Our Team

Marc-Oliver Wright, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC, FAPIC

Marc-Oliver Wright is an infection preventionist at the University of Wisconsin University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He formerly served as the corporate director of infection control and quality improvement for NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory sciences, a Master of Science in epidemiology, and advanced training in public health informatics–all from the University of Illinois–Chicago. Marc is board certified in infection prevention and control as well as certified as a medical technologist. He is a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Marc has worked as an infection preventionist for 17 years and has served in various volunteer capacities with APIC and SHEA. He has authored several book chapters, including in APIC’s “Surveillance Programs for Healthcare Settings” and SHEA’s “Practical Healthcare Epidemiology.” He has more than 40 articles published in the American Journal of Infection Control, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, among others. Marc currently serves as a section editor on the editorial board for the American Journal of Infection Control. His research interests include antimicrobial-resistant organisms, informatics, and surveillance methods.


Nancy Donegan, RN, MPH, CIC

Nancy Donegan has been an infection preventionist for 35 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Now, after serving more than three decades as the director of infection control at the MedStar Washington Hospital in Washington, DC, she works part-time as an infection prevention consultant. In this current work, she uses her epidemiology skills at the DC Hospital Association, and her preventionist skills contributing to APIC programs. In 2016, she participated in the DC city-wide prevalence study of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae among inpatients in hospitals and long-term care facilities. She is interested in the design of surveillance systems and improvement project evaluation methods.


Shannon Davila, MSN, RN, CIC, CPHQ

Shannon Davila is the director of the Institute for Quality and Patient Safety at the New Jersey Hospital Association. She is a clinician with more than 15 years of experience and leads clinical improvement programs under the Partnership for Patients initiative. Shannon was named a 2016 Hero of Infection Prevention by APIC.

Shannon specializes as an infection preventionist and healthcare quality expert where she assesses the educational needs of healthcare staff and consumers, and develops and delivers evidence-based tools and interventions. She is an experienced team leader who demonstrates the skills and motivation to create and sustain successful teams. Shannon also has experience coordinating multiple patient safety projects and understands the operational aspects of quality improvement, infection prevention, and healthcare staff education.


Pam Webb, RN, MPH, CIC

Pam Webb is an independent consultant with expertise in infection prevention and quality improvement. She managed the infection prevention and control (IPC) program at one of the largest healthcare facilities in Montana for more than 23 years. She has infection prevention experience in a variety of healthcare settings including acute care, critical access, long-term care, dialysis, hospice, and home health care. She contracts with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Quality Improvement Network to provide NHSN training and data validation, IPC program assessments, and IPC educational activities.

Pam is a co-founder and active member of the APIC Montana Chapter. She has participated in many national and statewide collaborative improvement projects that focus on reducing the risk for healthcare-associated infections, and has presented to local, state, and national conferences on a variety of infection prevention topics. Pam has a passion for IPC and enjoys mentoring new infection preventionists.


Staff Liasons

Charu Malik, PhD

Vice President, Education, Research, and Special Projects

Charu has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, the majority of which have been with professional healthcare societies. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the World Allergy Organization, a global federation of almost 100 national and regional societies. In this capacity, she led the conceptualization, development, and execution of several innovative international partnership ventures, including disease-specific, multi-partner, multi-sponsor, and multi-year research and educational initiatives. As a staff lead at the Institute for Diversity Education and Leadership, Charu played a critical role in implementing the programs of a public-private partnership aimed at advancing diversity in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Her experience in working with multi-stakeholder partnerships began when, while as faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she helped the Chancellor with a joint venture comprising of the university, public schools, and the Chamber of Commerce toward improving the quality of teacher education.

In her current role at APIC, she provides strategic leadership to the research and educational departments, including the annual conference. She is also the staff lead on APIC’s grant-related projects, in which capacity she worked with the APIC faculty to help develop the IPC observation tools.

Charu transitioned into programming and building partnerships for professional, non-profit societies from undergraduate teaching in women’s studies, gender studies, and comparative literature. She earned her doctorate in English and American literature from Washington University in St. Louis.


Colin Richardson

Associate Director, Special Projects and Development

Colin Richardson has been working at APIC and overseeing APIC’s involvement with several grants from HRET since 2015. In addition to his work on HRET’s STRIVE and ICU grants, he manages grants from the CDC, state health departments, and private corporations. Colin has been working in the nonprofit field for more than 10 years.