The Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the membership. The Board of Directors consists of six elected Directors plus five officers consisting of the President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Immediate Past President and Executive Director, as an ex-officio member.

HSPA Leadership


The purpose of HSPA is to provide members of the Association and healthcare facilities with educational opportunities, professional development, and certification.
HSPA is governed by an elected board of directors comprised of the President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Immediate Past President, and Executive Director, as an ex-officio member, as well as six elected Directors.
The board is responsible for positioning the Association to best serve HSPA members while always maintaining the Association's focus and vision.
The board establishes policy, directs Association activities, oversees finances, and charters chapters.


Professionals Instrumental to Patient Safety


To share association and profession-related information in an open and timely manner with members, allied partners, associates, and the public.

Education: To advance knowledge and achieve excellence at all levels of the Sterile Processing and associated professions.

Professionalism: To deliver professional performance and quality through integrity, accountability, trust, ethics, and collaboration.

Leadership: To act as the leading Sterile Processing organization by providing educational opportunities; creating an environment to promote patient safety; and mentoring and developing new leaders.

Advocacy: To promote the Sterile Processing profession on international, national, state, and local levels and to support issues that promote the profession and patient safety.

Excellence: To strive for excellence within the Sterile Processing profession by promoting quality performance and education.
The mission of HSPA is to promote patient safety worldwide by raising the level of expertise and recognition for those in the Sterile Processing profession. HSPA accomplishes this:
  • By providing educational, professional development, certification, communication, and representation opportunities for Sterile Processing professionals;
  • Through collaborative efforts with allied partners, members, and associates; and
  • Through advocacy initiatives for public policy changes.
Through international collaboration and organizational excellence, HSPA will be the leading association for education and certification for the Sterile Processing profession, thereby improving patient safety and meeting the needs of the healthcare environment.

Board of Directors

2021-2022 Board Members

Tanya Lewis, CRCST
Sterile Processing Supervisor
Wellstar North Fulton Hospital
Roswell, GA
Director of Sterile Processing
Los Angeles, CA
Brian Reynolds, CRCST, CIS, CER, CHL
Immediate Past President
Assistant Chief of Sterile Processing Services
US Department of Veterans Affairs
West Palm Beach, FL
Debra Bohlman, CRCST, CIS, CHL
Sterile Processing Supervisor
ThedaCare Regional Medical Center
Appleton, WI
Susan Adams, CAE
Executive Director
Executive Director
IAHCSMM Headquarters Office
Chicago, IL

Directors (2020-2022)

Monique Jelks, MSOL, CRCST
Sterile Processing Operations Manager
Ascension St. Vincent
Indianapolis, IN
Ann Kobayashi, CRCST, CIS, CHL
Manager, Sterile Processing
CHI Saint Joseph Health
Lexington, KY
Sterile Processing Manager
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center
Idaho Falls, ID

Directors (2021-2023)

Arlene Bush, CRCST, CIS, CER, CHL
Supervisory Medical Supply Technician
(Sterile Processing)
US Department of Affairs
Cape Coral, FL
Tracy Davenport, BHA, CRCST, CIS, CHL
Manager, Sterile Processing (Operations)
Northside Hospital Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
Tony Thurmond, CRCST, CHL, CIS
Manager Sterile Processing
Dayton Children's Hospital
Dayton, OH

HSPA Bylaws

Bylaws are a set of rules that govern a not-for-profit group and essentially serve as the Association's constitution.

  • Bylaws provide each association member with a written set of rules that can only be amended by vote of the membership;
  • Bylaws establish the major structural units of an organization;
  • They generally provide for meetings, elections of a Board of Directors and officers, filling vacancies, notices, types and duties of officers, committees, assessments, and other routine conduct; and
  • Bylaws are, in effect a contract among members, and must be formally adopted and/or amended.

This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing (SP) knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 40,000 members and certification holders rely on HSPA to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.

Certificants & Members
Certifications Offered
Years of Experience
Accepted in all U.S. States & Abroad