Executive Committee

ACIC Executive Committee

Dr. Willam Coppula, Co-Chairperson

CoppulaWilliam Coppula, M.D., F.A.A.P has been a practicing pediatrician since 1983 and an active 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.

Dr. Divna Djokic, Co-Chairperson

[Bio to come]

Ashley Ayres, Vice Chairperson

[Bio to come]

Jenny Bender, Secretary

BenderJenny Bender, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC is currently an Infection Preventionist with the Bureau of Epidemiology at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She is employed under Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention/Antimicrobial Stewardship, where she is a member of the Infection Control Outbreak Response team and a subject matter expert for PA Project Firstline. She is a registered nurse with experience in neonatal ICU, med/surg, and opioid addiction treatment settings.  She started her career as an Infection Preventionist in 2012 and has worked in acute care, behavioral health, and most recently, public health.

Jenny holds bachelors’ degrees in general sciences from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and nursing science from Creighton University, a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, and obtained her board certification in infection prevention and control in 2015.  She is also a member of APIC and the University of Pittsburgh’s institutional biosafety committee.  She has presented at local and national professional meetings, most notably APIC and AHE. When she’s not working, Jenny can be found chasing her one-year-old twins around Pittsburgh.

Travis Weaver, Treasurer

[Bio to come]

[To be Named], Educational Conference Chairperson

Lynette Hathaway, Member at Large

Lynette Hancock Hathaway is an Infection Prevention Analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Ms. Hathaway’s responsibilities include assisting with the improvement of patient safety by initiating, developing, implementing, and monitoring new and existing infection prevention initiatives throughout the state.  Lynette’s diverse nursing experience includes cardiovascular and medical-surgical nursing, gastroenterology, utilization review, long-term care, nursing education, and infection prevention and control. Prior to joining the Authority, Lynette was Manager of Infection Prevention and Control at a an acute care facility. Ms. Hathaway has provided many infection prevention educational programs, an oral presenter at a national nursing conference, and authored an abstract at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Ms. Hathaway has over 15 years’ experience in Infection Prevention working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Syracuse, New York. Her education includes a Nursing Diploma at Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude and finally her Master of Science in Nursing from Waynesburg University Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Lynette is board certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology and an active member of the Three Rivers Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Danielle Fullen, Member at Large

Kristen Cooley, Member at Large

Renee Faletto, Member at Large

Katie Rich, Member at Large

Lisa Cerra, Member at Large

Lisa Cerra, RN, BSN grew up in the Pittsburgh area, where she still resides with her family.  Ms. Cerra graduated from LaRoche College School of Nursing, and has worked as a pediatric nurse since 1991.  She was previously employed at St. Francis Medical Center, Allegheny General Hospital, and The Bradley Center.  She currently holds the position of Director of Clinical Operations at Pediatric Alliance, an independently owned pediatric practice with 12 offices in the Pittsburgh area.

 

RK Bair, Past Chair & Conference Committee Chair

RK BairRK Bair is currently a Senior Key Accounts Manager, Vaccines, for Sanofi Pasteur. He has over 35 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 25 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 grandchildren, 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Janina-Marie “Nina” Tatar, Past Chairperson

Nina Tatar, MT (ASCP), CIC, MBA, EdD student, is currently the Infection Prevention Manager at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital inpatient, ambulatory, and community sites. Her interests encompass hygiene, including healthcare worker hand hygiene; barriers to vaccination; and healthcare disparities. She is pursuing her Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California, with a projected graduation date of May 2021.

Nina brings a unique skill set, with a background in clinical microbiology from Youngstown State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Duquesne University. She has 15 years of experience in healthcare, and is a preceptor for master of public health students at area colleges and universities.

Nina is active in professional associations locally and nationally, serving as marketing chair for the Three Rivers Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and social media liaison for the Certification Board for Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Cindy Callaghan, Blog Chairperson

Cindy Callaghan, BHN, MSN/PNP, graduated with her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and with an MSN/ Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree (Pediatric Oncology concentration) also from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Her clinical work experience is as a staff nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and as a Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is currently working as a Service Coordinator for Physical Health for the DART and Head Start programs (preschool programs for children aged 3-5 years) at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit-3 in Homestead, PA.

Cindy became involved with the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition in 2010. She served on the Executive Committee as Secretary from 2010-2014, and was the Chairperson from 2014-2018. After taking a year away from the Committee, she has rejoined in the new role of Blog Chairperson. She currently lives in Edgewood with her husband Andy and an ever-rotating pack of greyhounds.

Cindy with her dogs
ACIC Blog Chair Cindy Callaghan with two of her ever-rotating pack of greyhounds.