GBAC Airport Accreditation: Elevating Airport Safety and Sustainability

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Feb 22 2024


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm




Nonmember: $65 USD

In the wake of the global pandemic, AAAE partnered with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, to provide airports with a leading solution for outbreak prevention. To date, 77 Airports achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation, showcasing their commitment to health and safety. Join a session featuring Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner and representatives from MSP, LAX, and LAS to understand why accreditation matters, its role in current infectious disease trends, and its impact on airport sustainability and financial success. Learn from successes and proactive measures in preparation for what comes next.

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  • Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
    Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
    Senior Director of Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)

    Certified Forensic Operator®️, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®️, Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine

    Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner has more than 30 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three 15-week graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. He served 12-years as an Officer in the Australian and British militaries and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Global Health Fellow with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC.

  • Steve Arehart
    Steve Arehart
    Senior Director of Operations, GBAC

    Steve Arehart is the Senior Director of Operations for GBAC, managing a team of GBAC Analysts who facilitate the expanding GBAC ® STAR Portfolio. Arehart draws on 15 years of environmental health and safety experience, focused on biosafety, biorisk management, and general safety, in addition to a Biomedical Science degree from Western Michigan University.

  • Dr. Roula Abel-Massih
    Dr. Roula Abel-Massih
    Director of Product Development, ISSA

    Dr. Roula M. Abdel-Massih has over two decades of experience in academia and research within the field of biological sciences. She currently serves as the Director of Product Development at ISSA and leads the GBAC STAR® Registered Technology and Programs (USA). With active involvement in professional societies, she has authored over 40 publications and presented at numerous international conferences. Roula’s expertise lies in developing innovative educational strategies and promoting advancements in public health and biological sciences. Noteworthy achievements include being elected as an education fellow in the US National Academies, completing the APLD Program at Harvard, obtaining certification as an IFBA Certified Professional in Biorisk Management, and receiving the TYAN Collaborative Grant Award at Emory. Recently, Roula was honored as an International Science Council Fellow, acknowledging her significant contributions to the promotion of science as a global public good. She also serves as the co-chair of The Young Affiliates Network.

  • Omar Goytia
    Airport Maintenance Supervisor, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Celeste Hamner
    Celeste Hamner
    Acting Assistant Director, Terminal Operations, Harry Reid International Airport
  • Scott A. Skramstad, C.M.
    Scott A. Skramstad, C.M.
    Director, MSP Terminal & Landside Operations, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

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