Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Karen Brust MD

How Did You Know We Needed This Talk?

Dr Karen Brust attended undergraduate university at Boston College and medical school at UT San Antonio.  She trained and eventually began her role as infectious disease staff at Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple, Texas.  After a few years of clinical practice, she entered the role of infection prevention and control (IPC) director for the local program in 2014.  She played an important role in the preparation of her hospital for managing Ebola patients which served well 5 years later for the influx of COVID-19 patients.  After 17 years, she left that role to focus on work in the field of epidemiology.  In May of 2022, she joined the staff at UIHC and is now the hospital’s lead hospital epidemiologist.  She has not yet experienced an Iowan winter.

Speakers

John Whelan BSN, RN

Critical Updates: AAMI ST91 for Flexible Endoscope Processing

John Whelan is a Clinical Educator for Healthmark Industries. John’s healthcare career spans more than 40 years, predominantly in the fields of Emergency Services and Endoscopy. This has included staff roles, as well as those of educator and manager. At the beginning of 2019, he ended a 31-year career at University of Michigan Health System. It was his 20 years spent in Endoscopy that helped provide a foundation for a system role – overseeing High Level Disinfection (HLD) processes for the UM Health System. In that inaugural role, he was instrumental in the planning and launch for the Centralized Endoscope Reprocessing Department on the main medical campus. John is an active member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) and is a member of the SGNA Editorial Advisory Committee. Additionally, he serves as a member for the AAMI ST/Workgroup 84 - Endoscope Reprocessing, and ST/Workgroup 61 – Chemical Sterilants. Additionally, he has memberships in APIC, ASGE, and AORN.

Lisa Caffery RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC

Know Your Resources: A Review of APIC Professional Development Tools

Ms. Caffery is the Infection Prevention Coordinator at Genesis Health System in Davenport, IA. She is a member of the American Nurses’ Association, Iowa Nurses’ Association (immediate past president), Sigma Theta Tau, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, INC, and Eastern Iowa Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on infection prevention and control. Ms. Caffery is currently a member of the APIC Board of Directors serving as a director at-large, the past chair of the APIC Professional Development Council, and also served as a member of the APIC Competency Revision Task Force. She is a clinical editor for the APIC Text-On-line, and as a contributing author to the Certification Study Guide. She maintains certification in Infection Prevention and Control through CBIC and the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center in Medical-Surgical Nursing. In 2016, she received recognition as an APIC Fellow.

Angel Mueller MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Know Your Resources: A Review of APIC Professional Development Tools

Angel Mueller, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, is the System Infection Prevention Director at UnityPoint Health. Angel has been an Infection Preventionist for 13 years, Certified in Infection Prevention and Control for 11 years and became an APIC Fellow in 2017. She has served as Education Chair and President of the Eastern Iowa APIC Chapter, assisted in planning multiple Iowa State Infection Prevention Conferences and was the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy A. Rasley Iowa State Infection Control Practitioner of the Year Award. She is Chair of the APIC Professional Development Committee, which she has been a member of since 2018. Through her work on the Professional Development Committee, Angel helped develop the updated APIC Competency Model, was a participating author of the article introducing the model, and works to further disseminate the model to Infection Preventionists throughout the world. Angel has also presented at local, state, and national conferences and has abstracts and articles published in the Infection and Immunity Journal and the American Journal of Infection Control.

Stephanie Holley MBA, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Know Your Resources: A Review of APIC Professional Development Tools

Stephanie Holley has been an infection preventionist for the past 25 years. She started her healthcare career as a registered nurse caring for med/surg and oncology patients before transitioning to care for patients in the perioperative environment. She entered the field of infection prevention in a 200-bed hospital in Minnesota before coming to the University of Iowa to join the Program of Hospital Epidemiology where she has worked as an Infection Preventionist for the past 20 years. In the past month Stephanie has joined the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, APIC as the Director of IPC Education & Professional Development.

Adam Moench

Advancing the Role of Infection Prevention & Control Specialist Within Water Management Programs to Reduce the Burden of Disease

Adam joined Phigenics in February of 2021. He is an Account Manager in the Big Sky Region. His primary responsibilities include the establishment and maintenance of Water Management Programs across the region. Adam’s engineering degree had a focus on fluid and thermodynamics which created a passion for learning how water flows and acts in complex systems. Adam has been working in the water management industry for seven years, focusing on improving the safety and efficiency of both potable and utility water systems. He mainly works in healthcare but has experience across various industries including universities, data centers, resorts, commercial buildings, manufacturing & central energy plants. Adam is always eager to learn more which is why he loves joining professional organizations, asking questions, and solving problems.

Angelique Dains BSN, RN, CIC

Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization Infection Prevention Basics

A certified Infection Preventionist with the Program of Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I am a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing with 25+ years of nursing experience. My areas of focus include but aren’t limited to hospital-associated infections, pediatrics, construction/renovation/design, and central sterilization.

Oluchi Abosi MBChB, MPH, CIC

Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization Infection Prevention Basics

A certified Infection Preventionist with the Program of Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University in Uganda and later worked in primary care with individuals living with HIV infection in Botswana and graduated from the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa with a Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology). My areas of focus include but not limited to: Environmental Infection prevention, pediatrics, cleaning and disinfection of patient care equipment, and my infection of focus is Clostridioides difficile.

Andrew Hennenfent DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Iowa Department of Health and Humans Services Role in Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections

Dr. Andrew Hennenfent, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, is the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program Manager for the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he oversees the planning and response of antimicrobial stewardship efforts and infection prevention technical assistance provided to Iowa healthcare personnel to improve infection control practices in all settings. Dr. Hennenfent completed an applied epidemiology fellowship in infectious disease at the District of Columbia Department of Public Health then oversaw the city’s emerging and zoonotic disease program. Dr. Hennenfent has worked for the State of Iowa since 2018

Deborah Burdsall PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC

Lessons Learned through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Deb Burdsall has worked in long term care since 1974. She is board certified in infection prevention and control (CIC), and ANCC certified in gerontological nursing. Deb has a PhD in nursing from University of Iowa College of Nursing. Deb has been working with congregate care in Illinois to support evidence-based, cost effective infection prevention strategies for long term care. She is currently a board member for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Doe Kley BS, RN, CIC, MPH, T-CHEST

Cleaning and Disinfection Essentials for Long-Term Care Settings

Doe Kley is a Senior Infection Preventionist within Clorox Healthcare’s Clinical and Scientific Affairs team and is passionate about helping gleam insights and solutions to tackle the many challenges faced in infection prevention. Her role focuses on providing consultative services and developing practice tools using her nearly 20 years of clinical expertise in acute care infection prevention from working in large healthcare systems, such as Intermountain Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente. Doe received her Master of Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her Bachelor of Microbiology from Weber State University. She is a lecturer at Ohio State University and a registered nurse. She is currently board-certified in infection prevention and epidemiology and certified to train EVS through Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and is currently a member of AHE, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC), the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Doe is active on several committees including the Test Committee for the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology (CBIC), the Board of Directors for the California APIC Coordinating Council (CACC), and the Advisory Council for the Pearce Foundation Environmental Services Optimization Playbook (EvSOP).