Nebraska Infection Control Network (NICN) Board of Directors

MUHAMMAD SALMAN ASHRAF, MD, PRESIDENT

Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine,
Nebraska Medical Center
985400 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE 68198-5400
402-559-8650 WORK; 917-573-3807 MOBILE
SALMAN.ASHRAF@UNMC.EDU
Muhammad Salman Ashraf, MBBS, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, at University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE where he also serves as the medical director for Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP) and co-medical director for Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program (ASAP). Dr. Ashraf is trained in internal medicine, geriatrics and infectious diseases. He is a member of SHEA Long-Term Care Special Interest Group, SHEA Education Committee, IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Committee and Infection Advisory Committee of AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. He also serves as the chair of Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee. Dr. Ashraf is currently working on multiple projects focused on promoting infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship programs in long-term care facilities. Dr Ashraf is currently the Vice-President of NICN and is actively involved in developing educational programs at NICN and serves in the NICN Course Committee.

RICHARD STARLIN, MD, PRESIDENT-ELECT, VICE PRESIDENT


President Elect, Vice President
Division of Infectious Diseases
Nebraska Medical Center
985400 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha,NE 68198-5400
402-559-8650 WORK, 402-639-9285 CELL
STARLINRC@GMAIL.COM

ANGELA HEWLETT, MD, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Nebraska Medical Center
985400 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE 68198-5400
402-559-8650 WORK 402-505-8179 HOME
ALHEWLETT@UNMC.EDU
Dr. Hewlett earned a BA in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas, where she also completed a residency in Internal Medicine.  She served as Chief Resident, then completed a 2 year fellowship in Infectious Diseases followed by a 1 year NIH-funded research fellowship with a focus in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control.  She also holds a Masters degree in Clinical Sciences-Clinical Investigation from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

LARRY SHEEHAN, TREASURER


Attorney at Law with Ellick, Jones, Buelt, Blazek & Longo, LLP, as well as an NICN Board Member and Treasurer.
9290 West Dodge Road, Suite 303
Omaha, NE 68114
402-390-0390 Work
LSHEEHAN@ELLICKJONES.COM
Larry is a partner in a general law practice with concentration in the fields of estate planning, taxation, real estate law, business planning and litigation, health law and adoption law, and has lectured to various groups on estate planning, adoptions, collections and health law.

TAMMI SCHAFFART, RN, BSN, SECRETARY


Infection Control Nurse/QAPI Coordinator
Douglas County Health Center
402-444-6375
TAMMI.SCHAFFART@DOUGLASCOUNTY-NE.GOV After attending the NICN Infection Prevention Course as a new IP in the fall of 2008, Tammi became faculty of NICN Infection Prevention Course in 2014. In 2016 she helped with the development of the NICN Infection Prevention Intermediate Class and was appointed Secretary for the NICN Board in August 2018.

MAUREEN TIERNEY, MD, NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE


Director of the HAI/AR Program in the Epidemiology and Informatics Unit of the Nebraska Division of Public Health
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-6549 Work desk; 402-309-3471 Work cell
maureen.tierney@nebraska.gov
Dr. Tierney is on the faculty of the Creighton University Medical School and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska School of Medicine. Dr. Tierney is a Diplomate (board certified) in Internal Medicine (IM) and Infectious Diseases (ID) of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She received her medical degree from the Weill Cornell Medical College, and her training in IM and ID at the New York Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), respectively. She has published articles on HIV therapy, eye and ear infections, the efficacy of certain antibiotics and antifungal therapy, and the prevention of healthcare associated infections. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

MARGARET WOEPPEL, NEBRASKA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE


VP Quality Initiatives
Nebraska Hospital Association
3255 Salt Creek Circle, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68504-4761
402-742-8145 Work
mwoeppel@nebraskahospitals.org
The Nebraska Hospital Association is committed to collaborative efforts in all areas of quality and performance improvement for the people of our state. We are especially committed to reducing areas of harm, including infections within our hospitals.

PEG GILBERT, RN, MSN, CIC FAPIC, MEMBER-AT-LARGE


Consultant with Quality IC, LLC
PegGilbert@qualityic-llc.com
Ms Gilbert is currently a Member at Large for NICN and course presenter. Her interest and specialty include surveillance methods in both the acute care and long term care setting.

MARK RUPP, MD, MEMBER-AT-LARGE


Professor & Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
402-559-8650 WORK
MERUPP@UNMC.EDU
Dr. Rupp received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He underwent internship and residency training in Internal Medicine and completed Fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and in the subspecialty area of Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He is a Past-President of SHEA. Dr Rupp has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, and VA. Dr. Rupp has published over 400 articles, chapters and abstracts.

DAVID QUIMBY, MD, MEMBER AT LARGE


Assistant Professor, Creighton University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Infection Prevention, CHI Health
CUMC Bergan Mercy
7710 Mercy Rd., Suite 3000
Omaha, NE 68124
402-650-7452e
DAVID.QUIMBY@ALEGENT.ORG
Dr Quimby received his BS in Microbiology and Cell Science from the Univeristy of Florida, and his medical degree from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship were completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

CONNIE KNORR, NEBRASKA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE


VP of Professional Development
Nebraska Health Care Association
1200 Libra Dr, Suite 100
Lincoln,NE 68512
402-435-3551
CONNIEK@NEHCA.ORG
Connie Knorr earned a BA in Psychology in 2009 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and continued her education to receive a BSN in 2013. She has 10 years of experience in health care-related fields including long-term care, mental health, public health, addiction services, and education. Connie currently serves as Director of Professional Development at Nebraska Health Care Association (NHCA). Her responsibilities include leading a team to meet NHCA affiliates’ education needs, including on and off-campus classes, professional development courses, online learning, and three large conventions. Prior to that, she was Lead Instructor at Nebraska Health Care Learning Center, an accredited college that is part of NHCA. As Lead Instructor, Connie taught Basic Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide courses.”

