Dr. Ashraf, is the medical director for the Nebraska ICAP (Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program). He is also the co-medical director of the Nebraska ASAP (Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program) and an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, at University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha (UNMC) Dr. Ashraf is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Infectious Diseases. His clinical and research interests include infections in the elderly, and infection control plus antimicrobial stewardship in long-term care facilities.
Dr. Ashraf has been a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) Long-Term Care Special Interest Group since 2009. As a member of this group, he contributed in revising the infection surveillance definitions (McGeer Criteria) for long-term care facilities. He has also been an active member of the Infection Control Subcommittee of AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine since 2013. In addition, he is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program and SHEA Education Committee.
Dr. Ashraf believes that infection control and antimicrobial stewardship programs need to be developed and tailored for the specific challenges of different healthcare settings. As a team leader of Nebraska ICAP and Nebraska ASAP, Dr. Ashraf is working to help expand Nebraska’s infection control infrastructure and promote optimal antibiotic use in the state.
Dr. Daniel Brailita is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he also serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Nebraska ICAP Program. In addition, he’s the DHHS Medical Consultant for Tuberculosis. Dr. Brailita completed his medical school at Carol Davila, University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. He trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in Texas, finishing as chief resident at Texas Tech and chief fellow at UT Southwestern in Dallas. His clinical and research interests include tuberculosis, Infectious Diseases in Community Practice, Telehealth ID, and Infection Prevention in Community Hospitals.
He moved to Nebraska in 2007 where he helped build the first Infectious Disease practice encompassing Central Nebraska and Tri-Cities area. Outside of work, he enjoys officiating at USA Swimming and High School meets and has participated in National Meets. He enjoyed volunteering at Omaha Olympic Trials and feels that Omaha puts up the best meet in the world.
Dr. Nicolas Cortes-Penfield an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he also serves as the medical director of UNMC’s outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy program and associate medical director of UNMC’s antimicrobial stewardship program. Dr. Cortes-Penfield completed his medical school, residency, and fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. His clinical and research interests include bone, joint, and orthopedic device infections, clinical ethics, and medical education.
Dr. Nada Fadul is Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Programs, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Division of Infectious Diseases, UNMC. She is the Medical Director of the UNMC’s Specialty Care Center and the Principal Investigator of the Ryan White Parts C&D grants. She is a member of the Leadership Development Committee of the national HIV Medical Association, serves as an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) advocacy liaison, and was chosen to join the inaugural IDSA Leadership Institute. She is active in advocacy for humanitarian issues facing Sudan and volunteers at several local and national community organizations; is a co-founder of Sudan NextGen (www.sudannextgen.com), the Vice-Chair of the Sudanese American Public Affairs Association (www.sapaa.org), and Membership and Communication Director of the Association of Sudanese American Professors in America (www.asap.online).
She completed her medical degree from the University of Khartoum-Faculty of Medicine in Sudan and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois; a Palliative Care fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she served as a faculty for five years; and an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Texas-Houston.
Dr. Richard Hankins is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Internal Medicine as well as Associate Medical Director for Infection Control and Epidemiology. Dr. Hankins completed his medical school, residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UNMC, and is board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine with the American Board of Internal Medicine.
His clinical and research interests include Infection Control, Device Related Infections, and Antimicrobial Stewardship.
Dr. Rupp is the associate medical director of the Nebraska ICAP and ASAP and is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at UNMC. He is the medical director of the Nebraska Medicine Department of Infection Control & Epidemiology.
Dr. Rupp received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He underwent internship and residency training in Internal Medicine and completed Fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Virginia Commonwealth University.
He is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and in the subspecialty area of Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He is a Past-President of SHEA and is a Past-President of ASM Division L (Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology). Dr. Rupp has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, and VA.
Dr. Rupp has published over 400 articles, chapters and abstracts. He frequently presents papers at national and international meetings, serves as a guest lecturer, and is an active teacher and researcher. Dr. Rupp’s research interests are in the areas of staphylococcal disease, healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistance.
