Front Row, Left to Right: Dr. Amber Hogan Mitchell (Treasurer), Linda Lybert (President), Darrel Hicks (President-Elect 2018), Dr. Rodney Rohde, Dr. Charles Gerba

Back Row, Left to Right: Dr. Matthew Hardwick, Glenda Schuh, Kathy Sharley (Executive Assistant), Pamela Vaccaro, Jacque Butler, Caroline Etland, Dr. Syed Sattar, John LaRochelle, Shari Solomon, Keith Sopha, Dr. Curtis White

Missing Members: Douglas Erickson and Dr. William Rutala

2018 Executive Board

This organization is run by a board of directors and elected executive board. Our executive board consists of:

  • Linda Lybert, Executive Director
  • Darrel Hicks, President
  • Amber Hogan Mitchell, Treasurer

Learn more about the 2018 Healthcare Surfaces Summit board members

(listed in alphabetical order)

Jacqueline P. Butler, MLT (ASCP), CIC


Jacqueline P. Butler, MLT (ASCP), CIC is the Corporate Director of the System Infection Prevention & Control Department for the Sentara Healthcare System, consisting of twelve Healthcare Facilities, ranging from Level-I Trauma Centers to multiple Acute Care Facilities and Outpatient/Skilled Care Facilities. Two Acute Care Facilities attained DNV MIR Certification and were the first facilities to obtain DNV MIR (Managing Infection Risks) Certification in the World! She has thirty-three (33) years of experience in the field of Infection Prevention & Control and is certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) since 1991, serving on the CBIC Board for two 3-year terms. Jacqueline is an active member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the APIC-Virginia Chapter, and the local Tidewater Infection Control Practitioners Group. Jacqueline has received the APIC Virginia Presidents Award for distinguished service three (3) times in her career.

Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC


Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC, provides expertise in healthcare facilities planning, design, and construction with more than 40 years of industry experi­ence, as a healthcare facility manager, consultant, authority having jurisdiction, and the principal advocate representing the American Hospital Association (AHA)/American So­ciety for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) membership on national codes, standards, and built environment committees. He also is the recipient of ASHE – Crystal Eagle Award in 2013. Doug is currently the CEO of Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), a not-for-profit organization responsible for producing the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities and whose mission is to produce consensus-based guidelines in healthcare. As a senior advisor to Specified Technologies, Inc., the premier firestop authority, he provides consultation and strategic leadership on the health care built environment.

Caroline Etland


Caroline Etland is the Director of Education, Research and Professional Practice at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in San Diego. She has 30 years’ experience in hospi­tals, working with immunocompromised patients, and has partnered with Infection Prevention staff to minimize hospital-acquired infections. In her current role, she is the Planetree Coordinator and has collaborative responsibility for ensuring the hospital meets design standards for patient-centered care and quality outcomes.

Charles Gerba, Ph.D


Charles Gerba is a professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Miami, Florida and was a faculty member in the Department of Virology and Epidemiology at Baylor College of Medicine from 1974 to 1981.His recent research encompasses the transmission of pathogens by water, food and domestic environments; development of new disinfectants and quantitative micro­bial risk assessment. He has been an author on more than 500 articles including several books in environmental microbiology.

Dr. Matthew Hardwick, Ph.D.


Dr. Matthew HardwickPresident and CEO of ResInnova Laboratories, is a thought leader in the field of infection prevention in the healthcare environment of care and is an expert in antimicrobial surface technologies. He has 20 years of academic research experience, at Georgetown University where he completed his Ph.D. in Cell Biology, and at Johns Hopkins University, where he completed 2 postdoctoral fellowships, one in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the second in the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute. Dr. Hardwick’s last academic appointment was with the MedStar Health Research Institute where he worked on numerous research initiatives including the use of antimicrobial surfaces in clinical healthcare environments. He is widely published, including several articles on the use of antimicrobials in clinical environments and the role of microbial surface contamination on infection rates in clinical settings.

Dr. Debra Harris, Ph.D.

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Dr. Debra Harris is a leading expert in evidence-based design, with award winning research, product and facility designs. She is internationally recognized for research in building performance and occupant outcomes for indoor environments. As CEO of RAD Consultants, she focuses on evidence-based strategic planning, programming and independent research. Her PhD in Architecture is from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis on health systems planning; and she is a Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University. Debra is a faculty member and researcher at Baylor University. Her Material Science Laboratory is a resource for environmental material testing and specimen preparation for product life-span, durability, and other performance tests. Infection prevention research, in collaboration with a Baylor colleague, provides access to a Biosafety Level 3 cell and tissue culture laboratory. Other resources include the Mass Spectrometry Center, Center for Microscopy and Imaging, and the Neuroscience Institute. Her research focuses on factors affecting user experience and outcomes, especially related to health, productivity, safety, and cost implications of the physical environment.

Darrel Hicks, BA, MREH, CHESP


Darrel Hicks, BA, MREH, CHESP, 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 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.

