Award Recipients 2019

Name of award


Recipient name


Carole DeMille Achievement Award

Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAPIC, FSHEA, FAAN  
Thomas Jefferson University, College of Nursing
Philadelphia, PA


President’s Distinguished Service Award, in honor of Pat Lynch

Marc-Oliver Wright, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC, FAPIC 
Clinical Infection Control Practitioner 
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
Madison, WI


Healthcare Administrator Award 

Brian Harte, MD, MHM
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Akron, OH


Film Festival Award

Gunderson Health System
La Crosse, WI


Distinguished Scientist Award

Sarah Krein, PhD, RN
Research Career Scientist
VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research
Ann Arbor, MI


Chapter Excellence Awards

  • Clinical and Professional Practice (Large)—Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
  • Member Support (Large)—Minnesota Chapter
  • Synergistic Alliances (Small)—Pine Tree Chapter

Chapter Leader Awards

  • Karen Anderson, CLS, MPH, CIC (San Francisco Bay Area Chapter)
  • Heather Bernard, DNP, RN, CIC, FAPIC (Heart of New York Chapter)
  • Lisa Caffery, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC (Eastern Iowa Chapter)
  • Bonnie Colaianne, MSN, RN, CNL, CIC, FAPIC (Three Rivers/Pittsburgh Chapter)
  • Thi Dang, MPH, CHES, CIC (Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter)
  • Ranekka Dean, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC (Greater New York Chapter)
  • Nancy Dupont, BSN, RN, MPH (New England Chapter)
  • Toni Foos, BSN, RN, CIC (Mile High Chapter)
  • Michele Garcia, BSN, RN, CIC (Southern New Jersey Chapter)
  • Kathy Miller, BSN, RN, CIC (Minnesota Chapter)
  • Denise Naval, RN, BSN, ANP-C (Long Island Chapter)
  • Julie Richards, MSN, RN, CIC (Greater Kansas Chapter)
  • Barbara St. John, RN, CRRN, CIC (Northern New Jersey Chapter)

Film Festival People’s Choice Award

Will be announced at APIC 2019!


APIC Graduate Student Award

Darlene Carey, DNP, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Gwinnet Health System
The impact of discontinuing contact precautions for multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO)


Blue Ribbon Abstract Awards

Margaret Drake, MT(ASCP), CIC
Nebraska Medicine/Nebraska DHHS
Factors associated with infection preventionist turnover in long-term care facilities

Katia Robinson, MPH
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Implementing infection prevention for leech therapy


Implementation Science Abstract Award

Lutfe Ara, MSc
Comparative analysis of HCWs’ IPC competency at different hospitals in Bangladesh: Success of a multimodal intervention for a healthier tomorrow


New Investigator Abstract Award

Alina Stancovici, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, CIC
Advocate Aurora Health—Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Taking every precaution—An inter-professional approach to reducing catheter associated urinary tract infections in an acute care medical center


Best International Abstract Award

Lisa Saidel-Odes, MD
Soroka University Medical Center, Israel
Impact of a multidisciplinary approach to diabetic foot infections: The design of a new orthopedic department, stringent practices, and diagnostic methods


William Rutala Abstract Award

Emily Moulton, MSN, RN
Fauquier Hospital
Using ATP testing to promote staff engagement and proper disinfection procedures in the perioperative setting


APIC/AJIC Award for Publication Excellence

Victor Rosenthal, MD, MSc, CIC
International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium
“International nosocomial infection control consortium report, data summary of 50 countries for 2010-2015: Device-associated module”


Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award

Elizabeth Monsees, PhD, MBA, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Children’s Research Institute
“Frontline stewards: Antibiotic engagement tool 

Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc
Michigan Medicine and the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center
“Reducing overuse of antibiotics at discharge (ROAD) Home”


Heroes of Infection Prevention Award

Nkwan Jacob Gobte, BSN, MT(ASCP)
Baptist Training School for Health Personnel (BTSHP)
Kumbo, Cameroon
Category: Advocacy and Influence

JoAnn Adkins, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC & Terri Lee Roberts, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Harrisburg, PA
Category: Education

Jayme Townson, RN
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Cleveland, OH
Category: Patient Safety

Teresa Daniels, MSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, T-CHEST
Clark Regional Medical Center & Bourbon Community Hospital 
Winchester, KY
Category: Process & Systems Improvement

Infection Prevention UF Health Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL
Category: Process & Systems Improvement

Kelly Romano, BS, MPH, CIC
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
East Norriton, PA
Category: Program Development