Infection Prevention Educator
Dr. Michelle Doll is the System Hospital Epidemiologist for VCU Health System and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at VCU School of Medicine. She is also the Medical Co-Director of the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center. In addition, Dr. Doll holds a Master of Public Health degree from VCU and is a member of the Virginia Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Group.
Dr. Michael Stevens is the System Healthcare Epidemiologist for the West Virginia University Health System, as well as a Professor of Internal Medicine and Public Health at WVU. His clinical and research interests focus on pragmatic approaches to infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. Dr. Stevens has contributed to over 100 research abstracts presented at national and international conferences and has authored over 130 peer-reviewed papers. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
Dr. Barry Rittmann is a Hospital Epidemiologist for VCU Health Systems and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at VCU School of Medicine. He is also a Co-Director of the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and his Master of Public Health degree from VCU.
Dr. Sangeeta Sastry is the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship for VCU Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at VCU School of Medicine. She is also the Director of Education, Faculty Development and Performance Improvement for VCU’s HIV Ryan White Program and Associate Chair for Clinical Education for the Division of Infectious Diseases at VCU. In addition, she is heavily involved in medical school education and ID clinical care.
Kaila Cooper is the Nursing Director of the Healthcare Infection Prevention Program for VCU Health. Over the years, Kaila has been involved in developing over 57 research articles, abstracts and poster presentations for local and national conferences related to reduction of hospital-acquired infections.
In 2017, Kaila was recognized as March of Dimes, Virginia Nurse of the Year for Infection Control and Occupational Health. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the Forty under Forty nurse leaders by The Virginia Nurses Foundation. During her time at VCU Health there has been a reduction in all major HAIs with VCU Health becoming a top Vizient performer in Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) prevention.
Kaila is originally from Alabama and in her free time she enjoys singing, listening to music, reading mystery novels, spending time outdoors with her dog Tilly, and maintaining a garden.
Carli Viola-Luqa is the Program Director for the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center and is a nurse by trade. She holds certifications in oncology, and infection control & epidemiology. She has had two children in the past two years and yes, she does have her hands full, thank you.
Jo Dee is the Program Manager for the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center. Before joining VIPTC, she worked in the Healthcare Infection Prevention Program at VCU Health and was in charge of implementing and managing the hand hygiene monitoring technology for the hospital.
Jo Dee loves learning and exploring new fields and professions. Her past professional endeavors include being a producer for an animation company, jewelry design and metalsmithing, bookkeeping & forensic accounting, website design, mediation, and more. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Art’s in Anthropology and received her master’s education at the University of Chicago’s MA Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS). She is also a Graduate Gemologist and alum of the Gemological Institute of America.
In her personal life, Jo enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, tennis, and word puzzles of all kinds.
Lily Warden serves as the Communications Specialist for the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center, focusing on digital communications, web design, outreach, event coordination, and continuing medical education (CME) for the department. Prior to joining VIPTC, she worked in pandemic response communications for VCU University Relations (now Enterprise Marketing and Communications), crafting messages for students and staff during the COVID-19 Pandemic. A proud VCU alumna, she holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in public relations.
Carolyn Cugini is the Administrative Assistant for the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center. She is in charge of organizing meetings, handling special projects, and performing other general administrative duties. She was born and raised in Virginia and has a master’s degree in education from UVA. Carolyn is passionate about serving others and continuing to be a lifelong learner. Her experience as an educator ranges from teaching English classes in Japan to assisting universities with distance learning at the start of the pandemic. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys live music, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her cat, Milly.
Jessica Fielek is the Infection Preventionist for Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and has ten years of experience in Infection Prevention in the acute care setting. She is board certified in Infection Prevention and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Prior to joining the Sentara Infection Prevention team in 2013, she worked with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) on regional H1N1 pandemic flu planning as well as other emergency planning and preparedness issues related to public health. In addition, she has worked with the College of William and Mary on a Kellogg grant seeking to improve the health of locally incarcerated pregnant women through health education and one on one counseling.
Her career in Infection Prevention has included both system and local work to prevent healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in the hospital setting, providing ongoing infection prevention education for direct care providers within her facility and local antimicrobial stewardship improvement projects.
In her personal life, Jessica lives with her 2 children, partner Dan and 2 dogs in Williamsburg, VA. She loves going to the gym, traveling, playing indoor rec volleyball and walking her dogs around Colonial Williamsburg in her free time.
Luz Caicedo is the Infection Prevention Manager at AdventHealth Celebration and was previously the Healthcare-Associated (HAI) Infections Epidemiologist for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. Her interests within the field of infection prevention are vascular access and sterile processing. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Public Health from the University of South Florida and became Certified in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) in 2017. She has been dedicated to providing infection prevention education opportunities to help others become certified ever since. She loves to go hiking, and her favorite trail is Colchuck Lake in Washington State.
Dana Chapman, MPH, MSN, RN, CIC is an Infection Preventionist at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare in Chesapeake, Virginia. She has worked in the field of Infection Prevention for 10 years, in both acute care and health department settings. Prior to assuming the role as Infection Preventionist, Dana worked as a staff nurse providing High-risk OB care, post-partum, and couplet care. She is Certified in Infection Control (CIC) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University, Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida, and Master of Science in Nursing from American Sentinel University.
Dr. Amie Patrick is the Infection Prevention and Unique Pathogen Nurse Clinician for VCU Health. She is Certified in Infection Control (CIC), has multiple publications, a wide variety of infection prevention knowledge, and enjoys mentoring and teaching others in IPC.
Before joining the VCU Health Healthcare Infection Prevention Program team, she was a Champion of Healthcare Infection Prevention (CHIP) at the bedside for four years. She later became an Infection Preventionist and worked in that position for seven years before moving into her current role as the IPC nurse clinician. Amie learned her love for implementation science while working in IPC. She later decided to further her knowledge by receiving her doctorate of nursing practice from the VCU School of Nursing. Amie believes collaboration and teamwork are the keys for successful IPC performance improvement.