Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial – pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response & recovery, The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) provides training, guidance, certification, crisis management, assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address biological threats and real-time crises, and/or recover from such events.
Comprised of international leaders in the field of microbial – pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response & recovery, The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) provides training, guidance, certification, crisis management, assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address biological threats and real-time crises, and/or recover from such events.
OUR PROCESSGLOBAL BIORISK ADVISORY COUNCIL prepare | respond | recover
While our process is simple, we take it seriously- Prepare | Respond | Recover. Serving government, commercial and private entities such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, school campuses, hospitals, airports, corporate offices, etc; GBAC implements and executes a full-scale approach to biorisk preparation, response, and recovery. No matter which part of the process your organization finds itself in, GBAC is here to deliver expert services to serve your unique needs.
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) assists individuals, institutions, companies and governments to assess preparedness, provide education and training to respond and recover in critical biohazardous events with an emphasis on microbial containment and psychological surety.
OUR SERVICESGLOBAL BIORISK ADVISORY COUNCIL prepare | respond | recover
Serving government, commercial and private entities such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, school campuses, hospitals, airports, corporate offices, etc; GBAC’s services and resources create a premiere source for our clients whose work demands little to no room for error or mistake.
FORENSIC BIORISK MANAGEMENT & ASSESSMENT
- Known and unknown infectious diseases/biohazardous materials
- Crime and trauma scenes
- Unattended deaths
- Unsanitary dwellings and conditions
- Human and animal biological materials
- Mass Casualty Incidents
The Global BioRisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) vision of Forensic Restoration recognizes the need to bringing together the scientific, decontamination and restoration communities, to prepare from, respond to and recover from biological threats and dangers in an increasingly integrated world.
GBAC offers unique professional training and certification programs which promotes safe, responsible response and recovery to situations and events that involve biological materials and threats. Classes can be customized to your needs. Individuals who attend training obtain knowledge in the identification, evaluation, reduction, and elimination of biological threats leading to recovery.
Individuals who obtain a GBAC Bio-Response certificate or who become Certified Forensic Operators® and Certified Bio-forensic Restoration Specialists® demonstrate knowledge and competence in the identification, evaluation, reduction, and elimination of biological threats leading to recovery.
GBAC certified professionals bring increased value to their employers and customers by demonstrating competence to carry out their responsibilities and by achieving high standards of excellence, professionalism and continuous learning. By earning GBAC certifications professionals will reap the benefits of safer work places, career development and national recognition among colleagues.
Being a Certified Forensic Restoration® Professional brings:
- Enhanced recognition and endorsement of Forensic Restoration® professionals as skilled professionals;
- Increases incentive for Forensic Restoration® professional competency requirements to be included in standards and guidelines;
- Greater demand for services with demonstrated competence i.e. Great confidence from customers, insurance companies, governmental agencies bringing value to not only the employer but our communities as well.
GET GBAC CERTIFIEDGLOBAL BIORISK ADVISORY COUNCIL prepare | respond | recover
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council offers a comprehensive certification and training program for staff and employees of government, commercial and private entities. In addition, GBAC also certifies companies working in the bio-risk management and response industry in order to provide an additional level of comfort and professionalism to your customers.
GBAC BIO-RESPONSE FUNDEMENTALS
CERTIFIED FORENSIC OPERATOR TRAINING
CERTIFIED BIO-FORENSIC RESTORATION SPECIALIST TRAINING
CUSTOMIZABLE CERTIFICATION & TRAINING COURSES
GBAC BIO-RESPONSE FUNDEMENTALS
CERTIFIED FORENSIC OPERATOR TRAINING
CERTIFIED BIO-FORENSIC RESTORATION SPECIALIST TRAINING
CUSTOMIZABLE CERTIFICATION & TRAINING COURSES
LEADERSHIPGLOBAL BIORISK ADVISORY COUNCIL prepare | respond | recover
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council is comprised of leaders in the area of microbial -pathogenic threat analysis and mitigation. With hundreds of years in collective experience, the GBAC Board of Directors has established an organization to serve as a one-stop resource for companies large and small, organizations and governmental entities to prepare, respond and recover in biohazardous events and environments.
