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William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC
William A. Rutala is a Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine; the Director of the North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology; and Director of Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program at the UNC Health Care System. He received his B.S. from Rutgers University, M.S. from the University of Tennessee, and Ph.D. in Microbiology and M.P.H. in Public Health from UNC-CH. He is a member of several national, state, local, and hospital committees and is an editorial board member for the American Journal of Infection Control and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He has authored many publications relating to disinfection, sterilization, infectious waste disposal and the control of nosocomial infections.
As the Associate Director of SPICE, Ms. Cook is a principal lecturer at all SPICE infection control courses; consultant to all healthcare facilities (including nursing homes) in the state on infection prevention issues; and leads applied research projects in the area of infection control and epidemiology of infectious diseases. Evelyn served previously as Nurse Clinician and Nurse Liaison with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) for the Department of Medicine and PDC, PLLC at Duke University Medical Center. She has served as a SPICE consultant and has provided training, education, and consultation to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other medical facilities to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections. She has assisted long-term care facilities in writing and developing infection prevention risk assessments, infection prevention plans and policies specific to the long-term care setting. A Registered Nurse and has National Board Certification in Infection Control, Evelyn is active in several professional organizations including North Carolina Association for Professionals in Infection Control (President 2005-06), National Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She was named Practitioner of the Year in 2002 by the North Carolina Association of Professionals in Infection Control.
Amy Powell has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina with a focus on Health Education. In the early stages of her career, she was involved in a variety of health education projects in the Sudan, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. She then focused on affordable housing issues and for 13 years served as Executive Director at Chatham Habitat for Humanity. She assists SPICE with its core infection prevention initiatives in education and training in health care facilities.
David J. Weber has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1985 where he is currently a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and a Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. Dr. Weber serves as the Associate Chief of Staff for UNC Hospitals. He serves as the Medical Director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology; and Medical Director of Epidemiology and also of the Departments of Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Control) and Occupational Health. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Preventive Medicine. He serves as the Associate Editor of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. His research interests include healthcare-associated infections, new and emerging pathogens (norovirus, SARS-coV, CA-MRSA, pfiesteria), infections in child care centers, and antibiotic resistant pathogens.
Becky Brooks graduated from UNC-CH in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked at UNC Health Care for 36 years as a registered nurse until retirement in 2016. The last 16 years at UNCHC, she was an Infection Preventionist in Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Control and Prevention) and was Education Coordinator for the department. In that role, she was responsible for new employee orientation programs as well as continuing education hospital wide. She also participated in outreach Infection Control and Prevention Education for various groups throughout the state. Becky has maintained her license to practice nursing in N.C. and is board certified in infection control and prevention (CIC).
Karen K. Hoffmann is an Infection Prevention Consultant with the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE). She is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE) for 23 years where she provided education, consultation, and outbreak assistance to all NC healthcare facilities. She began her healthcare career as a critical care nurse, then began her work in infection control at Detroit Medical Center in 1981. She received her B.S.N. from Indiana University and her M.S. in Healthcare Epidemiology from the University of Virginia. She is Fellow in both the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and was the 2019 President of APIC. Karen has her National Board Certification in Infection Control.
Ashley Jackson has her Bachelor degree in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology and started her career as a Medical Technologist in a Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratory. Also received her Master degree in Public Health. Ashley began her career in infection prevention at an acute care hospital in Eastern North Carolina and with her team, began infection prevention education programs at local long term care facilities. Ashley has been working in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology for over 10 years and is board certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC). She is active in several professional organizations including North Carolina Association for Professionals in Infection Control (Secretary 2022-2024), and the National Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys being on the coast, enjoying beaches with her husband and 2 children.
Angela Warren has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine, as well as her Master’s Degree in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology from the University of Providence. Most of her nursing career has been spent working in the Emergency Department with the last seven years working as an Infection Preventionist. She is a member of several professional organizations such as The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and North Carolina Association for Professionals in Infection Control (NC APIC). She is currently serving as a NC APIC Zone Coordinator. A Registered Nurse with National Board Certification in Infection Control, Angela works with SPICE as an Infection Prevention Consultant where she works to develop educational tools, presents educational sessions, and consults with different types of facilities regarding their Infection Control Programs.