Executive Committee

ACIC Executive Committee

Steve Forest, Chair

Steve Forest, MPH is an Epidemiology Research Associate with the Allegheny County Health Department. His duties include investigating outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in Allegheny County and analyzing surveillance data of vaccine-preventable diseases. Steve has been active with the coalition since joining in 2013 and has spoken about influenza, healthcare worker vaccinations, and school immunizations at coalition meetings and conferences.

 

Ally Rulander, Vice-Chair

Ally Rulander grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania. Ally received her ASN  from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2011 and she moved to Pittsburgh after graduating. She was first employed by UPMC in a long-term acute care unit caring for ventilator and tracheostomy-dependent patients and then worked for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital on their Brain Injury Unit. She is currently employed at Pediatric Alliance Arcadia Division in Wexford and holds the position of Clinical Supervisor. She worked at Pediatric Alliance for over 4 years as a triage nurse and is also a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor.

 

Morgan Gilbert, Secretary

Morgan Gilbert, BSN, RN grew up in Stuart, Florida. In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida College of Nursing in Gainesville, Florida. Following graduation, she moved to Pittsburgh with her husband, Ryan, and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Apollo. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Pediatric Primary Care at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Mrs. Gilbert was previously employed by UPMC Presbyterian in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

 

Willam Coppula, Treasurer

William Coppula, M.D., F.A.A.P has been a practicing pediatrician since 1983 and a member of the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition since its beginning. He has served as president of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as its Pennsylvania chapter. Dr. Coppula is a shareholder of Pediatric Alliance. He practices with the Arcadia Division located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

 

Carol Dougher, Member at Large

Carol Dougher, RN, BSN is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of St. Francis General Hospital Professional School of Nursing and LaRoche College. Carol has practiced nursing at Duquesne University for the past 18 years. Her focus is immunization compliance and Pre-Clinical Health Requirements for students studying to be health care professionals. Prior to her present position, she was a staff nurse at St. Francis Medical Center in both the Coronary Care Unit and Ambulatory Care Clinic caring for underserved children and adults.

 

RK Bair, Member at Large

RK Bair is currently a Senior Key Accounts Manager, Vaccines, for Sanofi Pasteur.  He has over 30 years vaccine industry experience working for Sanofi Pasteur and Pfizer Vaccines.  He has degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Slippery Rock State College and Nazareth University.  He has worked with vaccine researchers over the past 20 years in the Pittsburgh area.  He is a Board Member of the Sharpsville Community Food Pantry in Sharpsville, PA.  He and his wife Mary reside in Western Pennsylvania and are the proud parents of four children, 2 dogs and 1 cat.

 

Terri Lee Roberts, Member at Large

Roberts_Teri_5x7_6394Terri Lee Roberts, BSN, RN, CIC is a Senior Infection Preventionist for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. In her role at the Authority, Ms. Roberts assists with the improvement of patient safety by initiating, developing, implementing, and monitoring new and existing infection prevention initiatives throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition she provides educational programs on infection prevention and control topics for acute care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, risk management and quality groups. Ms. Roberts has an extensive background in critical care nursing, infection prevention and control, and emergency preparedness. Ms. Roberts has authored and co-authored many infection prevention and control articles and is published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory. Ms. Roberts has authored and co-authored many abstracts for Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders.

 

Nancy Kaminski, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Member at Large

Nancy Kaminski, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing with BSN and began nursing career at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  During her 15-year tenure, Nancy held various positions including staff nurse, charge nurse and nurse coordinator in the in the Department of Surgery and later in the Department of Urology.  She left Children’s to accept a full-time school nurse position in the Brentwood School District, working there for 23 years.  While working as school nurse, Nancy earned her Master’s degree in nursing from La Roche College as Family Nurse Practitioner, and is board certified by the ANCC.  With more than 10 years of experience in urgent care settings (Emergency room, retail clinic), she has also served on the board of directors of PASNAP (Pennsylvania Association of School Nurse and Practitioners) for approximately 15 years in various positions including Secretary, Membership Chair, and Legislative Chair. She has been a member of the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition since 2006; she’s also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau.  Nancy also volunteers with CORE and the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.

 

Veronica Lewis, Coalition Nurse Advisor

Veronica Lewis, RN, BSN, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Carlow University. She has been a registered nurse dedicated to the field of public health for many years. As an Allegheny County Health Department employee, she has worked in the Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infectious Diseases programs examining, educating, counseling, and immunizing clients. Currently, she is the Quality Assurance Immunization Consultant for Allegheny County. She travels to private and public provider sites enrolled in the PA Vaccine for Children (PA VFC) program, assessing and evaluating provider compliance and accountability. Educating providers and their staff about proper vaccine ordering, administration, storage, and handling is one of her main objectives. Her duties include quality assurance reviews, recruitment, training, and promoting the PA Statewide Immunization Information System (PA-SIIS).