GBAC Leadership Team
Ms. Patricia (Patty) Olinger is the Executive Director of GBAC, the Global BioRisk Advisory Council, a new division within ISSA. GBAC is recognized as a leader in training, education, and certification in Forensic Restoration®, Biorisk management, decontamination and infection control disciplines. GBAC as a division of ISSA addresses a market need for advanced knowledge and application of science-based cleaning, disinfection and infection-control practices worldwide supporting ISSA’s commitment to change the way the world views cleaning.
Previous to joining ISSA-GBAC, Ms. 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 Ms. 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 4 Ebola patients in 2014. Prior to joining Emory in 2006, Ms. Olinger spent 21 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry, providing support to both human and animal health research developing a true OneHealth perspective.
From 2013-2018, Ms. Olinger supported the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation, acting as their Director of Global Projects. In this role, she led international biorisk management projects, obtaining practical experience with staff and facilities in extremely low resource environments worldwide. She has facilitated the development of local leadership for assessing and enhancing capacity in both laboratory and healthcare environments. Through safe, secure, practical and sustainable ways, strengthening their Biorisk Management capacities, supporting Global Health Security.
Ms. Olinger is a Registered Biosafety Professional, a Certified Forensic Operator and a Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist. She has supported the development of International Biorisk Management Systems from the conception of the CWA 15793:2011 and is the current Deputy Convener of the ISO Working Group that is developing the ISO International Biorisk Management Standard ISO 35001. She served as a member of the External Laboratory Safety Working Group to the Director of CDC, the APLU/AAU Laboratory Safety Taskforce, was a council member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), a former Scientific Advisory Board member of the U.S. NIH National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) and is a past President of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). Ms. Olinger has a BS in Biochemistry and a Masters of Law with a focus on International Global Health. Patty has a true passion in Global Health Biorisk Management Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Jeff Jones is a Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist® as well as a Certified Forensic Operator® with over 46 years of field experience in Forensic Restoration®. He is a former US Army Solider, Former SWAT team leader, and the youngest person to attend the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is a past president of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and has served as chairman of the Forensic Council. As an Author, he is co-editor of the RIA Forensic Guidelines and is acknowledged in the ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup. As an international Lecturer, Mr. Jones has recently taught Forensic Restoration® and Biorisk Management in Croatia and Malta as well as to Ivy League emergency response teams in the United States. A Certified Crime Scene Track Investigator, he is considered one of the most experienced Forensic Restoration® Field Operators in the world. Jeff serves as Director of Forensic Operations for the Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC) and is one of the founding members of BioSheen Services, LLC in Oklahoma and BioSheen of Texas, LLC. in Texas.
Scientific Advisory Board
Lori Jones is a Certified Forensic Operator® as well as a Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®. She is one of the founding members of Bio-Sheen Services LLC in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Bio-Sheen of Texas and co-author of the RIA Forensic Guidelines. Lori has years of experience in the Forensic Restoration® industry that features an impressive resume of actual hands-on field work involving a vast array of Forensic Restoration® incident sites. Having a background as a Certified Crime Scene Track Investigator gives Lori a keen eye for detail. In a critical environment, Lori brings a servant’s heart to every incident she works utilizing compassion and concern along with expertise.
Rob Reynolds is a Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist® and a Certified Forensic Operator®. He is the Co-Founder of BioSheen of Texas and the Director of Operations for Stanley Restoration, L.L.C. Prior to joining the forensic restoration industry, Rob earned a B.S. from the University of Kansas. He started in the restoration and cleaning industry in 1999. Wanting to learn all aspects of specialized restoration and cleaning, Rob gained valuable structure and PPE field experience as a mold remediation field tech and mold remediation supervisor. His interests with Forensic Restoration developed and he eventually teamed up with Jeff and Lori Jones – experienced professionals in forensic restoration and infection control. Co-founding BioSheen of Texas with the Jones’ and expanding the BioSheen company, they have succeded in creating one of the finest forensic restoration companies in the United States. Currently Rob currently serves on the GBAC Scientific Advisory Council Board and has served on both the R.I.A. Contents Council and the R.I.A. Forensics Sub-Committee of the Environmental Council.
Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has more than 25 years of technical experience in emergency management and infectious disease surveillance and response and has worked with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and Director of Global Disaster Response for the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika outbreaks and other global health threats. After serving in the Australian and British militaries, he was selected by the U.K. Department for International Development for its Associate Professional Officer Scheme. He learned epidemiology as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the U.S. CDC and was a global health fellow at USAID. His passion is engaging networks of experts who share knowledge and experiences to risk the global understanding of risk and safety.
Doug is a native of Atlanta. He joined the US Navy after graduation from high school where he tracked Soviet submarines across the North Atlantic and Mediterranean for Six years on P3 aircraft.
He earned a BBA in Accounting from The University of Georgia and was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He graduated from the FBI academy in Quantico, VA. and became a Special Agent specializing in forensic accounting. Most of his service with the FBI was focused on Drug introduction investigations involving Columbian and Mexican cartels importing large quantities of Cocaine and Heroin into the United States. The most public case he was involved in was John DeLorean, where Mr. DeLorean was running a criminal enterprise in an effort to generate enough money to keep his car company alive.
Throughout his career he identified and seized, under the RICO statute, over twenty million dollars in cash, fifteen properties, numerous cars, airplanes, and boats/yachts and hundreds of kilo’s of drugs.
Following his time with the FBI he entered the world of Software sales, where he held various roles from Account Executive to Vice President of Sales. In 2015 he decided to retire from software sales and entered the ministry of Bio-Forensic Restoration. In 2016 he purchased 50% interest in Georgia Clean and Associates, LLC the leading Bio-Forensic Remediation company in the South East.
He is blessed to be married to Patti for the past 40 years. They have three grown children and five of the most wonderful grandkids a man could have.
Dr. Cohen is Chairman of the Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation, Ltd. (a global NGO), and owner of Consultants in Disease and Injury Control Inc. (an SDVOB). Frontline Foundation developed the Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Conferences in the 1990s to revitalize efforts in hospitals and alternative healthcare settings to prevent the transmission of blood-borne viruses and develop methods of implementing protective technologies/strategies. Frontline Foundation was chosen in 2004 to be the government contractor for the NIAID-funded National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP). The NBBTP Fellowship program was expanded in 2006 to include professional development courses and a certificate program. Frontline Foundation is currently providing ongoing biosafety training programs at both NBACC and USAMRIID, and collaborates with Sandia National Laboratories. Also in association with Frontline Foundation, Dr. Cohen conceived and produced the Homeland Security Summit in 2002-3, an accredited training program in mass casualty management and terrorism response for medical personnel and first responders. Through CDIC, he works to develop innovative technologies in hospital safety, risk assessment, and environmental sciences.
Dr. Cohen was a charter Voting Member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), and served on the Federal Interagency Expert Panel for Anthrax Spore Efficacy Test Methods and Surrogates from 2003-2012. His international work has included developing model legislation for healthcare worker safety and laboratory biosafety, regulations and training for prevention of transmission of HIV/HBV/HCV, and predictive epidemiology for emerging pathogens and public health preparedness. He worked in low-resource countries in Africa, Asia, and South America to engage the global life science research communities for a voluntary moratorium on publishing results of experiments deemed as dangerous dual use research of concern, and training to identify and manage Dual Use Research of Concern.
Dr. Cohen is a global champion for credentialed, sustainable professional education to meet the burgeoning needs for medical and laboratory manpower and access to quality healthcare services. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and is a frequent speaker on laboratory and hospital safety training at international biosafety association symposia as an active member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association, the International Federation of Biosafety Associations, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was honored by ABSA with the Everett Hanel, Jr. Award for Biosafety Career Achievement in 2012.
Dr. Cohen has testified before Congress regarding workplace safety for healthcare workers, has chaired numerous scientific panels and programs worldwide, and has appeared as an analyst for the Fox News regarding anthrax and ricin bioterrorism. His research led to being awarded U.S. Patent #7,776,292 for Method and Apparatus for Bioweapon Decontamination (Anthrax) in 2010. His most recent technical publications focus on application of advanced methodologies for microbial risk assessment, sustainable credentialed laboratory and hospital safety training, and prevention of global spread of emerging infectious diseases.
