The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) has named Kristen (Krissy) Thayer Executive Director, effective April 18. Thayer will replace longtime Executive Director Regina Baras, who has served in the role for 11 years and who is voluntarily stepping down.
Thayer will be supported by Jessica McKenna, Deputy Director, in addition to other support staff provided by Nonprofit Resources LLC, an association management company. HLAC’s new staff has extensive experience in operations, management, customer service, finance, and all other aspects of the nonprofit function. The staff has been working closely with Baras to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.
“I look forward to working with HLAC to further their mission and getting to know all the laundries along the way,” Thayer said.
HLAC is a nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries that process reusable textiles for hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.
“Regina Baras has been the face of HLAC for many years,” said Rocco Romeo HLAC board president. “Her dedication and commitment will be greatly missed by the board, inspectors, and customers alike. We are very thankful to Regina for her 11 years spent as our Executive Director. “While we are sad to see Regina go, we welcome Krissy, Jessica, and the Nonprofit Resources family to the HLAC team,” he said.
On her departure, Baras said, “What I’ll miss is working with the many laundry personnel I’ve come to know at our accredited laundries. These are so many wonderful, dedicated individuals and I’ve enjoyed working with them. I’ll also miss our inspectors, who visit laundries seeking HLAC accreditation to ensure our standards are met. Lastly, I’ll miss the members of our board of directors – all volunteers with a common goal of wanting to make a significant difference in the way the best laundries process healthcare textiles in the name of patient safety and infection prevention.