in infection prevention & control and an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization (WHO).

Over the past 50 years of research, he has expanded our understanding of infection control in terms of both practical cleaning practices, as well as innovations towards the prevention of infections in hospitals and other public spaces.

Currently Dr. Sattar is the Chief Scientific Officer for CREM Co, Inc.

Dr. Christine Greene

Location: United States of America

USA

Dr. Christine Greene

Dr. Christine Greene

Dr. Christine Greene has over 9 years of experience in epidemiological and laboratory research.   She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences and an MPH in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her academic research focus has been on healthcare pathogen transmission, pathogen environmental survival, and biofilms which has led to multiple publications. At NSF International, Dr. Greene has been making strides to improve public health in the areas of infectious disease prevention and control in clinical and dental settings. Her research focus in on healthcare pathogen transmission, pathogen environmental survival, disinfection, hand hygiene and biofilms. Her work serves to improve the accuracy of environmental mediated infectious disease transmission modelling, strengthens current guidelines to control healthcare-associated infections and provides new insights that will stimulate innovative approaches to reduce the risk of biofilm-related infections, pathogen transmission and curtail the environmental persistence and transmission of infectious agents.  Dr. Greene also co-founded the Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems (HITS) Consortium – an organization that strives to break down silos in healthcare using a cross-disciplinary, systems approach to addressing the pressing issues around infection control.

Adejoke Ogungbire

Location:  Nigeria

Nigeria

Adejoke Ogungbire

Adejoke Ogungbire

With over ten years’ experience in Health Development, Adejoke Ogungbire (MPH) joins InfectionControl.tips as Adivsor Board member, Country Coordinator and Contributory Author for Nigeria. Adejoke is a Public Health Specialist in Health Promotion and Education with a background in Human Nutrition (BSc.) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa. Through her passion for health development, she has become an advocate for hard-to-reach and underserved populations in parts of Nigeria. She has pioneered a couple of development efforts locally and internationally in the area of infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and TB, alongside other health-related challenges.

In 2000-2001, Adejoke worked with UNICEF alonside Ministries of Health and Education in initiating a childcare facility in Markurdi, Benue state, Nigeria, an effort that earned her the State National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Governing Board Chairman’s award (2001). In 2006, she joined the award-winning non-governmental organization, Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) and became part of the editorial team of Nigeria’s popular HIV online resource, E-forum (www.nigeria-aids.org/eforum) and HIV treatment newsletter, Access Alert. She hopes to see a Nigeria, and indeed Africa, where everyone, regardless of age, sex, social or economic status, will be able to access adequate and appropriate health services without constraints.

Dr. Amber Hogan Mitchell

Location:  United States of America

USA

Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH

Amber Hogan Mitchell
DrPH, MPH, CPH

Dr. Mitchell is the International Safety Center’s President and Executive Director. The Center distributes the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet®) to hospitals to measure occupational exposures to sharps injuries and other blood and body fluid exposures. She is also the founder and president of The Public’s Health, a consulting business that focuses on assisting organizations to incorporate occupational and public health into their business culture, operating infrastructure, and external stakeholder policies.Dr. Mitchell’s career has been focused on public health and occupational safety and health related to preventing infectious disease. She has worked in the uniformed services, public, private, and academic sectors. She holds committee positions within both the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

Dr. Mitchell began her career as the first OSHA National Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator and has received several Secretary of Labor Excellence awards for her work on bioterrorism and public preparedness. She holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a Master’s in Public Health from The George Washington University. Her Bachelor’s degree is from Binghamton University where she was also a member and officer of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. She is Certified in Public Health as a member of the very first CPH cohort offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Dr. Rebecca Christofferson

Location:  United States of America

USA

Rebecca Christofferson

Dr. Rebecca Christofferson

PhD, MApSt, BS

Rebecca Christofferson is currently an Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She researches the factors that alter and potentially mitigate transmission of mosquito-borne viruses. Specifically, she looks at how mosquito-virus (such as the extrinsic incubation period) and vertebrate-virus (such as intensity of viremia) interactions can lead to changes in the potential for transmission of these viruses. She uses mathematical simulation models to test hypotheses regarding the relative importance of these interactions in effort to improve forecasting of transmission and emergence of these viruses.