Dr. Stefan Wagener retired in 2019 as the Director General of the Grain Research Laboratory at the Canadian Grain Commission in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He managed a comprehensive scientific research and analytical services laboratory environment working with grains and seeds. Dr. Wagener is currently focusing on providing biorisk management services to international clients.
After obtaining his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Microbiology (Germany), he joined Michigan State University (USA) in 1989 working as a research scientist, health and safety professional and biocontainment specialist. From 2001 to 2006, as the Chief Administrative Officer, he managed all operational aspects of Canada’s Biosafety Level 4 public health containment facility the “Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health” in Winnipeg. Starting in 2006, as the Scientific Director, he developed an extensive biorisk science, training and research program in Winnipeg while holding a joint appointment at the University of Manitoba.
In 2007 & 2012, Dr. Wagener was the Chair of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) workshops which developed the first international laboratory biorisk management standard (CWA 15793:2008) and associated guidance document (CWA 16393:2012). These documents were the foundation of the new ISO 35001 management system standard for Biorisk Management. Prior to joining the Canadian Grain Commission in January of 2014, he assisted the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada, the World Health Organization, the Canadian Space Agency and numerous laboratories and organizations in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia as an adviser on scientific programs, laboratory quality management systems, operations, biorisk management and bioethics. He is an international recognized speaker, trainer, facilitator, coach, and consultant and has over 28 years of experience in international laboratory, scientific and organizational management. As a certified ISO 17025, OHSAS 18001, and ISO 9001 lead auditor, he is also providing laboratory, quality management, and biorisk & bioethics assessment services to national and international clients.
Stefan Wagener is a recipient of the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award (USA), a Past-President of the American Biosafety Association (ABSA) and a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany).
William D Kirk is the Director of Sales for Bio-Medical Devices Intl (Maxair Systems), who partners with High Containment Laboratory Directors, National and Regional Hospital Treatment Centers, Emergency Preparedness Centers, Certified Forensic Restoration Professionals and EH&S Professionals to develop and match the right PPE for their applications. After spending almost 2 decades serving the high containment laboratory industry, William has sold, developed, manufactured, and imported PPE products with special attention to the material specifications and converting process. There are many obstacles and situations when dealing with Biological viruses and contaminates that require a solid Risk Assessment in order to protect your self and others around you.
Dr. Meechan has served as a biosafety professional for nearly thirty years, both in the private sector as well as for the US Government. He most recently served as the Senior Advisor for Laboratory Safety in the Office Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that position, Paul had the responsibility for providing expert safety advice to leadership on regulatory issues that face laboratories at the CDC and served as the liaison between the OLSS and other EHS offices within CDC. He also served at the CDC Editor for the sixth edition of the NIH/CDC publication Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. Prior to this position, Paul served as the Director of the Environment, Safety, and Health Compliance Office (ESHCO) for CDC. Paul and his staff of 87 were responsible for the health and safety of the employees, contractors and visitors at the CDC, as well as protecting the environment at and around CDC campuses.
Prior to joining the CDC, he served as the Corporate Biosafety Officer at Merck and Co., Inc. from 2003 to 2010, and served as the Biosafety Officer at the Merck facility at West Point, PA from 1996 to 2003. He has also been an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University.
Paul has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from SUNY College at Oswego, New York (1977), a Ph.D. in Radiation Biology from the University of Rochester (1983), and a MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management from Tulane University (2003). He also holds RBP and CBSP certifications from ABSA. He has served two terms on the ABSA Council as Secretary and one term as President, has served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Biological Safety Association (MABSA) and is currently Past-President of the Southeast Biological Safety Association (SEBSA). He has been a member of numerous Federal taskforces and committees.
Dr. Jennifer DeBruyn, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science. She is a microbial ecologist, studying how microbes interact with each other and their environments to perform critical functions for their ecosystems.