KATE TYNER, RN, BSN, CIC,  EDUCATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR


Infection Preventionist
Nebraska Medical Center
1869 Clarkson Tower
987556 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68512
402-522-2882 Work
LTYNER@NEBRASKAMED.COM
Ms Tyner currently serves as both a presenter and the education program director for NICN, and finds it a privilege to be part of the NICN legacy, bringing outstanding infection prevention education to our region.

LORI SNYDER-SLOAN, RN, MSN, CIC, DISTRICT I REPRESENTATIVE, WEBMASTER


Division Infection Prevention Coordinator
CHI Health
2401 South 73RD ST
Omaha, NE 68124
402-499-2986 Work and Mobile
LORI.SNYDER-SLOAN@ALEGENT.ORG LORISNYDER@LINCOLNWEBDESIGN.COM
Lori has spent over three decades in Infection Prevention in Nebraska, and recognizes the value provided by a network of peers for the education, support, and quick answers needed by Infection Preventionists.

LAURA HOOGESTRAAT, RN, CIC, DISTRICT II REPRESENTATIVE


Infection Preventionist
Faith Regional Health Services
Norfolk NE
Lhoogestraat@frhs.org
Laura has been involved in Infection Control for almost 20 years. When she first started working in Infection Control, she attended the NICN workshop for small hospitals and long term care facilities. When she attended again 2 years later and found it all made much more sense to me than it did when I initially attended. Ms Hoogestraat knows NICN is a great resource for Nebraska and surrounding states.

SHARON CONROY, RN, BSN, CIC, DISTRICT III REPRESENTATIVE, CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL


Infection Preventionist
McCook Community Hospital
PO Box 1328
McCook, NE 69001
308-344-8220 Work
SCONROY@CHMCCOOK.ORG
Sharon Conroy Graduated from Mid Plains Community College in 1989 with an Associate of Arts degree and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor society. In 1992 Sharon graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kearney Division with a Bachelors of Science degree and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society of Nursing. Sharon sits on the Greater Omaha APIC board and is also a board member and speaker for NICN. She was also awarded Distinguished Service Award from the Omaha APIC chapter in 2017.

JANET RIESE, RN, MSN, CIC, DISTRICT IV REPRESENTATIVE


Infection Preventionist
Mary Lanning Healthcare
715 North St Joseph
Hasting, NE 68901
402-461-5341 Work; 402-756-6226 Home
JRIESE@MARYLANNING.ORG
Janet became involved with NICN per request of Dr. Phil Smith. Being a part of NICN is important to her because she is from rural Nebraska, where there are few resources. She appreciates the ability to be a resource and support for newer or even established IPs. Ms Riese is passionate about making sure IPs have the resources they need and educational opportunities they can afford and attend without a hardship. NICN provides that.

SHELLY ANDRE, RN, MSN, CIC, DISTRICT V REPRESENTATIVE


Infection Preventionist
CHI Health St Elizabeth
555 South 70TH St
Lincoln, NE 68510

402-219-7730 Work
sandre@stez.org

KRISTI FELIX, RN, MSN, FAPIC CRRN CIC, APIC PRESIDENT AND LTCF REPRESENTATIVE


Infection Preventionist
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South St
Lincoln, NE 68506-2150
402-483-9832 Work; 402-820-0018 Pager
KFELIX@MADONNA.ORG

PHILIP W. SMITH, MD, EX OFFICIO MEMBER


Professor Emeritus
College of Public Health
984320 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4320
402-393-2353 Home; 402-552-3501 Work
pwsmith@unmc.edu
Dr Smith is the founder and past president, NICN, the Past Chief of Infectious Diseases, UNMC, and the Developer of Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. In 1979 a need for high quality, affordable and accessible training in infection control for Nebraska hospitals and long-term care facilities was identified. That year a pilot symposium was held in Omaha and attended by nearly 200 persons. This provided the impetus for formation of the NICN in 1980. The success of the NICN is due to the collaboration of the key stakeholders who served on the NICN Board (eg, APIC, the Nebraska State Department of Health, the NHA, the NHCA, and others). The CDC has acknowledged the uniqueness of this organization which has provided training of various types for nearly 40 years. Nebraskans just get it done!

JUDI DUNN, CLARKSON COLLEGE


Director, Professional Development
Clarkson College
101 South 42nd St
Omaha, NE 68131
402-552-6123 Work
dunn@clarksoncollege.edu

GERRI MEANS, COMMUNITY MEMBER


Consumer Representative
2929 Dale Street
Fremont, NE 68025
402-660-7883 Home
Gerri Means
Gerri retired in 2016 after being an Infection Preventionist for 30 years in Kansas and Nebraska. Gerri notes that NICN and Greater Omaha APIC offer valuable educational resources and networking with other professionals involved with the Infection Prevention community.