PC4HS Advisory Board
Program Director, Institute for Ergonomics at The Ohio State University
Professor of Environmental Microbiology, University of Arizona
Managing Member and Founder, Global Scientific Consulting, LLC
EPA Senior Analyst, Indoor Environments Division (retired), United States Environmental Protection Agency
The Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) Consortium is a national non-profit organization of facility professionals dedicated to helping its members produce healthy, high performance schools while protecting jobs in budget-constrained environments.
One goal of PC4HS is to deliver a health-centric, fiscally disciplined, dynamic, unique, proven system of cleaning and operations to make school districts safer for students and staff, while increasing attendance, learning and long-term funding.
PC4HS uses non-proprietary tools and greener methods, and - wherever possible - domestically-made products to achieve its goals and level the playing field for in-house and contracted operations alike, resulting in more germ-free student and staff spaces at a significant savings to the taxpayer and school district.
Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools™ (PC4HS™) is a non-profit consortium with a mission of “schools helping schools.” The process optimizes efficiency, cleanliness, ease of deployment and health factors through a carefully designed and documented system tailored for K-12 school districts.
It has been successfully implemented for a decade in more than 100 schools in the Western United States, has been introduced to districts in the Midwest and Southeast United States, and is now available nationally.
PC4HS raises the average productivity of school custodians from 22,000 to 27,000 square feet (or more) per eight-hour shift, with less exertion for workers, lower cost to the district and healthier outcomes for students and staff. It applies Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) principles to determine, track and continue improvements and is compatible with International Standardization Organization (ISO) 9001, the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and other quality management programs.
PC4HS implementation is risk-free for public school districts and all fees are refundable — with the exception of travel expenses — if savings objectives are not met when agreed-upon steps are followed. The fee structure and refund policy is congruent with the non-profit mission of the PC4HS Consortium.
PC4HS uses well-defined management principles and practices including task specialization,standardization, time and motion benchmarks, training and workloading to ensure results within budget. Color-coded service maps are created for both daily and deep cleaning, and service assessment logs are used for tracking and documentation purposes. Staff is provided with on-site guidance materials such as simple, wearable “dog-tag” schedules outlining tasks and where each worker should be during each part of the shift.
PC4HS Board of Directors
Rex Morrison, President
Rex Morrison is president of the non-profit Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) Consortium, Inc. Rex recently retired from his long-standing position as Housekeeping Training Coordinator for the Washoe County School District (WCSD), Reno, NV - one of the few districts in the nation to achieve ISO 9001 Certification due to its focus on quality and standardized process. He pioneered Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) in 100 schools in Washoe County. Rex now helps school districts across the nation implement the PC4HS program to save money and jobs while enhancing the health of the indoor environment. In 2011, Rex formed the Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) Consortium, consisting of schools helping schools gain mastery of maintenance budgets, improve cleaning processes, health, and the bottom line.
Rex is also a CIMS ISSA Certification Expert (ICE) ready to provide training and consulting services to cleaning organizations interested in complying with and preparing to be certified to the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS).
William R. Blumenthal, Vice-President
William R. Blumenthal is vice-president of the non-profit Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) Consortium. He is a 14-year veteran of the cleaning industry experienced in both internal and contracted operations. Blumenthal is currently Custodial Supervisor for Douglas County School District in Nevada - consisting of seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools serving more than 6,000 students - and during his tenure was instrumental in converting the district to PC4HS. He is accomplished in all facets of custodial maintenance, with supervision and/or hands-on background in cleaning office complexes, floorcare, construction cleanup, and client consulting. He has also worked to assist troubled youth and supervised a native-American work program crew.
Bill is also a CIMS ISSA Certification Expert (ICE) ready to provide training and consulting services to cleaning organizations interested in complying with and preparing to be certified to the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS).
Roni Barker, Treasurer
Roni Barker is the Site Facility Coordinator at Washoe County (Reno NV) School District’s largest Middle School. Her prior experience includes 23 years in the manufacturing sector, supervising assembly and fabrication departments, managing a plant-wide Lean Manufacturing Program, involvement in work flow analysis, one piece process flow, point of use parts storage, work station layout and design experience; as well as implementation of a Kanban system - involving lean and just-in-time (JIT) production - to handle both internal fabrication as well as outside vendor parts.
