2016 candidate election statements

President-ELECT

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Lisa Kenner BSN, MSN, RN, CIC is the Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Medical Center of McKinney. Lisa completed her BSN in 1994 and her MSN in 2006.   She has been a Registered Nurse for 21 years and has found her passion in infection prevention!  She has been practicing as an Infection Preventionist for the past 8 years.  She has worked in large medical centers and community hospitals and understands the unique challenges for Infection Prevention across various settings.  She is an avid patient safety advocate.

Lisa served the APIC DFW Chapter as Co-Chair and Chair of the Conference Committee from 2009 through 2012 and served on the Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014.  She was honored as Unsung Hero Award recipient for the DFW Chapter in 2012.  She co-authored an article published in a national nursing journal and has presented abstracts and posters locally and nationally.


SECRETARY

Barbara “Barb” Danielson BSN, RN, CIC has worked in Infection Prevention since 2008. Her career, for more than 32 years, was with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and most recently with Texas Health Resource System Services.  Prior to Infection Prevention, the majority of her nursing background was in critical care.

Barb was the Manager of Infection Prevention at Texas Health Dallas before transitioning to the newly established Texas Health Resource Infection Prevention Centralized Surveillance Program.

Barb has been an APIC member since 2008. She was a 2004 DFW Great 100 Nurse and received several awards during her Texas Health Dallas tenure, including the annual Patient Safety Star Award in 2012 and Texas Health Dallas Employee of the Year 2013. Barb has attended National APIC conferences as both a poster presenter and speaker. In 2014, she was invited to do a podium presentation on “A Significant Decline In Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections Using Alcohol Impregnated Port Protectors at a Large Non-Profit Acute Care Hospital”.

As a bedside nurse, Barb did not realize the all-encompassing scope of infection prevention and how it can be overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time.  It is about patient safety – preventing patients, staff and visitors from harm.


BOARD MEMBER

Christy Armes BSN, RN is the Infection Prevention Coordinator for Paris Regional Medical Center. As the only infection preventionist she is responsible for all areas of her facility as well as education to staff and patients. She has been and infection preventionist for 4 years and an RN for 17 years. She recently became CIC certified. She is a member of APIC and TSICP. She works with TMF to collaborate and decrease infection rates and has done presentation webinars for them. She is very passionate about her role and wants to increase awareness and education in her rural community.

Jacqui HohulinMSN, RN, CIC is an infection preventionist at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.  She has held this position for 3 ½ years.  Prior to this role, she was a unit based clinical nurse supervisor with a focus on real time quality and infection prevention.

Jacqui has been a member of APIC DFW for 3 ½ years.  She attended the Professional Advancement SIG prior to obtaining her CIC.  She looks forward to becoming more involved in APIC DFW.

Karen Lomas RN has been a member of APIC since 2005. She has served the DFWAPIC Chapter in many ways. She has graciously served as an AIDS Committee Chair. She has been on the Holiday Party and Governmental Affairs, and nominating Committee. I am a good candidate because I am willing to work and love to contribute to the organization.  I have always wanted to be a board member.

Calvin White MPH, CIC is the Infection Prevention Manager at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. He has been a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) since 20017. He serves on Nominating Committee for the local DFWAPIC Chapter. Calvin has a Master of Public Health degree from Florida International University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California at Berkeley. He began his career working with high risk adolescents and families. After completing his master’s degree in public health, he worked with various organizations doing HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease (STD’s) education and research, clinical trials research for patients with Hepatitis C, Bioterrorism and public health preparedness prior to becoming an Infection Preventionist in 2008. He has published and presented various abstracts and posters at national conferences such as SHEA and APIC.He has been certified in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) since 2012.Hea has served on the nominating committee and will be honored to serve the DFWAPIC in any capacity because it is an awesome organization.


NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Farhana Saeed RN, MHSA has a been a nurse for 34yrs but in Infection Prevention for only 2yrs and am the IP for Baylor Medical Center at Frisco (which is a small acute care hospital with a NICU). Infection Prevention is a fascinating world and I am constantly learning. APIC DFW has been instrumental in my learning and growth as an IP and I wanted to give back to the organization. I am not certified yet but plan to sit for the exam in 2016.

Infection Prevention affects everyone and everyone can and does make a difference, whether it be for better or worse based on their actions. Education and understanding of how and why even basic actions can have an effect, has been a core part of my message to staff during orientation and staff meetings.  I am available for staff to ask questions and they know that if I don’t know the answer, I will research and get back to them. The more I learn about infection prevention, the more I realize I need to learn and that is an exciting challenge.

Cheryl Hammer RN, BSN has worked in infection prevention for nearly two years and am currently at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, Texas. I have over 14 years of healthcare experience as an RN working in the areas of Emergency Room, PACU, and Labor and Delivery.  I have been a member of APIC-DFW for 18 months and currently serve on the Education Committee. As a new IP, I am excited about being involved in our chapter and welcome any new opportunity for growth.

La’Titia Houston MPH, BSN, RN, MT (AAB) is an IP at John Peter Smith Hospital of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, TX. La’Titia has been an infection preventionist for 3yrs but she has always practiced and taught prevention and safety during her tenure at John Peter Smith. La’Titia background in medical laboratory and her education of public health has afforded her with many learning opportunities to enhance patient safety. As a nurse, she has a clearer picture of what is required as an IP and she enjoys sharing the knowledge with other clinical and non-clinical staff. She is passionate about mentoring upcoming generations of infection preventionists and fostering the skills necessary to prevent infection.

La’Titia has received a Greenbelt (Six Sigma) with the concentration on reduction of CAUTIs hospital-wide. With the by-in and support from the Executives of the hospital, she has lead a team to decrease CAUTI rates by 38% within one fiscal year. La’Titia’saccomplishments has allowed her to speak before the DFWHC in September 2015.

La’Titia future is to continue to grow, learn and teach others on the importance of prevention. Although she may have experience and education behind her, she understands that every day is a learning experience.

voting deadline:  november 25

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