About Us

What Sets U.S. Micro-Solutions Apart?

At U.S. Micro-Solutions, we are not a jack of all trades, we are a master of one – MICROBIOLOGY! We have a combined 100+ years of expertise in this field. All of our analysts have a degree in biology or a related field and are extensively trained in all areas of the laboratory. Our owner holds a post-doctoral degree in Microbiology and is a member of several national organizations including AWT, CETA, AIHA, PDA, and ASM. We maintain national accreditations that encompass all of our laboratory services. We strive to deliver quality results, fast turn-around time, and exceptional customer service.

We are a family-owned business that cares about our clients, our employees, and those in need.
We donate a portion of our profits to community and international relief organizations.

Our Vision, Values, and Mission

Our History

U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is a full-service Environmental Microbiology Laboratory located in Latrobe, PA. Founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1996 by Herbert Layman, BS, SM, CIEC, the laboratory was initially housed in a small space in Jeannette, PA and then in Greensburg, PA. The business has grown over the years, requiring a move to our current location at 302 Unity Plaza in Latrobe, PA.

In 2017, Herb’s daughter, Deanna Kiska, Ph.D., became president of the company. Herb continues to serve as a consultant which allows him to use his 50+ years of microbiology experience to benefit our customers.

We look forward to a bright future as a family-owned business who cares about their customers, their employees, and their community.

Charitable Donations

U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is committed to sharing its profits with those in need in our community and our world.
Each quarter, we donate a percentage of our profits to charitable organizations.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Deanna Kiska

President

Deanna Kiska, Ph.D. received her doctorate degree in Microbiology from the Medical College of Virginia and completed a fellowship in Clinical Microbiology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is board certified in Medical Microbiology. She was Assistant Director of the Microbiology Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for over 20 years. Deanna served as the Chair of the American Board of Medical Microbiology where she oversaw the development of the board examination, an internationally recognized standard of competence in the microbiology profession. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, has published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented research at national meetings. She is a member of the Association of Water Technologies, Controlled Environment Testing Association, American Society of Microbiology, Parenteral Drug Association, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.


Herb Layman

Founder & Microbial Consultant

Herb Layman, BS, SM (ASCP), CIEC has held supervisory positions in hospital and private microbiology laboratories for over 50 years. His extensive experience and expertise in both clinical and environmental microbiology is valuable when assessing microbial (mold, bacteria) issues of the indoor environment.


Sharon Fanchalsky

Technical Manager

Sharon Fanchalsky, AS, MLT (ASCP) has been employed at US Micro-Solutions, Inc. for 18 years. Paired with 13 years clinical laboratory experience, this gives her the knowledge and expertise to personally guide you through your sampling and result questions. She has helped to maintain proficiency of the laboratory through the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-LAP, LLC), CDC Elite program for Legionella testing, and New York ELAP. Sharon attended the Customer Training Course on the Vitek-MS™ to afford her the qualifications to train our analysts on this cutting edge technology.


Becky Moran

Operations Manager

Becky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been employed by U.S. Micro-Solutions for 18 years. During this time, Becky has worked as an analyst and Quality Manager. She has validated procedures, prepared for AIHA-LAP, LLC and NELAP audits, and supervised proficiency testing. Becky’s boundless energy and excellent leadership skills allow her to manage operations smoothly and efficiently. While holding quality in the highest regard, Becky leads a team that consistently meets the needs and expectations of our customers.


Kelly Faulisi

Quality Manager

With Kelly’s 7 years of experience in management and 12 years of experience in customer service, she has developed a keen eye for detail and a results-driven approach. Over the course of her employment at U.S. Micro-Solutions, Kelly has worked in many areas including data entry, data review, sample processing, and sample analysis. Her excellent organizational skills allow her to meet individual and departmental goals consistently. Delivering the highest quality in all aspects of her work is held as her top priority.


Kristie Shaffer

Office Manager

Kristie Shaffer is the Office Manager at U.S. Micro-Solutions. A team player, with commitment to customer service, she is a versatile, high-energy, capable professional with extensive experience in many administrative roles. She has a highly organized approach, plenty of initiative, and a genuine desire to contribute to the ongoing success of U.S. Micro-Solutions. She has a reputation for delivering high-quality, personal service to all of our customers.