Having grown up on the field research station in northwest Ontario, environmental science has always been her primary interest. As a PhD student, she worked on a pollutant remediation in sediments. As a faculty member in BESS, her main research areas are decomposition and biodegradation in both agricultural and natural ecosystems. One of her focus areas in the biodegradation of agricultural plastics, where she and her students investigate impacts of biodegradable plastics on soil health and study microbes that can break down plastics. They are answering questions that are critical to policy questions related to use of biodegradable plastics in agriculture.
Another focus area in the decomposition of vertebrate (human and animal) mortalities. This has included work at the UT Anthropology Research Facility where she and her students are addressing questions about the postmortem microbiome which may be useful for forensic investigations and inform carcass disposal practices for livestock producers. Dr. DeBruyn’s work has been funded by USDA, NSF, EPA and DOJ.
Dr. DeBruyn also holds an appointment with University of Tennessee (UT) Extension, where her primary focus has been development of the “Backyard STEM” program, a curriculum development and training program for 4-H agents focused on environmental science education for youth.
Stephen Leung is a Healthcare Territory and Training Manager for Contec Professional and has been developing people, business and new products with the Spartanburg, SC based company since 2004. Prior to joining Contec, Stephen worked 15 years at DuPont in a number of different roles ranging from technical services and new product development to supply chain management and leading global CRM and information technology projects. A Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist (CBFRS), Stephen graduated from Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering and was trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Mr. Wardlaw is President and Chief Operating Officer of Safety Plus LLC, a family owned and operated business headquartered in Chattanooga Tennessee.
Clay is a Biological Safety Professional with over 15 years of safety, compliance, infection control and decontamination experience with particular expertise in biosafety program development, implementation and facility compliance. Mr. Wardlaw’s unique experience in compliance assessment spans the spectrum from working with several of America’s leading healthcare and university systems in the United States to developing business-specific programs for tailored needs.
Clay leads Safety Plus’ Biological Response Team in the international Ebola response working with health care leaders stateside and internationally to contain, monitor, decontaminate and certify to compliance aviation vehicles, patient care areas, hospital equipment, and treatment rooms.
Clay Wardlaw has been instrumental in building comprehensive certification programs at several healthcare facilities and large research universities. Leading his team at Safety Plus, Clay is responsible for the certification management and compliance oversight of nearly 2000 laboratories including BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL3+ facilities.
Mr. Wardlaw has been sought as an expert in several facility planning and programming activities across the United States, working with government agencies, private industry, pharmaceutical manufacturers, universities, and healthcare.
Before serving as Executive Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), Ms. Olilnger has worked as the Director of Global Projects for the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation. Over the years she has led international biorisk management projects, having practical experience with staff and facilities in extremely low resource environments worldwide. In this role she has facilitated the development of local leadership for assessing and enhancing capacity in both laboratory and healthcare environments. Through safe, secure, practical and sustainable ways, Olinger has assisted in strengthening their Biorisk Management capacities, supporting Global Health Security.
Ms. Olinger is a Registered Biosafety Professional and a Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist. She has supported the development of International Biorisk Management Systems from the conception of the CWA 15793:2011 and is the current Deputy Convener of the ISO Working Group for the ISO International Biorisk Management Standard ISO 35001. She served as a member of the External Laboratory Safety Working Group to the Director of CDC, the APLU/AAU Laboratory Safety Taskforce, was a council member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), a former Scientific Advisory Board member of the U.S. NIH National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) and is a past President of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). Ms. Olinger has a BS in Biochemistry and a Masters of Law with a focus on International Global Health. Patty has a true passion in Global Health Biorisk Management Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
William works globally with diverse industries and professions, including: High Containment Laboratories, National and Regional Hospital Treatment Centers, Emergency Preparedness, Forensic Restoration, Infection Control, Biosafety and general EH&S. While there are many challenges when dealing with biological materials and hazards, a solid Risk Assessment is imperative. William is known for assisting through the entire risk assessment process working to develop and match the right PPE for his customer’s needs and applications.
William’s passion to work with people to ensure the precise protection to be selected shows his commitment to Global Health Preparedness.