Darrell Hicks

Location:  United States of America

USA

Darrel Hicks

J. Darrel Hicks
BA, Master REH, CHESP

J. Darrel Hicks, BA, Master REH, CHESP, Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention (for Environmental Services Professionals), Certified Expert Trainer-

Began his career in the management of housekeeping services in 1981 and recently retired as the former Director of Environmental services at a 500-bed, award-winning hospital in the United States.

Darrel is the owner/principal of Darrel Hicks, LLC. His enterprise specializes in B2B consulting, webinar presentations, seminars and facility consulting services related to cleaning and disinfection.

Hicks was President of the IEHA-Uniting Facility Managers Worldwide during the term 2006-2008 and holds the title of MASTER Registered Executive Housekeeper (MREH).

He is an active member of both the AHE (Association for the Healthcare Environment) where he holds the designation of CHESP (Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional) and CMIP (Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention), and APIC (the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) professional groups.

Darrel is accredited as an official ISSA Cleaning Industry Standard Certification Trainer and Certified as an EXPERT TRAINER.

Hicks is nationally recognized as one of the subject matter experts in infection prevention and control as it relates to cleaning.

He has written and published numerous articles in professional and healthcare related journals as part of his commitment to providing a cleaner, safer and healthier indoor environment.

In 2010, Hicks authored “Infection Prevention for Dummies”, a 43-page, pocket-size book with topics such as: Use cleaning techniques to keep infection at bay; Match the disinfectant to the situation; Understand disinfectant label claims; Keep your environment healthy.

Dr. Ian Mackay

Location:  Australia

Austrailia
Dr. Ian Mackay

Ian M Mackay, PhD

Ian completed his undergraduate studies in Medical Laboratory Science at the Queensland University of Technology. Between 1992 and 2015 Ian was a Research Assistant, PhD student and a post-doctoral research group leader at the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Queensland Health. He remains an adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland and has published more than 80 academic works.

In 2015 Ian left research and moved to a Supervising Scientist role detecting and characterising viral threats to public and environmental health for Queensland Health. He is an adjunct Associate Professor within the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology.

As a virologist, Ian designs validates and curates molecular assays to conduct investigations which support clinical and public health needs, helping to discover and characterize known, new, newly identified and rare viruses.

Ian is also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Clinical Virology and an Editor at Viruses. He reviews manuscripts, grant applications and institutional biosafety applications for a range of publishers and organizations.

Interests include his family, virus hunting, respiratory viruses (particularly coronaviruses, influenza viruses and the picornaviruses), virus:virus interactions, virus detection and discovery and emerging viruses. He believes there is a need for more communication by science and medical professionals. He likes to write for his blog and to leverage social media to interact, inform, learn from and teach others about all aspects of virology.

Jason Tetro

Location:  Canada

Canada
Jason "The Germ Guy" Tetro

Jason “The Germ Guy” Tetro

Jason Tetro is an independent researcher in health-related microbiology and immunology with over 25 years of experience in various fields including bloodborne, food and water pathogens; environmental microbiology; disinfection and antisepsis; and emerging pathogens such as Zika virus. He currently serves as a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph. Jason is better known in the public as The Germ Guy.  He regularly writes for The Huffington Post Canada, Popular Science, and The Globe and Mail. He also has a regular monthly column with CBC Radio. He has written two books, The Germ Code, which was shortlisted as Science Book of The Year (2014) and The Germ Files, which spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. He has also co-edited, The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health.

Dr. Judy Stone

Location:  United States of America

USA
Dr. Judy Stone

Dr. Judy Stone

Dr. Stone is an Infectious Disease specialist, experienced in conducting clinical research and the author of Conducting Clinical Research, the essential guide to the topic. Judy has survived 25 years in solo practice in rural Cumberland, Maryland, and now works part time as an Infectious Diseases locum tenens physician. She especially loves writing about ethical issues, and tilting at windmills as she advocates for social justice. As part of Dr. Stone’s overall desire to save the world when she grows up, Judy has become particularly interested in neglected tropical diseases. In her next life, she would love to teach overseas. When not slaving over hot patients, Judy can be found playing with photography, friends’ dogs, or in her garden. Follow her on Twitter @drjudystone and her articles on Forbes.com

 

Keith Sopha

Location:  Canada

Canada

Keith Sopha

Keith Sopha

Keith started his career in Environmental Management in 1974 at St. Michael’s Hospital – Toronto Ontario Canada.

In 1980 he established Good Choice Cleaning Services Inc., a contract cleaning service specializing in health care cleaning and consulting service for the cleaning industry.