Mark Savage, Secretary
Born and raised in the west, Mark was educated at the University of Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College, The Kodak Institute, and Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds degrees in medical technology and broadcast production, plus a masters in marketing. He received a Master of Photography degree in 1980 along with an honorary Ph.D. in broadcast marketing in 1995. He was the CEO of Savage & Associates Marketing-Public Relations, Savage Studios video production and Knight Publishing in Reno, Nevada. He served as Executive Director for The American Cancer Society and went on to be the Director of Legislative & Government affairs for the Cancer Society’s Nevada Division. He also worked in television for both NBC and ABC affiliates and as marketing director for a major hotel resort. Savage received the American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year award plus the distinguished Silver Microphone award for radio broadcast production. Mark still writes and lobbies for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and National Federation of the Blind. He volunteers on a number of non-profit organizations’ boards of directors.
Ruben Rives, Charter Schools Development Specialist
Ruben Rives, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Miami, Florida-based H2Only Renewable Cleaning, Inc., is a renewable cleaning advocate and foundational supporter of the nonprofit Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools Consortium (PC4HS). He has been in the cleaning business for 20 years, with special focus on infection control.
Ruben was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico of Cuban immigrants and moved to the United States when he was 7 years old. He attended InterAmerican Military Academy and Biscayne College/St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.
Via his service company - H2Only Renewable Cleaning, Inc. - Ruben is applying PC4HS cleaning processes in about 20 charter schools throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties in Florida, as well as 2 schools in Gwinnett and Dekalb counties in Atlanta, Georgia. H2Only Renewable Cleaning, Inc. saves these schools between $72,000 to $80,000 per year by using renewable & sustainable cleaning methods and better equipment & cleaning processes.
Beth Risinger - PC4HS Interim Executive Director (Ex Officio)
Beth B. Risinger is also CEO/Executive Director of the IEHA, Inc., Westerville, Ohio. Risinger has been with IEHA since 1987, and has over 40 years' experience in society/association fields. Her primary areas of expertise are member services, public relations/image, marketing, conference/show development, seminar presentation and administration.
Risinger has been the recipient of many awards during her career as a manager in the non-profit sector. During her previous position with ASNT (American Society for Non-Destructive Testing), she was named the General Secretary for ASNT's World Conference, which involved the coordination of an international meeting involving more than 15 countries. She traveled internationally and extensively to coordinate events and develop positive interaction regarding education standards.
Beth has authored more than 100 articles that have appeared in publications such as Materials Evaluation, Executive Housekeeping Today, Meetings, Lodging, and Housekeeping Today. She has presented educational seminars on subjects such as marketing, benchmarking, listening, training the trainer, effective communication and many others. She is best known for her ability to provide member-based organizations value-added services with minimal staff and financial resources.
Allen Rathey - Communications and Education Director (Ex Officio)
Allen P. Rathey is president of InstructionLink/JanTrain, Inc., Boise ID, a 30-year veteran of the cleaning industry who also serves as president of the Housekeeping Channel (HC), the Healthy House Institute (HHI) and the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI). He promotes healthy indoor environments, and writes and speaks on healthy cleaning, systems-thinking and other facility topics.
Russell J. Kendzior - Board Member
Russell J. Kendzior - internationally recognized as a leading expert in slip-and-fall accident prevention - is the President and CEO of Traction Experts, Inc. and Founder of the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). Sought nationwide as a safety consultant, public speaker, and expert witness, Kendzior is the author of the best-selling book on accident prevention entitled, “Slip and Fall Prevention Made Easy” (Government Institutes, Inc., 1999) as well as the soon to be released book entitled, “Falls Aren’t Funny”. Mr. Kendzior is the author of the “OSHA Self-Inspection Checklist” (A.M. Best Company, 1997-current) and has written numerous articles on slip-and-fall accident prevention for such industry publications as Chain Store Age, ISSA Today, Services, Texas Lawyer, and Professional Retail Store Maintenance Magazine (PRSM). Mr. Kendzior has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared on several nationally televised news programs including ABC News, Good Morning America, and Inside Edition. Mr. Kendzior has also been the focus of a documentary on floor safety aired by PBS stations nationwide.
Mr. Kendzior frequently lectures for various trade and professional associations including: the National Restaurant Association and the ISSA (fna, International Sanitary Supply Association). He has also spoken before manufacturing groups representing the floor mat, floor care, and the floor coverings industries. Mr. Kendzior has been an active participant in the creation of numerous walkway safety standards and is currently the Secretary of the ANSI B101 Safety Requirements for Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention committee, and is a voting member of four American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committees (ASTM develops and publishes a wide range of industry safety standards). In 2005, Mr. Kendzior was appointed as a Technical Advisor to the Board of Delegates of the National Safety Council. Mr. Kendzior is a graduate of Bradley University with a BS in Mathematics.