2017 Summit Speakers

Scott Furman, Principal, SIVE PAGET & RIESEL, P.C.

Scott Furman has a breadth of legal experience focusing on identification and implementation of solutions to complex environmental issues.  Scott’s knowledge of and expertise in Brownfield Redevelopment programs, and similar Voluntary Cleanup Programs, has enabled his clients to complete redevelopment and remediation projects in 14 different states. His work has brought him to nation- and world-wide matters, working on projects from New York City to China while representing individual clients, companies and corporations. In addition to brownfield redevelopment work, Scott has a strong transactional practice and has guided his clients through the closing of a $2.4 billion acquisition and many acquisitions valued between $25 million and $250 million. In addition, Scott has a burgeoning renewable energy practice and has advised clients on a multitude of renewable energy projects, including a variety of solar photovoltaic deals.

Dr. Vincent Hsu, MD, MPH, CIC, FACP, Hospital Epidemiologist and Exec Director, Infection Prevention and Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Florida Hospital

Dr. Vincent Hsu is the co-chair of Florida Hospital’s Water Management Program. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University College of Medicine in California. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Legacy Portland Hospital and his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at University of Southern California Medical Center. He also obtained a Masters of Public Health at University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health. Prior to joining Florida Hospital, Dr. Hsu spent three years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he was involved in outbreak investigations such as the anthrax attacks and SARS epidemic. His time there was focused on international outbreak control and public health research. Dr. Hsu was also previously the Medical Director for Safety, Quality, and Infection Control at Florida Hospital. His current interests include prevention of hospital-associated infections, community and hospital preparation for pandemic influenza, and use of evidence-based therapies to create a culture of safety for patients. Dr. Hsu has received numerous awards, including several U.S. Public Health Service Awards. He is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed publications in epidemiology and infectious diseases. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine.

Pat Jackson, RN, MA, CIC, FAPIC, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Children’s Health, Dallas, TX

Pat Jackson has lectured on various infection prevention topics at both local and national levels. She has been an infection preventionist for 22 years and has been certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology since 1996. Jackson was an inaugural member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s Fellow class. Fellow of APIC status is a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field. Pat has served in various leadership positions in both the local APIC DFW chapter as well as the national APIC organization in which she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Pat was chosen as a Covidien Hero of Infection Prevention in 2008, a DFW Great 100 nurse in 2014 and a D magazine Excellence in Nursing award winner in 2016. In 2005 her team was responsible for the recall of an FDA approved device that was contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia. Pat received her Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from Baylor University.

Jonathan Kraatz, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council

Jonathan Kraatz is the first Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter. In 2015, Kraatz was named Interim Executive Director over the formation of USGBC Texas, bringing together green building resources and knowledge from across the state. He facilitated the merger of the four Legacy U.S. Green Building Council Chapters in Texas, and accepted the permanent role in January 2016.  

Kraatz earned a LEED Green Associate credential in 2010 and speaks regularly about the Chapter’s mission, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and building sustainability. Kraatz has presented best practices workshops to national audiences for USGBC and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives in 2013.  He was also named part of Who’s Who in Energy by the Dallas Business Journal in 2012, 2013, and again in 2014.

Kraatz is part of the Dallas 2030 District Leadership Council and the Advisory Council for the City of Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge serving as its Co-Chair beginning in 2017. In 2015 he was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a premier volunteer awards program encouraging citizens to lead a life of service from the President of the United States, for his efforts with the USGBC Chapter Network Evolution Working Groups.

He holds a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and credits being challenged early in his career by great mentors for the flexibility and adaptability that has shaped him as a leader.

Al Kubly, Section Head of Facilities Operations, Mayo Clinic

Al Kubly currently manages an outpatient campus of 8,500,000 sq. ft. and 110 maintenance staff. Al has been a Facility Manager at Mayo, for 28 years. Previous Mayo assignments have been 4 years as the Section Head of Facilities Operations for the St. Marys Hospital campus and 19 years at the Charter House, a Mayo long-term care facility in Rochester. Al is the chair of the Water Management Team that guides the development and implementation of the Mayo – Potable Water Quality Program.

Dr. William McCoy, Ph.D., Program Committee Chair and Chief Technology Officer, Phigenics

Bill McCoy is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Phigenics. He is a world-renowned expert in preventing disease associated with waterborne pathogens in building water systems. The International Water Association (IWA) awarded him their top prize, the Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Management and Science, in Berlin, 2001The IWA published his full-length book entitled Preventing Legionellosis in 2005. Bill has developed many innovations in water technology. He holds 29 US patents, all with international equivalents, and in 2001, received the Inventor of the Year award from The Intellectual Property Law Association in Chicago. Bill serves as an Advisor to NSF International, developing education, training and certification programs on HACCP for Building Water Systems. He currently serves as voting member on the Environmental Health Committee for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and also as voting member on Standard Project Committee 188, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems”. He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Calgary and M.Sc. from the University of Hawaii, two undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Microbiology from California State University, Long Beach and Executive Management Education from the University of Michigan.