Linda Lybert


Linda Lybert is President of Healthcare Surface Consulting and the founder of the Healthcare Surfaces Summit. She has enjoyed a 17-year career, passionately crusad­ing and educating professionals about the active role surfaces play in the spread of infections. Her consulting practice provides a variety of services to healthcare facilities that address the critical issue of surfaces. Linda served as a surfaces expert on the FGI Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities Revision Committee where she was a key contributor of the first “Ideal Surface Characteristic” guidelines pub­lished in 2006. She was appointed to the ASHE Facility Planning Design and Construction Committee and was instrumental in the creation and development of the ASHE Health Care Construction: Subcontractor Program. She is an active member of ASHE and APIC, and continues to impact the healthcare industry through speaking events and her consulting practice.

Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH


Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH 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. Dr. Mitchell’s career has been focused on occupational safety and health related to preventing infectious disease. She has worked in the uniformed services, public, private, and academic sectors. Dr. Mitchell was the first OSHA National Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator and has received several Secretary of Labor Awards. She holds a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas and an MPH from The George Washington University. She is certified in Public Health.

Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., MS, SV, SM, MB (ASCP)CM


Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., MS, SV, SM, MB (ASCP)CM received his BS (Microbiology) and Masters (Biology, emphasis in virology) degrees from Texas State University. His Ph.D. is in Education with a focus on MRSA. He is Chair and Professor of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Texas State, as well as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Professions. He holds certifications as a Specialist in Virology, Specialist in Microbiology, and Molecular Biologist from ASCP. He spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the TX DSHS prior to his academic career as well as two visiting CDC internships. Research focuses: rabies, zoonoses, HAIs, MRSA and public/clinical microbiology.

Dr. William Rutala


Dr. Bill Rutala is the Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and a Research Professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine. He is also Director and co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the UNC School of Medicine and a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve. He has more than 550 publications in the fields of infection prevention, disin¬fection and sterilization, and epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections.

Syed A. Sattar, M.Sc., Dip. Bact., M.S., Ph.D. RM (CCM), FAAM


Syed A. Sattar, M.Sc., Dip. Bact., M.S., Ph.D. RM (CCM), FAAM, is Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, University of Ottawa. He studies the environmental spread and control of human pathogens. Several of his microbicide test methods are now international standards. He has 240 publications, three books and >340 invited lectures to his credit. He is a Registered Microbiologist of the Canadian College of Microbiologists, and a Fel­low of the American Academy of Microbiology. He is also an adviser to the Canadian and U.S. governments, the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Co­operation and Development on various aspects of infection prevention. He received the Martin Favero Lectureship of APIC (2006), the Hygeia Gold Medal of the Rudolf Schűlke Foundation (2009), Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the designation (2014) of ‘Distinguished Microbiologist’ of the Canadian College of Microbiologists.

Glenda Schuh


Glenda Schuh, RN, BSN, CIC, graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 1960, and began her nursing career at St. John's Hospital, now PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, WA. During her 37 years at St. John’s, she worked in the following areas: Operating Room; House Supervisor, all three shifts; Director of Volunteers and Community Relations; Community and Staff Education; Employee Health; Infection Control Practitioner (Infection Preventionist). In 1997, Glenda took early retirement from St. John’s Medical Center and began work as a consultant in Infection Prevention and Occupational Health. She enjoys “helping her friends” on a local, regional, national and international level. Glenda is an active member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), APIC Puget Sound Chapter, Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC-Canada) and the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC).  Glenda has been certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. since 1987 and served as a Director on the CBIC Board for six (6) years.  She also works as a camp nurse and as a certified Alpine Ski Instructor.


Shari L. Solomon, Esq. 


Shari L. Solomon, Esq. is president of CleanHealth Environmental, LLC. CleanHealth provides infection prevention and industrial hygiene training and consulting services geared toward healthcare personnel responsible for infection prevention, cleaning and disinfection, and facility operations and maintenance practices.  An attorney by trade, combined with her 17 years of experience in the industrial hygiene field with a focus on healthcare, Shari holds a unique expertise and understanding of liability prevention techniques, offering clients practical and valuable risk management solutions.

Ms. Solomon’s has trained thousands of individuals, both here and abroad, spanning 15 years.  Shari also conducts indoor air quality and infection control services including operation and maintenance program development, infection control evaluations, environmental services (EVS) department audits, and indoor air quality assessments.

Ms. Solomon is a Designated Trainer under the Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technician Program (T-CHEST) from The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America.

Pamela Vaccaro, R.N. CIC


Pamela Vaccaro, R.N. CIC is Director of Infection Prevention and Environmental Services at North Oaks Health System in Hammond, Louisiana. She has worked in Infection Prevention for 33 years and has had the responsibility as Director of Environmental Services for the past six years. She is a Registered Nurse, graduated 1969, Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pam is a member of the Greater New Orleans, APIC Chapter. She has served on multiple committees for her chapter as well as serving as President on two different occasions. She has served on the National APIC Nominating and Awards Committee. Pam was a Director on the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. for 6 years. Pam has 15 years of experience as an Operating Room nurse.