The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) announced that Brett Higgins, CHESP, has been elected society president for 2006. His term as president begins January 1, 2006. Also appointed were Rose Hamann to the position of vice president of the ASHES board of directors, Bill Slezak as industry liaison and Mark Regna as special advisor. All appointments were made at ASHES’ December board of directors meeting held in Chicago.

Higgins is the Manager of Environmental Services & Grounds at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. He has been an ASHES member since 1994 and currently serves as the ASHES Vice-President. He has 22 years of health care experience, all of which have been spent in environmental services.

Hamann, a CHESP who is also credentialed with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, is currently the Director of Environmental Services at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill. She has over 39 years of experience in health care with 28 years serving in radiology and 11 years in environmental services and security director. She has been an active ASHES member since 1998 and has served on numerous committees.

Slezak is currently the Strategic Account Manager for Rubbermaid Commercial Products, in Winchester, Va. As the industry liaison representative he will serve a three-year term on the board of directors and be responsible for representing the interests of the supplier and manufacturer community and their constituents on all ASHES strategic, procedural and policy-making decisions.

Regna is a Director of Healthcare Service with JaniKing International, Inc. As the special advisor to the board, Regna will be responsible for core knowledge and content management for ASHES and will head several new publication projects as well as serve as another voice from the vendor side to the board of directors.