Girlie Manatad, MD, MPH, CHSP, Manager, Facilities – Regulatory Compliance, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Enterprise

After working for about five years as an MD, Dr. Manatad expanded her field of expertise by obtaining a Masters in Public Health in Environmental Occupational Health Science at Hunter College, City University of NY. She is currently in charge of regulatory compliance at six hospitals at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), including Enterprise on Environment of Care/Utilities Management, Facilities – Infection Control and Water Safety. She also provides regulatory compliance guidance and support to four NYPH regional hospitals. Dr. Manatad had a leadership role in last year’s Ebola and Legionella readiness programs at NYPH. She is a 2015 graduate of Building Tomorrow’s Leadership, NYPH’s leadership development program, a very selective program for VP-nominated, high-performing managers/directors. She is also a voting member of the NSF International 444 Joint Committee on the NSF 444 – Prevention of Injury and Disease Associated with Building Water Systems Standard.

Damian Mindley, Chief – Engineering Service, Atlanta VA Medical Center

Damian Mindley assumed the duties of Chief – Engineering Service at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA, in January 2012. Previously, Mr. Mindley served as the Supervisory General Engineer, overseeing one of the largest and most robust Capital Infrastructure Improvement funding periods in the Medical Center’s history. During his first year as Chief Engineer, Mindley received a performance improvement award for implementing changes that resulted in cost savings to the Medical Center. That same year, he completed the Purdue University Yellow Belt Lean Certification Course. The following year, Mindley completed the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM). As Chief Engineer, Mindley has developed the facility’s first Work Order/Preventative Maintenance instructional manual, oversaw the expansion of Engineering operations to Fort McPherson and The Trinka Davis Veterans Village, transitioned all Engineering staff members to S.M.A.R.T performance standards, garnered Resource Management Approval, which created upward mobility promotions for over 20+ staff members, presided over many Capital Infrastructure improvements to include the overhaul of the facility’s electrical distribution network and the addition of a Water Storage Facility, which improved and solidified the facility’s ability to respond during emergency events. The Atlanta VA Medical Center is one of very few facilities in the State of Georgia and in the country with n+1 electrical power redundancy and a 750k gallon Water Storage Facility.

Aaron Rosenblatt, Gordon & Rosenblatt

Aaron Rosenblatt is a Principal of Gordon & Rosenblatt, LLC, independent consultants specializing in matters involving chemical disinfection of water, with an emphasis on microbial risk management in building water systems. Mr. Rosenblatt is an Advisor to NSF International, developing education, training and certification programs on HACCP for Building Water Systems. He is also a member of ASHRAE Special Projects Committee 188, “Prevention of Legionellosis associated with Building Water Systems”. He has served on the Board of the International Ozone Association-Pan American Group (IOA-PAG), and as a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Disinfection and Disinfectants Committees and the Microbial and Disinfection By-Product (M/DBP) Technical Advisory Workgroup during regulatory negotiations for USEPA M/DBP Rule II. He is a past Trustee of the Chemists’ Club of New York and past Chairman of the Chemists’ Club Library. Mr. Rosenblatt has authored more than twenty issued US patents with international equivalents.

Matthew Stiene, PE, Senior Director Plant Engineering Services, Novant Health

Matthew Stiene, is the Senior Director of Plant Engineering for Novant Health in Charlotte NC, where he oversees plant operations, energy management, environmental affairs, and infrastructure capital replacement. Novant Health is an integrated healthcare system of 13 hospitals and 300 physician practices in the southeast. Matt possesses a Master of Engineering degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. Matt has worked in the facilities construction and management industry for over 14 years as a consulting engineer, project manager, and facility manager. He is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina, and is a certified facility manager and certified facility management professional.

Elizabeth Turner, REM, CESCO, Special Projects Manager, North Texas Municipal Water District

Elizabeth Turner’s other roles in the company include Environmental Services Officer and Laboratory Manager. Her areas of responsibility have included the laboratory, environmental compliance, safety, watershed management, pretreatment and monitoring programs. She has her BS in Biology and her MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. She has over 20 years of experience with environmental laboratory, drinking water and wastewater regulations and is a Registered Environmental Manager. She is the past Chair of the American Water Works Association Water Quality Laboratory Committee and is the President-Elect of the Texas Water Utilities Associate Laboratory Analyst Section. She has been a member of the TNI Board of Directors since 2010 and currently serves as the TNI Small Laboratory Advocate. She is the Chair of the WEAT Laboratory Committee and a member of the WEF Laboratory Committee.

Michelle Ward, MPH, Epidemiologist, Dallas County Health Department

Michelle Ward is an epidemiologist with the Dallas County Health Department. Through collaboration with hospital infection preventionists, building facility managers, and public health officials at the CDC, she investigates cases of legionellosis to identify the source of infection and to limit further spread of the disease. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Emory University.