Rick Starlin is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He completed his medical degree at UNMC and has a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases was completed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St Louis. He subsequently served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Washington University after completing his fellowship.
He is currently a medical director for Employee Health at Nebraska Medicine. He also serves as the service line director Community ID and Telehealth ID service and co-director of the non-tuberculous mycobacterial clinic at Nebraska Medicine. His clinical interests include non-mycobacterial infections and general infectious diseases with emphasis on community/telehealth based care.
Outside of work he enjoys multiple sports, reading, and traveling with family.
Trevor Van Schooneveld, MD, FACP is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Van Schooneveld has been the Medical Director for the Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program for the last 11 years and serves as the co-director for the State of Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program (ASAP). He also serves as the Program Director for the UNMC Infectious Disease Fellowship Program and is an Associate Medical Director of the Infection Control department at his institution.
Dr. Van Schooneveld is a long-time member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and has served on the SHEA Board and numerous committees. He is also an Associate Editor for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He received his M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine residency, including a chief resident year, at UNMC. He completed his Infectious Disease fellowship training at Creighton University Medical Center before joining the faculty at Nebraska. His research activities focus on antimicrobial stewardship, use of rapid diagnostics, and C. difficile infection.
Chris Cashatt is an Infection Preventionist with Nebraska ICAP. She started her career in nursing in 1986 with an Associate Degree in Nursing, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in 2004. She spent 21 years at the bedside caring for patients and specializing in cardiac care, obtaining her CCRN. She then worked as a case manager for several years before going into Infection Prevention in 2015, obtaining her Certification in Infection Control and Prevention in 2020. Chris currently serves as a Senior Board member on the Nebraska APIC board.
Marissa is an Administrative Sr. Assistant of the Nebraska ICAP and ASAP programs. She has 13 years organizational experience.
Margaret is an Administrative Senior Assistant of the Nebraska ASAP. She assists with planning, scheduling, recording keeping and on-site visits. She is also Administrative Senior Assistant of Nebraska ASAP.
Margaret is an Infection Preventionist for Nebraska ICAP. She obtained her undergraduate medical technology degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is certified by the American Association of Clinical Pathologists and Certified in Infection Control.
Margaret has worked in the medical field since 1981, first in the laboratory for twenty five years and for the past ten years in Infection Control. She has a strong background in surveillance for healthcare associated infections and the National Hospital Safety Network (NHSN).
Dan German is the Project Manager for the Nebraska ICAP and ASAP. Dan has extensive experience in planning, managing, and implementing projects and has held senior data management and data governance positions in the information industry. His passion for data and process helps support the team’s mission to prevent health care associated infections.
Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed, PhD is the Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiologist with the Division of Public Health – Epidemiology & Infomatics Unit, and serves ICAP and AAP as the DHHS Health Surveillance Data Analyst. She received her doctoral degree in the Public Health (environmental health, infectious diseases) at the University of Minnesota; she also earned a bachelor degree in Biology: Toxicology and graduate degree in Community Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She joined the ICAP and ASAP teams in January, 2019.
Rebecca is an Infection Preventionist for Nebraska ICAP focusing on acute care and various outpatient settings. She has been a registered nurse since 2009 and has received her Bachelor in Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, and has attended the Great Plains Leadership Institute. Much of her career has been focused on infection prevention and control in acute care settings, employee health, and public health with a focus on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. She is very passionate about vaccination and promotes this key infection prevention measure.
Josette is an Infection Preventionist for Nebraska ICAP. She obtained her nursing degree from UNMC in 2000 and has worked in the specialty of Infection Prevention since 2013. Her prior experience includes working in ambulatory care, acute care hospital, employee health and clinical education.
Terry is the nurse manager of the Nebraska ICAP, ASAP, and the Nebraska Medicine Department of Infection Control. She has worked in the field of infection control since 1995 and joined the staff at Nebraska Medicine in February 2016. She is also involved in planning and organizing educational programs for the Nebraska ICAP and ASAP.