Deanna Kiska

President

Deanna Kiska

Deanna Kiska, Ph.D. received her doctorate degree in Microbiology from the Medical College of Virginia and completed a fellowship in Clinical Microbiology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is board certified in Medical Microbiology. She was Assistant Director of the Microbiology Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for over 20 years. Deanna served as the Chair of the American Board of Medical Microbiology where she oversaw the development of the board examination, an internationally recognized standard of competence in the microbiology profession. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, has published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented research at national meetings. She is a member of the Association of Water Technologies, Controlled Environment Testing Association, American Society of Microbiology, Parenteral Drug Association, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Herb Layman

Founder & Technical Manager

Herb Layman

Herb Layman, BS, SM (ASCP), CIEC has held supervisory positions in hospital and private microbiology laboratories for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in environmental testing, with over 40 years of experience in Legionella sampling, culturing, and identification. This expertise in both clinical and environmental microbiology is valuable when assessing the significance of microbial contamination of the environment.

Sharon Fanchalsky

Quality Manager & Laboratory Supervisor

Sharon Fanchalsky


Sharon Fanchalsky, AS, MLT (ASCP) has been employed at US Micro-Solutions, Inc. for 16 years. Paired with 13 years clinical laboratory experience, this gives her the knowledge and expertise to personally guide you through your sampling and result questions. She has helped to maintain proficiency of the laboratory through the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-LAP, LLC), CDC Elite program for Legionella testing, and New York ELAP. Sharon attended the Customer Training Course on the Vitek-MS™ to afford her the qualifications to train our analysts on this cutting edge technology.

Becky Moran

Operations Manager

Becky Moran

Becky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been employed by U.S. Micro-Solutions for 18 years. During this time, Becky has worked as an analyst and Quality Manager. She has validated procedures, prepared for AIHA-LAP, LLC and NELAP audits, and supervised proficiency testing. Becky’s boundless energy and excellent leadership skills allow her to manage operations smoothly and efficiently. While holding quality in the highest regard, Becky leads a team that consistently meets the needs and expectations of our customers.

Kelly Faulisi

Quality Manager

Kelly Faulisi

With Kelly’s 7 years of experience in management and 12 years of experience in customer service, she has developed a keen eye for detail and a results-driven approach. Over the course of her employment at U.S. Micro-Solutions, Kelly has worked in many areas including data entry, data review, sample processing, and sample analysis. Her excellent organizational skills allow her to meet individual and departmental goals consistently. Delivering the highest quality in all aspects of her work is held as her top priority.

Kristie Shaffer

Office Manager

Kristie Shaffer


Kristie Shaffer is the Office Manager at U.S. Micro Solutions. A team player, with commitment to customer service, she is a versatile, high-energy, capable professional with extensive experience in many administrative roles. She has a highly organized approach, plenty of initiative, and a genuine desire to contribute to the ongoing success of U.S. Micro-Solutions. She has a reputation for delivering high quality, personal service to all of our customers.

Accreditations

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The New York Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) is responsible for the certification of laboratories performing environmental analyses on samples originating from New York State, thus ensuring the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. USMS is accredited to perform heterotrophic plate counts (HPC) and Legionella testing from potable and nonpotable water sources. U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. operates under NY ELAP #12055.
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U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-LAP, LLC) accredited environmental microbiology laboratory, EMLAP #103009. This ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation ensures we are meeting defined standards for the analysis of microorganisms commonly detected in air, fluids, and bulk samples during indoor environmental quality studies.
U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is licensed in the state of Texas to perform as a Mold Analysis Laboratory. The mission of the Mold Program is to ensure that persons conducting mold assessment and remediation services in Texas are properly trained and licensed and are following minimum standards that protect the health of workers and building occupants. U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. operates under License #LAB0158.
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U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is a proud member of the CDC's (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation "Elite" Program. We have maintained proficiency for the recovery of Legionella from environmental samples since the program began in 2009.

Accreditations

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The New York Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) is responsible for the certification of laboratories performing environmental analyses on samples originating from New York State, thus ensuring the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. USMS is accredited to perform heterotropic plate counts (HPC) and Legionella testing from potable and nonpotable water sources. U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. operates under NY ELAP #12055.
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U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-LAP, LLC) accredited environmental microbiology laboratory, EMLAP #103009. This ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation ensures we are meeting defined standards for the analysis of microorganisms commonly detected in air, fluids, and bulk samples during indoor environmental quality studies.
U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is licensed in the state of Texas to perform as a Mold Analysis Laboratory. The mission of the Mold Program is to ensure that persons conducting mold assessment and remediation services in Texas are properly trained and licensed and are following minimum standards that protect the health of workers and building occupants. U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. operates under License #LAB0158.
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U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc. is a proud member of the CDC's (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation "Elite" Program. We have maintained proficiency for the recovery of Legionella from environmental samples since the program began in 2009.