Companies and technicians that are certified by ABRA have been properly trained in how to approach a horrific and graphic scene in order to clean and sanitize and in what order to use chemicals and equipment in order to minimize the time on the job. By using ABRA certified companies’ property owners and managers can also have the peace of mind in the fact that the situation is being cleaned properly, verses a person or company that has not put the time nor investment into training, education, certifications and purchasing the right equipment and supplies.
Another reason to use ABRA trained personal is the reduction in liability. Diseases and bacteria are a very high potential and a reality in this business. The medical cost to vaccinate staff members is expensive and the expense of vaccinating new employee’s with high turnover. It is a very high occurrence when property managers utilize their own staff to clean a graphic scene; they end up losing that staff member and having to replace them. ABRA certified firms are required to show proof of maintaining proper insurance, OSHA compliance, Bloodborne Pathogen training records, respirator fit testing, proper handling of biohazardous waste and other laws or requirements in order to keep a good standing with the American Bio-Recovery Association aka ABRA.
Many owners and property managers have placed their companies in jeopardy by not having proper OSHA and other federal and state requirements in place, resulting in heavy fines and legal fees they need not have. Many ABRA companies have standing contracts in-place to speed-up and ease worries about paperwork and payment when you need this special service handled quickly. Just pick up the phone and call the ABRA Company closest to you or ABRA’s toll free international number at 1(888)979-2272.
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American Bio-Recovery Association Board Of Directors
ABRA Board President - Thomas Licker
Infection Control Technologies, Insurance Restoration Specialists,Inc.
Thomas Licker has over 20 years of professional experience that includes managing the investigation and remediation of Industrial, Commercial and Residential properties. In addition he has been involved with the risk mitigation of biohazardous and hazardous materials in relation to the food, transportation, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He has been responsible for overseeing the clean-up of sites under the CDC, FDA, USDA, RCRA, CERCLA, DOD, and DOE guidelines.Mr. Licker has worked for the Federal EPA Site Assessment and Technical Assistance Team as over-sight for CERCLA and RCRA Corrective Actions. Additional management responsibilities include business development strategies, sales and marketing of Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc. and executive management of the Infection Control Technologies division.Mr. Licker is an active member of the New Jersey Food Processors association, New Jersey Food Council, the International Association for Food Protection, International Facility Management Association and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. In 2011, Mr. Licker earned certification as a Certified Environmental Infection Control Remediator (CEICR) from the American Council for Accredited Certification.
Immediate Past President - Andrew P. Yurchuck
Bio-Clean of New Jersey
Judo. Andrew P. Yurchuck graduated from Green Mountain College with a BS in Facility Management. He began his career journey in facility management of large business and independent complexes. Andrew received his master’s degree in corporate communications from Rowan University. He started his own company, Classic Cleaning in 1994 and progressed into the bio-hazard industry in 1996 with the addition of Bio-Clean of New Jersey. He has personally logged thousands of bio-hazard decontamination jobs including the anthrax attack in Washington, DC, 9/11 plane crashes in New York at Ground Zero, Hurricane Irene, and Superstorm Sandy. Andrew has also authored numerous articles in industry publications, including the most recent on work place post-traumatic stress. He has been an active member of ABRA for 12 years and has served on the executive board as Member at Large on two occasions and as the President. Andrew is a family man. He enjoys skiing, boating, and camping. He is also a licensed pilot and likes to spend time on his motorcycle. Andrew competes in submission grappling tournaments and is a practitioner of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu.
Vice President - Kristina Greenway
Servpro of Rocky Hill, Sequoyah Hills, South Knoxville
“Helping others in their time of need is one of life’s greatest privileges” ... Kristina's quote defines her vision both for her business and ABRA.
Kristina L. Greenway earned her B.S in US/World History and Master’s in Administration/Supervision and Curriculum & Instruction Degrees from Lincoln Memorial University. She attended college as a non-traditional student; wife, mother of two boys, who were in elementary school at the time. Motivated by her ever love of learning and passion to help others, led her into the business world in 2008, after a short stent in public education. She and John, (best friend and husband of now 31 years), found a business mentor, were tested for business compatibility and opened a new 24/7/365 emergency disaster restoration business in 2009.
Kristina is the visionary of her company which requires forward thinking, specialized knowledge, passion and a strong spirit of determination. She believes with education and purpose, differences can be made.
ABRA Secretary - Robert O'Connor
Bob is Vice President of Emergi-Clean Inc. Linden New Jersey and his company was one of the first to join ABRA in 1998. Bob holds numerous certifications in the law enforcement, emergency management and fire services fields, but his passion has always been in the biorecovery field. During his time as Secretary he has helped implement the new ID cards for the Association, and is helping to bring certifications to a yearly renewal, which will help generate more income for the Association, and aid the certified technicians to maintain their certification.
ABRA Treasurer - Barbara Jones
Servpro of Cape May & Cumberland Counties
Barbara, along with her husband, Patrick, runs Servpro of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. Cape May was established in 2003 and Cumberland County was established in 2004. Servpro is a premier cleaning and restoration company, specializing in fire, flood and mold remediation, and offers 24 hour emergency services for both commercial and residential customers. Other services include odor removal, move outs, duct cleaning and sealing, carpet, upholstery, drapery and floor cleaning and maintenance, post construction clean-ups, and biohazard clean ups. Prior to Servpro, Barbara worked in the insurance industry in South Jersey, and prior to that, the executive search industry in Philadelphia, PA.
She holds a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, Producers Licenses in Life and Health Insurance, and numerous IICRC certificates in WTR, ASD, Health & Safety, FST, CCT and AMRT. Barbara holds an Asbestos license in the State of NJ and Pennsylvania and is an ABRA certified technician. She has served on the Board of the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce for the past three years and
also serves on the First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force formed by Senator Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey State Senator, since 2014.
An avid animal lover, Barbara has volunteered with the Cape May County Animal Shelter since 2006. Barbara resides in Ocean View, NJ along with her husband Patrick.
ABRA Founder - Kent Berg
National Institute of Decontamination Specialists
Kent is the former Operations Coordinator for Greenville County (SC) Emergency Medical Services, and graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he trained to work in Federal Law Enforcement. He and his wife, Cheryl, started their BioRecovery Company in 1996 and operated it successfully until it was purchased in 2011. He is the author of the ABRA training manual and for the past seven years has operated the National Institute of Decontamination Specialists where he and other instructors teach Crime and Trauma Scene BioRecovery, Meth Lab Decontamination, Advanced BioRecovery, and Applied Microbial Remediation Technician Courses.