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ABRA Board President - Thomas Licker
Infection Control Technologies, Insurance Restoration Specialists,Inc.

Thomas Licker has over 20 years of professional experience that includes managing the investigation and remediation of Industrial, Commercial and Residential properties. In addition he has been involved with the risk mitigation of biohazardous and hazardous materials in relation to the food, transportation, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He has been responsible for overseeing the clean-up of sites under the CDC, FDA, USDA, RCRA, CERCLA, DOD, and DOE guidelines.Mr. Licker has worked for the Federal EPA Site Assessment and Technical Assistance Team as over-sight for CERCLA and RCRA Corrective Actions. Additional management responsibilities include business development strategies, sales and marketing of Insurance  Restoration  Specialists,  Inc.  and  executive  management  of  the  Infection  Control Technologies division.  Mr. Licker is an active member of the New Jersey Food Processors association, New Jersey Food Council, the International Association for Food Protection, International Facility Management Association and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. In 2011, Mr. Licker earned certification as a Certified Environmental Infection Control Remediator (CEICR) from the American Council for Accredited Certification.

Immediate Past President - Andrew P. Yurchuck

Bio-Clean of New Jersey

Andrew P. Yurchuck graduated from Green Mountain College with a BS in Facility Management. Andrew received his master’s degree in corporate communications from Rowan University.  He completed Weapons of Mass Destruction Training with Texas A&M.  He holds an OSHA 30 supervisors card in construction safety and health, He is certified as a CBRT, CBRT and bloodborne pathogens instructor,   In 2017 he achieved, Master Technician status form the American Bio-Recovery Association.    He started his own company, Bio-Clean of New Jersey in 1994.   He has personally logged thousands of bio-hazard decontamination jobs including the anthrax attack in Washington, DC, 9/11 plane crashes in New York at Ground Zero, Hurricane Irene, and Superstorm Sandy. Andrew has also authored numerous articles in industry publications, including the most recent on work place post-traumatic stress. He has been an active member of ABRA  since 1997,  Yurchuck has served on the executive board as President for two consecutive terms and Member at Large for two terms.  Andrew is a family man, he enjoys skiing, boating, and camping. He is also a licensed pilot and likes to spend time on his motorcycle. Andrew is a self defense instructor and practitioner of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, and Judo. 

Vice President -  Keith Davis

Harmony Environmental Services


ABRA Secretary - Robert O'Connor 

Emergi-Clean, Inc.

Bob is Vice President of Emergi-Clean Inc. Linden New Jersey and his company was one of the first to join ABRA in 1998. Bob holds numerous certifications in the law enforcement, emergency management and fire services fields, but his passion has always been in the biorecovery field. During his time as Secretary he has helped implement the new ID cards for the Association, and is helping to bring certifications to a yearly renewal, which will help generate more income for the Association, and aid the certified technicians to maintain their certification.

ABRA Treasurer -  Barbara Jones 

Servpro of Cape May & Cumberland Counties 

Barbara, along with her husband, Patrick, runs Servpro of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. Cape May was established in 2003 and Cumberland County was established in 2004.  Servpro is a premier cleaning and restoration company, specializing in fire, flood and mold remediation, and offers 24 hour emergency services for both commercial and residential customers.  Other services include odor removal, move outs, duct cleaning and sealing, carpet, upholstery, drapery and floor cleaning and maintenance, post construction clean-ups, and biohazard clean ups.   Prior to Servpro, Barbara worked in the insurance industry in South Jersey, and prior to that, the executive search industry in Philadelphia, PA.  

She holds a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, Producers Licenses in Life and Health Insurance, and numerous IICRC certificates in WTR, ASD, Health & Safety, FST, CCT and AMRT.  Barbara holds an Asbestos license in the State of NJ and Pennsylvania and is an ABRA certified technician. She has served on the Board of the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce for the past three years and 

also serves on the First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force formed by Senator Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey State Senator, since 2014.

An avid animal lover, Barbara has volunteered with the Cape May County Animal Shelter since 2006. Barbara resides in Ocean View, NJ along with her husband Patrick.

ABRA Founder - Kent Berg
National Institute of Decontamination Specialists

Kent is the former Operations Coordinator for Greenville County (SC) Emergency Medical Services, and graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he trained to work in Federal Law Enforcement. He and his wife, Cheryl, started their BioRecovery Company in 1996 and operated it successfully until it was purchased in 2011. He is the author of the ABRA training manual and for the past seven years has operated the National Institute of Decontamination Specialists where he and other instructors teach Crime and Trauma Scene BioRecovery, Meth Lab Decontamination, Advanced BioRecovery, and Applied Microbial Remediation Technician Courses.

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Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 888-979-2272

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ABRA’s objective is “to achieve and maintain the highest levels of competence among members in the performance of their profession. To teach, instill and require the highest technical, ethical and educational standards.” ABRA certified firms are required to maintain proper insurance, OSHA compliance, Bloodborne Pathogen training records, respirator fit testing, proper handling of biohazardous waste and other laws or requirements in order to maintain good standing with the American Bio-Recovery Association aka ABRA.