Throughout his career he has participated and led several support services initiatives, including:

• President of the Canadian Association of Environmental Management – CAEM
• Preceptor for Ontario Hospital Associations Environmental Services level 1 and level 2 correspondence courses
• Environmental consultant for the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee environmental best practices document released in 2009, second edition released in 2012 and is working with the team developing the 3rd edition
• He was part of the leadership team which developed the Environmental best practice educational tool kit for the Province of Ontario
• Member of the Program Advisory Committee for the development of Centennial College – Health Care Environmental Management Program
• Co- leader of the Canadian Hospital Environmental Services Study through Queen’s University
• Co- leader of the Hospital Environmental Cleaning Time Standards study, also conducted through Queen’s University and
• Is the environmental consultant for Accreditation Canada/International developing standards for the State of Qatar

Keith has been published in Sanitation Canada magazine, Infection Prevention and Control Canada journal, American Journal of Infection Prevention and presented at many seminars and conferences; including live webinars.

He is founder of CleanLearning, a training and certification program being used internationally for the cleaning industry.
Keith has a passion for infection prevention and has spent his entire working career enhancing the professionalism of healthcare cleaning, developing working relationships between Infection Prevention and Environmental Services and continually strives to improving patient safety and patient care.

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde

Location:  United States of America

USA

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde

Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., M.S., SV, SM, MB (ASCP)CM received his Bachelor of Science (microbiology) and Masters (Biology, emphasis in virology) degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Dr. Rohde received his Ph.D. in Education in 2010 (Adult Professional Community Education) with a focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Texas State.

Dr. Rohde is Professor in the College of Health Professions and was appointed as the Chair for the Clinical Laboratory Science program in 2013 at Texas State University. In June of 2011, he was appointed as Associate Dean of Research for his college. He is also a clinical assistant professor (joint appointment, non-paid) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Laboratory Sciences & Primary Care, Clinical Laboratory Science Program. Additionally, Dr. Rohde continues to enjoy being an adjunct associate professor of biology in the nursing program for Austin Community College where he received the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, as well as being nominated for the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award (national award) for Teaching. He holds certifications as a Specialist in Virology, Specialist in Microbiology, and Molecular Biologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Rodney spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career. While there, Dr. Rohde helped establish the DSHS laboratory as an internationally recognized regional reference laboratory for rabies typing. He also participated in the internationally successful Oral Rabies Vaccination Program which helped eliminate canine rabies from parts of Texas. Rodney received the prestigious J.V. Irons Award for Scientific Excellence from the DSHS Bureau of Laboratories for his efforts in rabies control and prevention.

His research interests are very diverse but focus on adult education and public health microbiology, specifically with respect to rabies virology, oral rabies wildlife vaccination, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and molecular diagnostics/biotechnology. Dr. Rohde has published over 40 research articles and abstracts and presented at over 100 international, national, and state conferences. He has received a variety of grant support for his research. Recently in 2013, he was recognized as the Distinguished Author by ASCLS and was awarded by the same organization the 2014 and 2007 ASCLS Scientific Research Award for his work with rabies and MRSA. Additionally, he has been recognized as the CDC/ATSDR Charles C. Shepard Scientific Award nominee (Assessment Epidemiology category for 2006 publication “Bat-associated Rabies Virus in Skunks”). Dr. Rohde has been the College of Health Professions Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities numerous times since 2003.

In 2012, Dr. Rohde’s research with Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) was selected as part of the Texas State Rising Star video series. The video clip was part of an ESPN clip highlighting the university, as well as being featured in HillViews and Texas Monthly.

Dr. Rohde also serves as a Consulting Editor for Clinical Laboratory Science, Associate Editor for BMC Research journal and as a reviewer for CLS, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and International Journal of Molecular Sciences journals. He has been an invited reviewer for numerous clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostic textbooks. Dr. Rohde is considered a subject matter expert in rabies and MRSA, as well as other public health and clinical laboratory topics. Dr. Rohde serves or has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Healthcare Environmental Disinfection Advisory Board with Johnson and Johnson, Cleanint Advisory Board, PerfectClean (UMF), and others. These appointments are typically focused on the impact of the healthcare environment on HAIs, including a scientific discussion of how the hospital environment contributes to HAIs, including common infectious agents, how they are spread, and environmental contributors to morbidity and mortality. They represent a broad multidisciplinary group focusing on understanding gaps in current evidence, policy, and practice, and discussing how to encourage change in beliefs and behaviors relative to each of these aspects, to ultimately reduce HAIs and improve patient outcomes. He also serves on a number of other national and state Advisory Boards and is the current President Elect of the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science. His term as President will begin in 2015.

