The Carole DeMille Achievement Award is awarded annually to an APIC member who, as a transformational leader, has advanced the practice and profession of infection prevention and control (IPC). The ideal candidate has used proactive activities and strategies throughout the course of his or her career to move the profession forward.

This award recognizes the ongoing commitment of the recipient to the profession. Individuals who have consistently supported the profession at the national and/or international level are eligible to be nominated for this award.  The designated recipient must have made significant contributions to the IPC profession with clear evidence of active involvement in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

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Submission period: 9/1/20-10/31/20

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Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC 
University of Rochester, Highland Hospital 
Rochester, NY 

2020 Recipient, Linda Greene

Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, manager, Infection Prevention, at University of Rochester, Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York, and former APIC president, has been awarded the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award for her visionary leadership and significant contributions to the field of infection prevention and control (IPC).  

The award is given annually to an infection preventionist (IP) who best exemplifies the ideals of Carole DeMille, a pioneer in the field. 

An APIC member since 1988, Greene has been certified in infection control since 1997 and has extensive experience in IPC in the acute care, long-term care, and ambulatory surgery settings. She held leadership roles in her local APIC chapter before becoming a member of the APIC Board of Directors in 2010. She was secretary of the APIC Board in 2012-2013 and served as APIC president in 2017. Greene was also president of the board for APIC Consulting Services in 2015, and she continues to serve APIC and the IPC profession in myriad ways, including as an advisor and contributor to APIC position papers and implementation guides, APIC representative to the 2020 CDC Decennial Steering Committee, and frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences. 

The author of dozens of peer-reviewed publications, Greene is an expert on quality improvement, antimicrobial stewardship, and healthcare-associated infections. She served on the AJIC editorial board from 2015 to 2017. In 2006, APIC recognized Greene’s contributions to the IPC by naming her a Hero of Infection Prevention. 

The Carole DeMille Achievement Award is presented at the Opening Plenary of APIC’s Annual Conference. The recipient receives a commemorative plaque, $1,000 award check, complimentary registration and travel stipend (up to $1,000) to APIC’s Annual Conference, a three-minute speaking opportunity at APIC’s Annual Conference, and recognition during APIC’s Leadership Reception at the Annual Conference.

  • Active within the IPC profession for at least 15 years.
  • Member of APIC for at least 10 years and must be an active or lifetime member for the nomination year.
  • Certified in infection prevention and control (unless certification has lapsed following retirement).

Qualified individuals are eligible to receive the award once in a lifetime.

Professional Commitment

  • Sustained activities that directly impact the practice of IPC by contributing in varied ways which may include comprehensive and complex efforts to advance the profession. For example, presentations,  publications, and research.


  • Demonstrates strategic (forward thinking) leadership – people who recognize/anticipate/lead changes in the field and/or who have developed new ways of thinking or new ways of applying existing knowledge.
  • Builds relationships where there is reciprocal benefit between collaborators.
  • Authors peer-reviewed published articles, guidance documents or position papers to advance the IPC profession and aligns with APIC’s mission in all contributions.
  • Provides education and mentoring for development of others in ways that promote the viability and credibility of the profession.
  • Contributes national and/or international outreach with recognition that the IPC profession has a global impact.


  • Recognized leader in his/her own institution, community or other industry/professional associations.
  • Has served as a National APIC officer, Board member other than officer, or a National Committee chair.
  • Collaborates with other industry, Federal or State partnerships, Specialty Professional organizations/collaborative, training, education or employer groups as evidence of nominee’s interdisciplinary contribution.
  • Online application
  • Nomination letter, including overview of how candidate meets award criteria
  • Three letters of reference
    • Detailed description of precisely how the candidate meets the Award and Eligibility criteria stipulated above. Directly address all criteria appropriate for the nominee.
  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae
Year Name
2019 Mary Lou Manning
2018 Terrie Lee
2017 Stephen Streed
2016 Georgia Dash
2015 Cathryn Murphy
2014 Judith English
2013 Candace Friedman
2012 Ruth Carrico
2011 Kathleen Arias
2010 Denise Murphy
2009 Russell Olmstead
2008 Rachel Stricof
2007 Loretta Fauerbach
2006 Capt. Therasa Horan
2005 Judene Bartley
2004 Patricia Lynch
2003 Carla Alvarado
2002 Barbara Russell
2001 Gina Pugliese
2000 Audrey B. Adams


1999 William A. Rutala

1998 Rita McCormick

1997 Grace Emori

1996 Elaine Larson

1995 Sonya Burns

1994 Angella Goetz

1993 Julie Garner

1992 Nancy Haberstich

1991 Marjorie Underwood

1990 Maureen Spencer

1989 Barbara Soule

1988 Rosemary Berg

1987 Sally Krause

1986 Jane DeGroot-Kosolcharoen

1985 Elizabeth Pantelick

1984 Marguerite Jackson

1983 Kenneth Buchan

1982 Sandra Pfaff

1981 Karen Axnick

1980 Thomas Merigan