Board of Directors
Caroline Etland, PhD, RN, CNS, ACHPN is a founding member and serves as the President of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute. Working closely with the Executive Director, other members of the board of directors, and the Scientific Advisory Board, she provides expertise in research and healthcare delivery. Dr. Etland is an Associate Faculty member at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Kaye M. Woltman and Melisa R. McGuire Hospice and Palliative Care Education and Research Fellow. Dr. Etland received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama at Mobile and her PhD from the University of San Diego. She has extensive experience as an Institutional Review Board member, clinician and leader at Sharp HealthCare.
Glenda Schuh, RN, BSN, CIC graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 1960 and began her nursing career at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, WA. During her 37 years at St. John’s, she worked in the following areas: Operating Room; House Supervisor, all three shifts; Director of Volunteers and Community Relations; Community and Staff Education; Employee Health; Infection Control Practitioner (Infection Preventionist). Since 1997, Glenda works as a consultant in Infection Prevention and Occupational Health. Glenda is an active member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), APIC Puget Sound Chapter, Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC-Canada) and the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC). Glenda has been certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. since 1987 and served as a Director on the CBIC Board for six years.
Founder and Executive Director
Linda Lybert is the Founder and Executive Director of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute. Her focus over the last 20 years has been on surfaces and their role in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). She introduced the Seven Aspects of Surface Selection© to bring insight into the surface issue's complexity and how they are active in spreading pathogens that cause deadly infections.
Over the years, Linda has worked with many thought leaders and high-level professionals from diverse areas of expertise, all of whom have provided powerful insight into one or more aspects of the problem. Realizing everyone was working on the same issue, separately, she and a board of world-renowned experts founded the Healthcare Surfaces Institute. HSI was the first collaborative of multidisciplinary experts to focus on surfaces, and they have the most comprehensive vision of the path forward for addressing all aspects of the problem.
Immediate Past President
J. Darrel Hicks, BA, MESRE, CHESP, CMIP began his career in the management of housekeeping services in 1981 and retired in 2014 as the former Director of Environmental Services at a 500-bed, award-winning hospital in the United States. He is the owner/principal of Darrel Hicks, LLC. His enterprise specializes in B2B consulting, webinar presentations, seminars and facility consulting services related to cleaning and disinfection.
Hicks is the Past President of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute (2019-2020) and was President of the IEHA-Uniting Facility Managers Worldwide during the term 2006-2008 and holds the title of Master Environmental Services Registered Executive (MESRE). He is an active member of both the AHE (Association for the Healthcare Environment) where he holds the designation of CHESP (Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional) and CMIP (Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention), and APIC (the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) professional groups.
Jeanette Harris, MS, MSM has over 48 years of hands-on experience in providing high-quality patient care, both as a clinical microbiologist and as an infection prevention professional. She is currently working as an Infection Preventionist at Evergreen Healthcare with emphasis in Peri-operative, Central Supply and Procedural areas. Her areas of expertise include implementation and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to prevent surgical site and procedural infections and ensuring the peri-procedural areas are in compliance with all regulations and requirements, including those set by CMS and TJC.
Jeanette has a BS in Microbiology/Biology, MS in Infection Prevention, MSM in Healthcare Management. She has worked for over 22 years in Infection Prevention with over 16 years specializing in Infection Prevention in the Peri-Operative and Procedural areas. She is certified in Infection Prevention, named Fellow by Association for Infection Prevention and Control (FAPIC) in 2016.
Jeanette has authored several articles and presented on topics related to infection prevention. She has been awarded the 2020 Evergreen Healthcare “Vigi Rising Star Award” for “Implementation of 100% Surgical Surveillance Program Using Data Mining to Reduce Surgical Site Infections.” She also received the 2018 MHS Presidents Award in Effective Stewardship of Resources (26,000 flagged for MRSA and Counting: The search for a useful tool to identify and deisolate) and the 2018 MHS Research Project of the Year award (26,000 Flagged for +MRSA. Are They Still Positive? Are Three Screens Needed?).
Mary Millard, M.Ed is a past LPN and a 2-time sepsis survivor who contracted Pseudomonas Aeruginosa during ECMO after coding prior to open heart surgery to repair a large aneurism. After spending two months in the ICU and a long recovery she learned that this would require lifetime antibiotics.
Mary became a public speaker to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the danger of the prevalence of bacterial infections in the healthcare setting. She joined the board to help solve the problem of pathogens on surfaces and the danger old infrastructure and worn surfaces in healthcare facilities. She learned her infection came from a sink trap in a Cath lab as the lifesaving equipment was applied. Mary shares her story and makes sure researchers, doctors, nurses, and others learn the impact on patients. Since the infection she has studied microbiology, epidemiology, and worldwide statistics on infections as well as costs to patients and health centers.
Joanna Mills, RN, MSN, CNS, CIC is the Director of Infection Prevention for John Muir Health, East Bay Area SF. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Infectious/Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Practitioner with extensive experience in Epidemiology, Program Management, Education, Performance Improvement, Risk Management, Public Health, Case Management, Employee Health, and Emergency/Critical Care.
Joanna is a seasoned professional with over thirty years of nursing and clinical infection prevention knowledge and practice in a variety of health care environments ranging from Ambulatory Care, Home Health, Long Term Care/Rehabilitation to Acute Care, Teaching and professional organizations. She is also an active community and nursing leader and educator. She is a current member and former board member and president elect of the San Diego APIC chapter.