Rodney enjoys spending time with his wife Bonnie and children – daughter Haley and son Landry. Professor Rohde is passionate about teaching and mentoring students towards productive and exciting careers in clinical laboratories. He also enjoys incorporating leadership, research, and integrity into his student’s and colleagues’ educational experience and challenging them to strive for lifelong learning.

Michael Rochon

Location:  Canada

Canada

Michael Rochon

Michael Rochon

Michael Rochon is a pioneer chemical formulator with a successful track record in developing low-odor and zero-V.O.C.-emission cleaning products. Michael’s ground breaking work in the field of new technology cleaning formulations has led to many patents including United States Patent 6,346,279 B1 Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant with Increased Activity. For the past forty years, Michael has worked in the cleaning supply and contract maintenance industry.

Michael’s insight and vision led him to develop new technology cleaning formulations presently used in many hospitals. With foresight, he recognized the need for safer and healthier cleaning product formulations for the general public, and especially for the chemically hypersensitive individuals. Michael’s efforts in bringing to market low-odor cleaning products garnered him endorsements from several environmental organizations. Michael has also pioneered new technology cleaning formulations for disinfection and sanitization markets. Michael is President of Process Cleaning Solutions, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Process Cleaning Solutions is a Canadian company devoted to cleaning in such a way as to protect public health, protect the most sensitive, protect the environment and prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Michael is currently developing cleaning processes that physically remove bacteria and bacterial spores to the same level as disinfectants are required to kill or inactivate for registration as disinfectants. These processes are used with PCS products registered with the United States EPA and Health Canada as disinfectants, allowing institutions to shift the focus to better cleaning of health care facilities in a safer , more effective and sustainable manner.

As with Michael’s discovery of synergy between hydrogen peroxide, anionic surfactants and inorganic acids he has now discovered a synergy between PCS stabilized sodium hypochlorite’s and controlled moisture cleaning with micro fiber cloths.

This synergy allows for effective, safer and sustainable cleaning to protect public health including hospital isolation daily and discharge cleaning without the need to supplement cleaning with additional protocols like UV disinfection.

Michael also is committed to assisting Health care facilities validate cleaning process with onsite microbial testing. Cleaning to a scientifically validated standard.

Michael has presented at numerous conferences including: International Policy Forum, Environmental and Professional Hygiene, Toward the Prevention of Drug Resistant Infections, International Society of Microbial Resistance and Office of International Medical Policy School of Public Policy, George Mason University, 11th World Congress on Environmental Health Vancouver, Sept 2010.

Vanessa Carter

Location:  South Africa

South Africa

Venassa Carter

Vanessa Carter

Vanessa is an internationally recognized South African Facial Difference and MRSA ePatient speaker. She is also the founder of hcsmSA which is an acronym for Health Care Social Media South Africa. In coming years she hopes the ecosystem will connect all aspects that make up South Africa’s population health to improve access to treatment and precision medicine.

Vanessa was the creative director of Artext, a design company which she established in 1997. In 2004, due to a severe car accident in Johannesburg she spent ten years through the medical system reconstructing damage done to her face with a multi-disciplinary team.

Read her story: The “Fatal Warning” Antibiotics Don’t Have 

In 2013, she used her patient experience to diversify her business services to include medical websites with animated patient education because one of the biggest issues she experienced was the lack of online specialists and accurate resources.

The initial doctors websites idea, later evolved into a concept of an ecosystem to connect local healthcare and collect data centrally, it was a social network for health care called hcsmSA.

Dr. Helene Paxton

Location:  United States of America

USA

Dr. Helene Paxton

Dr. Helene Paxton

Dr. Helene Paxton is an infection preventionist with over 40 years of experience in in both acute and long term care. After receiving her PhD in epidemiology, she specialized in vector borne diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Dengue Fever, and Ehrlichiosis before running an immunology laboratory in Baltimore. Through her experience, she has amassed over 70 product patents in in vitro diagnostics, and consults with organizations (including the US Department of Defense) from around the world regarding infectious disease. She has multiple teaching appointments for allied health students and now joins the advisory board at InfectionControl.tips.