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Technical Advisory Committee 
 
The Technical Advisory Committee is responsible for development of guidelines and or amendments to them.  They are to be sure that the guidelines remain unbiased toward any products or services and can be adopted internationally.  They are also to report any changes to industry standards or guidelines that may impact the membership.   The technical advisory committee can be made up of Active Members, Government Institutional Members, Partner Organization Members and Associate Members (Consultants and experts in BioSafety, Hazardous Materials, Health Care, Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Bio Recovery and Clandestine Drug Labs.) 
 
Chair - Must be an ABRA Active or Associate member in good standing and is responsible for being sure that all published guidelines or training recommendations are put through legal for potential exposure review and presented to the Education Committee Chair for review for the purposes of curriculum/standards development and consideration for development of certification.  

Chair-

Thomas Licker, BS, CEICR, CBRM

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 has been an active member of the New Jersey Food Processors association, New Jersey Food Council, the International Association for Food Protection, International Facility Management Association, American Bio Recovery Association, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and sits as the current President of the Board of Directors for ABRA,. 

Technical Advisory Committee Members 

Eric Lewis, Ph.D.

UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Lewis is currently a Biosafety Specialist within the Department of Environment, Health and Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lewis earned his B.S. in Integrative Biology from the University of Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is
also a former fellow of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the National Institutes of Health. His areas of expertise include biosafety, biocontainment, microbiology, and infectious diseases.

Dee Zimmerman. BioSafety Officer

Galveston National Laboratory, Past President at American Biological Safety Association

Biosafety Officer and Director of the Environmental Health and Biosafety Regulations and Requirements Core, Galveston National Laboratory, Environmental Health and Safety Biological Program for the University of Texas Medical Branch over 36 years biosafety experience at UTMB, and 6 years of experience as laboratory coordinator and division safety liaison with the University of Puerto Rico, Division of Marine Ecology providing

laboratory and marine safety for near shore and deep water marine research. Active and contributing member of the American Biological
Safety Association for more than 26 years. Member of the ABSA Curriculum and Professional Development core, Education and Training, and a member of the ABSA Trans-Federal BSL3 certification Taskforce. Select agent oversight and program management since 1997.

Member of design team for 4 BSL3, 1 BSL3 enhanced, 2 ABSL3, 2 ABSL2, 4 insectaries, and as well as the Robert E. Shope BSL4 and the GNL BSL4 representing both biosafety and research. Coordinate and manage the UTMB Institutional Biosafety Committee since 1992. Courses taught include Management and Program Development for BSL3 Laboratories (ABSA core curriculum), Business Model for Laboratory Inspections, and Principles and Practices in Biosafety (5 day course for biosafety professionals).

Luther Linder, Ph.D. 

Retired US DHS

Dr. Luther Linder is a senior-level Federal executive with 29 years of expertise in the area of infectious disease research, biological defense and counter bioterrorism. He has worked extensively in the areas of strategic analysis, program development, biological threat characterization, diagnostic technology development, system analysis, counter biological proliferation programs, inter-agency collaboration/coordination and basic research. He also has experience in intelligence analysis related to biodefense. His has an accumulated skill set in laboratory diagnostic testing, threat characterization, molecular microbiology and program management to integrate DoD and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts in the area of biological defense with complementary efforts in infectious disease detection to support the warfighter and homeland security.

Scott J. Patlovich, MPH, DrPH, CBSPH, CHMM 

University of Texas Health

Dr. Scott Patlovich is director of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management at UTHealth. In this capacity, Dr. Patlovich oversees a department of nearly 30 safety professionals who provide health and safety services and who manage hazardous wastes generated from the institution’s biomedical research laboratories and clinical operations. Dr. Patlovich serves as a subject matter expert, co-investigator, and instructor for BIDTI and as a subject matter expert and instructor for the Texas-Utah Consortium. Dr. Patlovich holds a doctorate of public health in occupational and environmental health sciences (concentration in epidemiology and disease control) from UTHealth School of Public Health and a master of public health in occupational and environmental health sciences (concentration in industrial hygiene) from the same school. He is a certified biological safety professional, as recognized by the American Biological Safety Association; a specialist microbiologist in biological safety microbiology, as recognized by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists; and a certified hazardous materials manager, as recognized by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.

Chad Austin, Ph.D., Safety Specialist

University of Texas Health

Chad is a graduate of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the NIH and a now works on the Biosafety team at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. At UTHealth, he serves as a Specialist supporting the programs and activities of the Biosafety program there, as well as an Instructor for the School of Public Health providing education in Biosafety and related topics. As an NBBTP Fellow, Chad worked with colleagues to develop a suite of training and educational materials for both the NIH and ABSA. Their work resulted in a combination didactic and hands-on BSL-3 training course for NIH personnel, and a modular educational curriculum for secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students to be distributed by ABSA.

Prior to his fellowship with the NBBTP, he was a graduate student at the University of Colorado where he conducted research at both BSL-2 and BSL-3, participating in the Select Agents program there and at Colorado State University. Chad has several years’ experience with the theory and practice of genetics and molecular biology as well as bacteriology, virology, and immunology. Chad also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from Seattle Pacific University.

Patrick Moffett, CIH 

Blue Sky Environmental Consulting, Inc.

For more than 35 years, Patrick is an environmental and industrial hygienist, general contractor, technical writer, lecturer and instructor specializing in the assessment and oversight of property damage remediation and the environmental clearance of property losses. His loss experience includes small but complicated losses; large losses involving schools, hospitals, shopping centers and high-rise buildings; industrial commercial properties and factory losses; catastrophic losses related to whole communities and cities; coordinating the cleanup of losses with government agencies including police, fire, hazmat, DOH, OSHA, EPA, and the State of California Department of Fish and Game.

1992-94 – Mid-Atlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center (MEHRC), which is part of the University City Science Center along with support from EPA Region III and the U.S. Public Health Service Region III. Course syllabus included: industrial hygiene practices, building science, microbiology, toxicology, microbial testing and analysis, mitigating microbial damage affecting building materials. Courses were taught by Chin Yang, Ph.D., Eugene Cole, Ph.D., Phil Morey, Ph.D., with presentations by Dr. Eckardt Johanning, M.D., M.Sc., and others. 1993 – Accepted as an industrial hygienist at the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), having registration #126016, active member of the local AIHA chapter. 1993-94 – University of California at Irvine (UCI) received a certificate in hazardous materials site assessment and management, with an emphasis in risk assessment, and the management of chemical, biological and environmental issues. 1994-95 – California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) the field of Occupation Health and Safety: with an emphasis in industrial hygiene, microbiology, chemical, toxicology, environmental law, and Cal/OSHA compliance. Successfully completed course materials, attaining a CSUDH certificate of completion from Joe Kukla, Ph.D., CIH; and Jim Unmack  PE, CIH, CSP, who is currently teaching at UCLA School of Public Health. 1995 to current – maintaining education through seminars, symposiums and conferences.

Technical Articles – Over the years, Mr. Moffett has published numerous technical on industrial hygiene practices and the need of awareness involving biologically contaminated environments, including but not limited to: Hantavirus, Arenavirus, Norovirus, Histoplasmosis, sewage pathogens, mold contaminated structures, teargas, and sprinkler system water.

 

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