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ISSA Hygieia Network, an ISSA Charities signature program dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry, announced Linda Silverman, president at Maintex Inc. and Laura Craven, vice president of marketing and communications at Imperial Dade, as co-chairwomen of the organization.

“It’s been a true honor serving as Chairwoman of ISSA Hygieia Network over the last two years,” said Meredith Reuben, CEO at EBP Supply Solutions. “Laura Craven and Linda Silverman are both incredible, capable women who are dedicated to helping Hygieia grow its mission and vision. I am confident they will take Hygieia to new heights.”

Before her role as Maintex president, Silverman served as the second female president and international director of ISSA. As one of the founding Hygieia Network councilwomen, Silverman has a long and impressive history of championing women in the cleaning industry.

“When I first started working in the industry, I was often the only woman in the room. I understand the importance of building a community and having mentors who truly care, which is exactly what Hygieia Network is all about,” said Silverman. “I look forward to working with Laura and the many wonderful women and men who support our goals.”

In her current role, Craven contributes to Imperial Dade’s growth, profitability, and brand awareness. This past year, Craven led Hygieia Network’s Events Committee to develop the highly attended education session focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion during ISSA Show North America Virtual Experience.

“I’m thrilled to take on this new role and work closely with Linda,” said Craven. “We have a lot of exciting plans in the works to showcase Hygieia Network’s offerings and reach many more women in the industry.”

As Co-chairs, Silverman and Craven will work closely with Hygieia Network Program Director Dr. Felicia L. Townsend as well as ISSA Charities Director of Development Sandy Wolfrum on building awareness and expanding its programs, including mentoring, conferences, webinars, and its online network community, IHNConnect.