William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC, Director
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.
David J. Weber, MD, MPH, Medical Director
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.
Evelyn Cook, RN, CIC, Associate Director
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, MPH, Program Manager
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.
Wanda Lamm, RN, BSN, CIC, Nurse Consultant (ICAR Grant)
Wanda Lamm has a BS in Nursing and has 38 years of nursing experience; 25 of those years are in Infection Control and Prevention. She has been certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology for 21 years. She has held various positions in APIC NC, including President, in 2014, and served on various community committees. She received the APIC Hero of Infection Prevention award in 2008, APIC NC Practitioner of the Year Award in 2007, and NC Great 100 Nurse in 2004. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the ICAR program to make a difference in infection control in various healthcare settings in North Carolina.
Heather Ridge, RN, BS, BSN, CIC, Nurse Consultant (ICAR Grant)
Heather Ridge began her career in healthcare with a bachelor of science in biology, concentration microbiology where she worked in a laboratory setting for 5 years. During this time, she realized her passion to work with patients and went to nursing school. Heather earned her BSN and has been a RN for over 12 years. She was spent the past 9 years dedicated to Infection Prevention. Her IP experience includes acute care, hospice, nursing homes, and outpatient oncology clinics. Heather is passionate about Infection Prevention and loves collaborating with colleagues to keep our patients safe.
Julie Hernandez, RN, BSN, CIC, Nurse Consultant (ICAR Grant)
Julie Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Barton College (formerly Atlantic Christian College) and is a NC Great 100 Nurse recipient. She has 38 years of professional nursing experience encompassing infection prevention, critical care management, and clinical education. Julie has been an infection preventionist for the last 21 years serving as coordinator and practitioner in local community hospitals. She served as the Nominating Committee Chairman for NC APIC’s 2007 elections, and has presented a poster at a past APIC Annual International Conference. Julie is proud to serve healthcare facilities across North Carolina in her SPICE nurse consultant role. Julie recently received NC APIC's Practitioner of the Year award.