Patty Olinger is the Executive Director for GBAC. Prior to joining GBAC, Olinger was an Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research Administration and the Executive Director of the Environmental, Health and Safety Office (EHSO) at Emory University. During Olinger’s 13-year tenure, EHSO had university-wide responsibility for all aspects of Environmental, Health and Safety support, including EHS compliance support to Emory Healthcare. This included biosafety support to the Emory Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU), which cared for four Ebola patients in 2014.
Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS
Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Senior Director of GBAC, has more than 25 years of technical experience in emergency management and infectious disease surveillance and response. He leads the development of the GBAC Continuous Improvement Program for GBAC Coaching and Consulting. A veteran of both the Australian and British militaries, Macgregor-Skinner has worked with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Macgregor-Skinner has appeared on a variety of national and international news outlets to share his expertise on high consequence pathogens such as coronavirus, Ebola, influenza, and Zika.
Michael Diamond, Senior Director of GBAC, is leading efforts of Innovation, Technology and GBAC-TIPS for GBAC. Michael spent a decade in executive positions with commercial cleaning companies before founding The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS). As Executive Director of TIPS, Diamond has worked with entrepreneurs, inventors, corporations, organizations, and governments around the world to vet, validate, market, and promote promising new technologies and processes in global health. Diamond also created and developed the TIPS Journal, TIPS Deep Dive Interviews series, TIPS Science to Market program, TIPS Master Series educational platform, and most notably the TIPS Strategic Partnership Initiative and conference series across the USA, Canada, and UK.
Steve Arehart is the Director of Technical Operations for GBAC, managing a team of GBAC Analysts who facilitate the expanding GBAC STAR™ Portfolio. Arehart draws on 15 years of environmental health and safety experience, focused on biosafety, biorisk management, and general safety, in addition to a Biomedical Science degree from Western Michigan University.
Katie Cook, GBAC Program Manager, holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Georgia College of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University. Cook is passionate about helping individuals and facilities develop protocols to maintain healthy environments for employees and the public.
Melissa Wernersbach, GBAC Academy Education Manager, holds a Master of Education from Texas State University. Wernersbach has more than a decade of experience in the field of education with a focus on curriculum and instruction. Wernersbach continues her journey of education with GBAC by working to create a bridge between the scientific expertise of GBAC and the adult learning community for infectious disease prevention.
Jill Chase is the GBAC Division’s Sales Manager. Before joining GBAC, Chase enjoyed a long career as a Supervisor in Branch Operations /BSA Compliance with a major Financial Institution obtaining her certifications thru AIB- American Institute of Banking, before moving on to Field Distribution Sales selling Personal Protective Equipment to the Construction and Industrial markets. In keeping with Safety and Compliance, Chase now works with our Stadiums & Arenas, Convention Centers, Class A office Buildings and Airports.
Scott has over 20 years of experience working in sales for multiple industries. He joined ISSA in 2017 in the Media Division and was instrumental in helping get GBAC off the ground in 2020. In his new position, Beech will be working with the Destination and Hospitality Vertical with other members of that vertical ensuring GBAC sales goals and engagement are met.
Katrina Brown, GBAC Analyst, holds a Master of Public Health Degree from Western Michigan University. Brown is currently collaborating on the transportation, healthcare, hospitality, mass gathering and the destination sectors of GBAC. She is passionate about helping facilities and communities develop sustainable programs to keep employees and guests, safe and healthy.
Abby Foler, GBAC Customer Success Coordinator, is currently working on achieving a degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst University with more than 8 years of customer service experience. Prior to joining GBAC, Foler spent 3 years with ISSA as a Membership Representative. Foler is dedicated to helping others achieve their goals and to developing safety protocols for a brighter future.
Fanta Jatta, MPH, holds a Master of Public Health degree in Public Health from Western Michigan University. Jatta has a background in healthcare, community organizing and program management. Jatta is passionate about helping communities and facilities develop and implement sustainable programs that ensure a healthy environment for all. She spends her free time volunteering and organizing for the African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs in Metro Detroit and currently sits on Governor Whitmer’s BLAC Health Committee as a commissioner.
Joy Sausaman, GBAC Customer Success Coordinator, joined GBAC in July 2021. Sausaman holds a degree as a Medical Administrative Assistant from Davenport College and spent many years working in the medical field. She also spent decades working to promote public safety through data collection, customer relations, and organizational management. Sausaman provides support to the GBAC Family by ensuring a successful experience.
Sydney Schauer, Program Manager of GBAC STAR™ Registered Technologies and Programs along with Science to Market holds a Master of Public Health degree from Western Michigan University. Schauer has a strong passion for infectious disease prevention and aims to validate and promote new technologies and programs within the industry to improve public health for all.
Asha Vadlamudi is a GBAC Analyst, concentrating on the service provider industry. She graduated from Western Michigan University’s Master of Public Health program in December 2021 alongside two of GBAC’s other analysts. Vadlamudi is passionate about mental health and hopes to get involved in this field in the future.
Hannah Wright, GBAC Analyst, holds a Master of Public Health from Western Michigan University. Wright has over 6 years’ experience in public health with a strong background in research and health education. She enjoys educating organizations on infection prevention strategies and strives to develop individualized plans and partnerships to support the unique needs of each organization.