ACIC Executive Committee
Janina-Marie “Nina” Tatar, Board Chair
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.
RK Bair, Past Chair & Conference Committee Chair
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.
Andrea Collins, Secretary
Andrea Collins, MPH, is currently an epidemiologist at the Allegheny County Health Department, focusing on vaccine preventable diseases. Prior to that she was a Data Manager at the University of Pittsburgh’s Epidemiology Data Center, working on CDC flu studies including the New Vaccine Surveillance Network. Andrea received her Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University in 2016 and has a BS in Public Health from Slippery Rock University. She is an active member of several public health organizations, including the American Public Health Organization, Pennsylvania Public Health Association, and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. In her spare time, Andrea loves to travel, play board games, and spend time with her fiance Max and their new puppy Neville!
Lynette Hathaway, Treasurer
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).
Cindy Callghan, Blog Chairperson
Cindy Callaghen, 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.
Willam Coppula, Member at Large
William 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.
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.
Terri Lee Roberts, Member at Large
Terri 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, 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).