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IAHSS Appoints New Education Manager

Thursday, August 06, 2015  
Posted by: Laura Crisman
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August 5, 2015

IAHSS Appoints Education Manager

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), the only association solely dedicated to the professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety in healthcare facilities, has announced the selection of Debra L. Hecker as the Education Manager to lead the association in the development and execution of educational programs, including the IAHSS Annual Conference & Exhibition and all of IAHSS’ certification and designation programs.


Colleen Kucera, Executive Director of IAHSS, interviewed numerous candidates and Hecker’s exceptional experience stood out during the process. “We were looking for someone with strong project management and excellent writing skills as well as significant educational and certification experience and a highly professional demeanor,” says Kucera. “Hecker brings a long history of certification and accreditation experience in the healthcare and non-profit arenas to IAHSS.” 


Most recently, Hecker served as the Director of Accreditation for the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO). There she managed accreditation activities for four certification programs, managed the certification testing program and the preceptor and recertification programs. Hecker also had previously served on the Board of Directors for NAWCO as Treasurer and later acted as the Executive Director for over ten years. While at NAWCO, Hecker drove membership initiatives, increased financial resources and planned and successfully executed numerous programs for the more than seventeen thousand members. 

Hecker spent her early career working as a registered nurse in acute care, healthcare sales and marketing, and in managed care. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“I am extremely excited to join the Leadership Team at IAHSS and feel that my background has prepared me well to spearhead the education and certification activities of such a successful, relevant and long standing association that has been so solidly supported by its volunteers for so many years.” adds Hecker.

About IAHSS:
The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare facilities. IAHSS is a professional association with more than 2,000 members who are healthcare security, law enforcement, safety and emergency management leaders.  For nearly fifty years, IAHSS has educated and served members and the profession by offering exclusive resources and benefits including industry and design guidelines, local and international educational and networking opportunities, and the celebrated bi-annual Journal of Healthcare Protection Management.  IAHSS has certified tens of thousands of dedicated professionals who keep healthcare facilities, patients, staff and visitors safe. IAHSS offers the Basic, Advanced and Supervisor certifications, a Safety Certificate Program, and maintains the prestigious Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) certification, the standard for the healthcare security leader dedicated to the profession.

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