VACC Board and Staff

J. Hudson Garrett Jr.

Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the Global Chief Clinical Officer for Pentax Medical. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, and the CDC Fundamentals of Healthcare Epidemiology program. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of National Associations of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care and the American Academy of Project Management.

Dr. Garrett currently serves as the Chairperson for both the Clinical Research Committee and the Emerging Infectious Diseases in Vascular Access for the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), Past President of the Board of Directors, for the Southeast Chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society, and the Industry Liaison for the Board of Directors for the Association for the Healthcare Environment. He is also a three-time nominee for the AVA Herbst Award. He also served as a reviewer for the 2013 Best Practices in Adult Peripheral Vascular Access Resource Guide for AVA, and is the second author for the second revision of the AVA Pediatric Special Interest Organization Guidelines and also an author for the CVC Best Practices Resource guide. He was recognized as a 2013 “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention” by Infection Control Magazine

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Cindy Winfrey
President Elect

Cindy Winfrey is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of experience in Infection Prevention in acute care, ambulatory care, and long‐term care settings. She is currently the Manager of Global Clinical affairs for Pentax Medical. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Northwest Missouri State University and a Masters in Nursing from Walden University. Certified in Infection Control since 1992, she holds additional certifications in Vascular Access (VA‐BC™), Director of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (CDONA™), Infection Preventionist Board Certified (IP‐BC™) and is a Fellow in the Academy of Certified Directors of Nursing Administration (FACDONA). She also holds certification as a Six Sigma green belt and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Cindy has been actively involved with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), throughout her infection prevention career. She has served as a member of the planning committee for the APIC Annual Conference, several task forces on the national
level in addition to being a board member, officer and committee member of her local APIC chapter.

Cindy has served as a past member of the test review committee for the Vascular Access Certification Corporation, a contributor to the AVA Consensus Document and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Management. She has presented infection prevention educational programs at the local, regional, and national level. She previously was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College. Prior to working in Infection Prevention, Cindy worked as an emergency department Clinical Manager and as a staff and charge nurse in critical care settings. She is an active member in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Society for Gastroenterology Nurses (SGNA), Association for Vascular Access (AVA), and the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long‐Term Care (NADONA/LTC).

Chris Frith

Christopher Frith RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC™ is the Director, Clinical Services at Parallon Business Solutions. Chris serves as the team leader for a group of advanced Vascular Access Nurses who perform vascular access procedures such as PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) insertions as well as other advanced infusion techniques for client hospitals. In this role, he integrates technology with evidence-based practice to improve the quality of vascular access procedures, standardize processes and reduce client costs. Chris works as a clinical operations consultant and helps develop interoperability with supplies and facility processes related to vascular access and other clinical services. He participates on committees as a resource to each client facility to improve patient care and help them meet their clinical and financial goals.

Chris completed his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Tennessee State University and served as President of the Nashville chapter for the Infusion Nursing Society (INS) during 2011-2012 and is an active member of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

 Linda Lembo

Ms. Lembo, MSN/ED, CRNI, VA-BC™ has been a registered nurse for over 40 years with the past 28 years focusing on the specialty of vascular access.? Linda received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in nursing from the University of Phoenix.? She recently retired from The Valley Hospital after 38 years of service where she created and managed the Vascular Access Team. Ms. Lembo was instrumental in bringing the use of ultrasound and the ability to verify tip placement via x-ray by RN’s to the state of New Jersey. She is currently working as a consultant/educator also served as a faculty member at Eastwick College located in Ramsey, NJ.

Ms. Lembo is a Past president of the local New Jersey chapter for the Infusion Nurses Society (INS). As a member of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) since 2000, she served on the Best Practices Committee, chairperson member of the AVA Nomination Committee, Vascular Access Vein Preservation Committee and the Core Curriculum Committee.?Ms. Lembo was an AVA Board of Directors?from 2009-2013. Through the years, Linda has been active in developing and managing infusion therapy including educational programs on insertion and maintenance of PICC lines.. Ms. Lembo was the 2010 New Jersey Health Care Hero recipient for her work in advancing the field of vascular access/skills in State of New Jersey.

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Michelle DeVries
Director At Large

Michelle DeVries has been involved in Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology for more than twenty years, spanning community, university and federal health care systems. She holds a Master of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from University of Michigan and is certified in Infection Control. Prevention of vascular access associated infections has been a key interest throughout her career. She authored the chapter on vascular access device associated infections for the current edition of the International Federation of Infection Control Textbook and recently wrote the Infection Prevention and Control Chapter for the forthcoming edition of the Infusion Nursing: An Evidence Based Approach, as well as serving as a reviewer for the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice.

She has published several articles on topics of infection prevention and vascular access and was a 2016 Herbst Award Nominee. Chellie is a frequent presenter at local, regional and national AVA, INS and APIC meetings as well as internationally.

Sherrie Dornberger RN, CDONA, GDCN, CADDCT, CDP, FACDONA (Public Board Member)

Sherrie Dornberger
Public Board Member

Having served LTC in many roles and capacities for the past 30+ years, Sherrie Dornberger is currently Executive Director of NADONA/LTC, The National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care Inc.

Sherrie is also the designated representative to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB), she is the ONLY nurse on this committee.

Sherrie’s passion is Long Term Care, where she began her career at the age of 18 while attending school for her RN and working up through the ranks. Sherrie also serves as a consultant to Long Term Care facilities.  She is a certified DON, was honored as a Fellow and holds her Geriatric Diabetic Certification through NADONA,  a Certified Dementia Practitioner is certified to teach the Certified Dementia program, and is an Infection Preventionist Board Certified through ADONA  She has been honored as Nurse Administrator of the Year for both NADONA and NJADONA.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross, and has received Red Cross awards for her many hours volunteering.

VACC Staff:

Lois Davis RN, MSN, VA-BC™ (VACC Program Director)

Lois Davis
MSN, RN Executive Director
VACC Executive Director

Lois Davis has been with the Vascular Access certification Corporation since it was developed in 2009. Lois received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston University and Master’s Degree in Nursing administration from the University of Phoenix. Lois’ background includes over 30 years as a registered nurse with more than 20 years involved in vascular access as a clinician, educator, and manager. In addition to her acute care experience she has a strong home care background. Lois is a recognized speaker and is involved in various local and national professional organizations.
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