Lacey is an Infection Preventionist for Nebraska ICAP. She obtained her licensed practical nurse degree in 2008 from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling Colorado, her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in 2011 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, and her Master of Science in nursing degree with a specialization in Infection Prevention and Control in 2020 from American Sentinel University. Lacey has been working in infection control and prevention since 2015 and has been board certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2017. She currently serves as the Nebraska APIC chapter’s treasurer and has served on the Nebraska APIC board since 2018.
Jody Scebold is an Infection Preventionist with Nebraska ICAP. She joined the ICAP team in the fall of 2020. She received her Master’s degree in Nursing Education and her Doctorate in Health Care Education and Leadership from Clarkson College.
Executive Director of Emergency Management and Clinical Operations, UNMC Global Center for Health Security
Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness, Nebraska Medicine
Shelly Schwedhelm is the Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness at Nebraska Medicine (NM), with operational accountability for the Biocontainment Unit and National Quarantine Unit in addition to several state, regional and national biopreparedness grants. Shelly had overall accountability for unit operations and logistics during the care of repatriated Americans with Ebola virus disease in 2014-15.
During the past several months, she lead efforts in collaboration with local, state and federal partners to support quarantine missions for repatriated Americans from Wuhan China and others returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship from Japan who required care for COVID 19. Shelly has been a key leader as well in the Nebraska and Region VII COVID-19 response creating guidance and serving as an infection prevention subject matter expert for onsite visits in meat packing plants, shelters, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and schools.
Shelly has previous leadership experience in Perioperative Services and Emergency and Trauma Services. Shelly is a Program Director and Subject Matter Expert with the ASPR & CDC funded National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC) and oversees the activities of the Region VII Special Pathogens Treatment Center, ASPR Training, Simulation, and Quarantine Unit, CDC Infection Prevention & Antibiotic Stewardship and the ASPR Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem grant(s) at Nebraska Medicine/UNMC. Shelly is one of five executive directors at UNMC Global Center for Health Security (GCHS). Shelly is also the current chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition.
Ms. Schwedhelm received her diploma degree from Methodist School of Nursing, her BSN from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing, and her MSN in Nursing Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is also certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive. She has previous leadership experience in Perioperative Services and Emergency and Trauma services.
Mounica Soma is a Database Analyst of the Nebraska ICAP and ASAP. She received her Master of Health Administration degree from Texas State University. She also earned a Bachelor degree in Dental Surgery from India. She has extensive experience in data analytics, database management, and project management especially in the areas of infection prevention and quality improvement. She joined the ICAP team in February 2020, and most enjoys working with healthcare data on antibiotic stewardship and infection control assessments.
Sarah Stream is an Infection Preventionist at Nebraska ICAP. She received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Emergency Preparedness through Benedictine University. She has been a Certified Dental Assistant since 2007, focusing much of her career in dentistry on infection control and prevention. She also has a background in education and training holding the position of Program Chair of Dental Assisting at Iowa Western Community College and currently is a Dental Continuing Education developer and presenter. She has been an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association since 2013 holding various positions on state and national levels, the most current being ADAA 8th District Trustee. She is excited to learn more about what the ICAP Roles are as she orients to the new environment.
Kate is Nurse Coordinator of the Nebraska ASAP and ICAP. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC. She has been working in infection control and prevention since 2005, in both inpatient and ambulatory locations and has been certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2008. She has been an instructor with The Nebraska Infection Control Network for several years. She has contributed to many publications and presentations, but most enjoys educating healthcare professionals on the prevention of healthcare acquired infections.
Robin Williams, MPH – Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator
Robin is an epidemiologist with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in the Division of Public Health. She completed her master’s degree in public health at UNMC. She currently is the grant coordinator for the CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity grant which supports the ICAP program as well as the Nebraska State influenza surveillance coordinator.
She is a member of the Public Health Association of Nebraska where she serves on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the Epidemiology and GIS section of PHAN. She is also a member of the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
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